Posts tagged Andalusia
Road trip In Andalusia - South West Itinerary

There are endless opportunities when you venture on a sweet off-season road trip through the provinces of Seville and Cádiz. The southern most part of Spain is cherished for having some of the most scenic sights, from nature reserves to ancient towns with lyrical names. As travelling slow is the best way to experience Andalusia, we recommend a week to discover the two provinces that we cover in this read.

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Annual Festivals in Andalusia

Spring season brings warmer temperatures and renewals after winter's intermission. The season brings an extraordinary ambience to the city of Seville, serenaded with the scent of orange blossom and jasmine. The new season begins with the Passion of Jesus Christ in Easter Holy Week and two weeks after begins the Feria de Abril de Sevilla (Seville April Fair), and other locations that follow. Every day of the festive occurrence, carriages and riders parade carrying Seville's leading citizens to make their way to the bullring, La Real Maestranza, where the bullfighters and breeders meet.

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Vejer de la Frontera - Costa de la Luz gem

The white washed, hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera unquestionably constitutes an oasis in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. Only 10 minutes drive from the picturesque beaches of El Palmar, this beautiful setting is one of the most alluring towns on Spanish soil. For history buffs, this petite find is a place with special appeal for being an enclave for Southern Europe's oldest civilisations, the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans.

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72hrs in Seville

There are few cities in the world that evoke the same level of sentiment as Seville. It's the centre of all things traditionally Spanish: from the flamenco music, bullfighting to Ernest Hemingway's favourite drink, sangria. While the Sevillians (Sevillanos in Spanish) are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is fascinating for its exuberance. 

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Cadiz, Spain - Past and Present

Once upon a time the city of Cádiz held all of the trade with the old world (coming from the Americas) and with that brought great responsibilities and inspired stories. The port with its crenellated sea walls and chunky forts is heavily reminiscent of Havana in Cuba or San Juan in Puerto Rico. We went to Cádiz by crossing the Guadalete river with a catamaran from the fishermen's port town of El Puerto de Santa María. A lot of history buffs work on excavating the truths about this ancient city. It is said that the true city of Cádiz is underwater and is the so-called lost city of Atlantis that we have all been hearing about for ages.

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Restaurante El Arriate - El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz

Restaurante El Arriate opened its doors in 2007, with head chef/owner David Méndez and director/wife Eva Baro offering modern and eclectic cuisine to the Costa de la Luzs' town of El Puerto de Santa Maria. They both come from the Andalusian city of Córdoba (Cordova in English), bringing with them hefty and creative ideas. Their philosophy has always been to offer...

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Córdoba - Enchantment in Andalusia

The simple beauty that resonates throughout Córdoba is simply incredible. This southern gem of a city makes for a memorable visit. The locals serenade their houses with full-bloomed flowers on their balconies and patio walls. I was told to go back when the Flower Festival is celebrated mid-May but being there late December in 20º degree weather with the perfume of flowers in the air was a big enough treat in itself.

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Granada - The Moorish Jewel

Of all the magnificent cities that permeate Spain, perhaps none is as simultaneously fascinating, diverse and historical as Granada. Expect an array of dreadlocked hippies, skinny-jean clad hipsters, religious finders, classical traditionalists and many more mixtures of grand personalities in the city. This is the world's renowned capital of tapas, so enjoy, as an order of cheerful drink gives you a small portion of food on the plate!

 

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