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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/

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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”

Sevilla – Parque de María Luisa

The Parque de María Luisa is one of the most beautiful public parks in Spain. Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier, donated the gardens to the city of Seville in 1893. In 1911, Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier, a French landscape gardener, rearranged the park into its present form by creating a garden of trees, hedges and fountains. 
 
Monumento a Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer en el Parque de María Luisa
photo: Sevilla – Parque de María Luisa – “Monument dedicated to Bécquer”
© Robert Bovington
 
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”

Sevilla – Fábrica Real de Tabacos

The Fábrica Real de Tabacos was the original tobacco factory – the one immortalised in the opera Carmen. Nowadays, it is part of Sevilla University. When the original factory was built in 1725 it was the second-largest building in Spain after El Escorial! It is an imposing Baroque and Rococo building.


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”

Through the lines and patterns of the Real Alcazar, Seville

beautiful images of the Real Alcazar in Seville (from eastofmalaga.net)