8 epic places in Andalucia even locals don’t know about

Here we go! Eferson has just launched Incoming Services thus we feel like presenting you 8 epic places in Andalucia, Spain even locals don’t know about.

Have you ever felt wanderlust but didn’t know where to go? Have you ever thought of visiting unusual places in well-known countries or felt like doing something out of ordinary? If the answer to all the questions is yes, then you are in the right place.

In this post, we will present the most interesting and picturesque spots to see in Andalusia.

Rio Tinto

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If you enjoy drinking famous Spanish “ tinto de verano” (summer wine) then you will definitely love the entire river of it! “Rio” in English river is an interesting phenomenon in this village that gave the name Rio Tinto. The unique predominant ores, which oxidize when they come into contact with the air, colour land and river alike in shades of reddish-brown.  For more information on this out of ordinary phenomenon click. 

One of the best touristic attractions is a small vintage train that passes through the beautiful landscape of the mines in Rio Tinto.

Additionally, It is worth going to find out what NASA was doing there!

Setenil de las Bodegas

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A good way of combining two emblematic rock cities is to visit, apart from Ronda, this picturesque place named after its once flourishing wineries – bodegas. Setenil is probably the most appealing among famous white villages of Andalucia

Where most pueblos blancos were built on protective bluffs, this town grew out of a network of caves in the cliffs above the river Trejo, north-west of Ronda. White houses of Setenil de las Bodegas seem to emerge from the rocks. Some of them have rock roofs and even olive groves on them.

There has been a human settlement here since at least the Arabic Almohad period in the twelfth century. It is possible that Setenil was occupied much earlier than 25.000 years ago. Most evidence of this would have been erased in its continued habitation. It was certainly occupied during the Roman invasion of the region in the first century AD.

Arcos de la Frontera

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This beautiful village is a nice alternative to popular rock walls of Ronda.

Arcos de la Frontera is one of Andalucia’s most dramatically positioned white villages.  The main point of the interest is a sandstone castle and the church at the top of the cliff. What is even more, the old town is a big labyrinth of cobbled streets that go up to «the Castillo de Los Arcos» castle. As you can expect from such a spectacular point, there are breathtaking views of the town and the rolling plain below.

This photo was taken while enjoying a coffee and a piece of almond cake (delicious!) facing this beautiful view from a restaurant at the top point of the city.

 El Torcal

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In a nutshell – stunning!

It is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga. It is known for its unique landforms and is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe. The area was designated a Natural Site of National Interest, and a Natural Park Reserve of about 17 square kilometres.

El Torcal is a small mountain range separating two cities: Málaga and Antequera (by the way they both are more than worth visiting). The highest point in El Torcal is Camorro de las Siete Mesas (1336 m).

Be careful while driving there – roads are really narrow and steep but the view is exhilarating. Here you have all the routes and details regarding your visit.

The caves of Nerja

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The Caves of the town of Nerja are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja in the province of Málaga. Stretching for almost 5 kilometres, the caverns are one of Spain’s major tourist attractions. Concerts are regularly held in one of the chambers, which forms a natural amphitheatre. Additionally, It could be an unforgettable and original venue for an event.

El Rocio

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If you have to find a synonym for this place it is definitely – Spanish Wild West. Time has stopped there 100 years ago. You can admire horse parades and observe locals enjoying themselves! What is El Rocio famous for? Its pilgrimage, which is the most unusual in the region. It attracts nearly a million people from the entire country, and even beyond it.

Every Andalucian city, town, and even village has its own pilgrimages, for its patron saint, virgin or other much-loved local figures. But the El Rocio has cult status and is the most important and the most colourful one.

Playa de Bolonia

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It is a part of Costa de la Luz – popular with Sunday trippers, but really quiet in the week. Large sand dunes to the north and military land ensure that it will always remain totally undeveloped. Just in front of the beach, there are ruins of the Roman town which you may visit.

For windsurfing lovers – Bolonia is a nice alternative to more commercial Tarifa, especially when there is a «levante» (a strong easterly wind)

Zahara de la Sierra

 

We only visited this place less than a month ago but it is definitely at the top of the list. Zahara de la Sierra is another white village of Andalucia. It is delighting its visitors with one of the most stunning settings in the province of Cadiz.

If you want to get there by car make sure that you to keep your eyes open!  The way up there is full of sharp, narrow turns. The town itself is situated on the sides of the hill whose height ranges between 300m and 1100m.

One of the emblematic places in Zahara de la Sierra is a reservoir, which has made the town even more popular. Nowadays the visitors to the city have an option of swimming and doing the watersports.

If you want to admire nice views of the whole town we totally recommend to climb up to a castle built on a rocky peak high above. An effort of burning some calories is awarded with the picturesque landscapes.

All in all, if you think about coming to Seville, which was chosen by Lonely Planet as a touristic destination of 2018, contact Eferson and we will be more than happy to help you plan your trip.