SOME IDEAS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS

Going holiday in September has many advantages as well because —despite what some may think— the weather is still good enough to visit many destinations and the prices are even lower than the rest of the season. For all these reasons, on the blog today we show you where to go in September so you can brag about your holiday while saving some money.

Almería: a land of contrast

If you think of Almería as a sun and beach holiday destination, then get ready to discover the true land of contrast. A Wild West scenery, white villages, cuisine rich with Moorish heritage, one of the most stunning natural landscapes in Spain and a lot of tapas (at prices that will leave you open-mouthed) await you. Here are some little bits of information to get started.

Eating tapas in Almería: a tasty selection at good prices

Tapas are one of the most distinctive things of Andalusia. But, in the case of Almería, you have an extensive tapas menu to choose from, and they are all accompanied by wine, beer, grape juice or any other drink of your choice. A lot of bars serve raciones (bigger plates) of decent size —tapas at some of these bars will leave you feeling completely full up.

Ecotourism: 4×4 routes around Cabo de Gata

Going on a 4×4 route around Cabo de Gata Natural Park would be a great thing to do. Keep your eyes wide open and get your binoculars ready because a common pochard, a grey heron or a common blackbird could be hiding anywhere.

Oasys MiniHollywood (Tabernas desert)

Among the endless list of things to do, you can choose to visit Oasys MiniHollywood theme park, located in the heart of the Tabernas desert. It is because of this place that Almería is also known as the land of cinema. In fact, Oasys MiniHollywood was the setting for many westerns during the 60’s and 70’s. Why don’t you be the star of your own movie? There you will enjoy the Wild West and can-can dance shows. Dust off your cowboy boots and feel like a character from a Spaghetti Western film.

An ideal month to visit Málaga

One of the top destinations to visit in September is the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga. Boasting an average temperature of 18-20 ºC, the so-called boquerona city is the perfect place to visit during this month and the best place to enjoy the beach during the winter. Try the delicious pescaíto frito (fried fish, go sunbathing on some of the best beaches in Málaga or take a stroll along the famous Malagueta beach.

Additionally, Málaga, the capital city of the Costa del Sol, has an extensive cultural offer: the Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Málaga Pompidou Centre, the cathedral or the Alcazaba fortress. Going to the beach in the hot weather might be the typical thing to do in the summer, but you should take a break from the routine and spend your September holidays discovering Málaga in a more conscious way.

You can take advantage of a number of deals on holidays in September to the Costa del Sol and visit some tourist hotspots like Torremolinos, Puerto Banús and Marbella, which are worth a visit because of the beach and leisure activities on offer. While you are there, enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Málaga —anyone who wants to have some fun is welcome. To the west lies the town of Mijas, whose whitewashed streets are great to wander through.

Cádiz: a place full of light, history and flavours

 

Located in the south of Spain, the city and the province of Cádiz are ideal destinations for a September holiday. At this time of year you can still enjoy glorious sunny days at beautiful beaches such as Sajorami (Zahora), Trafalgar Lighthouse (Caños de Meca), Bolonia (Tarifa), La Barrosa (Chiclana), La Ballena (Rota) or La Victoria (Cádiz).

You can also learn more about the history by visiting some of the city’s landmarks: the neoclassical and baroque cathedral, the dark room at the Tavira Tower, the Cortes Museum, the famous Gran Teatro Falla (home to the artistic competitions during the Carnival), the San Sebastián and Santa Catalina castles, the ancient archaeological site of Gadir or the Malecón esplanade, which leads to the famous Pópulo neighbourhood.

If you prefer going inland on your September holiday, you will love a road trip through the so-called white villages, like Grazalema and Olvera. You can also dive into the province’s most ancient past at the town of Medina Sidonia, which boasts the remains of a Roman road and a Moorish wall; at the ruins of the Roman city Baelo Claudia (dating in the 2nd century B.C.) in Tarifa, or at the Nasrid-style streets of Setenil de las Bodegas, whose houses were built under the rocks.

Do not forget to visit Jerez de la Frontera either, with its Carthusian monastery (15th century), Andalusian horses and wineries, where you can taste its famous sherry wine.

Some other culinary products of Cádiz that you need to try are the internationally renowned Atlantic bluefin tuna (almadraba), the payoyo cheese, the shrimp fritters (tortillitas de camarones), the sea bass, the Rota-style sea bream, the king prawns and the mantis shrimps from Sanlúcar.

Lastly, if you want to enjoy some nature and fresh air, then you should go on a bike ride through the beautiful landscape of Doñana National Park, take a stroll around La Breña and Marismas de Barbate Natural Park, or do some water sports like surfing and windsurfing in Tarifa, which is the perfect place.

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