Medina Sidonia

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Medina Sidonia is picturesquely located on Cerro del Castillo, the highest elevation of the region which generally tends to be flat in that part of the province. The town is conveniently located half an hour’s drive from Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera, however, it still remains unspoilt by tourism even in high season.

Rich history of Medina Sidonia

As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Medina Sidonia was founded between 1300 and 700 BC and was later occupied by Phoenician settlers. In the 15th century Medina Sidonia belonged to the family of Guzmans. It was one of the most prominent and affluent of the noble families in the medieval Spain. Under the Guzmans, Medina Siodnia reached its greatest splendour.Medina3_400x630 The seventh Duke of Medina Sidonia is remembered in the history books as the man who led to defeat the Spanish Armada of 1588. Medina Sidonia was also the Andalusian capital of sweets, especially known for the Alfajores, cakes made of almonds, hazelnuts, honey and spices.

From the Middle Ages, Medina Sidonia remained important ducal seat. Today it’s the official seat of Luisa Isabel Alvarez de Toledo, the 20th Duchess of Medina Sidonia.

Tourist attractions

Medina_630x400The most popular attractions in medina Sidonia include the 13th century Castle, Church of Saint Mary the Crowned, Arab Castle of Torrestrella, impressive Ducal Stables, 17th century Town Hall as well as beautiful Plaza de España. It is also worth visit local restaurants offering great tapas and traditional Spanish dishes.

Gaucin

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Located in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra de Ronda, Gaucin is a must see for anyone interested in “white villages.” It’s located not far away from another whitewashed village, Casares, so it might be a good idea to visit both on the same day.

Gaucin’s top attraction is the Moorish Castillo del Aguila, perched right above the village. It sits 626 metres above sea level, so spectacular views of Gibraltar and the Moroccan mountains are guaranteed on a clear day.

Gaucin tends to be very quiet all year round, as not many tourists remember about this beautiful place.  Artists, birdwatchers and hikers visit Gaucin most often. There are hundreds of kilometres of pathways, some of them signposted some of them wild, that lead through varied magical landscape.

If you are looking for a remote romantic getaway, want to esacpe the hustle and bustle of the busy city life, or simply get closer to nature, make sure to visit Gaucin.

Gaucin – nearest destinations: Ronda, Casares, Jimena de la Frontera.

Fuengirola

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Fuengirola is a nice holiday resort located just 15 minutes drive from Malaga airport. It’a perfect summer desitnation for everyone: families, couples or singles. Funegoriola boasts some of the best beaches in the area, beautiful yacht-filled marina, good range of restaurants including many British and some good value for money hotels.

Fuengirola is a good choice if you want explore Costa del Sol. The town is conveniently located close both to motorway and coastal roads, so that you can get to the nearby Marbella, Mijas or Benalmadena in a matter of minutes. Popular coastal train service also runs from Malaga through Torremolinos and Benalmadena to Fuengirola. But there is no shortage of top-quality attractions in Fuengirola itself. Lovely Castle of Sohail on a hill overlooking the sea, Bioparc Fuengirola with wild animals, large water park and more.

If you are a keen golfer, Fuengirola can be a perfect starting point to discover and explore Costa del Golf. Fuengirola is surrounded by numeorus quality golf courses: inland from the town, in the direction of Marbella, and on the coastal road to Malaga.

Fuengirola – nearest destinations: Marbella, Benalmadena

Castellar de la Frontera

Just 25 kilometres from Gibraltar lies the wonderful Castellar with an atmospheric medieval castle perched on the peak of the hill. Within the walls of the old fortress lies the old village full of colourful flowers and trees. Read More…

Aracena

Aracena is a small untouristy town located in the hills of the western Sierra Morena in the Huelva province. It lies north of the road between Huelva and Seville, not far from the Portuguese border.

The number one attraction of Arcaena is the famous Gruta de la Maravillas (Cave of Wonders). It’s a stunningly beautiful network of caves interconnected by walking trails. The guided tour allows you to explore only ten percent of all the chambers, but that’s enough to leave you awestruck. As the caves can only be visited by a limited number of people at one time (usually it’s 40), we recommend that you prepare yourself for possible delays once you buy the ticket. Another popular tourist spots in Aracena are the ruins of a castle overlooking the town and a beautiful Gothic church Iglesia de la Asuncion.

Walking path along the mines

Walking path along the mines

Aracena is one of the best destinations for hiking holidays. This green kingdom of Holm Oak and Cork Oak trees in Sierra Aracena is rarely visited by tourists. However, it is an excellent region for hikers, as it boasts more than 600 km of various path and trails.The well-marked local trails will lead you through beautiful scenary of hills, cork and oak forests, chestnut groves, citrus plantations and small white towns.

Rio Tinto Mines

Peña del Hierro in the Rio Tinto Mines

Peña del Hierro in the Rio Tinto Mines

Rio Tinto Mines is another fascinating tourist attraction near Aracena. Minas de Rio Tinto village is located only 35 kms south of Aracena. Intensively red, surrealistic landscape of Rio Tinto mines, one of the oldest mines in the world, is an incredible view to behold. The feeling is that you have been suddenly teleported from Earth to Mars!

To see all the attractions of the mines might take at least half a day. Great panoramic views of the mines are available through two miradors on the A-461 as well as through viewing points in Alto de la Mesa. There is an interesting Mining Museum in the Minas the Rio Tinto village. It features the displays of artefacts generated by 5000 years of mining activities. A 22-km long recreational tour along the Rio Tinto river in the 19th-century trains is also available for tourists there.  If you follow the signs and drive a little bit deeper into the mines, heading north past the village of Nerva, you will reach the Pena de Hierro, 85-metre deep openpit mine which is surrounded by some nice walking paths.

Aracena- nearest destinations: Seville, Huelva.

Nearest airports: Jerez de la Frontera, Seville.

Zahara de la Sierra

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A fairy-tale small white village, Zahara de la Sierra extends a warm welcome to all those seeking some quiet time in absolutely spectacular settings. Zahara is perched on top of a steep rocky hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the Zahara-el Gastor reservoir. A crumbling old castle, once a major Moorish outpost, towers over the tranquil pueblo blanco. Among the fortress ruins you will find Zahara’s most famous attraction, the lookout tower, the Torre del Homenaje.

Zahara lies in the heart of Sierra de Grazalema Naural Park, one of Spain’s most famous and most visited natural parks, renowned for great hiking trails and varied wildlife.

Zahara de la Sierra is one of the best Andalucian destinations for romantic holidays. Also recommended for anyone interested in hiking, exploring nature, or to kayaking enthusiasts!

Zahara de la Sierra – nearest destinations: Ronda, Casares

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Tarifa

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The European capital of windsurfing is a top destination for active people. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, you can do this and much more in this small coastal town. Tarifa, the southernmost point of Europe, is also the where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Poniente and Levante, two different winds in Tarifa,  provide unique conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing almost all year round. However, the best wind surfing conditions are in July, August and September.

The urban beach of Tarifa city is called Playa Los Lances. It’s very wide and enjoyable and in close distance to the numerous waterfront buildings. Valderama and Punta Paloma,  the virgin beaches neighbouring Tarifa to the west, are also worth a special credit. Those unspoilt beaches, boasting white sand and crystal clear water, stretch for more than 10 km. If you seek privacy and getting close to the nature, go no further. Valderama boasts some great sand dunes which can be climbed easily.

With all the great active people from all over the Europe, the night life in Tarifa can be very intensive, especially in summer.

Tarifa – nearest destinations: Zahara de los AtunesGibraltar

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Jaen

Forgotten treasure of Andalucia. That’s what you may call Jaen when you consider it’s rich and fascinating history and very low tourist profile in southern Spain. Spanish Jaen is recommended for a cultural holidays, especially for those interested in the history of wars between the Moors and the Christians. It might be a good idea to combine the trip with a visit to the nearby Granada.

The top attraction of the city is the impressive 13thcentury Cathedral majestically towering over the medieval Old Town. The sheer size of the building and the awe-Inspiring architectural details inside are well worth a visit.

Located in Santa María Square, the cathedral is also a good starting point to explore the atmospheric narrow streets of Jaen’s old town and discover Renaissance palacios and churches.

One of the cobbled streets may take you to Palacio de Villardompardo in the old Moorish quarter, another must see attraction of Spanish Jaen. The palace boasts large Naive Museum, with free entrance, which houses more than 400 impressive paintings and sculptures.  In the basement of the palace, toursits can wander around the well-preserved 11thcentury Arab Baths, the largest such complex in Europe. A visit to the top floor of the palace rewards vistors with a great panoramic views of Jaen.

Perched on top of the highest hill in Jaen and overlooking the city, is Saint Catalina’s Castle. This impressive stronghold offers some good “paradors” with absolutely breath-taking views. If the weather allows it, one can even clearly see the distant Sierra Morena. Built in the 8th century, the castle served the Moors first, then it was partially destroyed and rebuild by the Christians. Great informative guided tour of the castle is also available on top.

Jaen – nearest destinations: Granada, Cordoba