Southern Spain in Summer: Palm Swim founder Kat Furey's guide to Andalusia
Far from the buzzed-about European hotspots of Amalfi in Italy and the Greek Islands, Kay Furey discovered the raw, rugged landscapes, luminous beaches and sultry summer nights of Spain's Andalusian region. Road-tripping through the south with co-founder Ben Arnold, model Bridget Hollitt and photographer Eddie New in tow, Furey's journey is one you'll be sure to want to recreate.
-Spend a day on the beach at the W Hotel.
-A personal favourite, discover the ancient city where a lift takes you down 2000 years to the Roman period at Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat.
-See the beautiful modernist artworks from Picasso and Miro at The Musea Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró.
-Visit La Tasqueta de Blai for delicious Tapas where the locals hang (and won't break the bank).
LA GRANDELLA, JAVAE
-Spend a day on the secluded La Grandella beach hanging with the locals. Pack your lunch with the freshes ingredients of olives, dips and cured meats from the local mercado (supermarket).
-Make a quick stop off at La Bodgeuita de Abajo for a cortado, similar to a piccolo and crepes.
-Stay at the Forest Hills for hilltop views.
-Walk through the charming and authentic town village where you will find good food, churros, wine, street festivals and local boutiques.
-Eat at Casa Del Ray at sundown for modern Spanish wine and tapas.
-Seek out Churreria Parrado, where the locals go. Most would walk by this place but they make the most amazing churros!
CADIZ, GIBRALTAR & TARIFE
-See Vejer de la Frontera, a stunning white Spanish town perched on top of the hill. Be sure to stop at Corredera 55, a cute café for vegetarian and healthy options.
-Visit Bolonia beach which looks out towards the African continent (you can even see it on a calm day).
-Shop at the boutique-lined streets for bags, shoes, hats and Moorish ornaments in Vejer de la Frontera.
-Find trinkets at the beach markets in Tarife.
-Stay at Alcobar Del Ray, a true taste of Seville.
-Spend the day wandering through the Alcazar of Seville, the castle developed by Moorish Muslim kings. The architecture and history of Islamic Spain is unforgettable.
-Take in some Flamenco at Los Gallos Tabla.
-Stay at Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina, one of my favourite places I have ever stayed in. Every angle of the hotel was photographic.
-See the bustling town centre of Malaga. Some of the most authentic tapas and flamenco comes from this region.
-Trek through the hot, white-washed town of Casares perched between the hills.
-Find a local beachside chiringuito for some sun and food.
-Visit Arroyo Hondo, a hidden gem in Caseras.
All images: Eddie New.
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