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Spain for culture

12 Dec 2006  I have just returned from a week long trip and am counting down the days to return again with my Partner.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

Southern Spain is a beautiful country filled with culture, magical music and splendid food. I recommend Granada and Ronda if you are interested in sightseeing and cullture. A visit to the Alhambra is a must in Granada and allow yourself lots of time for this. (At least a day) The flamenco music is also most enjoyable especially if you are lucky enough to stumble accross some genuine stuff. The shows hosted in the caves although touristy are good but if you hang around after and stop into some of the local bars you will no doubt hear the real thing without the costumes. The public bus service is cheap and plentiful so if you don't drive or have reservations about driving on the other side of the road it is a perfect option. We took the bus from Nerja to Granada and the scenery en route was wonderful. The bus was cheap at around E11.00 for a three hour trip. On arrival in Granada we took a local bus (E1.00) to the centre of the city to Plaza Nuevo where accomodation was plentiful. This is a perferct area for exploring the City sights and just within walking distance of the Alhambra. If shopping is your forte this is the place for you along with lots of restaurants and cafes. We stayed in the Hotel Casa del Pilar and it was fabulous. The staff were so friendly and courtuous and an added bonus was the fact that they spoke perfect English. The information office is just a few doors away fom this hotel and the Arabic baths are in this area too. We spent three nights in Granada before moving onto Ronda. We took the train from Granada to Ronda and again the scenery was magical and the trip cheap at around E10.00. On arrival we got a taxi to the Hotel San Gabriel which is located in the Historical part of town. Again it is a perfect location for exploring beautiful Ronda and it's Gorge. The Hotel is family run and I reccommend having breakfast as it is a treat in itself. Once again the staff here were very friendly and courtuous and we look for ward to returning to this charming, peaceful Hotel again soon. The young laady on reception recommended a fabulous restaurant when we enquired as to where to go for dinner and I can honestly say it was the best meal we had in Spain. Almocabar is the name and only 5minutes walk from Hotel San Gabriel. Although Ronda gets lots of visitors the people were friendly and happy to help with directions etc. Ronda is a magnificent Gorge town with lots of places to see and if you fancy walking this is the place to explore on foot. Sadly this brought us to the end of our trip as we had to leave Ronda by bus and make our way to Malaga to fly home to Ireland. Though our trip was short it was most enjoyable and a perfect appetizer to return again. Flights From Cork to Malaga were approximately E80.00 return including taxes and charges with Aer Lingus. Local buses in Granada were only E1.00 and transport between towns was never more than E12.00. All in all a magical trip. Don't miss the Caves if you visit Nerja, the Alhambra and Cathedral in Granada along with the Arabic baths in either Granada or Ronda. Exploring Ronda on foot is a must. Theres lots of little museums here too at no more than E2.00 per person to enter. If you visit Casa del Ray Moro (|Moorish King's house) don't continue down the steps to the base as you have to return the same way and it is badly lit. Ronda's bullring is among the oldest in spain, it opened in 1785. So if you are lucky enough to get to visit any of the above mentioned places I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. I definately recommend spending at least two nights in Ronda. Bon Voyage.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Nerja, Granada, Ronda
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Nerja
    Nerja, Costa del Sol

    A white village located on the coast beside the Balcon De Europa. the caves outside of town are worth a visit. Get the bus or a local taxi to the caves and walk the short distance down hill back to town.

  • 2. Granada
    Granada, Province of Granada

    I would describe Granada as the cultural capital of Andalusia. Don't miss the Alhambra, the Cathedral and be sure to enjoy some Flamenco. The tourist information centres have the times and places of shows. Also go to Mirador de San Nicolas to see the sunset. It is a magical sight to see the colours reflecting on the walls of the Alhambranot to mention the colour of the sky itself.

  • 3. Ronda
    Ronda, Province of Malaga

    Ronda is situated in the northwest of Malaga and sits on an outcrop of Rock in a basin surrounded by mountain ranges. It is one of the oldest towns in Spain reflecting quite a lot of it's Arabic culture from the past. A magnificent old Gorge town. It has one of Spains oldest bullrings, lots of museums, cafe's and shops. For dinner , reservations may be required for the locally frequented Almocabar reataurant. Fabulous restaurant with menus available in english.