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Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
Hidden gems of andalucia
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Hidden gems of andalucia


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In this presentation I aim to offer some alternatives to the highly saturated touristic offering in Andalusia. Most foreign tourists only know a few places in Andalusia, mostly for sun, beach and …

In this presentation I aim to offer some alternatives to the highly saturated touristic offering in Andalusia. Most foreign tourists only know a few places in Andalusia, mostly for sun, beach and Golf. There is much more than that!!

There is actually so much that I could only include here very few of them. I have focused on the east part of Andalucia as it is where I am from and, hence, I know better. There is spectacular places also in western Andalucia.

There are still a few hidden gems in Andalusia that are beautiful and full of our culture. That doesn’t mean you are not going to find other tourists, or that there will be no good hotels or facilities. It just means it will be less crowded, and you will be able to experience a bit more of the Andalusian spirit. The ones in this presentation are some of my favourites out-of-the-beaten-track places! Enjoy!

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  • In this presentation I aim to offer some alternatives to the highly saturated touristic offering in Andalusia. Most foreign tourists, that’s you…, only know a few places in Andalusia, mostly for sun and beach. Most of these places are now full of tourists and have been “adapted” to give a better experience to the tourists, but have lost their essence in the way.
  • I am talkingaboutMalaga, Puerto Banus, Marbella, Roquetas de Mar, Tarifa, Gibraltar, etc. Think of Cliffs of Moher, or the Irish dance show in Arlington hotel. Yeah, they are fine but, are they a good representation of the real Ireland?
  • First of all, just to put you a bit on situation, a brief introduction to Andalucia. Andalucia is one of the 17 autonomous communities of Spain, and it is formed by 8 of the 50 provinces of Spain. Now, a province in Spain is roughly what you call here a county. While the autonomous community would be similar to your provinces. It has 8.5 million habitants and it’s the most populated autonomous community in Spain. The capital is Seville, and it’s 87K square metres. Slightly bigger than the whole Ireland Island.There is many different climates in Andalucia, and you have just 350 km apart the place with more rain in the whole Iberian Peninsula (yeah, including Portugal and Galicia) and the considered only true desert in Europe (receives less than 250 millimetres of rain per year). Normally the temperatures are mild, with no extreme cold or heat. However, there are a few areas that you would like to avoid during the months of July and August: Seville, Cordoba or Jaen. You can easily find temperatures of 45 degrees inside the cities.
  • Now, as a final note, you will see that all the places I have put are from the South-East part of Andalucia. That’s because I am from there and it is the part I know better. There are thousands of other places in the west that are as good as these, but then I would need much more than 20 minutes to go over all of them. Just in case no one knows this, make sure you also pay a visit to Seville, Granada and Cordoba cities. Yes, they are very touristic, but they are extremely beautiful.So, these are the places I think are well worth a good visit. I tried to choose also some places that are close enough to the I won’t be in huge detail, as my time is limited, and there is a little friend called google that can help you. Or even better, I would recommend you to do what, for me, is the best tourism experience. Go there, get a hotel, check a few things you “have to” see, and then stop someone in the street and ask them for their favourite place in the city to sit and have a chat, their favourite place to eat and their favourite place to go for a drink/dance/party. Ask 3 or 4 people in the street, and you have the best guide you could ever imagine!Úbeda/BaezaAlpujarraGranadina – Pampaneira, Bubion and CapileiraDesierto de Tabernas y Karst de SorbasRonda/ El Chorro
  • I am going to start with these two towns that are probably the furthest from any of the normal touristic places, but that are really worth a detour.
  • They are in the province of Jaén, and the UNESCO added both of them to the World Heritage Sites. They have many monuments that you can look up on internet, but their beauty is in the city itself. The beauty of their buildings and streets is astonishing, and just walking around them is an experience. They are very close to each other.They are also famous for their food – as all Andalucia, if I might say – and you can try probably the best olive oil in the world there. But that’s not all. Surrounding the area there are some Natural monuments of extreme beauty, like “La Cañada Real del Paso” or “la Dehesa del Moro”.
  • The whole provincial of Almeria is beautiful. It’s my place and it was really difficult to choose only one place from all the others. I would actually recommend you to go and visit the whole province of Almeria. We have beautiful beaches; we have mountains, and beautiful towns and villages where you can eat incredibly well. Anyway, I choose the two things I think are more unique (not necessarily the best thing to see in the Province). They are also close to each other.
  • The Desert of Tabernas is the only true desert of Europe, as I said before. And it is also famous for being a place where Hollywood has shot a lot of movies, and also the scenario for many of the great Spaghetti Western films. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; For a Fist Full of Dollars; Lawrence of Arabia or Indiana Jones where shot in here. There is even a small theme park called Mini-Hollywood.
  • Nearby, around 30 minutes across the dessert, you can find the Caves of Sorbas. They are gypsiumkarst formed caves, and it is something awesome to visit. They are not very well known for the normal public, and I couldn’t actually find any information in English about this. They are very well known in the speleological world (or so they say, hehe).
  • The Alpujarra is a compound of Mountains between Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea. It goes across the provinces of Almeria and Granada, and it is splattered with small beautiful villages.
  • If you have no much time to visit all villages (which will take a while) here are three you can’t miss: Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira. They are situated in an impressive location in the gorge of a river, and their architecture is very unique and characteristic from the Alpujarras region. If you like hiking, there are many hiking routes that you can do, and you can always finish the day with a good meal. I don’t remember in which of the villages, but I ate some really nice aubergines fried with honey. The honey is really famous in the alpujarra, so make sure you try some.
  • If after visiting the three villages you have some spare time or it goes in your way, pay a visit to the natural water spring FuenteAgria - The Chorreón is on the road between villages Busquístar and Pórtugos.You can find more information here:
  • The city of Ronda is in the province of Malaga, about 100 km from the capital.
  • It’s main peculiarity is that is built on a canyon of about 130 metres. The canyon is called “el tajo”. Tajo in Spanish means slash. There are three bridges that go over the canyon and offer a quite remarkable view.
  • But the most amazing sight would be what is called “El balcon del Coño”. Literally it means “the balcony of the pussy”, but I guess that a better translation would be “the balcony of the fuck”. You see, when we are surprised, we use “Coño!” as an exclamation. You would use “fuck” as an exclamation. And is what you will say when you look out from the balcony.Besides the bridges and the balcony, the city has many other monuments. It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful towns in the south of Spain.
  • Ok, at first I was going to put it inside Ronda, but it is a bit far and I think it deserves a place alone. About an hour from Ronda you’ll find another great natural spot from Andalucia. El Chorro (“The Spurt”) and the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes ("Gorge of the Gaitanes").
  • If you like rock climbing, you’ve probably heard of this place; and if you haven’t... you are missing out one of the best spots in Europe. The gorge is also famous for it’s hiking, mountain biking and the “Caminito del rey” (King’s Little way), a very dangerous path along the whole Gorge. If you like adrenaline and extreme sports, you have to do that path.
  • Artificial Lake done with a reservoir
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    • 1. Hidden Gems of the South of SpainBecause there is more than Flamenco, beach and Paella By @Jesus_MGarcia
    • 2. Andalucía?
    • 3.  One of the 17 autonomous communities of Spain  Formed by 8 of the 50 provinces in Spain  8.5 million people – most populated region of Spain  It’s 87,270 km² (Ireland island is 84,420 km²)Sierra de Grazalema: Tabernas Desert:rainiest point of the The only true Desert inwhole peninsula Europe.2,200 mm Less than 250 mm
    • 4. The hidden places • Úbeda y Baeza Tabernas and Alpujarra Sorbas Granadina • • El Chorro • Ronda •
    • 5. Úbeda y Baeza • Úbeda y Baeza
    • 6. Úbeda y Baeza Location: Both cities from the province of Jaén Added to the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO Best representation of the Spanish Renaissance The province of Jaén is the producer of the best Olive Oilin the world Natural monuments in the surrounding area: “La CañadaReal del Paso” or “la Dehesa del Moro”.
    • 7. Úbeda y Baeza UNESCO added both of them to the World Heritage Sites
    • 8. Tabernas Desert and Sorbas Tabernas and Sorbas •
    • 9. Tabernas Desert  Location: Province of Almería Only true Desert in Europe < 250 mm of rain a year  Setting for many Hollywood and Spaghetti Western films Mini-Hollywood •
    • 10. Tabernas Desert
    • 11. Sorbas Caves One of the ONLY Three Gypsum Karst Caves in the world.Very good English web about Almeria:http://www.unique-almeria.comWebsite for tours in the province:http://www.james-cook.esWeb of Cuevas de Sorbas:
    • 12. Alpujarra Granadina Alpujarra Granadina •
    • 13. Alpujarra Granadina  Location: Provinces of Granada  Route of the Alpujarra’s White Villages  Villages of Barranco de Poqueira (Poqueira’s Gorge) Capileira Pampaneira Bubión
    • 14. Alpujarra Granadina Hiking Eating RelaxingCheck this websites: Fuente Agria – A natural source of sparkling water
    • 15. Ronda Ronda •
    • 16. Ronda Location: Provinces of Malaga About 100 km from the capital A town built on a canyon Three main bridges over the canyon: • The New (Puente Nuevo) • The Old (Puente Viejo) • The Roman (Puente Romano)
    • 17. RondaEl Tajo de Ronda “Balcon del coño”
    • 18. El Chorro El Chorro •
    • 19. El Chorro Near Antequera. One of the best Rock Climbing Spots in Europe Caminito del Rey (King’s Little way) it’s considered one of most dangerouspathways in the world. Watch this:
    • 20. El ChorroIf you are not in adventurous mood – Guadalhorce artificial Lake
    • 21. Final Notes  Best time to go to Andalucía: April – June (or Septmber – November)  City tourism: Seville, Córdoba, Cádiz, Granada… etc.  Other places worth visit: • Sierra de Grazalema, and the white villages route • Antequera: The city, El Torcal and the Dolmens • Caves of Nerja • Parque Natural de Doñana • Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata • Sierra de Cazorla • and 1,000 more!!
    • 22. Thank You!For more info: