Andalucia%20por%20descubrir - 31 reasons to love Andalusia.

1. A walk at the end of the afternoon along the banks of the Guadalquivir and its still waters, between the Golden Tower and the Triana Bridge in Seville.

2. A sunset at the Alcazaba Tower in Almeria, with the city at your feet, the arc drawn by the Mediterranean sea and the Cabo de Gata in the background.

3. A night visit to the Mosque of Cordoba, participating in an spectacle of sound, words and history in a unique monument in the world.

4. One of the best views of Andalucia from the Santa Catalina Castle in Jaén, in the middle of the Guadalquivir valley and Sierra Morena in the background.

5. The Alhambra at night. The nighttime visit to the Nazari palaces, from Mexuar to the Lions Court through the Arrayanes courtyard.

6. A visit to the Monastery of La Rabida in Huelva, in which Moorish architectural style rooms Columbus plotted his trip to the New World.

7. Malaga’s bay from the towers and viewspots at the Alcazaba, the Paseo del Parque at our feet, the port and the fishing and taurine quarter in the Malagueta.

8. Walking from one to another patio in the spring mornings of Cordoba or in the shade of the trees. Stare at the flower pots and the fresh water wells while you feel the amazing essence of jasmines.

9. Spending the afternoon at the tea shops along the streets of Caldereria Baja & Alta, parallel to Plaza Nueva, where the eternal heritage of the Granada Andalusi still resides.

10. A tour around Madinat al-Zahra, the lost paltine city located eight kilometers away from Cordoba and visit the new museum and the archaeological site.

11. Enjoying the music and singing of Enrique Morente in some of the flamenco clubs which spatter the white moorish quarter of Albayzín in Granada.

12. Making out Cadiz, the ocean, the bay and its people from the dark chamber of the Tower of Tavira, one of the observatories built up by the merchants in the XVIIIth century city.

13. Lunch in Punta Umbria. A dish of cooked white shrimps accompanied by region’s white wines.

14. A hiking weekend in Sierra Nevada, rising to the Veleta to see the sunset over the Mediterranean and the Rif mountains of Africa.

15. A nice table to taste Pedroches Iberian ham, salmorejo with Baena olive oil . For dessert, a glass of Pedro Ximenez.

16. Pilgrimage to El Rocío village, in the heart of Doñana, in which basilica is venerated the image of the White Dove, the most massive pilgrimage in Spain.

17. Little shrimp omeletes and Chiclana wine in the taverns at the Viña quarter of Cadiz, origin of the classic carnival celebrations in Cadiz.

18. Los Lances beach at Tarifa is a paradise for waves and wind sports lovers. A young beauty in a dreamy landscape.

19. A plate of Jabugo ham, the fifth essence of the gastronomic culture of Andalusia, in any of the many taverns that spatter the villages of Sierra de Aracena.

20. Grilled sardines, a delicious gastronomic experience in the many bars that spatter the coastline of the Costa del Sol.

21. Horse riding tour through the romantic Ronda, crossing the bridge toward Armiñán street, the square of the Duchess of Parcent and the Palace of Mondragon, a local museum.

22. A botanical walk to the Pinsapos reserve area, the only prehistoric spruce forest in the peninsula. This type of conifer only grows in the Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves.

23. Flamenco in any of the clubs that spatter classic quarters at Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of such renowned styles as the honda soleá.

24. A swim in the virgin beaches of Doñana, between the village of Matalascañas and the Guadalquivir River mouth, opposite Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

25. A trip to the pristine Mediterranean forest which contains the Natural Park of Sierra de Hornachuelos, with its huge patches of oak trees.

26. A cultural visit to Yegen, in the deepest heart of Alpujarra, following Gerald Brenan footsteps, author of the famous book “Al sur de Granada”.

27. An unforgettable show at the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera, where they breed and dressage thoroughbred horses.

28. Hiking and adventure sports in the Natural Park of Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, the largest green area in Spain.

29. Tasting extra virgin olive oil at the Nunez de Prado family mill in Baena, olive juice which is sold at the best shops  worldwide.

30. A swim in the beach of San Cristobal in Almuñécar, where Abd al-Rhaman, founder of the Umayyad dynasty, landed in the eighth century.

31. Despeñaperros Nature Park, entrance and exit to Andalusia. Upon entering you will live the excitement of being in Andalusia. Or, conversely, the sadness of leaving it, even when saying: “See you soon.”

Author: Manuel Mateo Pérez