Andalucia Journals

5 Must see towns in Andalucia

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A travel journal to Andalucia by Praskipark

Alcazaba on the hill Photo, Almeria, Spain More Photos
Quote: My take on 5 of my favourite towns in Andalucia, Spain

Carmona

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Carmona is situated in the Guadalquivir Valley and is surrounded by fields of wheat and cotton, only interrupted every now and again by isolated farmhouses known as cortijos.Just before the entrance of the town there is a signpost pointing left to the Necropolis Romana. An interesting place to view before entering the town as this was in use between the second and fourth century AD. Archaeologists have discovered thousands of tombs here. This 'city of the dead' lay beside the ancient long-distance Hispalis Corduba route. It is still possible to view the walls of the crematorium and you will see how discoloured they are by the heat of the fires. The entrance is in the north-east corner near...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2010

Almeria

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San Jose, Almeria Photo, Almeria, Spain
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The town of Almeria lies in a broad bay overlooked by mountains. This part of Andalusia is one of the driest regions on the Iberian peninsula - indeed the whole of Europe. Almeria's harbour is one of the busiest on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Exports include iron ore from the mines in the Sierra de los Filabres and agricultural produce from the Andrax basin and the other valleys along the coastal strip, where early fruit crops are grown under polythene. Thanks to its hot, dry climate in summer and very mild winters - some 3,000 hours of sunshine a year - Almeria has become an important centre for solar energy technology as well as a major tourist centre.Towering over the Old Town are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2011

Baeza

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Attraction | "A Town in Southern Spain with a Gentle Atmosphere"

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Baeza lies north east of Jaen and is indeed a wonderful town. The Moorish origins of Baeza have disappeared beneath some 50 Renaissance palaces, built in warm, honey-coloured stone. Unlike most other Spanish towns, the churches are overshadowed by the splendid secular buildings.At the end of the Calle San Pablo, where there are some magnificent palace facades, is the main square, Paseo de la Constitucion. The Ayuntamiento, a splendid two-storey building dating from 1559, with some detailed carving around the main doorway, can be seen to the west in Calle Gaspar Becerra. The ruins of the Convento de San Francisco are nearby. Part of the church has been restored and is now used as a restaura...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 15, 2009

Tarifa

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Attraction | "A Town that is More African than Spanish"

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Tarifa is approximately 17 kilometres from Algeciras in southern Spain and named after the Berber warrior, Tarif ibn Malik who arrived with his army in the year of 710. At first glance Tarifa, with its white houses and almost constant sand-bearing wind, looks almost African. At the heart of the town, sheltered by the remains of a wall built in Moorish times, traces of the original settlement can still be seen.The Moorish Alcazar (10th - 13th century) with its numerous battlements rises up above the town. The most interesting part is the octagonal Torre de Guzman el Bueno, named after Alfonso Perez Guzman, the commander who heroically led the defence of the town against the Moors in 1...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 16, 2009

Ronda (General)

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The town of Ronda lies in an impressive position on a steeply dropping rocky plateau, split asunder by a very narrow 100 metre deep gorge, known as El Tajo. The southern part of the town, the Ciudad, consists of the old town, which was founded by the Arabs. North of the gorge is the 16th century 'new' town, El Mercadillo. The very high Punte Nuevo which was built from 1784 to 1793, links both parts of the town and is the town's main attraction. Two older bridges span the Tajo river lower down the hillside where the terrain is flatter: the Puente Romano, which was rebuilt in the early 17th century ; and the Puente Arabe, which has Moorish origins, has also been rebuilt.While day to da...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2009