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Southern Spain (and Barcelona too)

I am headed to Andalusia/ Southern Spain

Home to Moorish castles like the above pictured Real Alcazar (Water Gardens of Dorn to Game of Thrones fans), gorgeous gardens and good food!

I will be meeting with various tour operators and investigating experiences across the country.

Feel free to follow along and send me your questions too.

What do you want to to know about the Andalucian region of Spain?

AdiĆ³s por ahora!

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Alhambra palace fortress

Amazing Alhambra Posted on Tue, April 24, 2018 21:24:16

Believed to have been first constructed in the 9th century, the Alhambra in it’s current form dates to the 13th century when Granada’s Nasrid rulers transformed it into a fortified palace complex. Following the Christian conquest of 1492 it’s mosque was removed for a church and some of it’s palaces removed for construction of the Hapsburg’s Charles V building. In early 19th Century French Napoleonic forces destroyed part of it, and tried to blow up the rest. Reconstruction began in 1880 and continues to today.

(no those aren’t clouds in the background – that’s snow on the Sierra Nevada’s!)

Note that the original tile floors of the homes can still be seen.

These shots are from the Nasrid palace rooms:

Below you can see where the carvings on the wall meet the wood hand made ceiling:
The citadel/military lookout post

Look in the distance and you can see walls around the city of Granada

Superb Seville

Real Alcazar "Dorn" + Seville Posted on Tue, April 24, 2018 20:37:07

Seville is more than “just” the Real Alcazar. It’s Cathedral is a gothic masterpiece:
And is also home to Christopher Columbus’s tomb:

Seville’s streets are charming and her parks include the Plaza Espana. It and many other buildings were created for the 1929 world expo.

As in Toledo, Cordoba and Barcelona, Seville has a Jewish quarter remembering the vibrant Jewish community that existed before the Inquisition.

Real Alcazar

Real Alcazar "Dorn" + Seville Posted on Tue, April 24, 2018 16:25:00

Perhaps the most famous landmark in Seville is the Real Alcazar. This royal palace is a Unesco-listed complex. First developed as a fort in 913, it has been revamped many times over the 11 centuries of its existence. In the 11th Century it was known as Al-Muwarak (the Blessed). Then in the 14th century it became a Catholic landmark when King Pedro took over.

(It’s current fame is as the setting for “Dorn” to Game of Thrones fans.)