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Andalusia is essentially what we think of when thinking of Spain. In the south we find, first of all, the flamenco culture, the olive orchards, beautiful old cities that radiate with their moorish heritage, orange trees and many many splendid small villages. In Andalusia you don't necessarily need to look for something extraordinary, you'll invariably run into it by coincidence. It's the part of Spain that's ideal to get lost for a bit and not to plan anything ahead. Even more so if you are here in winter, for a longer stay to escape the cold of the north. Over a 1000 km of beach and walk around in a T-shirt in the middle of winter? Got that! Breathtaking Seville with over two millenniums of history and culture? Check! A wealth of nature in the rural areas? Got that too! It bridges the continents of Europe and Africa and it's also where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. It's a days' ride from Valencia and more than worth the trip.  




Whether you do it the beginning or at the end of your trip make sure you take one or two days of time in this city. Highlights are the modern architecture of the City of the Arts and the Sciences, the Oceanographic, the biggest aquarium of Europe and the old city center. Park your motorhome south of the city in the nature reserve L'Albufera on a camping or motorhome parking and pedal northwards to the city; a lovely little trip.



A picturesque white village that's neatly pegged against the hillside overlooking the Mediterranean. Tradition has it that many a poet, writer and musician has descended here to get inspired and to enjoy the calm of village life. On top of the hill, in the small winding streets around the Nuestra Señora del Consuelo church you can surely find a restaurant that suits the mood of that night.



Alicante beach


Many people skip Alicante for lack in interest. But the fact that you'll avoid the big crowds makes for a great opportunity to discover the city with a feel that it's your and yours only. The city beach Playa del Postiguet is worth a visit by itself, together with the boulevard Explanada España and the beautiful marina. The castle of Santa Barbara on the hilltop also merits the climb uphill. And don't forget that according to many connoisseurs Alicante has the best climate of Spain since it hardly ever rains and winters are very pleasant. And since the place is not completely flooded by tourists the prices of restaurants and their tapas are all the more reasonable. Should you be in the mood to avoid the city buzz altogether then may we suggest you continue to the National Park of Cabo de Gato further down south or look up a quiet spot at the beach somewhere. 


At first sight you'd think Guadix is a village like any other. Nothing special really. Until you see white chimneys rising from the soil and front doors that indicate that there's actually living going on behind it.... in the caves. Most of the cave dwellings are five centuries old. Quite a few are even older. If you are not invited in by one of the locals then you may want to visit the museum where you can see one from the inside. 


Granada and the Alhambra


In Granada you will find the Alhambra. And the Alhambra is just one of the must sees of Andalusia, no discussion. It's the crown jewel for the moorish heritage in Spain. With much exquisite art and architecture the complex shows what beauty the Islamic culture brought to Europe. But also the Christians have added to it after that time. If you want to enjoy all of it including the gardens then you may find that one day is even too short. And while you are at it you may want to spend a day for the town of Granada as well. Prepare for long ques and sold out tickets, also off season. On the internet you can buy tickets to avoid the ques, although rumour has it that sometimes the ques for prepaid internet tickets is longer than those for 'at-the-gate' tickets. 



Nerja is a nice example of a town that has something for all tastes. It has beautiful beaches, you can go diving, it has a nice an cosy city center and around town you can find nice bays in between the boulders with beautiful beaches. And don't forget the Balcon de Europa, a promenade that lies 23 meters above sea level, thus with a nice view.   



Málaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol. The Malagueños find it strange that the majority of tourists skip the city and go straight to places like Torremolinos and Fuengirola. They think their city has a lot to offer and we agree. We are now way down south, the pace of life has been turned down a few notches and you can feel that in Málaga. It's the fifth city of Spain but it doesn't feel like the big city. Stroll along the Paseo del Parque, the prettiest boulevard of Málaga. In the centre pass by 'La Manquita', the lame, the cathedral with only one tower and then to Calle Marqués de Larios, the chique shopping street. Mandatory is also a visit to the moorish fortress the Alcazaba on top of the hill with a nice view over town. But whatever you end up doing while you visit, make sure you give Málaga and the Malagueños a chance to show you that life is good here down south, preferably with a glass of wine and a tapa at hand. 


Now this little town is famous for its three bridges, a center that is divided in two and the more than a 100 metre deep gorge that's in between the two. It sounds dramatic and that's exactly what it looks like. Ronda has, as most Spanish villages do, a rich history. So picture this, the first bridge is called the Roman bridge, the second one the Arab bridge and the third the new bridge. The former two obviously named after the people that build them. Then new bridge was finished in 1739. So you get the picture; Ronda is worth a little detour from the coastal road. 




And now for something completely different: Tarifa. This is where people go to do some serious kite surfing since it is ever windy here. If you've had enough of the heat and are up for a fresh breeze then Tarifa is your destination. The old city center of Tarifa is a very pleasant surprise too and Africa is less than 20 km away. 


Albeit not being the only with that claim, Cádiz says it's the oldest still inhabited city of Europe. People have been living here for over 3000 years. This is of course due to the peculiar location on a natural peninsula with a natural harbour just behind it. The old center is at the very tip of the peninsula. And it even has three motorhome parkings so you have no real excuse not to go and visit.  

From Cádiz you could consider visiting the Costa de la Luz to the north of the city. The beaches are at least as spectacular as those at the Costa del Sol but have only a fraction of the number of visitors. Or you do a little detour through Arcos de la Frontera, Puerto Serrano and El Coronil (all with a motorhome parking) to Seville.




This city is the highlight of pretty much any one's visit to Andalusia. This city has everything that beautiful about urban Andalusia. It's the beating heart of the gipsy flamenco culture and the birthplace of the bull fights. Here you will find the impressive Giralda Cathedral, the Alcazar palace with its beautiful gardens, one of the oldest barrio's of the country; the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, the overly symmetrical grand architecture of the Plaza de España and so the list continues. Two days is barely enough to see it all, some haven't finished visiting after a week. 

If you want a proper camping the go to Camping Villsom in the town of Dos Hermanas, south of the city. It's a bit far but luckily there's a bus stop right in front. Apart from that there are enough motorhome parkings closer by that you can choose from. On the way from Seville to Cordoba you could consider passing by Carmona, on of the white villages of Andalusia. 


The Mezquita mosque is the number one attraction of Cordoba. It was a mosque first but was transformed and expanded when the Christians reconquered the then capital of the moorish empire. According to many this is the most beautiful building of Spain. Cordoba itself is a patchwork of monuments of different rulers and peoples. Of course there were the Romans, then the Muslims and afterwards the Christians. But also the Jews have left their marks in the city landscape. If you're a history buff you will indulge.




Ubeda is often mentioned together with its sibling village Beaze 10 km further. Both share their renaissance style that you don't often find in Spain. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites and the connaisseur then knows that they merit a visit. This area is also known for its high quality olive oil so make sure to sample some in a shop, restaurant or at home in the motorhome of course. 

Lagunas de Ruidera

In these lagoons we can soak in the water for a bit and enjoy nature. It's also an ideal destination for the kids. Enjoy the peace and silence. There are several campings to choose from but we recommend Los Batanes. Camping anywhere else (legal) is also a possibility of course. 


L'Albufera de Valencia


We're almost back in Valencia now. South of the city you will find l'Albufera, a major rice growing area around a lake. This is where the typical round grain rice of the famous paella is grown. That dish was once invented right here as the staple of the rice farmers. Legend has it that is was first prepared with rat meat. Now the rat has been replaced with rabbit and chicken. So the world famous paella is from Valencia. L'Albufera is now a nature reserve with a beach and nice walking trails. It's a very nice area with some good campings and motorhome parkings in El Saler. By bus or by push bike (about 12 km)  it's easy to get to the Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias and the rest of Valencia. In other words this is a very pleasant last stop before returning home (or not).

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