Favorite thing: A series of photos showing Andalucia "on the road", the places BETWEEN the places you usually go to see. These photos were taken between the mountain village of Bubion on our way to the Costa del Sol (the southern sea shore of Andalucia).
If you are thinking of coming to Andalucia and don't know where the best place to go and still Can't decide after reading my summery of the provinces then here are my personal recommendations:
1. Granada Capital
2. Sevilla Capital
3. Travel around Cadiz Province
4. Cordoba Capital
5. Granada Province
You could stay in Granada a whole week if you wanted exploring the town and the countryside but many feel after 2 days they are ready to move on. I think the same goes for Sevilla. I think I would only go there for a bout a day or 2 anyway. Cadiz has no big towns and you would have seen everything there is to see in Cadiz capital in about a day (2 max), therefore I recommend hiring a car to go and see many of the great beaches and towns in the province. You can see Corboda in about a day or 2. As you can see I have mentioned Granada twice, and I think the province in general is probably the best in Andalucia as it really does have something for everyone.
As the places I haven't mentioned here like Almeria and Jaen, well I think they are all worth visits but only if you plan to be here for a while, otherwise they are not exactly must see places!
This web site about Southern Spain is by thee far the most well-rounded and insightful on the net about Spaniards and their culture, music, food, etc. It’s www.andaluciaporweb.com and it’s more than your typical cyber travel guide for any of you who plan on travelling out that way. Informative and interactive; it definitely helps me out with my travel plans and research for my thesis. The choice is always yours, but it’s already added to my lists of favorites.
and the Alambra in Granada
Fondest memory: Seville, this city is incredible. It's an intimate cosmopolitan with modern influences and all the quaint curiosities of centuries past and it's undying traditions. There's a celebration for everything and that gives the city its energy. It lives day to day preparing for and recouperating from one life-long party. Now the city has launched into the future with a new Casino and construction for a Metro and new expressway.
The double monument - the Mosque and the Cathedral - testifies to attempt of Christian kingdom to get rid even from a hint on Muslim influence.
The Mosque was under construction in three stages, from the middle of VIII century prior to the beginning of XI century. It is considered as one of the most grandiose religious monuments of the Arabian world. It towered above the city ensemble where there were tens other mosques.
In 1236, after a capture of the city by Christians and flight of moslems to Northern Africa, king Ferdinand III nicknamed Sacred, ordered to transform it into a Christian temple.
The most interesting from historical and architectural points of view areas are Santa Cruz and El Arenal of left coast of Gvadalkvivir. These two areas are divided by Avenida de la Constitution. The symbol of El Arenal is the Gold Tower - Torre del Oro. The symbol of Santa Cruz and the whole Seville is belltower La Hiralda which it is visible from any area of the city.
Christians have decided to keep the minaret of the former mosque - well-known La Giralda. This minaret was built in 1198. Architect Ruis-younger reconstructed the minaret into the five circle belltower in 1568.
One of pearls of the city is Alhambra. It is not simply palace, it is the whole city surrounded by walls behind which there are fortresses, royal rooms, barracks and gardens. It was constructed from IX century till XIV and reflected as a simple fortress. It is obliged by the name to red clay which used at construction ("Alhambra" on-arabian means red).
Granada was under moorish sovereignty some centuries. Moors have left here the biggest trace not only because they stayed here very long but also because a little what has changed with their leaving. Catholic kings did not manage to transform Granada into Christian city, its shower still is orientally mysterious, despite of an abundance of Christian churches and monasteries.
Favorite thing: I was near from Almeria that is the reason why I have a Almeria Map;) Almeria is in East of Andalucia. It´s a nice city for some sightseeings. Don´t miss a trip to Alcazsaba ( a Castle from the arabic history of this region)
Favorite thing: In the famous Carrera del Darro you find the Arabian Baths (El Banuelo). Built in the 11th century and excellently restored, you reach El Banuelo when walking trough a beautiful courtyard in which numerous birds are singing. Open Tuesday –Saturday 10am-2pm!
Favorite thing: Nerja is a beautiful little village at the costa del sol east of Malaga. It is the best place to go to the beach when you come from Granada. There are many nice little beaches around Nerja which seem not to be overcrowded by tourists in the summertime. Many local people come her at the weekend for relaxing.
Favorite thing: I love such Streets like this one - narrow street & white houses with beautiful flowers!! I took this pic in a typical spanish place in a small village. This is one of my favourite pics from this trip too:). The name of this village is Mojacar.
I?ve now been living for nearly eight months in Andalucia, and the month of May has really surprised me. The whole region is in a blaze of colour.
Drive off the motorways onto the small country lanes and mountain roads, you will be surprised at the colour and diversity of the wild flowers. The verges and whole fields are dappled with flowers. Some I recognise but many are new to me, I really shouyld invest in a book on the subject for next year.
Not only this but all the villages, towns and cities seem to be competing with each other, patios, terraces, windows, roadside and park flower beds have all been planted up, to display the brightest of colours.
Last weekend I visited Cordoba for the Feria de los Patios. An annual event where households throughout the city possessing patios, compete with each other for the honor of displaying the best patio. Patios (normally private) are opened to the public, for your enjoyment.
I am thinking of recommending May as the month you really should consider visiting.
When we flew into Malaga we did the right thing and rented a sma, but flizzy, car to explore Andalucia /Costa del Sol... it is great to just go into the mountains, stop off where it looks nice and explore roads off the touristy spots!!!!
Make sure you have some lovely food and drinks for a picnic with you .... OLIVES, SALAD, BREAD, VINO OR CERVEZA YUMMI!
Too bad some of the once so traditional fishing villages have now sold out to tourism.. but hey, that's the case with most mediterrane spots and the demand for better life-style.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory would be a walk with my boyfriend on a almost empty beach close to the Cabana Club in Puerto Banus.... when we kind of decided we want to move there... and as we strolled barefoot close to the sea.... a big wave hit and we go splashed all over which was great fun... :) and sealed our welcome somehow!
¡Goce de la vida, goce del alimento, goce de la gente!
Whatever you think of bullfighting, it is a big thing in Andalusia. The oldest bullring of Spain is located in Seville. You can visit this bullring and the adjoining museum with a giude.
Bullfighting is not really a fight, but more a ritual slaughter. The bulls are not prepared or trained for this. They grow up in a lovely green meadow untill it is time to be slaughtered.
In the picture you see a statue of the famous bullfighter, Curro Romero, in front of the bullring in Seville.
Favorite thing: Our Seville hotel was located in traditional buildings and had many patios. This one we had to cross to get to our room. We did not have much luck with the weather and we were regularly wet from the rain before we arrived to our room......
Many andalucian houses have a patio. This open space inside the house is filled with plants and waterornaments to create a cool place for the hot, hot summertime.
The patio is often made with tiles, which feel cool in summer.
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