Andalusia in a week
February 14, 2019
by Dance Miteva
Spain is a wonderful country. It amazes you both with its nature and its architecture. The food is divine and the people are kind and generous. With the great hospitality and the amazing views all around you, there is no way you wouldn’t like to go back there at least one more time. Andalusia has the best of everything, the clear blue sea, the wonderful beaches, the incredible castles and the beautiful palms. Who would want for more?
Malaga starting point
You can locate yourself in Malaga, and from there you would be close to everything worth seeing nearby, either by bus line or if you would prefer, you could use rent a car service, which is very cheap and affordable. Let us focus on Malaga first. I would recommend starting with a walk along the port, enjoying the beautiful view of the ships going or coming and listening to the whisper of the sea. You could take a break at the lovely coffees or restaurants along or at the roof bars just that you add up a little bit to the enjoyment. Tapas and paella are a must-taste. If you visit Malaga throughout the summer, the long beach days shouldn’t be skipped, as every beach possesses its unique charm. If however, it happens that you visit it another season of the year you won’t get disappointed either because this city offers a variety of miraculous things to see.
Alcazaba De Malaga-Gibralfaro
A must see in Malaga is the impressive group of buildings, mostly dating from the eleventh century, formed the palace-fortress of the Moslem rulers in the city. The view of the ancient rooms, baths and gardens are absolutely breathtaking. History sources of every pore of it. There are also items of pottery inside and antiquities used back then. At the entrance of Alcazaba, you could buy a combined entrance ticket for Alcazaba de Malaga and for Gibralfaro too. It costs around 9 Euros in total and it allows you to see both. Gibralfaro is not less magnificent. Even what once used to be dungeons gives a mysterious note to it. The approximate time for seeing both fortresses is about two hours for each.
The Cathedral and the Museums
The marvellous cathedral is absolutely breathtaking. If you are an admirer of Renaissance architectural tradition, you wouldn’t want to miss a tour around it. Malaga is the birth town of many renowned artists and authors. Thus, it is home to many museums. Among the abundance of them, the most visited definitely is the museum of Pablo Picasso, where you can see his works from different periods. Separate from this, you could also visit the house where this great artist was born. Next, you could pay a visit to the Museum Carmen Thyssen, where you would be able to see the works of the Old Masters showing vivid portraits and landscapes of how life used to be in the remote past.
Around 60km from Malaga is the town Nerja. This is again another extraordinary place to see in Andalusia. Depending on the time planned to stay there, there are two things that you just can’t skip. The first and the foremost, the Nerja Caves or for the locals better known as Cuevas de Nerja. You could take a bus from the town centre or walk if you prefer, it is about 40 minutes walking distance and that way you can enjoy the view of the town from above. The beauty of the cave is something that no words can describe. Once you enter it, a guide will explain you about its origin and what it contains. Additionally, there are audio guides in English, French, Russian and Spanish. Along with the price of the ticket, you get an entrance to the Nerja museum which is located downtown, very near to the Balcon de Europa. Balcony of Europe is a stunning balcony from where you can look over the Mediterranean Sea. You could take a walk there or just have a rest enjoying the street artists’ performances. Taking down the stairs will lead you to the beautiful beaches beneath it.
Marbella and Fuengirola
No matter where in Andalusia you are situated, you must have a stop here, at least one of these two beautiful towns. Whether you are going to sunbathe, swim and take advantage of the extraordinary beaches of Marbella (if you visit it in the summer of course) or just walk around the Old Town, you won’t make a mistake either ways. The narrow streets add up to the special charm that this town possesses. The distance to Fuengirola is about 30km. Fuengirola has great beaches too and it offers a variety of different water sports. Being there, you could visit Plaza de la Constitucion and the Bioparc Fuengirola.
The beauty Seville is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia and undoubtedly is its pearl. There are many beautiful sights there but the following three are a must see. The mesmerizing Alcazar is currently the most visited place there since scenes of the film Game of Thrones were made there. The waiting line is very long so it’s advisable you get your tickets online so you would have an advantage over the others and get in without waiting, and the price online on their official site is one euro more expensive. The Cathedral of Seville is the largest in the world, where Christopher Columbus is buried. It’s very near the Palace of Alcazar. Plaza de Espana embraces visitors in its splendour. This Plaza Palace is unique in the world. Alongside the plaza, there is 515-meter long canal which you can travel by boat, a truthfully dreamy experience.
Granada is about 134km from Malaga and it is food for the soul. Alhambra is righteously the most visited location there. Apparently, you have to book your ticket at least one or two days in advance due to the enormous interest. The Royal Chapel of Granada is also a great stopping point and in the province of Granada, there is the Generalife palace which also UNESCO world heritage. There are different festivities throughout the whole year, but the city is most lively during the parade days. They hold it on several occasions such as 2nd of January, paying homage to the conquest of the city, 1st of February, celebrating the patron day of the town, 12th of October, celebrating Columbus Day. The best coffees and restaurants are those with the view of the Alhambra and surrounded by beautiful nature also.