After visiting Malaga, Granada and Cordoba during the first 3 days od our Andalusian trip, there were still four more places on our travel map to explore. If you haven’t seen the first part of the spanish travel yet, please check Andalusian trip part 1.
Andalusian trip part 2: Sevilla, Ronda, Gibraltar, Marbella
Find attached map as a short reminder of our Andalusian trip route. At this point of story we’re moving from Cordoba to Sevilla.
Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain
Sevilla – in summer time known as a Frying Pan of Spain – greeted us with heavy October rain, restaurants closed due to a next day holiday, public parking expensive as hell (exactly 23,15 euro for a day) and worst and most expensive hotel during whole trip. The hotel had no elevator, it was quite challanging to carry heavy bags on the 2nd floor considering the stairs looking like this:
The bed legs were so crooked we suspected waking up on the floor and heavy curtain rod felt right on my head while I was going to cover the curtains … The morning was much better, fortunately :)
Sightseeing in Sevilla – Giralda and Plaza de Espana
We started the day with a good breakfast in the city centre of Sevilla and then moved to see Giralda, famous bell tower of Seville Cathedral. It was still raining a bit, nothing that would bother us much, though. On our way to Giralda we walked through a nice park.
Second point on our Sevilla route was Plaza de Espana located in the Park de Maria Luisa. Created in 1929, Plaza de Espana is a piece of art and a real pleasure to visit!
Satisfied with the Plaza de Espana beauty, we set off to see Ronda, my most awaited spot on our Andalusian trip map.
Ronda, Andalusia, Spain
Ronda is situated in a mountainous area, right at the deep canyon. It’s divided into old town and new town connected by the bridge towering 120 metres over the canyon floor, named Puento Nuevo. The rain picked up when we reached the place, but we were so amazed by the view it couldn’t stopped us from photoshooting.
We stayed in very nice Hotel San Cayetano (36e per night). It’s located in the city centre of Ronda, at one of the main streets. Looking for a good breakfast? Visit Cafe de Agata the next door for a big, delicious, beautifully served breakfast, I’m sure you will enjoy just as we did.
Ronda viewpoint – Puente Nuevo Bridge
Right after the brakfast we visited best viewpoint of Ronda to complete our bridge and canyon collection of photos. The weather was great and the views were extraordinary.
Ready for the next spot, we moved to Gibraltar!
Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Gibraltar is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom located at the south of Spain. It’s famous for The Rock – single mountain towering the city with underground caves and tunnels and very nosy monkeys. In a good wheather you can see Africa located only 20 km south from that place.
Gibraltar is less than 7 square km which makes it easy to explore on foot. We had to leave the rented car before the border as the incurance conditions didn’t allow us to travel abroad.
Interesting fact: Gibraltar has it’s own airport with runways crossing the regular road. There are hundreds of cars, scooters, bikes and pedestrians crossing the runway daily but they have to wait on the red light when the plane takes off or lands ;)
After exploring the city you can either climb the Rock or move right to the cable cars railway (about 16e per person). We decided to save time, choose second option to get to the top and then walk down on foot.
The Rock of Gibraltar – perfect view and the monkeys
First impression after getting to the top? The monkeys are everywhere and are very very courious. They don’t mind being photoshooted or even touched but stay cautious! They are just waiting to open your bagpack or run away with your bag in search of treats!
Standing on the top of the Rock makes you feel like you’re on top of the world because of the breathtaking view. From the height of over 400m you can admire Marocco on south and Europe on north .
After over an hour spend on enjoying the view, capturing the monkeys and walking the green paths, we took Medditerenean Steps down. The steps run mainly along the east side of the Rock, you can enjoy the views during the whole walk.
Gibraltar plane crash in 1943
On 4th July 1943 there was a plane crash in Gibraltar resulting in the death of 16 people, insluding Władysław Sikorski, the chief of the Polish Army. The plane crashed into the see right after the take off. Not all of the bodies were found, incident investigators never reached the consensus of its’ causes and circumstances.
On 2013 there was a General Sikorski memorial created on Europa Point- the southernmost point of Gibraltar.
Marbella, Andalusia, Spain
After travelling for almost 5 days we decided to spend last two nights in Marbella, place known for fancy restaurants and beautiful beach. Our only goal was to rest, relax, eat and drink loads of red wine, traditional or in form of vino tinto de verano – red wine mixed with soda (sparkling water, sprite or tonic) and lemon juice. Perfect for hot days!
We stayed in Hostal Paco (85e per 2 nights), perfectly located at the old town. We were charmed by the narrow streets, street musicians and the atmosphere – the photos cannot reflect it enough!
See my navy anchor bag? Next DIY session coming soon! ;)
We spent the last whole day lying on the beach and doing NOTHING. It was perfect, I highly reccommend ;)
I really loved spanish atmosphere, wheather, tapas and wine culture and started to make next spanish tour plans already – maybe Barcelona this time?
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