Do you own any good olive oil? Chances are that your tasty bottle of extra virgin hails from Spain given that the nation happens to be the number one producer of olive oil in the world — and by a long shot. Where’s it all made? Well, across the country really, but most of it comes from the southern region of Andalucia. Zoom in a little further and you’ll land yourself in the province of Jaen and its charming namesake city.
Picture this: a southern Spanish village, all whitewashed with terracotta-colored roofs — but this one doesn’t blanket a hillside like most do. Instead, this tiny, 3,000-person pueblo is built into the outcroppings and overhangs of a slithering gorge that is surrounded by a patchwork quilt of olive and almond orchards. Some of the village’s dwellings wedge into the cliff side, their roofs and walls made of rock; the rest stagger the slopes that make up the path of the river-cut earth. The result is a magically attractive little town like none other around.
Have you ever been on a safari? Believe it or not, you can go on a safari-like experience during a visit to Spain’s Costa del Sol. No, you won’t be whisked off to the African bush, but you will get up close and personal with exotic animals in what appears to be their natural habitat, at Bioparc Fuengirola.
Cordoba’s old quarter is flanked by an avenue lined by an oasis of gardens, pathways and palm trees. Called Paseo de la Victoria, this is where you’ll find more than just a green getaway but also Andalucia’s first gastro-market, Mercado Victoria.
Let’s be honest: lots of coastal Andalucia feels very discovered. But one little portion, La Axarquia — which is sandwiched between the regions of Malaga and the Tropical Coast — retains much of its undiscovered appeal. You’ll find it lingering in alleys of whitewashed villages, washing up on La Axarquia’s lengthy shores, and even in geological wonders found below ground.
Welcome to the Spanish south and the seaside city of Malaga. It’s a land of lovely weather, and therefore just the place to take full advantage of everything outdoor-related. With that in mind, here are four activities you should plan to do in order to experience the city’s extra-pleasant climate to the fullest.