The Hospedería, located in the center of town, is the result of the union of several typical mansions of the stately life that existed in the years of industrial heyday that Grazalema had during the first half of the 19th century. Reformed on several occasions, it conserves its patios, the rear entrance, today with a wrought iron gate, the façade, which maintains its original porches, one of carved stone, where you can see bullet holes, silent witnesses of past wars, and another covered brick that adorns the entrance from top to bottom, typical of the houses of noble families. Among the old bars is one with the family shield of the original owners, which serves as the company logo. In the main portal you will see the hall of traditional tiles and the doors of nails; all this reflection of the typical architecture preserved through almost two centuries.
These houses had several uses: in addition to serving as a family home – several families lived together during the post-war period -, they had a room for the annual slaughter of pigs, a warehouse for salting and preserving their products, as well as stables for horses or donkeys that they used as means of transport or in agricultural tasks. When the textile industry was at its height, some machinery was installed in them to prepare the wool that would be used to make the coveted “Grazalema blankets”: mill wheels that moved the water to wash it, baths to dye it, etc. A small chocolate factory was even installed. In addition, some of its halls served as soup kitchens during the civil war. The backyard was used for the cavalry and a gathering of actors from the movie “Carne de Orca”, shot in Grazalema in the early 1950s.
When all kinds of industry disappeared and already after the war, it began to be used as a Fonda with bed and food for those who needed to come to Grazalema for work reasons (teachers, doctors, merchants, etc). Starting in the 1960s, the first vacationers arrived, either recommended by the doctor for respiratory illnesses or because of the desire, on the part of the wealthy class, to spend the summers in a cooler and quieter place. In this way, extensions and reforms began to be carried out in the original house. Since the early 1980s, Grazalema also began to be a point of interest for tourists interested in studying or enjoying Nature, the Sierra de Grazalema area having already been declared a Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve. .
It was in 1982 when, due to retirement, it changed owners and became part of the García family: Jacinto and Francisca with 4 teenage children. He, an emigrant in Germany for 20 years, decided to return to his town and sell the house that he had built by dint of sacrifice and thereby be able to give the signal for the purchase of what he intended to be the future of the sons of him All of them managed this establishment until the year 2000. From then on, with almost all the children married and their parents retiring, one of the daughters, Caty Garcia, together with her husband, Rafael, and some loyal employees who they already worked with them, they decided to continue with the business, although after some time and much to their regret they had to rent the restaurant since it meant too much burden for them and a lot of responsibility, considering that Francisca had been a cook totally dedicated to the home cooking and slowly prepared. Today they are proud to continue working with the same enthusiasm and enthusiasm with which they began as children, currently also counting on the help of their children.
Our goal is to improve services every day and maintain the welcoming atmosphere that has always characterized this house, trying to make our clients participate in the life of the town and of our family itself and make them enjoy the benefits that the environment that surrounds us offers us. , procuring in short, a stay as pleasant as possible.
During all these years the house was provided with more comforts, expanding and reforming it in 1986 and 1994. It currently has 16 double rooms with bathroom, central heating and air conditioning;