10 Iconic Landmarks in Andalusia, Southern Spain
Last week, I adventured down to Southern Spain for a week and a half to enjoy the sun, the beach, some delicious tapas, and some gorgeous landmarks. There were many places I visited but to highlight a few, here are 10 iconic landmarks from the trip.
1. Acueducto del Águila, Nerja
Ahh, the Acueducto del Águila, also know as the Eagle Bridge. It's not as magnificent as the aqueducts in Segovia, Spain, but this one is quite vibrant. Learn more on Trip Advisor. While in Nerja, be sure to check out the cave, Cueva de Nerja.
2. La Alhambra, Granada
This place is absolutely gorgeous with all sorts of mesmerizing patterns. Check them out on 10 Spectacular Patterns Found in La Alhambra, Spain. This photo won't do justice for this thing of beauty, you will just have to go visit this place. And to give you an idea of how spectacular this place is, it is by far the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Learn more on Trip Advisor.
3. Puente Nuevo, Ronda
Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Puente Nuevo of Ronda from the Jardines de Cuenca. The bridge took 42 years to build with 50 workers killed during its construction. And if you look closely, there is chamber above the middle arch that was used as a prison and torture chamber during the 1936-1939 civil war. Some prisoners were thrown from the window to the bottom of the El Tajo gorge. Eeks. Learn more on Trip Advisor.
4. Baños Árabes, Ronda
Then if you walk down and away from the Puente Nuevo in Ronda, you will find the Baños Árabes. Here you can escape the scorching heat for a bit. From the inside, when you look up and you'll find numerous star shaped skylight to allow sunlight and air to flow through. It's very dreamy. Learn more on Trip Advisor.
5. Baelo Claudia, Tarifa
Baelo Claudia is an ancient Roman town in Tarifa, Spain. It's pretty hard to get here, so you will need a car. It was originally a fishing village and trade link two thousand years ago. Once a prosperous town, it was destroyed by earthquakes and abandoned by the 6th century. To some it's just a town of rocks, but for me I love ruins like this; I love imagining the past and how it once was. It does remind me of Pompeii in Italy. Learn more on Trip Advisor.
6. Teatro Romano, Cádiz
The Roman Theatre was built in the 1st century BC and was the largest in the Roman empire. Then in the 4th century, it was abandon. And in the 13th century, a fortress was built on top of the ruins. This photo also doesn't capture the theatre well, but it is a must see if you like history and ruins. You can watch how it once looked and learn how each section was dedicated to certain roles and figures. Learn more on Trip Advisor. While in Cádiz, don't forget to visit the beach and Cádiz Cathedral.
7. Seville Cathedral, Seville
Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to go in here but the exterior was quite grand. The Seville Cathedral, also known as the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, is the largest Gothic cathedral and the 3rd largest church in the world. And supposedly this is the burial site for Christopher Colombus. Learn more on Trip Advisor.
8. Plaza de España, Seville
This photo is only a snippet of the Plaza de España in Seville. In reality, it's huge! Look up, look down and look all around to find so many precious details in the elements of this plaza. Learn more on Trip Advisor.
9. Real Alcázar, Seville
The Real Alcázar of Seville is the oldest palace in Spain; it's is not quite like La Alhambra in Granada, but there are similar Moorish patterns and characteristics. What stood out the most was this ceiling in the Ambassadors' Room, also know as Salón de Embajadores. Holy smokes! Look at how phenomenal that is. Learn more on Trip Advisor.
10. Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, Córdoba
Lastly, the Mosque in Cordoba. Here, there is a Cathedral right in the middle of the Mosque. Besides that, it looked like it was filled with candy cane horseshoes. All in all, it was strangely impressively. Learn more on Trip Advisor.
Enjoy the photos, get inspired, plan your trip and go explore this beautiful world. :)
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