If there is one thing that the COVID-pandemic taught us, then it sure is to appreciate the little things in life… like Mijas. Similarly, in the travel industry, there is a definite trend towards travelers longing to find the “Hidden Gems” and spend quality time. Sometimes in places, most of their friends never heard of. Like, Albarracín, or Cadaqués, or Cudillero.
Some villages are so tiny, you’re almost out of it as fast as you got into it! However, in each of them is a gem waiting to be discovered.
In the words of the Dalai Lama, “Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before”, I’ll take you on a discovery of some of Spain’s hidden gems…
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This little village almost pops up from nowhere and is worth an overnight. You can’t help but notice the historic walls that once surrounded Albarracín. It makes for a nice walk around the village.
There are more than a handful of lodging options in Albarracín. Hotel Albarracín stands out from them all and has a variety of room types, making it also a family-friendly hotel stay.
All travel times are subject to traffic, weather, and road conditions.
About thirty minutes by car from the popular tourist destination, Marbella, lies another one of Spain’s hidden gems.
Picture geraniums, charming white buildings with red tile roofs, archways, the sound of the odd chirping canary, stunning coastal views, and superb seafood! All of this is waiting for you at Mijas, and more!
The lovely town is perched on the hillside above Fuengirola and Mijas Costa and still has a village air from years gone by.
There are plenty of touristy things to do such as a donkey taxi, great seafood, especially shellfish. By the way, there is even a bronze statue of a donkey at the tourist office!
If you’re fit, you’ll enjoy the challenging 3 km walk up the mountain to the 18th century Hermitage of Calvario. The beautiful trail, through the pine forests, is marked with crosses. And when you get to the top you’re rewarded with a stunning view of Mijas and over the Mediterranean coast.
Go to Museo del Vino. Yes, in a museum of all places! This little museum has some of the best wines in the area. And their tapas is super tasty, too!
Another winning combination is a food and wine tasting (half-day) tour. This one is great fun!
June, July, and August are the” silly season” months in Europe. That’s when the schools close and everyone is in a holiday mood. It is also the time when the weather is at its best.
The long hot summers call for sunseekers to enjoy the beaches (about 9 km away), all equipped with public showers and toilets.
This little hidden gem is a mere 173 km from Barcelona. Just over two hours drive by car, and you’ve escaped the city!