Michael Madsen shares the authentic Andalusia with you

Even the world’s most popular destinations have hidden delights – back alleys and secret doorways that let you see a place from a fresh angle or even experience it free from the crowds

 

Michael Madsen,
– sharing the authentic with you

 

Much like a detective, finding how and where to get off the beaten path, be that far from the tourist trail or directly on it, requires looking for clues, following your gut, and taking a few calculated risks.

Here are some tried and tested tips to help you escape the crowds.

All these tips and tricks can save you time and money, and help you stay healthy on the road without having to make too many sacrifices.

 

Tip 1) Visit lesser-known places

The true wonder of travel lies in coming face to face with the unknown and getting lost in the beauty of a place on the very brink of discovery.

There is no more rewarding feeling than going sightseeing in a place where few people have had the pleasure of seeing.

Even the biggest tourist traps can feel like a new discovery if you sidestep the crowds.

Heading to lesser-known quieter places will not only give you the deserved break you need, but also allow you to enjoy the time with your family or friends experiencing something authentic.

 

Authentic and unique accommodations

 

Tip 2) Book activities far in advance

Seeing the sights of the city is all well and good, but queueing for two hours to get in is far from ideal.

If you’re only staying in a place for a short time, then time is of the essence.

Thankfully, most attractions have online ticket booking available. Once you´ve planned your route, make sure to book as soon as possible.

 

 

Tip 3) Pick a few bases for your trip

When visiting a destination, it would be foolish to drive from city to city, staying one night in each place.

You´d be sure not to see anything else than tourists and crowded sights. Never stay less than 3 nights in the same place.

The vast majority of cities and activities can be reached from centrally located ‘bases’.

You´d get a bit of both worlds – get to see the places of interest, but then to get back and have the peace and quiet to enjoy the rest of the day exploring the area where you are staying.

 

Authentic and unique accommodations

 

Tip 4) Avoid wasting time on packing, driving, parking and finding your way

You are already wasting a lot of time on travelling back and forth.

If you also pack up every single day to drive to the next destination, look for the hotel, get lost, fight for parking and drag your luggage around, then before you know it you´ve wasted the entire holiday running around without actually taking a break.

Instead, leave the luggage behind and go experience the area where you´re staying.

 

Authentic and unique accommodations

 

Tip 5) Travel off-season

In peak season crowds are at their thickest, prices are highest, and there’s a greater chance of things selling out.

Timing is everything, and off-season is your best friend if you want to avoid crowds.

Sure, you might not be able to guarantee the weather, but your chosen destination will be a lot less busy and crowded.

Not only will you save a lot of money, but you’ll have it all to yourself!

 

Three unique places to stay centrally in Andalusia:

Casa Rural Aire. You found it on Autentical.com! It can, however, only be booked on Booking.com:

 

 

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Apartamentos La Laguna. You found it on Autentical.com! It can, however, only be booked on Booking.com:

 

 

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Finca El Arpa. Book it here on

 

 

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Selected – and unique – farm stays from Booking.com:

Bancalillo redondo – Dúrcal (Alpujarras)

Set in Dúrcal, 31 km from Granada Science Park and 33 km from San Juan de Dios Museum, Bancalillo redondo...

Tambor Del Llano – Grazalema (Cadiz)

Tambor Del Llano, a property with a bar, is set in Grazalema, 29 km from Iglesia de Santa María la...

Cortijo La Loma – La Isleta del Moro (Almería)

Situated in La Isleta del Moro, 1.1 km from Playa del Penon Blanco, Cortijo La Loma features accommodation with a...



Unique accommodation away from the crowds that might interest you:

Lakeside Andalusian Finca In A Protected Natural Park by The King’s Litte Walkway; The Caminito del Rey
Fantastic Finca for 2-5 Persons With Private Pool, near the village of Sayalonga, east of Malaga
Truly exceptional places to stay away from tourism in Andalusia
Exceptional rural cottage for 4-7 people located in a quiet environment with views of Sierra Nevada
Great Casita For 2-5 People In The Whitewashed Village Of Gaucin, Near Ronda
Fantastic Country House for 3-5 Persons, near Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas. Paradise On Earth
Charming country house for 3-6 people with amazing views, by the Subbetica nature park, near Cordoba
Rural cottage for 2 persons in the whitewashed village of Cónchar, in the Alpujarras
Traditional Cave Houses for 2-5 persons in the cave house area of Baza, near Granada
Country house for 4-6 people with private pool near the whitewashed village of Comares
Cute Little Finca For 2-4 Persons With Private Pool Near Village Orgiva, In The Alpujarras
Other beautiful places to stay away from tourism in Malaga city
Holiday home with private pool near the beautiful Andalusian village of Comares
Relaxing house for 6 persons with stunning view and private pool
Studio Apartments for 2 Persons In Lakeside Andalusian Finca Near The Caminito del Rey
Beautiful places to stay directly in Gibraltar
Beautiful places to stay in or near Tarifa
Romantic Village House With Great Garden For 2 Persons In The Whitewashed Village Of Otivar, near Granada
Incredibly beautiful country house for up to 8 persons outside the whitewashed village of Olvera
Fantastic village house in the super-beautiful white village of Comares
Love Nest For 2 Persons, Between Seville And Cordoba. A love nest, wide and comfortable, full of charm, details and comforts.
Great And Cosy Finca With Pool For 2-5 Persons Outside Of Frigiliana, Near Nerja
Stone Cottages In A Peaceful Valley Near The Whitewashed Village Of Alajar
Traditional Country House For 4-6 Persons In The Heart Of The Alpujarras
Penthouse Apartment For Up To 7 Persons In The Center Of The Whitewashed Village Of Algodonales
Super Nice Cottages For 4-6 Persons Directly By The Viñuela Lake, East of Malaga
Cortijo Apartments For 2-3 Persons In An Old Restored Farmhouse In The Mountains Behind Malaga
Great Townhouse For 2 Persons With A Wonderful Patio Located In Olvera, Between Cadiz, Seville And Malaga
Other beautiful places to stay away from tourism in Marbella
Fantastic Townhouse For 3-5 Persons In a Tranquil Area Away From The Hectics Of The Coast
Beautiful apartment located in the center of Seville, in Plaza del Museo, everything within 10 minutes walk
Luxury Apartments For 4-6 Persons In A Fantastic And Tranquil Resort Away From The Hectic Of The Coast
Fantastic Apartment For 2-4 Persons, In A Charming, Historic House In Jerez de la Frontera
Villa For Up To 6 Persons With Waterfall In The Private Pool
Fantastic Luxury Villa For 8-12 Persons With Private Pool And Lots Of Beautiful Details
Beautiful Country House For 10-15 Persons With 3 Independent Accommodations And Great Views Over The Valley
Cottage For 2-4 Persons In A Pine Forest Directly By The Lake And The King’s Little Pathway; The Caminito Del Rey
1-, 2- And 3-Bedroom Bungalow Apartments With Sea Views In The Hills Behind The Coast
Great Manor House For 2-6 Persons In the Santa Cruz District Near The Center Of Seville
Stylish And Spacious Apartment For 2-3 Persons In The Trendy Soho District Of Malaga City
Great Duplex For 4-7 Persons With Terrace, Swimming Pool And Wifi, Next To The Mezquita Of Cordoba
Luxury Penthouse For 4-5 Persons In The Heart Of The Old Jewish Quarter Of Cordoba
Nice apartment for 2-4 Persons in a cozy mountain village near Granada
Great Apartment For 6 Persons In A Tranquil Complex Just A Few Minutes From The Atlantic Coast
Perfect House For Families Of Up To 5 Persons – With Private Pool And Complete Privacy
Large House For Up To 14 Persons – With 3 Independent Accommodations Near The Atlantic
Apartment For 2-3 Persons Located In The Old Town And Near The Beach
Cosy Little Cottages For 2-3 Persons In A Fantastic Nature Area By The Caminito Del Rey
Charming urban style apartment for 2-6 persons in the center of Granada city
Tranquil Villa For 2-4 People With Pool On The Seaside By Nerja
More Options Within The Cadiz Province
Other beautiful places to stay in Conil de la Frontera
Other beautiful places to stay away from the crowds in Granada
Other beautiful places to stay away from the crowds in Seville city center
Other beautiful places to stay away from tourism near Nerja and Frigiliana
Finca Apartment for 2 People With Amazing Panoramic Lake Views From Your Own Terrace
Places to Stay in El Chorro – for climbers and other nature lovers
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Don´t take our word for it! Hear our guests´ opinions:

Lakeside Andalusian Finca In A Protected Natural Park by The King’s Litte Walkway; The Caminito del Rey
Fantastic Finca for 2-5 Persons With Private Pool, near the village of Sayalonga, east of Malaga
Truly exceptional places to stay away from tourism in Andalusia
Exceptional rural cottage for 4-7 people located in a quiet environment with views of Sierra Nevada
Great Casita For 2-5 People In The Whitewashed Village Of Gaucin, Near Ronda
Fantastic Country House for 3-5 Persons, near Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas. Paradise On Earth
Charming country house for 3-6 people with amazing views, by the Subbetica nature park, near Cordoba
Rural cottage for 2 persons in the whitewashed village of Cónchar, in the Alpujarras
Traditional Cave Houses for 2-5 persons in the cave house area of Baza, near Granada
Country house for 4-6 people with private pool near the whitewashed village of Comares
Cute Little Finca For 2-4 Persons With Private Pool Near Village Orgiva, In The Alpujarras
Other beautiful places to stay away from tourism in Malaga city
Holiday home with private pool near the beautiful Andalusian village of Comares
Relaxing house for 6 persons with stunning view and private pool
Studio Apartments for 2 Persons In Lakeside Andalusian Finca Near The Caminito del Rey
Beautiful places to stay directly in Gibraltar
Beautiful places to stay in or near Tarifa
Romantic Village House With Great Garden For 2 Persons In The Whitewashed Village Of Otivar, near Granada
Incredibly beautiful country house for up to 8 persons outside the whitewashed village of Olvera
Fantastic village house in the super-beautiful white village of Comares
Love Nest For 2 Persons, Between Seville And Cordoba. A love nest, wide and comfortable, full of charm, details and comforts.
Great And Cosy Finca With Pool For 2-5 Persons Outside Of Frigiliana, Near Nerja
Stone Cottages In A Peaceful Valley Near The Whitewashed Village Of Alajar
Traditional Country House For 4-6 Persons In The Heart Of The Alpujarras
Penthouse Apartment For Up To 7 Persons In The Center Of The Whitewashed Village Of Algodonales
Super Nice Cottages For 4-6 Persons Directly By The Viñuela Lake, East of Malaga
Cortijo Apartments For 2-3 Persons In An Old Restored Farmhouse In The Mountains Behind Malaga
Great Townhouse For 2 Persons With A Wonderful Patio Located In Olvera, Between Cadiz, Seville And Malaga
Other beautiful places to stay away from tourism in Marbella
Fantastic Townhouse For 3-5 Persons In a Tranquil Area Away From The Hectics Of The Coast
Beautiful apartment located in the center of Seville, in Plaza del Museo, everything within 10 minutes walk
Luxury Apartments For 4-6 Persons In A Fantastic And Tranquil Resort Away From The Hectic Of The Coast
Fantastic Apartment For 2-4 Persons, In A Charming, Historic House In Jerez de la Frontera
Villa For Up To 6 Persons With Waterfall In The Private Pool
Fantastic Luxury Villa For 8-12 Persons With Private Pool And Lots Of Beautiful Details
Beautiful Country House For 10-15 Persons With 3 Independent Accommodations And Great Views Over The Valley
Cottage For 2-4 Persons In A Pine Forest Directly By The Lake And The King’s Little Pathway; The Caminito Del Rey
1-, 2- And 3-Bedroom Bungalow Apartments With Sea Views In The Hills Behind The Coast
Great Manor House For 2-6 Persons In the Santa Cruz District Near The Center Of Seville
Stylish And Spacious Apartment For 2-3 Persons In The Trendy Soho District Of Malaga City
Great Duplex For 4-7 Persons With Terrace, Swimming Pool And Wifi, Next To The Mezquita Of Cordoba
Luxury Penthouse For 4-5 Persons In The Heart Of The Old Jewish Quarter Of Cordoba
Nice apartment for 2-4 Persons in a cozy mountain village near Granada
Great Apartment For 6 Persons In A Tranquil Complex Just A Few Minutes From The Atlantic Coast
Perfect House For Families Of Up To 5 Persons – With Private Pool And Complete Privacy
Large House For Up To 14 Persons – With 3 Independent Accommodations Near The Atlantic
Apartment For 2-3 Persons Located In The Old Town And Near The Beach
Cosy Little Cottages For 2-3 Persons In A Fantastic Nature Area By The Caminito Del Rey
Charming urban style apartment for 2-6 persons in the center of Granada city
Tranquil Villa For 2-4 People With Pool On The Seaside By Nerja
More Options Within The Cadiz Province
Other beautiful places to stay in Conil de la Frontera
Other beautiful places to stay away from the crowds in Granada
Other beautiful places to stay away from the crowds in Seville city center
Other beautiful places to stay away from tourism near Nerja and Frigiliana
Finca Apartment for 2 People With Amazing Panoramic Lake Views From Your Own Terrace
Places to Stay in El Chorro – for climbers and other nature lovers
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Don´t take our word for it! Hear our guests´ opinions:

“Our stay and Rikke and Michael’s place was incredible!”
“Our stay at Rikke and Mikes was fine”
“We stayed here as part of our Andalucian bicycle tour”
“El Arpa is a truly exceptional place”
“Rikke & Michael’s place was a perfect base for us to climb, walk and explore the gorgeous surrounding area”
“You rarely go to a place where the photos don’t do it justice, but this was just that.”
“Rikke and Michael’s place was perfect”
“Extremely peaceful”
“Amazing spot by the lake”
“The lake is beautiful and extremely peaceful.”
“Very very nice place”
“This place makes you connect with the nature its so beautiful there”
“Thank you both”
“My husband and I were traveling to Spain for a climbing holiday and stumbled upon El Arpa”
“Michael & Rikke were the most attentive and wonderful hosts you could imagine”
“Beautiful location”
“Great location for climbing”
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