My husband and I recently visited Spain. One of the challenges in planning this vacation was to choose or limit the cities we would visit. We had about 2 ½ weeks for our vacation and decided to spend much of the time in the Andalucia – Exploring by car Seville, Vejer de la Frontera, Ronda, and Granada. Then hopping a flight to Barcelona for the final days.
Sevilla is rightly famous for its tapas bars. We quickly became fans.
One of our favorite tapas bars was El Rinconcillo. It is said to be the oldest bar in Seville with a history that dates from 1670. No English spoken or even needed here; they replenish your wine glass and bring you tapas until you can eat no more.
We also experienced a day long private cooking class and a flamenco show while in Sevilla.
Next stop, was Vejar de la Frontera. It is a Moorish looking hilltop town, with white-washed houses, narrow winding streets, excellent food and wine and beautiful beaches nearby. We spent our days here exploring the narrow cobbled streets and watching surfers on the beach. It was most relaxing.
Next on our itinerary was Ronda. It is one of Andalusia’s most beautiful towns, famous throughout Spain for the gaping river gorge which divides the medieval from the 18th century parts of town. A spectacular bridge constructed in the 18th century spans the gorge and the view looking down from it is not for the faint-hearted.
While in Ronda, we stayed at the Hotel La Fuente de la Higuera, this was my favorite. It is a blend of a bed and breakfast and luxury boutique hotel that was originally a centuries-old olive mail surrounded by olive groves. It is said to be the most romantic accommodation in the countryside of Ronda and probably in the whole of Andalucia. I would agree!
Granada was our next stop. We toured the Alhambra, an excellent preserved example of a Moorish fortress palace in Europe.
Finally we turned in our rental car and hopped a flight to Barcelona. Barcelona is a very lively city, with great culture, architecture and world class dining. We included a day trip to the remote, rocky hills of the Priorat wine region and were able to tour three Catalan vineyards