This time we left aside the guidebook of Spain and just followed the instructions of the locals to walk the less known paths. Barcelona and Madrid are not included in our agenda.
Two hills, two rivers, medieval houses with red tiles and flowers and at the highest point, the Red Fort, the palace of the Moorish sultans, known simply as Alhambra. And above all hospitable people. This is Granada. In the famous university began studying Philosophy and Legal Federico García Lorca, before the pull off the sleeve while the poetry of the port began Columbus’s historic voyage. We walk among the whitewashed carmen, the villas with high walls and garden, smelling scents of jasmine, orange, oleander and lilacs.
The picturesque town of 1,000 residents is perched at an altitude of 1,200 meters, surrounded by mountains and cliffs. Since 1961 has been declared a monument of the country and took its name from the Moorish Al Banū Razín family that dominated the region. The steep streets leading to the main square, the Plaza Mayor where the town hall with wonderful views of the River Guadalaviar, the Episcopal Palace and Cathedral of El Salvador 16th century.
The birthplace of Pablo Picasso seems light years away from its neighbor the Costa del Sol with its resorts, beaches and nightlife. In historic Mediterranean port, the rates are more relaxed and leave us to explore the city. If you hurry, there is a risk of misunderstanding and to characterize ugly and industrial. With a closer look, however, you see the Moorish Alcazaba fortress and Gibralfaro, the old town with unfinished gothic cathedral, traditional buildings with balconies, narrow pedestrian streets, the spiers of churches that spring up between the red tiles of the houses and some of the best tapas bars in the area. In recent years there cultural effervescence with new museums, exhibition spaces, renovations and brand new port. And of course, the Musée Picasso always there to honor the famous son of the city hosting 186 works.
Jerez de la Frontera
At each step we feel the sweet aromas of wine to accompany us. In this town was born the Andalusian sherry wine and so countless bodegas are open to taste. The Jerez is also the city of the proud Andalusian horses here and there is the world famous royal riding school. Staring each morning riders who take care of horses in the stables while every Thursday made official demonstrations.
Jerez de la Frontera
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By Nicole P.
Spanish cities photos: Harm Frielink, Micheo, Jean DE INES, Fran Hidalgo Carmona.