Recommended to visit in Andulusia, Spain
Outside of our local area of Almanzora and Cantoria
there are many beautiful and interesting places to visit. Below I have mentioned some that I am happy to recommend (In alphabetical order). I would love to hear from you if you have visited any of these places, or maybe you can recommend some of your own. Please feel free to comment below.
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Page last updated 26th October 2020
Albox / Chirivel
Monastery of the Virgin Del Saliente.
What a beautiful building. It is a monestery, restaurant and hotel in 18th Cenrury stone, simple beautiful. We had an delicious lunch and couldnt fault it. The views are fantastic up on the mountain and I'm sure that it will be even more spectacular once the almond trees are in blossom. This is the most important pilgrimage centres in the Spanish southeast. Sarretera Al-71100 Km, 21 Albox _ Almeria | Located on the road between Albox and Chirivel.I have contacted them to ask for definitive days and times of opening to add them here for your convienience.Food | Tourist attraction
You can visit here and enjoy breakfast or lunch, but I would highly recommend booking their high tea. It's delicious and exceptional value for money. The image on this page doesn't show all that we enjoyed for just TWO people, the image is cropped and doesn't show the wide selection of sandwiches too. This and a pot of tea for shy of 10 euros a head! The staff are lovely and attentive, an establishment that caters for many dietry requirements. They offer a daily specials board, which you can see on the ARoma Facebook Page Food
Sierra de Castril Natural Park
We returned to Sierra de Castril Natural Park, last visited with my inlaws over a decade ago. It was designated a natural park in 1989 and is stunning.
This time we walked the circular walk, which in hindsight we were ill equipped for but it was a great adventure along wooden walk ways, swaying bridges and steep climbs that a mountain goat would have felt right at home with!
To give our hearts a chance to settle we stopped at a little bar at the very top.Tourist attraction
Galera / Ocre
Quad Bike Tours Galera
What an experience, I can HIGHLY recommend this! Our instructor and guide Rob made it a fun day. It's reignited something in me, I'd forgotten how much fun it is to sit behind my hubby on a bike. I want him to have another road bike! (#universe are you listening? 😉)
I admit I had my eyes closed at the very beginning of this experience because of the winding track and 100ft drops, but I soon relaxed and the rest was amazing. Tracks, roads, open fields, forests, mountains and flats. We got a taste of everthing, with a coffee stop in the very picturesque village of Ocre. It was glorious sitting in the sunshine in the local square, listening to the church bells.
We will DEFINITELY be doing this again. For more information please contact Rob Quad Bike Tours Galera
Rob also offers accomodation, and its a stunning location for a weekend getaway. There is a 2 bedroom cave house and a 2 bedroom apartment with its own terrrace, both are beautifully decorated.Theres a pool for the summer and an option of Archery as Rob is a qualified instructor.Things to do
Things to do
Bodega La Marquesina | The Marquesina WineryThis is a fantastic Spanish Restaurant serving excellent food. We have always opted for the Tapas menu and not been disappointed yet. The staff have always been friendly and helpful despite our lack of Spanish, they are very patient. There's a vast variety of drinks available and you can put your empty water bottles to good use by having them filled with Wine or Sherry from their barrels. A fantastic atmospheric environment with an array of bull fighting memorabilliaon the walls. If you are offended by their Spanish tradition, I would avoid. Otherwise, I would HIGHLY recommend a visit next time you are in Hercal-Overa.
Marcelo Entre Tapas
We were first introduced to Marisa & Marcelo in 2017, they own Marcelo Entre Tapas, they're a lovely friendly Argentinian couple. Their tapas bar is definitely worth a visit next time you're in Mojacar Playa. Such a quaint adorable place. The food is heavenly delicious. I enjoyed Dorada with a side salad of potato salad (not what you're thinking, but much more delicious than that) I also tried hubbys Prawn Rice Stir Fry... OMG I'm having that next time. Highly recommended.
Olula del Río
Museo Ibanez and the Pérez Siquier CenterIf you get the opportunity go to Olula del Río and visit the amazing Museo Ibanez and the Pérez Siquier Center. Home to the largest collections of Contemporary Art in Andalusia. Amazingly this is offered to visitors for FREE! I can't fault the place as the staff are wonderful, the buildings are clean and modern. As for the art, they were very thought provoking. I love that it got us wondering, translating, debating and sometimes giggling.You can find out more by clicking on the 'useful links' provided on this page
Beauty Massage by Leanne
Anyone who knows me, or has visited my therapy blog
, know that I am keen on complementary therapies,and I love a great reflexology massage. I was introduced to Leannes Villa Bella Pamper Package Days a couple of years ago, and go every chance I get. Leanne offers private pamper day groups from 2 to 6 people offering a glass of Bucks Fiz and Crossants on arrival, a 30min therapy of your choice from an extensive list, a delicious buffet lunch, use of the pool and hot tub for ONLY 30 Euros per person. That's NOT a typo!!! I can highly recommend this if you are staying in the local area, however, I would drive miles because It is an amazing experience.. You can book via her Facebook page Beauty Massage by Leanne
Serón is about 40mins away from our village and situated on the northern slopes of the Sierra de los Filabres. It's there that I visited the picnic area la Jordana and spent a very enjoyable few hours in the fresh cool air of the mountains, enjoying a 'bring your own picnic' and a game of Boules/Pétanque with my good neighbour friends.
Castillo / Castle
This 13th Century Castle ruin (free) gives you an impressive view of the Almanzora Valley. The steep climb to get there is well worth the effort.
The Museum next to the castle (free) is a small museum where you can practice reading in Spainish to learn the history of the local area. Being next to the castle, be warned that its a steep climb to get there.Tourist Attraction
San Juan de los Terreros
Asador El Castillo /Castle of San Juan de los Terreros
Before going to order your meal, pop over to the other side and check out the views from the 18th century castle fort ruins, they are stunning. The resturant itself is gorgeous with the ability to sit either inside or out. Even if you sit inside there are large windows that can open up and let the sea breeze through and the views are breathtaking. It is Spanish run so we use our limited Spanish and get by OK. The staff are usually friendly and the food and drink absolutely delicious.
Food | Tourist attraction
Chiringuito HenrokWe love San Juan Beach. We've visited here over many years on holiday and it was in Henrocks (when it was just a bar) that we decided to get engaged. Henrocks is now a lovely popular resturant that specialised in skewers, paellas and fresh fish. They cook their fish over a bbq made from an old rowing boat, their fish is to die for!!! With views of the beach and freindly staff, what more would you want?