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    May in Andalucia.

    by Beach_dog Updated May 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I?ve now been living for nearly eight months in Andalucia, and the month of May has really surprised me. The whole region is in a blaze of colour.

    Drive off the motorways onto the small country lanes and mountain roads, you will be surprised at the colour and diversity of the wild flowers. The verges and whole fields are dappled with flowers. Some I recognise but many are new to me, I really shouyld invest in a book on the subject for next year.

    Not only this but all the villages, towns and cities seem to be competing with each other, patios, terraces, windows, roadside and park flower beds have all been planted up, to display the brightest of colours.

    Last weekend I visited Cordoba for the Feria de los Patios. An annual event where households throughout the city possessing patios, compete with each other for the honor of displaying the best patio. Patios (normally private) are opened to the public, for your enjoyment.

    I am thinking of recommending May as the month you really should consider visiting.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Relaxing at Nerja beaches

    by m-joy Written Feb 15, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Nerja is a beautiful little village at the costa del sol east of Malaga. It is the best place to go to the beach when you come from Granada. There are many nice little beaches around Nerja which seem not to be overcrowded by tourists in the summertime. Many local people come her at the weekend for relaxing.

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    Map of various Andalucía attractions

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 25, 2010

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    Favorite thing: This map of the southwestern part of Spain shows where we picked-up our rental car in Alicante (500 km up the coast) as well as our 'orange' driving route while in Andalucía. We initially headed straight to the Malaga area to pick up Sue's sister and then immediately made our way inland to the Alhambra fortress in Granada. From there we drove counter-clockwise to Antequera, Sevilla and Cadiz before arriving back on the Mediterranean shore south of Ronda.

    After Sue's sister flew back to England, we then began some unplanned wandering on our own, first heading to the white village of Competa before heading west to the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia just outside wild Tarifa. We went further up the Atlantic coast to Cape Trafalgar and then doubled back toward the Malaga area for New Year's Eve (taking in Gibraltar as we drove past). Our final stop was in the fantastic landscape of the El Cabo de Gata-Nijar nature park just east of Almeria - then it was back to Alicante to drop our car off and fly out for two final nights in Madrid before heading home to Canada.

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    Gazpacho.

    by Maurizioago Updated Feb 10, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Gazpacho is a cold soup. I think you can find it almost in every restaurants in Andalucia and in the rest of Spain.

    Here's the recipe.

    For four people.

    450 gr. tomatoes, washed and rougly sliced.

    1 small onion; skinned and sliced.

    1 small green pepper; sliced and with seeds and membrane removed.

    1 clove of garlic; skinned and crushed.

    1 tablespoon olive oil.

    1 tablespoon wine vinegar.

    2 tablespoon lemon juice.

    Salt and pepper.

    Quarter of a cucumber; peeled and diced.

    Toasted wholemeal croutons.

    Place the tomatoes. pepper, garlic, onion, vinegar and olive oil in an electric blender and combine well together. - Turn the mixture into a basin and add the lemon juice and season to taste. - Chill in a refrigerator before serving with toasted wholemeat croutons.

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    Itinerary - Andalucia and Costa del sol.

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Suggested duration: 10 days. If you do in less you will not be able to enjoy it.

    I suggest flying to Malaga and there to rent a car to visit the other sites.

    In summer if you are looking for fun and nightlife I would suggest Marbella or Fuengirola or Torremolinos from here you can combine tourist visits and nightlife with nature resorts.

    'Musts' are the Mosque (Mezquita) of Cordoba, the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz, the Torre del Oro and the Cathedral's Museum in Sevilla.

    The Alhambra (palace of the last Moorish kings) and the Jewish Quarter of the Alcaiceria in Granada are just other examples.

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    THEME PARKS

    by Carmela71 Written Jul 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: ISLA MAGICA in Sevilla, that evolves around the adventures of the Spanish pioneers in the New World.

    MINI HOLLYWOOD in Almeria. Mini-Hollywood is a small theme park in Almería built around an old spaghetti-western film set where some legendary films were shot, including For a Few Dollars More.

    Tivoli World, MálagaAn unassuming amusement park in Benalmádena, Málaga.

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    Maravillas de Andalucia. "Torcal de Antequera"

    by carlitos_66 Updated May 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Torcal de Antequera. (Antequera, Malaga)

    Fondest memory: Una bella imagen de esta impresionante formacion rocosa digna de ser admirada. Se encuentra a pocos kilometros por carretera de la ciudad malagueña de Antequera. Desde sus cumbres se pueden observer magnificos paisajes y pequeños pueblos de la comarca que se hacen diminutos en la distancia.

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    Maravillas de Andalucia."Laguna de Fte. de Piedra"

    by carlitos_66 Written May 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: "Laguna de Fuente de Piedra". Fuente de Piedra, (Malaga).

    Fondest memory: Este paraje natural recibe cada año la visita de cientos de miles de aves, sobretodo, flamencos, que usan su laguna como enclave principal para descanso, reproduccion y cria, como puente a mitad de camino entre Africa y Europa.

    Dispone de buenas instalaciones, miradores y telescopios, ademas de una pequeña zona para los visitantes donde se pueden comprar recuerdos de la visita, ademas de tomar un refresco y disfrutar de un buen descanso.

    Su localizacion no entraña dificultades, ya que esta situada en el termino municipal de Fuente de Piedra, estando bien señalizada la ruta desde el pueblo a la Laguna.

    Para llegar a Fuente de Piedra simplemente debes seguir la Autovia 92, Sevilla-Malaga.

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    • Cycling

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    Moorish route

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Visit the triangle of Andalucia: Sevilla, Granada and Cordoba, I will suggest a week!

    I will suggest to fly to Malaga and there to rent a car to visit the other sites.

    During the beach season (May to late October), Marbella or Torremolinos would be the best places to stay, as you could alternate busy sightseeing days of driving with relaxed, leisurely ones on the seaside resorts.

    Musts' are the Mosque (Mezquita) of Cordoba, the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz, the Torre del Oro and the Cathedral's Museum in Sevilla.

    The Alhambra (palace of the last Moorish kings) and the Jewish Quarter of the Alcaiceria in Granada are just other examples.

    Cadiz is another option and driving from Málaga to Cadiz can be a delightful surprise

    Fondest memory: Granada is my favourite, and I try to go twice or more per year!!! A visit to the rest, is a must...

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    Typical Spanish Streets

    by Antji Updated Nov 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I love such Streets like this one - narrow street & white houses with beautiful flowers!! I took this pic in a typical spanish place in a small village. This is one of my favourite pics from this trip too:). The name of this village is Mojacar.

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    Almeria

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: ALMERIA is contrast. Deserts, mountains and amazing beaches, all in one.

    Its beaches are sandy and flat, with many intimate coves.

    The Alpujarras region, which extends into the province of Granada, offers a fascinating landscape.

    The desert with a visit to Tabernas and Mini Holliwood Park is a must.

    The Natural park of Cabo de Gata visiting the beaches of Monsul, Los Escullos, de los Genoveses....

    Almeria and its Alcazaba and Cathedral.

    And my favorite place: Almerimar, just down the Ejido, where after the plastic culture a little paradise appears. Its port is beautiful.

    Fondest memory: See my Almeria Page for more information

    The name of Almeria proceed from the Arabic and means "mirror of the sea".

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    Granada "An absolute must-be"

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Granada is a famous city and not only because the Alhambra and all the muslin style monuments.

    The best time to come and visit Granada is in September & October or April & may, it is not to hot and not to cold.

    If you want to see something typically Spanish you should come to the Cruces, this festival is on the 3rd of May and all the streets are full filled of flowers and outside music and pubs

    Granada has a lot of Baroque Architecture that it is not as famous but is equally beautiful to visit.

    Granada is a university town and offers a range of amenities comparable to those of any modern city.

    As well you will be able to do skiing in the highest mountain of Spain. Sierra Nevada.

    Fondest memory: The Alhambra is my place, what can i say... also their “tapas”.

    The old Arabic part of the city: the "Albaicín",

    The Cathedral with the Royal Chapel

    The "Cartuja"-monastery.

    The Carrera del Darro

    The Sacromonte Hill

    Also some excursions:

    Visit las alpujarras, Sierra nevada and Granada coast: Costa Tropical

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    Cordoba

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Cordoba offers rich and varied monuments:

    The Mezquita

    The fortress of the Christian Kings or Omega Gardens with beautiful gardens,

    The Synagogue,

    The ruins of Medina Azahara

    The Jewish quarters.

    Fondest memory: If you go to Cordoba try to go in May.

    Each weekend there is something.

    The first one is the Cruces, the Patios, the festival and another one that I don’t remember (the festival of the wine, just remember it) , but try to visit the second one, the patios is absolute brilliant! ....

    Do not miss it!

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    Cadiz

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: For two wonderful years I have lived in Cadiz a really nice city to visit if you have time, preferable in Carnival season.

    My experience in Cadiz was great, even if my studies at Sea Sciences University were catastrophic! But late I realized that what I really like was being with people and client services and attention to the public, etc ... that it is what I am doing right now.

    Fondest memory: Cadiz is the oldest European city, was an important harbor during the golden age-period for its commerce with the "new world".

    It has an impressive cathedral and the atmosphere is incredible during Carnival.

    The Coast is magnificent!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    La Alhambra de Granada

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The most beautiful and well conserved Arabic castle in the world.

    The views are incredible; at one side you can see Sierra Nevada and the vega to the Mediterranean.

    The name Alhambra comes from Red castle, because the walls were done with this material

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