The 1912 palatial hotel was built on the former site of the palace of the Duke and Duchess of Medinaceli. A string of famous guests have stayed here from Salvador Dali to novelist Isabel Allende and movie director Richard Attenborough, but well-heeled business travelers tend to dominate. The entrance hall, decorated with murals of Italian [...]
Situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucia, Granada is a smallish city of fewer than half a million. Yet there are more things to see and do here than in some cities ten times its size. Once part of the kingdom of Castile, it is now one of Spain’s best tourist [...]
The festive calendar of Cadiz has numerous events but there are three which are of particular importance and have been declared Fiestas of International Tourist Interest: the Carnival of Cadiz, the Jerez Equestrian Fair, and the horse races on the beach at Sanlucar de Barrameda.
For those who enjoy touring religious and historical architecture, there’s no finer spot in Andalucia than Ronda. Filled with fascinating structures from throughout the town’s long history, the city is quite simply entrancing. Walk across the Puento Nuevo, completed in 1793 (during the reign of Felipe V) and head backwards in time.
Europe has many awe-inspiring cathedrals. But throughout most of the continent there is a kind of sameness to their designs. That shouldn’t be surprising since architects readily borrowed ideas from one another, and building technology was limited in the periods they were built, from about 1200-1800AD. But it is possible to see some truly different [...]
Madrid, Barcelona. These are among the most well-known and sought after vacation spots in Spain. But there is another region, one on the Mediterranean that deserves equal time: Andalucia. Here, tourists will find a golden land, filled with things to do that even experienced travelers will find new and surprising.
The Guadalhorc Valley Route The immense orchard of the valley of the Guadalhorce, very near to Malaga itself, comprises the municipalities of Alhaurin de la Torre, Alhaurin el Grande, Almogfa, Alora, Cartama, Coin, Pizarra, and Valle de Abdalajrs. As well as the charming popular architecture of the white villages, the area boasts a wealth of [...]
Different cultures have marked the city of Córdoba that was the Roman and Moorish capital city, the centre of Western Europe. Situated on the banks of the river Guadalquivir it welcomed great philosophers like the Roman Séneca, Averroes, Maimónides the Jew, writers like Luis de Góngora, or painters like Julio Romero de Torres.
Wine is produced in many areas of Spain. The hot sun and Mediterranean breezes make for some stellar Palomino grapes. But the capital of one type – sherry – has to be assigned to Jerez de la Frontera, a city in the Cadiz section of Andalucia. The very name means ‘sherry’, a derivative of the [...]
While Americans and others may celebrate Easter only on a Sunday, that occasion is marked in Spain by an entire week of festivities known as Semana Santa, or Holy Week. The Holy Week festivals that take place all over the country are especially marked in Andalucia. Here, the emphasis is less on doleful repentance and [...]
Cadiz, to the south of Huelva province shares the same stretch of coastline, the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light), an Atlantic coastline, with long stretches of uncrowded pristine sand. Windsurfers and para-surfers will have heard of Tarifa, the most southern point of the Cadiz region, which as you would expect is renown for [...]
The port city of Cadiz in the Andalucia region of Spain is an ancient wonder. It is among the oldest inhabited cities in Europe, with roots stretching back to Phoenician sailors over 3,000 years ago. Modern visitors will find dozens of things to do here encompassing the years from then to now.
If you want to have the freedom of touring Spain from Malaga on your own schedule, you may want to consider a Malaga Car Hire. By hiring a car you are not forced to be a slave to the public transportation schedules or problems, you can decide when you want to see things, for how [...]