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Andalusia

Andalusia is a large autonomous region on the southern coast of Spain, the vertex between Europe and Africa and the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.  Andalusian territory represents 17.3% of Spain, with a surface area of 87,268 km2 and is the second largest Autonomous Community in Spain with a coastline of  almost 900 km long.  The northern limit is marked by Sierra Morena; the west limit  by the Guadiana river; to the south the Atlantic Ocean and the  this by the contact between Almería with the Mediterranean Sea and the Spanish Levant. It has been coveted over the centuries by numerous cultures. It remained under a Muslim regime from the 8th to the 15th century, whose legacy can be seen in its architecture, such as the Alcázar castle in Seville,  the mosque-cathedral of Córdoba and the palace of the Alhambra in Granada. 

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Almeria

Almeria is one  Province  Spanish  of the autonomous community of  Andalusia ; located in the southeast of the  Iberian Peninsula . It borders the provinces of  grenade  to the west and northwest; and with  Murcia  to the north and northeast; with the  Mediterranean Sea  to the east and south (part known as  Alboran Sea ). The capital is the city of  Almería , located in the south of the province and in the center of the homonymous bay. The government and administration of provincial interests is entrusted to the  Provincial Council of Almeria . It covers 8774 km². The population density is 80.54 inhabitants/km², a figure that is considerably lower than the Spanish average. It has a  diocese , 8  judicial parties  and  103 municipalities , among which is  Níjar , one of the largest municipal terms in Spain with 601 km².

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How to get to Almeria

Plane: Almería Airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain and is located just 9 km from the city, it serves the entire region and is a valid alternative to reach cities such as Malaga and Granada, Cartagena, Roquetas de Mar and the entire coast of Almería. It is connected to its city by an urban bus service.

Bus: Almería station is located in the same place as the train station, in the Plaza de la Estación, a few minutes from the city center. With units that arrive, for example, from Granada, Jaén and Málaga. They are operated by private companies, with Alsina Graells Sur being the main company, while Autocares Baraza offers a service between Vera and Almería.

Train: Almería's train station is located in the Plaza de la Estación and offers connections to all of Spain. The trains of the national company RENFE are numerous.

Boat: the port of Almería offers frequent connections to the cities of Melilla, Nador, Ghazaouvet and Oran, in North Africa (Algeria and Morocco). There are also numerous transit services for cargo ships and cruise ships.

Car: Spain has a network of motorways known as the «Autovía del Mediterráneo», which begins in La Jonquera, near the French border, and ends in Algeciras towards the Strait of Gibraltar, and which connects cities such as Barcelona passing through Valencia, Málaga and many other coastal cities in southern Spain.

How to get around Almeria


Bus:  service  pretty good that you understand all the  areas of  Almeria  capital  with different lines. There are other lines, interurban, that provide transportation to the University and the  The airport of  Almería and urban centers relatively close. For other municipalities, provinces and on a national and international scale, they leave  the Intermodal Station of Almería, located in the Plaza de la  station  s/n, which also houses in its  inside  the rail service as mentioned above.

Taxi: it has an extensive taxi service. Free taxis are characterized by a green light.

What to see in Almeria

Almeria

As the capital, it is the nerve center of the  Metropolitan Region of Almeria  and the tourist region of Almería-Cabo de Gata-Níjar. They surround it to the west  Sierra de Gádor , to the north  Sierra Alhamilla  and to the east the valley and delta of the  Andarax River  and, beyond, a plain that culminates in the  Sierra of Cabo de Gata . To the south, its port and coastline open up to  a wide bay  about him  Mediterranean sea . It was founded in 955 AD. C. by  Abderraman III  in a location previously dominated by other cities and played a key role during the  Caliphate of Córdoba , becoming the most important port in the  Al Andalus  Umayyad . It reached its maximum splendor during the  taifa , in the eleventh century, becoming under the reign of  Almotacín  in a commercial and cultural emporium and later as part of the  Kingdom of Grenada .

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Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Incarnation, built in 1524 after a strong earthquake that destroyed the previous Christianized mosque, is the episcopal seat of the diocese of Almería and is located in the old part of the city. The fortress-like building looks more like a military fort than a place of worship and features transitional architecture between late Gothic and Renaissance, as well as later Baroque and Neoclassical features. So you will meet  styles as diverse as the renaissance of its plan or the baroque and neoclassical of many of the chapels that surround the main altar. It is currently considered as  Well of Cultural Interest  (was declared  Historical-artistic monument  belonging to the National Artistic Treasury by decree of June 3, 1931).

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The Alcazaba

Its construction was started in the year 955 by Abderramán III and finished by Hayrán, the Taifa king of Almería, in the 11th century. After the Christian conquest, it was reformed by the Catholic Monarchs and Carlos I. It is located on Calle Almanzor and dominates the city as a lookout and defensive military construction. It is considered the second largest Andalusian construction in the Iberian Peninsula after the Alhambra in Granada. It has three walled enclosures, one of which was built by the Catholic Monarchs. It was a royal residence and today the Al-Mutasin Palace remains standing with all its rooms, its mosque, converted into a church at the end of the 15th century, and its baths. It has a single access door, almost invisible due to the enormous walls and large rooms with vaulted ceilings and Gothic doors.

La Alcazaba de Almeria

Cathedral Square

The current square, which precedes the main doorway of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, was remodeled between 1999 and 2000, undergoing different modifications for which  his physiognomy was very different from today. It is paved with marble from Macael, as in the pedestrian areas of the rest of the city, it has more than twenty palm trees that are taller than the Cathedral itself. At the foot of the tower is the bronze statue of Diego Ventaja, Bishop of Almería martyred during the Civil War and beatified in Rome by John Paul II in 1993.

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the old square

The Plaza de la Constitución, also known as Plaza Vieja, is located northeast of the old town, at the foot of the San Cristóbal hill.  and that's where it's located  City Hall. Its history goes back approximately a thousand years, when the Umayyad caliph Abderramán III saw in that primitive town that Almería was a highly strategic enclave. Once the area was walled and the Alcazaba was built, the site of the Plaza Vieja began to gain importance thanks to the casual crossing of two main streets: the one that went from the Great Mosque to the Purchena gate (west-east) and the one that descended from the northern edge of the medina to the port. 

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Chanca neighborhood

This popular and picturesque neighborhood extends from the southwestern edge of the city to Avenida del Mar in the east; and from the limit with the Barranco Caballar to the north, to the fishing port to the south and it is the oldest in the city of Almería. It is located at the foot of the Alcazaba. Their houses are carved into the rock and some are painted in very bright colors or whitewashed. Flowers and plants abound hanging from houses throughout the neighborhood. Some of the door and window frames are highlighted with blue or yellow paint.

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Church of Santo Domingo

Popularly known as the "Temple of the Patron Saint" is the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Mar,  patron saint of Almeria and  conceived as a church of a religious community of  Santo Domingo de Guzman , the  Dominicans , who resides in the annexed convent. The  Catholic kings  founded the Royal Convent of Santo Domingo in 1492. The temple was built in the second quarter of the  XVI century , in a period of transition between the  late gothic  and the  renaissance . At the beginning of  century XVIII  the convent was renovated, carrying out the construction of the cloister, completed in 1728, and years later  the  sacristy , completed in 1764. On August 22, 1806 the  town hall  and the Cabildo ratify that the Virgen del Mar becomes patron saint of the city.

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Almeria Museum

It is a public institution owned by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.  and is administered by the Ministry of Culture and Historical Heritage of the Junta de Andalucía. Structured on three floors, it contains prehistoric finds from the Neolithic and the Bronze Age with  a collection of Islamic art of exposed tombstones, Created as the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Almería in 1933, its current headquarters were inaugurated in the year  2006  in a unique newly created building that was awarded the PAD awards and  BOW  in the year 2004  and the honorable mention of  european museum of the year award  2008 awarded by the  European MuseumForum .

Museo Almería

War Shelter Museum

It is an underground system of concrete air-raid shelters with a total length of more than 4 kilometers, with a small hospital equipped with an operating room, installed inside the gallery and with the capacity to house around 40,000 inhabitants of the city. It was built during the Spanish Civil War, as a result of the 52 air and sea bombardments suffered by the population, in which a total of 754 bombs fell. These shelters have withstood the main attack that the city has suffered throughout its history, the  Bombing of Almería , and since 2013 they are part of the network of  Places of Historical Memory  of the  Board of Andalusia .

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MiniHollywood Theme Park

Located in the only desert in Europe, the Tabernas desert, about 35 km north of Almería, just over half an hour by car. It has been used for a multitude of films of the genre  westerns . After the recording of  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly , the extras who participated in the filming decided to buy the set and advertise it as a tourist attraction. Later, the site was acquired by the Playa Senator hotel chain. The park offers daily shows of  cowboys  and dances of  can-can ; In addition, it also has a zoological reserve with large  felines , exotic fauna and birds and two  swimming pools .

Mini Hollywood

Cabo de Gata-Níjar Park

It is the first natural space,  maritime and terrestrial protected area of Andalusia. created on December 23, 1987 to preserve its  ecosystems  natural and landscape values. It partially occupies the municipalities of Almería capital,  Nijar  and Carboneras With a terrestrial extension of 38,000 hectares and a marine strip one mile wide, it has the best preserved 50 kilometers of cliff coast on the European Mediterranean coast.  Is  also internationally recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and  Geopark  World.

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Old mines of Rodalquilar

In Rodalquilar  location  of the municipality of Níjar, within the natural park of Cabo de Gata-Níjar, there was a  Golden fever  that started in the  1880s  and ended up in the  1990s . Different companies and individuals from different parts of the world participated in this gold rush.  Spain ,  Europe  and  America . Consulting the mining and metallurgical statistics of Spain, as well as other public and private mining databases, it can be verified that there were several outstanding mines throughout the mining history of Rodalquilar in the centuries  19th  and  XX , being the "vein 340" the most important of all of them. In this seam, 1000 kilos of  gold  in little more than two years of a total of 5000 kilos extracted between 1957 -66. Here too it was discovered  mineral  Rodalquilarite .

antiguas ruinas de Rodalquilar

Islet of the Moor

Also called La Isleta del Moro Arráez or simply La Isleta  It is a town located within the  Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park that does not  has more than 200 inhabitants and is located 40 km from  Almeria . This small fishing and tourist center located near Los Escullos, next to a colossal rock and an islet from which it gets its name, is made up of a small group of houses whose  population  from  time immemorial are dedicated to fishing. In its surroundings there are places of great beauty and value such as  natural beaches, the volcanic calderas of the Sierra de Cabo de Gata and the islet or islet to which the name of the town alludes.

La Isleta del Moro

Almeria City Beaches

From the Port of Almería and after crossing the Parque de las Almadrabas, you reach the beginning of the Paseo Marítimo, where the most frequented beaches of the capital are located. With 20 kilometers of coastline, it has 14 beaches, although the largest concentration of bathers is located on the Paseo Marítimo, full of bars and terraces that becomes the liveliest area during the summer. Along this promenade there are beaches such as San Miguel or del  Zapillo 1 km from the center and quite visited during the summer, that of the Palmeral, an extension of the  Zapillo beach ,  Nueva Almería or La Térmica, which is the second most important beach in the city, San Telmo Beach, which is a sandy cove located between cliffs and  It is located at the exit of the city of Almería in the direction of Costacabana Beach, which is away from the city center, about 9 kilometers away, at the height of the airport.

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Beaches in Cabo de Gata

most of  beaches  they are exceptional, both the urban beaches and the magnificent coves and virgin beaches. there between  steep cliffs and very  transparent are urban beaches such as San José, 850 meters long, with fine sand  and Aquamarga  more than half a kilometer long with fine golden sand; magnificent natural beaches like Mónsul  and the Genoese  or the  Playazo de Rodalquilar that occupies approximately half a kilometer of sand. Those beaches are difficult to get to, such as Cala San Pedro, which you reach by foot or by sea and where you will find the ruins of the Castillo de San Pedro.

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Gastronomy of Almeria

It is a clear example of Mediterranean food. However, it moves between the sea and the high mountains given that its geographical variety causes strong contrasts that condition its products and recipes. In October 2018 Almería was proclaimed the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy in 2019.

 

Poor Potatoes:  easy to make and cheap dish with potatoes, onions, peppers, oil and salt.

 

Gurullos:  Soupy stew with small game (hare, rabbit, partridge) chickpeas and paprika. inherited from the 'fidaw' of the Muslim era.

 

Innkeeper:  slice of bread with tomatoes, peppers, onions and a spicy touch due to the chillies.

Pimentón de Almería: dish of seafood origin with potatoes, roasted peppers, fish and broth thickened with a paste of dried pepper, tomato, garlic, cumin and olive oil.

Squid in oil: whole squid that is candied only in virgin olive oil.

Octopus sow: it is cooked with wine, tomato, onion and  garlic until tender and with a dark sauce.

Monkfish with potatoes and almonds: it belongs to the ajopollos family (garlic, almonds, bread and saffron) to which tomato and onion are added. As main ingredients potatoes and monkfish.

Salmonetes con ajoblanco: thick sauce made with almonds, garlic, olive oil and bread with which the fried mullet is covered with its head.

Papaviejo: potatoes, milk, flour and sugar. It is a dessert that is prepared to celebrate Holy Week.

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Gurullos con conejo
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Granada is a coastal and mountainous province at the same time, allowing you to enjoy winter sports in the same territory in  Sierra Nevada  or from sandy beach tourism on the Costa Tropical. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and in the middle of the Penibética mountain range, its capital is the city of  pomegranate . It limits, to the west, with the provinces of  Malaga  and  Cordoba ; north with  Jaen , to the east  Almeria  and to the south it has access to the Mediterranean. The Arab presence for centuries has left a very rich cultural heritage in the province. The Arabs remained in their refuge in the Alpujarra of Granada until the 16th century. Today most of the economic activity is concentrated in the capital and in the coastal area.

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How to get to Grenada

By plane: Granada airport called Federico García Lorca is located 17 km from the city of Granada. It has good connections with other Spanish cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville or Valencia, but it does not have direct international flights. You can get to the capital by bus  and Taxis whose stop is in the arrivals area. Granada taxis are white with a green diagonal stripe on one of the doors. It is common to access Granada from other airports with a much greater number of connections, especially the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport. Getting from this airport to Granada by public transport is simple with a transfer at the Malaga intermodal station.

By train: the station is within the city of Granada. In long distance there are connections to Madrid and Barcelona. They also have Loja, Guadix, Iznalloz stations.  and  Moreda .

By road: it can be reached from  Seville  Malaga ,  Almeria  and  Murcia  on the A92, from  Madrid  via the A4 turning onto the A44 at  Bailen , from  Jaen  by the aforementioned A44, and from  Spain  by the N432, although some people prefer to make a detour to use only the motorway and take the A4 to Bailén and then the A44.

How to get around Granada

train: the  The station is also known as Estación de Andaluces and it is a good and economical option to get around the province of Granada.

Bus: it is the main means of transport; With them you can get almost anywhere without any problem. Its station is recently built and is far from the center, but the connection by urban bus lines with the rest of the city is simple. It is connected by bus with the other capitals of Andalusia, Madrid, most of the capitals of the Mediterranean coast and with several international destinations. There are also daily buses to towns in the province.

Subway:  a new metropolitan line that crosses the city from north to south, thus linking the capital with the nearby towns of Armilla, Albolote and Maracena.  It may be that its correct name is tram or light rail, since only three stops will be underground.  

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capital of the  province of Granada is located in the central part of the region of the  Vega of Granada and  on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which is the highest mountain range in the Iberian Peninsula. This Sierra has one of the most important ski resorts in Spain and  unique in Andalusia. The Mediterranean coast, with towns such as Motril, Salobreña, Almuñécar is also nearby, just  70km  With a  important history and culture  It is one of the most touristic cities in Spain, being famous for its medieval architecture due to the occupation of the Moors as  The Alhambra. It is the headquarters of  Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia, Ceuta and Melilla as well as the  University of Granada , of the  Archdiocese of Granada , of the  Superior Police Headquarters of Eastern Andalusia  as well as the Regional Library, the Andalusian Musical Documentation Center and other institutions.

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Alhambra

It is the most visited monument in Spain, and since 1984 it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list. even considered by many as  one of the 10 wonders of the world. It consists of a set of ancient palaces, gardens and fortress initially conceived to house the emir and the court and  later as a Castilian royal residence and its representatives. It consists of some gardens, a citadel and some palaces like  The Generalife that houses the museums of the Alhambra and the Fine Arts of Granada  , the Alcazaba a   fortified military compound and place of residence of the sultan's troops. , the Palace of Carlos V and the Nasrid Palaces, whose decoration is among the peaks of Andalusian art in a new landscape but totally integrated with the pre-existing nature. 
 

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The Albaicin

It is a historic Arab neighborhood located on the hill in front of the Alhambra with steep and narrow alleys of white houses, typical of Arab and Mediterranean countries. Also declared a World Heritage Site  This medieval neighborhood of Moorish architecture is now a bohemian area of writers and artists. From many of its squares there are impressive views of the Alhambra, but it is  from the Mirador de San Nicolás where you can get the best panoramic views of the Alhambra Palace. There are tapas bars and cafes nestled between whitewashed houses, while market stalls and terraced restaurants are found in the so-called Plaza Larga.

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Granada Cathedral

Located near the Plaza Nueva, at the foot of the Alhambra, it is a monumental complex that includes the Tabernacle and the  Royal chapel  which makes it one of the largest in Europe and the first Renaissance temple in Spain, Queen Isabella the Catholic ordered its construction in 1505 in the place where the Royal Mosque of the Alhambra was located, concluding its construction after more  of two centuries. One of the characteristic aspects are the fifteen chapels that close the side naves, among which they deserve to be highlighted.  the Main Chapel and that of Our Lady the Virgin of Antigua.

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Royal chapel

Located as an annex to the Cathedral of Granada, it is built in a late Gothic or Elizabethan style. It was built by order of the Catholic Monarchs in 1504 to become the place where they would rest.  their bodies. Yes OK  They died before their construction was finished.  Carlos V respected the wishes of his grandparents and in 1521 moved their bodies to the recently completed chapel. The funerary monument of the Catholic Monarchs was built in Genoa with Carrara marble and they rest, among others, next to   her daughter Juana I, her husband Felipe el Hermoso and her grandson, the Infante Miguel de la Paz of Portugal.

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Sierra Nevada

It is the highest mountain massif in all of Western Europe, after the Alps; much of it houses the largest park  of Spain with 86,208 hectares. It extends some 30 kilometers to the east of Granada and crosses into the neighboring province of Almería. In 1986 it was declared a Biosphere Reserve for its ecological value and the beauty of its landscapes. Have  almost more than  20 spikes with a  altitude higher than  3,000 meters between them the Mulhacén peaks of 3,482 meters. and Veleta 3,394 meters. Its ski resort is  the southernmost of  Europe  and the older one  altitude  from Spain and offers kilometers of slopes for skiing, excellent facilities and spectacular panoramic views.

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The Alpujarras

Located on the southern slope of the Sierra Nevada, it contains dozens of small white towns that, being located in this mountainous area, are characterized by steep, narrow and winding streets. Among the municipalities of this region is  Lanjarón , known as the Puerta de la Alpujarra, an ideal place for its medicinal mineral waters. The municipality of  Órgiva , with a marked Moorish flavor. Isolated for centuries, the Alpujarra offers you almost virgin lands to explore, ancestral traditions and a peculiar architecture that can be seen especially in the towns of the Barranco de Poqueira (Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira). Once there, it is worth going up to Trevélez, one of the highest towns in Spain, to try its famous ham.

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tropical coast 

this coastline  with  more than 60 beaches on 73 km of coastline, where the sea merges with the land and the horizon line rises to the peaks of Sierra Nevada  is an excellent  place to practice windsurfing, hang gliding, paragliding.  being a place  of exotic vegetation and mild climate, the tastiest tropical fruits are grown, such as  handle and the  avocado. Nineteen municipalities make up this 'Tropic of Europe', a coast with an extraordinary personality that also stands out for its cliffs, its history and monuments. Almuñécar, Motril and Salobreña are the three most touristic municipalities

COSTA TROPICAL

Almunecar

It is located 80 km from Granada on the coast, with a subtropical climate. It used to be a fishing village that became a vacation spot since in this subtropical climate the sun shines at least 320 days a year. It has 19 km of coastline divided into 26 beaches and its temperatures do not drop below 16 degrees in winter, nor do they rise above 35 in summer. The places of interest are also ancient Phoenician and Roman ruins, castles, museums and gastronomy. For the sporty, all kinds of water sports are possible, as well as country walks in the surrounding hills (where the panoramic views are impressive), horse riding, paragliding and mountain biking.

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Salobrena

Long before reaching the crossroads to go to  Almunecar  this impressive white town appears above  a rock crowned by a 13th century Moorish castle. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful villages in  the Tropical Coast of Grenada . A walk through its steep and narrow streets reveals its Arab past. It has been built on a large rock formation that is in the middle of a sugar cane plantation right on the Mediterranean Sea. Almost all its beaches are not very urbanized and its 6 km of wide, sandy and beautiful beaches with excellent views offer you beautiful coves  and some larger beaches very well equipped. There is an artificial reef near the coast and the Rock where you can practice  snorkeling and diving .

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Motril 

It is located on the coast  69 km from Granada on a hill at the foot of the Sierra de Lújar. It is considered the capital of the  Tropical Coast and  It is the second population of the province of Granada. Its settlement is very old and in the Arab period it was an important fortress in the defense of the coast of Granada. Located on the southern slopes of the Sierras de Almijara, Lújar and Sierra Nevada, it is protected by them from the cold winds from the north, enjoying a temperate subtropical climate, conducive to the cultivation of  sugar cane and tropical fruits. The calm and blue  Mediterranean bathes its beautiful beaches of Carchuna , Poniente and La Joya. One of the main attractions of the City is its  Port , which develops an important fishing, commercial and sports activity.

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Guadix 

It is located 70 km from Granada on the north face of Sierra Nevada, in a place known as "Hoya de Guadix". It is the natural passage from Levante to Andalusia and is one of the oldest human settlements in Spain. It is known for its characteristic cave-houses of  neighborhoods such as Las Ermitas or Las Cuevas where the Ermita Nueva is located, which shows the crafts and domestic industries of the region.  Art lovers will find the Megalithic Park of Gorafe, the Mudéjar Route, the Calahorra Castle and  religious buildings like  the  Cathedral  and the  churches of Santa Ana ,  Santo Domingo  and Santiago.

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Asset 

It is located in a place known as Hoyo de Baza, 109 km from Granada, to the north. The Hole of Baza is  a Natural Park of 52,337 hectares, a true "climatic island" due to its humidity and abundant vegetation, with heights greater than 2,000 meters on its summits, which contrasts sharply with the surrounding environment. In this monumental city, abundant archaeological remains from Prehistory have been found. Here, in the 4th century BC, the Iberian people of the Bastetanos settled, founders of the city of Basti (origin of the current Baza), one of the oldest in the peninsula. From this historical period are the archaeological finds of the Lady of Baza and the Torso de Guerrero.

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Montefrio

It is located in the northern part of the  region of Loja  and belongs to the Poniente region, where Alhama de Granada also stands out, with its spectacular Tajos and Loja, with the Los Infiernos waterfall. was declared  National Historical-Artistic Ensemble  on  1982 and in October 2015 it was considered by the prestigious magazine  National Geographic  as one of the ten towns with the best views in the world and one  of the most beautiful villages in the world. Is  located  between fields of olive trees where the Olive Tree Museum is, where the history of the olive grove is summarized. It's impressive the  Monumental complex formed by the Arab fortress and the Church of the Villa on top of a rock. At its base is the House of Trades and the Church of the Incarnation, with a curious circular floor plan inspired by the Pantheon of Agrippa in Rome. 

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Granada

It is located in the western part of the  region of Alhama , at the foot of the  Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama natural park , which provides mild summer temperatures and cold winters, 58 km from the capital. She is known for her  Arab thermal baths  settled on remains of the  roman baths  and for its imposing  cuts  and ravines located within the natural park of the  Sierras of Tejeda ,  clamshell  and  Alhama , spectacular landscape formed on the Alhama river, confined to the upper part of the town. In the old quarter of narrow and steep streets, moments of history intersect and the most notable monuments of the city are found.

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Gastronomy of Granada

It consists of dishes rich in vitamins and nutrients based on fresh products grown in Andalusia and influenced by spicy and oriental flavors.

Sacromonte omelette: omelette made with mutton brains, criadillas and other types of offal plus walnuts and breadcrumbs.

Broad beans with ham: broad beans and ham covered with a beef, chicken and vegetable broth.

Moraga de sardinas: sardines in a clay pot, bathed in white wine, virgin olive oil, lemon juice plus minced garlic, parsley and salt.

 

Granada soaking:  dish of Arab origin consisting of orange, olive oil, cod, olives, eggs, onion, garlic, vinegar, paprika and  potatoes or tomato.

Olla de San Antón: stew of string beans, dry beans and rice  to which pork meat is added  like backbone, ear, tail.  

Alpujarra dish: stew of  Serrano ham from La Alpujarra, orza loin, longaniza, black pudding and potatoes with fried egg.

 

Gurupin:  stew made with golden kid meat  in a casserole with oil, garlic, pepper and wine, incorporating fried bread and almonds served with French fries.

Soplillos alpujarra: typical sweet of Arab origin from  eggs, sugar, almond and lemon. forming a meringue that is baked remaining fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Piononos de Santa Fe: it is made with a sheet of sponge cake moistened in syrup that is filled with pastry yolk and rolled up and sprinkled with caramel and sugar.

Gurupina Baza
tortilla de sacromonte
Soplillos de la Alpujarra

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Malaga

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Malaga  is one of the eight  provinces  spanish  that make up the  autonomous community of Andalusia . It is located south of the  Iberian peninsula , on the coast  Mediterranean and an area of 7,308 km² bordering  the provinces of  Grenada , to the east,  Cádiz , to the west and with the provinces of  Cordova  and  Seville to the north. Its capital is the city of  Malaga . The province is famous thanks to its entire coastline, known worldwide as the  Costa del Sol , which enjoys the privilege of being the third in terms of tourism in the  Iberian Peninsula , where the second most important city of Malaga is also located,  Marbella .

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How to get to Malaga

Airplane:  It has one of the largest international airports in Spain, the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport (AGP) located about 8 km from the historic center of Malaga and used by the main airlines, including the best-known low-cost airlines in Europe (Ryanair, Volotea , Easyjet, Vueling, Wizz Air among others).

Train: This is the cheapest option and, probably, the most practical since there are numerous transport companies that make routes to Malaga, so you can choose the service that best suits the needs of the passenger.  The station is called Maria Zambrano and is located in the Station Explanda, next to the bus station, approximately one kilometer from the old town. Thanks to the high speed you can travel from Madrid (about 3 hours) or Barcelona (about 6 hours).

 

Bus: the station is right next to the Maria Zambrano train station. Numerous buses operate along the coast and the main cities of Spain: for example they can reach Madrid in about 7 hours. There is also a cross-border service for other European countries.

Ship: It has an important port, remodeled, a tourist spot for cruises in the Mediterranean. The port is located on the Canovas Pier practically in the old town of Malaga and  It is the most visited by cruise lines, becoming one of the star stops on the main itineraries of tourist cruises that pass through both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

How to get around in Malaga

Public bus. There is a good bus network and the main attractions of the city are quite close, so you will be able to walk without problems. The bus ticket costs a little more than €1 and  you can also buy a 10 ride card for just over €8.

train: is  without a doubt  the most comfortable way to travel.  The location of the Maria Zambrano station greatly facilitates tourism in the city, inland towns and beaches  since it is walking 10 minutes from the center of Malaga. Next to the station there are numerous metro and bus stops that connect with all the city's neighbourhoods.

Malaga

Capital of the Province enjoys a privileged position on the Costa del Sol characterized by long beaches and warm temperatures almost all year round. It was founded by the Phoenicians in 800 BC, and after  Passing under the rule of the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Visigoths, it was conquered by the Arabs in the second half of the 13th century, when it became part of the Sultanate of Granada. In 1487 it is conquered by the Catholic Monarchs. Its past, its port and the coquettish center of the city make anyone fall in love. With special mention to Calle Larios, the Alcazaba de Málaga and Muelle Uno as well as its cultural offer, being the place where Pablo Picasso was born, whose history and works can be seen in the Casa Natal and the Picasso Museum. Other places to enjoy are the Thyssen Museum and the Pompidou Museum.

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Gibralfaro Castle 

It was built in the 14th century by Muslims on the remains of a fortress of Phoenician origin, as a refuge for troops and as protection for the Alcazaba. It is located in one of the most panoramic points of Malaga, at a height of 130 meters. It has a Mayor tower 17 meters high and the Airón well, 40 meters deep. Since 1931 it has been considered a historical monument and is famous for being the last place conquered by the Catholic Monarchs from the Muslims in 1487 when they took possession of the fortress after a three-month siege. 

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The Alcazaba

The Alcazaba, which means "fortress" in Arabic, is the oldest Muslim work in Spain, built by the King of Granada, Badis ben Habús between 1057 and 1063 on a rock on which Roman ruins and an old defensive bastion stood. Phoenician origin and which dominates the city of Malaga from above. It is located at the foot of Mount Gibralfaro and behind the ancient Roman theater. Inside there are Greek and Roman sculptures, Christian, Visigothic and Arab decorations, Hispano-Muslim and Arab ceramics and mosaic fragments. It is connected to the Gibralfaro castle by a corridor protected by walls called La Coracha.

Alcazaba de Málaga

Roman theatre

It is the only symbol of Roman origin still intact in the city of Malaga located at the foot of the Alcazaba. The remains were found in 1951 during excavations to build the House of Culture and comprise a complete Roman theater. It dates back to the first century AD, under the rule of Augustus and was used by the Romans to organize theatrical performances until the third century AD. when the Arabs took possession of Malaga. It is currently used during the summer as a magnificent open-air theater with a capacity of 220 spectators. 

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Picasso museum

Malaga is famous throughout the world for being the birthplace of the most influential painter in the history of 20th-century art: Pablo Picasso was born in a building in the central Plaza de la Merced, where the Picasso Foundation is located today. Founded in 2003, it houses a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Its creation responds to Pablo Picasso's wish that his work be present in the city where he was born on October 25, 1881 and is due to the shared will of Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, daughter-in-law and grandson of the artist, whose donations constitute the core of the Museum's funds. The more than two hundred and eighty works in its collection cover the revolutionary innovations of Picasso, as well as the wide variety of styles, materials and techniques that he mastered. 

 museo Picasso de malaga

Cathedral of the Incarnation

Located opposite the  Plaza del Obispo , is one of the jewels  renaissance  most valuable of  Andalusia . It is located in the historic center on the site of the old mosque, the place where the  Catholic Monarchs Isabel and Fernando  They ordered the erection of a Christian temple when they conquered the city in 1487. The works were carried out between 1528 and 1783 but remained unfinished  in 1680 due to a strong earthquake. That is why it is known as "the one-armed manquita". It has a facade characterized by Corinthian columns and three arches decorated with marble in three different colors, while the interior, with three naves, has elements of different architectural styles: Neo-Gothic, late Gothic, Neoclassical, Baroque and Renaissance.

Catedral de Málaga

La Malagueta bullring 

It is one of the most famous bullrings in the whole country. It is located in the area that gives it its name,  The Malagueta , in the  Eastern District  of Malaga, next to the  Reding's Walk . Construction began on  June 16  from  1874 and  was inaugurated on  11th of June  from  1876 .  Due to its historical importance, the building was declared a historical and artistic site by UNESCO in 1976 and in 1981 a Site of Cultural Interest . It has the shape of a hexadecagon, a diameter of 52 meters and can hold 14,000 spectators. In its dependencies is located the Antonio Ordóñez Bullfighting Museum dedicated to the legendary bullfighter who had his moments of glory in this Plaza.  

plaza de toros La Malagueta

Port of Malaga

It is located in front of the historic center and next to the Malagueta beach.  It is one of the liveliest places in the city and a cultural and commercial landmark. There you will enjoy the main promenade with fountains, gardens, equipped areas for relaxation and games for children, bars and restaurants, where you can admire the entire bay of the city; Muelle Uno, an area dedicated to concerts and events, markets and shops, and the Aula del Mar, an interactive museum where you can discover the marine world and   the  Parisian art museum in an underground gallery with a glass cube above it.

PUERTO DE MALAGA

Malagueta Beach

With 1200 m. long and 45 m. wide is the beach closest to the port  from Malaga to the east next to the modern Pier One. This is one of the most visited beaches by Malaga residents due to its connection to the city and its easy access. With dark sand and moderate waves, it is surrounded by a wonderful promenade full of palm trees. It has shower services, bathrooms, children's play areas, hammocks and umbrellas and  food stalls. In 2015 this beach was awarded the blue flag.

Playa de la Malagueta

The King's Path

It was built at the beginning of the 20th century on the walls of the Gaitanes canyon to be able to transport construction materials and build the Conde de Guadalhorce dam. It is an itinerary that has impressive footbridges, a suspension bridge over 100 m high over the Guadalhorce River and very steep walls. The tour of only  7 kilometers that runs through the Gaitanes gorge  It is done in one direction, entering through the northern access area (Ardales) and exiting through the southern access area (Álora). Almost the entire path is descending, although there are ups and downs.  Most of the trail is more than 70 meters above the river and that's why the views you have from there are spectacular.

Caminito del Rey

frigiliana

This town with a  area of 40 square kilometers is  located between the southern slope of the  Sierra de Almijara  and the  Mediterranean sea ,  300 meters above sea level to the east of the province.  Is  one of the most beautiful villages  and perhaps the most charming place in the Sierra de la Axarquia.  Is  small, with narrow alleys where it seems that time has stopped completely and with white houses decorated with flowers that give it a charming appearance. In 1982 it received the First National Prize for the Beautification of the Towns of Spain and in 1988 it was awarded the First Prize in the Contest for the Improvement and Beautification of the Towns of Andalusia.

frigiliana

Nerja

Located 13 kilometers from Frigiliana  became a tourist destination in the 1960s, being one  of its great attractions, with beautiful beaches and caves with prehistoric paintings inside. The coastal promenade facing the sea and the Balcón de Europa square are very beautiful  on a cliff with views of the Mediterranean, the surrounding mountains,  the  sandy beaches and coves along the cliffs. On the visit to  the Cave of Nerja  located 158 meters above sea level is and with 4,823 meters you will admire one of the most topographically developed caves in Andalusia full of  stalactites and stalagmites with a cataclysm room where the largest column in the world is located.

nerja malaga

The beaches of Maro 

Located about 4 km from the town of Nerja in the natural setting of the Acantilados de Maro, this small wild beach is hidden, considered one of the best in Spain. It is 500 m long, made up of coarse sand and abrupt vegetation. Its waters are clean and transparent, which is perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving and discovering the impressive variety of existing marine fauna. There are many waterfalls in this place, such as the one formed by the Guaro River, highlighting the Cascada Grande de Maro.  

playa maro

Torremolinos

Located 10 kilometers  from  Malaga is one  tourist town on the Costa del Sol bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean and known for its sandy beaches such as El Bajondillo and La Carihuela.  Plaza de la Costa del Sol and Calle San Miguel are a must to start knowing Torremolinos. The first, located in the center of the municipality, is a cultural landmark with numerous exhibitions in the middle of the street. The second is  the hub of nightlife and shopping. Its historical heritage houses the Torre de Pimentel or Torre de los Molinos built by the Nasrids around the year 1300 within the defensive towers of the ancient kingdom of Granada and, at present, it is registered as an Asset of Cultural Interest; The House of Navajas,  residential palace whose interior is inspired by the Alhambra in Granada and has been declared of Historical Interest. Located by the sea, tourists can also see the Monument to the Beaches.

torremolinos

benalmadena

It is located 20 km from the center of  Malaga  known for his 17  beaches and coves and the Tivoli World amusement park opened in 1973. It is made up of Benalmádena town, located on the slopes of the mountains, Arroyo de la Miel,  residential and commercial area and Benalmádena Costa, area of beaches, hotels and apartments. Its modern Puerto Marina is characterized by the Sea Life Benalmádena aquarium and the yachts that moor there. In the old town, in traditional Andalusian style, stands the Colomares Monument Castle, dedicated to Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of America, the Benalmádena stupa, a large Buddhist temple. and the  Bil Bil Castle  in red arabic style decorated with tiles. 

Benalmádena

Mijas

Located 34 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital, it is one  of the most charming towns in Malaga.  In addition to its typical Andalusian white houses, this town is famous due to the use of the famous "donkey-taxis". In Mijas you can find the beauty of the sea combined with  the Arab culture painted on the houses of this town that, in itself, is a charming balcony with a view of the sea. In addition to some wonderful beaches and coves that you can access, you have the possibility of visiting the Parish of San Manuel, the Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción or the Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña.

mijas

marbella 

It is located west of the Costa del Sol, halfway to Gibraltar at the foot of Sierra Blanca. It has 27 kilometers of coastline, four marinas, fourteen golf courses, small residential areas  and a privileged climate. The historic center of this town is one of the most beautiful and strolling through its narrow streets  They will take you to the historic expansion, where there is a small botanical garden and 10 sculptures by Salvador Dalí.  

MARBELLA

Puerto Banus

Located inside the  municipality of Marbella and to the east of Puerto Banús  It is the most sophisticated place on the Costa del Sol with a large concentration of yachts, sports cars, luxury boutiques, and hotels of the highest level surrounded by all kinds of services and the best restaurants. It has been awarded the Blue Flag 2021. The two beaches of Puerto Banús offer all the necessary services: the wide  Rio Verde Beach  which offers the possibility of practicing many water sports and Playa del Duque where two of the most famous clubs in Marbella are located: Ocean Club and Buddha Beach.

PUERTO BANUS

Round

Located in the northwest of the  province of Malaga , about 100 kilometers from the city of  Malaga is one of the  most beautiful villages of Malaga . It is located on the top of the mountain and over a deep gorge, so the  views from the Puente Nuevo to the Tagus from any point are excellent. It is also notable for  art and history where you can enjoy  the walls, its viewpoints, go down to the Casa del Rey Moro and visit its famous Plaza de Toros. The mountainous landscape is impressive at the top of the Guadalevín river gorge. The architecture of its houses narrates by itself the time of its history, since in the fifteenth century it was under the domination of the Arabs. Also, due to its adaptation to the Arabic culture, the hammam or the Arab Baths of Ronda are located in Ronda, which in fact are considered the best preserved in the whole country.

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Cartama

Located 17 km from Malaga  its origins date back to the time of the Phoenicians who called the place "Cartha", which means "hidden city". The municipality consists of eleven neighborhoods being Cártama Pueblo and  Cartama Station  main. An important archaeological find is the column from the 2nd century AD that  It is known as the Humilladero Cross.  It is interesting to visit  the chapel of the Virgen de los Remedios, whose festival is April 22  and the  livestock fair that takes place on September 24 and 25. Its economy is based on the cultivation of  citrus , a large meat company and the local trade favored by its proximity to the  Andalusia Technology Park .

CARTAMA

Antequera

City and municipality of the Antequera region has an area of 749.34 km², at an average altitude of 575 meters above sea level.  there you find  mansions, churches and convents of the most varied styles, together with a Muslim fortress and a prehistoric complex declared a World Heritage Site. The municipality has  amazing natural setting  known as the crossroads of Andalusia and the Alcazaba located within the ancient Arab city of Madinat Antaqiraque, very interesting for its medieval historical value. It has a magnificent view of the Peña de los Enamorados, a natural monument of the archaeological complex of the Dolmens of Antequera .

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Torcal of Antequera

It is the other natural monument of the archaeological complex of the Dolmens of Antequera .  It is known for the capricious ways that the various agents  erosive  they have been modeling on its limestone rocks. In 2016 it is declared  World Heritage  by  UNESCO  as part of the cultural asset  called  Site of the dolmens of Antequera formed by El Torcal, the Dolmens and La Peña de los Enamorados. Dispose of  a large number of vertebrates, with a total of 116 species including amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals as well as  a rich variety of flora, with more than 664 species of plants.

 PARQUE TORCAL DE ANTEQUERA

dolmens

This archaeological complex includes, apart from the natural ones such as La Peña de los Enamorados and El Torcal,   cultural monuments  formed by the Dolmen de Menga, built with large vertical and horizontal stones, the Dolmen de Viera prototype of a tomb with a corridor facing the  dawn of the sun and the Tholos del Romeral corridor with a trapezoidal section and 4 m in length, built with large slabs and small stones. These are three very old megalithic monuments with more than 6,500 years of construction. What  was mentioned above was declared  World Heritage  of the  unesco  in 2016.

dolmenes de antequera

Gastronomy of Malaga

Malaga gastronomy is the typical Mediterranean cuisine with fresh products  and tasty stews most seen in autumn and winter and grilled meats and fish.

Gazpachuelo:  hot soup based on fish, mayonnaise and potato.

cold soups:  with seasonal vegetables and fruit are one of the most demanded dishes in the summer season and when the heat is on.

 

Cabbage Malaga:  stew with  collard greens (forage cabbage) as the main ingredient, in addition to meat and vegetables, paprika and cumin.

Malaga Fry:  squid, sardines, red mullet, cuttlefish in strips,  whiting, pink, etc.

Ajoblanco: cold soup based on ground almonds, bread, garlic and oil and accompanied by muscatel grapes.

Club of Antequera:  tomato, bread, garlic and oil with green pepper and vinegar; It is usually accompanied by boiled egg and tuna.

Malagueña Salad: potatoes, orange and cod accompanied by onion and olives with extra virgin olive oil.

Fine Shell:  variety of clam that is only found on the coast of Malaga. Orange in color, it is very typical to eat them natural with lemon, grilled or with garlic.

Espeto: brochette of grilled sardines with embers.

Papandúa: cooked cod, yeast and saffron.

Torta Malagueña: light sponge cake with a thin layer of apricot jam, almonds and a bath of muscatel wine.

Bienmesabe from Antequera: dessert based on almonds and eggs with cider (fruit similar to lemon)

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porra de antequera
torta malaguena

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Cadiz

Ancla 4

Cádiz , whose capital is the city of  Cádiz , is located on the so-called Costa de la Luz, which encompasses the Gulf of Cádiz  which also includes wonderful beaches of  Huelva.  It limits to the north with the provinces of  Seville  and  Huelva , to the east with the province of  Málaga , to the southwest with the  Atlantic Ocean , to the southeast with the  Mediterranean Sea  and south with the  Strait of Gibraltar . It is divided into  45 municipalities , among which stand out  Jerez de la Frontera ,  Algeciras ,  Cadiz ,  Saint Ferdinand ,  The Port of Santa Maria ,  Chiclana de la Frontera ,  Sanlucar de Barrameda  and  The Conception Line . Its main economic activities are  tourism , naval, aeronautical and petrochemical industries, among others. Six natural parks stand out, 2 of them inland: Los Alcornocales and Grazalema and 4 bordering the coast: Entorno de Doñana, La Breña y Marismas de Barbate, El Estrecho and La Bahía. from Cadiz

mapa cadiz

How to get there and get around in Cadiz

Plane: Jerez airport (XRY) is the closest to  Cádiz located about 45 km north of the city. Some  airlines that operate in this small airport are: Air Nostrum that offers flights to Madrid while  Vueling travels to Barcelona,  Bilbao  and Palma de Mallorca, Ryanair flies to Barcelona and London and Tuifly offers flights to the  german cities of  Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich and Stuttgart.

Train: Cádiz train station is conveniently located in the center of the city, just outside the walls that surround the old town. It is possible to reach Cadiz by train from: Jerez in 35 minutes, Seville in 1:30 hours and from Madrid in 4 hours  The railway services company Renfe offers you the possibility of making cheap short and long-distance journeys.

Bus: arrive at  almost all destinations, they are comfortable and it is the cheapest alternative. The station is located next to the train station. Each route has a number and at each stop the buses that stop there are clearly marked. It has two, the urban and the interurban, both with many lines.

Boat: there are ferries to the Canary Islands and catamarans  short distance linking Cádiz with El Puerto de Santa María and Rota. These boats are managed by the Bahía de Cádiz Transport Consortium, which is the same company that manages the urban buses.

Car: although it is not necessary to have a car to visit the city of Cádiz, it can be a very good option to get around the province as the roads in the area are in good condition.

Taxis: it is a direct, fast and comfortable way. You can take a sightseeing tour of the city, but sometimes not cheap if you want to use it for long trips.

What to see in Cadiz

Cadiz

The "Silver Cup" is considered  the oldest city in the West . Its foundation is due (1100 BC) to the Phoenicians, a seafaring people who would turn it into  an important commercial colony in which the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Muslims would later settle. Columbus chose its port as the starting point for his second voyage to the New World. Over time  it would become a port of the Indies, bringing together the commercial flow with America. This frenetic commercial activity translated into a period of economic and cultural splendor, in which baroque palaces with their characteristic lookout towers were erected.

ciudad de Cadiz

Cadiz Cathedral 

"Santa Cruz sobre el mar" or Santa Cruz sobre las Aguas" is also known as the New Cathedral, with respect to the Old Cathedral, built in the 16th century on the old Gothic Cathedral and which today serves as  parish church .  Construction began in  1722  and it wasn't over until  November 28  from  1838 .  It has a mixture of styles, baroque and neoclassical, topped by a dome of golden tiles that can be seen from various points of the city.

Catedral de Cadiz

Populo neighborhood   

In addition to being the oldest city in the West, it preserves what can be considered one of the oldest neighborhoods in Europe. Delimited by three arches from the 13th century, La Rosa, Los Blancos and El Pópulo  which correspond to the old gates of the walled medieval town, in a few years the neighborhood has become one of the jewels of the city. Strolling through its narrow and narrow alleys flanked by arches and walls you will be able to admire  incredible jewels such as the church of Santa Cruz, the old Cathedral, the Casa del Almirante, which presides over the charming Plaza de San Martín, and the archaeological remains of the Roman theatre.

barrio del populo en Cadiz

Roman theatre

It was built around 70 BC,  abandoned in the 3rd century AD and looted in the following century. The remains of its imposing structure were used as warehouses, stables and houses until the Middle Ages. It is the oldest theater in Spain and the second oldest in the entire Roman Empire after the  Pompey's Theater  in Rome. Excavations in 1980 have brought to light a part of the theater,  the oldest and one of the largest in the Iberian Peninsula.  The most monumental area of the structure, the scene and the portico, which opened to the rear, has not been excavated and its ruins are still hidden under the El Pópulo neighborhood.

teatro romano de cadiz

Cadiz Museum

It is located in the  mine square  of the  city of Cadiz . It has known different venues throughout its history, such as Callejón del Tinte or Paseo de Canalejas, settling in its current headquarters in 1935. It has three sections:  archaeology ,  Fine arts  and  Ethnography . Among its highlights are: the anthropoid sarcophagi  Phoenicians , accidental find in 1887,  finds from Roman times and the Baroque painting rooms, with works by  Zurbarán , from the Charterhouse of Jerez de la Frontera,  Alonso Cano ,  Rubens ,  Juan Carreno de Miranda  and  Murillo .

museo de cadiz

Castle of Santa Catalina

Built by King Felipe II in 1598, after the English assault on the city and located at the other end of La Caleta beach  It goes into the sea thanks to some breakwaters from where you can appreciate a complete view of that beach and a large part of the coast of Cádiz. With a pentagonal plan, the points that, like a star, go out to the sea are striking. Inside there are pavilions, barracks and cisterns, originally made of gunpowder; later it was assigned to a military prison and is currently in disuse. Its access is free and it allows you to explore the entire network of battlements and bastions. A beauty in perfect condition.

Castillo de Santa Catalina

carnivals

It's one of the  carnivals  most famous and important  Spain , for which it has been recognized (together with the  Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife  and the  Eagles Carnival  of Murcia) with the declaration of Festival of  International Tourist Interest  (the only ones in Spain with such a distinction).  It has also been declared a Treasure of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Spain. Every year and during the months of January and February it is celebrated in the  Great Falla Theater  the  Carnival Group Contest . In 2019 it was registered in the General Catalog of Andalusian Historical Heritage (CGPHA) as  Well of Cultural Interest  (BIC).

carnaval de cadiz

Beaches of the city of Cadiz

It has four beaches, each one with its own characteristics and different from each other. beach of the  Cut  almost four kilometers long   with more than 50 meters wide in some areas. Playa de la Victoria , 3 km long, is considered the best urban beach in all of Europe.  Santa María del Mar , a very familiar beach that goes from the cemetery to where old Cádiz begins. The small beach of La Caleta,  In the heart of the historic center, it is one of the most emblematic places in the capital, located opposite the popular neighborhood of La Viña, famous for its rich gastronomy.

playas ciudad de cadiz

Sanlucar de Barrameda

Is located  on the left bank of  estuary  from the river  Guadalquivir , in front of  Doñana National and Natural Park  to  23 km from  Jerez de la Frontera and 50 km from the provincial capital  almost on the border with the province of Huelva. It is known for its gastronomy, mainly wine  chamomile  and the prawns; for his music, in particular the  flamingo , for  its historic center also named Historic-Artistic Site and above all for the  horse racing on the beach , declared of  International Tourist Interest . Said  Doñana national park   which is part of the province of Cádiz, Huelva and Seville is undoubtedly one of the most impressive natural spaces in the country. It has about 6 km of  Beaches  , Bajo de Guia Beach,  Playa de Bonanza, Playa de la Calzada or de las Piletas and Playa de la Jara.  

sanlucar de barrameda
sanlucar de barrameda

Jerez de la Frontera

Known worldwide for being the land of wine, flamenco and horses, this great city is the most populated in the province and is only half an hour from the capital. In this city you will enjoy the Alcázar, the only Almohad Alcázar still standing in Spain, as well as being the oldest building in the city;  the Cathedral, built on part of the remains of the original Great Mosque;  la Cartuja, declared a Historic-Artistic Monument and the monumental complex of greatest artistic value in the province;  the Royal Foundation of Equestrian Art, where you can  attend a horse show and well-known wineries such as Bodega de González Byass  (Uncle Pepe) or Álvaro Domecq.

jerez de la frontera

The Port of Santa Maria

located at  20 kilometers from Cadiz   is famous for its beaches as well as for the history of a  golden age, between the 16th and 17th centuries, which has bequeathed numerous palace houses with  beautiful courtyards, such as the one in the Palacio de Anaríbar or the one in the Casa de los Leones. You cannot miss a visit to the Castillo de San Marcos, which houses  remains of an old mosque. touring  the narrow streets of the historic center you can enjoy  the Iglesia Mayor Prioral, the Rafael Alberti Foundation or the Osborne Wine and Brandy Cellars founded in 1722. Among the best beaches are the beach of La Puntilla  and the Valdelagrana beach.

puerto de santa maria cadiz

Border Conil

It is located about 43 kilometers from the Capital on a coastal esplanade to the southwest of the  Province  bathed by him  Atlantic Ocean.  It has the charm of a fishing village with white houses and endless beaches such as Los Bateles, Castilnovo or El Palmar de  eight long kms shared with  Vejer de la Frontera.  Further south is the famous town of Caños de Meca, the nerve center of the hippie scene in the 1960s and which today still retains part of its bohemian atmosphere. At 2 km you can enjoy the  Trafalgar Lighthouse imposing silhouette of 34 meters high bathed in golden dunes, large beaches and vegetation that sometimes reaches the sand.

conil de la frontera

Vejer de la Frontera 

The core of the town stands on a 200-meter-high mountain, on the banks of the Barbate River  8 kilometers away from the coast and 58 kilometers from the capital of the province.  It has 8 km of coastline, along which stretches the beach of  The Palmar de Vejer . It is an idyllic town with its labyrinthine old town named Historic Artistic Site with centuries of Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Muslim, Jewish and Christian history. in its alleys  The typical Andalusian architecture and charming areas such as the old Jewish quarter, monuments and corners such as the Convent of the Conceptionists, the Plaza de España, the Castle or the Church of the Divine Savior shine. Its old defensive wall has four entrance arches: La Segur, Sancho IV, La Villa and Puerta Cerrada. The most famous sculpture in the town is that of La Cobijada, a woman dressed in typical costume, a tunic (technically black) that only reveals her left eye and is part of Vejer's legends.

vejer de la frontera
vejer de la frontera

Bologna beach

It is located just 20 minutes from Tarifa , the southernmost point in Europe.  and closer to Africa  just over an hour from  the capital of Cadiz . They say the  bologna beach  It is the most spectacular in the province of Cádiz. Its crescent shape, with almost 4 kilometers of fine white sand  and 70 meters wide and  Bathed by turquoise waters, it is flanked by a pine forest and crowned by a gigantic dune of golden sand that reaches 30 meters in height. Almost by the sea we find the archaeological ruins of Baelo Claudia, important archaeological remains of an ancient Roman settlement in  Roman villas, temples  and theater.  

playas de bolonia cadiz

Medina Sidonia

It is located in the center of the  province of Cadiz in the  Cerro del Castillo mountain, the highest elevation in the entire western sector of the  province . She is known as  The balcony of the bay of Cádiz given that   It stands on an imposing watchtower that dominates the entire landscape for many kilometers around. The color white paints every inch of the landscape of its historic center where they have left their mark on   more than 3000 years of history  Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Visigoths, Muslims and Christians. The  places to visit are  the Plaza España, the lively San Juan street, pedestrian and main street of the town, the Arab arch of La Pastora, an Arab door with a horseshoe arch at the top of a staircase, or the arch of Belén and the Church of Santa María la Mayor la crowned, of  Gothic-Renaissance style. Finally, the Archaeological Enclosure of the Castle, a watchtower with exceptional views, which at 300 meters above sea level allows you to observe  a Roman military castle, some parts of the Arab fortress and a section  of the medieval castle built by the II Duke of Medina Sidonia.  

medina sidonia cadiz
medina sidonia cadiz

Sierra de Grazalema

It is located in the northeast of the province, facing the ocean in the reserve area of the  Sierra de Grazalema natural park , where the rainfall rate is the highest in Spain. It is a gigantic wall dotted with small white villages, the color of the facades of their houses. This Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park is full of tourist attractions with mountains,  lush green forests and spectacular landscapes. Among the 19 mentioned white towns  are Zahara de la Sierra, Ubrique and Grazalema, the beautiful town that gives its name to the mountains, the rainiest and  The only town where it snows. Outside the Sierra de Grazalema and a little further away, we have another incredible white town: Setenil de las Bodegas.  

parque sierra de gazalema

Border Arches

It is located at  the gates of the Sierra de Grazalema just 40 minutes from the capital. It is the starting point of any route through the white villages of Cádiz with immaculate white facades. Perched on top of a rock and surrounded by the course of the Guadalete River, this walled town with hundreds of years of history welcomes tourists among arches, slopes and narrow alleys. Its maximum architectural apogee came between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. when numerous churches, convents and palaces were built throughout the old town. It has great monuments such as the Castle of the Dukes, the Basilica of Santa María and the Church of San Pedro, among others. From the Balcony of the Peña Nueva spectacular views are obtained over the Guadalete River and the fields that extend in the surroundings.

arcos de la frontera

Gastronomy of Cadiz

Traditionally it is best known for its fish stews such as  Almadraba red tuna, tuna mojama or the fish and shellfish that are extracted from its coasts and  various dishes of  vegetables  and  meats .

 

Shrimp omelette:. small tortillas  with wheat flour, chickpeas, onion, parsley, water, salt and shrimp fried in olive oil.

 

Papas con chocos: stew with potatoes and cuttlefish (cuttlefish)  with tomatoes, peas, onion, green pepper, garlic, bay leaf and white wine.

 

Fried fish: small fish with little bone, such as anchovy, sardine, red mullet, whitebait, whiting, mackerel, squid, cuttlefish, baby squid or prawns

 

Urta a la Roteña: stew of this fish that belongs to the same family as the sea bream cooked in a saucepan with wine, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and green peppers.

Bluefin tuna: raw tuna such as tataki, tartare, or prepared sashimi  with stews and vegetables, or simply grilled.

 

Cabrillas in tomato: small snail stew with onions, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, pepper, paprika, fine wine, water, olive oil and salt.

 

Blood in tomato: curdled blood of chicken, beef or pork, with onions, garlic, peppers, tomato sauce, olive oil and salt.

 

Pan de Cádiz: marzipan dough filled with jams covered with egg yolk.

 

Gañotes de Ubrique: flour dough, egg, cinnamon, lemon, sugar, cinnamon and sesame rolled up bathed in syrup.

tortilla de camarones cadiz
pescaito frito cadiz
gañotes de ubrique

Seville

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Seville  It is located in the South West of the Iberian Peninsula, in the center of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, about 500 km from Madrid. Its capital is  Seville the most populous city in its autonomous community . It borders the provinces of  Malaga  and  Cadiz  to the south,  Huelva  to West,  Badajoz  (which is part of  Extremadura ) to the north, and  Cordova  To the East. It has an area of 14,042.30  km²  being the 1st Andalusian province by extension, the 4th most populous in  Spain  and the first of  Andalusia . It constitutes the 5th largest economy in the country after  Madrid  ,  Barcelona , Valencia and  Alicante  . Its 106 towns have almost 300 monuments declared a Site of Cultural Interest plus an exceptional natural heritage, with the parks of  North Sierra  and  Donana  and next to them, the five Vías Verdes that run through Seville and its protected areas.

 MAPA DE SEVILLA

How to get to and move around Seville

Plane: The Seville-San Pablo International Airport is located 10 kilometers from the center of the capital. Most of the flights it receives are of national origin, but international traffic is notably increased year after year.

Train: it is a very good option since it is a fast and safe means of transport. The Seville-Santa Justa train station is located within the core of the city itself, being a  excellent communication with most of the main cities in Spain.  It has long and medium-distance routes, using both the conventional network and the high-speed network, AVE (Alta Velocidad Española), which allows reaching any part of Spain in record time.

Bus: it is a fairly cheap option and its  main bus station known as Plaza de Armas located in the Capital  is  connected daily with all the Andalusian capitals and with Madrid, Barcelona and Faro (Portugal). Within the city of Seville, the public company of Urban Transport of Seville, with almost fifty lines,  connects the different areas of Seville.

Boat: cruise ships full of travelers arrive daily for their exit to the sea through the Guadalquivir river, the only navigable river in Spain. The cruise ships reach the very center of the city, disembarking next to the María Luisa Park. A new cruise terminal was inaugurated in recent years given the boom that this type of tourism is having in Seville.

Car: the roads to Seville are highways in good condition, you do not have to pay tolls only from  Cadiz. It is directly connected to cities like Madrid, Barcelona or Bilbao.

Metro: is a light metro network that provides service to the city of Seville and its metropolitan area. It currently consists of one operating line, Line 1, inaugurated on April 2, 2009, which has 22 stations that cross the city transversally from west to east.

Taxis: there are several taxi companies in Seville, although the rates are common to all since they are regulated by the Seville City Council.

What to see in Seville

Seville

Capital  of the  homonymous province  is the  most populous city in Andalusia , the fourth in Spain after  Madrid ,  Barcelona  and  Valencia  and the 32nd of the  European Union . The municipality has an area of 140.8 km being its  old town , with 3.9 km²,  the largest in Spain and the sixth largest in Europe. It is one of the cities with the most cataloged monuments in Europe and its historical and monumental heritage and its various scenic and cultural spaces make it a city that receives national and international tourism. It is the third city in Spain by number of visitors, after  Barcelona  and  Madrid . It is the only inland city in Spain with  port , located about 90 km from the  Atlantic Ocean , because the river  Guadalquivir , as mentioned, is navigable from its mouth in  Sanlucar de Barrameda  up to the city.

CIUDAD DE SEVILLA

Royal Alcazar

It is a palace complex in the city of Seville with  11,520 m2, in which you can see buildings of various architectural styles united by beautiful gardens. It is the third largest temple in the world and the largest Gothic-style cathedral, declared a World Heritage Site.  It is one of the oldest in the world, the original being built in the High Middle Ages. and was built in different historical stages.  Its halls witnessed the passage of different cultures, in which they exhibit  Arab, Mudejar, Gothic and Baroque architectural samples conserving traces of Islamic art and, from the period after the Castilian conquest, a Mudejar palatial space and another in the Gothic style. The interior decorations are beautiful, each room and patio is decorated with geometric patterns, greenery and tiles.

REAL ALCAZAR

The Cathedral and La Giralda

It is the largest cathedral in the world in that style; declared a World Heritage Site by  Unesco in 1987, together with the Real Alcázar and the Archivo de Indias and on July 25, 2010, Asset of Outstanding Universal Value.  Built from 1401 on the foundations of an old Almohad mosque, the last stone of the dome was laid 100 years later. The interior of this Gothic cathedral is made up of five naves with a large number of chapels with  architectural and decorative elements that make it one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain , where the tomb of Christopher Columbus is located inside. One of the most important icons of the cathedral and of the city of Seville is the Giralda, the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville with more than 800 years of history  and with  more than 90 meters high. The Giralda weathervane is  El Giraldillo popular name given to the sculpture, which  allegorizes , in feminine form, the  christian victory  before the  Arabs .

 CATEDRAL DE SEVILLA
CATEDRAL  giralda

Archive of the Indies

Renaissance style building  built in 1785 at the request of King Carlos III to gather in one place all the documentation related to the Spanish colonies. It currently preserves some 43,000 files, with 80 million pages and 8,000 maps and drawings. Among them there are documents of great historical value: manuscripts of Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro, among others with information on the political, social, economic, Church and art history or the geography of the Spanish overseas territories. Is he  third monument declared a World Heritage Site in Seville,

ARCHIVO DE INDIAS

tower of Gold   

It is a dodecagonal tower  36 meters high located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and  point of entry for gold arriving from the New World. Is  Formed by three bodies, the first body, a twelve-sided polygon measuring 15.20 meters wide, was built between 1220 and 1221, the second body was built in the 14th century, while the upper body was built in 1760. Inside it is currently the Naval Museum of Seville that narrates the naval history of Seville highlighting the importance that the river had for the development of the city. Since 1931 it has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and possibly its name refers to its golden shine that was reflected on the river

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Spain Square

Architectural complex nestled in the María Luisa park, designed in the shape of a half circle, crowned by two towers, Canals  that reflect the magnificent architecture of the palaces, 4 bridges that symbolize the 4 ancient kingdoms of Spain and their  around benches and tiles with scenes representing  each Spanish region . Having been  Built to house the Spanish pavilion at the 1929 Ibero-American exposition, its buildings symbolize Spain's embrace of its former territories.

plaza españa sevilla

Triana neighborhood

It is one of the most legendary neighborhoods  of Seville with its colorful streets, the remains of the  castle of San Jorge, seat of the Spanish Inquisition, the alley of the Inquisition that was  part of the Castle of San Jorge,  the Plaza del Altozano, the Capillita del Carmen and the Market and the Triana Bridge, which gives access to the neighborhood from the other bank of the Guadalquivir river. Along the river, Calle Betis has many restaurants, bars and places that present live flamenco music. Ceramic shops abound around the Centro de la Cerámica Triana, a craft museum that  represents the history of the pottery tradition in Triana.  Very close to the church of Santísimo Cristo de la Expiración and the Guadalquivir river, the 'Sol y sombra' bar demonstrates its fame with its homemade cuisine, its fish and seafood.

barrio de triana

Museum of Fine Arts of Seville

Located in the  Plaza del Museo , is created by Royal Order of September 16, 1835 as "Museum of Paintings" and is  officially inaugurated in 1841 occupying the old Convento de la Merced. It houses one of the most important art galleries in the country where you can  contemplate great works of Sevillian baroque painting, by artists such as Zurbarán, Murillo and Valdés Leal. Its collections respond to its historical trajectory: ecclesiastical assets, donations from private collections formed during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and acquisitions made by public administrations in recent decades.

MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES de sevilla

italic

It is an ancient Roman city located in the municipality of Santiponce, 7 km from Seville, founded in 206 BC. It contains streets with spectacular mosaics, baths and a Roman theater discovered in the middle of the 20th century. During the Roman Empire, it played an important strategic role, both politically and militarily, as well as economically. In the second half of the 1st century BC, the city acquired municipal status and, over time, during the government of Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD), that of a colony, with which it was administratively equated to the metropolis. It was the birthplace of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian, and the point of origin of many of the senators of the time. It was declared a National Monument on December 13, 1912

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Lebrija

Located in the south, 64 km from the capital and bordering Cádiz, on the slopes that surround the Cerro del Castillo. Inside the  ruins of the castle, of Arab origin from the 11th century, is the hermitage of Santa María del Castillo, in Mudejar style. The streets of the historic center are  full of beautiful buildings and  in the Plaza of Spain  is the neoclassical building of the town hall or the monument to Antonio Nebrija from where you can  go up to the Mirador de la Peña. It is the center of an agricultural region that grows sugar beet, vegetables such as tomato, cauliflower, broad beans, cotton  and grapes standing out  wheat and olive trees, with production of olives and oil. Together with Seville, Jerez and Utrera, it makes up the “singing triangle” as it is the birthplace of great singers, such as Juan Peña el Lebrijano.

lebrija

Utrera

Municipality of the Comarca La Campiña, with an area of 651.24 km2, located 35 km away from Seville. It is a typical Andalusian town with white-fronted houses, narrow streets, full of churches, hermitages and palaces. Its historic center has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest since 2002. Due to its excellent location, between the limits of the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga and Seville, it is very well connected both by road and by train. In the streets of the old town you can visit the castle, built by the Arabs, the old Jewish quarter, where the curious Lost Child Passage is located, the Plaza del Altozano, the church of La Consolación, patron saint of Utrera and the Palace of the Count of Beautiful view. It is considered one of the historical cradles of flamenco, where famous artists were born and an area of reference in the origin of the brave bull as well as for its well-known horse breeding. 

UTRERA

Carmona

Located 30 km from Seville  and with more than 5 thousand years old, it is possibly one of the oldest cities in all of Europe. It is a fortified city located on a high hill at an altitude of 235 metres, which already in Carthaginian, Roman and Muslim times was of vital importance due to its strategic location in the Guadalquivir valley. From  the  Phoenicians, through Romans, Visigoths and Jews, to Muslims and Christians have left cultural treasures, 26 of them cataloged as Assets of Cultural Interest:   10 churches, 2 hermitages, 2 Roman doors such as the Alcázar de la Puerta de Sevilla, one of the old entrances to the walled city, 5 convents, a multitude of palace houses and  its archaeological complex, the largest in Spain, where we can admire the oldest Roman amphitheater in the Iberian Peninsula.

carmona

Ecija

located  in the east of the province it is located in the Genil valley a few kilometers before its junction with the Guadalquivir and 88 km from Seville. Called the city of towers for its churches, up to 11 towers with 90 bells, it is also known as the city of the sun or the pan of Andalusia for its very hot climate in summer. Starting with two of its churches, that of Santiago - a Gothic-Mudejar construction from the 15th century - and the Iglesia Mayor de Santa Cruz, the Palacio de Peñaflor, with its beautiful façade, the Palacio de Benamejí, now home to the Historical Museum, deserves a visit. Municipal or the Palace of Santaella. It is necessary to mention  its gastronomy one of its most typical dishes: Casa Pirula's carved spinach.

ECIJA

osuna

Declared Historic-Artistic Site  is located  more than 80 km away from the capital. Conquered by Caesar during the civil war, today remains from that time are preserved in the city's archaeological museums. Due to its strategic location, it became a crucial point for the defense of the  border line with the Nasrid kingdom of Granada . Its immense Collegiate Church stands out, a Renaissance building that keeps wonderful works of Baroque art inside, as well as its impressive palace houses, its squares and monuments and San Pedro Street, which they say is the second most beautiful of all Europe and where most of Osuna's palace houses are located.

osuna

Gastronomy of Seville

The gastronomy and typical food of Seville has a great influence from Andalusian cuisine, where dishes such as fried foods, fish, shellfish, vegetables or meat stand out.

Gazpacho:  smooth and delicious cold soup made with tomatoes and some vegetables such as red pepper, cucumber, garlic and a bit of stale bread.

 

Fried “Pescaíto”: fish  salted and floured  and  then fry it in very hot olive oil.

 

Eggs a La Flamenca: eggs with chorizo or ham and some vegetables, such as asparagus, artichoke or peppers. Ideally, the preparation is made in a clay pot and served there, which gives it a touch of the area.

 

Cocido Andaluz: stew that is prepared with bacon, ribs, chorizo, black pudding, chickpeas, potatoes and pumpkins, all this in a pot of delicious herb-flavoured broth.

 

Moorish Skewer:  Grilled skewers prepared with diced pork or chicken, sometimes combined with prawns or chorizo.  

 

Soldiers of Pavia  a mixture of strips of cod battered with saffron and fried, usually served together with red peppers.

 

Oxtail:  oxtail stew to which they add onion, garlic and red wine.

 

Torrijas: slices of sliced bread soaked in previously boiled milk with lemon rind, cognac and sugar. After letting them rest, they are coated in beaten egg and fried in a pan with oil, to finish them with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar.

gazpacho sevillano
huevos flamenca
pinchitos morunos
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Huelva

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Huelva,  province located west of  Andalusia and whose capital is the city of  Huelva ranks 31st among the most populated provinces at the national level and the least populated in  Andalusia . It limits to the north with Badajoz , to the east with Seville, to the southeast with  Cádiz , to the south with the  Atlantic Ocean  and west with  Portuguese . It was constituted as a province in the  administrative division of 1833 , ​ settling for municipalities hitherto belonging to the  Kingdom of Seville  and two old-fashioned  Province of Extremadura . Historically linked to the discovery of America, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and, of course, the Christian conquerors passed through it. Its monumental heritage reflects its past, but today it is its strong personality and welcoming character that make it an essential stop on a trip through Andalusia. 

Mapa Huelva

How to get to Huelva

Plane: the closest international airports are Seville and Faro (Portugal), both an hour's drive away.

Train: from the Huelva capital station you can choose between three train routes: Huelva-Seville, Huelva-Madrid and Huelva-Zafra (Badajoz).

Bus: the company Damas SA carries out connection services between the towns of the province, Seville, Andalusia and Portugal. While the company Socibus SA makes regular services to Madrid. To move around the city of Huelva you can take a bus from the Damas station located in the center of the city. It is located in front of the main urban bus stop, connecting this area with the rest of the city. All urban bus lines stop in front of the station.

Boat: since 2011 there has been a ferry linking Huelva with the Canary Islands, specifically Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Car: you can get there via the A-49 from Seville, which connects Huelva and Seville, from the north from Extremadura, via the N 435 and from the west from Portugal. From Madrid by the national V to Mérida connecting with the N 435 or to Seville and with the A-49.

Taxi: many times it is more comfortable to get around Huelva by taxi, and although there are several companies, they all have the same rates as they are regulated by the Huelva City Council. These rates vary depending on the day and time.

What to see in  Huelva

City of Huelva

Port city where the Odiel and Tinto rivers flow and capital of the province. It has witnessed for centuries the passage of numerous civilizations that have left an important mark on the archaeological and industrial heritage of the city, such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Muslims and the English at the end of the 19th century. Known as the 'Gateway to the Atlantic', it played a fundamental role in the discovery of America, since many natives from here manned  the Colombian caravels of the expedition to the New World that departed from Palos de la Frontera. The prehistoric remains found in the center of the city place it as one of the oldest cities in the peninsula and in Western Europe; historians establish its foundation in the 10th century BC by the Phoenicians.

 ciudad de huelva

town hall

Located in the Plaza de la Constitución  It was projected in 1941 when it was decided to build its own and fixed municipal palace for the city, contrary to what had happened before, in which different buildings in the city were used. Its construction was  finished in  1949, built on part of the site of the old Convent of San Francisco. Its dependencies are articulated in  around a beautiful interior patio with Andalusian-style arches and columns. The building has a beautiful façade with columns and two striking towers that end in pointed slate spiers. It is also interesting because it is made in a style not very usual in Andalusia.

 ayuntamiento Huelva

Dock of the Tinto

Located on the Odiel river, used as a mineral loading port in the 19th century, it is one of the most characteristic places in the city. Declared an Asset of Cultural Interest from its construction in 1874 until its closure in 1975  a masterpiece of engineering from the last quarter of the 19th century. It was the end of the railway line that linked the Riotinto mines - exploited by said British company with Huelva, for transport by sea. It is currently in disuse and has become one of the most important tourist spots in the city thanks to its impressive structure of wood and iron. The company in charge of extracting the minerals was called Río Tinto Company and its directors  they settled in a colony inhabited, fundamentally, by British, which was baptized as Barrio Inglés or Barrio de Bella Vista.  In a few years, a British community would emerge that, surrounded by a stone wall, would live clinging to its own traditions and ways of life, distancing itself from the native people.

muelle rio tinto
muelle rio tinto

Roman house

In ancient Rome, wealthy families lived in domus, large, comfortable houses. The domus were one of the three types of dwellings that existed, the other two being the villas or country houses of the wealthier classes and the insulas ('insulae') or tenement houses more typical of large cities such as Rome. .Remains of a domus were found on Vázquez López street  They date from about the 1st century AD. C.. The antecedent of this architecture is the Greek house, which was organized around the peristyle, an interior courtyard surrounded by columns. The Romans concentrated the domus around the atrium, a vast courtyard whose central part was uncovered, allowing good air and light circulation.

domus romano
domus romana

Wall of San Pedro

In 1977 and 1978, the successive excavation campaigns brought to light levels of the end of the Bronze Age   a construction similar to a retaining wall, which revealed the presence of a fortification made with a construction technique of Phoenician origin, superimposed on constructions from an earlier time. Thus, a series of phases were established in which the evolution of the local material culture typical of the Bronze Age could be studied, to which oriental elements were incorporated as a result of the presence here of Mediterranean navigators. The relevance of these remains at a national and international level led the Junta de Andalucía to declare in 1992  is  Archaeological Zone of San Pedro as an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1992.

muro de san  pedro

Border Sticks

Located less than 15 kilometers from the capital, it represents the most important stop on the Route of Columbian Places, a journey  through the places that Christopher Columbus stepped on before leaving for the New World on August 3, 1492. Some of the places that are part of the aforementioned Columbus Route are  The Monastery of Santa María de la Rábida, from the 14th century, a mixture of Gothic and Mudejar styles where Columbus stayed; the Renaissance House Museum of the Pinzón brothers; the 12th century Mudejar fountain known as  La Fontanilla or the church of San Jorge. In addition, the emblematic vessel La Pinta was built on its docks and many of its sailors were recruited there by Martín Alonso Pinzón. 

palos de la frontera

Moguer 

Located near Palos de la Frontera, Río Tinto above, it is another of the places declared a Site of Cultural Interest of  the Route of the Columbian Places, for its relevance in the first voyage of Columbus with the support of the abbess of the Santa Clara monastery and where he pronounced his oath as well  of the Niño brothers, who brought Columbus the emblematic caravel La Niña. In addition it is  the birthplace of the writer Juan Ramón Jiménez. there you can  visit the birthplace and museum of the famous author of Platero y yo and discover the tribute that the city has paid to that, his most famous work. Being the birthplace of Nobel Prize winner Juan Ramón Jiménez, Moguer is part of the BIC of Juanramonian Places. The writer and his character Platero are present in much of the life of the city where you can take a route through some of its most famous passages following the tiles with written phrases or discover the different Platero donkeys that are scattered through its streets.

moguer
ciudad de moguer

Soto's Dolmen

Located in the town of Trigueros  Less than 20 kilometers from the capital Huelva, between the Tinto and Odiel rivers, it has its origin between 3000 and 2500 BC. It is an enormous megalithic construction, that is to say, in roofed stone, with lateral stones and others covering them, which belongs to the family of the so-called long corridor dolmens. Its size is one of the most surprising features, since with a length of almost 21 meters it is the largest of all those found in the province of Huelva. The case of the Dolmen de Soto is even more special, as it is a corridor dolmen, that is, the structure is repeated forming a gallery with a chamber at the end.

Although more than 200 megalithic monuments have been found in the territory of Huelva,  this is one of the most relevant because it has two very noteworthy characteristics: grandiose architecture and abundant stone engravings.

It did not take long to declare it a National Monument  taking for granted in 1931 the importance of this discovery. 

dolmen soto
dolmen de soto

Doñana national park 

It is a vast extension that includes the provinces of Huelva, Cádiz and Seville, considered the largest ecological reserve in Europe. It is one of the most valuable natural parks in all of Europe due to its abundant fauna where more than 300 different species coexist and where you can see the pink flamingos. Due to its forests, dunes and kilometric beaches, it has been declared a Biosphere Reserve and Universal Heritage by UNESCO. The archaeological remains found indicate it as a valuable place for many ancient civilizations, from the distant Neolithic to the subsequent transit of the Tartessians, Phoenicians and Romans.

Parque Nacional de Doñana

Sierra de Aracena   

It is located to the north about 100 kilometers to the west of Seville and includes the  Natural Park of Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche . It is an area with mountains that are not too pronounced, dominated by small hills and valleys with abundant vegetation where holm oaks and cork oaks grow and a varied fauna. Among the municipalities that stand out, due to their heritage or the beauty of their scenery, are towns such as Aracena, Cortegana, Almonaster la Real with  its relaxed atmosphere, Aroche that hosts in its municipality the valuable Roman archaeological site of Turóbriga, Linares de la Sierra, well known for its Cavalcade of the Magi.

 sierra e aracena y Picos de Aroche

Park  Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche

It is a natural space located  at the western end of Sierra Morena with an area of 186,827 hectares and which was declared a natural park by the Junta de Andalucía on July 28, 1989. It forms part of the Dehesas de Sierra Morena Biosphere Reserve together with the natural park of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla and the natural park of the Sierra de Hornachuelos de Córdoba. It has an extensive forest mass, a mild climate and a natural and cultural heritage where the landscape changes depending on the altitude and humidity. 

parque natural sierra de arecena

Aracena 

This municipality with an area of 184 km² is located in the mountain range to which it gives its name,  Sierra de Aracena , which is part of  Sierra Morena . there are remains  archaeological  in the area that demonstrate the possibility of human presence in prehistoric stages (2nd millennium BC).  With its 13th century castle  It is a typical Andalusian town with white houses, presided over by an Almohad castle and surrounded by the natural park to which it gives its name and the Picos de Aroche, which are part of Sierra Morena. With a historic center declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, in which, in addition to its castle, you can visit the Church of Nuestra Señora del Mayor Dolor, the Church of the Assumption, the Arias Montano Casino and the Ham Museum. The greatest treasure to see in Aracena is the so-called  Gruta de las Maravillas, which is a huge rock cave that is one of the most impressive in Spain and has six lakes and twelve underground rooms spread over a circular itinerary of 1 km.

Aracena
Aracena

Riotinto Mines

These legendary mines located between the Tinto and Odiel rivers is the place where the British established, in the 19th century, a colony for the mining of the area and which gave a new direction to the history of the province of Huelva. There the river naturally has reddish colored water. It is one of the oldest mines known and from which, according to legend, gold was extracted for the construction of the Temple of King Solomon. Its history dates back to 5,000 years ago, since the Bronze Age is the origin of this exploitation. In the mine you can visit the “Ernest Lluch” Mining Museum, a viewpoint and take a 12-kilometre trip on a beautiful 19th-century wooden train, towed by the oldest steam locomotive in Spain. You can also visit the neighborhood of Bellavista, an old colony of Victorian houses from the 19th century where the British who managed the mine lived and  which still has its Presbyterian chapel, its tennis club and its English club. House number 21 in the neighborhood is a building from 1885 that has now been converted into a museum where you can see the way of life of the British family that inhabited it.

Antiguo complejo Río Tinto
minas Río Tinto

Cortegana

Located in the natural area of the Sierra de Aracena and the Picos de Aroche, this white town has a monumental heritage in excellent condition, forests full of holm oaks and cork oaks where numerous streams cross. Its impressive medieval castle, a Site of Cultural Interest, was built in the 12th century as protection against Portuguese attacks. Other monuments of interest are the Hermitage of San Sebastián and the Church of the Divine Savior. Among the streets of Cortegana you will find large stately homes, historic buildings such as the Church of the Divine Savior and works of art from the traditional cobblestones on the Route of the Mosaics. 

Cortegana

Jabugo

Village of the Sierra de Aracena,  capital of ham, where the protected denomination Jamón de Jabugo was born, leading a denomination of origin brand with which the most famous hams in the world are distinguished. The wide meadows that predominate in this mountain environment have favored the breeding of the Iberian pig, around which an industry has been built that sustains its economy. At the Aracena Ham Museum you can learn more about the area's pork tradition. To learn about this product you can visit the Casa del Tiro Pichón, an old hunting lodge converted into a Ham Interpretation Centre. There you will learn the differences between a 100% Iberico ham, cebo, acorn-fed and distinguish them based on the colors of their label. In the center we find Calle Barco, in the shape of a U, and Plaza del Jamón with the town's church, and among cobbled alleys and facades covered with lime, other delicacies such as black pudding, loin canes or serrano sausages.

jabugo
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                 Beaches
Huelva is blessed with miles of uncrowded, unspoiled golden sand beaches that stretch along the Atlantic coast. The area is part of the coastal region known as Costa de la Luz, which continues through the province of Cádiz.

Umbria Point

It is a seaside town  bathed by the waters of the Atlantic and the Huelva estuary in full  Natural Park of the Marismas del Odiel where both the aforementioned Ocean and the estuary of the Odiel River embellish the environment. Everything  the Atlantic side of the tip is sand, the  Punta Umbria beach. Its golden sand beaches share space with old summer houses, the occasional beach stall and spectacular natural landscapes. His closeness to the  city of Huelva  makes it one of the most popular among its neighbors. It is therefore logical that it is full of facilities, restaurants  and food stalls on the go where you can taste the  mackerel what is the dish  typical of the area.

punta umbria principal

the broken

If we continued along the sand tongue that begins in Punta Umbría, we would end up at El Rompido beach, a fishing village  traditional, which maintained for many centuries artisanal fishing as its main livelihood and that continues to preserve the characteristic of its  low houses of an immaculate white and a lighthouse that becomes a reference of this town. Opposite El Rompido appears an arm of earth and sand that transforms the coastline into the mouth of the Piedras River, as if it were an estuary. It is the so-called Flecha del Rompido, which is part of the Marismas del Río Natural Park and is a 12-kilometer-long piece of land that extends off the coast. A daily ferry service allows you to cross the Piedras River from the Port of El Rompido to La Flecha throughout the summer.

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Cinnamon Island

Located in the  last municipality before the border with Portugal, in the City Council of Ayamonte,  is  A beach separated from the city by an arm of the sea about 300m wide, it is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on the entire Costa de la Luz. It is not an island, but  of an area located between the mouth of the Carreras River and the  Guadiana with a vertex beach where the waters of the Atlantic meet with those of the Guadiana river. It is a fishing neighborhood that lives from fishing, shellfish, and increasingly from tourism. There is a Roman funerary monument that indicates that this area  it has been populated since ancient times;  It was also an important enclave during the War of Independence against Napoleon in 1810, when the members of the Seville junta took refuge there.

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Matalascanas

Its more than 5 kilometers in length shows us its urban character in the center, with all kinds of hotels and restaurants since it is next to the town, with a pedestrian promenade, from which the beach is accessed via ramps or stairs. On the sides, it is a virgin beach, with dunes that connect with the national park itself. The beach is made of fine-grained white sand and the degree of occupation varies according to the areas of the sand. It is usually higher in the part of the Torre de la Higuera and somewhat lower in the area of El Coto, next to the Doñana National Park. Other nearby beaches are Islantilla, Playa de Castilla or Playa de la Mata del Difunto.

playa matalascanas

Mazagon

It is an urban center that belongs to the municipality of Moguer - Palos de la Frontera and is located about 16 kilometers from the capital. It is one of the longest beaches in urban and accessible Huelva with nine kilometers of sand divided into areas with different names: Vigía beach, Las Dunas beach, Fontanilla beach, Parador beach and breakers Emerged at the end of the 19th century  motivated by fishing, the richness of its forests, agriculture and the summer residential character that many families from Moguer and Palos de la Frontera gave it. It is characterized by its calm waters, new tourist and service infrastructure and an outstanding offer in sports navigation, represented mainly in its modern port, strategically located on the way to and from the Mediterranean.

playa mazagon
playa mazagon

Christina Island

Located just 7 kilometers from Portugal, it is a small fishing town founded by Catalans and Valencians after the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. This old fishing town nestled between the sea and the pine forests has a spectacular coastline that stretches along 12 kilometers, with beaches such as: Playa del Cantil, the closest beach to the fishing port, the small Playa Punta Caimán, one of the most popular beaches, Playa de la Gaviota, which is accessed by a curious bridge-walkway of wood, the Playa de Santa and further on the Playa Central, a beach of white sand and transparent waters, the Playa de la Casita Azul, the Playa del Hoyo and the Playa de Islantilla. In the center of Isla Cristina, you will find the beautiful church of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, with an immaculately colored façade.

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Gastronomy of Huelva

The gastronomy and typical food of Huelva is very marked by well-known products such as Jabugo ham, white shrimp or tuna mojama. In addition to these well-known products, we can find a large quantity of quality fish and shellfish that are extracted from its coast, as well as meat and sausages from its Iberian pigs. We cannot fail to make special mention of its well-known production of fruits as exquisite as strawberries or raspberries.

Prawn from Huelva:  known as white shrimp, pale pink in color lives at a depth of between 180 and 450 meters, with a length of up to 20 centimeters.

Ham from Huelva: with Denomination of Origin Jabugo, it stands out not only for its flavor, but also for its texture and aroma. It comes from Iberian breed pigs, which have been exclusively fed natural pastures, being important  the air curing process of the Sierra de Huelva.

Potatoes with Choco: simple, but very tasty seafood stew with tomato, onion, garlic, to which are added  cuttlefish (type of small cuttlefish)  and a little bay leaf then wine and paprika and/or saffron.  

 

Raya al paprika: the skate is boiled in pieces and added  fried garlic, a few slices of bread, bay leaf, cumin, vinegar, paprika and salt. It can be served accompanied by boiled potatoes or vegetables and always hot.

Coquinas al ajillo: they are molluscs similar to clams, although with a more oval shell; I know  fried in a sauce  extra virgin olive oil, garlic, white wine.

Mojama:   thin slices of tuna cut like ham, watered with a splash of extra virgin olive oil;  It is usually accompanied with nuts, especially almonds.

Garlic Gañán: basically made with potatoes that are cooked and cut into thick slices; later bread, garlic, cumin, pepper are added  bell pepper and oil. It is served hot with small pieces of bread and is usually accompanied by grilled sardines.

 

Gañotes: it is a sweet that is usually made at Easter with  egg, flour, cinnamon,  sugar, sesame, lemon zest and olive oil. All these ingredients are rolled up in a cane and  they fry

 

Chestnut stew: dried chestnuts cooked in water and syrup, cinnamon, lemon and orange rind over low heat for a couple of hours, includes other ingredients such as bread, orange rind, aniseed grains, cloves, olive oil and salt.

Pestiños: dough made with flour  which is fried in olive oil, dipped in honey and sesame seeds.

 

Strawberries and raspberries:   representative fruit of the province of Huelva.

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Cordova

Cordoba is one  Province  from the south of  Spain , in the north-central part of the autonomous community of  Andalusia . It is bordered to the north by the provinces of Ciudad Real and Badajoz, to the west by Seville, to the east by Jaén and to the south by Málaga and Granada and is divided mainly into three geographical areas:  Sierra Morena  to the north, the Guadalquivir valley  in the center and  Subbetic Mountains  to the south. Being its capital the City of Córdoba, it has an extension of 13,718 km2 and includes 75 municipalities. The province has three natural parks: the Sierra de Cardeña and Montoro Natural Park  with 38,449 hectares, the  Sierra de Hornachuelos  with 60,032 hectares and the  Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park  with 32,056 hectares.

Mapa Provincia Cordoba

How to get  and move in Córdoba

 

Plane: Córdoba airport is located about 15 kilometers from the city center  but only  for jet or propeller aircraft of up to 80 seats and does not have regular passenger flights, a use that is expected to be given in the future. The closest airports are Seville, Malaga and Madrid.

 

Bus: it is the cheapest way to get to Córdoba. The bus trip from Madrid to Córdoba takes about four and a half hours. Regarding transportation in the city of Córdoba, there are fifteen bus lines that cover practically all the areas of the center and the outskirts of the city.

 

Train: something similar happens with the railway, since Córdoba is the branching point of the line that connects Madrid with Málaga, Seville, Cádiz, Granada and Huelva. In addition, the communication between Córdoba and Seville, Malaga, Granada, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante and Barcelona is especially comfortable through the High Speed Train (AVE). The tourist influx of Córdoba and its strategic geographical location mean that it is well connected with large neighboring cities.

Car: Due to its exceptional geographical location, Córdoba is very well connected not only with Andalusia, but also with the rest of Spain, through the radial axis of the A-4 motorway.  

Taxis: it is very suitable to move within the city of Córdoba and its  price  it is similar to that of the rest of Spanish cities, it is only convenient to take it to reach distant places since the monuments are very concentrated and can be explored on foot.

What to see in Cordoba

Cordoba City

Córdoba capital is located on the banks of the Guadalquivir and at the foot of  Sierra Morena at 106 m. of altitude with a surface of 1,245 km 2 distant 402 km. from Madrid. It is the third largest and most populous city in Andalusia after  Seville  and  Malaga and the twelfth in Spain. It has a monumental historic center declared a World Heritage Site where the Mosque-Cathedral, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Synagogue and the Roman bridge exemplify the historic center of Córdoba. A city that reflects its Roman past and the coexistence of Christian, Islamic and Jewish cultures throughout its history with a network of streets, squares, fountains and patios decorated with flowers.

It is the city in the world with the most titles  World Heritage  of the  unesco  has for what  It has 4 inscriptions on the World Heritage List granted by UNESCO:  The Mosque-Cathedral (1984), the historic center that surrounds it (1994) , the  Festival of the Courtyards (2012)  and  Medina Azahara (2018) . In addition, like the rest of Spain, it enjoys the title of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, also granted to the  Flamingo (2010)  Yet the  Mediterranean Diet (2013) .

ciudad de Córdoba

Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs

Located on one of the banks of the river  Guadalquivir was built in the 14th century on the old Caliphate Palace, previously the residence of the  Roman governor .  It was declared  Well of cultural interest  since 1931. It is an almost rectangular construction with extensive walls and four towers that outline the angles, Los Leones, Tribute, La Inquisición and Las Palomas. Inside, the different rooms are built around Mudejar-inspired patios, beautiful gardens with exotic and beautiful flowers, aromatic herbs and leafy trees. On the ground floor you can appreciate the singularity of the  Royal Baths , in addition to the  Moorish Patio , which definitely takes us to the  Gardens . Throughout history it has been given multiple uses, such as the Headquarters of the Holy Office (Inquisition), or a prison (in the first half of the  19th century ). At night, since 2011, the Magic Nights in the Alcázar have been celebrated, a show of light, water and sound that explains the history of the monument through a striking staging.

 Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
 alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

Mosque-Cathedral

Just 10 kilometers from the city is the largest archaeological complex in Spain  of what was the capital of the Caliphate declared a World Heritage Site since 2018 and a World Heritage Site since 1984 . Construction began in 785, under the mandate of the first emir of Córdoba, Abderramán I, on the remains of an old Visigothic basilica.  The place it occupies today seems to have been, since ancient times, dedicated to the worship of different divinities and  It has served as a place of worship for Visigoths, Muslims and Christians, and today it is an essential monument to understand the  Cordoba history . The Great Mosque consists of two different areas, the porticoed courtyard or sahn, where the minaret stands (under the Renaissance tower), the only intervention of Abd al-Rahman III, and the prayer room or haram. The interior space is arranged on a concert of two-tone columns and arcades with a great chromatic effect.

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Catedral Cordoba
 Catedral Cordoba

medina azahara

Medieval archaeological complex eight kilometers from Córdoba is a lavish and mysterious city that Abd-al Rahman III ordered to be built  at the foot of the Sierra in 936 AD It is a city arranged in three terraces surrounded by a wall, with the royal Alcázar located in the uppermost and the middle one. The lowest area was reserved for housing and the mosque, built outside the walls. Historical sources point to the participation of some ten thousand people working daily on its construction. Abd al-Rahman did not skimp on materials to achieve the desired effect: the insignia of the powerful kingdom he ruled. Rich violet and red marble, gold and precious stones, in addition to the careful craftsmanship of the best stonemasons and the legendary Byzatine contributions, helped to materialize the precious project. is declared  Well of cultural interest  in the category of Monument since 1923, in addition to being officially declared as  World Heritage  of the  unesco  on July 1, 2018.

medina azahara

Synagogue

Built between 1314 and 1315 according to the inscriptions found in the building located in the Jewish quarter, it is unique in Andalusia and one of the only three that are preserved in  Spain  of that time, together with the  Transit Synagogue  and of  Santa María la Blanca , both in the city of  Toledo . It served as a temple until the Jewish expulsion in 1492, using the temple as a hospital, later being the hermitage of San Crispín and, finally, a nursery school. On January 24, 1885, it was declared  Well of Cultural Interest  in the Monument category.It is part of the  historic center of Córdoba , which was declared  World Heritage  by  unesco  in 1994.  It is quite small in size, which may mean that the Christian authorities imposed restrictions when building it. Built in Mudejar style, the Synagogue does not have direct access to the street. Through the patio there is access to a small hall. To the right of it there are stairs that give access to the women's area. To the front is the main room. With a quadrangular ground plan, it is decorated with Mudejar atauriques. The wall that supports the women's gallery opens with three arches decorated with plasterwork of great beauty.

sinagoga de cordoba
sinagoga de cordoba

Roman bridge

Also called the Old Bridge, it was built at the beginning of the 1st century AD in the time of Emperor Augustus and was part of the Via Augusta that crossed half of Europe to connect the capital of the Roman Empire with what is today Cádiz. It is situated on the  Guadalquivir river  and unites the neighborhood  field of truth  with the  Barrio de la Catedral and has undergone several renovations throughout history. It is made up of 16 arches, although originally there were 17, and it is approximately 250 meters long. For twenty centuries, this bridge was the only bridge in the city and the only way to cross the river. Since 1931, the bridge, together with the  bridge gate  and the  Calahorra tower  is declared  Well of cultural interest  in the category of Monument and  is part of  historic center of Cordoba  that was declared  World Heritage  by  unesco  in 1994. 

puente romano cordoba

Calahorra Tower

Origin Fortress  Islamic  conceived as entrance and protection of the  roman bridge of   Cordoba . Is  located at its southern end on the other side of the historic center of the city and was  conceived as an enclave of control and defense since ancient times. Its architecture reflects its successive renovations. The horseshoe arch would function as a door attached to the bridge and its rectangular enclosure flanked by towers would be reinforced in the 12th century. was declared  Historic-Artistic Complex  in 1931, together with the  Roman bridge  and the  bridge gate .It is part of the  historic center of Cordoba  that was declared  World Heritage  by  unesco  in 1994. ​ It houses the headquarters of the Living Museum of al-Andalus, opened in 1987 on the coexistence between Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures.

torre de la calahorra

Almodovar Gate

It is a door of Arab origin that gave access to the interior of the  ancient walls  from the city very close to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. Known in Muslim times as the Bad al-Yawz  o Puerta del Nogal, is the only access that remains  of those built by Abd al-Rahman I. The current gate, built in the 14th century over the Arab gate, consists of two prismatic towers joined as a bridge by a somewhat pointed arch  topped by battlements and adarve.  Although it was restored in 1802, the battlements and the walkway have been preserved almost completely. In front of it stands the sculpture of the Cordoban philosopher and playwright Seneca. It is part of the  historic center of Cordoba  that was declared  World Heritage  by  unesco  in 1994. Behind the Gate and parallel to the old wall, is the  street of Jews where they are  The Synagogue , the Casa Sefarad and the Casa Andalusí, and which finally leads to the Plaza de Maimonides.

puerta de almodovar

Zuheros 

This city is in the  Sierra de la Subbética , between the towns of  Dona Mencia  and  Luque at an altitude of 656  meters  and 76 kilometers to the south  from the provincial capital. It was founded around the 9th century by the Arabs, hence it preserves all the essence of its historic center. Later it was conquered by Fernando III in 1241, forming part of the Christian side during the reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula.  Its historic center has been named a Site of Cultural Interest (historical-artistic ensemble) being  its impeccable state of conservation. This was one of the reasons for being listed as one of the  most beautiful villages in Spain  since 2015. It is characterized by narrow and winding streets, white houses with black bars, large doors and small windows, a perfectly preserved urban area. His Castle stands out,  located on a cliff that dominates the city, as well as the Iglesia de los Remedios or the Torre Casa de Muza. The municipality also has an Archaeological Museum, and only 4 km. mime we can see the famous  Bat Cave .  

zuheros cordoba
zuheros-cordoba

Cordoba

It is located 70 km south of the capital, at an altitude of 652 meters above sea level and belongs to the Subbética Cordobesa region. For him  The large number of baroque-style buildings in the town is known as the Jewel of the Cordovan Baroque. It also receives the name of City of water, due to the large number of springs that sprout in its surroundings. Among his works, his Castle stands out.  which dates back to the fifteenth century, whose Torre del Homenaje was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1943, the Church of La Aurora, the Hermitage of the Holy Family of Bethlehem, the Chapel of the Miraculous, the Royal Butchers, the Balcony of the Adarve, typical Andalusian neighborhoods such