Spain Journals

Andalusia

A travel journal to Spain by Zhebiton

Corrida Photo, Seville, Spain More Photos
Quote: Most southern and most fun area of the country. Andalucia - a perfectly preserved to this day monuments - the medieval fortress and the Arab tower XI century and the magnificent white Andalusian village in the mountains.

Alcazaba of Malaga

Attraction | "Alcazaba de Malaga"

Alcazaba of Malaga Photo, Malaga, Spain
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Malaga fortress (Alcazaba de Malaga) - is an ancient Moorish strengthening in the same city in southern Spain. The castle is a classic example of Arab architecture and consists of a maze of courtyards, decorated with flowers, palm trees and fountains, surrounded by high stone walls. In ancient times, the palace walls were strengthened hundreds of beautiful towers. Unfortunately, most of them were destroyed by numerous wars. Near the entrance to the fortress are ruins of a Roman theater dating from the II century, now undergoing restoration. Some materials for the construction of the fortress were taken from here.The fortress, built on a small hill in the central part of the eponymous town ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2011

Alcazaba of Malaga
C Alcazabilla S/n
Malaga, Andalusia 29015
952217646

Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos - The Palace of The Christian Kings

Attraction | "A symbol of the victory of Christianity over Islam"

Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos - The Palace of The Christian Kings Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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Alcazar in Cordoba on the right is second only to Seville, because of its rich history, beautiful gardens and magnificent architecture Mudejar, which combines features of a comfortable residence and a mighty fortress. In 1236 after a long foreign wars and internal strife has lost its former grandeur and significance of Cordoba troops stormed the Castile and Leon under the command of Fernando III the Saint. Alcazar in its present form, practically laid in 1328, King of Castile and Leon Alfonso XI the Just. For the construction he used only a portion of the former Moorish palace of epic proportions, and the rest were distributed to churches, nobles and knights of the Order of Calatrava....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2011

Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos - The Palace of The Christian Kings
Downtown
Cordoba, Spain

Ronda, Spain

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Ronda Photo, Ronda, Spain
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Passing along a little break, we went to the Royal arena, built in the 18th century to train cavalry. For a long time, the arena remained the largest in the world. By the way, was born in Ronda bullfight in its present form. Once in the city was a major livestock market and Local Cavalry School decided to use oxen to work out methods of combat. Over time, these activities have grown into a colorful spectacle, which brings together people from all around, and riders have come to replace the bullfighters on foot. From the arena quite close to the main tourist "attractions" Rhonda: divide Tajo depth of 160 m, separating the city into two, and the Puente Nuevo through it. The bridge was built ...Read More

Hotel Vincci La Rabida

Hotel | "An old building with a courtyard atrium"

Hotel Vincci La Rabida Photo, Seville, Spain
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The hotel is 5 minutes walk from the Duomo (the window is the famous Giralda), in an old building with a courtyard atrium. On the first floor - sofas, cushions, marble fountain - all as it should be self-respecting Seville Palace. The windows of our rooms are 408 left in a quiet courtyard, and like I said, could see the Giralda - the bell tower of the cathedral, reworked from the minaret, and one of the symbols of the city. Room is spacious: a large double bed with wrought-iron back, linen monogrammed hotel, the two forged same bed benches, ceramic floor (not slippery, by the way), made furniture, antique: a pair of nightstands, a desk, a bench for things wardrobe. In the close...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2011

Hotel Vincci La Rabida
CASTELAR 24
Seville, Spain 41001
34 954 501280

Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede

Attraction | ""This cathedral is so grandiose that we deem insane""

Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede Photo, Seville, Spain
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In Seville Cathedral, by the way, is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Headstone is supported by four allegorical figures of kings, symbolizing four Spanish provinces: Castile, Aragon, Navarre and Leon. Spaniards joke that Columbus had to travel after smetri more than life. He willed to be buried in here, but originally it was buried where he died - at the Franciscan monastery of Valladolid. Then the ashes were transferred to Seville and buried on an island in the Guadalquivir, since the cathedral was designed exclusively for the nobility, and Columbus was not. Later it was decided to ashes reburied on Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic, on the banks, open explorer. Did. Dust from the mariner went acr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2010

Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede
Plaza del Triunfo, Avenida de la Constitucion
Seville, Spain

Plaza de Toros Photo, Mijas, Spain
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Mijas - one of several "white towns", so named because of the dazzling white walls - a real jewel of Costa del Sol.The main symbol of Mijas - Donkey-Taxi.But no one is notable for the donkeys of Mijas - here are just two important Catholic places.The Church of the Immaculate Conception on the hilltop, where you can get only on foot. It is believed that if a man to sin will do a lap on the way urban churches to the church on the hill, all his sins will be forgiven.Another legend associated with a statuette of the Virgin Mary in a grotto.According to legend, the statue of the Madonna, dressed in a beautiful brocade dress, was discovered in 1586 by local mason's children, wh...Read More
Cathedral Photo, Cadiz, Spain
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What is extraordinary luck - just in these days in Cadiz hosts the annual Festival Flamenco! The whole city lights, the streets are full of people, smiles, costumes, laughter, joy.Cadiz - undoubtedly the pearl of Spain. Fortunately, not yet evaluated by mass tourism. The fortified town, from which went to Christopher Columbus in his second and fourth voyage, the city, which unsuccessfully stormed the British pirate Francis Drake.Cadiz is situated on a peninsula, connected by a narrow sandy isthmus to the mainland. On the perimeter is surrounded by strong fortress walls, most of which goes to the Atlantic coast, and only a third of a mile on land. Walking through the intricacies of medieval...Read More
Flamenco Photo, Spain, Europe
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But flamenco is not only and not so much worked up a set of automatic phrases and forms. It is the soul andalusia.Granada is located at the foot of the mountain range of Sierra Nevada. Once, long ago, in the XV century, it was the last stronghold of the Moors, Muslims, repelled the onslaught of the Catholic royal couple, Fernando of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. In Granada, the same is one of the most famous castles in Spain - Al-Ambergris, which in Arabic means "estate". Incidentally, in southern Spain a lot of names come from Arabic - a tribute to centuries of Moorish domination in the south of the Pyrenees.The oldest (historically Arabic) district of Granada - Albaisin - l...Read More

Fascinating murder

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Corrida Photo, Seville, Spain
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Arena is already chock full of. The audience eagerly awaits the corrida. Around a lot of foreigners. The Spaniards, of course, also have, but I'm not sure that more of them.think we're sitting not in the most convenient platform. In the lower right corner. However, we have with a pair of binoculars, a camera with a decent zoom, so that this fact is not really spoil our mood.And then begins to play an orchestra. On the scene comes the procession headed by the matador.As I understood from the description of bullfighting in the guide, left, away from the public and closer to the center of the arena, is the most experienced matador (he played with the first and, I think, the fourth...Read More

Corrida in Seville

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Corrida Photo, Seville, Spain
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We arrived in Andalusia in the autumn to capture the last two bullfighting season. Seville - the city uncompromising: there is the unbearable summer heat, the most exalted of the procession to the Holy Week, and the most sensitive afisonados collected at the local arena for a bullfight. But having been once the arena where the bull is killed, wanted to be and where they live. Andalusia for this - the best place. Seville Arena Maestrantsa - as the heart in the circulatory system, linked with dozens of Ganadero - estates, where the free bread, but under the watchful supervision of grazing toro de lidia, Iberian fighting bull.Corrida - a focus, a clot, the quintessence of the festival, which ...Read More

Wonderful city

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Photo of Granada, Spain
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Granada is one of the cities, who must attend at least once in life. Once, visiting Granada, you'll stay for a lifetime of memories captured on this fantastic city and you will dream to come back again and again at the earliest opportunity. This wonderful city gives you just that Spain, which will amaze you with its diversity ..Bright, cheerful and at the same time majestic, kept the strict medieval Spanish and Arabic softened. It is read in the architecture, special gardening and decorating the city, in the manners and habits of local residents.Upon arrival in Granada imagine yourself fundamentally its inhabitants and understand their basic habit, not in a hurry. (Of course if...Read More
Photo of Malaga, Spain
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Malaga - birthplace of the same name of sweet wine. Malaga is made from raisins and is in its bouquet shades of caramel, cocoa, coffee, nutmeg, and even bananas. By law, Malaga permitted only in the Malaga. Malaga began to make the Phoenicians and the Greeks.On the good reputation of this wine speaks of the fact that in 1214, after two months of tasting in Paris, Malaga was named a cardinal among the wines, giving the palm a Cyprus wine, was named pope. " In an effort to keep the quality at this high level, in 1552 the city fathers have introduced a special law that fiercely persecuted forgery Malaga. Ostensibly, this wine is so rich that a handkerchief soaked in a couple of drops of it, i...Read More

Alcazar

Attraction | "Real Alcazar"

Alcazar Photo, Seville, Spain
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Real Alcazar - this is a vivid evidence of the past collision between two completely different cultures. The palace is a large complex of several buildings, courtyards, gardens and parks with fountains and ponds. In view of all this waltz need at least 2-3 hours. Directly above the entrance to the palace complex was hanging like this that's a lion with a crown and the cross.Palace reinforced and rebuilt over several centuries, and if the construction began under the Moors, it ended already at Christians. Hence, such an unusual mixture of styles. Ros palace as easy to guess in breadth, which is why the first courtyard, in which you find yourself - it yards later, the Christian period:...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2010

Alcazar
Plaza del Triunfo 7
Seville, Spain

Alhambra Palace and Fortress Complex

Attraction | "Alhambra"

Photo of Granada, Spain
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As you know, this fortress in the town of Granada, the last two centuries served as a refuge for Arab conquerors on European soil.It was his custom built a mosque, palaces with delicate patterns on the ceilings and semicircular windows, kept harems of eunuchs. In addition to the eunuchs, all preserved in excellent condition, how to save herself the old Granada, whose panoramic view from the top of the fortress, with views of snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, not less picturesque than the Alhambra itself.The queue stretched a kilometer into the castle boa - it was 9:00 am. We are pleased to have gone along it slowly, because we went to the window pre-order.Tick...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 13, 2010

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

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba

Attraction | "Famous Mezquita "

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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Cordoba - another outpost of the Arab conquest of Spain. Here is the famous Mezquita a former mosque, now a cathedral, built by Muslims is in the IX century. After returning to Cordoba in the heart of the Christian church the king decided to raze the mosque to the ground, although even then it was considered a miracle of light. But local people (Christians, by the way) gave him to understand that better if he did not. As a result, the Christian church, as it were embedded in the mosque, preserving for posterity one of the finest monuments of Muslim architecture in Europe.In Mesquita best hit between eight and nine o'clock in the morning - let's free, and there are no tourists. At that time...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 13, 2010

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