“Cortijo” is the name given to the traditional country houses in Andalucia. In Cortijo Montano, the house building is just a small part of the entire property, where the river Guadalquivir passes through and which is spread across 12 hectares, and completely covered with fruit, palm and olive trees, and tarays.
The house with capacity for 12 people has five double rooms, one single room, three bathrooms, one fully equipped kitchen and a garden with swimming pool.
Jaén, The Eigth Wonder
Andalucía has its own character, even within Spain itself. It’s monuments, the music, the gastronomy, the sun and its personality describe the most cheerful part of the country. But maybe, between the eight provinces that form Andalucia, Jaén is the most unknown and unexplored one.
Just 300 kilometers from Madrid, 100 from both, Granada and Córdoba, landscapes are the endless silvery olive tree “seas”. Natural environments
such as Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas; Renaissance World Heritage cities like Úbeda and Baeza; roman ruins, like Cástulo; medieval
fortresses, arabic baths.., and, of course, a gastronomy marked by extra virgin olive oil (the province is the world's largest producer in the
world)… This is only a little starter of what you will find if you decide to visit us.
Rooms & Suites
This is our variety of sizes and styles of rooms.
Silver, gray and green
You can take a walk along the river Guadalquivir; along the way you will see varieties of the olive trees and specimens from different parts of the world; you’ll find benches where you can relax or hammocks tied to trees to take a nap during the summer evenings.
We want to share our orchard with you. Not only to prepare your meals using our home-grown produce, but also for you to take home our fruits and vegetables that taste so real (in season). At the entrance of the house you will find a steelyard, bags and a price list. Just go and collect them, weigh, package and calculate the price of your purchase. Everything will go to a foundation.
We want to make you feel like where we are, and this is why the decoration of Cortijo Montano is so Andalusian, with some contemporary and exotic touches and memories of our trips all over the world. Our goal is to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This is the reason why we leave the materials in sight (stone walls, wooden beams, craftswomen bars…) and all the furniture is recovered by our family or bought at local markets here.
Four seasons, one place
In fall and winter, our living rooms with fireplace invite you to hide under a blanket, chat with friends or play board games. In spring, there is nothing like a stroll among the blossoming almond trees, pomegranates and quinces or bike rides. Summer is time to live, to enjoy a barbecue on the terrace or read a great novel. Do not miss the view of “Lorenzo” (how we call the sun in Spain) hiding among the silvery olive trees while you take a dip in the afternoon.
Who are we? Having working for years as a food, lifestyle and travel journalist for international media such as Condé Nast Traveler, L’ Officiel voyage or Tapas magazine, my dream has always been to have my own place to host travellers: simple, natural and full of charms with inspiration from other destinations I have visited over the years but in my home, this is why I decided to convert this family villa into a small guest house…
Choose from some of the most popular vacation packages
Only 18 and 20 kilometres from the two World Heritage Cities by UNESCO, Úbeda and Baeza, Cortijo Montano is the best hub to meet Andalusian Renaissance: ancient palaces, chapels and mausoleums, squares, walls, patios and also the only sculpture by Michelangelo in Spain. We propose a private tour around the two cities. Contact us for details.
The province of Jaén is the largest producer of extra-virgin olive oil in the world. Cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, also considered World Heritage by UNESCO, here we say “that in olives, as in pigs, everything is used”. Learn all about it with this visit, that includes an oil mill and museum, a olive oil tasting, a workshop of soap and a lunch in the cortijo (barbecue).
Among all the secrets kept by the province of Jaén, maybe the biggest is the Himilce princess story. Born in the nearby ibero-roman city of Cástulo, she became Hannibal Barca’s wife. Visit the archaeological site and watch her statue, that presides over the main square of Baeza, and discover the fascinating story of the woman who conquered the heart of the man who crossed the Alps with an elephants’ army.
Pork back cooked in a mud pot, lamb, tortilla de patata, gazpacho, migas…, all these recipes have something in common: the extra-virgin olive oil as a base, but, Do you know how to cook them?. We propose private cooking classes followed by a meal.