Your cruise ship arrives at the port in Cádiz or Málaga in Andalucia, and it feels like Spain is your oyster: There’s so much to see and discover. And yet, how does one set off to explore when you must be back to your port of call later that day? While you might feel limited to discovering whatever sights you can reach by foot, you can in fact discover so much more, both nearby and beyond.
There’s probably no setting more evocative to witness flamenco than in the caves of the Sacromonte. These grottos lace the underworld of a Granada hillside, and echo with the signature sounds — the clapping, stomping, singing — of Spain’s soulful art form. Without a doubt, a flamenco show is an essential experience while visiting Granada, and here are a few of the most unique ways to both enjoy it and get more acquainted with it.
Planning to visit Cordoba with kids? Though it’s a great city to discover for visitors of all ages, here are a few things you’ll want to do in order to keep the youngest in your group especially entertained.
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.