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This post offers a brief selection and highlight of the many places you can visit in the province of Málaga, from the top major cities of Andalusia to the gorgeous El Caminito del Rey and El Torcal national park.

Arrive at Malaga or Granada Airport

You can either hire a car, or we can collect you from Malaga or Granada airport and take you to your accommodation in Villanueva de la Concepción, a small town at the foot of El Torcal national park in Andalusia. He re you can relax and enjoy the scenery or pop out for some tapas in a local bar. If you arrive early, you may like to visit El Torcal in the afternoon.

El Torcal
El Torcal national park on the horizon

Córdoba City – Beautiful & Historic

The charming and charismatic city of Córdoba is one of my absolute favourite places to visit. And if you’re wondering what to see in Córdoba don’t worry, it’s overflowing with charm, even if you just stroll the streets. Enjoy the typical Spanish patios, traditional tapas bars and plazas bustling with atmosphere.

Your trip can include entrance to the stunning Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba and also the Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos. Around the area of the Mezquita you’ll find narrow streets, colourful flowers and plenty of tapas bars. And of course no visit to Córdoba would be complete without a walk over the Roman Bridge.

Roman bridge in Córdoba

Granada & the Alhambra

Granada, the ancient city of kings, with the Alhambra palace and its beautiful gardens. The Alhambra is possibly the most famous Spanish destination to visit, and not without good reason! It’s pretty impressive.

You can also enjoy a walk through the Moorish area of Albaicín with its narrow cobbled streets and Teterías or tea houses and little quirky shops. From there, go on to Sacramonte, an area which includes cave houses, and bridges the city of Granada with the pure neighbouring countryside.

One thing’s for sure, a visit to Granada and the Alhambra will leave a lasting impression on you. Whether you choose to do the whole tour of Granada, or just wander through the gardens of the Alhambra, you won’t forget it in a hurry.

Alhambra Gardens
General Life gardens at the Alhambra

Are you a fan shopping? No problem, not only does Granada have some high street shopping, but it also has one of the largest and most modern commercial centres in Spain, Nevada. Nevada is the only commercial centre which I like to visit, and I make sure I go on a less busy day. Then it’s peaceful and huge!

View over Granada
View over Granada

Once we’ve finished with the city, how about a drive up to the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada (depending on weather) for an exceptional view of the mountain range?

Seville – the Capital of Andalusia

Plaza de España

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, the capital of Andalusia, Seville. And one thing you can be sure of, there’s no shortage of things to see in Seville.

To name just a few places, in Seville you can visit the Catedral de Sevilla – the largest gothic cathedral in the world; the Giralda Tower; the wonderful Plaza de España with all its arches and water; the district of Santa Cruz; Las Setas monument and the Triana District.

Seville is a large city and there’s lots to see so you might want to consider spending a night there and getting to experience Seville in the evening.

El Torcal & Málaga

El Torcal
Interior of El Torcal

El Torcal national park is a beautiful limestone mountain where you can enjoy the stunning rock formations and far reaching views down to the coast. Choose between a leisurely 5 minute stroll to the lookout, a 30 minute or a 45 minute walk through the rocky mountain landscape. Whichever you preference, you won’t be disappointed.

You can pop out to Malaga city where you may wander along the sea front in the cosmopolitan Port, visit the Picasso museum, or hang about in the bustling old town and check out the Alcazaba fort with amazing views over the city and harbour.

And let’s not forget the myriad of tapas bars around the Cathedral area and the Plaza de la Merced! And if you like tasting local, sweet fortified wines, where better than in the old Guardia Civil quarters, which is now a tasting place for a local brewery of fortified wines?

Or maybe you’d like to experience the atmosphere of the most popular bar in Malaga, Bar Pimpi, where the famous visitors autograph the photos that are hanging on the wall. Malaga also has museums galore, shopping, beaches, the port and the old town. Plenty to enjoy! And of course, if you’re looking for a vegan experience, you need only ask and we’ll direct you to the best eating places around!

Frigiliana & Nerja

Visit the white mountain village of Frigiliana, with its maze of narrow streets and stunning views, followed by the famous beachside town of Nerja, with its wonderful plaza, street artists and bustling life. Plenty of boutique shops, ice-cream parlours, restaurants, beautiful, blue beach coves which you can either enjoy from a distance or choose to spend some time on and a totally distinct vibe all of its own. Nearby are also the caves of Nerja.

View of Frigiliana

Caminito del Rey & Ronda

The famous and beautiful area of El Chorro and the famous King’s Walk or Caminito del Rey. This area is absolutely stunning, Whether you’re keen to do the walk or swim in the water or just have lunch overlooking the lakes, I think you’ll be glad you came.

Camino del Rey
Stunning scenery at El Chorro, home to the Caminito del Rey

The famous Moorish town of Ronda with its stunning gorge is a really popular place to visit too. The gorge is really impressive. Unfortunately Ronda has become a bit too touristic at the cost of its authenticity but it’s still worth a visit, just be prepared for photo menus of egg & chips everywhere!

Ronda Gorge is beautiful

Of course there are many more places to visit in the province of Málaga, but these are a few of the highlights.

Bon Voyage!

If you choose to connect with us as your ‘friends abroad‘ we can just be here to give you ideas or we can provide you with a home from home experience, actually taking you to the different places as we create a new friendship. You may choose to hire a car and be independent, or perhaps you prefer us to drive you. If that’s the case, when you’ve finished your stay, we’ll also drop you back to Málaga or Granada airport ready for your onward journey . . .

Remember, we’ve lived here for many years and absolutely love the Andalusian lifestyle – as well as meeting new people. So, if you think we may have something in common, enough to want to hang out as friends or ask our advice, just drop us a line and we’ll be happy to chat to you about the wonders and possibilities of Andalusia.

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