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Malaga is the perfect location for excursions not only in the province of Malaga, but also in the neighboring provinces of Granada, Seville
All provinces have their own peculiar charm; there are beautiful natural landscapes that change significantly depending on the province; you can discover the typical white villages in the interior provinces as well along the coast of Cadiz; you can drive up the highest mountain in the peninsula, enjoy two national parks and discover the enormously rich Arab heritage in the cities of Granada and Cordoba; without forgetting Seville, the Andalusian capital, cradling history, culture and art during centuries of what was once the economic capital of Spain
with his route to "the Indies" (the Americas).
As you can see, there is an enormous potential for beautiful excursions according to your interests; you may also combine them in order to have a full vision of the beauty of Andalucia
I´ll explain with a little more detail:
From Malaga to Tarifa and the white villages of Cadiz
coast, also known as the Costa de la Luz. Driving from Malaga along the Autopista del Sol we reach within1 ½ hours the Rock of Gibraltar
and the neighboring province of Cadiz.
Here the landscape changes significantly and transforms into extensive cork oak forests and undeveloped areas with the breeze of the Atlantic. Continuing along the coastal road we quickly reach Tarifa, the capital of wind and the southernmost city in Europe. Here the views are breathtaking; the African coast is only a few miles away in the Strait of Gibraltar, at the confluence of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Depending on the season, here the wind can blow very strong, Thus Tarifa is also the capital of Surf, with a young and nice atmosphere, both for a walk around the old town or to enjoy a tour watching whales and dolphins (best in spring and autumn) or to enjoy the endless beaches of fine sand.
Following the coastal road we reach charming villages such as Barbate and Conil and who wants to escape from the packed beaches of the Costa del Sol and breathe another atmosphere will love these places. Who still wants to go a little further, can try the best seafood in Cadiz and El Puerto de Santa Maria, about three hours drive from Malaga.
Another beautiful excursion is the inland route along the white villages. Going from Malaga to Algeciras, you take the detour towards Casares after Estepona. We enter the beautiful mountains of Malaga and neighboring Cadiz with Mediterranean forests and white mountain villages. We recommend Casares, Gaucin, Ronda, Jimena de la Frontera and Castellar de la Frontera.
Another route close by takes us to discovering the Orchard of Malaga, the fertile Guadalhorce valley with plenty of water and fruit trees: pretty villages along this road are Coin, Pizarra and Alora, with its ancient Moorish castle.
Who dares to impressive rock formations or wants to spend a day trekking, finds located about 15 km from Alora the Gaitanes Gorge, near the Guadalhorce Reservoir: Here you can practice climbing and enjoy a great day out in a unique natural environment.
On the Alora route we may also drive through the Abdalajís Valley to Antequera, a city that retains an extensive archaeological and architectural heritage, with prehistorical dolmens as well as numerous churches, convents and palaces of different periods and styles. Also important is the El Torcal Natural Park, famous for the whimsical forms of limestone, being one of the most important karst landscapes in Europe. From Antequera you can reach Malaga on the highway in less than an hour.
, the capital of the caliphate during its long reign in Spain, is about 160 km from Malaga and is definitely worth a visit; it is absolutely charming. During the month of May the old town is especially beautiful with its competition of patios adorned with flowers.
And as well you have to see and feel Granada
, the last Moorish kingdom, where is still tangible a certain magic; where you can enjoy fantastic views from many viewpoints of the city with the majestic Sierra Nevada as a backdrop, which is covered during much of the year with snow.
To return to Malaga you can take the motorway towards Motril and the Costa Tropical of Granada. The distance is the same, but the natural environment is completely different; we go through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada
with breathtaking views descending over a little more than 50 miles from 650 meters above sea level to the coastal villages where predominate small coves and steep cliffs, an ideal place for diving.
Still want more? As I said, Granada has a lot of magic; something that is especially palpable in the mountains and valleys of La Alpujarra, halfway between Granada city and the coast. Time in this valley runs more slowly and it is worth discovering and feeling it. The entrance to the Alpujarra is Lanjaron, from where comes one of the best mineral waters of the peninsula. La Alpujarra requires time, also because we should take its mountain road at a slow pace and enjoy the wonderful views. Discover ancient Moorish villages as Capileira, Bubion or Pitres, taste the famous cured ham of Spain's highest village in Trevelez or immerse yourself in the silence of Oseling Buddhist monastery on the summit of Mount Atalaya in Orgiva...
I made a trip the last year from Ganada to Almuñecar, taking the mountain road and making a visit to Otivar
which is between; there is also a natural park...I highly recommend it. I did in one day arriving to home at 23:00 approximately.
As you see there are many possibilities,the choice is yours… enjoy!