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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”

Elche

The Moors formally laid out the ‘Palmeral of Elche’ in the 10th century. They installed elaborate irrigation systems and these are still functioning today as are the agricultural practices developed by these enterprising people. Elche is a World Heritage site because the palm forest is so impressive and important.

Basilica de Santa María

Elche has a number of historic monuments and one in particular is worth a visit – the ‘Basilica of Santa María’, a spectacular building with a bell tower and an imposing blue dome. The present Basilica is the fourth religious building occupying the same site. It was the site of a Muslim mosque when Jaime I, King of Aragón, conquered the town in 1265. The present building was started in 1672 and finished in 1783. A visit to the bell tower is worth the effort. From the top, panoramic views of the city can be enjoyed – in particular, the groves of palm trees. On the different landings of the tower information is displayed about the building of the Basilica, its architectural styles and its importance in regards to Elche’s other claim to fame – the ‘Misteri’ or ‘Festa d’Elx’ – a medieval sacred play. This ‘Passion play’ is acted out in the Basilica every year on the 14th and 15th of August. It is listed as ‘World Heritage’ making Elche one of the few places in the World to have two ‘UNESCO World Heritage’ awards.

The ‘Huerto del Cura’ – the Priests Garden. It is known as ‘The Jewel of the Palm Park’ and rightly so – it is a calm relaxing place – a delightful garden of palm trees, tropical plants and cacti. It even has a pond with ducks!

Imperial Palm

The tree got its name following the visit of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria in 1894. The spectacular tree clearly impressed her. She commented to the proprietor “…the date palm has the power and strength of an empire”. The Empress was just one of many prominent visitors to the ‘Palmeral’ of Elche.

I like the cacti garden – La Rocalla has many types of cactus ranging from small spherical specimens to tall pipe-shaped ones that almost matched the palm trees for height.

I would recommend anyone who visits the Costa Blanca to pay a visit to Elche and to the ‘Huerto del Cura’ in particular. Magic!


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”

Cómpeta

Cómpeta is an attractive little town set amidst the beautiful Axarquía in the province of Málaga. I visited at the beginning of February 2013 and though it is only 18 kilometres from the coast (Torrox nr Nerjar), it took about half an hour to drive from Torrox to Cómpeta because of the steep twisting road. The town nestles on  the southern slopes of the Sierra de Almijara.

Cómpeta
Iglesia Ntra. Sra. Asunción
view south from nr Cómpeta

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”

Almería – a graphic account

some pictures of Almería are shown below

to see all the pictures on my Almería Pinterest pinboard click the following link:-

http://pinterest.com/robertbovington/almeria/

Further photographs of Almería on Panoramio…

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

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”

Part of my ‘Spanish Impressions’ pinboard on Pinterest…

Click on the following link to see more
Spanish Impressions  pics…

http://pinterest.com/robertbovington/spanish-impressions/

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”