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Nerja

Nerja is a coastal town in the province of Málaga. It is a popular destination for tourists mainly because of its caves but it also has several fine beaches set amidst charming coves beneath steep cliffs.


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The Balcón de Europa is a nice place to visit. It is in the centre of the old town and is a mirador or viewpoint that provides stunning views along the coastline.

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The caves are about five million years old and were formed by rainwater seeping through the cracks and fissures in the rock, eroding the layers below to produce cavities and hollow channels. Over a long period the cavities got larger creating enormous chambers. The dripping water also formed stalactites and stalagmites.

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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”

Ronda in photographs

Ronda is located in one of the most dramatic locations in Europe – perched 750 metres above sea level, on an inland plateau, sliced in half by the 100-metre deep Tajo gorge.

The town is a photographer’s dream – or a nightmare if there is insufficient film or lack of space on the digital camera’s memory card. Throughout Ronda there are delightful buildings like the ‘Palacio de Mondragón’ and the Casa del Marqués de Salvatierra’.

Casa del Marqués de Salvatierra

Palacio de Mondragón


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For my full article:-

http://bobbovington.blogspot.com/2012/03/ronda-article-by-robert-bovington.html

OR

http://bovingtoninspain.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/ronda-an-article-by-robert-bovington/ 

For photographs of Ronda click on the following link:-

http://www.panoramio.com/user/2391258/tags/Ronda

Robert Bovington

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Andalucía in photographs

Andalucía is the southernmost region of mainland Spain. It is the land of bullfighting, flamenco and gypsies. It is the land of high sierras, charming white villages and magnificent cities.

Check out my Panoramio site for photos of this great region.

 
Robert Bovington
March 2012

Almería Cathedral

The ‘Cathedral’ is one of the principal monument in Almería. It was designed as a place of prayer and of war, when it was built in the sixteenth century. This was because the shores of Almería were continually under attack from Turks and Berbers and so it was designed as a place of refuge as well as worship. It was built in a Gothic style with a Renaissance façade.
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Robert Bovington
March 2012

The beautiful Alpujarras

almond blossom nr Albondón

 

For more photographs of the Alpujarras click link below to view my Pinterest posts

The beautiful Alpujarras

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Algeciras

Algeciras is a coastal town in Cádiz province. It is not the sort of place to linger unless you like industrial towns – and Arab things like mosques and mint tea!

I have been there twice. The first time was to catch a boat to Morocco so all I saw was the quayside. The second occasion I did see more of the town but found it rather drab. It does have an attractive central square – Plaza Alta. Tiles, depicting scenes from Don Quixote, adorn the benches and walls surrounding the central fountain and cafes and bars line the perimeter of this delightful square.

Algeciras is handily placed for visits to Gibraltar and Tarifa. It is also the place to catch the train to the medieval city of Ronda – an extremely scenic journey through natural parks and past beautiful pueblos blancos.

For most people, however, Algeciras is just a stopping off place, en route to Tangier and Morocco.

Plaza Alta, Algeciras

Other photographs:

Plaza Alta

Photo: http://www.alcaidesalive.com/AlgecirasTarifa

Photo: http://www.andalucia-travelguide.com/about-andalucia/algeciras/

Robert Bovington
Roquetas de Mar
March 2012

 

 


Málaga

Málaga, the second largest city in Andalucía, is surprisingly attractive given its close proximity to the Costa del Sol. In recent years, it has made some concessions to tourism but the changes made have only further enhanced the city’s reputation as a cultural tourist destination…

Málaga Cathedral

my complete article is at:-

http://bobbovington.blogspot.com/2012/03/malaga.html

my photographs of Málaga:-

http://www.panoramio.com/user/2391258/tags/Málaga

Robert Bovington
March 1 2012


Granada

Granada is a city in the autonomous region of Andalucía, situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. It is one of the great cities of Spain if not the World.

When visiting Granada it is tempting to spend all one’s time admiring the Alhambra. From afar one can admire the beauty of its red walled parapets contrasting with the snow capped Sierra Nevada whilst once inside one can absorb oneself in the sheer splendour of its fantastic palaces and its tranquil gardens. However, Granada has much more to offer the visitor.

It is a city where both Moorish and Christian history is visible in art and architecture.

Moorish Granada is exemplified by the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Albaicín district whilst the Capilla Real and the Cathedral represent Christian Granada.

Granada - Alhambra

for more photographs of Granada click on the following link….

Robert Bovington
28 February 2012

Almería

I like Almería. I like its mix of old and new. It is essentially a Spanish city with a North African flavour. It is one of the most ancient cities of Andalucía. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans have all left their mark, but it was the Moors that really put Almería on the map! The Romans called it ‘Portus Magnus’, but later it was called al-Mariyah, meaning ‘Mirror of the Sea’.

my Panoramio photos of Almería:-

http://www.panoramio.com/user/2391258/tags/Almer%C3%ADa

Robert Bovington
February 2012


Alhambra Granada

If there is one place you should visit in Spain, it is the Alhambra Palace in Granada.

The Alhambra reigns supreme in the city of Granada and rightly so. If it stood on a flat plain, it would still be one of the most spectacular fortresses ever built. However, it sits at the top of the highest wooded hill in the city. Not only that – this red-walled palace has the fairytale backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Well, for most of the year the mountains are snow-capped – in August, they are somewhat er… rock-capped!

If the view from afar is spectacular, the interior of the Alhambra is simply stupendous! There is so much of artistic merit to see. However, there are four main areas to explore: the Alcazaba, the Palace of Charles V, the Casa Real or Royal Palace and the Generalife Gardens.

More photographs of the Alhambra can be found on my Panoramio site:-

http://www.panoramio.com/user/2391258/tags/Alhambra

 

Robert Bovington

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