The sleepy town of Alhama de Granada, located only 60 kms south-west of Granada, is beautifully located on the edge of a limestone gorge – that’s why the town is sometimes called ‘Little Ronda’! From the remaining sides the ancient village offers great views of wheat and olive fields and far off views of stunningmountain ranges.
Alhama de Granada is famous for the Balneario – ancient hot Arab baths in the spa-hotel located in the vicinity of the village. The thermal springs are especially recommended for rheumatic diseases and problems with respiratory tract. Also worth seeing in the village is the 1st century Roman Bridge, several churches including Parish or Mayor Church of Santa Maria de la Encarnacion and Conventual Church of Carmen. Have stroll around the town to discover more historic buildings. One of the recommended walking routes is a hike through the gorge. In the Los Tajos gorge, you can find some free thermal pools.
If you are travelling from Malaga to Granada short detour to Alhama is a must. If healing properties of the spa waters is what interests you, a weekend visit or longer is recommended. Try to avoid coming in July and August when the heat can be a problem.
A 15 min drive away from Alhama de Granada, you will find the beautiful vast Bermejales reservoir with sandy beaches, great water quality and amazing conditions for swimming or kayaking – much recommended as well for a summer family day!
Antequera is a fairly inconspicuous city north of Malaga. Because of it’s central position in Andalucia, between Seville, Granada, and Cordoba, it is often called “the heart of Andalucía”. Antequera boasts many interesting places to see, however, it remains unspoilt by massive tourism.
The fortress of Alcazaba stands out as a dominating feature over Antequera. You can visit Alcazaba’s walls and the main tower and enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the top. It is also worth to visit the churches in the centre: Iglesia de San Sebastian and Iglesia de Sanitago.
Those interested in the prehistory should visit the Dolmen of Menga at the city outskirts. It’s an access corridor and an oval-shaped burial chamber from 3000 BC. The tomb most probably served as a grave for the ruling families. Hundreds of people were buried there. If you stand just inside the entrance to this ancient site, you will clearly see Pena de los Enamorados (The Lovers Rock) also known as Montana del Indio (Indian Mountain), because the 880 metre mountain looks like a head of a sleeping Indian.
Another interesting megalithic construction located just outside the city is Dolmen del Romeral. Lastly, there is a megalithic sepulchre of Tholos de El Romeral located 3 kms north of the city. Access to all three archaeological sites is free.
Nature and adventure around Antequera
We also recommend exploring the Antequera region. Whether you are interested in wild animals, climbing, canyoning or hiking, you will surely find something for your liking near Antequera.
Central Andalucia, including the Antequera region, is a real paradise for climbers. The small towns of Villanueva del Rosario, El Chorro, Archidona as well as small villages of Valle de Adaliajis or Pinares de San Anton are very popular climbing destinations. Ten kms south of Antequera there is a Wolf Park (Lobo Park) for those who would like to learn more a about wolves and observe wolves in an environment that is very close to real nature.
El Torcal Natural Park, located just a couple of kilometers south of Antequera, is a definite must-see. It is famous for weird and bizarre rock formations which are wonderful to look at. Each of these intriguing rocks resembles something different and has some affectionate name, e.g. camel or canary.
Bird lovers or hikers should not miss Fuente de Piedra lagoon. This beautiful park is located 20 kms north-west of Antequera. It boasts second largest colony of flamingos in Europe.
Iznajar, located around 60 kms north of Antequera, is another interesting place to visit. It’s a classic white village perched on a hill, beside the largest lake in Andalucia. Iznajar boasts spectacular views of the extensive lake and olive hills that surround it from all sides. The views from Iznajar castle stretch as far as the snow-capped Sierra Nevada.
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.
The Spanish saying says: ‘If you haven’t seen Seville, you have seen nothing‘ (‘Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla’). The capital of Andalucia, Seville, is the fourth biggest city in Spain with more than 660 thousand inhabitants.
The river Guadalquivir flows through the city and 85 km later enters the Atlantic. It is also the capital of the Spanish flamenco and corrida.
Seville is well known for its spiritual life. The Semana Santa commemorates the Passion and is characterized by slow and lengthy processions that date from the first half of the sixteenth century. Right after the Easter, one-week Feria de Abril commences in the city.
Top 5 cultural attractions in Seville
1. Plaza de Espana – massive plaza, close to the centre of Seville, boasting beautiful architecture. Once you get there, you will be able to enjoy a ‘virtual tour’ around all the provinces of Spain. Each province is represented by a separate alcove, an elaborate and beautiful ceramic tile work.
2. Alcazar gardens – extensive and well-designed and very well-mainained garden complex which enjoys massive popularity among tourists visiting Seville. Orange groves, labyrinth made of cypress, beautiful fountains. If you liked Granada’s Alhambra, you will surely love this place. Did you know that the ninth episode in the 5th series of ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed there? The entrance fee is 9 euros.
3. Cathedral – the largest Gothic cathedral in the world is definitely a must-see. Looks impressive both outside and inside. First have a walk around the building to realize how unbelievably huge the cathedral is. Once you are inside, you will be able to admire beautiful paintings, sculptures and lots of other amazing artwork. There is a Cristopher Columbus tomb inside as well. The entrance fee is 9 euros.
4. Giralda Tower – symbol of Seville. It’s tedious 37 floors to get to the top, but the amazing 360 degrees panoramic views of Seville from the top are a perfect reward. Definitely not recommended if you have fear of heights! The Cathedral entrance fee includes Girlada Tower as well.
5. Italica – Roman ruins near Seville. Italica was one of the oldest Roma settlements on the Iberian peninsula. The ruins date back to 200 BC. Two Roman emperors were born here – Trajan and Hadrian. Today, it is archaeological site in a small town of Santiponce, located 10 km from the centre of Seville. If you don’t have a car, you can get there easily from the bus station, or take a cab anywhere in Seville, but be prepared to pay up to 30 Euros. The impressive amphitheatre and well-preserved mosaics floors are the main highlights of this huge site.
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The capital of Costa del Sol offers numerous attractions for all kinds of holidaymakers and travellers. Whether you seek a cultural feast or simply want to enjoy the beach and night life, you will be spoilt for choice in dynamic and versatile Malaga.
The numerous historical and cultural landmarks are nicely woven into the growing vibrant modern city centre and in close distance to each other. Alcazaba, the Moorish fortress, is probably the most famous landmark. This well-preserved and impressive fortification overlooks the city and the bay in every direction from its hilltop position. You can get reach it on foot, get their by by bus or even by taking a lift on Calle Guillen Sotelo!
In the very heart of Malaga rises the great Renaissance Cathedral. The building is unbelievably large and for an inattentive tourist it may appear as a series of separate buildings! The cultural and architectural pleasures are plentiful in the ‘Birthplace of Picasso’.
Swelling with nightclubs and beach clubs, Malaga is a great place to indulge in a lavish night-life. The city has no shortage of great shopping centres as well. Malaga’s beaches are quite vast and well taken care of offering good conditions for sunbathing to everyone, all year long.
Depending on what you want from your holiday, bestandalucia.com recommends visiting Malaga in spring, summer or early autumn!
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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.