If you plan on a taking an cultural tour of Spain you need go no further than the region of Andalucia as this region is loaded with a diverse history, multiple historic and modern architectural sites to visit, a rich artisan culture and of course food! The added fact that you can easily travel between such cities as Cordoba, Seville, Malaga and Granada within a couple of hours of each other at the most, is a real bonus. You can take in all that each city has to offer, each different and equally impressive, but still have time to spend in the beautiful white washed pueblos or on the beautiful beaches on the Costa del Sol. It isn’t called the coast of the sun for nothing. The area round Malaga boasts the most days of sunshine in a year. So, you may now be thinking, can each city really have something different to offer? Yes! Here I will show you some places you should definitely visit, not least a visit to our rural home on the lush hills outside Cordoba city, for a well-deserved craft retreat. You can find full details on our website www.getawayandcreate.com. Ok, let’s start with Malaga. Malaga has an international airport and many different airlines will land here so it may be your natural starting point. From here you can easily rent a car if you want to drive. I have done this many times as it is a great way to take in lots of smaller places on your tour and the motorways here are fantastic. However, if you want a more relaxing mode of transport, both train and bus services are excellent and very good price wise. There is a train station at the airport and also a bus to the bus station as well as the centre of Malaga for a couple of euros. Because Malaga is on the coast it naturally has a beach, quite a lovely one with many hotels and hostels (you can get an individual room in most hostels and it is a cheap option) nearby. However, Malaga is growing rapidly as a cultural place to visit. They have expanded the port area to add in the Centre Pompidou, the first outside of France. As well as this you can take a short boat trip with one of the tour operators there, take a shopping trip round the modern shops or just hang out in one of the cafes or bars and watch the boats come and go. Just across the main road and possibly a cooling walk through the park you will reach the old city centre. You can wander through the city streets of the compact centre and see the grand Cathedral (La Manquita) the Alcazaba, Gibralfaro and the Roman Theatre, the Picasso Museum (housed in the building where he was born) and a must for food, drink and people watching Bar/Resturante El Pimpi. This just begins to touch on the Museums that you can visit but this gives you an idea of what is available within a compact area. For a fantastic view of the city from above I can personally recommend a tour up to the Parador on a Segway! Next, let’s take a trip to Seville. Seville is a sprawling city with so much to see, therefore I can highly recommend using one of the bus tours. If you buy a day ticket, you can hop on and off at all the most important sites you will want to visit with ease. A must to visit is the stunning Plaza de Espana, a stunning building with a Renaissance Revival influence surrounding a fountain and a mini Venice moat where you can take a punt on a small boat or wander over it’s ornate bridges. The added fact that it was used as a setting for the palace of Naboo in Star Wars is an added draw for many. The route of the bus tour also takes you to – Torre del Oro, Plaza de America, Triana: San Jacinto, Isla Magica, Macarena, Torre de los Perdigones, Alameda de Hercules, Plaza del Duque and Plaza de Armas. At these stops you can visit the Museum of Toros and the city bull ring, The Aquarium. A great site to visit at night is the Metropol Parasol situated in the centre of the old city. It is great to walk and get a city vista during the day but looks at it’s best when all lit up. More to come
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