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5/25/2018
What To See and Do In Andalusia/Estepona
What To See and Do In Andalusia/Estepona

With its golden sands, untouched rural landscapes, thriving modern cities and a unique history, it is no surprise Andalusia attracts visitors from all over the world every single year. Blessed with sunshine and scorching summer temperatures, having an amazing time here is easy.

Picture-perfect Andalusia

One of the hottest regions in Spain, Andalusia's inland cities like Seville and Córdoba have been known to experience some of the highest temperatures in Europe, often reaching 36°C in summer. Ideal for sunseekers, the region is home to some of Spain's most stunning beaches from Playa del Cristo to Maro along the Costa del Sol.

A region of contrasts, Andalusia offers both the old and new, the natural and the modern. Flamenco dancing and bullfighting are believed to have originated here, and you are sure to experience these typically Spanish traditions across the region. For history lovers, a visit to the Ronda, a Moorish town set above the striking El Tajo gorge is a must, as is a trip to Antequera where Alcazaba fortress can be explored.

Seville Cathedral, the Santa Catalina castle in Jaén and the iconic Alhambra palace in Granada will inspire and amaze too, full of history from times gone by.

It's not all about the past in Andalusia though. Puerto Banús and Marbella are known as party hotspots, with beach clubs, VIP bars and nightclubs to enjoy all night long.

Visiting Andalusia

Often the easiest, quickest way to arrive to Andalusia is by air. There are four major airports in the area: Seville, Málaga, Almeria and Jerez de la Frontera. Which airport you choose to travel to and from will be determined by where you wish to base the majority of your holiday, but for guests of Kempinski Hotel Bahia we recommend Málaga. An hour's drive away, our exclusive car transfer service can be arranged for guests or taxis (costing approximately EUR 90) can be booked.

Travelling across Andalusia and throughout Spain is possible via train, car or coach. With well-maintained roads, driving here is straightforward and many visitors prefer to hire a car for their visit. This can be particularly useful if you are keen to explore Andalusia, as the capital Seville sits two and a half hours from Kempinski Hotel Bahia and Tarifa can be reached in one hour.

As for rail services, stations exist at Algeciras, Cadiz, Málaga, Cordoba, Seville, Jaen and Huelva. Trains run regularly, seven days a week.

Metro systems can also be found in Andalusia's largest cities: Seville and Málaga. Seville's metro system has 22 stations in total, running from east to west, while Málaga enjoys a two-line system with 18 stations covering the north west and south of the city.

For those looking for luxury, choose to stay at Kempinski Hotel Bahia. Based in tranquil Estepona, you will be close to some of Andalusia's greatest sights. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you organise your travel arrangements too.

Andalusia's Cuisine

From the well-loved Spanish omelette (or Tortilla Española) to paella, you will find many of the country's most famous dishes served in restaurants and cafes across Andalusia. However, the area itself has its own unique cuisine with fish and shellfish dominating menus due to five out of eight provinces sitting by the coast.

With olive oil produced in Seville, Granada, Málaga and Cádiz to name a few, frying is a popular form of cooking here. Make sure to sample fried fish (pescaito frito) at least once, and gazpacho (a cold soup made with raw blended vegetables) is a refreshing light bite for lunch.

When in the capital, Seville, don't miss La Cata Ciega. Praised for its exceptional tapas, it is the perfect way to try a selection of Andalusian-inspired dishes and other Spanish dishes for a great price. For guests of Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Baltazar Bar and Grill specialises in grilled food and local delicacies. The seafood paella, lobster riche and grilled tuna belly must be tried!

Must-sees

Home to one of the oldest cities in Spain, a glamour-filled marina, an ancient palace and plenty of glorious beaches, there really is something for everyone in Andalusia.

Discover Seville Cathedral

While in Andalusia's capital Seville, make sure not to miss Seville Cathedral. Dating back to the 16th century, it is the largest cathedral in the world and a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. Showcasing gothic architecture at its finest, visitors are sure to leave feeling inspired and entry is free for all children under 15.

 

Visit Alhambra

Alhambra began as a small fortress back in 889 AD, existing for a long time as ruins before being renovated and rebuilt during the mid-13th century into the grand palace it is today. Visited by millions every year, booking in advance is highly recommended.

 

Shopping and drinks in Puerto Banús

For all-things luxury, head to Puerto Banús. Surrounded by magnificent mountains, the port is home to hundreds of boats and yachts with the most notable being that belonging to the King of Saudi Arabia. Filled with designer shops, exclusive beach bars, nightclubs and plenty of delicious restaurants, it is ideal for anyone seeking a touch of glamour.

 

Relax in Tarifa

On the southernmost coast of Spain, where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean meet, you will find Tarifa. A true paradise for anyone who loves wind sports - particularly kite surfing - this beautiful spot in the ancient port city of Cádiz is a must-visit. With its effortlessly cool, laid back feel it is easy to spend the day relaxing on the beach here before exploring the quirky shops and grabbing a bite to eat in one of the many cafes.

See marine life at Selwo Marina

Located in quaint town of Benalmádena, you will find Andalusia's only marine park, Selwo Marina. A wonderful place to spend the day with family, the park is separated into four areas and is home to bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, penguins and various reptiles and birds. Demonstrations and shows run regularly throughout the day, and with advanced booking guests can swim with sea lions, interact with dolphins and feed the penguins. There are many amazing beaches and points of interest, like Colomares Castle and cable cars, to enjoy in Benalmádena too.

To book your stay at Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Estepona, Costa del Sol, or to learn more about magnificent Andalusia, please contact a member of the Kempinski team. Simply call +35 95 280 9500 or email reservations.estepona@kempinski.com to speak to us today.

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