Monday, 1 March 2010

Andalucia, Seville and Granada by Jane Caryer

A world away from the image of the Spanish costas the countryside of Andalucia, with its hill top towns is spectacular and unspoilt. Moorish Palaces and elegant mosques are the legacy of centuries of Islamic domination in this southerly Spanish region. Travel around the area is straightforward and relaxing, with wonderful views throughout.
Airports at Malaga, Seville and Granada give easy access to Andalucia. Warm sunshine throughout the year, even in winter makes this area an ideal short break destination. I visited in September, and the weather was warm enough for an afternoon dip in the pool to be an essential part of our routine. Seville, the Andalucian capital has something for everyone. The Gold encrusted Alcazar Palace and the third largest church in Christendom are in the centre of Seville. Surrounded by lanes and modern shopping streets, interspersed with bars and cafes, exploring on foot was fun. Evening Flamenco is a must with a number of organized shows, or impromptu dancing by locals in bars.
The Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens took a whole day of our time in Granada. Spring or autumn would be a fantastic time to visit. The Gardens are spectacular, and being high above the city, the views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains are a wonderful backdrop. Lunch on the terrace of the Parador within the grounds of the Alhambra was a highlight of the trip. Next time I want to stay there!

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