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Andalusia, Spain, Close to Home

on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:47
Apartment stays in Andalusia

We decided it would be fun to drive around in the local country and explore the villages of Rute and Iznajar. Juan, our wonderful landlord, had furnished us with grapes from the vine in the courtyard. It was time to cut the vines back and he saved us some of the most delicious, sweet white grapes. We took them on every picnic! Armed with our maps and Garmin, we set off for Iznajar, driving the most spectacular scenery roads along the way.

They were harvesting some olives at one point, and we learned these were for green olives; they were not yet ripe, when all are picked and crushed for olive oil. We entered the village of Iznajar after a fair amount of driving and drove on some of the steepest grades I've ever been on! Wow, was the view from the top spectacular! The town is on an embalse, or reservoir of the Genil River. The plaza by the church of Santiago is the place to get the best views, but there are charming walks all over town.

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Top 10 Places to Go in Spain: from beaches and museums, to mosques and mountains

on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:00
Top 10 Places to Go in Spain: from beaches and museums to mosques and mountatins

Top 10 Places to Go in Spain

 

Barcelona

This seaside city, known for its quirky architecture, outstanding seafood, and rich art history, is a must-see for anyone traveling to Spain. Architecture really is the center of attention, with great works from Antoni Gaudí, the famously-unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia, and many other cathedrals, buildings and museums. The city’s most visited shopping street, La Rambla, attracts hundreds of tourists daily, so if you’re looking for a wardrobe update, this is the place to do it.
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Tapas Confidential: How to Navigate Spain's Tapas Bars Like a Native

on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:42

Welcome to Spain, where eating habits are a little different than ours. If you value eating with the locals but prefer your dinner before 9pm, you'd best discover Spain's bountiful tapas bars!

Dodge Amaral, Spanish Untour Director, agrees. "For folks who really can't or don't want a sit-down meal at 10pm, instead of eating in a restaurant that serves at 'our hours' (meaning it's a tourist place or hotel restaurant), going to tapas bars is perfect for getting fed at a reasonable hour."

"You can ask or see what's served as raciones if you want more than a couple bites of something."

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Andalusia for the first time: Part 5

on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:11
Untours staffer Sonia Ratcliffe recounts her experience in Ubeda and Baeza

Here's the fifth installment in an 8-week photoblog by Sonia Ratcliffe about her first trip to Andalusia.

I'm just about halfway through my trip in these pics, taken in and aroud Ubeda and Baeza.

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Andalusia for the first time: Part 4

on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:42
Untours staffer Sonia Ratcliffe recounts her time in Fuente Tojar and Priego de Cordoba

Here's the fourth installment in an 8-week photoblog by Sonia Ratcliffe about her first trip to Andalusia.

My next stops in this adventure are Fuente Tojar and Priego de Cordoba—two of our hometowns in Andalusia!

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Andalusia for the first time: Part 3

on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:57
Untours staffer Sonia Ratcliffe shares her trip to Zuheros, Andalusia, via a short photoblog
Here's the third installment in an 8-week photoblog by Sonia Ratcliffe about her first trip to Andalusia.

First Cordoba, then Carcabuey…now on to Zuheros!


The main Plaza with the ruins of a Moorish castle behind. Sadly, we missed the opening hours—you have to keep close tabs on them in Southern Spain!


The main Plaza looking inwards onto the church. Zuheros is a small village with under 800 inhabitants.


A picturesque photo from the winding streets of the white-washed village.


Near dusk over the main Plaza.

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Andalusia for the first time: Part 2

on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:53
Untours staffer Sonia Ratcliffe shares her trip to Carcabuey, Andalusia, via a short photoblog
Here's the second installment in a 9-week photoblog by Sonia Ratcliffe about her first trip to Andalusia.

After Cordoba, I made my way to beautiful Carcabuey.

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Andalusia for the First Time: Part 1

on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 23:02
Inside the gardens of the Royal Alcazar

I just got back from my first trip to the Andalusia region of Spain and, instead of writing a lengthy description of my travels, I wanted to just show you my favorite pictures from the trip! This week, we'll start with my first stop in Andalusia—Cordoba.

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Don and Joanne Popeck, Untourists of the Week: Untours is a bridge

on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:12

For us, it is a "bridge." We love travel independence. Back in our younger days we would just pick a place, hop on a plane, get there and wing it - rent a car, stay at bed & breakfasts, rarely make a reservation for anything - and had great experiences. Now we need to be more conservative, yet we don't like the "herding around" characteristic of group travel. We find Untours a great fit - great pre-trip planning, enough put in place to provide peace of mind, excellent welcoming and orientation, and the safety net of having someone to contact if a need arises.

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Timelapse of the week: Andalusia

on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:42

For me, this week's timelapse of Andalusia is one of the most enlightening I've come across, because I've never had the pleasure of visiting Spain myself. Not only is it filled with amazing visuals but, because it was created by spain.info, Spain's official tourism site, every shot is nicely labeled so I can know what to look for when I'm planning my first trip there. Thanks, Spain!

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