Granada

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral

When you think Granada, the Alhambra complex of palaces comes first to mind. The pinnacle of Moorish art is the pride not only of Granada, but of the whole Spain. The wonderful Alhambra has inspired travellers for centuries. Poetry was the inspiration when designing the complex which was intended to be a paradise. And it’s as close to an earthly paradise, as it gets.
Granada itself and the nearby small white villages are perched on a series of hills, one of which is crowned by the mighty Alhambra. Those green hills gradually climb to the snow-topped Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the most popular ski resorts in Spain.

There is a lot more to Granada than Alhambra. There is the Generalife, situated next to Alhambra, which is a small palace colmplex with beautiful gardens. Highly rated among the vistors, Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), offersa great science experience. If your kids didn’t appreciate the beauties of Alhrambra, take them to the Science Park and they are going to love it! There is plenty of stuff to do for youngters and excitement lurks around every corner of the Park.

View of Granada from Alhambra

View of Granada from Alhambra

Another noteworthy place is a street Calle De La Caldereria Nueva, also known as “Little Morocco“. There are Moorish shops, teahouses and buildings there. So if you fancy buying some North African products, a visit to “Little Marocco” is mot recommended.

If a cultural feast with a family is what you are looking for, hestitate no more and book a trip to Granada with bestandalucia.com.

Granada – nearest destinations: Sierra Nevada, Nerja

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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.

Casares

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Magical, enchanting and unique. One of the most idyllic places in Andalucia, Casares is a small forgotten village located between Estepona and Manilva. Casares’ iconic centuries-old white-washed houses clinging to a steep hillside draw thousands of photographers every year.

Whether you approach Casares from the East or from the West, the views of the village are equally sensational. Once you arrive at the spot, one of the many winding streets will get you to the centre of Casares. Find a sign that shows the way uphill to the castle. Words can’t describe the panorama that streteches from the 11-th cenutry fortress. On a sunny day, you will be able to see a vast stretch of Costa del Sol as well as the distant Rock of Gibraltar and Africa.

Since Casares lies at the border of the incredible Sierra Crestelina, it is a great place for hikers. There are more than 200 km of versatile footpaths surrounding and crossing the village. This historic rural place is also recommended by Best Andalucia to families for a one day trip just to escape the busy Costa del Sol and get close to nature, or for a romantic weekend for couples. Apart from the ruins of the castle, a church and a museum, Casares doesn’t hold other attractions. However, there are some good local restaurants and ventas.

Casares – nearest destinations: Estepona, Ronda

Arcos de la Frontera

The gateway to the Route of the White Villages, Arcos de la Frontera is a good starting point for anyone who wants to explore the famous pueblos blancos. Arcos is the the westernmost of the white villages, located on the way between Jerez and Ronda.

Make sure you don’t miss Plaza de Espana when you visit Arcos. One side of the square called Miardor de la Pena Nueva serves as a balcony offering great views of the Guadalete Valley. There are some birds displays a couple of times a day there. Directly across the square you will find the impressive church of Santa María de la Asunción which represents a mix of different architectural styles: Romanesque and Renaissance from the outside and Gothic from the inside. Another attraction in Arcos is the castle, a large 11-th century Arab fortress. However, it is impossible to visit it.  Next to Arcos there is a large reservoir, very popular place for kayaking, sailing and water skiing in summer.

Beautiful Arcos de la Frontera can be a nice side stop along the way to Jerez, Ronda, Cadiz or Seville.

Nearest destinations: Jerez de la Frontera, Ronda.

Nearest airport: Jerez de la Frontera.

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Mijas

Mijas is a popular tourist destination on Costa del Sol, located just a few kilometres inland from Fuengirola, and only 25 minutes drive from Malaga. This charming traditional Spanish town is situated 428 meters above sea level, in the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas in a spectacular setting of leafy pine forests and green slopes. Read More…