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Looking for the real spain

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Looking for the real spain

Hi,

Mid-July we are taking a holiday in Benalmadena and staying in The sunset Beach club. We are looking to find real Spanish Towns and Villages to visit, and also to get lunch or dinner at. We are looking for a place with less tourists and also real Spanish restaurants. So any advice on Nice villages, restaurants and also how to get to these places would be really appreciated.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Looking for the real spain

A nice trip inland to Fuente De Piedra lagoon would give you a view of 40000 flamingo`s on the lagoon, a donkey sanctuary to visit and a small Spanish town with whitewashed houses, english rarely spoken and traditional bars/restaurants. Get a Satnav with W Europe maps enter the town name and go. Either take your own or car hire suppliers charge from 5€ per day. We travelled Granada to Ronda and just moved from one town to the next along the route. Fuente D P as above, Molina,Teba to Ronda. Then Alpandeire leaving Ronda, via Juzcar the "white" town painted blue for the Smurf film promo video, kept blue. These are well off the beaten track. http://www.casadellanete.com/alpandeire.html

Just get a map of Andalucia and plot a general direction and see what villages you get to.

Edited: 29 June 2013, 17:20
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2. Re: Looking for the real spain

Denis and Niamh,

It is so nice to hear of more people wanting to see real Spain. You will get a very good map from www.sanfords.co.uk the map specialist at Covent Garden, London. I bought a map of Andalucía from them online a couple of years ago and although you need space to lie down and have a good look it is well worth the effort.

Teba is a nice town, not a white town like so many others in the area, here you can visit their Moorish castle El Castillo de Estrella (Castle of the Star), Júzcar the blue pueblo is pretty and although you are expecting it to be blue it is still a surprise when you turn round the last bend and see it below you. Ubrique is a must for leather goods, particularly bags and purses, on second thoughts unless you want to re-mortgage the house don't go. Grazalema is gorgeous, Zahara stunning and Setenil de las Bodegas gorgeous with its riverside houses built into the rocks. Ronda is magnificent and certainly not to be missed, only problem is it tends to be busy in July.

My personal favourite is Olvera, I spend four weeks a year here gadding about in the car wherever I fancy. Here is a website which you might enjoy www.visitolvera.com It was written by an American friend who gave me the job of proof reading it. Just over an hour and a half's drive would get you to Olvera from Benalmádena, the route takes you through Teba and passes el castillo on its hilltop. I also like www.andalucía.com it gives lots of information on the various places once you have an idea of where you would like to go.

Wherever you go enjoy. I fly in five sleeps. We are spending 16 days in Chiclana de la Frontera which is on the Costa de la Luz, a little south of Cádiz city and when my husband and younger son go home my elder son and I are off to Olvera for another 11 days. It is only the amount of ironing and packing and tidying up I have to do before we go that is stopping me from being totally over the top in my holiday excitement.

Saludos. Lindsay

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3. Re: Looking for the real spain

Loved the link Lindsay, thank you. You've given me another place to add to my bucket list of places to visit! I've got until 31 August before we fly off to visit Estepona and Calahonda again, can't wait.

CJB

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4. Re: Looking for the real spain

CJ You really must see Olvera. I fell in love at first sight. My son and I will be back in October for our second holiday of the year. Hubby doesn't do hills.

Lindsay

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5. Re: Looking for the real spain

Definitely on my list then Lindsay, not sure we'll get a chance this year, got a lot to fit in but maybe when we go again in 2 years.

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6. Re: Looking for the real spain

denis:

Frigiliana is a small town near Nerja. It has won several prizes as the most beautiful small town of Spain.

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