7 peculiar cemeteries of Andalusia

Today we talk about necrotourism or cemetery tourism.  An activity that in this area of ​​Europe can seem quite shocking or even morbid difficult to understand in a state with a Catholic culture and very reserved with respect to death, however in other parts of Europe such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany or in United States, the visit to the graveyards is a place more like a tourist monument.

 Whether for the forms or the construction of their tombs, in many cases true mausoleums or for stories that happened there, the cemeteries become not only a place of pilgrimage on November 1 but also a tourist or cultural visit.In many cases, dramatized routes are carried out where stories related to the cemetery or paranormal phenomena occurring in it are told. In this post, we are going to talk about the most peculiar cemeteries of Andalusia, which are reference for visits as cult place or simply curiosity.

  1. Cemetery of San Fernando (Seville): This first route we started in the cemetery of the Andalusian capital.  Its origin is from the end of the XIX century, and it was built for reasons of high demography since the burials were carried out in the parishes and the city had collapsed in that aspect. This gigantic cemetery has real works of art as tombs as in the case of the bullfighters Joselito el Gallo or Juan Belmonte. There are also celebrities from the world of music such as Antonio Machín, however the most imposing place is possibly in the middle of it, in a roundabout, stands a cross with a Christ work by Antonio Susillo (buried just below) with a legend since It is called Christ of the Honeys due to an extraordinary event in which the image one day began to cry honey. The supposedly miraculous event had the simple explanation of a beehive that had been created spontaneously inside his head, and in summer it melted giving a really exceptional scene but with scientific explanation.
  2.  Cemetery of Villaluenga del Rosario: located in the same town in the Sierra de Grazalema area.  It is a work of art since it is a small cemetery whose niches are built inside a church (Salvador) in ruins that was destroyed in the nineteenth century and that is native to the eighteenth century. The location of the niches, their small size and being located inside a church, gives a more sacred if it fits.
  3.  Casabermeja Cemetery: Called San Sebastian and located in the town of the same name in the area of ​​Malaga. It is a cemetery known vulgarly as a town, since its niches and tombs are so well preserved and well cared for that they simply remind one of the white villages of Cádiz or of the Axarquía de Málaga. Its uniqueness stands out for the fact that the locals themselves are responsible for keeping the graves tidy and painted as if it were the first day, being the possible best care in Andalusia, to the point of becoming a busy place in days before and after of all the Saints.
  4. Cemetery of Benadalid: curious cemetery of the town of the Serrania de Ronda since it is built on a castle that was originally Roman although the remains that have reached us are Arab. It is curious to see some niches built on the patio of a medieval castle and where battles between Moors and Christians are depicted.
  5. Cemetery of Granada: Known as San José and dating from 1805 being one of the oldest. This cemetery, like that of Seville, has sculptural works from its niches that are worth seeing. It is located in the area of ​​the Alhambra with views of the Generalife, and Sierra Nevada and next to a Nasrid ruins of the fourteenth century. It has legends like the bride who died on her wedding day and who wanders by the same or the Christ who works miracles. Another point to discover the mythical city of Granada.
  6. English Graveyard of Malaga: the largest port capital of Andalusia also has its cemetery with history and worth visiting.  It is a Protestant cemetery of the early nineteenth century, since the British consul of that time requested a piece of land from the authorities for the eternal rest of his countrymen. The place was also chosen for the seat of the Anglican church, its tombs are real sculptural works and it is a place of great cultural and ethnological interest for what it represents.
  7. Monturque Cemetery: The town of Córdoba, whose cemetery is called San Rafael, is located in an area of ​​Roman remains of the first century AD. c, with a structure of niches and tombs located in the central zone of the forum and constituting an exceptional case of related archeology and necrology.

These cemeteries are not the only places of worship for the dead to visit since there are the different necropolises that we show in our Roman Route.  We can indicate that the world related to the show as well as its cults and burials are also a source of tourist attraction even if it is difficult to understand.

The Columbian places of Andalusia

Andalusia due to its geographical location was of vital importance for the creation of Spanish America. .As a gateway to the Atlantic, it has several locations such as places in Colombia where we can enjoy the monuments and their history. The Columbian Andalusia shows us a route of monuments, history and characters that participated in the conquest and exploitation of America.

On October 12, the national day and the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus occurred in 1492. With this discovery began the American adventure that lasted approximately 300 years.On this route we will show you five places related to this part of Spanish history.

1) Seville.The capital of Andalusia was the protagonist of the preparation before the voyages of Columbus, the discovery of America, the return to the world, the subsequent commercial exploitation in the American colonies. The route would begin in a space where the fifth centenary was celebrated at Expo 92, specifically the monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas, located on the island of the Carthusian monastery and which was originally an Almohad pottery factory and later became a monastery of the Carthaginian order at the end of the fourteenth century.  This monastery has Mudejar Gothic style like most of the religious buildings of that time in the city. The monastery was the place of residence and study of Christopher Columbus to know the possible routes to find the Asian continent (it was what he was looking for initially). Columbus became a friend of the abbot who gave him the opportunity to study the various manuscripts present in the religious space.

 Legend has it that Christopher Columbus himself planted a Quercus tree which is still alive 500 years later in one of his homelands. This space contained pictorial works currently preserved in the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville, and we can not help but admire the structures such as the arches and architectural elements of the Mudéjar Gothic.

archivo de indias Indian file

 Another space in the city of Seville is the Renaissance building known as the Indian Archive. In 1503 in this building the headquarters of the house of the hiring was created, that monopolized the commerce with America. Later, in the seventeenth century, the beautiful artistic schools founded by the universal painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo became the headquarters of the Archivo General de Indias, where all the information referring to America is kept and also used as a venue for traveling exhibitions. The monument was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 Another monument heritage of humanity, just opposite the previous one, is the cathedral of Seville .  It is the largest Gothic monument and the second largest Catholic church in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome.The building with a mixture of Almohad, Gothic and Renaissance art is the place where the mortal remains of Christopher Columbus rest. Its large arched walls with immense stained glass windows show the grandeur of this religious space. However, they also possess the pictorial treasures of minor arts from the time of the Spanish empire.

2) El Puerto de Santa María .The city of Cadiz has the importance of being the place where Colón made the contracts with the Finch Brothers and also with the Basque navigator resident in the locality Juan de la cosa.  Juan de la cosa becomes the creator of the first map showing the existence of the new continent, this maps dated around 1500, is preserved in the national library of Madrid, however the entrance of the medieval castle of San Marcos, shows a replica in tiles of the sailor’s map.  The port of Santa María shows in the zone of the galleys the typical constructions of the colonial epoch that later were exported America. One of the most important monuments of the town is the monastery of the Victory also with Mudejar Gothic influence of the XV-XVI century. The port of Santa María constituted a place along with Cádiz for the smuggling of goods that had to reach Seville by the Guadalquivir River. A lot of merchandise arrived in this area without going through the official controls. The municipal museum facing the collegiate church, can not show more history about the relationship between Christopher Columbus and Juan de la cosa.

3) Sanlúcar de Barrameda .  Located at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, it constituted the ante-port of the city of Seville, because the larger ships could not cross the bar of rocks and sands that formed in the estuary. The city was important in the third voyage of Columbus that departed on May 30, 1498 with eight ships to the island of the Spanish however the greatest importance is the fact that in 1519 parties the expedition commanded by Magellan to turn around the world and finally The city with a rich wine industry, also shows us the spaces related to the American or Canary expeditions such as the church of the Trinity where the sailors prayed that they were going to conquer the Canary Islands.Before the departure of the third trip to Colón, it was here in Sanlúcar where Columbus received from an English publisher a copy of the frame travel book.

Convento de Santo Domingo Convent of Santo Domingo

The last place in Sanlúcar related to Colombian travel is the church of Santo Domingo founded in the sixteenth century Renaissance type and has pictorial works by Flemish authors and for example Francisco Pacheco.

4) Cádiz . The well-known one like silver tacita acquires importance in the last part of the Spanish empire although also for being area of ​​contraband of the merchandise of the Spanish America. Its historical center shows that time has not passed in many cases maintaining its structure of the Renaissance-Baroque colonial era. The second trip of Columbus from Cádiz in 1493 really to look for pasilla nevertheless arrived at the island of Puerto Rico.

5) Huelva . El último lugar naturalmente no podía ser otro que la provincia de Huelva. The last place naturally could not be other than the province of  The beginning of the American adventure begins here, with the departure on August 3, 1492, of the expedition commanded by Columbus, with three caravels, the pint, the girl and the Santa Maria. . The departure was from the port of woods, near the monastery of la rábidaThis Gothic-Mudejar style building is a monastery with a cloister and a museum that have items heading a commemorative of the discovery of America. Martín Alonso Pinzón is buried in the monastery, and it was also the place where Columbus stayed but also the conquistadors Hernán Cortés or Francisco Pizarro. The monastery was created as an invocation to Santa María de la rábida whose thirteenth century carving is preserved in the precinct, whose origin was probably Templar, since in the original building it was a Muslim Ribat and was guarded by this chivalric order.On a nearby jetty is the replica of the three caravels that sailed the seas in search of the new world.

The monastery had great importance since some of the monks lodged there was a to evangelize a newly discovered territory hence the important relationship that the rabida maintains with various countries of America

5 places to enjoy the bellowing of the deer


Now that it gets dark sooner, and this is the beginning of the rainy season, the phenomenon of the deer’s bellowing begins. In autumn from September in some cases and continuing throughout the month of October, male deer prepare for zeal.

The male deer, begin with their songs known as rascal to attract all possible females. They show their male credentials with their horns well developed and formed and whose songs can be heard for miles around.

The activity of the males in heat with their songs is extended throughout the day although they can be heard more at dawn as in the evening, in some cases, nights of great noise.

After the bellowing, the males fight among themselves to obtain the right to have all the possible females as a harem and to mate with them being pregnant and later giving birth at the end of the following winter.

Likewise the voices of the bellow resound, you can also hear the noises of the horns crashing, often giving bloody battles in which the loser ends up in some cases badly wounded, however the winner gets the prize of all the females.

Andalusia, is where the deer lives, known as deer in these areas, and there are numerous natural areas where they live and you can contemplate this annual phenomenon of nature:
Natural Park Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas (Jaén): in the 70s, the documentary series “The Man and the Earth” by Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, showed these ungulates in the process of rutting, in the area of Swamp del Tranco. Today you can see the largest population of deer congregated in this area from the peaks, where live the vultures and the bearded vulture, which surround these waters belonging to the Guadalquivir river, where they come down to drink.
Natural Park Alcornocales (Cádiz / Málaga): This natural area is the highest concentration of Cork oaks in Europe, and because of its orography and proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, affected by humidity and west winds, it is an area of ​​birds such as Aguilar real, griffon vulture, and other raptors. It is also the only example of European subtropical forest, in the valleys where humidity condenses giving rise to laurel forests, and insect species in some cases endemic. In this unique space, there are about 35,000 deer that show their bellowing between the area of ​​the port of Galiz and the Sauceda. Lacking natural predators, hunting is allowed in the established time.

Natural Park of the Sierra de Hornachuelos (Córdoba): The last and supposed redoubt of the Iberian wolf in Andalusia (there is no record of its presence for decades), the deer also performs its rutting activity specifically in the area near the banks of the Bembézar reservoir. According to the water, we can see more deer approach, but as in Tranco marsh, they meet in that area to drink and also to procreate.
Natural Park of the Sierra de Norte de Sevilla: The last redoubt corresponds to an area known as dehesas (cattle grazing area with Mediterranean forest), world heritage site, where deer also live with pigs. It is more common to see these animals in the process of bellowing between dusk and dusk since the rest of the day and due to the heat, they just rest. In the area near Almadén de la Plata, from the village itself, it is a spectacle to hear the deer’s songs throughout the night as a scandal of nature itself.

We advise for these activities not to approach the animals and to stay on the sidelines as not to feed them and limit the use of perfumes so as not to confuse them.

The bellows, represents one of the natural spectacles offered by nature in Andalusia.

The White Night arrives in Seville

This year will be the seventh edition of the White Night of Seville, this next October 5, with more than 160 activities that will be spread around different parts of the city.
In past editions the success has been spectacular, this year also being the year Murillo some activities will focus on the Sevillian painter, touring his work from different ways to discover it and get to know it more closely.
One of the most visited places whenever this event takes place is the Cathedral of Seville, the Alcazar or the Archivo de Indias.
The House of the Province or the Faculty of Fine Arts will also open their doors for this occasion.
The Museum of the Port of Seville, the Palace of the Marquises of La Algaba, the Museum of Ceramics of Triana, the Lope de Vega Theater or the Church of San Luis de los Franceses will be other places that will receive many visitors.
While in the “Mushrooms” we can enjoy the dance, with different performances.
In the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville, you will visit the cloisters and the Sala V, where the Murillo Exhibition is located.
In the Museum of Arts and Popular Customs there will be a concert and a wine tasting.
In the Archaeological Museum the rooms of Rome, with guided tours that include monologues about Rome and music abroad.
At the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art with guided tours.
In CaixaForum we can also enjoy different activities such as: Building new worlds, Encounters with Flavita Banana, New images for new worlds, Face to Face, to name a few.
In the Navigation Pavilion the visitor will be able to see his permanent exhibition.
In the Association of painters of Seville and other arts – Crafts in Altozano, in the craft market where many activities such as painting a picture, mold with clay, work sheet metal, goldsmithing, macrame, sewing handbags, crochet …
In the Aquarium of Seville you can make a night visit, with its sharks, clown fish, green iguana or jellyfish, discovering from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, from 20 hours to 00 at night.
For lovers of literature there will be many activities such as the one that will be carried out by the Open Seville Initiative Association with Cosmopolitan Publishers Night, with literary evenings from 20:30 to 00:30.

But if, on the contrary, you prefer the theater, do not worry, you will have multiple shows throughout the night such as the one that took place at the Documentation Center of the Performing Arts of Andalusia with The characters come out of the books, at CUMA Teatro with the Murillo Experience o The green door- A forgotten life …, Night of Repálagos – ImproRepálagos, in the TNT Center with The Dream of a Night of Cabaret and Olé or Molarte- The souls of Seville III “The Enchanted Palace”.
The only thing you need is to get comfortable and go out and explore the city.
Are you going to miss it?

Córdoba and its territory


The archaeological museum of Córdoba offers us a chronological route that goes from Prehistory to the Middle Ages.
With the exhibition called Córdoba and its territory we will discover the Prehistory and Protohistory of the city.
With pieces of Neolithic ceramics discovered in the Cueva de los Murciélagos de Zuheros or campaniform vases of La Rambla, among other pieces.
Beginning in Prehistory we will advance to the Late Middle Ages, knowing chronological data and milestones of each period.
The pieces that are exhibited have their origin in the archaeological sites of the province.
Divided by thematic blocks: Córdoba and its territory, Córdoba, power and centrality and finally living in Córdoba.
In the first block we will contemplate the Roman Cordoba, the evolution of the city, with detailed descriptions found. Architectural elements, statues or portraits. One of the most outstanding images is an athlete Torso, which we can see in the section of Roman Cordoba, another outstanding piece is a sculpture of Aphrodite crouching and the Portrait of Drusus, son of Tiberius.
In Cordoba, between Rome and Islam, we will enter the Visigothic period and as the city changed in medieval times, we will highlight the Capital of the Evangelists with polychrome decoration.
In Qurtuba, we discover the Islamic city, its civil and religious works, green ceramics and manganese and bronze.
In Cordoba of the Late Middle Ages, we will narrate the Christian reconquest and its subsequent transformation, the process that led to Christianity.
In a showcase we will see a large selection of coins, from the republican denarii of the Treasury of the Almadenes, coins of the Roman or Andalusian Empire.
In the museum we will also find a statue of Mitra, a deity who received cult in different oriental religions reaching the Roman religion.
In the basement of the museum are the remains of the internal structures of the Roman Theater of Córdoba and different stages of the site.
These pieces are part of the Route of the Caliphate and Roman Route.

Sports activities this autumn in Andalucia

Now that summer is over, although temperatures will still be high in Andalusia, it is a time for sports activities taking advantage of the numerous natural and in some cases urban areas of our region.

For some years now, sport has been a tourist activity in areas where the sun and beach season ends but also in natural and urban interior areas. More and more tourists are looking for more active and adventurous activities taking advantage of the landscape, nature and why not the urban space.

Andalusia offers numerous offer and places for outdoor sports activities to enjoy as a family, for competition and simply as fun. These activities can be carried out freely but there are also numerous companies specializing in active and sports tourism activities.
We started talking about sports activities in urban space, being the most popular, the urban race, either in its form of Marathon, or half marathon that since the 80s increasingly increases its users and followers. This activity derived from athletics, combines sport of important hardness and an urban circuit where you can enjoy the view of the main monumental and historical areas. In Seville, in the month of February and in Malaga, in the month of November, the international marathons are celebrated of which they are part of the IAAF as an international circuit and that every year attracts thousands of runners. Other cases are the Half Marathon of Córdoba or Jerez and if a different space is sought, the cross of Italica, in the cross country with the background of the ruins of the Roman city of Itálica.
Another sports activity or active tourism that attracts thousands of followers are water sports, such as surfing, wind suf or kite surfing that fills the beaches close to the Strait of Gibraltar all year round, of sportsmen due to the presence of strong winds and waves that delight fans. The sail also has in its different modalities followers of high purchasing power that not only make regattas in summer but also in times of inclement weather.
However, water sports are accessible to all budgets in a modality born years ago, canoeing by kayak. The kayak can be used in single, double or four people taking advantage of the sea or the numerous river areas such as the Guadalquivir River on its way through Seville or Cordoba or in natural areas such as the Hurones marshes in Cádiz, Zahara de la Sierra Reservoir , Pantano de Iznajar in Córdoba. Although of all we recommend a kayak ride along the Guadalquivir to the height of the Doñana National Park, with the possibility of seeing animal species inhabitants of space.

 

Cheaper if it is possible are the options of trekking or hiking in the different areas of the mountains of Andalusia, with routes of different difficulty and practicing a new trend called nordic Walking in which canes are used for support and support. The most recommended areas are the Sierra de Aracena, Grazalema, Sierra Norte de Sevilla, Sierra de las Nieves or Sierra de Cazorla.

Although if you prefer to harden, mountaineering or speleology, always with the most suitable equipment for it, you can enjoy nature and adventure sports. For these areas we recommend the Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves with the Gato or de la Menga caves as activity zones. Whenever you can make a reservation, do not forget to go to Caminito del Rey, in a test of hiking and mountaineering with moments of stress and vertigo.

 

Pantano de Bembézar (Córdoba)

However, a king of mountain sports, of course, is skiing, practiced at the Sierra Nevada resort, and is also the ski pass, one of the most economical in Spain, with a series of offers for accommodation and rental of very cheap equipment. . However, if you do not like skiing or you just do not have money for it, you can go hiking with snowshoes, enjoying a walk in an area of ​​the Sierra Nevada National Park.

We can not say that when the summer is over, time is boring in Andalusia. Currently, there are many offers of active tourism and sports to enjoy during visits to our región.

Ten shows of the Flamenco Biennial


With an incredible performance the Bienal de Flamenco 2.018 began this year in Seville. It was Israel Galván who had the honor of going out through the big door of the Maestranza, dancing and making the audience enjoy the whole evening. Starting this way at the beginning of a few weeks where flamenco will tour different places of the city, from last day 6 until next October 30.
From here we are going to mention 10 shows that you should not miss from the XX Bienal de Flamenco.
On Monday the 10th at Real Alcázar, Argentina will arrive with its pure flamenco, with Habitat we will be seduced by this artist who devours the stage with her presence
Rosarío La Tremendina has flamenco in her blood, great-granddaughter of Enriqueta la Pescaera, daughter of José el Tremendo, who will leave her show La Fuerza on Monday the 10th at the Café Alameda.

In the Real Alcázar on Wednesday 12, you can enjoy one of the most anticipated shows of this edition with Carmen Linares, Ghalia Benali, Fahmi Alqhai, Dani de Morón, Mariví Blasco, Accademia del Piacere and Kiya Tabassian with “Romances between the East and Occidente “, the Andalusian art of the last Moriscos who inhabited Granada, mixed with Andalusian folklore.
Rosario Toledo, David Palomar, José Anillo, El Junco, Ana Salazar, María Moreno, Samara Montáñez, Anabel Ribera, Eduardo Guerrero, Rafael Rodríguez, Óscar Lago, Roberti Jaén and Juan José Villar with Flamenco de la Tacita to the art of their flight XX Edition, at the Hotel Triana next Thursday, the 13th.
With this show we can see how flamenco is able to interpret different literary works and pass on to the viewer, in D.Quixote the Company of Andrés Marín will demonstrate it to us, next Sunday, the 16th.
On Sunday the 16th it will be the turn of María Terremoto with “La Huella de mi sentío”, which arrives after having obtained the Giraldillo Revelacion of the Bienal de Flamenco, the youngest artist in history to achieve it.
The Israel Galván Company with Pastora Galván with La Edad de Oro, which has been performing for 18 years, will be at the Lope de Vega Theater on Wednesday, the 19th.
The Flamenco Ballet of Andalusia will perform on Monday 24th under the direction of Rafael Estevéz with the show “Flamencolorquiano”, where the surrealist, avant-garde and flamenco are mixed, remembering the figure of Lorca.
The young star Rosalia will perform on Friday 28 at the Café Alameda, mixing flamenco with different influences from the artist, presenting “El Mal Querer”, showing the audience a varied repertoire that will not leave anyone indifferent.

The closing concert on the 30th will come from the hand of Dorantes, uniting flamenco and piano in a single being, who debuted at the Biennial 20 years ago and left the audience open-mouthed. The stage will be the Port of Seville, with free admission for those who want to enjoy it.

8 material goods World Heritage of Andalusia.

This denomination, is not only a title, but it also gives protection, disclosure and possibility of financing to recover and consolidate them and that the rest of humanity can enjoy them due to their historical and anthropological character. Many of these assets represent the footprint of the different cultures that passed through our region that are testimony to this.The World Heritage properties located in Andalusia that we will describe are:

  1. The city of Granada located in the vega of the same name with the incomparable setting of the white landscape of Sierra Nevada, shows us the Albaicín, a neighborhood of Arab origin with its steep zigzagging streets and its flavor reminiscent of Nasrid times. We can also enjoy walks through the river Darro and up through the neighborhood to the viewpoint of San Cristóbal, from where we can see the main monument of the city, the Nazari Palace of the Alhambra, the red, for its initial decoration , where we can get lost among its different rooms such as the Abencerrajes or the famous Patio de los Leones with its marble lions fountain restored. The decoration of the palace with its. Within the same Nasrid palace from the 13th century, we find the palace of Charles V of Renaissance origin. Near the Alhambra, we find the gardens of the Generalife, a garden for the enjoyment of the Taifa kings with numerous ornamental plant species and that reminds us of past times and where romantic travelers like Washington Irving were inspired.

ALHAMBRA DE GRANADA ALHAMBRA DE GRANADA

  •  Mosque of Córdoba, Judería and Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. The city of Córdoba as a whole is also part of this list where we can discover the zigzag streets of the Jewish quarter, with balconies and whitewashed houses and patios decorated with flowers.  Walking through the Jewish quarter we arrive at the Mezquita -Cathedral, a building whose origin was a Visigothic church of which there are remains although most of the construction date from the 9th-10th century during the time of the Abderramán caliphs, where we can contemplate the arches of half a point combined with horseshoe arches on Roman columns used for this.  We can contemplate the mihrab and the quibla as well as the later constructions of the Christian era such as Gothic domes and the minaret transformed into a Renaissance tower. Do not forget to visit the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, a palace of Roman origin, transformed from the Islamic period and the residence of Muslim and Christian gyrfalcons after the conquest.
    mezquita cordoba mosque cordoba
  • Alcazar, Cathedral and Archive of the Indies of Seville. The Alcazar represents a building built in X century and later reforms of which we got most of the Mudejar era with Muslim decoration in the fourteenth century, geometric type and huge rooms decorated with gilded domes, a dream palace to enjoy full of history. Recently, the Palace of King Taifa poet Almotamid, from the 11th century, has been discovered and will be included in the protection zone. The Cathedral of Seville is the second largest in Christianity, where various styles such as Gothic, Renaissance, Neo-Gothic and the remains of a minaret (Giralda) with almost 100 meters high and a courtyard of Almohad origin that creates a contrast worthy of contemplation with the patio of the orange trees and a source of Visigothic origin.  The last of the buildings is the Archivo de Indias, initially the academy founded by Murillo and today archive of documents related to the time of Spanish America, today also home to numerous artistic and cultural exhibitions.
    alcazar de sevilla Alcazar of Seville
  •  Historical centers of Úbeda and Baeza: The two cities of Jaén are a cluster of monuments of Renaissance origin constituted as masterpieces of the architect Andrés de Valdenvira, with its cobbled streets, churches like El Salvador in Úbeda, the cathedral of Baeza and many places like the headquarters of the UNIA that are true examples of Renaissance beauty. The two cities allow us to submerge in the sixteenth century and the structure of its streets and buildings has hardly changed at that time.
    catedral de baeza Baeza Cathedral
  • Doñana National Park: Constitutes the natural World Heritage, the most important wetland in Europe with important animal species such as the imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx, emblems of the Iberian fauna. Doñana is a paradise for birds and a place for ornithological tourism linked to the Aldea del Rocío, as a tradition nestled in an enviable natural space. Doñana, although it is within the protection of UNESCO, always has threats either by nature or by the scourge of the human being.
  •  It shows us a set of places related to rock art, with a naturalistic and narrative art, an exclusive cultural manifestation of this geographical area. It is framed within the Levantine Art whose Andalusian part is located in Jaén, Granada and Almería, in which four nuclei can be distinguished that, grouped geographically, would be those of the Region of the Vélez (Almería and Granada) and those of Sierra Morena, Quesada and Sierra de Segura in Jaén. The Levantine paintings were made in shallow shelters and even in vertical walls, most of which contain only paintings, usually figures with simple profiles and flat inks.
  • Dolmens of Antequera: Constituted by the Dolmen of the Menga, Viera and Romeral, located in Antequera (Málaga). It constitutes a monumental megalithic group of great importance in the South of the Iberian Peninsula. The three prehistoric monuments are located in the background of two landscapes worthy of contemplation such as the Peña de los enamorados (that mountain in the form of a sleeping face) and the natural space of the Torcal de Antequera. The dolmen of the Menga and Viera are two sepulchral megalithic monuments in the form of a corridor, formed by blocks of stones superimposed and covered by a mound.  The romeral is a tomb in the shape of Tholos (circular construction), underground with a vaulted chamber covered with masonry.
  • Medina Azahara: city of residence of the caliphs founded a few kilometers from the capital of Cordoba, back in the tenth century by a promise of Caliph Abderramán III to his wife Azahara according to legend. Sus Its palaces and luxurious buildings decorated with horseshoe arches, showed the luxury of the caliphal court and salons like the ambassadors that today thanks to virtual reality we can contemplate.  Nowadays it is even possible to visit it at night which gives a beauty to this monument, recently named a World Heritage Site and which becomes the last of the places, for the moment, with this denomination.

Ten beaches to get lost in Andalusia.


The region of Andalusia, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, offers us more than 600 kilometers of coastline and also many kilometers of beach. These beaches are special places to enjoy the marine waters during the summer and also in a time other than the summer. The different geographical features show us different types of beach and coastline.
Whether located in the Atlantic or the Mediterranean, we find beaches with white, golden, black sand or stones, whether marine or volcanic. Andalusia has beaches on flat coasts or coasts with cliffs. This is the geographical and natural wealth that we can discover many spaces. The beaches to cover lost in our region are the following that we will indicate below:
Beach of the parador (Huelva). This beach located in the province of Huelva and located in the natural area of ​​Doñana, is one of the most beautiful in Huelva. Its privileged location, open to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by pine trees and with hardly any urbanization, makes it a corner away from the madding crowd. The only construction is the national inn of Mazagón. This beach is a continuation of the Doñana National Park and contains protected species such as the Iberian lynx. On June 24, 2017, its pine forests suffered a forest fire that devastated more than eight thousand hectares, ending with many species and destroying the natural access to the beach. Today this beach and this natural space are recovering.

playa del parador. Jose A.


Beach that Cuesta Maneli (Huelva). Continuing with the previous beach and similar characteristics, we found this beach in the same natural area of ​​Doñana with the exception of having a small cliff called Asperillo cliff. The only construction located in this area is the camping but its pine forests invite us to a walk in the nature and its beach open to the Atlantic without hardly receiving east wind, they allow us to enjoy the coast and a clean water.

PLaya de Cuesta Maneli.Autor Ricardo Ramirez Gisbert


Levante beach (Cádiz). Located in the port of Santa María, as a continuation to the urbanized beach of Valdelagrana. This one that in 1989, the natural park Bay of Cádiz will be created, this beach was like a redoubt without urbanizing and a place of wild nature. The beach is more than two kilometers long, with fine sand and surrounded by dunes, and pipes that flood with the rise of the tide. This place, due to the frequency of its winds, is a place for water sports, however this activity is declining due to the fact that this zone of protection and nesting of species such as the little terns or black-legged plover.

Playa de Levante.autor el Pantera

Beach of the castle (Cádiz). It constitutes the continuity in the beach of Camposoto, in San Fernando. This beach was formerly a field for military maneuvers, however since 1989, they are part of the natural park of the Bay of Cádiz. This beach can only be accessed by walking, swimming or with small boats and we can contemplate the castle of Sancti Petri, with waters similar to the Caribbean Sea.
Beach of Bolonia (Cádiz). Located in the vicinity of the Strait of Gibraltar, to vote constantly for the winds that make it a paradise for water sports. This beach has a spectacular dune that is constantly moving and in some cases covers the road. It is a beach with crystal clear waters looking towards Africa and with the only human construction of the ruins of the Roman city of Bologna.

Playa de Bolonia. autor Anual


Beach of Valdevaqueros (Cádiz). Near the previous beach located in the natural park of the Strait, with another spectacular dune, is another one of those beaches without urbanizing in addition paradise of birds and zone of ornithological observation. This area is a meeting place for lovers of windsurfing and kitesurfing. A place of nature and sport to enjoy.
Beach of the Lances (Cádiz). Following the previous beach, within the same natural area, with the same type of dunes, surrounded by lagoons and marshes and an immense pine forest, is this beach, near the town of Tarifa, where for its location close to Africa, it is a zone of passage and nesting of numerous species of birds. This place together with all those located in the area of ​​the Strait of Gibraltar is a place for lovers of water sports.

Beach of Cabo Pino (Málaga). If it is difficult to find a corner of the Costa del Sol without urbanizing, it is more difficult to find a really virgin beach, but in the crowded Marbella, it is possible to find an oasis, a haven of peace and nature in Cabo Pino and be able to contemplate, the cord of more than 20 kilometers that form the dunes of Artola, a place to practice naturism.
Calas del Pino (Malaga), located east of Nerja, is a small beach of just over 300 meters and whose access is down through a very steep slope of more than 200 meters, however, the result deserves Sorry, we can already see the image of a beach with crystal clear waters where it seems that the hand of man has never made a dent in it. A paradise of calm and green waters of which we can enjoy without hardly visitors even in summer time.
Cala del Pino.Autor Por los caminos de Malaga


Catarrijan beach (Granada). With this beach we open the beaches formed by stone, but without a doubt, this form of land, allows to have a crystal clear water and its small size of something more than 300 meters make it a privileged place for the practice of scuba diving and snorkeling. Its location within the natural park of Maro-Cerro Gordo, turns the place into a paradise where you can contemplate spectacular sunsets.
Playa de la Rijana (Granada): Located near Castell de Ferro, this beach of gravel and sand, only 200 meters long and a small beach bar to enjoy fried fish or cocktails in a special place for diving, precisely because of the lack of human infrastructure
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Cove of Enmedio (Almería). One of the most spectacular coves in Andalusia, located in the natural park of Cabo de Gata, where we can see forms of rocks that are fossilized dunes and crystal clear water that falls from the rocks as if forming pools, on a virgin beach without services and that maintains the power to protect nature. A beach that is difficult to access but which should be visited because it is worthwhile just to dive through its paradisiacal waters.
cala de Enmedio


Playa de los Genoveses (Almería): also located in Cabo de Gata. Another beach in Almería, with more than 1200 meters and with a volcanic promontory that shows the geological beauty of this space where numerous films have been shot and that still constitutes one of the virgin spaces of Andalusia.
For the beaches of Almeria and Cabo de Gata, we will speak later due to its variety and quantity of ecosystems. It serves this small sample, in this post to enjoy our beaches and the richness of our coasts.