A January 2004 trip
to Andalucia by amidala_sg
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Benahavis was charming and served exquisite cuisine. Seville had historic buildings, parks, art and churches. Ronda, a town split by a dramatically deep gorge, is spectacular. But the Alhambra, quietly alluring and bathed in an air of other worldliness, awed and bedazzled me.
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Ronda is a craggy town up in the mountains, which it is said was defended fiercely by the Moors. A gorge, El Tajo, splits the town into two, and you can lean over the cliff walls and well imagine how people were put to death by throwing them into the gorge! The old market road that people used in the 15th century still exists, and you can walk along it and under the arch of Phillipe V.
Seville is old - one can feel the age and history of Andalucia in its stones. And if you are Catholic or Christian, you will want to say a quiet prayer in one or more of the many churches ensconced along winding narrow streets.
Benahavis in the mountains is a tiny little pueblo blanco. It houses an up-market art gallery and a few tiny inns and restaurants. We stayed at Amanhavis, which has nine rooms, each designed to a theme. Each room holds little surprises, like a trap door in the floor. The one in the Spice Trader's Caravan room opened to reveal spices, for example. Run as a family concern, it is a little gem, and it has won awards for both its cuisine as well as being one of the most charming inns in Andalucia.