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Puerto de Roquetas de Mar

One of the most attractive places in Roquetas de Mar is the port.
My wife and I frequently visit one of the many cafes there, particularly at breakfast time. 
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We went this morning (28 January 2017) and have regularly spent time here for many years.
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Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2017 © Robert Bovington
Early in the morning, fishermen load their catch.
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Dec 2016 © Robert Bovington
 more photos of the port of Roquetas…
 
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2011 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Aug 2007 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – April 2015 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2011 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2009 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2009 © Robert Bovington

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”

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Parque de María Luisa in Seville

by Robert Bovington

This lovely romantic garden was donated to the city by the Infanta Maria Luisa Fernand at the end of the nineteenth century.  The famous landscape gardener, Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier, added further enhancements. 

Parque de María Luisa in Seville – Monument dedicated to Bécquer © Robert Bovington

In 1929, the park became the centre of the Ibero American Exhibition. Adjacent to the park is the beautiful Plaza de España which was used to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits.

Seville – Plaza de España © Robert Bovington

 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”

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/


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”

Almería Cathedral

The cathedral was built in the sixteenth century and was designed as a place of prayer and of refuge. This was because the shores of Almería were continually under attack from Turks and Berbers.

Almería Cathedral main entrance - photo: Robert Bovington

Almería Cathedral main entrance – photo: Robert Bovington

This east facing façade of the ‘Cathedral’ has a relief of the Portocarro sun, the symbol of the city.

Sol de Portocarrero

Sol de Portocarrero

 

Almería Cathedral

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Photographs of Spain”

http://bovingtonphotosofspain.blogspot.com/

“postcards from Spain”

http://bovington-posts.blogspot.com/

“you couldn’t make it up!”

http://bovingtonycmitup.blogspot.com/

“a grumpy old man in Spain”

http://grumpybobbov.blogspot.com/

“bits and bobs”

http://bovingtonbitsandblogs.blogspot.com/

“Spanish Expressions”

http://spanishsayingsbovington.blogspot.com/

“Spanish Art”

http://bovingtonspanishart.blogspot.com/

“Books About Spain”

http://bovingtonbooks.blogspot.com/


Calar Alto Observatory

The province of Almería is the sunniest driest place in Spain. It also has the cleanest atmosphere in Europe and hardly any cloud making it an ideal location for installing an observatory.

Calar Alto, at an altitude of 2,168 metres (7,113 feet), is the highest mountain in Almería and was, therefore chosen as the location for an astronomical observatory. Called, appropriately enough, the Calar Alto Observatory, it is owned and operated jointly by Max-Planck institute for astronomy and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucía.

It was officially opened in July 1975 with the commissioning of its 1.2 metre telescope. The site has developed due to the strong ties between the German and Spanish owners and 4 more telescopes have been installed – the largest being 3.5 metres.

The Calar Alto mountaintop is situated in the Sierra de los Filabres, north of the town of Gérgal. It is a pleasant place to walk on a summer’s day, as the temperature is several degrees cooler than down on the coast.


Robert Bovington

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Photographs of Spain”
“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”

Diverse Almería – Baños de Sierra Alhamilla

Los Baños de Sierra Alhamilla is a small village dominated by a spa hotel, situated next to primitive but nevertheless attractive houses amidst an oasis of palm trees.
 
An attractive indoor garden is set in a central courtyard. It is quite delightful; an oasis of peace and tranquillity. It apparently took eight years to restore the old building and the hotel ‘Balneario de Sierra Alhamilla’ is splendid. It provides a range of health treatments; some of them based on the health-giving properties of the mineral waters of the Sierra Alhamilla.
Many birds inhabit the sierra, though most occupy the areas above 800 metres because of the increased tree cover. Finches, stone curlews, little bustards, crested larks, short-toed larks, lesser short-toed larks and black-bellied sand grouse inhabit these mountains, as do blue rock thrushes, crag martins, alpine swifts and black wheateaters. In the highest peaks, birds of prey including eagles, buzzards and kestrels soar.

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

 

“Photographs of Spain”
“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”