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Travel in southern Spain is surprisingly easy and so rewarding

Travel in southern Spain is surprisingly easy and so rewarding

Last spring, I spent almost a month travelling on my own in Spain, primarily in its southernmost district, Andalucía. I started in Madrid, then on to Toledo, Córdoba, Granada, Seville and Ronda, living on a strict … Read entire article »

Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Christopher Columbus, that legendary explorer who discovered the “New World” of the Americas in 1492, is celebrated in Seville. His voyages were supported by Spain’s Catholic Monarchs and Seville became the trading centre through which … Read entire article »

The drama that is Ronda, Spain

The drama that is Ronda, Spain

I did Ronda on a day trip from Seville, catching a bus early in the morning and returning late afternoon. I was not interested in spending the night there because I was haunted by images … Read entire article »

Alhambra, Granada’s palace-city, Spain

Alhambra, Granada’s palace-city, Spain

The Alhambra is a palace/fortress in Spain that was built by the Moorish monarchs between 1238 and 1358. Alhambra in Arabic means ‘the red one’ and it sits on Sabika Hill, the highest and largest … Read entire article »

Generalife Garden, Granada, Spain

Generalife Garden, Granada, Spain

There’s an estate outside the walls of the palace-city of Alhambra that was built around the end of the 13th century and today is reputed to have the oldest garden in all of Europe. It’s … Read entire article »

Córdoba and its Mezquita, Spain

Córdoba and its Mezquita, Spain

Córdoba, in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, is best known for its Great Mosque—”Mezquita” in Spanish—that also happens to be a Great Cathedral. Or more accurately, a mosque that turned into a cathedral. Tourists … Read entire article »

Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, also known as the Alcázar of Córdoba, is a royal castle located in historic Córdoba next to the Guadalquivir River and near the Grand Mosque or Mezquita. Construction of … Read entire article »

Courtyards of Viana, Córdoba, Spain

Courtyards of Viana, Córdoba, Spain

The Viana Palace in Cordoba is a stately home that over 5 centuries belonged to 18 noble families. Through extensions and renovations, it became a property with 12 courtyards and a garden that reflect this … Read entire article »

Train travel through Spain: 1st stop Madrid

Train travel through Spain: 1st stop Madrid

Spain is a gorgeous country with a fascinating history. It’s easy to travel around on your own and if you’re not inclined to rent a car, then take the trains and if there is no … Read entire article »

Spain and Morocco: Two continents, two countries, two weeks

Spain and Morocco: Two continents, two countries, two weeks

Stephanie Jack and her boyfriend had two weeks vacation, the last week of January and the first week of February. Her boyfriend was working in Europe and Stephanie, a Canadian, had never travelled in Spain … Read entire article »

Walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Jessica Sunter walked this famous 780 km pilgrimage route, starting in France and reaching Santiago de Compostela 40 days later. She walked every step of the way. Question: What is the Camino de Santiago de Compostela? Answer: … Read entire article »