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El Descansillo

We are Carmen and Chema, we like the simple life, without big complications, as natural as possible and close to nature. We live in Escalera, a small village of only 12 inhabitants, in the middle of the Alto Tajo Natural Park, surrounded by centenary junipers, a quiet place to rest and enjoy the wild nature. We cook with organic and healthy products: direct from our garden to the plate.
Since the beginning, forty years ago, sustainable tourism has been a way of life rather than a standard.
When we arrived, there were only six retirees living in the village. From them we learned that wisdom in which time seems to pass differently: the rush of the modern world did not exist. That was the beginning of our rural tourism project. We got down to work and in the goat haystack, we built what is now El Descansillo.
We used a lot of stone and a lot of wood, we tried to make it as ecological as possible. We knew from experience, that the modern and the ancient, the natural and the functional, have a meeting point: that is the essence of our rural hotel El Descansillo!
The rooms are spread over two floors, all with access to the corridors, with magnificent views of the Natural Park, an ideal place to relax with an aperitif, read a book or contemplate the immensity of the Milky Way at night.

Commitments to biodiversity conservation and local development

Our commitments:
We are active members of Slow Food
Signatories of the Sustainable Tourism Charter of the Upper Tagus Natural Park
Molina de Aragón Alto Tajo Geopark Partners and Collaborators
Members of the Consumer Group of Organic Products of Molina de Aragon
Members of the Molina de Aragón- Alto Tajo Rural Tourism Association.
Members of the Association for the Local Development of Molina de Aragón- Alto Tajo
We participate and collaborate:
With local social organizations: CEPAIM Foundation, Women’s Center, National Association Micorriza, and educational centers in our region.
We have an organic garden and a small workshop of handmade jams, we work in the recovery and conservation of traditional and native varieties: tomatoes (more than 60 varieties), vegetables, etc.. Having recovered, in collaboration with local seed banks, varieties that were on the verge of disappearing.
In coherence with our philosophy we work with local and proximity products as a priority, the restaurant service is km0 of the Slow Food chefs alliance, we also try to reduce our footprint with renewable energy and a rational use of local resources.


  • Housing characteristics

Two-star rural guesthouse, room reservations

  • Environment

Upper Tagus Natural Park, Unesco World Geopark Molina-Alto Tajo, Natura 2000 Network
Tagus river canyon, Barranco de la Hoz, universal mountains, mountains of Cuenca and Albarracín.

  • Number of rooms / capacity

We have seven double rooms. They are very quiet and bright, with wide views of the countryside, with a simple and harmonious decoration. They have, if necessary, an extra bed, Wifi and a complete bathroom.

  • Accessibility

Although it is not built for the disabled with reduced mobility, the rooms can be accessed at street level without any steps, only in the access to the dining room, there are three steps.

  • Price

110€ Half board / two persons / Double room/night

  • Quality and/or sustainability labels

European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Natural Areas (CETS), Collaborator of the Geopark, Slow Food Cooks Alliance (km0)
Repsol Solete

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