Andalucia and Costa Del Sol by Jeffrey Kennedy

By Jeffrey Kennedy

Even if vacationing top quality or on a constrained price range, this most sensible 10 advisor leads you to the easiest of Andalucia and the Costa del Sol. Dozens of 10 lists - from the pinnacle 10 seashores to the pinnacle 10 bodegas (sherry cellars), eating places, lodges and museums - offer insider wisdom. Maps are incorporated.

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Insects and Arachnids Most of Europe’s butterflies are found here, along with mosquitoes, scorpions and tarantulas. 5-km (1-mile) trail around El Torcal called the Ruta Verde, or you can book a 2-hour guided tour. 45 Andalucía’s Top 10 Left Parque de María Luisa Right Parque Genovés Paseos, Plazas, Parks and Gardens Parque de María Luisa, Seville Seville’s glorious main park was a gift to the city from a Bourbon duchess in 1893. A few decades later it was redesigned and embellished for the 1929 IberoAmerican Exhibition.

It’s at its best on Thursday mornings, when everyone comes alive for market day, and you can find traditional local products such as hand-woven rugs. Andalucía’s Top 10 Heading south from Granada on the N323, you’ll come to the spot known as the “Pass of the Moor’s Sigh”. Here, bereft Moorish ruler Boabdil (see p35), expelled by the Christians, is said to have looked back on his beloved city for the last time. Órgiva Barranco de Poqueira This vast and gorgeous ravine (above) is home to a stunning collection of tiny villages.

D Map H4 Along the coast you’ll see agave, brought here from America in the 18th century. Also prickly pear, bullrush, club rush, oleander and arbutus. Wildflowers Look for the Cazorla violet, bubil lily, Nevada daffodil and white celandine. Andalucía’s Top 10 These include black and umbrella pine, holm oak, hazel, olive, citrus, cypress, juniper, ash and the rare Spanish fir. Raptors Birds of prey include the Spanish imperial eagle and the peregrine falcon. Songbirds Sierra de Grazalema Some 132,200 acres of verdant wilderness were designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1984.

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