Iv lived in Spain for coming up to three years now, and I'll be honest (and a little embarrassed) to tell you and tell you that Iv only just managed to make the trip to zahara
My friends are absolutely shocked by this fact, as its a real favourite place for more or less everyone who lives in this area. About a 30 Minute drive from Tarifa (a super cute beach town, I wrote about it here)
In fact, my lovely friend Anna was so dismayed that I was missing out on the whole Zahara vibe that she scheduled in a Friday lunch date. Aren't friends just the best!?
Zahara is more of a fishing village, much smaller than Tarifa. Smaller but perfectly formed, in that rustic, understated bohemian Spanish way that I have come to adore.
There is so much creativity and ingenuity...
She showed me a little favourite place of hers... 21 restaurant . Tucked away through one of the little streets, its the kind of place you need to know someone who knows about it. Hooray for Anna ( who has kindly taken up the position of Spanish life guide to me)
Its probably one of Zahara's fancier restaurants...But still bohemian and charming.
We took a table outside, nibbled on the freshest just out of the oven warm bread (is there anything better?) and caught up on some good old gossip while we waited for our lunch
I started with the baked brie which was incredible, Followed by the freshest monkfish ever. Zahara is actually known for its fish, as you would expect from a fishing village. And im told the tuna here is out of this world!
Next time I visit ill be sure to show you the beach which is spectacular!
I definitely recommend grabbing a dinner or lunch at 21 if your visiting Zahara, you wont be disappointed
When we are not travelling, the hubb's and I have a lovely Saturday routine. We take a a drive down to Marbella, park the car in Puerto banus and take the coastal walk all the way up to Marbella old town
And back again...
There's no denying its a long way... but its so pretty. And a great way to catch up with each other about our respective weeks and make plans for the future. And add into it the exercise, that really you don't notice your doing as your too busy chatting and taking in the sights.
And if you find yourself tiring, just stop off at one of the gorgeous chiringuito along the way. A particular favourite of ours is El Chiringuito . Best mojitos EVER
It always feels extra special as its only open for the summer months.
The coastal road leads all along the costa del sol, but we turn off once we hit Marbella old town. Its one of my favourite places in Spain, and it always makes me feel like im on vacay.
We get lost through the little white town, taking the windy cobbles streets and checking out the pretty boutiques and art shops
Another favourite stop off is La cuisine, on Avenida de Ricardo Soroano
We order cafe con leche , zumo de naranja (freshly squeezed and tastes amazing) and something to nibble on. La Cuisine also has a fabulous roof bar with views over the old town, perfect for cocktails with friends.
Straw bag here
Its such a pretty little town to potter about in. Filled with old churches, Bougainvillea draped buildings and flower-filled plazas.
And once we've had our fill of gorgeous old town, we turn around and walk all the way back.
This time only stopping periodically to admire the views of Gibraltar and Africa which on a clear day are truly incredible
We are always looking for Marbella recommendations so if you have any, please do let me know below in the comments
Ronda is another one of my absolute favourite places to visit in Andalusia (I know I have so many) and somewhere I had never heard of before we moved to Spain.
Its the perfect place to spend the afternoon, perhaps after spending the morning in Setenil de las bodegas (Here) like we did on this particular trip.
Its one of the larger Spanish towns, but still historic and charming at the same time. I remember thinking it was like something out of a fairy tale when I first saw it
The views of Ronda’s most striking feature, the Puente Nuevo, which spans a gorge over 300 feet deep really make it special for me. There is no doubt that there is so much to see and do here but the views of the town set along the cliff really are what sets the town apart.
One of the things I love about Andalusia are the summer ferias. This is a country that like to celebrate and really enjoys life. Each town or village in Andalusia has one, throughout the summer months.
Quite often the towns are dressed to impress with the loveliest decorations, each town different to the last. Doesn't it make quite the sight?
The 'day fair' traditionally takes place in the streets of the town itself. Streets are closed to traffic, and businesses close for the week as well. Tables and chairs are set up and the bars serve food and drink in the street with music playing on every corner
People of all ages sing and dance, and visitors are always welcome. And if you happen to be visiting while one is happening, you are in for a treat.
Do you have a favourite Andalusian town to visit? I'm always looking for new places to discover so please do let me know
For more Andalusian adventures see here and here
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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