Fuengirola BioParc

The very last trip in Spain was to Fuengirola. As my brother suggested the zoo there and we just love zoos then we had to go there before I left. So however hangover we weren’t we promised ourselves to go there. Furngirola Bioparc itself is zoo with more natural environment from the tropical forests.

After spending most of the time in the zoo we still had a lot of time over so we just went to the beach were we found people going for a swim and just sunbathing. It was windy so for us it was definitely too cold to even take our coats off. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We still had quite a lot of time over before our ride back home so we just walked to the harbor and watched the sunset.

It was a perfect last trip and although our ride back was quite scary and I was falling asleep then the zoo was definitely worth the visit! Whenever you travel there, definitely go and visit it!

Almería

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So one of my last trips here was to Almería. It is on the east side of Granada. I went there with my German friend. Almería is basically empty of tourists in winter and in the summer it is main province for the beaches.

So the first thing to do in Almería is to go to the beach! Although the beach in the city is rocky but at least you can enjoy the sound of water and swim. As it is February and we didn’t have swimming suit with us, we just sat there and listened to the waves.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlmería is a really small city and doesn’t have many tourist things to see. So one thing to see is Mirador de San Cristobal. Quite a lot of stairs to get up there and every place is full of trash and pieces of glass. I would say that it is better to visit the whole are by car as also better beaches are a bit out of city. But from the mirador you can see the city, the castle, the mountains and the sea.

Next step was to see Alcazaba – the Moorish castle. It is free of charge and right now they had reconstruction. The views from there were also amazing! And there were few cats. One of them was friendly enough to not run away, or it was just too sleepy to care. But if I would compare Alcazaba to Alhambra then it was like a shadow of it. But it is the second largest fortress in Andalucia.

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So the last thing to see is the cathedral. It was randomly closed when we got there but it looked quite big from outside. If you have more time then also check out the old train station. It is sad that they don’t use it anymore.

In overall, I would say that as mostly people go there by cars and just for the beaches then it is quite understandable why the city doesn’t pay so much attention on trash. If you’re not the beach person then those few places are definitely worth a visit! And if you go by car then also go check out Taberna, where a lot of films have been made. We didn’t get a chance to go there but bear in mind that you can go and check it out!

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A long time ago in Madrid

Before my long holiday trip to El POLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAaso, Texas I stopped in Madrid for a day. I did the smartest thing to go there a day earlier than my flight and also the stupidest thing to forgot my passport in Granada which is like over 4 hour driving away. Luckily I got it to Madrid the same night so I was quite lucky.

I stayed in one American girls flat through Airbnb which is a new experience for me. She was really nice and we had quite a good talk. I actually just chose this place because of the pictures I saw online. It looked like a little princess home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI would say that Madrid is more of a few days trip. Because I was really tired and walked a lot in a day but there was still a lot of things I would have wanted to see.

I started my day with a long walk in a huge park called Parque de El Retiro. There I visited Palacio de Cristal which is an old glass palace and has fossils hanging from the top. Quite close to it is Palacio de Velázquez with the free admission museum. This time there was exhibition of some Lithuanian artist whose name I can’t remember.

Going along the road I passed Monumento Alfonso XII. Finally out of the huge park where I was like at least few hours I got to Puerta de Alcalá with its magic of having cars driving around it. As I remember that there are embassies in Madrid then I decided to visit home(Estonia) for a second and also get to America a bit earlier. The embassies are not anything interesting outside because I couldn’t even find a door to the Estonian one and to get into American one you need a really good reason for it.

So I walked all the way back to the heart of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe city center trying to find some food on the way. After walking on Gran Vía I discovered it is more focused on stores and fancier restaurants. So when I started going to my next destination I went to little pastaleria called Bon Appetit! and had a very tasty lasagna for my lunch.

Because some places had a ticket price and didn’t want to spend my money so much then I skipped the Monastery and headed to the Royal palace. On the way I passed the Royal Theater and in front of the palace also Monumento a Felipe IV. Next to the palace is The Sabitini Gardens (Jardines de Sabatini) with all its glory and mighty statues.

As the Palacio Real de Madrid itself was closed for the whole week randomly then I only got to see a little bit from the side in Plaza de la Armería. On the other side of the plaza is  Catedral de la Almudena which I somehow really liked because inside it had a colorful ceiling. I got out of there for the sunset and got a picture through the fence.

Also Jardines del Campo del Moro which is behind the palace was closed and I wasn’t sure if it was closed or just one entrance was blocked then I walked all around it. I was so tired and it took me forever to walk around it. And of course it was all closed. As it was getting late and I wanted to have shower before heading to the airport I headed to the place I stayed through Puerta del Sol to see the big Christmas tree in lights and also Estatua del Oso y el Madroño (The statue of the bear and the strawberry tree). It also had a lot of mascots around the the big square and street artists with crazy balance on staying on one hand.

I would say that Madrid is a place to visit but you have to consider that is is quite huge. It takes time to walk from one place to another and definitely need few days to see everything. I definitely want to go back and also visit some museums and the place next time. And I would also recommend Airbnb. I had a good experience with that.

Not 21 forever

I’ve been 22 already for a week. Usually I haveIMG_5211-2 a party in my sauna-house with my friends but this year it was different. Obviously because I was in Spain. Because of the weather it didn’t even feel like it is December and time for my birthday.

So this year I had just tapas with my flatmates and few new friends and then we headed home to eat birthday cake. It was really lovely and calm. In the morning (what morning?! it was like 3pm)  I went to eat churros with chocolate. Really lazy and calm birthday, but I kind of liked it because it was good to have something different for once.

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Trip to West-Andalusia: Day 2

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had a really good sleep in the hostel and spend my time there until the last moment. I took time to make spots on the map I got, so I don’t have to use my phone for directions and be without it when I get to the next place. I wanted to have churros for breakfast but the place they suggested was closed by 12, so I just bought some pastries from random store. But they were so good!! I ate them in Plaza España and then started my tourist day right there.

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Cádiz is quite small and surrounded by the sea. I just fell in love with it in the first minute, I think. After the plaza, I walked on the city wall next to the ocean and just enjoyed the sound of the waves and warm sun touching my face. At some point I was even without my coat and just sweating because it was so warm! Like summer all over again.

Because of the holiday and siesta time, most public spaces were quite crowded but not too much. People were out with families, having drink, kids playing with other kids and just enjoying the lovely Sunday. When I got back to the Cathedral I started walking across the ocean again and also just enjoying myself being there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I got to Puertas de Tierra, then I dicovered that it is not popular to go there at all. I was the only one walking on the walls and watching the views there. This wall also kind of seperates the newer part of the city. Because on the other side of the wall it is more just places to live. I ended my tourist round at the beach, writing postcards and enjoying the sunset. Also on the last moment I went to see Castillo de San Sebastián. Only a little road took there.

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I have to say that this is the city everyone should definitely visit during their lifetime. It is in my favourites cities list – with all the warmth, ocean and really nice welcoming people.

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After half an hour charging my phone, I got another BlaBlaCar to get to Sevilla for the night and the next day. It was around 9pm when I was walking to my hostel and people were just partying on the streets. It definitely looked like it is a holiday in Spain! My hostel was quite next to Cathedral which was really convenient. And it was quite high-tech. No key-cards and automatic lights in the room. Instead of the key-card you give your fingerprint and you can access your room with that. Quite good if you want to go out at night and should get too wasted or be quite prone to lose things.

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Overall, the day was super good and totally worth the travel I had the day before. There is also video coming one day about my trip, my it is taking too much time to edit it and I am just learning the program to edit it.

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Trip to West-Andalusia: Day 1

Because of the long weekend we get thanks to Spanish holidays (Constitution day 6.12 & Immaculate Conception 8.12), OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI decided to see some more far away cities. So my trip was to Cádiz, Huelva and Sevilla. So let’s start from the first day.

I woke up really early because I planned to get to Cadiz or Huelva by BlaBlaCar (getting ride with people who have a free seat in the car, similar to Lyft, Uber or Hopp in Estonia). But the ride I tried to book didn’t answer so I had to look up alternatives. And I ended up going to Huelva first for few hours. It was 2 Spanish ladies with a pug. I slept half of the way.

Huelva is quite small and really quiet. Because of siesta, most of the stores were closed but there wasn’t any people even on the streets eating or just enjoying themselves. I found this city a bit boring. But at least it was really warm and I could walk around without my coat.

For the night I had to get to Cadiz, and there was only one ride going. BUT 10 minutes after it was supposed to happen she canceled. So I spent half an hour finding new ride. Which meant I had first get to Sevilla and then from there to Cadiz. The guy who took me to Seville drove with 160 km/h most of the way (the limit is 120). Also I hadn’t eaten all day basically, so I was fighting with the feeling of throwing up all the way to Sevilla.

But I needed to get fast to Seville, so I didn’t want to say anything. I spent half an hour in the bus station  just watching people because my phone was near for dying and I needed it to get to my hostel.

Ride to San Fernando (little city in front of Cadiz) was quite nice, except little accident where one guy almost drove into us and the driver was swearing in Spanish. He was a nice guy who was definitely into heavy metal music according to his style. On the way there my phone died. I didn’t know how to get to Cadiz and it was around 21.

I asked people in the bus stop, they said the bus takes there on the other side of the rode and when one bus came they screamed that I should ask the driver. The bus driver  was really nice and said if I don’t know whereto get off then at least go the last stop because it is just few minute walk away from the right stop. But the thing was that I didn’t know where my hostel was. I remembered a little bit the position on the map, so I started going with my logic. I turned to random streets and when I was almost on the way to random hotel to ask directions, I spotted my hostel sign – CadizInn.

The hostel was small but really nice. The staff who worked were all really happy all the time. In the end of the day I felt that the whole day full of drama to get there was just so worth it! I was exhausted but really happy!

Alhambra

Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex in Granada. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Spain. So visiting it was only question of time. Now it is done.

It is amazingly beautiful and huge. I never imagined it was so big. And one day I will come back here to visit it in Spring/Summer time when everything in the gardens are blooming. I can only imagine how much more beautiful it will be. So here are some pictures in Alhambra:

Sunsets of Granada

Over the last few weeks I’ve gone to see the sunset 4 times. 3 of them near Ermita de San Miguel el Alto and for the last one I went for a hike to Llano de la Perdiz. You probably already know that sunset is one of my most favourite things.

1) So the first place is really easy to reach. From the city center it takes around 30 minutes to get through the Albayzin. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is all up to the hill but the moment you see the view you forget how out of breath you felt before. You can enjoy the view with random people on the old building’s terrace or stay a bit more down, sit on a grass and enjoy your own company (alone, with friends or with your other half).

If you’re not in the hurry then enjoy the view also after the sunset to see the sky getting darker in every minute and city turning on the lights. It is especially good view to Alhambra.

2) Llano de la Perdiz – mostly visited by bikers and easily accessed by car. I have none of them so I decided to hike up there. And probably I was the only one. Although on the way back I saw a big group who looked like OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhikers.

So the hike up there took me about an hour and a half. Could have gone faster but I enjoyed the views and in the end I was looking for a good place for the sunset. I found a place near suggested place that showed on a map on the place. I climbed a bit down the hill and had privacy to enjoy my own company and sunset. And I have to say that from this point the sun looked huge!

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Only thing is that I forgot how fast it gets dark after sunset. So most of the way back I was walking in darkness. I could see a bit but it was a little scary.

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Alcalá la Real & Montefrío

So this week I went on a trip with Erasmus Friends. First organized trip in Spain! And if I say organized I mean we know what we are doing, where we should be by what time and we actually get some history about the places. Same time it waOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAs super chill. We had time to relax but at the same time we saw everything we needed to see.

So both of those cities are really small. One of them is located in the province of Jaén and other one in the province of Granada. Bus ride was fast and our first stop was Forteleza La Mota in Alcalá la Real. Most of it had been destroyed during different times and wars. So only few building were still up. We got a little history video in the destroyed church. All the old walls and building foundations were there to see how the fortress looked like. The views were great and you could see the whole city from there.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter a nice history visit we went to get our lunch. We went to this really nice place called El Lagar de Los Vinos. It is an old winery turned into a bar and had machines all over the place. Also had big barrels which are storing the annual harvest. So we had some really good quality wine, cheese, 4-different hams, olives, chips and potatoes with mayo. I really recommend going there if you ever should visit this little city.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So feeling all siesta after a good meal we visited a local museum and took off to Montefrío. This city is even smaller. With 10 minutes we were on top of the hill to see the church/castle Iglesia de la Villa and had a really nice view to the whole city.

Our last stop was Mirador de Montefrío where we could watch all the colors of sunset on the city while listening to some guitar music by one of the organizers.

It is crazy how big temperature difference there is between the day and night. In the daytime I could walk with only my t-shirt but at night I needed a hoodie and a leather jacket to keep myself warm. Really unusual in November for me. I could go sunbathing in November here.

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Córdoba

As you might can see then most of my posts are about me traveling around. It is because they are the most exiting time of my week and I just love traveling. I don’t do much else interesting in my week. Quite usual everyday life.

Okay, so.. Córdoba. It is city that thought it would be bigger. It is not an usual beauty city as I am used to see. There are some specific gorgeous sites but in general it is not so wonderful. What makes the city amazing is those specific sites that are worth to visit!

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So after over 2 hours of impossible sleep on a bus we parted from the organization and went to explore on our own. No way we are gonna stick to 3 buses of people. 8 hours of free time. We started off from Puento Romano to the cathedral. After discovering that visit to cathedral is 8 euros we decided to see other places first and maybe come back.

So we were wondering around Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. With it’s mighty castle and beautiful garden it amazed me. And made me wonder how beautiful it could be in spring time?!

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The long walk 10150036_10205523580712802_1294307675_n (2)made all of us hungry and we got to Plaza de la Corredera for lunch. I decided to try out the Cordoba’s traditional dish – salmorejo. It is purée of tomato and bread and as a garnish I had Spanish serrano ham on it. I am not a soup lover but it was actually quite good. Interesting taste and really filling. 12200666_10205523580792804_584807430_n

We made a big tour around the city but couldn’t find so many interesting thing to so we had a lot of time still to go. So after buying some souvenirs we still went to Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba. Totally worth the 8 euros!! It was just breathtaking. It took an hour to see everything and I am not sure if I still saw everything. It had so many sections and altars and all those details and paintings and the big hall of arches. It is even hard to describe how it looks like. It is definitely a must-visit if you have a chance!

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The climate was really nice. I haven’t walked a while with just a t-shirt and there it was possible on the last day of October. So late October vacation is a good option in Andalucia.

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