The Best Small Mediterranean Hotels

The Best Small Mediterranean Hotels

Crete and other Greek islands were the most popular destinations when we asked for your tips on small, family-run hotels around the Meditteranean.

Casa Vitae, Rethymnon, Crete

Casa Vitae, Rethymnon; exterior view

A beautifully restored 16th-century Venetian manor house with idyllic courtyard garden, Casa Vitae is a winner. Not only for its location, architecture and breakfasts, but also for the way its staff personify the Greek spirit of hospitality. Manager Maria, formerly a lecturer, was a casualty of the country’s economic downturn and relocated to Crete from Athens. Here, exemplary customer service (finding a late-night optician to repair my specs) and friendliness (inviting us to a restaurant with her family) makes a stay so rewarding.
Doubles from €75 B&B, Casa Vitae


Hotel Santa Anna, l’Estartit, Costa Brava

Hotel Santa Anna, l’Estartit
The location, rooms and restaurant in this hotel are all fabulous, as is the view from the breakfast terrace. It’s on the main street in the old town but you would not know it from the quiet rooms. It’s also close to the old port, diving centre and five miles of beach, with an immaculate, well-maintained pool. It’s family-owned and run.

Doubles from €82 B&B, hotelsantaanna

Casas de Parauta, Andalucía

Casas de Parauta, Andalusia

Casas de Parauta are scattered whitewashed villas in the tiny village of Parauta. The inside is wonderful: more white walls, minimalist designs, wood-burning fireplaces, country-style kitchen for serious cooking and inviting beds. There are rooftop terraces for looking out at the galaxy that can’t be seen just 40 minutes away in the resorts of the Costa del Sol. Once you turn the lights off at night you are in pitch darkness. I had the best sleep ever. The village pool is yours to use and the views across the Sierra de las Nieves are stunning. Walking through the Sierra is so peaceful, aside from the odd eagle. Ana, who speaks great English, can suggest hiking routes. Outside of all but the busiest times villas can be had for little more than €60.
Casa for two from €60 a night, casasdeparauta

Hotel Bahia Playa, Ibiza

Hotel Bahia Playa, Port des Torrent

Port des Torrent is a lovely quiet bay just south of San Antonio. This two-star hotel is on a quiet junction 200 metres from the beach and is friendly and clean with an authentically local vibe. The rooms are simple, all have balconies and the hotel will supply a small fridge on request. There is a large reception area with a bar/restaurant, and front courtyard and a terrace next to the pool at the rear. The well-kept pool has ample sunbeds. A decent continental breakfast is optional.
Doubles from €87 B&B,



B&B in Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily

B&B in Ortigia, Siracusa

I don’t think I have ever experienced anything like Caroline’s B&B on the tiny island of Ortigia, the historical centre of Siracusa in Sicily. Every detail in her one-bedroom B&B makes the place feel unique – including the art in the bathroom. Caroline is friendly and full of stories – you will want to sit on her roof terrace garden, with views over the sea, chatting all day. She’s out early to the market to get fresh ricotta cheese for breakfast, and to the bakery to get Iris (deep fried ricotta-filled pastries). We ate in her stylish kitchen, with homemade lemon jam and bread and freshly brewed coffee and fresh orange juice.
€70 a night, on more places to stay in Ortigia

Hotel Miramare, Liguria

Hotel Miramare, Liguria, Italy

Hotel Miramare, in the walled city of Noli, offers great views over the Ligurian sea from its balconies. Ancient seafaring families run this charming, stone-walled three-star place with just a few rooms, adding to the friendly intimated atmosphere. Try the delicious minestrone di mare on the dinner menu or nibble at freshly made foccacia and olive bread for breakfast as the palm trees sway and the salty sea air whets your appetite.

Doubles from €110 B&B, hotelmiramarenoli

Hotel Onda Verde, Praiano, Amalfi coast

onda verde hotel

This charming family-owned hotel clings to the cliffs of the Amalfi coast. From the roadside you take a lift down and emerge in a tunnel bores through the rocks, which leads to the rooms, all sporting picture-perfect sea views. Half-board deals with candlelit dinner on the panoramic terrace are good value.

Doubles from €125 B&B or €185 half-board, hotelondaverde

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