Seville is the largest town in the famous Southern province of Andalusia, best known for the impressive Cathedral with its Giralda tower, as well as the Alcazar, which also serves as a visiting residence for the Spanish Royal family. A visitor's route should also include the Town Hall, the Archive of the Indies (hosting the documents related to the discovery of America), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain), as well as its numerous convents, parish churches and palaces.
Seville is the largest town in the famous Southern province of Andalusia, best known for the impressive Cathedral with its Giralda tower, as well as the Alcazar, which also serves as a visiting residence for the Spanish Royal family.
Granada is a jewel standing at the foot of Spain's highest mountains, the Sierra Nevada. Like many others, this city bears the marks of Roman, Moorish, and Jewish influences. The universally famed Alhambra, a complex of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty, overlooks the city. Notably, Isabel and Ferdinand lie buried inside the city's Cathedral. The famed "mudéjar" style of architecture can be spotted in the Monastery of La Cartuja and many other churches built by Moorish craftsmen.
Granada is a jewel standing at the foot of Spain's highest mountains, the Sierra Nevada.
Cordoba offers a powerful multi-cultural sampler. Founded by the Romans, Cordoba's glory peaked under Moorish rule, who built the beautiful Grand Mosque, or "Mezquita". The Christian rulers decided to leave it standing and built a cathedral in the midst of its rows of arches and columns. Cordoba's treasures also include the Alcazar, built by the Christians in 1328; the Calahorra Fort, originally built by the Arabs, which guards the Roman Bridge, and the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum.
El Puerto de Santa Maria is picturesque Andalucian port-town within reach of Jerez de la Frontera and part of the "Sherry Triangle". Situated on the Costa del Luz and boasting some great white sand beaches, the town boasts 13 miles of coastline with eight golden sandy beaches in the vicinity. The town remains attractive with a town center which is refreshingly traffic free, with cobbled streets lined with orange trees and typical Andaluz architecture with lots of wrought iron and intricate tile work. A great seafood destination, where sherry and brandy bodegas also abound! For culture and history seekers, it is worth knowing that Columbus, as well as author Washington Irving once lived here.
Recommended Stay: 2 nights Must See`s:
Sherry Bodegas, Castillo de San Marcos; Plaza del Toros and excellent seafood. Distances: Seville - 69 miles, Malaga (Costa del Sol) - 148 miles, Jerez de la Frontera - 12 miles, Sanlucar de Barrameda - 15 miles
El Puerto de Santa Maria is picturesque Andalucian port-town within reach of Jerez de la Frontera and part of the "Sherry Triangle".
With its aristocratic charm, Jerez de la Frontera is a hidden gem of Spain, a must-see town should you venture beyond the large cities. The British made the town famous by taking the sweet wines made here and naming them "sherry" for the outside world. Once sitting on the border between the Christian and Moorish worlds, Jerez is also known for its fine horses and amazing singers and dancers of flamenco. Its magnificent dancing horses can be seen at the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art.
Recommended Stay:2 nights Must See`s: Sherry Wine Cellars, Dancing Horses, Flamenco Shows Distances:
Seville: 57 miles, Malaga (Costa del Sol) - 141 miles, Puerto de Santa Maria - 13 miles, Sanlucar de Barrameda - 16 miles
With its aristocratic charm, Jerez de la Frontera is a hidden gem of Spain, a must-see town should you venture beyond the large cities.
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