Routes of El legado andalusi/Al-Andalus

4 October 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, European Union, General, Living, Working, Building, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

© Morningstar1814/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Morningstar1814/cc-by-sa-3.0

In the 8th century, the Iberian Peninsula saw the arrival of Arabs and Berbers who mixed with the Roman-Visigoth inhabitants, engendering what was known as Al-Andalus. This successful medieval Muslim civilisation extended, at its peak, to most of what is today Spain and Portugal, until its downfall in the late 15th century.   read more…

Puerto Banús, Europe’s largest marina

10 October 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels

© Maximo88/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Maximo88/cc-by-sa-3.0

Puerto José Banús, more commonly known as Puerto Banús is a marina located in the area of Nueva Andalucía, to the southwest of Marbella on the Costa del Sol. It was built in May 1970 by José Banús, a local property developer, as a luxury marina and shopping complex. It has since become one of the largest entertainment centres in the Costa del Sol, with 5 million annual visitors, and is popular with international celebrities. Developed around a coastal village in the Mediterranean architectural style, Puerto Banús contains expensive shopping malls, restaurants and bars around the marina.   read more…

White Villages Route of Andalusia

7 October 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Cuesta de Alhacaba - Typical house in the province of Granada © Claudio Landi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cuesta de Alhacaba – Typical house in the province of Granada © Claudio Landi/cc-by-sa-3.0

The White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, are a series of more then 30 places, towns and large villages in the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in southern Spain, mostly within the UNESCO biosphere reserve Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. All of the villages are characterised by whitewashed walls and red or brown tiled roofs.   read more…

Cordoba and Al-Andalus – multiculturalism in the Middle Ages

12 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, UNESCO World Heritage

Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos © Jebulon

Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos © Jebulon

Córdoba is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. An Iberian and Roman city in ancient times, in the Middle Ages it became the capital of the Islamic caliphate al-Andalus. The old town contains numerous architectural reminders of when Corduba was the capital of Hispania Ulterior during the Roman Republic and capital of Hispania Baetica during the Roman Empire; and when Qurṭuba was the capital of the Islamic Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian peninsula.   read more…

Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba

30 May 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

© flickr.com - Toni Castillo Quero/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Toni Castillo Quero/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Mosque-cathedral of Córdoba (Spanish: Mezquita–catedral de Córdoba), also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba (Spanish: Mezquita de Córdoba), whose ecclesiastical name is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (Spanish: Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción), is the Catholic Christian cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and located in the Spanish region of Andalusia. The structure is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture.   read more…

Theme Week Andalusia – Jaén

30 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Jaén Cathedral © Cle 80/cc-by-sa-3.0

Jaén Cathedral © Cle 80/cc-by-sa-3.0

Jaén is a city in south-central Spain. The name is derived from the Arabic word khayyān (‘crossroads of caravans’). It is the capital of the province of Jaén. The inhabitants of the city are known as Jiennenses. Its population is 117,000, about one-sixth of the population of the province. Recently Jaén has had a great increase in cultural tourism. The city is also known as the World Capital of Olive Oil, because it is the biggest producer of the oil, known by locals as liquid gold.   read more…

Tarifa, the southernmost city on the European mainland

14 January 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Tarifa, Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco © flickr.com - jose rambaud/cc-by-2.0

Tarifa, Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco © flickr.com – jose rambaud/cc-by-2.0

Tarifa is a small town in the province of Cádiz in Andalusia, on the southernmost coast of Spain. The town is located on the Costa de la Luz (“coast of light”) and across the Straits of Gibraltar facing Morocco.   read more…

Theme Week Andalusia – Roquetas de Mar

19 October 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Castillo de Santa Ana © Informagico/cc-by-sa-3.0-es

Castillo de Santa Ana © Informagico/cc-by-sa-3.0-es

Roquetas de Mar is a municipality of Almería province, in the autonomous community of Andalucía. The ‘urbanización’ (tourist area with hotels and restaurants and shops) of Roquetas is predominantly a Spanish holiday resort for the majority of the summer months, but it also receives many visitors from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.   read more…

Theme Week Andalusia – Torremolinos

17 October 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Tiia Monto/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Tiia Monto/cc-by-sa-3.0

Torremolinos is a municipality on the Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean, immediately to the west of the city of Málaga, in the province of Málaga. It belongs to the comarca of Costa del Sol Occidental. A poor fishing village before the growth in tourism beginning in the late 1950s, Torremolinos was the first of the Costa del Sol resorts to develop. It is located on the western shore of the Bay of Málaga and behind the Sierra de Mijas.   read more…

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