City Trips

MÁLAGA

is a fun, warm and charming city, with a cozy car-free city centre. The city of Málaga is a lively port city, with a hip pier, and renewed typical chiringuitos, beach restaurants where you can eat fresh sardines. Enjoy the Spanish lifestyle and all that under a wonderful mediteranean climate. A living, vibrant, dynamic and heart-warming city, a city that simply lives … Nowadays Malaga is a city in which tradition and modernity are combined, while in more than 2,000 years various Mediterranean peoples have lived. Under the attentive gaze of the Castle Gibralfaro stretches a cheerful and busy town filled with beautiful corners, such as the Alameda Principal or the seafront La Farola and where it’s possible to discover popular neighbourhoods. Málaga is a city whose streets are overwhelmed by its inhabitants’ passion during the yearly Holy Week, declared to international tourist attraction. The main shopping street Larios is one of the best decorated streets of Spain around Christmas time.

ANTEQUERA

During your stay in Andalusia be sure to visit the impressive ANTEQUERA and travel 5000 years back in time. The rich history of the Andalusian village brings countless churches, high walls and towers making it still a typical medieval look. Antequera has had a lot of historical residents such as the Huns, the Romans and the Moors. Every occupation has left its mark by which the town of today offers a wide range of attractions to its visitors. One of the most popular attractions are the dolmens of Antequera and it is also one of the largest construction riddles of the prehistory of Andalusia. The tombs are built from immense stones and in the walls of the dolmens strange characters are found. There are very old, such as ‘ Menga and Viera ‘ and slightly less old megalithic tombs such as ‘ El Romeral ‘, constructed between 4000 and 2000 BC. However, no human remains were found in the dolmens, they can possible have disappeared over the years.
The Iglesia del Carmen church in the beautiful Andalusian Baroque style dates back to the 16th century and looks a lot like the ´ morisco ´ style of the churches in Granada. The beautiful flooring and beautiful chapels that have been added in the 18th century, among other the ´ Cofradía de la Soledad’, makes the church surely worth a visit during your stay in Antequera.
The hot baths, Termas de Santa Maria, located at the foot of the Santa María la Mayor church were discovered by chance in the summer of 1988. The construction of the complex dates from the 1st century AD. Within the historic walls are solidly built large pools, finished with quality marble. The floors are fully occupied with polychrome mosaic with a Medallion on which in the middle a sea god is depicted.

RONDA

is known for its bridges. There are three bridges that bridge the Tajo de Ronda,  a gap of tens of meters deep that divides Ronda in two parts. On some points the gap is more than a hundred meters deep. The Puente Nuevo (new bridge)  with a height of 89 metres is an impressive edifice that also lasted almost 40 years to build. By entering the city  through this bridge you have seen one of the most famous buildings in Spain. Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda is one of Spain’s oldest Bullrings (1758) and is the cradle of modern bullfighting.

SETENIL DE LAS BODEGAS

15 km away from Ronda is SETENIL DE LAS BODEGAS . This village in Cádiz is an attraction in itself, and attracts many curious visitors. It is in fact sheltered under an enormous rock, which gives a spectacular street scene with the underlying cave dwellings built into the rock face!

CÓRDOBA

located in the interior of Andalusia is a summary of the past and the modern. This historic city is declared as world heritage site and is a living heritage of the different cultures that have settled in the course of history. Few places in the world can boast the fact that they are capital of Hispania Ulterior under the Roman Empire, and capital of the Caliphate of the Umayyad Caliphate. A wealth that can be seen in the intellect of this center of knowledge and science, that has seen figures like Seneca, Averroes or Maimonides being born. Running through the old city centre of Córdoba one discovers a beautiful network of alleys, squares and limed patios ordered around the mosque-Cathedral, the Mezquita, which is a reflection of the importance of the city in the middle ages and a authentic symbol of the capital.

SEVILLA

Almost everyone who visits SEVILLA gets touched and enchanted by the charm and beauty of this city. The Arab influences, the old town, the heat and the narrow streets of the old quarters will surely impress you when you visit Seville. You can’t deny its beauty when visiting the city. However, Sevilla at the same time, is a surprising modern twist, for example thanks to the futuristic Metropol Parasol from 2011. The Mediterranean city is located on the Guadalquivir river, has pituresque narrow streets that are aligned with orange trees and residents who enjoy life at a leisurely pace. The inhabitants of Seville seem always in the mood for a drink on one of the beautiful squares. If it actually is the most beautiful city of the country, is difficult to say. It is a matter of personal taste and who knows aren’t you underestimating other Spanish cities when you have entitled Sevilla to be the most beautiful of all.

GRANADA

At the foot of the Sierra Nevada, between the rivers Darro and Genil, lies one of the most interesting cities of Western Andalusia. The impressive heritage of Al Andaluz is added to the architectural gems of the Renaissance and the most modern facilities of the twentieth century. The fact that it is the last city reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, provides GRANADA with an unmistakable Moorish flavour. Its gastronomy, handicraft and urban planning are determined by its glorious past. Fountains, viewpoints and Cármenes, the typical houses from this city surrounded by gardens, contribute to the creation of unforgettable corners. Not surprising, one of its old neighborhoods, el Albaicín, is a world heritage site along with the Alhambra and the Generalife. For centuries an important cultural centre, both during the Muslim Government and the Christian, today it has an enviable cultural and leisure agenda. Cinema, music, theatre and festivals are complemented with fixed and itinerant exhibitions that cover all areas of knowledge. Old renaissance palaces accomodate seminars, conferences and colloquia, while the most innovative infrastructures are set to large events.

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