Further Afield

Marbella is a fantastic base for travel in Spain, with many varied options, from sea-side to ski-slopes, just a few hours away.

Cadiz

Cadiz is a beautiful, and historically rich, sea side city and capital of Cadiz Province.
While there, be sure to explore the narrow winding alleys and magnificent plazas of El Populo, La Viña, and Santa Maria, within the remnants of the old city walls, and visit to Cadiz Cathedral, one of Cadiz’s most famous landmarks. Built over 116 years in Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classical styles, the Cathedral’s chapels have many paintings and relics from the old cathedral and monasteries from throughout Spain.

We also recommend you visit the ancient Roman Theatre in the El Pópulo district (the second largest Roman theatre in the world, surpassed only by the theater of Pompeii), La Playa de la Caleta (the beach of the Old City), situated between two castles, San Sebastian and Santa Catalina and subject of many Carnival songs, due to its unequalled beauty.

The Atlantic shoreline of Cadiz Province has many wild and windswept beaches, including Tarifa - one of the foremost windsurfing and kite flying sites in Europe. Visit: http://www.cadizturismo.com

Jerez

Jerez is on the banks of the river Guadalete, close to Atlantic beaches and the Gaditana mountain range. It has a wide range of architectural styles and archaeological remains from the Phoenician, Roman, Muslim and Early Christian buildings.

It is famous for its Wineries, in which both Sherry and Brandy are made, but also for Equestrian Shows (visit the Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre) and Flamenco, which can be seen every day in its numerous Peña Flamenca clubs. Jerez also has Flemenco festivals in February, March and September.

Other attractions are the world-famous Circuito de Velocidad (speed track), where numerous competitions in the world of motor racing take place throughout the year, and the Zoo Botánico de Jerez (Jerez Botanical Zoo). The old centre is of Historical Artistic interest, full of quaint streets and squares where one can discover fountains, palaces, churches and sherry bodegas. Visit: http://www.turismojerez.com

Ronda

The “Eagle nest”, as it is frequently called, is perched high up in the Serrania de Ronda - a range of majestic mountains where the temperature in summer is significantly lower than the Costa del Sol. The Rio Guadalvin has over centuries cut a deep ravine called El Tajo gorge, which makes a natural separation between the two parts of Ronda. The Puente Nuevo bridges these parts, and offers a superb view of the mountains, the meandering river and the thousands of birds diving from one side of the gorge to the other.

In the centre of the town stands the Plaza de Toro’s. Now a museum, this is known as the birthplace of modern bullfighting.
It is also worth exploring the cobbled streets of old Ronda, where you will find the Barrio of San Francisco with its charismatic bars and restaurants.

It takes just over an hour to drive from San Pedro, through the mountains, to Ronda. Visit: http://www.turismoderonda.es

Cordoba

The route to Cordoba from the coast is enchanting. Rolling hills and cultivated ever changing colours. A visit will need an overnight stay as the journey is testing and takes over two hours. Cordoba was the largest of the Roman Spanish cities. In those days the river Guadalquivir was navigational all the way to Cadiz making Cordoba a port city.

When the Moors invaded they made the city the capital of their kingdom El Andalus and built the largest mosque in Islam. The Christians retook the city in the thirteenth century and commenced building a church on the same footprint as the mosque. Today the religious structures of both faiths are united in a magnificent building. Just a few steps away from the church one enters the medieval quarter known as La Juderia. Strolling through the labyrinth of lanes and flower-filled courtyards one finds many quaint restaurants offering exquisite traditional dishes.

Just five kilometres from the bustling streets of Cordoba, and a must-see, is the magnificent eleventh century town of Madinat al Zahra. Built in 1010 from marble, jasper and precious stones the town took twenty five years to complete. It was inhabited for sixty five years before being overrun during a civil war. It lay open to the ravages of nature for nine hundred years until no sign of it was visible. In 1911, archaeological excavation commenced and almost a hundred years later the full majesty of the original buildings standing on the cypress slopes begins to offer a visual wonderland of medieval life. Visit: http://www.aboutcordoba.com

Other fantastic options

These include Seville, the capital city of Andalucia, Granada and the Alhambra, Almeria, Sierra Nevada (the place to ski), and the island of Gibraltar.