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Andalucía Favorites

  • Seeing Seville by foot

    Sevilla Favorites

    I have no idea why narrow streets so fascinate me, I guess it could be because I grew up in a home that had distance between us and the neighbours, so I try to imagine how it would be living and growing up when you could literally put your arm out the window and touch your neighbour across the street.

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  • THE ALHAMBRA

    Granada Favorites

    If you order and pre-pay for Alhambra tickets, you'll be able to avoid the (usually) long lines of people trying to buy same-day tickets. Instead, you'll go to a nearby bank of ATM-like machines. You'll need the credit (or debit) card with which you paid for the tickets. The sales office (including the 'ATM-like' machines) is located at the bottom...

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  • Malaga Streets

    Málaga Favorites

    A lot of Malaga is ugly blocks of urban sprawl flats, but in the old centre you can find a beautiful heart. Full of narrow sometimes cobbled pedestrian streets winding in and out of each other. You can see that, like a lot of Andalucia, a lot of money is being put in to 'doing up' the centre of the city. Buildings are freshly painted and restored...

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  • Old Town

    Marbella Favorites

    The OLD TOWN or CASCO ANTIGUO of Marbella is perhaps the loveliest town in the Costa Del Sol in my opinion. With its narrow picturesque streets, adorned with balconies overflowing with colourful flowers, its many Plazas such as Plaza de la Iglesia, Plaza de los Naranjes, Plaza de la Victoria and Plaza Santo Cristo. There are also many churches and...

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  • FERIA DEL CABALLO

    Jerez de la Frontera Favorites

    Jerez is well known for Horses and Sherry. It is Spain's capital for Horse breeding and a destination for horse-lovers from all over the world who meet here each year for the FERIA DEL CABALLO. It started in 1289 as a livestock market and has developed into a show of the most beautiful horses in Spain, some of which are Spanish Barbs, Friesians and...

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  • Almeria Beaches

    Almería Favorites

    Beach is quiet and the little bars are relaxed and easy going, bars all have their own sun beds and you can have your lunch drinks etc all within feet of your sun lounger. Sangaria was great after a hard days sun bathing. Spending each pre dinner drinks on beach and then the most wonderful fish in Spain

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  • Guadalquivir River and Bridges

    Sevilla Favorites

    Along the Guadalquiver River that runs through and seperates Sevilla into two, you find many small parks where you can take a few minutes to rest from your walks through the town. We also saw this lone kayaker with his trainer. These were the ONLY things moving on the river in contrast to the Seine in Paris where the waterway is crammed with...

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  • ALBAICIN

    Granada Favorites

    The Alhambra sitting on its high ground with only the area of Albaycin being higher is an ideal platform for photos. The first photo shows the church and courtyard where we were able the day before to take photos of the Alhambra during the day and later after nightfall with the lights illuminating its walls. The Albaycin is laid out before you when...

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  • Costa del Sol Towns

    Málaga Favorites

    My favorite thing was the horse and carriage ride in the center of Malaga. Picking a favorite thing was tough- Malaga is so interesting- beautiful cathedral, gorgeous sea views - travel on the coast- skip the auto pista- a modern highway but NOT scenic. We visited the Picasso Museum- a must see! We ate tappas in the little sidewalk cafes- we like...

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  • Beaches and Promenade

    Marbella Favorites

    Among the Beaches you will find in Marbella are the Playa de Venus - Playa de Bajadilla - Playa Fontanilla (next to Port of Marbella) - Nagueles - El Faro - La Venus. If you just want to sit and relax on the beach, you can rent umbrellas or rent a lounge chair for the day at 4 Euros. At any given time people were sun-bathing, swimming, walking...

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  • Internet Access

    Jerez de la Frontera Favorites

    No excuses for not logging in to VT. Whilst the better hotels will have internet access that you can use, the costs will be much higher than in an internet cafe, e.g 2 euros for 30 minutes. In the internet cafe I used, it was one euro per hour, minimum 0.50 euros, and charged by the minute. I used Ciber y Locutorio Onda Telecom, which is in Calle...

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  • Alcazaba

    Almería Favorites

    The Tercer Recinto at the north-west end of the Alcazaba is a fortress which was added by the Catholic Monarchs. Its thick stone walls and sturdy round towers are in much better condition than the rest of the Alcazaba.

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  • Cathedral

    Sevilla Favorites

    If you are here for more than two days, I recommend visiting the Cathedral on one day, and then visiting the Alcazar on a second day. Save your feet, and slow down to a pace more enjoyable, Meanwhile you can walk to the river, cross over and see another neighborhood, walk to the art museum--there is even a small Goya there, shop for a paella pan in...

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  • CATHEDRAL

    Granada Favorites

    Having immersed yourself in Mosques and Moorish architecture in the Albaicin the area round the cathedral marks a return to Christian Granada and the famous Catholic rulers who succeeded the Moors. Ferdinand and Isabella commissioned Granada's enormous cathedral and while it doesn't hold a candle to the monuments of the Moors it is quite...

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  • Excursions

    Málaga Favorites

    better to rent a car,among a lot: www.hellehollis.com 1.GRANADA,alhambra :you must book the visit sooner as possible,see my "local customs" tip! 100km,one hour,speedway 2.SEVILLA 200km,90minutes,speedway 3.CORDOBA,180km,two hours,speedway +national road 4.RONDA 100km+grazalema+arcos de la frontera:a famous white small city and its must to visit...

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  • Parks and Gardens

    Marbella Favorites

    Stacey took us to see this Roman ruin near Marbella (no it is NOT in the city center, it is located in one of the outlying suburbs). It was closed when we arrived, it has never been open for viewing inside it looked like, there were no paths or opening hours posted. But you can see in the last photo how Stacey and I did view the mosaics... The...

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  • The Tourist Office

    Jerez de la Frontera Favorites

    The Tourist Office is can be found near the junction of Calle Larga and Alameda Cristina, at the side of the church (just out of the picture to the right, unfortunately). Like most tourist offices, the staff are very friendly and helpful, speak good English and have plenty of information to give, including a good map of Jerez. This year I got a...

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  • Excursions

    Almería Favorites

    Excursions For more info check on the travelogues: The first excursion was to Cabo de Gata Nijar (trvelogue) we took a excursion on jeep in San Jose through places that are only autorised for the guides ... I will recomend as it deserves. Then we travelled along the coast until Mojacar and back to aguadulce to the hotel. For the second...

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  • Magical atmosphere

    Sevilla Favorites

    The city surprising me how it is possible to survive in the summer-time in that temperature. Locals were frightening me with 50 degrees and more during the day time. I think I was brave enough to survive in this temperature which is shown :) I was frightening them with our winters in Lithuania :) Sevillanos – tieneis que venir aqui a Lituania el...

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  • FESTIVALS & LOCAL CUSTOMES

    Granada Favorites

    The guy with the blue shirt was one of our Spanish teachers. He loved Baileys and his name was Paco, we called him the Taco. That sounds ignorant and stupid, but my friend Beau has kept in touch with him. And to this day, Paco has never had such a fun goup of students ...

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  • Picasso Museum

    Málaga Favorites

    the totally refurbished 16th century "palacio de los condes de buenavista" on calle san agustin (100m from the cathedral) is since 27th of october 2003 the new important museum devoted to the malaga-born pablo picasso,with 200 never exposed works donated by his daughter-in-law christine ruiz picasso and his grandson bernard picasso. all you want...

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  • Cathedral

    Almería Favorites

    We enjoyed visiting your City when our Cruise Ship called into Almeria. We visited the Cathedral and we were most disappointed to find on Entering and paying the entrance charge that there was no English Translation to help us understand about your Cathedral history. The Staff were very unhelpful. We have no objection to paying the entrace charge,...

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  • Plaza de Espana

    Sevilla Favorites

    Taking walks all over Seville is what I enjoy the most. I call it a "perfect walking city" since I felt I could just go on and on, walking anywhere, and still enjoy every bit of the city. Spending a quiet afternoon in Plaza de Espana, watching the crowds go by and spending the afternoon, sitting quietly, observing every bit of this amazing plaza.

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  • VIEWS

    Granada Favorites

    We arrived in the Albaycin area where we had read that there was an excellent view of the Alhambra, and it was true. But also we had this fantasic view of the city of Granada itself just after nightfall. Even without the view of the Alhambra the trek up here would have been worth it.

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  • Cathedral

    Málaga Favorites

    February 23, 2011 Hans and I, along with Bajondillo friends Gino and Fina, visited Malaga. One of the highlights was to see CATEDRAL DE MALAGA or MALAGA CATHEDRAL. It is also called the Cathedral of the Incarnation and is Malaga's most important monument and the spiritual center of the diocese. Work on the building began around 1528, when the...

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  • Alcazar

    Sevilla Favorites

    Those little hungry monsters could be find in the Reales Alcázares, where they life their complacent and unproductive lives waiting to be feed by the tourists. Though apparently cute creatures, they have some kind of "six sense" that allow them to localize with stunning precision the presence of any form of food in the areas surrounding the gardens...

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  • CORRAL DEL CARBON

    Granada Favorites

    Actually the tourist office, (even if in this moment march 2004, is closed on renovations) It used to be a caravasar (like a hotel where the merchants lodged and where they stored their merchandise) of the XIV century Here is the main tourist office, they will inform you about a new ticket to visit all the monuments C/ Mariana Pineda, s/n, s/n...

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  • Gibralfaro Castle

    Málaga Favorites

    A huge castle hight on the hill - worth going up, just be careful not to wear some slippery shoes or sandals because the stone they used to cover the road is a very slippery one. From castle you can see all Malaga, a nice place to make panoramic photos.

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  • Flamenco

    Sevilla Favorites

    Yes, I highly recommend that you catch a fiery Flamenco show at a local Tablao (flamenco bar)! The Tablao we patronized is called - El Patio Sevillano located in the Barrio de Santa Cruz district. El Patio Sevillano is a traditional tablao decorated with traditional Andalucian patios (just like the circle seats in some of our local cinemas/...

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  • MIRADOR DE SAN NICOLAS

    Granada Favorites

    When you arrive at the Mirador you may have to wait a little while for a space on the wall to free up. People are understandbly reluctant to leave such an inspiring view of the Alhambra, the Sierra Nevada and the plains beyond. At the height of the tourist season there are lots of people selling trinkets and playing guitar music which adds to the...

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  • Alcazaba

    Málaga Favorites

    Alcazaba probably was one of the nicest things I've seen in Malaga. Just don't have rush, like my colleagues did, and don't think that Alcazaba is the same thing as castle of Gibralfaro - yes, you can buy a "combined" ticket so you can see them both, but Alcazaba has some different spirit, just turn left when entered and you will discover nice...

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  • Festivals

    Sevilla Favorites

    One of my visits to this city (I passed there a couple of times after that, but just passing by) was for this international exhibition. I went alone with Fernanda, and after the first day, we felt so guilty for not taking the kids that we came back early than planned to be back with them later. We did. I was curious about what would happen to...

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  • Beaches

    Málaga Favorites

    Malagueta Beach is just east of the center of town, south of the bullring. The beach was artificially created in the 19th century using sand imported from North Africa. Still a beautifully maintained beach, where else would you want to be on a sunny day?

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  • Bullfighting

    Sevilla Favorites

    Bullfighting and Seville are closely connected to each other. In 1730 when Philip V gave a concession for holding bullfights, the Real Maestranza decided to build its own bullring. It was square and wooden. Later it became oval because the corners had prooved to be dangerous.And in 1761 they started to built of stone. In 1786 Charles III...

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  • August Festival

    Málaga Favorites

    Taking place for one week from the third Friday in August, it commemorates the recapture of the city from the Moors in 1487 and the cities inclusion under the Castillian crown. The feria during the daytime is centered around the city center. Live bands are set up in the plazas and streets, the people dancing and drinking. Many of the locals wear...

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  • Honeymoon in Spain

    Travelling to Europe in December and only wearing a 'light jacket' might be a bit tricky. I live in Andalucia in the south of Spain (one of the warmest areas in Europe) and I was wearing a winter coat last December! Having said that Andalucia might be a good destination for you, even if it gets a bit colder than normal, you often have sunny or...

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  • Gazpacho.

    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...

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  • A very useful site.

    www.andalucia.com is a good source to find info about this region. It is useful to learn something about places (cities, towns and villages), to look for an accomodation (hotels, guesthouses and also hostels), to read something about history, art and so on.

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  • excursion?

    thank u peeps for the replies =)is it worth to join the excursion? if u guys only have one option to join the excursion? which town do u pick? granada? cordoba? how about the excursion to tangier? i read somewhere its over-rated and pricy..any suggestion?

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  • Map of various Andalucía attractions

    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...

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  • "Put a cork in it"....

    While traveling through Andalucia we came upon some strange trees with their bark stripped off them, but in an ordered manner, as if cut. Then we realized that they were being harvested for their bark, used to make corks for wine bottles.

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  • Roadside pubs/restaurants

    If you are driving and not part of an organized tour, take the time to stop off at one of the many roadside pubs you will find. Take your stand at the bar and enjoy a beer with Tapas or even just a coffee to keep you going.

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  • Eco-tourism

    Some stretches of the Andalusian coast (the Costa del Sol) are among the most built-up on the Iberian Peninsula, but the Andalusian hinterland and even some coastal areas have been preserved in a surprisingly pristine state. For those with an interest in the wilderness Andalucia is a perfect destination. Enjoying the endless beaches, going on...

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  • Visiting Morocco from Spain

    Hmmmm. Ten hours from Tangier down to Marrakech means another ten hours back. Plus there'd be crossing-over time, getting through customs, waiting for the train (both ways) and looking about in Marrakech.We'll have only nine days for our visit in Spain, so it seems like a visit to Marrakech will have to wait for another time.Thanks, Windy City....

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  • Between Granada and Guadix

    Driving between Granada and Guadix we came across this colorful roadside tourist shop, if you are as large as I am you may not be able to negotiate the aisles here, it was a tight fit even before lunch....The last photo was of a nice roadside gas station with the LaMora restaurant where we enjoyed a snack. It is on highway A-92 at kilometer 256...

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