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Comares, Spain: Can we go right now, please
The village of Comares in Andalucia is considered one of the prettiest in the region, which is no small claim. Whitewashed Moorish houses make up the village—there's not much in the way of commerce. But there plenty in the way of views—gorgeous views—of olive, almond, and orange trees beneath the sometimes snow-capped Mount Maroma.
Boasting its own views to Comares is the delightful guest house Casa Colina, run by two British ex-pats, and overseen by their dog, cat, donkeys (two), and chickens (twelve). You can spend the day exploring the area or on the beaches of Costa del Sol (about half an hour's drive) and return to the many charms of this inn. Of course, you could just spend the day around the pool.
Room stay under $80 a night even in high season, making this retreat gentle on your wallet, too. But it's the warm welcome, those crazily beautiful vistas, and the thought that you, too, could be an ex-pat here that will stay with you.