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Grazalema Natural Park

Grazalema Natural Park, Cádiz

Grazalema Natural Park, Cádiz

There is a very good reason why this area is so green – rain! Grazalema is the wettest place in Spain. Yes, less than two hours drive from the Costa del Sol there is a place that gets more rain than anywhere else on the Iberian Peninsula! Warm clouds full of moisture from the Atlantic are forced upwards by the successive mountain ranges. This cools them resulting in condensation and rainfall. © Robert Bovington https://sites.google.com/site/spanishimpressions/home http://bobbovington.blogspot.com.es/ http://astore.amazon.co.uk/spanisimpres-21/


Badajoz

Badajoz – La Giraldilla

Badajoz lies on a low range of hills crowned by a ruined Moorish castle and overlooks the Guadiana river. 

The city is heavily fortified – a bastioned wall with a moat protects the city as does the fort of San Cristobal. The river separates the castle hill and the fort making the city even more impregnable. 
Even the Cathedral resembles a fortress with its massive walls. A magnificent granite bridge is used to cross the river. some photos of Badajoz…

Alcaza de Badajoz
Badajoz – Plaza Alta
Badajoz – Puerta Palmas

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Las Murallas de Ávila

Las Murallas – the walls – are magnificent and encompass the whole of ancient Ávila. Building started at the end of 11th century and they are 2.5 kilometres long, 14 metres high and around 3 metres thick. They are still in pretty good nick. 
 

Ávila © Robert Bovington
Alfonso VI ordered their construction after his conquest of Ávila in 1090. Moorish prisoners were allegedly employed to build the wall. I don’t suppose they were paid though!
Ávila © Robert Bovington
There are eighty-eight towers and nine gates that include the imposing Puerta del Alcázar and the Puerta de Rastro. Visitors can walk along the walls between these two points. The walls are beautifully illuminated at night.

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Alicante

Robert Bovington
The city of Alicante is a Mediterranean port that boasts a fine palm-lined promenade – and a castle. 
I can attest to these facts because I went there many years ago – I don’t know why – on reflection, yes I do – it was to visit somewhere interesting instead of sunbathing and boozing on a Benidorm holiday. I travelled there by train and very pleasant it was too – the little train leisurely making its way along the narrow-gauge track.

The train and the castle still exist. The castle – el Castillo de Santa Barbara – is perched 350 feet above the city and can be reached by driving up the winding road to the summit or, as I did, by using the lift.

Alicante has other attractions – a cathedral, a museum, beaches, restaurants and, for those that like that sort of thing, shopping.

 

Another reason to go there is to catch a ferry to the Balearic Islands.
Vista del puerto y el Castillo de Santa Bárbara
Skyline of the city of Alicante, seen from the harbour.
Author: Carlos Quesada Granja

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”