Are you wondering about travel in Spain Post-COVID-19? I know it’s a big if right now.
I’m sure many of you are wild to get traveling again! As a travel advisor living in Spain, we have been able to take small trips over the past 4 months. The key to staying safe is, of course, safety distance and good hygiene. There is no reason not to enjoy this lovely country with so much to offer outside the big cities!
Our first destination was La Herradura, a horseshoe-shaped cove in Granada. Both sides of the cove are flanked by high cliffs, which provide protection from wind and waves. It just happens to be in a marine natural park – so perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving! My husband, two kids (8 and 5) and myself took our paddle surf board, wet suits and goggles for several incredible days of snorkeling. We saw sea tomatoes, starfish, octupii, cuttlefish and many other little colorful fish swimming in schools. The only mask we had to use was our scuba mask.
Lunches and dinners were fresh seafood and fish paired with local wines, all cooked in our own little rental apartment. You are allowed to remove masks in restaurants and bars while seated at a table. Marina del Este, the port where we stayed, has a direct view of the sunrise. Imagine orange skies, the smell of the sea, the sound of seagulls and watching the diving crews prepare their boats each morning as you sip your café con leche.
Our afternoon trips were to the small villages nearby: Almuñecar with its lovely St. Christopher Lookout, Salobreña and it’s castle (not a good idea to try to drive up medieval streets), Nerja’s prehistoric cave, Competa and its sweet wine and finally an exciting guided kayak tour of the Maro cliffs and sea caves.
As the autumn rolled in, we have switched from snorkeling to hiking. We recently day tripped to nearby Gaucín for a hike along the river, past the dam and to a cute little fountain lost in the woods. Our dog got chock full of burrs! Closer to our town of Estepona, we have hiked to the tip of Sierra Bermeja, down Camino Nicola with its goats and abandoned 18th century farmhouses, and to Otter Pond, high in the hills above the coast. It seems like you are far from the sea as you surround yourself with cork trees, pine trees and red hills. The views of the Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco make the hike totally worth it!
We have been able to travel in Spain post-COVID-19 without too many restrictions and really enjoy our small trips. I hope you are able to do the same soon! If you would like us to begin planning your next trip, drop us a line!