Multi award winning  
Hotel La Mariposa, Sierra Espuña. 
To see our list of awards please click here AWARDS 
Our Sunday Roasts  
We are ALWAYS BUSY so please book early. 
16€ for 4 courses, buffet (6) vegetables, cauliflower cheese, choice of meats plus a fish and vegetarian option. 
After 17 years of being allowed to park at the front of the hotel the powers that be have decided that we can no longer use our front car park for parking cars... customers can drop off their party and drop off bags etc at the front (Max 10 minutes) but must then park in our rear car park, please park between the concrete beams, we have plans to extend this car park but we have to go through a planning process to acheive this, please accept our apologies for this inconvenience and please park sensibly so that we can get all of our customers in. If coming in a large group, please try and condense cars. Thank you.  
Hospederia (Rural hotel) La Mariposa. 
Hotel la Mariposa is a 1 star hotel, we offer pheonomenal facilities for a 1 star hotel, many 4 star hotels around Europe do not offer the facilities that we offer, in the stunning area that we are situated and the service we give....all at 1 star prices, our bar and restaurant prices are based on the average prices in the area (In-land Spain Prices), we do not put our prices higher just because we are a hotel.  
Come and stay to relax or for active adventures...the choice is yours. 
The best 4 course menu del dia in the area, great and varied choice and only 13€, entre of Mariposa mixed salad and a basket of bread, great choice of starters, superb choice of main meal including vegetarian option and fish option, choice of desserts (or tea / coffee). And one small beer/soft drink/glass of wine also included. 
From October 25th 2020 Our Famous Sunday roasts, 16€ per person for 4 courses except SPECIAL weekends (Mothers day/Fathers Day/ Easter) etc etc and its 25€ per person. 
ON Sundays between mid June to early November we offer a SUNDAY menu del dia at 16€ per person. 
We always advise everyone to book a table and get confirmation (via email or social media) to save disappointment.  
From Oct 15th to March 31st. 
Book a double en-suite room and get a Buy one and get one free evening order a starter and get one free, order a main meal and get one free, order a dessert and get one free....etc etc... Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 
The cheapest meal is the free meal 
Book 2 rooms (at the normal price of 59€ per room) for min of 4 people and get a free Steak meal, on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. 
All deals must be mentioned at the time of booking. 
Between October 15th and March 31st only, not including bank holidays. 
The swimming pool and gardens are open from mid to late May to early October, the pool is closed at all other times. 
This is because our pool and pool terrace is surrounded by pine trees, pine trees drop pine needles all year but from February until May they also drop a yellow pollen dust and their seeds, cleaning these areas would be a 24 hour job 7 days a week... 
Hand drawn sketch of the front of La Mariposa 
All rooms are 
All rooms are air conditioned and centrally heated. 
Directions to La Mariposa can be found at the foot of this page. 
Wild Espuña Arui. 
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Embalse de Algeciras (Gebas) 
Outside bar (In season) 
Our own climbing wall. 
Wild boar roaming free on the Espuñas. 
The unique Espuña squirrel. 
Moufflon on the espuña. 
Wild boar young, locally known as humbug. 
Parking at the front of the hotel parking is restricted to a maximum of 10 minutes, which is time to drop off passengers, book in and or drop of bags etc, please use the car park at the rear (Follow signs) and enter the hotel through the garden path, Please either go to reception or the main bar (inside bar during the cooler months and outside bar during the warmer months.) 
It is law in mainland Europe that you must bring with you photo ID either National identity card, passport or photo driving license. 
Rooms are available from 3pm and MUST be vacated no later than 11am, this allows us time to send in our trusty cleaners! 
After midnight check ins, there is a charge of 10€ per room if you check in after 12 midnight. 
Hotel la Mariposa and activity centre offers comfortable affordable accommodation with prices starting from 49 euros per room per night (all room prices are currently reduced, see below), superb mouth watering Spanish and English menu available in the hotels restaurant (we offer many vegetarian options and are always pleased to offer vegan meals and pride ourselves in sourcing as much Gluten free food as possible HOWEVER please let us know when booking rooms or meals if you have any special dietary requirements i.e. vegetarian, vegan or gluten free). 
We have a Wonderful restaurant terrace and gardens with swimming pool and free WiFi. Set in a walkers / climbers and mountain bikers paradise, maps available to guests for self guiding we also have quality Mountain bikes for hire, we try to be very helpful and flexible to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. 
BREAKFAST is free 
to residents. 
Breakfast (8am-10am) except on Wednesdays 7.30-9.00am which is buffet continental and consists of a choice of toasted breads, yoghurt's, choice of jams,honey, chocolate spreads, marmalade, pate, cold meats, tomato, cheese, milk, juice, choice of cereals, seasonal fruit, choice of unlimited teas, choice of unlimited coffees. 
Any other items asked for or If you require items cooked for breakfast please inform us the night before (a supplement is charged) 
If you require an early breakfast (normal restaurant breakfast times at 8am-10am) we can offer you 2 choices, 
1. We can open the restaurant early, not earlier than 6.30am (a surcharge of 15€ is charged). 
2. We can give you a breakfast platter for your room the night before (at a cost of 7.50€) 
The honesty Fridge 
For hotel guests we offer an honesty fridge (The fridge by the restaurant door) which is available during the times that the 2 main bars are closed, this allows hotel guests to have drinks available at all times 24 hours a day, we ask that guests are honest and make a note of drinks taken on the notepad provided. 
Recommended car hire. 
And book through who use the following companies. 
Alamo - Pick up full, return full. 
Europcar - Pick up full, return full. 
Avis - Pick up full, return full..... 
Not the usual rip off fuel policy!! 
Music room 7 
Bar and restaurant 
Pool and terrace 
Part of our restaurant terrace. 
Hospederia La Mariposa is an ideal base for short or long holidays, especially for those people who love unspoilt nature, hiking, walking, cycling, kayaking and many other sport activities. In an authentic Spanish atmosphere you may enjoy all modern facilities that will ensure your comfort and, of course an unprecedented, beneficial peacefulness. You can explore the Espuna with the help of the maps provided by the hotel, or relax by the private pool and sunbathing area. 
Alicante airport is an hours drive, 35 minutes drive is Corvera International airport is 20 minutes and opened in January 2019. 
Welcoming you to the Mariposa are Mark and Sam, along with their two children, Tom (Hotel, restaurant and bar manager) and Daughter Cady (Personal assistant). 
Situated around a central courtyard, all the rooms are en-suite and have central heating, tea and coffee making facilities, ceiling fans and some rooms have air-conditioning. 
Rooms are cleaned at our guests request, please ask at breakfast time if you wish your room to be cleaned and or fresh towels. 
The courtyard is the ideal place to enjoy that cool drink, or a delicious meal prepared by Sam in the fully equipped kitchens. 
The room facilities..... 
Each room is individually themed, (I.E. Music room, African room, Paris room, hat room etc etc) 
All rooms have... 
En-suite bathroom with either a bath or a shower or both. 
Extra Large comfortable beds 
hair dryers. 
FREE. welcome Tea and coffee making facility. 
(further tea and coffee sachets can be purchased from the bar) 
Ample wardrobe and drawer space. 
Spanish TV and also have UK TV with radio option. 
Ceiling fans. 
Mosquito nets on the windows. 
Central heating. 
FREE Security safe and no charge for use. 
all rooms have air conditioning, for cooling and heating. 
Opening times....... 
8am until 10am every morning - Breakfast 
Lunch 1pm until last orders at 2.45pm (Booking advised) 
Evening meals, 7pm until last orders at 8.45pm (Booking only) 
Evenings are Absolutely essential BOOKING ONLY!! 
Please book via telephone (Not answerphone). 
Email at 
Being dog lovers we are a pet friendly hotel, however we do expect pet owners to respect our common sense rules, I.E, Do not allow pets onto the bed or other furniture, please bring a bed for the pet if you do not have one we will happily provide one, please do not let your dog use our garden as a toilet, If we find that the room is left in an unexceptable condition then we may charge for further cleaning so please please be responsible pet owners and report any damage. (Payment will be taken from the card supplied for security for your booking) Please ALWAYS inform us if you are bringing a pet and we will give you more information. 
We have allocated rooms for guests bringing their pets, so please advise us at the time of booking. 
If you are allergic to any pet, please let us know, and we will put you in one of our rooms that isn't used for guests with pets.  
FOR YOUR and OUR SECURITY AND SAFETY, We operate CCTV cameras and 24 hour recording, these 14 cameras cover the inside of the main building including the restaurant, honesty fridge and cover the rear car park and the rear Activity centre areas. 
A fully stocked bar nestles in the corner of the dining room together with comfortable sofas and free WiFi. Also here is satellite t.v so you can catch up on the news, but really this is an area you will want to be out and exploring. 
The adventurous among you can use the maps and explore the park on foot, mountain bike ( we have bikes for hire) or even by car, with many places to visit. See the "ice houses", "dinosaur footprint" and the now disused isolation hospital. An experienced guide is available for your walking trips to quieter areas of the park. 
From the terrace the protected area of "Barranco de Gebas" can be seen and most of the year the lake (Algeseras) can also be seen from our terrace this area is also known as the "Badlands". 
Our activity centre offers guided quad bike tours, kayaking, parascending, guided walks, 4x4 trips, buggy tours, climbing tuition on our own climbing wall, river rafting and much more. 
THE LAW IN SPAIN,,, By law you have to bring photo ID to book into any legal hotel, campsite, or rental property in mainland Europe, THIS IS A GUARDIA CIVIL REQUIREMENT!!! 
This is a picture of the Embalse de Algeciras lake on the barrancos de Gebas, normally visable from our restaurant terrace depending on the water level at the time. 
A water colour of La Mariposa from the road.. 
Ideally situated on the edge of the Sierra Espuna Regional Park, this small intimate hotel offers you the opportunity to stay in a tranquil and stunning area. 
At the foot of the hills of the nature reserve -one of the Spanish Regional nature reserve Parks-, in the village of Gebas, 
Casa del Estanco (House of tobacco) was originally a sales outlet for tobacco and groceries which were supplied by traders staying at the coaching house whilst travelling from caravaca de la cruz to Cartagena and back, traders would bring fish and tobacco from Cartagena and rice and vegetables from Caravaca, payment to the coaching house would be through a bartering system and no money would change hands. 
Now the coaching house has been converted into a Rural hotel. (Hospederia) 
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The protected area of "Barranco de Gebas" is nearby, and is known as the "Badlands". A warm welcome awaits everyone visiting the Mariposa, whether its popping in for a coffee, the delicious menu of the day, or an extended relaxing stay. The hotel is situated in Gebas, on the C3315, which is the Main Alhama de Murcia to Mula road. 
The hotel is also on the Caminos de la vera cruz which is a pilgrimage walking route. 
Los Caminos de la Vera Cruz are paths that guide the pilgrim to the Holy City of Caravaca de la Cruz for non-motorized means to experience the tradition of the pilgrimage on foot getting the model of the Camino de Santiago. These routes are seven trails linking Caravaca de la Cruz with the four cardinal points of the Region of Murcia (Altiplano, Campo de Cartagena, Mazarrón, Aguilas and the Northwest region), Granada, Alicante (the Vega Baja del Segura) and Albacete (Letur). 
The routes are designed to have passed along ancient drove roads, roads full of meaning historical heritage, green ways, roads and trails Also, the roads are marked and allow use of the network of hotels and lodgings in the Region of Murcia including La Mariposa. 
Prices ... (Still reduced for the 12th year!!) 
Room costs per night. 
Single room 59€ 
Double/twin room for 2 persons. 59€ 
Triple 2 bedroom room for 3 persons 75€ 
Family room (2 bedrooms) for 4 persons 85€ 
Triple 2 bedroom family suite for 3 persons 79€ 
Family suite (2 bedrooms) for 3 or 4 persons 89€ 
1 x Extra bed in any room 15€. 
Cot for under 3s is free. 
All prices include IVA (VAT) 
Buffet continental breakfast is free to all hotel residents/Guests.  
There is a 10€ surcharge for late arrivals 
(after 12 midnight) 
We urge all customers to go to our terms and conditions page prior to booking with us, whether booking accommodation, activities or meals. 
All year prices (prices may vary during fiesta periods and bank holidays) 
High season April to November 
These prices are per room per night, there is no min stay requirement at these prices and prices include all taxes, longer stays can be discounted (not associated with any other offer) please ask at time of booking. A non returnable deposit is due at the time of booking, the balance is due on arrival, if rooms are cancelled with more than 7 days notice then the deposit is sufficient. With less than 7 days then the whole amount of the bookings is payable.  
Buffet breakfast - Offered FREE from 8am until 10am 
FREE to all hotel residents only. 
Unlimited tea/coffee/ 
10 tea choices and 6 coffee choices as well as hot chocolate etc. 
Croissants (if we have had our delivery in time) 
Cakes aand pastries. 
Choice of yogurts. 
Fresh fruit. 
Choice of cold meats 
Choice of breads to toast. 
Choice of preserves including Jams, marmalade's, chocolate spreads, peanut butter, pate etc. 
Corn flakes, muesli, fruit & fibre and sugar puffs. 
English breakfasts can be pre-ordered the night before @ 5€ suppliment. 
How to Book and payment. 
When booking a room, please let us know whether or not you require a table for lunch/Dinner on the day of arrival, this is very important as we may not arrange for a chef if we do not have any bookings for meals, so if you have not booked and we do not have a chef available then you may be refused a table. 
We always ask for either Credit or debit card details for security reasons at time of booking, We do not take pre-payment, see below... 
We accept most credit or debit cards, we require the card number, the expiry date of the card and the last 3 digits on the back of the card, Card details can be sent via our secure email address ( or by telephone 0034 968631008. 
We always verify the card details supplied, this costs us up to 1€ and will be taken from your card but will be credited to your final bill at the time of payment when vacating your room., this costs you nothing for us to verify your card, you can pay by cash or card on the day. 
We do not offer refunds under any circumstances but do offer credit vouchers (but only at the managements discretion). 
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If you are booking a room where we are offering a special deal then please mention this at the time of booking and not on arrival! 
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