by Michael Madsen, your guide to the authentic


Here is the list of sights that are full of tourists and not worth your while:

  • Gibraltar

A little bit of the UK in Spain is a curiosity, yes. However, there is really not much to see and if you want to go and see the monkeys on the mountain expect to be over-charged and end up being squashed with loads of tourists and plenty of trash everywhere.

  • Mijas

It is just one of the many whitewashed Andalusian villages – but the one with the most tourists. Everything is designed for tourists here.

  • Nerja & Frigiliana

Nerja is just another tourist town with loads of tourists. Frigiliana is actually quite cozy, but with the increasing amount of tourists it is not exactly untouched anymore.

  • Marbella & Puerto Banus

The old town of Marbella is quite nice, but it is has become very pricey. In Puerto Banus you may see Ferraris and giant yachts, but besides that nothing much other than tourists.

  • Benalmadena & Puerto Marina

The Puerto Marina yacht harbour used to be very nice and with spectacular architecture. Nowadays, it is so worn out that it has lost its charm.

  • Cathedral & Tower in Seville

The cathedral in Seville is enormous and spectacular, but the queue to get in is extremely long; minimum 30-45 min. waiting. There is so much else to see in Seville, if you don´t get there at the crack of dawn, don’t bother wasting your time queuing.

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My Story:

Ever since childhood, I have experienced artificial tourist areas. But when I tried to create holidays with authentic experiences myself, I ran into big problems… It was deeply frustrating, I couldn’t make a living from it and I was afraid of losing everything.

I was weak and vulnerable – it was a painful time. But I succeeded in the end – and it is a fantastic feeling to know the secret to having authentic holidays. You can also ensure holidays without tourist crowds – fortunately, there is still hope!

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