It was October 2016. Being a sweltering country during summer, my wife and I decided to enjoy Spain in autumn – when nature is still in its splendor, but temperature and prices go 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 – a reasonable price. For accommodation, we are using Booking.com, but through Bonusway.com …these are examples only, please google for the ones which suit you best.
For keeping your travel budget low, the main idea is to book flights and accommodation a few weeks 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 the 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 nine 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. You will find the Alcázar palace complex in the old town, which was amazing to visit – one of our favorite attractions from Seville.
The largest gothic church and the third-largest church globally, the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, is imposing. Unesco is registered as a world heritage site in 1987 – better known as Seville Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral.
The Torre del Oro – a military watchtower – is also a beautiful place to visit. I didn’t met the best weather conditions for photography (as you’ll see in the 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 – it needs good quality.
The Metropol Parasol is impressive. 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 Seville Cathedral’s vaults 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.
Charming 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 priceless.
There are many more attractions in Seville, but my scope for this post is a general presentation. If, at any point, you want to take a more in-depth look at 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 eat where most tourists are going – take a few more steps in not so central areas, and have your meal where locals use too.
Caminito del Rey
Known as ”The King’s Little Path”, Caminito del Rey is a walkway through the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro – Malaga area.
The walkway, which was partially closed for over a decade, was reopened in 2015 after about four years of work. It is one of the most dangerous touristic routes through the mountains with some tragic deaths count.
Keep in mind that if you visit the canyon, you’ll be provided with a 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 to make it possible to walk between them and transport materials.
Here are some photos of this magnificent place:
We traveled by train for less than one hour to reach Cordoba. It is a small town that was a Roman settlement first, after being colonized by Muslims in the 8th century. You will find many Moorish architectural 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. I recall that it is located on the first street on the right side as you position yourself with the back to the Roman bridge. I hope this will be useful in case you want to taste that fish.
Here below, you can see a picture of 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 spectacle view, a well-deserved effort to travel to. Wandering the streets is a celebration, and I felt as taken back in time.
The maze of streets, with meticulously maintained white painted houses, provides an overwhelming contrast with the blue skies and red roofs. Flowers everywhere helps to keep a great view.
About two hours by bus from Malaga, this was the longest route we had in all holiday. It doesn’t felt overwhelming because of the beautiful views we could admire all the way. Andalusia is wonderful, and the magnificent sceneries are not just like ”each-there” … it is astonishing everywhere!
About Granada now – it is the region’s capital, and it is located very close to the mountains Sierra Nevada. Not a very big city, with a 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 offers. I strongly recommend not to miss it if you 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 nightlife – 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 stunning location, with the white homes and the abundance 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 old town center. The famous Nerja caves are also a tourist attraction in the area – where you can view the remains of one of the ancient locals of Nerja.
Here are some pictures of the city:
Ronda was the last city we’ve visited on this trip to Spain, better said – to Andalusia. The rest of the 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 relax, eat good and taste (for many times – to be sure) the local beer 🙂
Okay … about Ronda – it is a tiny town with a population below 35 000. What 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 impressive in this rocky scenery:
You can attend the ‘Corrida Goyesca, ‘ 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 the public. I don’t know why it opens irregularly, and it is a small museum of Renaissance art.
In the end…
I am an amateur photographer, but my fascination with 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 and Sony. If you like the quality of the photos and feel interested, you can find the review I wrote for the camera – with pictures in the post – and here the lens review.
I hope you enjoyed my general description of this trip and the 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. Thank you for reading my post till the end!