Andalucia Diary (by Mina)

Six floodies from Asia (Feroz, Hadi, Vasana, Mina, Hung, Dinya and Piyush) during the holiday between (8th – 12th October 2015) went ahead to Andalucía region as one of the adventurous exploration of European countries with two different paths. One group (Mina and Dinya) reached to the capital city of the Spain by passing Seville, Cadiz, Ronda, Granada and the rest (Vasana, Feroz, Piyush, Hung and Hadi) after passing Seville traveled to Cordoba, Ronda, Montecorto, Zahara de la Sierra, Cadiz, Granada and Madrid. The interesting point was that we supposed to meet each other in the middle of our journey in Ronda and Madrid.

Hello Seville (8th October 2015)

In the morning of 8th October, traveling was started on the verge of missing the flight… Full of stress mixed by laughing and joking… Anyway, landing the flight in Seville at 10:30 am made us sure we had not missed the flight.

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalucía region and it is known for its Alcazar castle build during the Moorish Almohad dynasty and its architecture was back to the high and late medieval period.

If I want to state in detail about Seville I should start with Gothic cathedral. Gothic cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral that is the largest Gothic cathedral in Spain and the third-largest church in the world.

I found afterwards the cathedral is the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Unfortunately, due to lack of time we couldn’t go inside, however the outside of that was such a nice place to take selfie pictures together.

Till the afternoon we had to select only somewhere to go around. Undoubtedly visiting of one of the most beautiful and important cultural center of Seville, Plaza de Espanya, was our first priority. The mixture of Islamic and Christian architecture, which reminded us, many places got familiar in Middle East countries. It was an example of the Renaissance Revival style in Spanish architecture.

Seville with Palm tree is an exceptional city in Spain. Mixture of Islamic and Christian culture makes its beauty double! It was pity we could not go inside the buildings of Espanya as well, however, taking pictures around this area fulfill somehow our expectations.

The Real Alcazar Building

The Real Alcazar of Seville is the oldest European royal residence and is not only one building, different building all together and each of the buildings was from a different time periods with different architectural style. One garden after another with tile paving, impressive tapestries hung on the wall and a nice pond with the reflection of the building in to the water all gathered in this building.

Visiting the gardens is highly recommended specially in the spring. The gardens have many lemon and orange trees and it is a wonderful sensation when one walks in the gardens.

Bull Fighting

Since Seville is one of the most famous cities for bullfighting, undoubtedly visiting there was undoubtedly was our last priority. The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Seville is a bullring in Seville, Spain. The ring of bullfighting was quite attractive for any tourist and our time became super nice by a tour guide who explained about the history and characteristics of fighting in detail.

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 Goodbye Seville and Hello Cadiz (8th-9th October)

Dear Cadiz, sorry that we used you as a transition… But we will not forget your wonderful sunset, beautiful palms and sea, friendly and memorable confectionary and the nice receptionist in hostel… All were calm and comfortable on that hostel room with just three guests, 2 floodies and a girl from Brazil who was starting her travel in Europe since the last 2 months and Cadiz was her last destination in Europe.

Getting on the bus around 9 a.m. and spending 3 hours and half in the bus was quite enough to take a rest and being ready to visit Ronda during the day.

Goodbye Cadiz and Hello Ronda (9th October 2015)

Ronda is a city in the Spanish province of Málaga. It is located about 100 kilometres, west of the city of Málaga, with the population of 35,000 inhabitants.

Giving the luggage to the bus station to keep it about 5 hours was a good decision to stay Ronda for 5 hours…

Ronda is a small rural with a quite plain streets and roads with a high accessibility to the shopping center and famous sights. Ronda is famous because of three bridges, Puente Romano (“Roman Bridge”, also known as the Puente San Miguel), Puente Viejo (“Old Bridge”, also known as the Puente Árabe or “Arab Bridge”) and Puente Nuevo (“New Bridge”), span the canyon.

Finding some nice handcrafts in Ronda and cheap price of souvenir were two distinguished items in this region. Paella is one the traditional food in Spain which made us more satisfied with visiting Ronda region.

Goodbye Ronda and Hello Granada (9th-10th October)

At 9 o’clock after 5 hours journey from Ronda to Granada we reached Granada, and we ate and went to the hostel directly. The most well known place in this city is the Alhambra that it is listed in UNECSO as one of the heritage site in the world. For tourist in all over the world the Alhambra is one of the attractive place in the Spain, that’s why this monument is so crowded and ones has to stand in a long queue (so early in the morning) to visit all the palaces within it. Three different places are in the Alhambra, a defensive area (the Alcazaba), the Nasrid Palaces and the Gardens of the Generalife.

In detail, Alhabra’s Islamic palaces were built as the last Muslim emirs in Spain and in 15th Century.

According to the history, Christian conquest the Granada and nowadays this area is one of the well-known and significant Islamic architecture, which is mixed by Christian building, and garden intervention that has attracted many tourists from all over the world.

Goodbye Granada and Hello Madrid (10th-11th October 2015)

Visiting the capital city of Spain was such valuable to spend there 1 day and half… Madrid is big city with all elements of urban indexes…Skyscrapers, Shopping centers, huge monuments, modern transportation and so crowded… the city was full of life and beauty…

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A painting museum called Prado museum was the first taste of our visiting that had a high diversity of painters from Europe in different centuries and Visiting all the works in all stairs needed at least 3 hours. Students under 26 years old would be lucky with their current student card to enter free…  and it was so delightful for Dinya.

The time of departing the museum, the rain was getting started and we were in doubt to go outside without any umbrella. But the weather was wonderful and we were excited enough to go around even by raining…

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Passing a long way to reach to an Iranian restaurant, which Mina had promised Dinya to take her in Madrid. We faced with a kind and friendly Iranian man in the restaurant which provided a comfortable moments for us…We ordered Kebab and Chicken with Iranian rice and special Iranian drink called Dough… we had enough time to walk and watch the theatre and musical group in the street… All were provided to forget negatives moments and drown in to the joys…

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Sitting in the café and spending our time intensified our rest with the taste of herb tea and waiting for meeting the other floodies at night again in Indian restaurant… All were happy for reunion and getting ready to head back tomorrow morning, again by bus.

Goodbye Madrid (12th October 2015)

Yes, another file of travelling was closed full of valuable experience and memorable time.

It was a blessed travel time because you can test your patience and increasing your forgiveness and kindness towards our mate…

Thanks God for all these chances…

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