Puerta de Jerez, Tarifa

Puerta de Jerez, Tarifa © Robert Bovington
 
Much of Tarifa exhibits a distinctly Moorish character with its narrow, winding streets and whitewashed houses. Entry into the old quarter is through a particularly fine archway – the Puerta de Jerez. 
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”

Ciudad Real – Plaza Mayor


Ciudad Real – Plaza Mayor © Robert Bovington
The Plaza Mayor is an attractive square in the Castilian city of Ciudad Real.
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”

Ciudad Real – Iglesia San Pedro

Iglesia San Pedro Ciudad Real © Robert Bovington
 
The Iglesia San Pedro in Ciudad Real is a church with a fusion of styles including alternating pointed Gothic arches and Mudéjar horseshoe arches.
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”

Huelva – Cathedral of La Merced

One of the most important buildings in Huelva is the Cathedral of La Merced, which began life as a church – the Convent of La Merced was constructed in 1605. It was converted to a cathedral in 1953. It also has been declared a site of Cultural Interest.  
 

 

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”

Casas Colgadas in Cuenca

Casas Colgadas in Cuenca © Robert Bovington
 
The beautiful and ancient city of Cuenca is steeped in history and perfectly preserved and that is why UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Famous for its ‘Hanging Houses’, there are many other reasons why this city is so special. The old town is perched on a precipice above two deep gorges carved out by the rivers Huécar and Júcar. It is here that the medieval Casas Colgadas literally overhang the Huécar gorge. 
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”

Montejaque {Serranía de Ronda}

Getting lost in the narrow streets of little pueblos blancos of Málaga is a pleasure. Montejaque is just such a village. It belongs to the comarca of Serranía de Ronda and is, of course, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain.
Montejaque © Robert Bovington

It is situated approximately 125 kilometres from the city of Málaga, 21 from Ronda and only 2 from Benaoján. It has a population of approximately 1,000 residents. The natives are called Montejaqueños.

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”

Olías – a small village nr Málaga

Olías is a small village in Málaga province. It is located about 20 km from the city of Málaga and about 5 km from the village of Totalán.
Olías is situated within the Montes de Malaga, on a hillside about 420 meters above sea level.

Olías (Málaga) © Robert Bovington
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”

Spanish troglodytes…

Guadix cave houses

by Robert Bovington

Guadix cave house

Guadix cave house

The most famous feature of the town of Guadix in the province of Granada is the cave dwellings in the Barrio de la Cuevas where around half the population live. When I visited the area, I thought that I was in a scene from ‘The Lord of the Rings’! It was just like ‘The Shire’ – with little white chimneys poking out of the ground!

The caves are not primitive dwellings, however but are a solution to the fierce heat of the Andalucian summer. The interior of the cave houses are cool in summer and warm in winter and have all the necessities of modern living – it is quite strange seeing television aerials on the little hillocks!

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/

Murcia Cathedral

Robert Bovington

Murcia Cathedral

Murcia Cathedral

If there were but one reason to visit the city of Murcia, it would have to be to see the cathedral – La Catedral de Santa María is the most impressive monument in the city. You can’t really miss it! Its 92 metre tower can be seen from miles around.

The Cathedral was built on the foundations of an old mosque and the first stone laid in 1394 but the building, as it appears today, was not completed until the 18th century.

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/

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”