Costa de Almeria

Some years ago I had the pleasure of knowing Almería, of visiting incredible places that made me fall in love with each one of them.

Like the region of Poniente Almeria, where the beauty of its things is mixed with the landscape of its mountains.

The contrasts of the region that make you lose yourself for all its landscapes, without forgetting its past or also enjoying its marinas.

Of course, no one should miss their protected areas such as the Natural Reserve of the Albufera de Adra, here you can see many species of birds.

Nor can we forget to visit the Punta Entinas-Sabinar Nature Reserve, the Salinas de Cerrillo that have been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds, where we can observe more than two hundred different species.

To discover some of the history of the area I recommend an archaeological route in El Ejido, there you can see remains of the Neolithic, in its site of Ciavieja where we will also find settlements of the Copper Age and the Bronze Age. The Murgi site or the El Daymún mausoleum.

If we move to Berja we can visit the Roman Amphitheater of Villavieja or the Tower of Los Enciso, the seat of the current Museum.

One of the most beautiful beaches I could find was in Aguadulce, with its white sand and calm waters.

If we approach Roquetas del Mar, we will see a fishing village, with its Amphitheater and its Santa Ana Castle.

And finally I can not forget to talk a bit about its cuisine, dishes such as the fish and seafood barbecue in Adra. The rabbit gurullos, the ajo colorao or the encebollado, the fresh pot, just to mention some of the most representative of the Alpujarra cuisine.

 

The ghost of Vejer

In the South of the province of Cadiz, a few kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean, in the area of the Strait of Gibraltar, located on a hill of almost 200 meters high, is the town of Vejer’s border, a town with great history and whose narrow streets and ca whitewashed SAS, it reminds us of its Islamic past as well as its 11th century castle and the Church of el Salvador, from Gothic-Mudejar style, built on an ancient mosque.

His walks through the narrow streets, heritage of the Arab world and the wonderful view, also leads us to a corner of it related to the mystery and the inexplicable. Located in the historic centre of the town, is located the hotel monastery convent of San Francisco, an establishment of high quality and qualification which is one of the places of the accommodation offer of Vejer, however, not only for its quality services the same fate is known for a legend that can harm or help the reputation of the same, depending on whether from the point of view of the Mediterranean traveler or an Anglo-Saxon tourist, the latter lover grana of spaces encantadosCuentan that since the beginning of the 19th century, the monastery of the 17TH century, which passed to the State by the confiscation, occur entirely unknown phenomena and a disturbing presence. Since the beginning of the 20th century to be a fonda so that progressively change to high standard hotel, a presence associated with moans, cries and noises of chains stroll for its facilities giving rise to all sorts of conjectures and why not, the fear to the tripped ocido.

According to witnesses, occurs regardless of the time of year that we are, sudden temperature drops, followed by noises and moans, and the emergence of a shadow that does not see the face but that presumed dressing habits of type monk. And it is that the building was a convent of the XVI century, where there there was an accidental death of a monk who is buried in some aledaño building, a quiet corner that was the cemetery. During the years of the 19th and 20th century, witnesses tell similar stories of a monk appeared and related phenomena, a story known by the people.

At the end of the 70s, when the building began to adapt to the new hotel business, appeared numerous writings and works, some of them referred to the presence of monks as well as the custom of some of them, at certain times, escape from the monastery and surrender to the pleasures more banal as wine and women, something that would punish the written Iglesia.Otros at that time mention the process of admitting new brethren in order however, one of the writings, is that it gives one possible answer the Enigma. In the mentioned what looks like a letter from the suicide of a tormented monk, who after being delivered to the earthly sins, can not continue to live and just by throwing himself down a well.

Today, it is believed that the spirit of that monk suicide, which roams the enclosure and is his tormented soul that causes the strange phenomena that occurred in the Hotel convent monastery of San Francisco of Vejer’s the Frontera.Sea truth or simple superstition of the fol Clore, if we indicate that Tugasa convent of San Francisco, the hotel is a great choice at a reasonable price to enjoy the jewel which is Vejer just as its gastronomy and landscapes, regardless that the ghost allows us to sleep.

Don’t miss these hotels and stay in Vejer de la Frontera.

Snowshoe ride in Sierra Nevada

Now that we are finishing Christmas and the ski resort of Sierra Nevada is open to full performance, it is time to receive the visits of winter sports lovers and enjoy their magnificent facilities.
Sierra Nevada offers for this time magnificent conditions for skiing or snowboarding as its ski lifts and slopes are operational although not snow thanks to the artificial snow cannons.
Every year it is possible to contemplate that the station has the best offer of accommodation, better services and also better connections since in telecommunications have made investments and we can also be connected online.
But we wondered what would happen if we didn’t enjoy skiing or snowboarding. We are from that group that we can not afford the material or pass or simply do not know how to ski, can you enjoy the snow without having knowledge of winter sports?
The answer is yes, as the ski resorts have democratized. Sierra Nevada is no longer just that season for those who annually practice winter sports, an activity that tends to be expensive although the Andalusian season is one of the most economical in comparison with its sisters in the Pyrenees. Sierra Nevada offers other activities to those who want to enjoy the snow at cheaper prices and without the complex of not having taken a few poles and skis in his life.
For some years, Sierra Nevada has a leisure area in Pradollano called the White Blackbird. It is a small winter amusement park to enjoy the whole family, where they combine sliding tubes, slides with inflatable rolls similar to a summer water park, also a sled track and the star of the facility, the Russian sled. All for economic prices.
Another of the activities to enjoy in the snow and outside the enclosure of the station itself and that has become fashionable from a few years to here, is walk or excursion in snowshoes.
This activity is scheduled as an excursion of approximately two hours in areas near the station as the Pico Vane. For a more economical price and with snowshoe and guide equipment, you can enjoy the snow of the wonderful white landscapes of the National Park of Sierra Nevada, as well as its species of flora and fauna of those altitudes.
For wealthier pockets, you can rent ski machines and motorcycles to explore areas that can only be accessed by motor vehicles.
An alternative to the enjoyment of the snow for all the pockets that extends the offer of the Granada station.

 

The year of Murillo

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On December 31, 1617, the great universal painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was born in Seville, specifically in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz. On the occasion of the fourth centenary of his birth, the city of Seville will hold a series of exhibitions, events and actions related to the renowned artist.
Murillo received the influence in a historical and geopolitical context from different sources whether artistic, religious or political.
The artist received the influence of the baroque naturalist school of Seville, and as the main exponents of this school we have the cantankerous Herrera the old man and the no less important Zurbarán. The Mannerist painting as well as the different flamenco and Dutch currents were the main bases of the work of Murillo, a painter who, although less cosmopolitan than Velázquez, also insisted on its universality.
Although we mention the artistic influence, we must not forget the historical moments of that time. Seville, as the capital of the world and the port of indias, received ships and merchandise that came from the Americas, being a city of great economic and political transfer.
As the de facto capital of the historical empire the city was also a. Important in the counter reform of the Catholic Church. At that time much use was made of the Christian dogma of the immaculate conception that would be of great influence not only in the work of Murillo but also in the basis for the creation of the most important religious festival in Seville, his Holy Week. But that is another story.
During this year 2018, numerous exhibitions, routes and other activities will take place in Seville on the occasion of Murillo’s centenary. From the web we will show you the different routes and descriptions

 

Autumn in the Sierra Norte

During this bridge I was able to take a tour of the Sierra Norte of Seville.
Tour some of the most beautiful places you can see in the fall in the province.
Walking through towns like Constantine, the Pedroso or Cazalla de la Sierra, all with their main streets, churches or hermitages that no one should miss in their visit.
I can not forget to recommend its gastronomy, during this time the dishes that can be savoured in any of its restaurants or bars have game meat, like deer or its seasonal mushrooms, that accompany different recipes of the area.
I was able to walk along the banks of the Huéznar River, where it seems that the autumn season has finally arrived, the landscape changed in color, the trees began to turn yellow or brown, the ground began to fill with acorns, and the tranquility mingled with the Sound of small streams that run through the area.
Many places with picnic to be able to rest in full nature, trails for beginners or for experts.
But certainly the place that has left me impressed, that is the Cerro del Hierro.
It is a geomorphological structure that began to be created 600 million years ago, limestone rock 500 meters thick.
Modeling has been formed due to the weathering of runoff waters, forming the typical karstic relief.
There also was the mining activity that extracted iron. After the abandonment of this activity the landscape was modified by the Mediterranean vegetation.
In case it was little in this place some fossils have been found.
If you like nature you can not miss the Sierra Norte of Seville
Don’t be disappointed!