Sunday, June 7, 2015

Around Spain in 5 days


Spain is a big country and we only had less than two weeks to be able to take in as much as we could. Our first stop was Barcelona for four days followed by Madrid for another three days and for our last leg, we did the five day tour around the outskirts of Spain. Let me take you through each city by giving a bit of history of the place.

Cordoba 

Cordoba is a city in Andalucia, Spain. It's the second oldest town in Europe. It was first ruled by the Visigoths who built churches all around. The most important was the Cathedral of the Cordoba. When the Islams took over in 711 BC, they took down all the remnants of the Christians except the Cathedral. It was too beautiful for them to destroy. They decided to keep it and turn it into a mosque instead. Currently, it is the only Church that has both Islam and Christian altars inside.




Spot the Man of La Mancha 




Inside the Cathedral of Cordoba



Seville 

When we arrived in Seville, it was the week of their fair. Their fair is the biggest celebration of their city. You see men walk around in their matador costumes while women in their flamenco costumes. The whole city is decorated in lively colors and the people are equally as jolly!



Plaza de Mayor




Ronda

Ronda is known as the most romantic city in Spain. Those who set foot in this city never want to leave. Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles were among those who spent most of their time here. 






Cost del Sol

Spain is also known for their beaches. The famous Ibiza is in Spain! Sadly, we didn't have enough time to go there. The closest beach we got to see was in Costa del Sol. 



Granada

Granada is at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is high up which gives you a spectacular view. I suggest you pay a visit to the Alhambra and the Generalife Garden to take a panoramic picture of the city.







View from inside the Alhambra


Toledo

Also known as the "Imperial City." In Toledo, you can see a mix of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish influences. The different cultures lived in harmony together while the rest of Spain was in war. 




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