Category: Andalusia

Things to do in Granada

| December 20, 2011
Things to do in Granada

Situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucia, Granada is a smallish city of fewer than half a million. Yet there are more things to see and do here than in some cities ten times its size. Once part of the kingdom of Castile, it is now one of Spain’s best tourist meccas. Continue Reading

Cadiz festivals

| December 18, 2011
Cadiz festivals

The festive calendar of Cadiz has numerous events but there are three which are of particular importance and have been declared Fiestas of International Tourist Interest: the Carnival of Cadiz, the Jerez Equestrian Fair, and the horse races on the beach at Sanlucar de Barrameda. Continue Reading

Cordoba monuments and museums

| December 17, 2011
Cordoba monuments and museums

The Mosque is Córdoba’s main monument. Work on its construction started soon after Abd al-Rahman the first took over the Emirate. Its most ancient foundations are built over the remains of the primitive Visigothic basilica of San Vicente. Continue Reading

Malaga Alcazaba

| December 15, 2011
Malaga Alcazaba

From an Arab word meaning ‘fortress’, the Alcazaba is no mere castle. Unlike some of the interesting but fairly plain examples in England, this defensive structure is also an architectural marvel. Continue Reading

Costa del Sol coast

| December 13, 2011
Costa del Sol coast

The Coastal Route from Nerja to Sotogrande along the Costa del Sol offers the traveller one hundred and fifteen kilometers of coastline with all the attractions typical of the sea, as well as the added allure of the countryside and the neighboring nature parks. Continue Reading

Things to do in Ronda

| December 11, 2011
Things to do in Ronda

For those who enjoy touring religious and historical architecture, there’s no finer spot in Andalucia than Ronda. Filled with fascinating structures from throughout the town’s long history, the city is quite simply entrancing. Walk across the Puento Nuevo, completed in 1793 (during the reign of Felipe V) and head backwards in time. Continue Reading

Things to do in Cordoba

| December 9, 2011
Things to do in Cordoba

During the 10th century Cordoba was the cultural center of Spain. Several cities in this ancient country might now claim that title. But, many sights in this Andalucian town show why Cordoba was – and still is – one of the leaders. Continue Reading

Malaga Cathedral

| December 7, 2011
Malaga Cathedral

Europe has many awe-inspiring cathedrals. But throughout most of the continent there is a kind of sameness to their designs. That shouldn’t be surprising since architects readily borrowed ideas from one another, and building technology was limited in the periods they were built, from about 1200-1800AD. But it is possible to see some truly different styles, particularly in Andalucia, Spain. Continue Reading

Things to do in Andalucia

| December 5, 2011
Things to do in Andalucia

Madrid, Barcelona. These are among the most well-known and sought after vacation spots in Spain. But there is another region, one on the Mediterranean that deserves equal time: Andalucia. Here, tourists will find a golden land, filled with things to do that even experienced travelers will find new and surprising. Continue Reading

Malaga tours

| December 5, 2011
Malaga tours

The Guadalhorc Valley Route
The immense orchard of the valley of the Guadalhorce, very near to Malaga itself, comprises the municipalities of Alhaurin de la Torre, Alhaurin el Grande, Almogfa, Alora, Cartama, Coin, Pizarra, and Valle de Abdalajrs. As well as the charming popular architecture of the white villages, the area boasts a wealth of natural beauty, best personified by the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes. The Moorish inheritance is clearly visible in the water mills and irrigation channels which are dotted everywhere, as well as in the Castle of Aiora, with its Visigoth origins. The numerous golf courses are another of the area’s many attractions. Continue Reading

Cordoba tours

| December 5, 2011
Cordoba tours

Different cultures have marked the city of Córdoba that was the Roman and Moorish capital city, the centre of Western Europe. Situated on the banks of the river Guadalquivir it welcomed great philosophers like the Roman Séneca, Averroes, Maimónides the Jew, writers like Luis de Góngora, or painters like Julio Romero de Torres. Continue Reading

Jerez de la Frontera Wine Region

| December 4, 2011
Jerez de la Frontera Wine Region

Wine is produced in many areas of Spain. The hot sun and Mediterranean breezes make for some stellar Palomino grapes. But the capital of one type – sherry – has to be assigned to Jerez de la Frontera, a city in the Cadiz section of Andalucia. The very name means ‘sherry’, a derivative of the Arabic word for this sweet nectar. Continue Reading

Semana Santa in Andalucia

| November 24, 2011
Semana Santa in Andalucia

While Americans and others may celebrate Easter only on a Sunday, that occasion is marked in Spain by an entire week of festivities known as Semana Santa, or Holy Week. The Holy Week festivals that take place all over the country are especially marked in Andalucia. Here, the emphasis is less on doleful repentance and more on celebration of the central figures of Christianity. Continue Reading

Exploring the Cadiz region

| November 23, 2011

Cadiz, to the south of Huelva province shares the same stretch of coastline, the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light), an Atlantic coastline, with long stretches of uncrowded pristine sand. Windsurfers and para-surfers will have heard of Tarifa, the most southern point of the Cadiz region, which as you would expect is renown for its constant breeze. Continue Reading

Cultural route in Andalusia

| November 20, 2011
Cultural route in Andalusia

For almost eight centuries, the Iberian Peninsula lived one of its most privileged moments, not only with regard to Spain, but also to Europe as a whole: the age of Moslem Spain, which the Arabs called Bilad al-Andalus. Continue Reading

Things to do in Sevilla

| November 19, 2011
Things to do in Sevilla

As the capital of Andalucia, Sevilla has enjoyed a colorful history stretching back over 2,500 years. Whether strolling around the gardens of Casa de Pilatos or looking up in awe at Alcazar, it isn’t hard to believe. Continue Reading

Things to do in Cadiz

| November 17, 2011

The port city of Cadiz in the Andalucia region of Spain is an ancient wonder. It is among the oldest inhabited cities in Europe, with roots stretching back to Phoenician sailors over 3,000 years ago. Modern visitors will find dozens of things to do here encompassing the years from then to now. Continue Reading

Malaga car hire

| November 17, 2011

If you want to have the freedom of touring Spain from Malaga on your own schedule, you may want to consider a Malaga Car Hire. By hiring a car you are not forced to be a slave to the public transportation schedules or problems, you can decide when you want to see things, for how long, and travel at your own pace. Continue Reading

Cordoba Mezquita

| November 15, 2011
Cordoba Mezquita

Europe is full of magnificent churches, cathedrals and other religious structures. But few are as unusual as the famed Mezquita of Cordoba in the region of Andalucia. Continue Reading

Huelva holidays

| November 14, 2011

Huelva is the Andalusian city with the greatest Latin America vocation, in the old part of the town you can see buildings that remind you of these links and at Sebo Point there is a statue that is a monument Christopher Comlumbus, the work of Whithney the sculptor. Continue Reading