The Alhambra of Granada

Of all of Spain’s architectural gems, the Alhambra Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is its most precious treasure.

It is so stunning inside and outside, close up and from afar that it is impossible to take it all in- every corner reveals yet more painstaking artisanal carvings and monuments and astonishing views across Granada. (Read about the city of Granada here)

Situated in the hills overlooking the city, with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance, its presence can be felt at all times in this city and there are several vantage points for the best views such as the Mirador San Nicolás (pictured below):

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The Roman Temple of Córdoba: Some Brief Facts

Standing incongruously in what is now a pedestrianised area of shops and bars in Córdoba, it still strikes me that there is a Roman temple in the middle of all of that.

It isn’t the biggest and it isn’t the most impressive Roman temple you can see and it certainly isn’t Córdoba’s biggest touristic pull to the city but it is attractive and lends a touch of history and grandeur to an otherwise generic (but lovely- one of my favourites!) street.

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Visiting Granada: A Guide to One of Spain’s Best Cities

Why is Granada so special?

Ok so the title is highly subjective.

But I am now about to tell you all about Spain’s most magical, North African feeling city.

I can defend the title a little though by the amount of times I’ve heard both Spanish and non-Spanish people alike referring to it as their favourite city in Spain.

Córdobes people are fiercely proud of their homeland but many of them have also conceded that Granada just has something ambient and exotic like nowhere else in the country.

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Medina Azahara: A Guide to the Site of the Former Capital of al-Andalus

The Medina Azahara, or as it is sometimes stylised, the Madinat al-Zahra, is an unsung wonder of an archeological site but it really is so much more than that.

This site was once the powerful capital of al-Andalus with a marvellous vantage point for keeping a watch across Córdoba and continues to be shrouded in mystery and romance today, from its brief but colourful 80 year existence.

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