Spanish adventures: Andalusia and Gibraltar

Photos taken in Andalusia can be found in the Andalusian album of our image gallery.

Although I am a huge fan of travelling around Britain, and there are still so many places to explore here, we do travel abroad sometimes. I think that I should not limit myself with just one country, I need to travel around the world, discover the undiscovered, familiarize with customs and culture of other countries. And there is another good reason to go abroad – Celtic Life has started organizing trips for our customers around the world. The title and the content of the blog will remain the same but I have started thinking about developing a new project “Remove the borders, and the world is your oyster”.

My first non British post here in this blog is about Spain, about its southern part, Andalusia, in particular.

There over fifty internet based travel agencies in the Celtic Life’s Travel Directory offering air tickets around the world at the moment. So it looks like should not be a problem at all to book a ticket these days. What can be easier – go to the web site of your favourite and trustful travel agency, choose the dates of your journey, indicate the number of passengers travelling and that is it. Unfortunately or fortunately it is not as simple as that if you want to save your money. Usually I start my search with one of the agencies in our directory, for instance E-Dreams, but my choice does depend on where I am going to fly. Then I choose the most convenient flight and compare the prices for this flight available at different travel agencies and on the particular airlines’ website. Obviously the price is one of the main determining factors in this process but the time and the duration of the flight are also very important. I remember myself sleeping on my suitcase at Vienna airport some years ago, not the worst but not the best experience in my life either. When booking your tickets on the Internet it is also important pay some attention to the terms and conditions in terms of the flight cancellation, amendments, free luggage allowance, on-line check-in etc…

One of the question that faces every traveller is “How to get to the airport?”. Should I drive and leave the car at the long stay car park or should I go by taxi or  public transport. Nothing is perfect and all the options have their downsides. In the modern world a car is not a luxury any more. Here in Cornwall and Devon it is nearly impossible to live without one, especially when living in the country.  We got to the airport by our car and left it on the long stay car park prepaid in advance also on a special web site. We have several companies in our travel directory providing such services at airports both in the UK and around the world.

So having made the right choice of the flight and having left our nearest airport Exeter after a couple of hours we landed in Malaga. Such a huge airport, I thought it would be tiny. We hired our little car at the airport, booked it via one of our agencies on the Internet in advance actually. When choosing the car to rent I searched Carrentals.co.uk first just to see the best options available. We have different agencies as well as car hire companies renting their cars directly presented in our travel directory. This time I used Holiday Autos, and we hired a little Picanto for 11 days for £97 only. There was a little bit of disappointment at the airport, we spent over an half an hour in the queue to get the car keys and had to empty our wallets a bit more to pay for the car insurance. We did not have any credit card on us, we had only debit ones. The car hire company RecordGo demands to “freeze” from 400 Euros on the credit card depending on the type of insurance you choose, and the amount will be released only after 28 working days from the day when you return the car. We had to pay 7 Euros per day.

The first four days of our stay in Spain we spent in Tarifa in the south of Andalucia. The majority of the birthday celebration which we were a part of, stayed in the Hurricane Hotel, based just a few meters away from the beach and absolutely wonderfully or miraculously hidden and sheltered by the own garden trees from the strong Atlantic winds.


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  1. […] Although I am a huge fan of travelling around Britain, and there are still so many places to explore here, we do travel abroad sometimes. I think that I should not limit myself with just one country, I need to travel around the world, discover the undiscovered, familiarize with customs and culture of other countries. And there is another good reason to go abroad – Celtic Life has started organizing trips for our customers around the world. The title and the content of the blog will remain the same but I have started thinking about developing a new project “Remove the borders, and the world is your oyster”. Read more… […]

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