In 2008 in May, we have made a tour of eight days in
Andalusia. We had travelled by plane to Malaga. In Malaga we have hired a car.
Parking for visitors of El Torcal.
Road to the west of El Torcal
View from Anteguera
From Anteguera we have visited el Torcal. This is a
karst plateau (20 km²). There are limestone rock
formations, which has been formed by erosion. The plateau is
approximately 1000m high. The visit has been rather short because we
arrived later. There were problems with the radar of the plane. We had to
return to Schiphol Amsterdam. There we departed for the second time, when
they had repaired the radar.
Nevertheless we wanted to visit the this area, because we also have
visited a karst area in Ireland
(the burren(s)) and in Czechia( Prachovské Skály).
There were very few tourists.
From Palma del Rio we have visited Sevilla the first
day. We couldn’tfinda parking place. In the centre we foundsmall square. But when we returned, there was a ticketbehind thehowever an order
behind the windshield
wiper (150 euro or 105 euro when you pay within a month). We
have tried to pay it after the weekend at some banks. But that is in Spain
impossible, when you have hired a car. The car hire company
will solve the problem for us, we hope. (June 2009: We have
nothing heard about it.)
The cathedral of Sevilla and
Alcazar. The first queue is for the entry of Alcazar. The other
for the Cathedral. We were standing in the queue for Alcazar. The
cathedral has been built on the place of a mosque. (1402
continuing into the 16th century.)
This is the largest Gothic church in the world.
When we came outside, it was
much quieter. Unfortunately the church had been closed.
palace Alcázar of Seville. It looks like
the Alhambra in Granada.
It is built by Moorish workmen of Granada (from 1364) For a Christian king.
He did not have a nice name, namely Pedro the Cruel.
The gardens ofAlcázar of Seville. A
part in Moor, a part in Renaissance style. There is also a modern part.
There are many beautiful trees, palms, many birds and beautiful buildings
on the background.
Cordoba is also a city, which you have
to visit. In the historic centre (the Jewish quarter. The many Jews lived there
until the middle ages) are a lot of narrow streets with all kinds of little
construction of the mosque lasted for over two centuries. (785 – 1009)
It has a surface of 175 m. x 135 m. The
plain exterior contrasts with the decorated interiors.
the heart of the mosque is constructed
a Renaissance cathedral. It was constructed by permission of Carlos V.
Therefore some of the many columns are removed. For
a part of Mezquita is no ticket necessary.
de los Reyes Critianos.
A part of a fortress (beginning 13th century) The
building itself is not very interesting.
gardens, with levels of rectangular ponds, fountains, trees and flowers is
the most visited part.
Priego de Cordoba.
don’ttell about all
visited towns, but from the oldest section of Priego on a high cliff we
had a beautiful view.
From Priego de Cordoba we have driven along a beautiful
route through the mountains to the next hotel. That was a 50 km long small
winding road with splendid views. But because I have
fear of heights I regretted our
As last we have gone to Granada.
Of course we have visited the Alhambra. (Alhambra means in Arab red
fortress) It is a palace and
fortress complex on a
Around the complex with gardens is a wall.
When you arrive in Granada, you see the Sierra Nevada with snow on the
Buildings: The royal palace the Alhambra (Palacios Nazaries).
the Nasrid Palaces is strictly limited to the half hour indicated on your
ticket due to the restrictions on maximum capacity in this area (350
people each half hour).That
can be in the morning and in the afternoon or night. Than
you can stay in the palace as long as you want. With
this ticket you can also visit the other buildings and garden.
Tickets are sold out for many dates so you should book tickets in advance.
Information on: http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/alhambra-palace/tickets.htm
AlcazabaThe fortified military complex Generalife Leisure villa of the sultans of Granada The garden complex Palace
of Charles VNo
ticket is necessary to visit the palace and the museum. The museum was closed however
An inner circular patio of the palace of Charles V. The construction was started in 1533 under Charles
V and has continued under Pillip II. But it never has been entirely
completed. The Renasentist construction contrast sharply with the Palacios Nazaries
The garden in front of
the palace are also beautiful.
fortified military complex On the left photo to see you the
with the fundaments of theMilitary
Quarter and living
From the towers you get a
beautiful view of Granada. I did not succeed to photograph the snow on the
mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
(Arabic: Jannat al-'Arif - Architect's Garden)
It was the summer palace of the Nasrid sultans of Granada. The complex
consists gardens, pools, and pavilions.
It is linked to the Palacios Nazaries and now also to the other gardens.
The garden complex.
The entrance to the gardens is near thePalace
of Charles V.
The spire on the photograph is of Santa
Maria de la Alhambra church.
This church is constructed on the place of a mosque. In the church
is not much to see.
The buildings are completed during the rule of Yusuf I and Mohammed V in
the 14th centuriy. Afterwards in the Christian centuries some buildings
are changed or destroyed. What you now see is a part.
Swallows at the hotel.
Swallows at the hotel.
the other photos I have selected a few. The swallows, which we saw at each
hotel. The opuntias along the way. And of course a picture of an olive
We have enjoyed our holidays. In May the temperature is
still pleasant. (Nevertheless almost thirty degrees) If you speak no Spanish a
dictionary is important. The main roads are very well. I ‘ve seen too many people, who don’t
keep much distance.