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Andalusia: Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Seville, Costa del Sol
- Hospes Palacio del Bailio Hotel – Cordoba
- AC Palacio de Santa Paula – an really great restoration/renovation close to everything in Granada. It recently became a Marriott property.
- La Fuente de la Higuera – beautiful country hotel near Ronda
- Parador Carmona – Carmona is famous for the Route of Tapas
- Hotel Corral del Rey – in the Barrio Alfalfa of Seville. 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral
- Hacienda San Rafael – about 35 minutes south of Seville in Las Cabezas de San Juan. Very peaceful
- Cotijo Sotto Real – A beautiful country estate south of Seville in Las Cabezas de San Juan
- King Alfonso XIII Hotel – A moorish style Palace built for the 1929 World Expo in Seville. Now a Starwood Property
- Hotel Casa Romana – An old restored/renovated boutique hotel in the old center of Seville
- Hotel Puerta la luna – traditional hotel in Baeza (Unesco Heritage Town) near Jaen
- Paradores – there are some nice ones throughout Andalusia, especially in Jaen (one of our favorites)
- Hotel V – exclusive 12 room country hotel in Vejer De La Frontera
- 2Bedroom apartment on the beach near Estepona in Costa del Sol – This is a beautiful and comfortable apartment and the owner is wonderful.
- Andalucia.com – region guide
- Cordoba – The Great Mosque – La Mesquitta, The old town, The Alcazar
- Granada – The Alhambra Palace, The Generalife, The Palace of King Carlos V, Cathedral of Granada, The Royal Chapel tombs of Isabella and Ferdinand, the Albayzín (old Moorish neighborhood) and the Mirador of San Nicolas at the top of the Albayzín.
- Seville – The Cathedral, the Alcazar, the Ghiraldo Bell Tower, the Torre del Oro, The Archive of the Indies, The Plaza de España, the old winding streets of the Barrio neighborhoods.
- Ronda – The Bull fighting Arena and Museum, the town on top of the Puente Romano bridge, the Arab Baths
- Malaga – The Picasso Museum, the Gibralfaro Castle (now a Parador), the Alcazar on Mount Gibralfaro, the Roman theare and the old jewish quarter.
- Jerez de la Frontera – The Alcazar, the Spanish Riding School (Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art), The Andalusian Center of Flamenco, Tours of the Tito Pepe Sherry House and stopping in many sherry bars.
FOOD AND RESTAURANTS
This is Gazpacho country. Salmorejo is similar to gazpacho but thicker because it also has bread in the mix and Ajo blanco (cold garlic and almond soup). Also on the menu is Flamenquín (egg battered pork loin wrapped in jamon serano), Migas (day old bread mixed with meat and vegetable and fried for breakfast), Tapas, Tortilla de Patatas (egg and potato omelet), Pescadito Frito (fried fish), calmares, chipirones (small squid), gambas (prawns), cigalas (really large prawns), chopitos (baby fried squid), Aceitunas (Olives), Boquerones (fired sardines), Jamon Serrano (prosciutto) and the tastier and more expensive Jamon Iberico, Chorizo (sausages), Cazuelas de habas (beans, sausage, bacon) and lots of creme filled pastries. Don’t forget to have a glass of Jerez (Sherry). You can usually get the same food as a small tapas or as a racione (main plate).
- Restaurante Arrayanes in Granada for very delicious and authentic Morrocan food – Granada
- Cerveceria La Giraldo – TAPAS; part of the 10th century Moorish baths across from the Giraldo – Calle Mateos Gago 2 – Seville
- Bodeguita Casablanca – TAPAS; always crowded but worth the wait – Calle Adolfo Rodriguez Jurado 12 off Av. de la Constitucion – Seville
- El Riconcillo – TAPAS; oldest (from 1670) and most famous Tapas bar , also a great restaurant – Calle Gerona 40 in Barrio Santa Cruz- Seville