Andalucía Off The Beaten Path

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Andalucía Off The Beaten Path

  • Ronda (daytrip)

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    A day trip to Ronda is perfect when you're looking to see more of Andalucia. If you plan to go on a Sunday, all the main attractions are open for tourists; the bridge, the roman baths, the museum, etc. You can take the bus from the San Sebastian station, the trip lasts just under 3 hours. The busline is called 'Los Amarillos', and does a...

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  • ALBAICIN

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    You'll find this huge chunk of masonry if you walk...as you should....along the Carrera del Darro, the narrow and almost traffic-free street which follows the route of the Darro river from Plaza Nueva/Plaza Santa Ana. It's a very pleasant walk, with a great deal of history to see on the way....from the ancient Moorish baths and various...

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  • Marbella

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    Marbella is a popular and luxurious tourist resort west of Málaga (about 60 km). It is well known as it attracts wealthy people from all over the world. We spent an evening here walking through the old town with its small streets and alleyways and having dinner in one of its many restaurants and bars. Especially around Plaza los Naranjas there are...

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  • PUERTO BANUS

    Marbella Off The Beaten Path

    Not my kind of place I must admit. Very expensive compared to it's neighbouring resort of Marbella and the atmosphere was not as friendly either. We did however find an excellent restaurant for lunch at a set price. I am sure forthose that have lots of money and like to be seen they would love it here.

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  • Cadiz Province: Towns & villages

    Cadiz Off The Beaten Path

    The Home of the Jerez wine (known also as Sherry) a visit to the city, their bodegas and a horse show is a must do if you go to the area. Also if you have some time you can visit the zoo. The show 'Those Amazing Dancing Andalusian Horses' is a horses ballet and I really suggest you to do it, even if I am not too fond of horses I founded...

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  • Cabo de Gata

    Almería Off The Beaten Path

    The nature park Cabo de Gata is really wonderful. Great places in the middle of nowhere. Watching breeding flamingos, fantastic views around the next corner of a street.... all that can happen to you, if you visit this place. A nice place there is for example San José in the north-east of Almeria (see also the pics for San José).

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  • Itálica

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    These Roman ruins are very special and date from the time of Augustus and Trajan.I was especially impressed with the wonderful Roman mosaics of birds and mythological figures(Venus,Mercury,Jupiter),The huge ampitheatre and the thermal baths were also very impressive.There is pertinent information in English at this site and the staff was helpful...

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  • ALPUJARRAS

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    Las Alpujarras is an easy drive from Granada, and some of the villages do have pretty or quaint buildings, but don't come expecting the kind of chocolate-box scenes you might have been promised - it's more 'working/peasant Spain', which means some of it is grubby and ugly and while you'll still see people working the land with mules, the dusty old...

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  • Mijas

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    Take the bus to Mijas. It`s a beautiful little place and a great place for a gentle stroll and relaxing with a wee beer. If you find some good shopping, that`s a bonus too! Take a minute to visit the San Sebastion church, climb to the Plaza de Toros and get great views of the Costa, and relax.

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  • Day excursions: Ronda.

    Marbella Off The Beaten Path

    If I have visitors to Marbella, one of the first places I take them is Ronda. The town straddles the 120 meter deep gaping gorge of the River Tajo. It's an impressive sight and really not to be missed if you are in the area. Ronda also has some very interesting architecture; palaces, convents and the bridges that themselves span the gorge. You can...

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  • Doñana National Park

    Cadiz Off The Beaten Path

    DOÑANA NATURAL PARK At the north of Cadiz province you can find the biggest Natural Park of all Spain and one of the most important in Europe. Birds, flamingos, deers, linx... can be seen here... if you are lucky enough! There is no free entrance, but you can visit it in Guided Tours. This 1 day trips leave from Sanlucar de Barrameda, just at the...

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  • Tabernas Area

    Almería Off The Beaten Path

    A 4000 year old town located 20 km north of the city. Viewing the ruins it is evident that the town was protected by strong walls. The inhabitants practiced copper smithing and exchanged goods with other cultures in the eastern Mediterannean. Nearby the remains of the town there is a necropolis, where more than a hundred megalithis tomb chambers...

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  • Iglesia de la Magdalena

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    Iglesia de la Magdalena (18th century) is a small and gorgeous baroque church. Its exterior is beautifully decorated, but unfortunately this church is situated at a narrow street, so I could not take a whole picture of its façade. Of course, I will keep its image in my mind... La Iglesia de la Magdalena, del siglo XVIII, es una pequeña y hermosa...

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  • BEACHES & COSTA TROPICAL

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    You can easily take a bus that takes around one hour to the coast of the state of Granada. We went to Salobrena (on top the "n" there's that sign...but I can't do it on this keyboard:-)). well, wen u get out of the bus..u just ask where the beach is, 'cause u have to walk for around 15min. to get there. The beach was full of locals but we went...

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  • Antequera

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    Please see my Antequera page where I am adding most of the inland sights and things to do. Antequera is a large governing town situated at the heart of the Malaga province and is an ideal base for getting to see more of what the 'Malaguenos' have to offer.

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  • Day excursions: TANGIER

    Marbella Off The Beaten Path

    Hans and I thought it would be fun to take a side trip to Tangier, while we were in Spain. So we went to our favourite local travel agency in Torremolinos and booked a day tour. This year's price ranges from a low of 50 Euros to as much as 80 Euros, so shop around. We were picked up by bus at our hotel at 5:30 a.m. After picking up many more...

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  • Iglesia San Luis de los Franceses

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    This is a church on San Luis street in the Macarena district. I don't think it's in use as a church any more, but it's still visited. It is a beautiful example of baroque art/architecture and even though it's small, it's absolutely breathtaking. Also, the times I visited, there was a guy by the altar playing new-age music from a laptop, and it gave...

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  • VIEWS

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    Tracks wind up the hillside behind the town and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The atmosphere gradually changes from mediterranean to mountain, as you walk or drive through olive groves, orchards and forest. The view, on a clear day as far as Africa are stunning, and never fail to please. There are even conveniently placed drinking water...

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  • Frigiliana

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    Frigiliana is an attractive village in Andalucia, located about 50 km east of Malaga. After hiring a car in Malaga airport, we stopped here for a few hours to break the drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains. The village is easy to reach, at the foot of the Sierra de Tejeda mountains, just a few kilometres in from the motorway, with Nerja the closest...

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  • Day excursions: Gibraltar

    Marbella Off The Beaten Path

    Now another section of the N-340 motorway has been completed, driving to Gibraltar only takes about 45 minutes. It's an interesting experience to visit this little piece of England in the Meditteranean. A sightseeing tour of the rock is interesting, on clear days good views of Africa across the straights, not to mention the tax free shopping. A...

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  • Cordoba

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    You can take a bus to Cordoba from Sevilla at the San Sebastian station. A single ticket costs 9.69 euros and a return ticket costs 15 euros and the trip lasts just under 2 hours. If you go on a Sunday the main tourist attractions are open. The bus company is called Alsina Graells. The bus station it arrives at in Cordoba is called Plaza de...

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  • GUADIX

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    A small city located 40 minutes drive from Granada. Its famous for its Barrio de las Trogladitas, a district where many people still live in caves. The city also has much to see from its history, with a nice cathedral and castle. It set in a beautiful location just to the north of the Sierra Nevada mountains and has three natural parks in the...

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  • Nerja

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    1 hour and a half by car from Marbella, less than an hour from malaga (with the new road), 52 km from Malaga, is called 'Balcón del Mediterraneo' ('Balcony of Mediterranean Sea'). Apart of the beautiful view its Cueva de Nerja, a 3000 years old cave with colossal stalactites, makes it worth a visit.

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  • Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    Bull fighting season starts in April & ends October. This is the arcaded arena of the PLAZA DE TOROS DE LA MAESTRANZA at Paseo del Cristoal Colon. (Hm, I always wonder: Why are all the names exceptionally long in Spain?). Built between 1761-1881, it is one of the most magnificent in Spain. The arena, I was told, can hold up to 14000 spectators!...

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  • SIERRA NEVADA

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    The Güejar Sierra bus leaves from el Paseo de Salon and takes 40 minutes. First bus of the day leaves at 7.20 and the last at 23.00. The route is worth it just for the views as you wind your way up the mountain. When you get there you'll find a traditional (slowly expanding) village near the reservoir. There are a couple of good bars and pretty...

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  • Torremolinos

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    One of the most popular holiday beach resorts of the Costa del sol. By regional train only 15 minutes from Malaga. For more information Go here!!

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  • Reales Alcazares

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    Maybe as Granada's Alhambra you can think they have similaritites Tipical moorish palace with gardens, fountains, ponds and orange groves But even if in my opinion it can not be compared, here at Reales Alcazares you have as well teh mix between the christian culture with the Medieval palace, and the morrish one, maintianing the previous...

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  • THE ALHAMBRA

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    When visiting Alhambra, admiring its arcitecture, exiting its history don't foget to walk around the palace and watch these beautiful trees and flowers... Stay for a minute... Watch... And then you may go on with your excursion. You can watch my 1 min 05 sec about Video Leaving Granada to Sevilla out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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  • Ronda

    Málaga Off The Beaten Path

    You can go to Ronda on a daytrip. We took the car and drove about 1.5 hours to get there. The old and new town of Ronda are separated by El Tajo, a 100m-deep gorge. To get to the old town, you'll have to pass a beautiful old bridge, reaching deep into the gorge. Don't look down if you have fear of heights :-). We only visited the old town. It was...

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  • Isla Magica

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    Even you aren't a child you must go to the 'Isla Magica'. Is an attraction park. The best if you like emotionIs near the Expo Sevilla 92. It have watter attraction, too. so if you go on summer you'll need some refresh place. If you go after 4pm is chiper.

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  • SACROMONTE

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    Apart from visiting the gypsy caves/ bars/ restaurants/ museum, which are quite interesting- it is nice to wander around the area, and listen out, or watch for other things. I arrived in Sacromente to find that the museum was closed, so I had a refreshing beer in one of the restaurants, and caught an impromptu session of a female playing the...

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  • Triana District

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to see the Sevilla that is fairly free from the influence of tourism, step across the Triana Bridge to Triana and you'll see it. The riverfront street, Calle Bettis offers great views across the Guadalquivir to Sevilla and you'll also find some authentic restaurants and shops.

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  • Hamman (Arab Baths)

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    In all Moorish towns, each quarter had its own hammam or public bathhouse- and there's a very old one to visit in the Albaicin area, on your way to the mirador. There you can see how baths really would have looked like - and yes, they were really fancy and adorned. When people took their bath, they took it in style. The patio with its fountain is...

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  • Cadiz

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    A day trip to Cadiz from Sevilla is entirely possible, you can see many of its best attractions (cathedral, shopping district, roman ruins) if you go early and take a late afternoon bus back. I took the bus from the San Sebastian station, a return ticket is 18.10 euros and the journey takes about an hour and a half. The business that runs the...

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  • EXCURSIONS

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    While Granada itself merits a dedicated visit of a few days, the rest of Andalucía offers a plethora of exciting cities and villages to explore. Public transport exists between some of the destinations, but the best way to explore is to rent a car and drive from village to town to village through the extensive network of excellent roads. Click on...

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  • Cartuja

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    I didn't actually go, but the pictures I have seen of the bridges look spectacular by night. The island houses both gothic and renaissance styles and you can visit the Carthusian order of Saint Mary of the Caves.

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  • CITY CENTER

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    I went into this church in the evening of my first day, somewhat befuddled by the journey and a very grey, wet afternoon's wandering. I thought it was the cathedral...but is soon became clear that it wasn't even though it appears to be in the same building (it's not, it's just that you can't really see the join!) The Iglesia del Sagrario dates...

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  • Parque de Maria Luisa

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    Just wander through this city and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. It's really splendid. In particular, go to the Parque Maria Luisa and breathe. Just breathe. The beauty of Sevilla is the assault on all your senses, but foremost, it's in the scents of the flowering jasmine, honeysuckle, lavender (I'm not a botanist, so I have no idea...

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  • El Ojo de Granada ~ The Eye of Granada

    Granada Off The Beaten Path

    "El Ojo de Granada" is a "periscope" located in the Albaicin from where you can see Granada from above on a round "screen" infront of you - with a guide telling you what you are seeing... A really funny - and different - way of discovering the city. Prior to the "walk through the city" you can see a film about the history of Granada - in either...

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  • Casa de Pilatos

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    Casa de Pilatos. The first Marquis of Tarifa departed on a Grand Tour of Europe and the Holy Land in 1518. Two years later he returned, enraptured by the architectural and decorative wonders of High Renaissance Italy. he spent the rest of his life fashioning a new aesthetic, which was very influential. His palace in Seville was called the House of...

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  • Monasterio de San Isidoro del Campo

    Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

    At the south end of Santiponce, on Avenida de San Isidoro, this monastery was once one of the most cosmopolitan centers of learning during Spain's golden era. Monks here finished the first translation of the Bible into Spanish, but the community was dissolved by the Inquisition after the cunning linguists developed Lutheran ideas while reading too...

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  • Garrucha

    I've been there more than 30 years ago, which means that... i didn't recognize the place. However, my previous image was reinforced - this is not the place that I would choose to vacation - this time, the sea was bad (red flag), but that was not the strongest reason - uncharacteristic construction, ugly beaches, hot, hot, hot...

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  • Calahonda

    I did like this place. I have already "passed" there, but kept no idea of the place and beach. This time I had another quick look, but, very positive. Calahonda is, for sure, a beach where I will be pleased to spend a few days, if the chance appears.

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  • From cigarettes to a university!

    This building is the former tobacco factory of Carmen fame. It is now part of the University of Seville..The opera Carmen, by the French composer Bizet was based on a story by Prosper M?rim?e. Check out the link below for more information.

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  • Vejer de la Frontera.

    Vejer is a beautiful white village situated between Cadiz and Gibraltar. It is about fifty km. from both towns. The walls of Vejer were build in the 15th century. You can go to this village from Seville. You have to take a bus at the station del Prado. You get at Barca de Vejer. Then you could go Vejer by bus or by foot in fifteen minutes. From...

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