Andalusia 2011

Andalusia conjures up images of a Moorish past, of passionate Flamenco dancers and dramatic bullfights. I had travelled to this iconic region of Spain several times in the past, but in the spring of 2011 I decided to finally visit some of the places that were still missing from my Andalusia bucket list.

I started with the historic city of Granada and was amazed by the timeless Moorish beauty of the Alhambra. Then I moved on and spent a week on the Costa de la Luz on the Atlantic coast of Andalusia. Here I had a chance to discover the city of Cadiz, western Europe’s oldest city, and many of the gorgeous “pueblos blancos” (white-washed villages) such as Arcos de la Frontera and Vejer de la Frontera.

Seville was next on the list, and the opulence of the Andalusian capital and its historic significance and wealth clearly impress to this day. My last stop was in Cordoba, where the Mezquita, this amazing medieval mosque-cathedral, along with the old city core mesmerized me. Andalusia is a dream destination, with its fascinating history, its amazing architecture and the warmth and passion of its people.

Andalusia – the name alone evokes images of warm days along the Mediterranean coastline, of passionate Flamenco dancers and of equally passionate bullfights. For many people, Andalusia represents Spanish culture in itself. I had visited… Read more.

After my visit to Granada, I made my way west in a rental car to a small coastal village called Conil de la Frontera on the Costa de la Luz where I connected with my… Read more.

Andalusia continued to exert its magic spell on me. After a visit to the Moorish jewel of Granada and a week of explorations along the Costa de la Luz with its pueblos blancos – the… Read more.

My two weeks in Spain were rapidly coming to a conclusion – I had already visited some of Andalusia’s most famous places: Granada and the Alhambra and the Costa de la Luz with side trips… Read more.