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Andalusia

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  • Day1

    Allem voran sei gesagt, daß ich kein Anhänger des Stierkampfes bin - die riesige, ovale Stierkampf-Arena von Sevilla mit ihren 18.000 Plätzen jedoch, weiß nachhaltig zu beeindrucken. Ein wenig Geduld beim Anstehen für den Ticketkauf ist schon nötig, aber die 8,00 € Eintritt lohnen sich definitiv. In der geführten Tour mit Audio-Guide, geht es zunächst durch die "Katakomben" des Komplexes, vorbei an diversen Exponaten, interessanten Show-Rooms und den Stallungen der Stierkampfpferde, bevor am Schluss die riesige Arena selbst besichtigt wird. Das dortige Zusammenspiel der Farben, vor allem bei Sonnenschein und blauem Himmel, sowie die barocke Architektur der zweitgrößten Stierkampfarena Spaniens sind absolut sehenswert - eine tolle Inszenierung!

    Die andalusische Hauptstadt hat zum Stierkampf eine ganz besondere Beziehung, da hier im Jahr 1830 die erste Stierkampfschule Spaniens eröffnet wurde - die Saison in der Arena dauert überlicherweise von März bis Oktober.
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  • Day3

    Die Kathedrale von Sevilla:

    In Sevillas Altstadtviertel "Arenal" steht ein historischer Bau der Superlative - die drittgrößte Kathedrale der Welt. Dem über 600 Jahre alten Prachtbau nur annähernd mit Worten gerecht zu werden, ist von vornherein zum Scheitern verurteilt, deshalb mein Verweis für detaillierte Informationen auf Wikipedia und Co.! Um je nach Tages- und Jahreszeit stundenlanges Anstehen am Eingang des UNESCO Welterbes zu vermeiden, empfiehlt es sich dringend, Tickets im Voraus zu kaufen - bzw. zu bestellen ( wir haben dies bereits gestern online bei "Getyourguide" erledigt - in Kombination mit dem Eintritt in den Königspalast )! Der Preis je Ticket in Höhe von 48.00 € beim durchführenden Veranstalter "Sevilla Official Tours" erscheint erst einmal sehr hoch, ist aber nur unwesentlich teurer als der Preis direkt vor Ort - dafür entfällt das lästige und zeitraubende Anstehen. Überwältigt von der verschwenderischen Pracht im Inneren der Kathedrale, folgt ein Highlight dem Anderen. Besonders beeindruckend mit seiner Höhe von 20 Metern ist der riesige, vergoldete Hauptaltar - einfach unbeschreiblich! Das Highlight für mich jedoch war der Sarkophag mit den sterblichen Überresten von Christoph Kolumbus. Am Ende der Tour bleibt die Möglichkeit, das ehemalige Minarett mit seinen knapp 100 Metern zu besteigen. Um in vergangenen Zeiten wichtige Nachrichten schneller ausrufen zu können, hat man den Treppenkorridor im Inneren durch eine durchgehende Rampe ersetzt, die breit genug ist um diese auf einem Pferd hoch zu reiten. Oben angekommen offenbart sich ein fantastischer Rundblick. Leider nicht für uns, da zu viele Besucher anwesend waren und die Zeit etwas knapp wurde - im Anschluss folgte der zweite Teil der gebuchten Tour, der Königliche Palast Alcázar!Read more

  • Day2

    To let oneself drift.....

    October 15 in Spain

    Um 10.00 Uhr geht's los - wir schlendern ohne direktes Ziel in der Altstadt - durch winzige Gassen, geschäftige Straßen und über verträumte, kleine Plätze. Besonders gut hat uns in der Nähe des Königspalastes ein winziger Plaza gefallen - umrandet von uralten Orangenbäumen, unter denen diverse Restaurants ihre Tische und Stühle aufgestellt haben - gesäumt von alten, typisch andalusischen Häuschen ein ganz besonders schöner Ort. Es gibt viel zu entdecken in Sevillas historischem Zentrum - da sich der Himmel heute jedoch meistens bewölkt zeigt, nachfolgend einige Schwarz/Weiß Fotos.

    Gegen 18.00 Uhr zieht eine heftige Schlechtwetterfront mit Starkregen über die Stadt. Wie gut das wir in unserem Apartment sind - gleich gibt's Abendessen ( Spaghetti mit Gemüsesoße und Thunfisch )! Die Zutaten dafür, haben wir bereits heute Mittag eingekauft - Glück gehabt!
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  • Day14

    Arcos de la Frontera

    July 11 in Spain

    Sam and I packed our bags and left our Airbnb in Seville to pick up our car from the Seville Airport. We caught the EA Airport bus and reported to the Enterprise Car Hire booth. We were allocated a Citroen which had only done 42 km - it was a brand new car.

    We drove to Arcos de la Frontera, our first stop for the day. This town is one of many white hilltop towns in Andalusia. This area was the frontier for many years in the war to expel the Muslims from Spain. The towns were fortified on hilltops and the characteristic white stucco finish on the buildings makes them shine white in the sunlight.

    Arcos is situated on a cliff above the river that formed the natural frontier. Sam and I climbed to the top of the town and overlooked the terrain for miles. It was a beautiful location and vista. We tried to get into the castle at the very top of the town, but it was closed for no apparent reason. We were able to get spectacular views from right near the big church nearby.

    There was a man and woman who had set up a very unusual and captivating exhibition at the top of the cliff. They had about fifteen birds of prey (in Spanish, raptors) including owls, kestrels, hawks, eagles and falcons. They were very majestic. People could wear a leather glove and hold them for a donation. We paid five euros and Same had a hold of an eagle and a kestrel. I held a huge Spanish owl. The owners of these birds have 90 in their aviary. They have two Mexican eagles they have trained to fly away and return to the glove. This takes a lot of training from when the birds are just chicks. Being so close to these majestic creatures was very special.
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  • Day14

    Ronda

    July 11 in Spain

    The town of Ronda is one of the most beautiful places in Spain. It's famous bridge is spectacular, and our hotel is literally on the cliff overlooking the bridge. Construction on the bridge began in 1751 and it boggles the mind how large a task it would have been. It is 120m high above a narrow canyon through which a river runs.

    The whole of Ronda is elevated above the countryside around it. There are many places from where magnificent views can be savoured.

    Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway both spent many summers in Ronda and wrote about how they loved the town, its beauty, rugged cliffs and its long tradition of bullfighting.

    The narrow streets and the white buildings are so characteristic of this area. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Andalusia, if not Spain itself. We are only spending one night here, which seems hardly enough.
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  • Day19

    The old city walls and gates are amazing to see in Cordoba. The walls are in excellent condition as are quite a few of the old city gates.

    Another famous son of Cordoba is the ancient Roman senator, writer, orator and thinker Seneca. He was born here due to his father being posted here during the Roman occupation during the first century BC. He is one of the most famous ancient Roman thinkers and speakers. I have a book at home which he wrote on rhetoric, how to persuade. He gave some famous speeches in the Roman Senate when later in his life he left Cordoba to become very influential in the capital of the empire, Rome.Read more

  • Day20

    More from Cordoba

    July 17 in Spain

    The Mosque and Cathedral of Cordoba were astonishing. These buldings dated from 1000 years ago. But there are also Roman walls and remnants of structures which are 2000 years old, from the Roman Empire. There are also amazing buildings from the medieval period which create an incredible mix of architecture on display when walking the streets.

    Cordoba is definitely a fascinating city full of historical interest.

    We stayed in a hotel which is linked to a courtyard of a house which was built in the 15th century. A beautiful hotel and an amazing old courtyard.
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  • Day13

    Seville Cathedral

    July 10 in Spain

    Sam and I went on a guided tour of the Seville Cathedral this morning. It is the third biggest church in the world, behind St Peters in Rome and St Paul's in London. However, it is the biggest cathedral (neither of the other two is classified as a cathedral) and the largest gothic church in the world. As a cathedral, it supplanted the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as the biggest in the world when it was completed in 1506.

    The cathedral replaced a large mosque built on the same site by the Muslims when they were ruling the city. The city was retaken by Ferdinand III in 1248, and the mosque was gradually converted to a church. But the plans for the cathedral were drawn up and construction commenced in 1401. It took about 100 years to build. Inside it is grand. The huge columns create the sense that one is standing in a huge marble forest with the roof being as high as the sky. The backdrop to the altar is spectacular - a wooden carved story of Jesus told in about 50 ornately carved panels and every covered with gold - 30m wide and 20m high.

    The church is full of original paintings by famous artists, including Goya and Murilla, the latter celebrating the 400th anniversary of his birth this year so there are special exhibitions about hsi art in the cathedral and all through Seville.

    The Visigoth Kings who ruled Spain in the 5th century were converted from Aryanism to Catholicism by two archbishops of Seville who were brothers. They were canonised as a consequence and there are some spectacular paintings of these brothers who are famous in Seville for this accomplishment (although I'm not sure it improved the spiritual status of the Visigoth Kings at all).

    The Cathedral is a spectacular building, bringing together as it did all the very best craftsmen, artisans and artists in Spain and Europe to produce one of the major infrastructure accomplishments of the Middle Ages. It was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987.

    Many famous kings and queens of Spain and buried in this Cathedral. Christopher Columbus is also buried here and his remains are memorialised in a spectacular tomb with four bronze men carrying his large coffin on their shoulders. These four men symbolise the four main parts of Spain - Leon, Castillo, Navarre, and Aragon. The son of Columbus is also buried in the Cathedral because he donated his library to the Cathedral, which included many of Columbus’ original documents and records.

    There are two major parts of the original Mosque that still form a part of the Cathedral. The courtyard outside the cathedral was the "sahn" (ablutions courtyard) of the original Mosque. There are beautiful orange trees planted in this courtyard the flowers of which give off a very characteristic scent which is synonymous with Seville. There is also the famous Giralda Tower which was the tallest building in the city until just three years ago, and which was the old minaret of the Mosque and was, when it was built, the highest and largest minaret in any mosque in the world. It was a twin of the minaret in Marrakesh in Morocco.
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  • Day14

    Bullring in Ronda

    July 11 in Spain

    The bullring in Ronda is famous in Spain. Hemmingway wrote extensively about bullfighting and spent a lot of time in Ronda. I visited the bullring and toured its facilities, museum, bull handling yeards and the ring itself. For a town on only 30,000 people, it has a significant place in the history of bullfighting. Apparently the style of bullfighting differs in each area of Spain, and the toreadors in Ronda take a slightly different approach to those in Seville, who try to impress with flourishes and graceful turns and dance-like moves. Its a bit more stolid in Ronda, if I understand it correctly.

    The bullring here had more areas open to the public than the bullring in Seville. I could actually stand in one of the eight stalls that hold the bulls, which are released one by one and they run in a straight line from their pen, into the daylight of the ring. They are furious and a bit disoriented when they enter the ring, and are ready to take on whoever is standing in the ring wearing fancy clothes and waving a red cape around.

    The tour of the bullring was very interesting. I would like to see a bullfight but they are not taking place in the heat of summer.
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  • Day17

    Nerja then Granada

    July 14 in Spain

    This morning we got our swimmers on and went straight downstairs to the beach. There was no time to be wasted. Beautiful warm sunshine and the Mediterranean was beckoning. We sat on the beach for about an hour, swam for a while in the clear water and skimmed stones across the sea. It wa a very memorable morning and we wished we were staying longer in the Costa del Sol. We had to check out at 12:00pm so that was the limit of the time we had.

    We then drove about five minutes down the road to the famous viewing terrace called Balcon de Europa. It has a spectacular vista of the magnificent beaches in the area. The view is the most used publicity photo used to promote this region. We spent some time here soaking up the atmosphere. We bought some lunch and had an ice cream from one of the many stores selling a huge variety of flavours.

    We then headed off towards Granada, stopping only to look at the notable landmark which is the aqueduct with four tiers of arches. Another memorable sight in Nerja.

    We reluctantly left Nerja, wishing we had allocated more time to this beautiful coastal region of southern Spain.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Andalucía, Andalucia, Andalusien, Andalusia, Andalusië, أندلوسيا, اندلوسيا, Əndəlus, Андалусія, Андалусия, আন্দালুসিয়া, Andalouzia, Andaluzija, Andalusie, Ανδαλουσία, Andaluzio, Andaluusia, Andaluzia, اندلس, Andalousie, Andalosie, Andalûsje, An Andalúis, آندالوسیا, 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌰𐌻𐌹𐍄𐌾𐌰/Wandalitja, אנדלוסיה, Andalúzia, Անդալուսիա, Andalúsía, アンダルシア, ანდალუსია, 안달루시아 지방, Endulus, Andalousi, Vandalitia, Andaluziya, Andalūzija, आंदालुसिया, Andalosia, Андалуси, Andaluzja, Andalusìa, Andalusiya, Андалузија, แคว้นอันดาลูซีอา, Endülüs, Andalusiye, 安達魯西亞

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