Best Places For Backpacking
in Andalucia, Spain
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Beautiful Andalucia in the
south of Spain offers stark contrasts, depending on whether you are in
one of the popular beach resorts or heading to one of the iconic cities,
such as Granada and Seville. Spain has much to offer relating to its Moorish
past, including the famous white villages with their narrow, cobbled streets,
the stunning Alhambra in Granada and the many attractions of Seville.
Depending on the travel time
available to you, you could do them all. The following is a list of the
attractions in Andalucia, as well as suggested places to stay. However,
before flying off on your backpacking trip, it is important to research
backpacker travel insurance to ensure you get the correct type.
Costa del Sol: Marbella
Spain is rightly proud of
the Costa del Sol, with its many beach resorts. While it can get pretty
hot in the summer, if you donít like the heat, the area is perfect in spring
or autumn. The following are recommended resorts to visit.
While many of the hotels
in Marbella are more suitable to the rich and famous, there are a number
of affordable hostels to choose from. One of these is InHouse
Marbella. Located in the Old Town of Marbella, the hostel has a selection
of single rooms, double rooms and dormitories to suit all travellers. The
property has free Wi-Fi throughout and shared bathrooms.
The hostel is a six-minute
walk from Marbellaís Golden Mile beaches and a ten-minute walk from the
marina. In the area there are plenty of restaurants serving the traditional
cuisine of Andalucia and any bars and coffee shops. There is also a selection
of shops in the Old Town. For a taste of the other side of life, visit
Puerto Banús, with its yachts, high-end shops, restaurants and bars,
where you might even spot the odd celebrity.
Due to the excellent coastal
public transport, Marbella is an ideal base to explore other resorts along
the coast. One recommended option is La
Cala de Mijas, a 45-minute bus ride away. While the town is small,
it has endless beaches and has a boardwalk which runs 5.6 kms along the
coast to Cabopino. There is also a fascinating defence tower from Moorish
times to explore on the town's beachfront.
Iconic cities: Granada
A two-hour bus ride from
Marbella takes you to the beautiful city of Granada, with its Alhambra,
with its Moorish throne room, cloistered courtyards and fountains and the
Court of the Lions and the Palacio de Generalife, a beautifully preserved
Moorish palace. Also worth a visit is the Albaicin district, which still
retains the narrow cobbled streets dating from its Moorish past.
While staying in the city,
a recommended hostel is Selina
Granada, which offers dormitory rooms, rooms with shared bathrooms
and, if you are feeling flush, rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The property
offers air conditioning for the hotter months and free Wi-Fi throughout
the building. There is also a bar where parties are held on Tuesdays, Fridays
and Saturdays. Thereís also a tour desk to give advice on the best attractions
to visit in the city.
Iconic cities: Seville
Heading in the other direction
from Marbella, Seville is an almost three-hour bus ride away. The long
journey is definitely worth it, however, with so much to see and do in
the city. The Alcázar of Seville is a Moorish-Renaissance royal
palace surrounded by beautiful gardens with fountains and ornate arches.
The Cathedral of Seville is a mixture, as the main building is of Gothic
creation and a Moorish bell tower offers views across the city. Columbusí
tomb is also in the Cathedral. One of the biggest attractions is the Plaza
de España, a town square lined with beautiful ceramic tiles.
Located in the Old Town
of Seville, For
You Hostel is a recommended stay. The hostel is in a restored 18th-century
building with a traditional Andalucian courtyard. The hostel offers private
rooms with bathrooms and dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms, lockers
for your valuables and a reading lamp. There is a shared kitchen where
guests can cook simple meals. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building
and there are many shops, restaurants and tapas bars in the surrounding
streets. Seville Cathedral and La Giralda are a 15-minute walk away, while
the Real Alcázar is 1 km from the hostel.
Have fun on your backpacking
trip in Spain and watch this space for more suggestions and recommended
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