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Andalucia in 9 stunning photos

Andalusian girl at the Feria de Sevilla
Andalusian girl at the Feria de Sevilla. By Josepizarro from Adobe stock Photo

I lived in Andalusia for 6 wonderful months.
I remember the people, the good food, the endless nights and the beautiful landscapes.
At the time I still didn't have my Canon and my lenses and photography was just a way to take home many memories of my Erasmus plus project, one of the best experiences of my entire life.
Now, since I will definitely return to Seville and maybe some other city, but I don't know if I will ever have time to explore Andalusia with all the calm of those days, I thought of using the photos of other good photographers to tell what for me it is one of the most beautiful and fascinating "regions" around the world.
From a landscape, culinary and human warmth point of view.
I hope to make me fall in love as I fell in love ...

Seville

The Torre de Oro in Seville and the Guadalquivir River at sunset
The Torre de Oro in Seville and the Guadalquivir River at sunset. Photo by Lunamarina from Adobe stock photo

Describing Seville with just one photo is practically impossible but, having to choose, this is perhaps the least obvious and the one that awakens the best memories of life lived in this splendid Spanish city.
The Torre de Oro at sunset and the Guadalquivir, the great river that crosses Seville and Cordoba, represent a unique image for this city.
Every corner of Seville is rich in history, things to do, to see, so much so that day after day you will never stop surprising and falling in love.
Day and night you will be amazed by the vitality of a city that never seems to sleep and that has a bit of Andalusia in every remote corner: the place with flamenco, the cerveceria, the historical taperia and much more.
Just walk, explore and let yourself be guided by the locals to discover and learn about the true rhythms and essence of life in this divine place.

The Feria de abril, for example, with its colors, dances and tables full of people, food and tradition is a traditional moment to be experienced throughout Andalusia. Traditional clothes and typical music will involve you, leaving indescribable emotions in your heart.

The Semana Santa will force you to go down the street attracted by the sound of the drums and the colors of the party!
But Seville is much more, from the unmissable Plaza de españa, perhaps the most famous monument in the whole city, to its narrow streets, squares, the Alcazar, the Cathedral, the Silk Square, a meeting place for many Sevillians. and, why not, the football derby between Sevilla and Betis.

Cádiz

panoramic photo of Cadiz
Panoramic photo of Cádiz. Kavalenkava from Adobe photo shock

Cádiz or as we call it in Italian Cadice, it has a very special and unique charm.

First of all the sea. The charm of an Andalusian city combined with the sea makes everything even more fascinating.
In this aerial photo, among the typical white houses of the city center, one of the symbols of
Cádiz, the cathedral, rebuilt in 1776 after its destruction in 1596.
About an hour by train from Seville, Cádiz has the Carnival de Cádiz among its unmissable events. For the Carnival people flock here from all over Andalusia to participate in the celebrations which, in addition to the typical masks and floats, are held with folk songs and celebrations that go on until late at night.
If you are around here in time of Carnival and, if you can find a free room, do not miss this event for any reason!
Another unmissable photographic corner (in my opinion), the passage between the sea to reach the Castle of San Sebastian.

Cordoba

Cordoba Cathedral and the Roman bridge illuminated at night.
Cordoba Cathedral and the Roman bridge illuminated at night. Photo by Davidionut from photo Adobe stock

After Seville and Granada, Cordoba is perhaps the Andalusian city with the greatest amount of monuments and history, and, I must say rich indeed, very rich in green and flowered corners.
The narrow white streets with hanging pots full of colorful flowers make it unique and pleasant especially in spring when everything blooms more easily.
Apart from this, here between the mosque, the Roman bridge, the Alcazar and the many narrow and unpredictable streets to go through, a visit is always worthwhile.
If you then calculate the time you will spend in the queue to enter the first, already the time available will have been reduced a lot!

Almeria and surroundings

Western village in Tabernas
Western village in Tabernas. Photo by fotomicar from Adobe photo stock

Almeria represents my first trip to Andalusia and the beginning of the love story with this divine land. I remember the torrid climate: 25 ° C. Considering it was Christmas it is surprising!

And I remember very well the cathedral of Almeria, but also and above all the trip born to visit the western villages created to shoot the many films that have become famous over time.
A bus to Tabernas left me in the dusty Andalusian hills and, like in a movie, I found myself in an abandoned village ...
Then an armed man appeared and began to tell me the history of the village and to show me photos of its glorious past.
Everything else is history ...

Malaga

Foto aerea di Malaga
Aerial photo of Malaga. Valery Bareta dfrom Adobe stock

Malaga is perhaps the most modern of the Andalusian cities and this photo says a lot. Tall buildings overlooking the sea and promenades along the harbor make it a city certainly further away from the classic Andalusian style.

However, the areas around Malaga are full of many small villages and minor seaside resorts that make this area a part of Andalusia a very popular destination for tourists coming especially from Northern Europe.
If you are in these parts do not miss the sardines cooked on the boat-shaped barbecues in the wonderful ciringuitos of Malagueta. They are divine and with them most of the fish served in these parts.

Granada

Aerial view of Granada from the Alhambra
Aerial view of Granada from the Alhambra. Maylat from Adobe Photo stock

I will be sincere. Of all the cities, villages and remote corners that I have seen in Andalucia, Granada is the only city that for lack of time, desire or otherwise, I have never been able to see.
Yet according to what friends and students at school told me, this is perhaps considered the most beautiful city in all of Andalusia!

History has passed here and has left an indelible mark making this place so loved by tourists and, why not, by the Andalusians.

Tarifa

Dunes in Tarifa beaches
Dunes in Tarifa. Martin_P from Adobe photo Stock

I am very attached to this place for various reasons that I will not be telling so as not to bore anyone and because this website should tell the stories with beautiful photos rather than with a lot of chatter.
However Tarifa is a seaside town famous for kitesurfing and surfing and, also and above all, for the wind that blows relentlessly.
Some of my students at Dos Hermans language school claimed that people here were a little crazy because of the wind that never stops blowing and somehow leads to exhaustion!
But Tarifa is also the closest marina to Morocco and from here you can organize a small trip to Tangier, a really nice city at the gateway to Africa!

Los pueblos blancos

The narrow white and flowery streets of Arcos de la Frontera
The narrow white and flowery streets of Arcos de la Frontera. Reimar from Adobe photo Stock

Leaving Andalusia, at the end of my Erasmus plus, I felt a huge emptiness thinking of the many white villages hanging on the Andalusian hills where I would have liked to stop passing by bus or car along the Spanish autopiste, but that I never found the time to visit.
They are small Andalusian jewels not to be missed that are often overlooked by tourists who hastily visit the larger cities where trains and buses stop and arrive, obviously not passing or stopping so frequently.
In time I hope to make up for it.

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