Day 2.  A boat trip along the Lagos coast 

After sleeping soundly for almost ten hours, making up for yesterday's lack of sleep we felt refreshed and looked forward to the day ahead.  Just after 8.00 am we enjoyed a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.  It's decorated in typical Portuguese style with dark wood furniture, a terracotta tiled floor and traditional artefacts displayed …

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Day 1. Flight to Malaga and an afternoon at the Alcazar

Our Ryanair flight to Malaga departed on time at 08.45.  It was the first time we had flown Ryanair since free seat allocations had been introduced.  It was a big improvement avoiding standing and queueing ages to be able to sit together.  We were also fortunate to have an empty seat next to us on …

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Day 2. A Visit to Marbella

For breakfast we headed to a nearby bar which had cured hams hanging from the ceiling.  We feasted on freshly baked croissants and frothy coffee before taking the 10.00 am bus along the coast to Marbella.  Travelling by bus was the only option as there are no train lines on this section of coastline.   The …

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Day 3. A visit to the famous Ronda Gorge

Our morning began with an early morning stroll around Malaga's indoor fruit, vegetable, meat and fish market before taking the 10.00 am Renfe Media Distance (MD) train to Ronda.  Our train was very comfortable with air conditioning and it was a relaxing journey over to Ronda. The main reason for our visit was to see the …

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Day 4. Seville and the Semana Santa Festival

 After breakfast we checked out of our accommodation in Malaga and on the way to the railway station, stopped to take a look in the Malaga indoor market.  Here one can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish and it was busy this morning with locals buying their fresh produce. Our train to Seville departed …

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Day 5. Exploring Seville

We spent the entire day exploring the beautiful city of Seville.  We walked everywhere, along the riverbank to the Torre del Oro (The Golden Tower).  Seville owed much of its success in maritime trade  to its river which offered ships more protection than a traditional European port.  Built in the 1200's the tower's name is …

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Day 6. A Day in Cadiz

This morning we boarded a train bound for Cadiz.  Trains depart from Seville's other station,  St. Bernardo and the journey takes two hours.  Cadiz is the most westerly part of Spain, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. In need of a coffee fix, we found some inviting cafes in the main square overlooking the 18th century baroque …

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Day 7. Sightseeing in Cordoba

It was off to Seville's main rail station, Santa Justa, this morning for the 1 hour 20 minute journey to Córdoba.  It was a cool, overcast day, the temperature feeling much lower than in Seville.  Cordoba was founded by the Romans and it became a major port city used for shipping olive oil, wine and …

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Day 8 A final look at Seville and its Semana Santa festival

We allowed ourselves a little lie in this morning and it was after 9.00 am when we were eating breakfast.  Today's plan was to explore Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter of the medieval city.  This district contains many of the older churches as well as the massive gothic cathedral.   It was crowded along the …

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Day 9. Farewell Seville, hello again Malaga

We checked out of our lovely Seville apartment mid morning, and walked along to the Santa Justa station for our train back to Malaga.  It was good to be able to spend a few more hours in Malaga, as it's such an underrated city with most tourists heading off directly from the airport to Marbella …

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