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Andalusia travel highlights during winter: Marbella, Ronda, Granada & Córdoba. With baby.


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We continue our trip with #BabyTraveller Liam: Heading out from the Andalusian capital city, Sevilla, we have now booked a rental car for nine days in order to cover the in my opinion most beautiful spots of the largest province of Spain. Starting with Ronda, which is a truly magical place of a kind north of Málaga and Marbella. The small town is built right atop a towering rock overlooking the surrounding landscape, a large cliff dividing the two city centres but now linked by an enormous bridge, the Puente Nuevo de Ronda. Looking at the photographs, I can once again confirm that this place is truly unique all over the world. I have thus booked us into the Parador de Ronda four star hotel situated right by that bridge (and just above the cliff edge!), to give us added luxury. Check this out.

Der "Parador de Ronda"

The “Parador de Ronda” is located right above the world-famous bridge of Ronda, offering unique views of the surrounding landscape.

 

Zur Erkundung der Brücke lohnt es sich, die vielen Stufen zu einem kleinen Museum direkt innerhalb dieses architektonischen Meisterwerks aus dem 18. Jahrhundert hinabzusteigen ...

Discovering the bridge makes for a short detour down into the very bridge itself, which houses a museum about its historical construction …

 

... auf dass Euch bloß nicht schwindlig wird!

… and don’t you look down to long! This now small river has taken many millennia carving out the rocks, resulting in the ravine and cliffs that so mark the town of Ronda today.

 

Etwas weiter weg gibt es noch einen lohnenswerten Abstieg ...

There is another, less step way down which is even more suited to us carrying baby Liam in his baby slings …

 

... er führt Euch zu Blicken wie diesen hoch über die imposante "Felsenstadt" Ronda ...

… it offers you these views from the distance …

 

... auch das Picknick am Fuß der Felsen haben wir uns im Anschluss redlich verdient.

… and having reached the bottom of the trail, we even take to a little picnic on the rocks! It’s the middle of January and the almond trees around of us have already started blossoming … crazy!

 

After Ronda, we head down to the coast and visit Marbella for the day.

Marbella during winter, at the Costa del Sol: It can only mean beautiful days, right? Well, it rained when we arrived, but cleared the following morning to bless us with that warm winter sun so treasured along the Southern Coast of Spain. Enjoying a late breakfast and midday temperatures of about 20°C by the sea, we make use of a rare couple moment while Liam has his first stroller nap. Lovely moments on our trip …!

Marbella im Winter ist, wie Ihr es Euch vorstellt, grün, üppig, voller reifer Zitronen- und Orangenbäume, und mild ... herrlich.

Marbella during winter is fragrant lemon and orange trees, mild temperatures, and people spending the day outside.

 

Der Tag nach dem Regen verspricht Wärme in der Sonne ...

This day warms up nicely in the winter sun …

 

... und ausgedehnte Strandspaziergänge, hier nahe des Puerto Banús, des "Schickimicki"-Yachthafens von Marbella.

… and we take to quite a walk by the sea, heading towards Marbella’s famous yacht port, Puerto Banús.

 

No trip to Andalusia without visiting Granada, and the world-famous Alhambra.

I must honestly admit that it was almost impossible to organise a visit to the Alhambra at short notice, i.e. within a few weeks before arriving in Granada. We had to resort to an (expensive) guided tour in order to visit the Palace of the Caliphs at all, as tickets for the same day are not sold anymore. So you have to book (far) in advance to get in. But we so wanted to do this (also with baby), even took an AirBnB in the “Paseo de los Tristes” right at the foot of the Alhambra hill. From there, it is only a short, pleasant walk straight to the meeting point for exploring the Alhambra. And once again, after my first visit about 15 years ago, I can say that it was truly worth the while.

Blick auf die für mich immense Faszination ausübende Alhambra im Morgengrauen ...

View over the fascinating Alhambra Palace during our morning tour …

 

... wir spazieren vorbei an den ehemaligen Gärten und Wohnquartieren der vielen Tausend Handwerker und Bauern, die hier einst lebten (auch hier sichtbar gibt es übrigens ein Paradox-Hotel, es ist jedoch nahezu immer ausgebucht) ...

… we walk past the former gardens and quarters of the many thousand farmers and artisans that formerly lived here (there is, by the way, also a Parador hotel here inside the Alhambra, as you can see in this photograph … it is however always booked out!) …

 

... Papa Georg gefällt es hier sichtlich ...

… daddy Georg loves exploring with baby …

 

... und mit einem noch nicht mobilen Baby, das ideal im Tragetuch schläft und zufrieden ist, ist die Erkundung der Alhambra auch mit Baby ideal möglich ...

… and with our baby, almost eight months old and still happy to “just” be carried around, exploring the Alhambra is easy…

 

... im Patio de los Leones, dem weltberühmten Innenhof der Alhambra jedoch ist Liam "nicht mehr zu halten" ...

… at the Patio de los Leones, the world-famous inner courtyard of the Alhambra, Liam starts feeling the excitement too …

 

... schließlich gilt es, alles zu erleben und zu entdecken: Auch ein teures Bier musste sein, mit Blick auf die sagenhafte Alhambra samt Sierra Nevada später ...

… after all it’s an exciting place to be! And worth the expensive beer or coffee with these views of the Alhambra, and Sierra Nevada later …

 

... dazu lohnt die Entdeckung des Viertels

… check out Albaicín and Sacromonte districts …

 

... und schließlich enden wir vor der Frage: Wem gehört dieses verlassene Haus direkt unterhalb des Alhambra-Palastes?!

… and finally, we conclude our day visit by asking ourselves: Who might have lived here, right by the Alhambra Palace?!

 

From Granada, it is a two hours’ drive to Córdoba, another pearl of a place in Southern Spain.

I also have good memories of Córdoba from my first trip here; the world famous Mezquita-Catedral, freely translated as “Mosque-Cathedral”, has been etched in my memory all these years. After the Reconquista of Spain and the expulsion of the former Moorish rulers, the famous mosque of Cordoba with more than 100 columns was “converted” into a Christian cathedral. Today, it is another unique cultural monument, which I think does not exist anywhere else. Absolutely worth seeing, both arquitecturally as also historically. Be sure to check it out, at least once in your lifetime.

Die Besichtigung der weltberühmten Moschee-Kathedrale von Córdoba ...

Our visit of the world-famous Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba …

 

... ist auch mit Baby (Kinderwagen ist innen erlaubt!) gut möglich ...

… is also possible with baby (strollers even, are allowed inside!) …

 

... ein wahrlich gewaltiges Juwel ...

… and what a fascinating monument …

 

... erhebt sich die Kathedrale direkt aus den Säulen der Moschee heraus ...

… it is worth booking a guided tour to have all its cultural and historical details explained …

 

... abends erkunden wir auch den umliegenden Palast ...

… in the evening, we discover the adjoining palace …

 

... und essen "Flamenquín", frei übersetzt etwa "Fleisch-Schinken-Käseröllchen", die gerollten Käseschnitzel sehr ähnlich sind und uns an zuhause erinnern.!

… and eat, apart from local Salmorejo soup, something called “Flamenquín”, which reminds us of our bread crumbed Schnitzel back home in Austria. Nice!

 

Check out this map with all the places that we have travelled to with our baby son:

 

Fancy even more sunny winter pictures from Southern Spain? Here are my two photo albums from this part of our trip:

 

 

 

When will you finally head to Southern Spain?

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