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White Villages


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  Route passing the mountainous regions of the Sierra de Grazalema, Serrania de Ronda and Los Alcornocales. This trip can be easily combined with the visit of the cities of Cádiz, Seville and Málaga or relaxing beach holidays on the eastern part of the Costa de la Luz or on the Costa del Sol. An excursion takes the traveller to the Natural Site El Torcal near Antequera. It is also possible to visit the rocks of Gibraltar.
  Where to start
Málaga, Jerez de la Frontera, Seville.
Worth seeing:
Arcos de la Frontera, Ronda, Casares a.o.


Caliphate Route



  This Route combines the both most important cities of the Moorish erain Spain - Córdoba and Granada - with the Guadalquivir valley and the fertile Granadian plateau ("Vega"). It runs through the Natural Park of the Sierras Subbéticas with its small and tranquile villages and passes further on several smaller mountainous regions. It might be combined with a trip to the Sierra Nevada or to the tiny villages of the Alpujarra region (see below).
  On the route:
Fernán Núñez, Aguilar de la Frontera, Priego de Córdoba, Alcalá la Real, Baena, Cabra, Montilla a.o.


"Al-Idrisi" Route


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  This route is named after the Arab geographer Al-Idrisi and connects the citie of Algeciras with Granada. It mainly runs along the large coastline of the "Costa del Sol" and the "Costa Tropical", beginning at the Straits of Gibraltar and ending in Motril. Then it turns north passing the valley of Lecrín to finish on the feet of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Granada. Excursions: Natural Parks Los Alcornocales and Montes de Málaga, La Alpujarra.
  On the route:
Estepona, Casares, Marbella, Málaga, Mijas, Nerja, Almuñecar, Salobreña, Durcal.


Cabo de Gata


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  Situated east of Almería, the Natural Park Cabo de Gata-Níjar has almost untouched bays on the coast up to the village of Mojácar, called Levante. The interior of the park can astonish you with a mix of mountains and desert. On his way to Granada, the traveller passes either the Alpujarra or the higher region of the Sierra Nevada in the north. If he continues his journey to the northeast, he gets to the Natural Park Sierra de María-Los Vélez.
  Start: Almería
Worth seeing:: Tabernas (desert), archaeological deposit "Los Millares", rock beaches.
Bética - Romana


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  Roman settlements as Itálica - located close to Seville and founded by Scipio the Elder - or the villages of Carmona, Marchena, Écija and Osuna have already been described by the roman geographer Teóphorus at the end of the 2nd century A.C. The Roman Route of Baetica connects Hispalis (Seville) with Corduba (Córdoba) and Gades (Cádiz) and focusses mainly the lower valley of the river Guadalquivir and the Sevillian Campiña.
  Where to start
Seville, Cádiz
Worth seeing::
Carmona, Marchena, Osuna, Ecija, La Luisiana, Jerez a.o.


Jaén and Cazorla


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  From its capital Jaén the route passes the "sister towns" Baeza und Úbeda, gems of the Renaissance and the Gothic eras. The trip runs through the Natural Park Sierra de Cazorla, Segura und Las Villas, the largest one of the Iberian peninsula and source of the Guadalquivir and the Segura river. Cazorla is to be considered the most important village of the park, but also La Iruela, Hornos and Segura de la Sierra are worth to be visited.
  Worth seeing::
In the Natural Park: the artificial lake "Tranco" and the "Torre de Vinagre". Region La Loma close to Baeza and Úbeda.


Sierra de Aracena


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  A shorter roundtrip through the western part of the Sierra Morena runs through the forests of the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche and takes you to the heart of the production of the famous cured "serrano"-ham: Jabugo. Castles, churches, mosques and pilgrim's chaples testify the religious traditions of this region and his people. Of special interest: the Cave of Marvel ("Gruta de las Maravillas") in the small town of Aracena and a giant open cast mine in Minas de Riotinto.
  Where to start
Seville, Huelva
Worth seeing::
Aracena, Alájar, Aroche, Almonaster la Real,  Fuenteheridos


Jerez Region


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  For enthusiasts of the andalusian horse and the Sherry wine we recommend a shorter route, that starts in Jerez de la Frontera. It combines the large coast region between Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Vejer de la Frontera with the inland of the Cádiz province up to Arcos de la Frontera. Visits of the Doñana National Park and the Natural Parks of Los Alcornocales ("the cork oaks") can be added.
  Starting point
Jerez de la Frontera
On the route: Cádiz, Sanlúcar, El Puerto de St. María, Vejer, Conil, Arcos, Medina Sidonia


The Alpujarra


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  Located in the southeast of Granada the route leads the traveller to the last refuge of the Moors, placed between the Sierra Nevada and the Sierras de Lújar and Contraviesa. The landscape between the bathing resort of Lanjarón and the pass Puerto de la Ragua (on 2000 meters) is dominated by high mountains, tiny white villages, sheltered valleys and deep gorges. The route then passes the famous cave house village Guadix and returns to the city of Granada. Alternative: further east to Ohanes to reach finally the city of Almería.
  Starting point
Granada, Almería
Villages: Lanjarón, Capileira, Trevélez, Guadix, Laujár de Andarax, Ohanes


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