Andalusia or in Spanish Andalucía is the southernmost community in Spain. The territory is divided into eight provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga, and Seville. We visited a couple of them, but could spend more time there to explore this beautiful region that is full of hiking trails and historical history.
Your first stop in Andalusia was Otívar. Otívar is a municipality in the Province of Granada. The village has a population of 1,113 inhabitants and is located in a beautiful mountain area. There are a lot of hikes that can be started directly in the village or in nearby villages. The town also consists of real small, tight streets with a lot of stairs and even more plants at the side of the streets. A beautiful area in order to get a first taste of Andalusia.
Our next stop been Frigiliana, a town and municipality in the province of Málaga. It is a real busy town, which gets real crowded on the weekend. Nether the less it is special, as it is possible to see on the one side the ocean and on the other side the mountains that surrounds Frigiliana. Also, here, it is possible to start all hikes directly from the town. It is totally worth to just walk through the town and admire the small streets that look like out of a tale book.
In order to taste the amazing Spain ham and doing a tasting in one of the great shops, we visited the town of Trevelez. The village is in the province of Granada and the river Trevélez flows through the village. Two of the highest mountains in Spain, Mulhacén and Alcazaba, are just to the north of the village. We did not stay in the town, as it is more called a drive through town and it is not as beautiful as Otívar or Frigiliana.
The region of Melegís forms a part of the municipality of El Valle, which is located in the Valle de Lecrín. It is situated between the west face of Sierra Nevada and Béznar. Also this region is not short of hiking trails, which are mainly given an amazing view to the snow caped mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
Our final stop in Andalusia been the region of Sedella. Sedella is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, surrounded by mountains. Here we finally got to rent a finca with an outdoor pool and barbecue. There is nothing more to add, to jump into the pool after a long hike in the sun.