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Andalusia: best tips for your holidays in Southern Spain

When I was little, I travelled so many times to Andalusia with my family. In fact, it was almost every year. We were going to a different camping every time and I remember having so much fun. Spanish are very welcoming and the country has so much to offer. It is easy to reach no matter where you come from in Europe (no more than 2 hours flight from South England) and the prices  are very low, therefore very helpful for a big family.

Best beaches of Andalusia

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Andalusia has nothing to envy to the Caribbean littoral. In fact, several tourist guides and websites consider some beaches of the Costa Almeriense, Costa del Sol or Costa de la Luz  as the most beautiful in Europe or even in the world. I personally love the region of Cádiz and Tarifa. On the Atlantic Oceanside, it is a surfers paradise and the beaches are kilometres long. Furthermore, it is not much frequented by tourists and has kept its authenticity.

You will find amazing beaches on the Mediterranean side as well. Lose yourself driving around Nerja and Maro in the province of Malaga and you will find small wild beaches. You can also go to the famous Cabo de Gata, in Almería. They probably are the most Caribbean-like beaches of the Hispanic peninsula, hence there are many more visitors.

Culture and History

I’m always impressed by how rich Spanish culture is. History of the country is thriving and all the influences are still very present. Andalusia has long been under the domination of Muslims. Most of the monuments are preserved and without the shadow of a doubt, the Mezquita-Catedral of Córdoba is the most beautiful.

I recommend you take a guide to fully enjoy your visit. Do not miss the Alhambra of Granada and its architecture either; as well as the sunset from the Mirador San Nicolas. Sevilla and its square should also be on your list!

Food is an essential part of the Andalusian culture and oh my! you won’t be disappointed. You can eat fresh products in Chirringuitos, these typical beach bars. Do not forget to try local beers, wine and fish. Stay away from touristic restaurants in the centre.

They are expensive and often don’t offer good quality. You can check out my article about how to eat healthy while travelling. It won’t be hard in Spain, the country is full of fresh fruits and vegetables! Just be careful to choose raw olive oil instead of cooked.

The famous white villages of Andalusia

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How many times have you seen a white village on a postcard? They are possibly more emblematic than the beaches.  Their walls are whitewashed in order to keep the heat away. My favourite one is Mijas! It is located on top of a mountain, overlooking the sea. Full of charm, you can spend an entire afternoon just walking about.

The botanic garden is quiet and amazing. You also have the village of Frigiliana, probably the most famous. Just over Nerja and its beaches, you can see both in one day.

In a word, if you’re looking for a cheap and spectacular destination, go to Andalusia!  I advise you to learn a few words such as ¡Hola! (hello) or Gracias (thank you). Locals always appreciate it and will be even more talkative with you. On the other hand, if you plan on only visiting (not everyone’s a beach lover as I am), I strongly suggest you avoiding July and August as the heat can become unbearable.

What about you? Have you been to Andalusia yet? Where is your favourite place?

My Bolivia travel guide: what you need to kno

Among all the Latin countries in South America, Bolivia is often forgotten and underrated. For that reason, I want to share with you my Bolivia travel guide. The diversity of the landscapes and the kindness of its inhabitants made it my favourite country of the South American continent. Bolivia is rich in surprises and has many gems to offer. Here are my tips based on my experience. 

About Bolivia

Bolivia is a centre-west country of South America, sharing borders with 5 other countries. Its biodiversity is one of the richest of the continent and its extreme climate offers different landscapes. You can find high mountains (most of the cities are over 6,500 m of altitude) as well as deserts, lakes and of course the Amazonian rainforest.  Besides, History lovers will enjoy loads of Inca civilization archaeological sites.

General information

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You have to keep in mind that Bolivia is a poor country. People work with their hands and except in big cities, they eat what they grow. Furthermore, this country seems intact from any American influence. Indeed, it is the only Latin country without any fast food or big American chains.

The indigene community is big and respected. As a matter of fact, everyone has always been so nice to me, because of this authenticity. The typical women you can see everywhere with their Chaplin hat and colourful clothes are called Cholitas. I recommended not to take a picture of their faces. According to their beliefs, the camera steals their soul. Please respect them!

You can easily travel within the country collectively, the name of shared taxis. You share them with other tourists or locals, on the main roads. Hence, it is not rare to share your seat with a cute baby animal! I was one day surrounded by llamas and a group of kids going to school. It was so much fun! They were so interested and fascinated by my stories.

What to do: my Bolivia travel guide

This country is so big, consequently, you can not see everything unless you spend months. In this travel guide, I will share with you some of my favourite places:

  • La Paz

La Paz is the administrative capital. With almost 3 million inhabitants, it looks like an anthill. You can just walk about the city and discover its hidden gem, or take one of the four cable cars. A lot of agencies offer touristic tours. My favourite one was cycling down the Death Road.  On the other hand, there are also tours to go to Madidi Park in the rainforest and watch wildlife.

  • Uyuni salt desert

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Probably the most amazing landscape I’ve seen in my life. You can do a 1-day tour as well as four days. Pick up an agency in Uyuni and let’s go! Take warm clothes with you, sunglasses and altitude sickness pill. You will forever remember the ride through the salt desert.  The sunset is my favourite memory ever. It was so beautiful. The guide/driver takes a lot of photos and brings lunch.

  • Titicaca Lake

It is the biggest lake on the continent, therefore you can visit it from the Peruvian side or Bolivian. In my opinion, the latter is the most authentical. In fact, go to Copacabana and visit La Isla del Sol. I loved losing myself on this island and it is so rich in culture. Notwithstanding, you can only reach it by boat and the trip can be rough.

 

In a word: go!! You will be in awe in front of the charm of this country. I’m already planning on my second visit! This guide helped me a lot to plan my trip.

What about you? Have you ever been to Bolivia? What is your experience?

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