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1. Posted by lampa (Budding Member, 9 posts) 19 Aug '06 03:47

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Hello, my two friends and I will go to Spain in October..Cant wait...Three girls who want to see something beyond tourist board route...To swim with orange in my mouth..To walk through unknown villages..To jump out of train in a unknown place between Cordoba and Malaga....
But I have few questions..can you help?

1. [b]We have 8 days excluding travel from Croatia to Barcelona airport. We will go to Andalucia by train, and Barcelona - Seville is pretty expensive- 100 euros return ticket!!Is there a posibillity to get there with less money?

2. We will visit Seville, Granada, Cordoba..but also want to see small unknown villages? Do you know something like that nearby and how to get there?
There is a village Tavernas - famous because of the "only desert in Europe" and spaghetti westerns filmed there, but is it worth visiting? Is it a terrible, turistic town, or something awesome, funny, hillarious...?

3. Seaside under Andalucia? Nearest beach where we can swim a bit?

Thanks, i might have some more questuions, but this is for now.
If someone has questions about something croatian - sea, islands or shores, please ask..

Thanks...Hana

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru, 1158 posts) 19 Aug '06 18:15

Quoting lampa

[b]Hello, my two friends and I will go to Spain in October..Cant wait...Three girls who want to see something beyond tourist board route...To swim with orange in my mouth..To walk through unknown villages..To jump out of train in a unknown place between Cordoba and Malaga....

Sounds like you have a fantastic trip ahead of you and can we see pictures of you swimming with the orange in your mouth ;)?
I totally love Andalucía and my suggestion would be to visit Ronda, a little village in the mountains between Cordoba, Malaga and Seville. I know you can get a train http://www.renfe.es there from Granada and Malaga. Have you also thought about going to Cadíz? I found it a lot less touristy than the other cities and I really liked the architecture (still a lot of arabic influence).

Apart from that, maybe you should really just jump off the train and find some untouched places. Have a great trip !

Steff

3. Posted by Samu_mdrd (Budding Member, 2 posts) 27 Aug '06 02:16

I Suggest u to visit the beaches in cadiz, Specially bolonia, zahara de los atunes.

If u go a bit more to the south, u can visit Tarifa, or Gibraltar (UK), seeing africa from the mountains.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 27 Aug '06 07:52

Definitely see Ronda, if you can. It's stunningly beautiful - my favourite city in Andalusia. We also visited Mijas, which is a small village not too far from the coast.

5. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member, 109 posts) 27 Aug '06 15:07

Hi there. The spagetti westerns were filmed in Almeria, which is completely at the other end of andalucia from Seville, about 4 hours drive, or 6 or 7 hours minimum on a coach.

Trains in Andalucia are slower than the coaches on the whole, but it is difficult to find bus times online. The best thing to do is go to a tourist information office in town. They tend to have a list of all the main destinations (at least i know the one in Seville does). If you drive, try www.hispacar.es (or .com can't remember at the mo). They are very cheap for renting cars and if you are short of time, it is the quickest way of getting around, and cheaper if there are three of you.

The villages in the alpujarras near granada are fantastic, once you get beyond Orjiva which is a smeggy place where all the hippys hang out.

For more info, click on my profile, under my name (monkeycat). There you will see a list of previous threads i have written that may help you with more info on andalucia.

Have a great time, and if you need more info, send me a message.

Tom

6. Posted by lampa (Budding Member, 9 posts) 29 Aug '06 06:19

Sounds like you have a fantastic trip ahead of you and can we see pictures of you swimming with the orange in your mouth ;)?
I totally love Andalucía and my suggestion would be to visit Ronda, a little village in the mountains between Cordoba, Malaga and Seville. I know you can get a train http://www.renfe.es there from Granada and Malaga. Have you also thought about going to Cadíz? I found it a lot less touristy than the other cities and I really liked the architecture (still a lot of arabic influence).

Apart from that, maybe you should really just jump off the train and find some untouched places. Have a great trip !

Steff[/quote]

Thanks Steff, we will surely visit Ronda then. Cadiz is maybe too far, but Ill think about it. I will let you know, when I come back....:)

7. Posted by lampa (Budding Member, 9 posts) 29 Aug '06 06:23

Quoting Samu_mdrd

I Suggest u to visit the beaches in cadiz, Specially bolonia, zahara de los atunes.

If u go a bit more to the south, u can visit Tarifa, or Gibraltar (UK), seeing africa from the mountains.

[quote]

Yes I thought about Gibraltar, but we donthave enough money for now, to go there in a same trip...But the beaches, thanks, this is an information I wanted to hear. Please tell me that we can swim there from 6. till 15. October. Is it warm enough? Are there people on the beach?
Sure in Croatia everything ends in the end of September...
Hope that s not the case with Spain?:(

8. Posted by lampa (Budding Member, 9 posts) 29 Aug '06 06:28

Quoting tway

Definitely see Ronda, if you can. It's stunningly beautiful - my favourite city in Andalusia. We also visited Mijas, which is a small village not too far from the coast.

[quote]
OK so you all agree about Ronda...I will tell people who like there that you have sent me..so next time you come there you will be worshiped as gods... ;)who send them tourists...

Thanx, Hana

9. Posted by leeloo (Budding Member, 8 posts) 11 Sep '06 12:10

i think that you will have a great trip enjoy when you will be swimming with orange in your mouth!

10. Posted by Gusiluz (Full Member, 77 posts) 13 Sep '06 10:53

For 100 Euros return you better fly Barcelona-Sevilla with Vueling:

http://www.vueling.com/

Seville-Granada by train is now very well served by RENFE for 20,oo Euros, recommended.

Recommendations:
Cadiz & Puerto de Santa María
Small villages in Alpujarra (the South Side of Sierra Nevada mountains): Capileira, Pampaneira,...you can get there from Granada Bus Station, quite cheap...but be ready for a thousand curves.

This map may help around Granada:

http://www.turgranada.es/pdf/espanyol/Plano_Provincia_Granada.pdf