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Spain road trip: Granada to Almera

The Alhambra marks the start of a drive taking in historic cities, a river valley and mountains and ends in Almeras spaghetti western desert Granada is dominated by its mighty Moorish fortress, Santa Isabel La Real, with its Alhambra views, (doubles from 95 B&B, parking available). Barrio de la Villa is a labyrinth of fountains, churches, geraniums, with castle and panoramic views. Take all that in while staying at quaint Hotel Zahor (double from 55 B&B). Priego de Crdoba. Photograph: Alamy Day three and its time to head north-east to…

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Northern Spain road trip: pull over for pintxos

Theres great food and striking design on the route from the Basque country to Galicia, taking in boutique hotels and beautiful beaches The road from San Sebastian to A Coruna is one of big cities, pretty fishing towns, high cliffs and raging sea. It skirts the rugged Basque coast, runs through lush Cantabria and Asturias, and objective up in Galicia, on the wildly beautiful Costa de la Muerte. San Sebastian is all about food, and there is so much to recommend. Stay a few minutes from the old township and…

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A wander near Ronda: Spains empty quarter

Andalucas first parque natural is fairly unknown, yet Sierra de Grazalema is a stunning wild place of crests, gorges, hilltop the towns and vultures A goat farmer told me no one swims in the pond at Zahara de la Sierra because it’s full of fish with crocodile heads. Is that why I’m the only person in 128 sq km of cool sea on a very hot period? I subsequently learn that this manmade reservoir (< em> embalse ), the mountain ranges to the south of it, and the cliffs, ravines,…

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