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Andalusia Unveiled: Beyond the Tourist Trail

Embark on an adventure through the heart of Andalusia, where history whispers in ancient ruins, flavors tantalize on your palate, and breathtaking landscapes beckon you to explore. This region of southern Spain holds a captivating charm, promising a journey beyond the usual tourist hotspots.

We stayed two weeks in this area at Karma La Herizza , just a couple of miles from Gaucin and absolutely loved this area away from the touristic hot spots.

We where able to do day trips from here and most were between 30 mins to 2 hours drive.

It was always nice to come home in the evening to happy hour.

The Karma La Herizza resort had basically entertainment every night, ranging from Flamenco dancing, Live music from the 60s, 70 and 80s, acoustic guitar. paella cooking etc.

Karma always has on offer some fabulous deals called "hot deals" whereby you can spend a few days or a week in amazing resorts worldwide for a ridiculously small amount of money. Below are some pics of the resort and you can see the standard of the rooms and most are suites.

Gaucin: A Village Steeped in History

Medieval Charm

Step back in time as you explore Gaucín's winding cobbled streets and beautiful whitewashed houses and discover its Moorish heritage. The 14th-century Moorish castle, perched on the hilltop, offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Climb its ancient walls and imagine the stories they have witnessed over centuries.

We climbed to the top of the castle and just make sure you wear shoes with good soles and you are reasonably fit.

The sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea and the rugged mountains create a surreal backdrop that seems straight out of a painting.

Don't miss the charming Plaza de la Constitución, where you can enjoy a traditional tapas lunch in one of the local restaurants.

The food in Gaucin is exceptional and they have a Michelin restaurant called Platerco that we indulged in twice.

Hiking Adventures

Gaucín offers an array of hiking trails for all levels of adventurers. Explore the rugged beauty of the Sierra de Grazalema, a natural park known for its breathtaking scenery. Follow winding paths through forests of cork oaks and pines, discover hidden waterfalls, and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Keep an eye out for the elusive Iberian ibex, a wild goat native to the region, as you hike.

We came across donkeys, horses , wild goats on our walk. All the walks are well marked and range from a few miles to a full day.

Estepona: Coastal Charm and Mediterranean Flavors

A Seaside Escape

Estepona offers a laid-back atmosphere, a vibrant promenade, and stunning beaches. Take a leisurely stroll along the Paseo Marítimo, soaking in the sunshine and the gentle sea breeze. Relax on the golden sands, enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters, or indulge in a delicious seafood lunch at one of the many beachfront restaurants. The streets here were so pretty , with beautiful homes, colourful flowers everywhere. Estepona was about a one hour drive from Karma La Herizza.

Art and Culture

Explore Estepona's vibrant artistic scene, characterized by colorful murals adorning its buildings and numerous galleries showcasing local talent. The town's charming historic center is a delight to wander through, with its traditional whitewashed houses, hidden courtyards, and charming shops. Take a break at one of the many cafes and enjoy a cup of Spanish coffee while soaking in the local atmosphere.

Nature's Embrace

Escape the city bustle and immerse yourself in the beauty of Estepona's natural surroundings. Explore the Parque de la Batería, a green oasis offering stunning views of the coast and the iconic Gibraltar rock. Embark on a scenic hike along the Senda Litoral, a coastal path that winds its way through lush vegetation and offers breathtaking vistas.

Tarifa: The Windy Haven of Adventurers

For the thrill-seekers and nature lovers, Tarifa beckons with its windswept beaches and bohemian vibe. Known as the windsurfing capital of Europe, this vibrant town offers a perfect blend of adrenaline-pumping water sports and laid-back beachfront cafes. Catch a glimpse of Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar, feel the wind in your hair, and let the carefree spirit of Tarifa captivate your soul. We just loved Tarifa as it was very chilled with definite hippy vibes. A really nice place to walk around and enjoy lunch at the beachfront cafes. Tarifa , if you're an Australian reminded me of Byron Bay or if you're from Bali, very much the same feel as Uluwatu.

Exploring the Strait

Venture to the Punta de Tarifa, the southernmost point of mainland Europe, and witness the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Take a boat trip across the Strait of Gibraltar and marvel at the iconic Rock of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory. You can also spot dolphins, whales, and other marine life in the waters around Tarifa.

Cultural Immersion

Tarifa has a rich cultural heritage, with a blend of Moorish and Spanish influences. Visit the Castillo de Guzmán, a fortified castle that dates back to the 10th century, and explore its fascinating history. Wander through the charming streets of the old town, admire the whitewashed houses, and sample the local cuisine at one of the many tapas bars. So many great local places to eat at Tarifa.

Ronda: Bridging the Gap Between Past and Present

Perched dramatically on a sheer cliff overlooking the El Tajo gorge, Ronda exudes a sense of grandeur and history that is truly awe-inspiring. As we crossed the iconic Puente Nuevo, a bridge connecting the old and new town, I couldn't help but marvel at the architectural marvels that stood the test of time. Explore the ancient Arab baths, visit the majestic bullring, and savor the delectable local cuisine that will tantalize your taste buds.

Ronda's most iconic landmark, the Puente Nuevo, is a must-see. Built in the 18th century, this stunning bridge spans a deep gorge, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Walk across the bridge and feel the thrill of standing high above the city below. You can also explore the nearby El Tajo gorge, taking a guided walk along its rim or embarking on a daring canyoning adventure.

Bullfighting Tradition

Ronda has a long and rich history of bullfighting, and the city's Plaza de Toros is one of the oldest and most prestigious bullrings in Spain. Take a tour of the arena and learn about the history and tradition of this controversial art form. If you're interested in witnessing a bullfight, be sure to check the schedule for upcoming events. However, remember that bullfighting is a controversial practice, and many people find it unethical.

Wine Tasting

Ronda is located in the heart of the renowned wine region of Málaga. Visit one of the many local wineries and enjoy a tasting of the region's finest wines, including the famous Málaga sweet wine. The region produces a variety of wines, from dry reds and whites to sweet dessert wines. You'll be able to sample different grape varieties and learn about the winemaking process.

Marbella: A City of Art, Culture, and Beaches

Art and Culture

Explore the Museo Ralli, a renowned art gallery showcasing a diverse collection of Latin American art. Discover the rich history of Marbella and its surrounding regions at the Museo del Grabado Espanol Contemporaneo.

Beaches and Promenade

Relax on the golden sands of Málaga's beaches, such as Playa de la Malagueta, and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine. Take a leisurely stroll along the Paseo Marítimo, a promenade that stretches along the beachfront, lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Marbella Old Town

Wander through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, marveling at Moorish architecture and vibrant plazas. Discover hidden alleyways lined with charming boutiques and cafes, offering a glimpse into Marbella's rich past. We really enjoyed the old town and you could have a great time just wandering around.

Market Delights

Stroll through the charming Mercado Municipal de Marbella, a vibrant marketplace brimming with fresh produce, local crafts, and traditional delicacies. Sample Spanish tapas and experience the authentic flavors of Andalusia..

A Taste of Luxury: Puerto Banus

Opulence & Glamour

Step into a world of luxury and sophistication at Puerto Banus, Marbella's renowned marina. Admire the impressive fleet of superyachts, indulge in high-end shopping, and savor exquisite cuisine at world-class restaurants.

High-End Shopping

Explore designer boutiques featuring the latest collections from renowned brands. Discover exclusive jewelry stores, art galleries, and luxury car dealerships, showcasing the epitome of extravagance

Dining Delights

Indulge in a culinary journey at Puerto Banus's diverse selection of restaurants. From Michelin-starred fine dining to chic seafood restaurants and lively tapas bars, there's something for every palate.

Unveiling the Allure of Andalusian Diversity

As I immersed myself in the rich tapestry of Andalusia, from the laid-back beaches of Marbella to the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, one thing became clear - this region is a treasure trove of unique travel experiences waiting to be explored. Whether you seek cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, or simply a moment of serenity, Andalusia has something for everyone.

So pack your bags, embrace the spirit of wanderlust, and embark on an unforgettable journey to the hidden gems of southern Spain. Let Andalusia weave its magic around you, and you'll find yourself falling in love with its diversity, beauty, and unmistakable charm.

Remember, in Andalusia, the journey is not just about the destination - it's about the soul-stirring experiences that linger long after you've bid farewell to this enchanting land.

Let the adventure begin!

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Have a wonderful day and don't forget to smile everyone.

Yours in travel and lifestyle.


Call Me A Gypsy


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Hi, thanks for stopping by!

My name is Sheila,  I'm 62  an Australian and my husband of 43 years are based in Bali Indonesia for 8 months of the year. The rest of the year we travel. 
We travel around Bali on a motorcycle and always 
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I love fashion, fitness,  yoga and travel.
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