rio_swim Kick off the morning  with a traditional breakfast on the terrace of the Hotel Juan Francisco. This is the best outdoor coffee stop in town, with views of the peaks of the Sierra Nevada from their private patio. Traditional breakfast all over Andalucia is “tostada con tomate”, or toast with grated tomato, salted and topped with local olive oil. Enjoy it with a “cafe con leche” or freshly squeezed orange juice.

tapasGo to one of the little Deli shops in the village to pick up some local ingredients for a gourmet picnic and pack up for a leisurely stroll along the river paths. The historic “tranvia” path along the river valley starts at the Fabriquilla restaurant and stretches along the scenic valley floor for 5 kms.

rioIn Summer, see if you can find the hidden paths to some of the bigger swimming holes where you can strech out on the sun-warmed rocks or hide from the sun in the shade of the leafy poplar trees. The river valley is dotted with restaurants too if you want to soak up the atmosphere especially on the weekend when Guejar turns into a favourite day-tripers destination for Granadinos looking to escape the city. The Maitena Restaurant has access to a particularly scenic natural swimming holes on its lower terrace.

wellness-589770_1280Back in town, why not treat yourself to a massage by local terapist Isabel Vegas in her massage and pilates studio here in the village. Although a specialist in deep tissue massage and sports massage, my personal favourite is the hot stone treatment.

Sample the wines at the Hacilla Restaurant and enjoy their selection of superb tapas to end the day.

A weekend to RELAX