I ´m going to Andalucía/Spain for a fortnight.
My first destination is Malaga.
I´m planning to go to
- Jerez de la Frontera
What about Ceuta, Gibraltar and North Africa ? it´s worth to visit ?
Tell me your experience or suggestions, please.
Does anybody know where the best bars , discos, places to stay or visit ,any ohter locations to meet people are ?
Hablo espanol tambíen.
thank you so much !!
Definitely go to Cadiz.
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Spain are the caves of Nerja... save them for a day of bad weather... you will be underground!
Gibraltar was interesting. You can see it all in a day.
Tarifa is nice, and you can take the ferry to Morocco.
You must see Cadiz.
I stayed in a haunted hotel there. Really. Scared the bejeezus out of me. I think it was called the "Hotel del Sol". Room 14.
Couldn't sleep for half a week after one night in that place.
Seville is gorgeous. Xeres is nice too.
Andalucia is big and diverse.
I've recently been to Granada and it is fantastic (if you enjoy muslim architecture). Also, the landscape near Granada are amazing - both Sierra Nevada and Guadix area. In the later you may find an almost desertic landscape with troglodite houses (cave-houses). In Sierra Nevada (if weather allows) visit the Alpujarras - several white washed small villages spread on the mountain (Sierra Nevada means snowy mountain).
On the way from Seville to Granada, Ronda is a place to visit. A nice village with a bridge built on a gorge. Again, the landscape near (mountain) is fabulous.
As you mention, Seville is a must while in Andalucia.
Enjoy Andalucia. A
I wouldn't say that the Caves of Nerja are one of the biggest atractions in Spain, but they are really interesting. It depends on your tastes and what you are interested in.
I would skip Jerez de la Frontera (unless you want to go to visit where the spanish Sherry is done, or see a horse show, which is not very cheap indeed) and try Ronda, which is an spectacular town in the interior
http://images.google.es/images?q=ronda&hl=es See here some pictures of Ronda.
Cádiz is a great place to go out, as well as Granada (lots of students!!!). It depend on the time you have. Allow yourself at least 1 day in each place, 2 in Seville and 2 in Granada.
Can't say anything about northern Africa, but Gibraltar wouldn't be that much of my choice.
Cadiz has a fantastic carnival at the end of the february, not sure of exact dates. Don't expect to find anywhere to stay the night there though, it'll be booked up already. What you can do is get the last train from Seville on the Saturday night and stay up all night. Don't forget to dress up, you'll look silly if you don't. The cadiz coast all the way down to tarifa is also beautiful on the whole, but can be a bit windy. If you're going now, it will still be a bit chilly, but towards the end of march should getting good.
You're pushing it a bit to see ceuta and morocco and andalucia in two weeks, but you can get to morocco from Tarifa in a hydrofoil in 30 minutes and there are several times, so a day trip to Tangers is possible, or longer if you want. Have heard mixed things about Tangers. Prefer Ashila, which is about an hours drive away. (by the way if you have a hire car in spain you won't be able to take it on the ferry).
Seville is great for a visit (and as it gets less and less snobbish, and a bit less up its own a***! may one day even become somewhere good to live.
I did a blog on where to eat, but it's actually only to say about where to eat in seville,http://monkeycat.travellerspoint.com/ (note to moderators: this is not an advert, i just don't want to keep writing it!).
Don't bother with Jerez, not a lot to see there.
The Alpujarras are amazingly beautiful and worth a visit. (but further in around Ujijar whicih is much more beautiful than the rest of the area, rather than Orjiva unless you like the crusty hippy crowd).
Granada is fantastic, my favourite part of Andalucia. the mukato guesthouse in granada is lovely and they are well friendly.
if you need to rent a car: hispacar.es cheap as chips.
If you want any more info just let me know.