Spain, Andalusia – Trip for Romance V
It is time to move on in the direction to Cádiz. Everybody recommended me to see it. So why not?
I hitchhiked and an Argentinian guy named Martin stopped for me. His is nice. Not only he showed me Cadiz but I even didn’t have to drag my backpack. He offered me to show me beautiful beaches and lighthouses south from Cadiz.
We enter along a ten-kilometer neck of land that stick outs above the waters of the Atlantic just like an old shipwreck. The sea is omnipresent and you can smell the salt and humidity in the air. It is not hot in there. In Seville, I felt dry breath of Sahara yet there the ocean rules. So it is very fresh and nice. From here, once three famous ships bearing girl names set sail as the part of Christopher Columbus expedition.
Jedním okem ještě plujete po vlnách Atlantiku a druhým hladíte palmy, obdivujete bílé domy a tajemné uličky a pošilháváte po krásné katedrále.
Cádiz lived from Seville’s overseas trade monopoly. In the times of the Bourbons it had overtaken the monopoly. Its development was interrupted by English fleets invasions when the port was burned down.
The city is 3 000 years old. In 11th century B.C. Phoenix sailors reached the area. It was the territory beyond the end of the world, beyond the straight of Gibraltar. The Phoenicians founded there a trade port and called the town of Gadir, meaning the fortress. It was fortified with an ocean and steep limestone rocks. It should be the oldest living city in Europe yet it certainly doesn’t seem so. It is too playful. It reminds one of a sailor in an inn.
South Spaniards love noise in the style of “I scream therefore I am.” You hear Babylonian proportion of languages, laughts, screams, rings, crazy argues, crying of an infant. The city doesn’t need a lighthouse as it is loud enough to be noticed in the open sea. People of all ages fill streets, squares, they stand, walk, and return, all in perpetual locomotion...
The highlight of my visit was Catedral de Santa Cruz de Cádiz. It is different than others. It looks more like pagan temple of Artemis. It has monumental columns and captivated my interest for its monumentality.
And this was all we could have seen so now we headed to beaches south from Cadiz which are really wonderful. We pass by a lighthouse located on a peninsula that runs into the sea. We visit another beach on the following day… It is simply wonderful there. We would spend there almost entire day…...
Text and photo: Sylvie Halouzková
Right from the outset of the article, we have to take you to prehistoric caves near Villaluenga del Rosario. At the foot of the rocky massif that is part of the Sierra de Cádiz is the town of Villaluenga del Rosario.
Whether you are lured by noisy streets of Sevilla, rhythm of flamenco and Sevillans, mystery of Cordoba, charm of Cadiz, or beauty of Granada with the Sierra Nevada in the background. You simply can’t let this slip away...
On my road from Cádiz to Toledo, I spent couple of days in Lisbon. I think I really deserve some comfort and a shower. Thus, I would live in a hostel this time.
From old fortress of San Servando I look deep down to a canyon between the rocks where the Tajo River flows. I admire the vista from the rock surrounded with the wall.
I walk in the park around Museum Prado. It is the temple of the art. Yet even the greatest of the art enthusiasts would get tired after couple of hours.
Malaga (correct Spanish spelling is Málaga) is the second largest city in Andalusia. It is situated on the Mediterranean coastline. It is a center of the famous Costa del Sol resort.
The city of Ronda can be found in Spanish province of Andalusia Spain. The city lies on a plain that is introduced by a steep cliff, which gives it a truly unique look. Besides, you are sure to like the local culture which is mainly known for bullfighting aka corrida, and bandits. If you known the famous novel by American writer Ernest Hemingway Whom the Bell Tolls you maybe know that the novel takes place place during the Spanish civil war. Perhaps you remember Ronda from there, because part of the story took place here.
Even though summer is slowly coming to an end, it is still a good time for vacation. Today, we will head the sunny country of Spain, more precisely to Andalusia. We will see the province of Malaga to enjoy the Costa del Sol.
After vacation on Costa del Sol, Spain and walking through picturesque seaside towns, we have decided to experience the adventure. So we set out on the most southern tip of Spain, which is the United Kingdom's overseas territory - to Gibraltar.
Marbella is a beautiful and also clean city. It is situated on the famous coastline strip known as Costa del Sol. Marbella's promenades are lined with palms, luxurious beach clubs, and golf courses.
Marbella, the home for 140 thousand, was introduced in the last part. Today, we will continue in our trip to explore some nooks of this city in south of Spain.
Today we head to Andalusia. There we will take a look at the so-called Pueblos Blancos, or white villages that carry the charm of the ancient Moorish times. These small small villages are known by white houses typical of the Berber architecture of North Africa, a region that is home to the Moors.
I visited the Catalonian capital with my family for a week in the time of Christmas holidays. I like to learn about culture of the country I spend my time in so I spent lot of time wandering in the streets, in parks or had breakfast in back-alley cafes with locals. I enjoyed hours-long dinners having great tapas and even better wine. I tried to met as new people as possible. True, only disadvantage was that I didn’t speak Spanish or Catalonian.
In narrow streets of historical center in Barcelona is really easy to get lost. However, you can be sure that you would always end up at some cathedral or, at least, small shrine. They are hard to see from distance, they just suddenly pop up in front of you. On the other hand, famous Sagrada Família is easy to see from distance.
Having 512 meters, Tibidabo is the highest summit of the Serra de Collserola. Therefore, you should miss it if you want to enjoy one of the best vistas over Barcelona. Tibidabo is on city’s northwest. You can easily distinguish it for its white temple on the top.
Spain’s second largest city, the center of Catalonia, popular destination of digital nomads, and mostly the place from where you bring countless great experiences. Barcelona is very kind to any type of traveler and you can visit it in any season.
My trip to sunny Andalusia, rhythm of unbounded and wild guitarist Paca de Lucía, flamenco dancers, people of Sevilla goes on and this time it takes place in marvellous Granada.
I believe I will visit Granada one more time at some point in the future. Yet now I head to Málaga and Córdoba.
Cordoba was the richest city of the West and the center of Islamic culture. First emirs resided in Seville. In the sixth year of Arab occupation (716) Emir Alhor moved his court to Cordoba. The ruled as deputies of the caliph of Damask. They were military warlords subordinated to the might of the House of Umayyad.
«I believe in eternity», said the American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson when proclaimed to see the genius of Greece, Italy and Spain. Without any doubt, Emerson knew Granada or, at least, he had a feeling of how it would be like.
The visitor will feel at home in the Patio de los Leones whose fountain, surrounded by a slim gallery of 124 columns, provides a humane architectonic space put to the service of men, in a miraculous mixture of geometry, light and rhythm.
Welcome to our series dedicated to the fascinating Spanish city of Barcelona, which about we will be following three parts. In them you will know that it is a city that you should see at least once in your life.
In the second part about the beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast you can find out more about the beautiful villas that the famous architect Gaudí left here.
In the third part of our series you can learn about other notable references genius of Antonio Gaudi, which are the Sagrada Família and Parc Güell.
This rich city boasts with more than just architecture of brilliant Antonio Gaudí. In today’s part we will visit local aquarium and Barcelona coast promenade where are berthed historical ships and other interesting things.
We bring you the last part of our series on sunny a shinning Barcelona. The trip will end on Montjuïc.
This small article is dedicted to Spain, better to say to the whole Pyrenee Peninsula (even Portugal will not be forgotten). I try to describe the places, which I had to make acquintance with during my stay in Spain. Nevertheless, it would be useful to say a few words about Spain in general.
Many people may have heard about Seville before. Many of them are accustomed to see its image represented along with the Giralda, watching the city aware of all what may take place, from its 94 meters heights.
Certainly I am not the only one who used services of a lowcost airlines. To be honest, I have never regretted doing this. I was pleasantly surprised that such a journey gave as a bonus.
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