Monthly Archives: June, 2015

Ronda – Tajo Gorge & Puente Nuevo

by Robert Bovington

Ronda – Tajo Gorge & Puente Nuevo © Robert Bovington

The bridge is hardly as new as its name implies – it was built over 200 years ago! It is the focal point of the town. It is a masterpiece of architecture and engineering but it took 42 years to build and special machines had to be invented to raise the huge solid stone blocks from the bottom of the gorge. Various vantage points on the bridge provide spectacular views of the gorge far below.

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Almond Blossom in the Alpujarras

almond blossom nr Albondon (Alpujarra Granada) © Robert Bovington

almond blossom nr Albondon (Alpujarra Granada) © Robert Bovington

“It’s like going to heaven,” my wife commented, on our first drive into the Alpujarras. We had left Roquetas on one of the few grey days. It was in February and there was a lot of low cloud. We had only travelled a few miles up into the mountains, but it was a different world. Above the clouds, there was a bright blue sky and beautiful white and pink blossom of the almond trees.

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain” http://bovingtonphotosofspain.blogspot.com/
“Spanish Impressions” http://bobbovington.blogspot.com/
“you couldn’t make it up!” http://bovingtonycmitup.blogspot.com/
“a grumpy old man in Spain” http://grumpybobbov.blogspot.com/
“bits and bobs” http://bovingtonbitsandblogs.blogspot.com/
“Spanish Expressions” http://spanishsayingsbovington.blogspot.com/
“Spanish Art” http://bovingtonspanishart.blogspot.com/
“Books About Spain” http://bovingtonbooks.blogspot.com/

Cabo de Gata – Las Salinas

Cabo de Gata – Las Salinas
© Robert Bovington
Between spring and autumn, thousands of migrating birds stop here on their journeys between Europe and Africa. Apart from flamingos, there are storks, avocets, eagles and many other types. Only a few remain in the winter when  the Salinas are drained after the autumn salt harvest.

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Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

El Nacimiento

About 1 kilometre north of Laujar is ‘El Nacimiento’ – a delightful area of waterfalls, picnic areas and places to walk. My wife and I usually go there in Spring and Autumn on weekdays and, mostly, we have the place to ourselves. It is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Nacimiento means ‘birth’ and it is here that the Río Andarax starts its journey to the sea near Almería.
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”

Algeciras

Algeciras is a coastal town in Cádiz province. It is not the sort of place to linger unless you like industrial towns – and Arab things like mosques and mint
tea! 
I have been there twice. The first time was to catch a boat to Morocco so all I saw was the quayside. The second occasion I did see more of the town but found it rather drab. 
It does have an attractive central square – Plaza Alta. Tiles, depicting scenes from Don Quixote, adorn the benches and walls surrounding the central fountain and cafes and bars line the perimeter of this delightful square. 

Plaza Alta Algeciras

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Albacete Catedral de San Juan Bautista

Albacete has a pretty good cathedral – the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is one of those Spanish monuments that took ages to construct – over 400 years! Because of the amount of time it took to build, the Cathedral is a cornucopia of architectural styles. Construction started early in the 16th century in Gothic style but four great Renaissance columns were incorporated as well as a number of Baroque elements, together with a Neogothic main front. The tower of the Cathedral was completed in the 20th century.
Albacete Catedral de San Juan Bautista – photo: public domain (by Zarateman)

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”