chachu201
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Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:49 pm

Shortly I'm planning to fly to Seville, in southern Spain, and from there to Jerez de la Frontera. Does anyone have any experience of the city, and any recommendations as to where to go/eat? Also, anywhere in the region that would be worth a daytrip?

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RE: Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:57 pm

I absolutely love Sevilla, Granada, and Cadiz! You cannot go wrong with food in the Barrio Santa Cruz. I forget the names of the streets and restaurants unfortunately, but I just kept walking around finding new, wonderful places to eat. Chocolate y churros are the food of the gods!

Granada and the Alhambra are a must see. Granada is simply one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited.

Have fun in Andalucia!

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RNOcommctr
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RE: Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:02 am

I agree with Texan on all of the above. I would also add the small town of Rondo... white-washed houses, a great shopping district and restaurants that thankfully don't seem like tourist traps.

Gibraltar is somewhat amusing (especially for its infamous airport with the runway bisected by the main vehicle road), but I wouldn't recommend it if you're pressed for time.

Marbella is interesting if you're into the rich-and-famous scene.
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chachu201
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RE: Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:42 am

Thanks very much for the info guys! We were planning to go to Granada, but unfortunately it seems like quite a long way from Jerez, where we're staying. Does anyone have any local recommendations for Jerez/Seville?
 
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RE: Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:22 am

Cordoba is closer and about as striking as Granada. Expect hordes of tourists and extreme heat, though.

Why Jerez, anyway? There's barely anything to see there except for the food & wine. Unless you're into horses, anyway.
 
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RE: Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:28 am



Quoting RNOcommctr (Reply 2):
Marbella is interesting if you're into the rich-and-famous scene.

You most likely will meet more Russians in Marbella than Andalusians.. Big grin
Also watch out for high temperatures in southern Andalusia in Summer-heat can rise above 40 ° celsius easily.
Ronda,Grenada and Sevilla are must's ...I would skip Marbella,it's a rich mens tourist trap !!
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RE: Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:16 am

If you're in Seville, spend an hour or two at the site of the World Expo of 92. Huge pavillions now deserted, modern art sculptures, and an Arianne rocket, all abandoned...

Apparently the Placa de Espana was used in the filming of one of the Star Wars new films.

Also, the cathedral and Alacazar (castle / palace) are both worth a visit.

We had lunch at a small tapas bar on a pedestrian street near El Corte Ingles department store - can't remember more than that unfortunately other than it was crowded, and has loads of hams hanging from the ceiling! Very tasty, if not typically Andalucian! Ditto paella...

http://www.signol.co.uk/spain03
for some of my pics from the trip!

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RE: Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:55 am

Andalucia is my favourite spot in Spain! Jerez, Granada, Cordoba! I simply loved it and I wish I had time to go there again.

Take a big bite of Jamon Serano for me! Big grin
 
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RE: Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:27 am

If you go Seville you can walk around La Maestranza and have fried fish at El Pescaito Frito, which is very popular. Also Plaza de España is impressive. Be aware that Andalucía is very hot during summer, so be prepared for high temperatures.

Enjoy your trip,

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chachu201
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RE: Trip To Andalucia, Spain

Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:41 pm

Thanks very much for the advice everyone, I leave tomorrow, have gallons of sunblock packed, and am looking forward to some sun!

Quoting JJJ (Reply 4):
Why Jerez, anyway? There's barely anything to see there except for the food & wine. Unless you're into horses, anyway.

Not entirely sure actually, it just seemed like an interesting place to go to, but we were planning on spending a lot of time away from Jerez, on daytrips to the surrounding area.

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