My recent trip to Malaga wasn’t only about catching some winter sun. There was also some thrill seeking agenda attached to it! I wanted to finally walk the Caminito del Rey, also known in English as the King’s Little Path. It’s a suspended hiking trail along a high and spectacular gorge. The Gaitanes Gorge is a canyon, carved by the river Guadalhorce.Continue Reading
In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada
With stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada was the final stop during my short trip around Andalusia back in April. Even though it was only a short bus ride away from sunny Cordoba, the temperature was sharply cooler and I wished I had a warm jumper with me rather than just a thin zip-up hoodie.
Walking the streets of the Albayzín, the ancient Moorish quarter located on the hill certainly warmed me up though! It was also a perfect way to admire spectacular views of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolas. Back in the day this area was also a home to the artists, who built this mighty fortress and its beautiful palaces.
Cordoba is small, beautiful and has a relaxed atmosphere. No wonder my friend Artur has been raving about this city ever since I remember! I could tell that he certainly fell for its charm, welcoming people and fantastic food. I am not surprised and I feel the same way about it, especially if you add inspiring architecture and famous Mosque-Cathedral into the mix.
It was already very warm and enjoyable at the beginning of April but as much as I love the heat I am not sure if I could visit Andalusia during the summer. It must be sizzling and apparently Cordoba is one of the hottest spots.
Finally in Andalusia
My first impressions of Seville? So warm, so inviting and oh-so pretty! I arrived at 3 o’clock in a morning following a long day at work and few hours at Barcelona’s El Prat airport due to a delayed flight. When I finally reached my destination, the excitement took over and I was not tired any more. The surroundings were pleasant and a bit familiar as little squares with kiosks reminded me of Lisbon. Soon I was about to find out though that Seville does not only have the looks.. It also has the charisma and character and the Holy Week was certainly one of the occasions to experience it in full force in this part of Spain.
Holy Week in Seville
Visiting Andalusia was at the top of my travel list since I moved to Barcelona and Easter seemed like the best time to go to avoid the summer heat and watch spectacular celebrations of the Holy Week, Semana Santa, leading up to Easter Sunday.
I was warned about the crowds, about booking my accommodation in advance and strong religious expression and passion that come as a part of the package when in the south of Spain during that special time of the year. To be fair the latter encouraged me even more to spend Easter in Andalusia so I could not wait until my short spring holiday!