Spain

7 days in Spain (Region of Andalusia)

This post is a round up post from our latest travels to Andalusia, region in Spain in June 2016.  It also has been our second visit to Spain, at the end of 2014 we explored another region here - Catalonia, see My Spain + Andorra Travel Guide Spain definitely is a country worth to visit and explore slowly (region after region). Now, looking back on our travels across Andalusia - amazing. In short in 7 days we visited 5 countries (Latvia, Germany, Spain, Gibraltar and Norway). With...

Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport

Málaga Airport, officially Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid–Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. It is an important airport for Spanish tourism as it is the main international airport serving the Costa del Sol. It is 8 km (5.0 mi) southwest of Málaga and 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Torremolinos. The airport has flight connections to over 60 countries...

Hotel Zen Airport Torremolinos, Spain

Hotel Zen is a 3-star hotel located in Torremolinos, Spain - a good location, pretty close to the Malaga airport. We booked Hotel Zen as our last hotel during our week long travels in Spain before departing to Oslo, Norway. This property is 16 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring a heated outdoor pool and 2 terraces, Hotel Zen Airport is located in Torremolinos. This hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. A free airport and beach shuttle service is available. Hotel Zen...

Hotel Los Dolmenes in Antequera, Spain

Hotel Los Dolmenes in Antequera is among my favorite hotels I have stayed so far.  We booked this hotel during our latest trip in Spain (a week in Andalusia) in June 2016. Set in the olive grove, close to the El Torcal this is a really valuable hotel deal. We paid less than EUR 40 per night here (breakfast and free parking included) Hotel Los Dolmenes Set around a traditional Andalusian courtyard, the rooms at Los Dólmenes come with wooden floors, a terrace, flat-screen TV...

El Torcal de Antequera

El Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga off the A45 road in Andalusia, Spain. It is known for its unusual landforms, and is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe.  It was on our day 4th or 5th in Spain (traveling around region of Andalusia), when El Torcal de Antequera popped on our radar. It was not...

Flamingo Lagoon near Fuente de Piedra in Spain

I'm not into bird photography at all, but idea visiting one of the Worlds largest Flamingo lagoons today sounded great. We were on our 4th or 5th day traveling around region of Andalusia in Spain. Somehow small town of Fuente de Piedra popped up in our radar (well, obliviously because of flamingos) and my first bird photography session begun. Keep on reading to learn how it failed after all. Visitor center There is a visitor center named after José Antonio Valverde The Visitors...

Restaurant El Arador, Estepa, Spain

I just love roadside cafeterias, so did happened today, we left Seville and had a direction towards Granada, after an hour of driving we started to feel hungry, it was lunch time. Luckly Restaurant El Arador popped up.  Restaurante El Arador What to order in a typical Spanish restaurant? How about a fresh orange juice and a chorizo?  French fries, chorizo and orange juice

Plaza de España in Seville

Plaza de Espana, probably is listed among the TOP 10 tourism objects to visit in Seville, Spain. The fun fact is following - I learnt the name of this place just after finished photography here and actually just by a chance asking to a passer by - what is the name of this fabulous place - the guy started laughing - I asked, you don't know neither? No, I know - I'm a guide at this place. The place is called Plaze de Esapana... and a short 5 minute conversation started between us. Yup,...

Hotel Review - Leflet Valme in Dos Hermanas, Spain

Leflet Valme is a 3-star hotel located in a small town of Dos Hermanas in province of Sevile, Spain. We booked this hotel for one night prior of visiting Seville next morning. Our road took us here from Cadiz, and in fact we almost missed exit to Dos Hermanas town, luckily rental car's tomtom device helped us to locate both town and hotel. In short a decent hotel for a decent money. Leflet Valme hotel in Dos Hermanas, Spain The hotel is easily accessible from A-4 motorway and SE-30 road....

Cathedral of Cadiz

Cádiz Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Cádiz, southern Spain, and the seat of the Diocese of Cadiz y Ceuta. It was built between 1722 and 1838. The cathedral was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1931.  When visiting Cathedral of Cadiz, don't forget to climb up the bell tower and get some spectacular pictures from above, see: The Bell Tower of Cadiz Cathedral Cathedral of Cadiz The Plaza de la Catedral houses both the Cathedral and the...

The Bell Tower of Cadiz Cathedral

I don't know how many popular tourism objects in Spain's Cadiz there are, but the Cathedral of Cadiz and it's bell tower should be among them for sure. We visited Cadiz for couple of hours in June 2016, arrived here from El Puerto de Santa Maria by the ferry in the morning and left afternoon. There is a small entrance fee - EUR 5, which gives access both to the Bell tower and access to the church, audio guides are available as well. There is no lift to get up to the bell tower. The total...

Castle of San Marcos (El Puerto de Santa María)

While waiting for our ferry departing for Cadiz, we had a chance to visit a local fair in El Puerto de Santa Maria). I made some interesting photography here. One of the first tourism objects I noticed in El Puerto was Castle of San Marcos. Castle of San Marcos (also Castillo de Alfonso X El Sabio) is a medieval castle located in El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, Spain. The castle was erected as a fortified church by King Alfonso X of Castile....

Ferry from El Puerto de Santa Maria to Cadiz

The other day we arrived to El Puerto de Santa Maria just for one reason, we had red in some travel guide, that if approaching from Jerez to Cadiz, a nice option to have is to take a ferry leaving El Puerto and connecting with Cadiz. It took us some time to actually figure out where the terminal building is located and to find a free parking space for our rental car. Once we found both, we had some free time before ferry departing and luckily we got a chance to see a local fair, see Fair in El...

Meson del Asador Restaurant review in Jerez de la Frontera

I now have a new personal favorite restaurant (with the other one been located in Izmir, Turkey - I will cover it in future, when will plan a trip to Turkey) - Meson del Asador in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain.  We went here just shorty after checked in Hotel Exe Guadalete, located few blocks from this restaurant. At start it looked just like just another restaurant, let's say nothing special. We were brought our menus, we started to look through, nothing interesting popped out. So...

Hotel Exe Guadalete in Jerez de la Frontera Review

We booked hotel Exe Guadalete in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain for one night at the start of June, 2016. It's a nice, decent hotel with free parking and cozy bed.  Right in the heart of Jerez... Is it a hotel with a convention centre or a convention centre with a hotel. Hotel Exe Guadalete in Jerez Set in gardens, Exe Guadalete is located in Jerez de la Frontera, 15 minutes’ drive from the Costa de la Luz. It features an outdoor swimming pool with chill-out area and free Wi-Fi....

Venta El Loro

Venta El Loro is a small tavern located next to the Barbate - Vejer highway, we got here randomly, just passing by. Turned out to be a nice, little tavern, where with the help of sign language (No English here), we managed to order some really delicious Iberian ham and cheese sandwiches.  Located in the Natural Park of La Brena and marshes of Barbate, just 3.5 km from the beaches of Barbate and 5 minutes from Zahara de los Atunes. Venta El Loro From this beautiful place...

Zahara de los Atunes beach, Spain

This year our trip in Spain took us to many beaches, and so in today's article, meet another excellent beach - Zahara de los Atunes beach near Barbate.  Our today's root started at La Codorniz hotel near Tarifa, followed by visiting Bolonia beach and Duna de Bolonia and most probably will end somewhere in the city of Jerez (thus, we didn't know that yet) Zahara de los Atunes is a village on the Costa de la Luz of Spain in the province of...

Duna de Bolonia

Duna de Bolonia is located in the Bolonia beach, some 20km west of Tarifa. This dune is over 30 metres high and 200 metres wide, and stands out within the huge system of dunes to which it belongs. Located in the Bolonia Inlet, within the Estrecho Nature Park, this is one of the most unspoilt areas of the Cádiz coast, a vital natural habitat with stunning scenery. Duna de Bolonia The area is called "barjanal" on account of its half-moon-shaped dunes set...

Bolonia Beach near Tarifa

Bolonia beach or Playa Bolonia is located on the shores of Atlantic Ocean some 20 km west of Tarifa. We got here at the start of June, 2016 early in the morning, just after checked out from La Codorniz hotel. The beach and bay is also known as Playa de Bolonia ("Bolonia Beach"), Ensenada de Bolonia ("Bolonia Cove"), or Bolonia Bay. We spent here about a few hours and got the tan for the rest of the Summer. Someone, actually, for the first time in her lifetime had an...

La Codorniz Hotel Review in Tarifa

We were driving around area of Tarifa, it was getting already dark, we hadn't yet booked any hotel. Our hope was that we will easily book some hotel on site. In fact we made a stop at some 3 roadside hotels. hostels but they all were fully booked. At every place I asked could they recommend me something in this area, and La Codrniz was one of the suggestions.  We found La Codorniz hotel located just some 300 meters from beaches, about 5 km from town of Tarifa. La Codorniz hotel near...

Cafe-Bar El Hacho, Gaucin

Cafe-Bar El Hacho in Gaucin proudly bears hundredth cafe name featured on blog. See all the rest 100 restaurant reviews. We made a quick stop here, just shortly we left Ronda (Ronda Bridge) and took a small tapas and coffee con - lece's here.  Inside sun terrace with outdoor pool Outdoor pool Light meal and freshly squeezed orange juice Our bill here - around EUR 10.00 Cafe-Bar El Hacho in Gaucin, Spain

Puente Nuevo (Ronda Bridge)

The Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) or as we called it - Ronda Bridge is the newest and largest of three bridges that span the 120-metre (390 ft)-deep chasm that carries the Guadalevín River and divides the city of Ronda, in southern Spain. We had a chance to visit the Puente Nuevo at the start of June (temperature that day was about 40 Celsius), for me, as for an eager excelling photographer this was a nice place to put my knowledge in place. Let's start...

Siempre Igual Tapas Bar in Ronda

We visited Ronda, town in Spain' with one particular goal - to visit and photograph the bridge of Ronda. It was very hot day at start of June. We parked our car in a good distance from our destination and started to explore Ronda. One of our first stops were at Siempre Igual tapas bar. It was already midday, a siesta has been started already so we opted for some tapas.  Siempre Igual Tapas Bar in Ronda Mussel tapas For about 6 EUR, you can get such dish with mussels....

Estepona - Flower City in Costa del Sol (Spain)

Our this year's travels in Spain's Cos del Sol region, took us to lovely, I would even say charming flower city - Estepona. It's hard to recall, was it TomTom device what took us here or it was actually planned to make a stop here, but one I can say for sure - If you are planing a trip in Costa del Sol region - plan a trip to Estepona as well. Streets of Estepona Estepona is a town and municipality in the comarca of the Costa del Sol, southern Spain. It is...