It was October 2016… Being a very hot country during summer, me and my wife decided to enjoy Spain in autumn – when nature is still in its splendor, but temperature and prices goes down a little.
Here are some travel tips: first we chose to rich Seville by plane, for this we bought tickets about two months before – good price. For accommodation we are using Booking.com, but through Bonusway.com … these are examples only, please google for the ones who suits you best.
The main idea – for keeping your travel budget low – is to book flight and accommodation few week before traveling and, if possible, to get some cashback.
For this trip we went straight to Seville (which become our ”base”) and from there on we traveled by train and bus to visit nearest locations. It maybe doesn’t sound like the best idea, but wait a bit to see how many tourist attractions we’ve reached in just 9 days…
It is the capital and the largest city in Andalusia. It has a population of about 690,000, being the 4th biggest city in Spain. In the old town you will find the Alcázar palace complex, which was amazing to visit – one of our favorite attractions from Seville.
The largest gothic church and the third largest church in the world, the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede is very impressive. Registered by Unesco as a world heritage site in 1987 – better known as Seville Cathedral which is a Roman Catholic cathedral.
The Torre del Oro – which is a military watch tower – it is also a nice place to visit. I didn’t met the best weather conditions for photography (as you’ll see in below images) but this never stopped me from shooting – even if only for later memories. Saying that because I am a contributor with Shutterstock, Dreamstime and Fotolia, where I use to sell my photos – needs good quality.
The Metropol Parasol is really amazing, for a few coins you can see the city from heights. It is a bizarre wooden structure designed by the German artist Jürgen Mayer and finished in April 2011.
The structure has six parasols in the shape of giant mushrooms, design inspired from the vaults of Seville Cathedral and the ficus trees in Plaza de Cristo de Burgos.
It is organized in four steps: the underground level where you’ll find the Antiquarium, the street level where is the Central Market and for levels 2 and 3 we have two stages of the panoramic terraces, which are including a restaurant.
Very nice view we found in the Plaza de España, where we arrived after the darkness fell. A romantic place where you can rent and use a boat during the night – which is really priceless.
There are much more attractions in Seville, but my scope for this post is a general presentation. If at any point, you want to take a deeper look on some location, please ask in the comments below and I will make a new post – more detailed on the subject.
That was the first day – walking all over and enjoying the great city. In the night we spoiled in restaurants with local foods and drinks. As a tip – don’t go eat where most tourists are going – take a few more steps in not so central areas, and have your meal where locals use to.
Caminito del Rey
Known as ”The King’s Little Path”, Caminito del Rey is a walkway through the steep walls of a slim gorge in El Chorro – Malaga area.
The walkway which was partially closed for over a decade, has been reopened in 2015 after about 4 years work. It is one of the most dangerous touristic routes through the mountains with some tragic deaths count.
Keep in mind that if and when you’ll go to visit the canyon, you’ll be provided with safety helmet. You’ll have to wear the helmet at all times, as crew members are at all times on the route.
The construction began in 1901 and it was ended in 1905. The main scope was to provide workers for two hydroelectric plants, with a means to make possible to walk between them and also for the transport of materials.
Here are some photos with this magnificent place:
We traveled by train less than one hour to reach Cordoba. It is a small town that was a Roman settlement first, after that being colonized by Muslim in the 8th century. You will find many Moorish architecture details there – like Mezquita and the Roman bridge.
Here in Cordoba, we enjoyed the food from the best fishery ever – sorry I don’t remember the name – but I recall that it is located first street on the right side as you position yourself with the back to the Roman bridge. I really hope this will be useful in case you really want to taste that fish.
Here below you can see a picture with the Roman Bridge:
Frigiliana – Costa del Sol
Frigiliana village is located about six km north of Nerja and just over fifty km from Malaga. It is the most picturesque village on Costa del Sol and is exceptionally good looking white houses.
We traveled by bus and moved our base accommodation in Malaga, for visiting (of course Malaga) Frigiliana, Nerja, Granada and Ronda.
In Frigiliana you will find a really spectacle view, well deserved effort to travel to. Wandering the streets is an exultation, and I was feeling as taken back in time.
The maze of streets, with meticulously maintained white painted houses are providing an overwhelming contrast with the blue skies and red roofs. Flowers everywhere helps maintaining the great view.
About two hours by bus from Malaga, this was the longest route we had in all holiday. Really it doesn’t felt overwhelming because of the beautiful views we could admire all the way. Andalusia is very beautiful and the great sceneries are not just like ”each-there” … it is astonishing everywhere!
About Granada now – it is the capital of the region and it is located very close to the mountains Sierra Nevada. Not a very big city, with friendly population of below 250.000.
The most known tourist attraction is the Alhambra, which was a Nasrid palace city and is also called by Unesco – a world heritage site, well deserved though. This was the main reason we went there to visit Granada.
I personally love Malaga, from the splendid views to the city life with all the foods and tasty beer it has to offer. I strongly recommend not to miss it if ever go to visit Spain.
Climbing the hill for the Alcazaba or going to the old historic center of Malaga, visiting museums or cathedrals, simply enjoying the restaurants or night life – you have no chance to get bored in there.
There are lots of parks and gardens, and the vegetation was amazing – despite the fact we’ve been there in October.
It generally looks like Frigiliana, with the big difference that in Nerja there are more blocks of flats than houses. As so the maze of streets and the feeling like living in the past disappears. Still a very beautiful location, with the white houses and the plenitude of flowers.
The Balcón de Europa is a great place to visit. It gives overwhelming views over the sea, you will find it in the center of the old town. The famous Nerja caves is also a tourist attraction in the area – there you can view the remains of one of the ancient locals of Nerja.
Here are some pictures in the city:
Ronda was the last city we’ve visited in this trip to Spain, better said – to Andalusia. The rest of time (about two days) we enjoyed the city life in Malaga. I have this thing … when I go to visit a country, I love to take my time in the end to just relax, eat good and taste (for many times – just to be sure) the local beer 🙂
Oky … about Ronda – it is a really small town with population below 35 000. What it makes it very special to me is that a good part of the city is built on top of the cliffs. This is just spectacular:
The Puente Nuevo bridge looks amazing in this rocky scenery:
You can attend the ‘Corrida Goyesca’ which is a unique and historical bullfight that happens once a year in the Plaza de toros de Ronda. This is the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain. The partially intact Arab baths can be found below the city and dated back to the 1300 – 1400
In Ronda you can also visit the Palacio of the Marqués de Salvatierra if you are lucky to find it open to public. I don’t know why it opens irregularly, it is a small museum of Renaissance art.
In the end…
I am an amateur photographer, but my fascination for shooting is helping me to progress every day. All the above pictures were done with my previous camera Sony A6000 and 18-200 mm lens, also from Sony. If you like the quality of the photos and feel interested, here you can find the review I wrote for the camera – with photos in the post – and here the lens review.
I hope you enjoyed my general description about this trip and places in Andalusia. Please ask in the comment section below if you need more details about something, or if you want to add your experience. Thanks you for reading my post till the end!