Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Itinerary for 5 adults, 3 kids, 2 weeks, & 1 holiday adventure!
  2. 2 Driving through Paris
  3. 3 Trip Report FRANCE 10 YEARS ON: Paris Dordogne Albi Toulouse Arles S Rhone and Nice
  4. 4 Spanish Medical Providers
  5. 5 Italy Car Scam
  6. 6 Road trip with our dog
  7. 7 Undiscovered Places in Paris
  8. 8 Sicily in feb? If not, where to from Israel?
  9. 9 Barcelona alternative
  10. 10 Train from Polgate to St Pancras
  11. 11 So Many Places, So Little Time-17 Day Euro Trip--HELP!
  12. 12 13 Nights Greece, first time, April 2018. HELP
  13. 13 Vacation apartment registration begins in Paris 1 Oct
  14. 14 Restaurant recs for French food in Montreux and surrounding area
  15. 15 Planes, Train, and, well, no automobiles
  16. 16 Trip Report Stanbr and Lolly visit Eastern Crete
  17. 17 Trip Report Great Value Vacations - NOT
  18. 18 Looking for a 5 star resort on Spanish coast for January
  19. 19 Help with Portugal Itinerary Please
  20. 20 Restaurant recs for French food in Montreux and surrounding area
  21. 21 He Musta Saw Us a-Comin': A Brief, Cautionary Tale about Taxis in Rome
  22. 22 Suggestion for trip to Switzerland, Greece and Italy
  23. 23 Poor weather outlook 10/16-19 Grindenwald
  24. 24 Need help with Honeymoon - Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
  25. 25 Can parking
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Andalusia (Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba) trip report

Jump to last reply

This will be a brief but informative report.

Flew in to Malaga due to Ryan air flight, rented car through Hertz with a great deal for 6 days, 78 euros booked online (rental car), so we thought.

Hertz= at counter, lady shows me receipt for 376 euros, wtf? She included, second driver, gas and insurance without me asking for it. Told her I didn't need them but she told me gas had to be on there at 65 euros extra, oh well. (btw, this is bs, dealing with hertz now). Anyhow, I brought back the car with only 10 Km left before empty, I pushed it, i know.

Sevilla= stood at Hotel Becquer, close to city center and had secured parking at 16.50E a day.
About a 2 hr drive from Malaga at about 120 Km's per hour the majority of the way, this region has great roads but scenery boring, endless olive trees. The hotel turned off the A/C and the rooftop terrace was closed, which sucked because the pictures online promised both. It was warm in the 70's so I needed a fan to sleep as too much outside noise from open windows. The staff made up for these minuses though. Great help.

Sevilla itself= good city for a few days, highlight was the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Lots of walking to do but you will need a map as to there being no guidance signs or are hard to find. I coudnt do more than a few days as it is not a huge city with a ton of must see attractions like Paris or London.

Cordoba= Went there specifically for the cathedral/Mosque attraction and It was great. Stood at a hotel near the Roman bridge. Finding the hotel was a PITA and I think I will expect a "crossing a restricted street" fine in the mail soon, its a hard city to maneuver in with a car. Not a great walking city as we couldn't find anything that stood out after the cathedral/mosque. Was there only 1 day.

Granada= about 2 hours from Cordoba by car. Went there for the Alhambra, wow, must see. We had great weather and bigger than what you think. Tickets are said to be a PITA to get but we got ours the day prior.

Tickets procedures for The Alhambra= online or at the front gate. You have 2 time options to choose from when choosing online, 0830-1430, 1430-1700 and then hourly slots in those time frames, this is confusing and means: my 1200 chosen slot is for the palace entry time frame till 1430, not the whole Alhambra. I can be in the Alhambra all day but my time to enter the palace within the Alhambra is slotted from 1200-1430 (but a good hour is enough anyways).

I bought my tickets online but picked them up at the front gate automated machines by the bookstore with no waiting at all. I guess summertime its more crowded. I parked right up front also, about 8 euros for 3-4 hours.

The food of Spain= I dont like it. I'm not crazy about Jamon or Tapas and the selection in between is lacking. I like to cook so I can appreciate good food. Went to a foo-foo restaurant in Cordoba for grilled octopus and cohinito, pricey and just , okay. Morrocan food in Sevilla was good but again too much fluff over substance and I make a mean chicken tagine. Tasty though.

After jones'ing for a burger we ate at a number 3 on yelp place in Sevilla. I got food poisoning from the burger, spouse thought it smelled rancid but it tasted good. Holy hell was I doing an Exorcist remake in my hotel room for the next whole day! Sad when you look forward to finding a Mcdonalds.

Would do differently next time= go from Malaga-Granada-Cordoba-Sevilla route as this cuts out driving time.

I wanted to enjoy the view and smoke a cigar on hotel rooftop, didn't happen, I would call ahead of time to confirm, would of been great after a long day. In Sevilla, Hotel Dona Maria has a great view from the cathedral tower and is next to the cathedral with rooftop pool, for what its worth.

The people of Andalusia are warmer than Barcelona/Madrid but its a slower paced living.

4 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement