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Old 28th January 2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default Your favourite bits of Andalusia?

I was just in the middle of composing an email to Scott, whose web page, ayearineurope.com, you should check out (he and his wife are travelling in Spain as part of their year in Europe). Scott had asked me about my favourite bits of Andalusia beyond the obvious places (they are spending some time in Seville and wanted recommendations), and I thought I would share the info here too, and that perhaps you lot could also come up with some suggestions.

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I would recommend a trip to Bolonia and Tarifa on the coast below Cadiz - Bolonia is a wonderfully wild beach/village, with great views of Morocco and an incredible sand dune to climb, also the Sierra de Aracena to the West of Seville is amazing, especially in Spring - wild flowers, cork forests and wandering pigs! Head for Almonaster in the middle of the Sierra. Guadalix (sorry, it's Guadix") is wierd, if you can get that far - full of people living in cave houses! The Cabo de Gata in Almeria is an interesting, if rather baron, national park - nice beaches, lots of scorpions under rocks! Carmona, north of Seville, is a nice, quiet Andaluz town as well.

So, there are a few off the beaten track suggestions for starters, any more ideas?

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Old 29th January 2007, 04:53 PM   #2
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Don't you mean GUADIX for the caves? Cadiz is my favourite city in Andalucia, El Puerto de Santa Maria and other gaditano coastal towns are also well worth a visit.
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Old 29th January 2007, 06:11 PM   #3
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Yes, Guadix, thanks!
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Old 13th February 2007, 02:40 PM   #4
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Ubeda and Baeza are great pueblos you can visit in a day. They are in Jaen and are a bit off the beaten path. However, the Renaissance architecture is worth it.
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Old 13th February 2007, 03:37 PM   #5
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Ubeda and Baeza are great pueblos you can visit in a day. They are in Jaen and are a bit off the beaten path. However, the Renaissance architecture is worth it.
We were there many years ago, stayed in Baeza, and went on to visit Parque Natural de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas. . Baeza and Úbeda are certainly worth visiting, I remember we were sat outside a bar in Baeza, taking a drink, and I have never seen so many Guardia Civil.(bearing in mind, Baeza is a small, sleepy town in the middle of millions of olive trees) Turns out that there is a training school for Guardia recruits in the town, they were just after a beer like us!
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Cabo de Gato in San Jose is Amazing. I took a trip camping there with friends, and we hiked into this private beach that was gorgeous. It has a really laid back feel, not hit by tourism quite yet, which is the appeal of it. If you rent a car (highly recommended and cheap too!), there are a ton of amazing little pueblos throughout Andalucia, that are the road less traveled and a great way to experience Spanish culture without the tourism. I liked the city of Ronda too - it is very quaint and has a lot of history - the 1st bullring in Spain resides there I believe. Arcos de la Frontera is also recommended. Again, these are easier to reach by car. Oh, I miss it, just writing about it makes me want to return!

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Old 14th February 2007, 12:28 AM   #7
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I agree that Cabo de Gata is unique, especially at sunset if you go high up the mountain.

This is not really a thing to do, but if taking the train I would recommend taking note of all the olive trees you see. It is quite amazing.(This memory was triggered by the mention of "Gaudix" which I remember was a stop on the route from Madrid to Almeria).
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Cabo de Gato in San Jose is Amazing. I took a trip camping there with friends, and we hiked into this private beach that was gorgeous. It has a really laid back feel, not hit by tourism quite yet, which is the appeal of it. If you rent a car (highly recommended and cheap too!), there are a ton of amazing little pueblos throughout Andalucia, that are the road less traveled and a great way to experience Spanish culture without the tourism. I liked the city of Ronda too - it is very quaint and has a lot of history - the 1st bullring in Spain resides there I believe. Arcos de la Frontera is also recommended. Again, these are easier to reach by car. Oh, I miss it, just writing about it makes me want to return!

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I have never been to Cabo de Gata, but we have stayed with a Spanish couple in Ronda several times, and Cabo de Gata is the place they go to unwind after a busy tourist season, they love it there! I like Ronda and the surrounding area, we normally stay about 20 minutes outside the town, on the road to Montejaque. Especially nice in the springtime, when all the flowers are out.
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I like the old town of the little village Carmona, closed to Sevilla. It is so charming. I had the best calamares in Spain (mmm....) in the newer part of the village which is just a normal place.

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Old 24th February 2007, 03:30 AM   #10
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Guadalix (sorry, it's Guadix")

Guadalix and Guadix are twins from Asterix and the Twins from Gaul. In all imaginary bookshops now.

I love the Alpujarras, the setting for both Stewart's Driving Over Lemons and Brennan's South from Granada.

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Old 26th February 2007, 09:48 PM   #11
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I´d like to recommend Vejer de la Frontera which is situated between Arcos de la Frontera and Conil. The old Moorish town is in very good condition and it has all the appeal of a true Pueblo Blanco. Close to Ronda, the town of Grazalema is really charming as are the nearby white villages of El Bosque and Ubrique.

The coast of Huelva is still very nice.

Near to Cadiz, I really like Rota and Chipiona too. Some of Spain´s finest musicians have come from this area including the great flamenco singer Cameron. It feels authentic there. Hidden Spain at its best.

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