Andalucia Journals

Five Days in Andalusia

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An April 2008 trip to Andalucia by Drever

Hotel Las Villas de Antikaria Photo, Malaga, Spain More Photos
Quote: This journal explores historic Granada, Seville, Cordoba in Southern Spain

Hotel Las Villas de Antikaria

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Hotel | "Las Villas de Antikaria"

Hotel Las Villas de Antikaria Photo, Malaga, Spain
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The Las Villas de Antikaria, a modern three star hotel, is central in Antequera which itself is the midpoint of Andalusia. Forty minutes by motorway from Málaga international airport takes you there. It’s easy to find being on a main road and there's plenty of parking space.Externally the hotel lacks character because of its new build. Not to worry it’s what inside that matters. The reception area coped with the coach load of people in our party. At the reception we had to deposit our passports and in return received our electronic keys for our room. The receptionists can speak Spanish, English and German. Useful for there are few people in Antequera able to speak English.The hotel...Read More

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Hotel Las Villas de Antikaria
Avda. De La Cruz Blanca, 1

+34 952 84 48 99

Antequera in central Andalusia

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La Pena Photo,
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Since prehistoric times different civilisations have left behind in Antequera a profusion of burial mounds, dolmens, Roman baths, a Moorish Castle, Gothic churches, Renaissance fountains and baroque bell towers. Spires of churches pierce the sky and the walls and towers of the great Moorish fortress stands silhouetted against the sky. The famous bullring still holds regular corridasAntequera the governing town in the north of the Malaga province has a population of 40,000 . It's 45mins inland from Malaga airport and is a perfect base for exploring Andalucia due to its nearness to the main A92 motorway.Spread out in the valley below lie rich farmlands irrigated by the Guadalhorce Ri...Read More

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Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex

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Attraction | "The Alhambra a Moorish Wonder"

Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex Photo, Granada, Spain
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The sombre outside of the Alhambra (red fort), the heart of the ancient Moorish empire in Spain, gives little hint of the delights within. Catching the eye immediately is the elaborate stucco plaster - the pattern taken from an intricate woodcarving but multiplied many times. Throughout the building the pattern changes. It’s so simple and clever an idea compared with the western style of laboriously carving designs into stone. Equally eye-catching are the heart shaped Moorish arches. The tour begins in the Palace of the Nasrids, the first of a trio of palaces. Here in this council chamber the sultan's chief ministers met for business meetings and dispensing justice. The largest of these ch...Read More

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Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex
Top Of The Hill Of The Assabica
Granada, Andalusia, Spain
958 523 929

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba

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Attraction | "The Great Mosque in Cordoba"

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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The Great Mosque in the historic heart of Cordoba is one of the most beautiful examples of Muslim art in Spain. Its 1000 columns create a forest of onyx, jasper, marble and granite, topped by horseshoe arches of candy-striped red and white marble. Pieces of the Roman temple and early Christian and Visigoth buildings previously occupying the site form the columns. Besides the horseshoe-topped arches, the Mezquita also features richly gilded prayer niches. The building occupies a rectangle of 180 metres by 130 metres. The Mezquita dates from the 10th century when Cordoba under the Muslims was the largest, most prosperous city of Europe, outshining Byzantium and Baghdad in science, culture and ...Read More

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Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba
Calles Torrijos and Cardenal Herrero S/N
Cordoba, Andalusia

Exploring Seville

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Seville cathedral Photo,
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Due to four hours taken up with travelling our visit to Saville proved only long enough to have a brief overview. We started in the old Jewish quarter.The Jews played a prominent part in Seville’s history since the 4th Century and after the Christians regained the area. They enjoyed prosperity until the end of the 14th Century. Among them were prominent bankers, traders, doctors, writers, philosophers, and advisers to both Arab and Christian rulers. It is no coincidence the Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz is next to the Royal Palace, the Alcázar.The “El Callejón de La Judería” leads into the neighbourhood. At the end of this passageway is a small courtyard with bougainvillea growing u...Read More

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