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Andalusia in 10 Days part 2

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Day 4 & 5: Ronda

Welcome to Ronda where one can feel overcome, Happy, and amazed. Frist check into a hotel for two nights, I stayed at San Gabriel Hotel for 170 EUR.
Plaza de Toros
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Plaza de Toros

It all started where Pedro Romero invented modern bullfighting as we know it, If it’s your first bullfight then you’re in the right place Ronda, ” Hemingway wrote in Death in the Afternoon. “That is where you should go if you ever go to Spain on a honeymoon or if you ever bolt with anyone. The entire town and as far as you can see in any direction is romantic background.”

 The Roman Bridge
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The Roman Bridge of Ronda

This Bridge is known as the Tannery Bridge, because of its former proximity to the Arab tanneries that, naturally, would have been located outside the town.

Also here are some pictures of the other places I visited

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Day 6 & 7: Granada

Once you arrive in Granada Check into a hotel for two nights, I stayed at Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol for 306 EUR. Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol is located in Granada, a 10-minute walk from La Alhambra. Set in a typical Granada house.

Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol is 850 m from Albayzín, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Arabian Baths are a 10-minute walk away. Granada Cathedral is 650 m from the property.

Granada City Center is a great choice for travelers interested in ancient landmarks, architecture and city walks.

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Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol

on the morning of Day one after checking into a hotel visit  Alhambra, The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means “red or crimson castle”, you may have to book a ticket weeks in advance.

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El Patio de Los Arrayanes.

The Court of the Myrtles (Patio de los Arrayanes) is part of the palace and fortress complex of the Alhambra. It is located east of the Gilded Room

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View from Alhambra

Tips: Don’t book the first time for the Nazaries Palace. This is 8:30 and requires a 15-minute walk from the entrance and will probably be swamped with groups. When you are booking you can see how many places are available in any time slot. Choose the one with the most openings. 9:00 or later is better than 8:30.

On Day 2:  visit Plaza Nueva “New Square” there are plenty of nice restaurants bars and souvenirs shops.

The Main Old City Square with Historic Buildings. Despite its name Plaza Nueva (New Square), it is the oldest square in Granada and lies between the modern center and the Carrera del Darro.

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Albaicin Quarter

Spectacular district of Albayzin in Granada in the shadow of the Alhambra, the neighborhood history and tourist guide of ancient Arab quarter of Granada.

 

Day 9 & 10: Córdoba

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Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. After it became a Catholic church in 1236, a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century.

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Córdoba Bed and Be Hostel

Once you arrive in Córdoba Check into a hotel for two nights, I stayed at Córdoba Bed and Be Hostel for 54 EUR Featuring a typical Andalusian patio and a rooftop terrace, Córdoba Bed and Be is located in the heart of Cordoba.

Breakfast is included and is served every morning in the shared kitchen. The property also offers bicycles for rent.

You can find a restaurant, bar, and grocery shop within a 5-minute walk of Córdoba Bed and Be. Mezquita Cathedral is 1 km away. Las Tendillas Square is 280 m from the property, and Cordoba Train and Bus Station is 10 minutes away on foot.

 

On Day One: Plaza de la Corredera

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Plaza de la Corredera

This 17th-century public square is one of the central squares in the city. This building served as a jail until the 19th century and was then purchased by businessman Jose Sanchez Pena who used it for commerce. Today the square holds cafes and bars making this a lively destination both night and day. In January the square transforms into a Medieval Market. 

Calleja de Las Flores

This quaint alley way is located in the Jewish Quarter of Cordoba, The street has become popular with tourists for its beautiful white washed houses on either side with colorful flower baskets hanging from the windows and walls. The houses have charming balconies with wrought-iron balustrades dripping with flower pots. It is the picture-perfect vision of a typical Andalusian street. One of the best times to visit the alley is during the Festival de Los Patios held in May.

 

On Day two: Mezquita Catedral de Córdoba

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Mezquita Catedral de Córdoba

In the Mosque Cathedral or Cathedral of St. The majority of the art and architecture we see today comes from the 8th century Islamic architects of the former mosque. The Christian church was built inside the mosque by the Christian conquerors in the 13thcentury.

 

Puerta del Puente

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Puerta del Puente

The Bridge Gate stands on the north bank of the River and the present Renaissance structure was constructed on the site of former Roman and Moorish gates. The public can visit the gate and see a permanent exhibition illustrating the history of the gate through images and texts. You can also climb to the top of the gate for views across the city.

Roman Bridge

Puente Romano crosses the Guadalquivir River, it originated in the 1st century AD but has been rebuilt several times since then. The Roman Bridge would have been part of the Augusta route which connected Roma to Cadiz. Its present form was constructed in the Middle Ages, with the Muslim rulers building on the remains of the former Roman Bridge

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

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Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

The ancient fortress of Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs or Alcazar of Cordoba served as the court of royals for 160 years following its constructed by Alfonso XI in 1328. The complex stands on the site on an earlier 8th century caliphate residence and still retains elements of the Moorish remains. During the 15th century the complex was home to Ferdinand and Isabella.

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Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

 

What is your favorite destination and where you want to go next? Let me know in the comments.

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