SPAIN & PORTUGAL : DESTINATIONS - EUROPE
Andalusia is the result of diverse influences that blend Arab and Iberian culture. Its heritage is a reflection of its rich history closely linked with Africa since part of Spain was Muslim for several centuries. Moreover, the term « Al-Andalus », from which the region takes its beautiful name, is an Arabic word. Let’s not forget that Andalusia is only 14 km away from Morocco by the Strait of Gibraltar, which has made more than one traveler dream!
This Spanish region is punctuated by mountains to the north and east (Sierra Morena and the Sierra Nevada) and the green valley of the Guadalquivir River which winds to the west. Seville, the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, displays its cultural charms and its taste for festivities by the side of this long river. Cordoba, best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D, it was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. In the lands of that lies to the north and Granada to the east are flourishing cities renowned for their beauty all over the world. Open to the sea, Andalusia also fills summer visitors and sun lovers with its superb coastline: “Costa de la Luz” on the side of Cádiz and Gibraltar, while to the east the famous Costa del Sol is punctuated by the seaside resorts of Marbella or Malaga.
Visit “Mercado de Triana”, at the Triana district, a lively market hall near the arched Puente de Isabel II bridge, with food stalls and small eateries serving salmorejo soup, croquettes, and tapas. In the evening find venues presenting live flamenco music.
Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace in Seville, built for the Christian king Peter of Castile. The dream comes true in the gardens of the Alcázar and their sumptuous residence.
Take half a day to get lost in the corridors of the Alhambra, the fortress-palace that has inspired artists throughout the centuries. Behind its high yellow stone walls hide architectural treasures and sumptuous arabesques worthy of the palaces of the Thousand and One Nights.
Take the road to the white villages or Pueblo Blanco in the language of Cervantes.
Visit Nasrid Castle, Setenil de las Bodegas, a troglodyte village huddled under a huge rock or the romantic Ronda.
The Tabernas desert, unique in Europe, located in the east of Andalusia, with 280 square kilometers of arid ridges, dry river beds, and bizarre rock formations, the protected national park feels more American Wild West than Andalusia.
Discover a unique place in the heart of Andalusia: the Sierra Nevada, the southernmost mountain range in Europe, it is full of natural treasures. A paradise for hikers, it will also delight lovers of more atypical activities.
Taste with delight the fragrant olive oil of the village of Baeza lost in the green ocean of olive groves. The cobbled streets and remarkable Renaissance monuments have earned this friendly town a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Enjoy the gentle way of life in Malaga, an emblematic city on the Costa del Sol. A city full of color due to its façades and its excellent amber, red, or rosé wine.
Visit The Museo Picasso, Museum in Málaga, the city where artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born. It opened in 2003 in the Buenavista Palace and has 285 works donated by members of Picasso's family.
Taste the Spanish flavors! Its tapas, cold soups like Salmorejo, Ajoblanco…, or its aubergines fried in honey have been putting everyone in agreement for several centuries! Not forgetting the seafood (fish and seafood) and the excellent wines of the region of Malaga and Jerez de la Frontera, which make the region a gastronomic destination.
Enjoy Marbella’s Beaches, the 27 kilometers (17 miles) of coastline within the limits of Marbella is divided into twenty-four beaches with different features. Golden or dark sand ranging through a fine, medium, or coarse in texture, and some gravel.
Marbella is a great place to try out some traditional Spanish cooking, Gazpacho cold soup, Espetos de Sardinas -means grilled sardines-, Cordoban Salmorejo, Meat, and fish - grilled in front of you-. The whole family will find something to satisfy their tastes., add their delicious flavor to the splendid setting of the restaurant.
Puerto Banus/Malaga - Less than 20 miles east along the coast from the unspoiled oasis of Estepona and you’re in a different world. Marbella has carved out a reputation for itself as being the loudest, most brash, and bling destination on the south coast of Spain; a favorite among the world’s millionaires and billionaires. Playa Puerto Banús is one of the best-known beaches close to the city (5.5 miles southwest of Marbella) and offers a slightly quieter environment than the crowded and noisy sands of Marbella itself. Situated along the length of Puerto Banus’ flashy marina, this clean and spacious beach is lined with smart beauty salons and sleek bars and restaurants.
The beaches in Andalusia are formed to the east by the Mediterranean Sea and to the west by the Atlantic. The light of Cádiz beaches, the virgin nature of the coast in Huelva, the wonderful cliffs and coves of the Malagan coastline, or the radiant color of the Granada’s coast.
To name some of them:
-Playa de Los Genoveses in Almeria
-Playa Zahara de los Atunes in Cadiz
-Playa La Malagueta in Malaga
-Playa La Caleta in Malaga
-Playa La Rada Estepona/Malaga
All year round, the sun is shining. In the southeast of Andalusia, rainfall is scarce, especially in summer. Temperatures, which can reach up to 40 degrees in July-August, are always more pleasant at the seaside. However, bring hats, sunscreens, and sunglasses for your family. Little Guest is on all fronts and also advises you on your choice of sun protection and baby sunglasses! In spring and autumn, the temperatures, usually between 24 and 28 degrees, are simply perfect for exploring this beautiful region.