Tag Archives: Bovington

La línea de los ingleses

 La línea de los ingleses – the ‘English Railway’ is a trip through some of the most beautiful countryside in Andalucía. The little three-carriage train winds its way past some of the attractive ‘white towns’ of the region and through the spectacular scenery of the Los Alcornocales and Grazalema Natural Parks. 
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”
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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”

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”

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/

Almería – port

puerto de Almería © Robert Bovington
I like Almería.
I like its mix of old and new. It is essentially a Spanish city with a North African flavour. It is one of the most ancient cities of Andalucía.
Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans have all left their mark, but it was the Moors that really put Almería on the map! The Romans called it ‘Portus Magnus’, but later it was called al-Mariyah, meaning ‘Mirror of the Sea’.

my Panoramio photos of Almería:-

http://www.panoramio.com/user/2391258/tags/Almer%C3%ADa

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”

Alcaiceria of Granada (Street of Arab Shops)

Located next to the Cathedral, the Alcaiceria is a maze of narrow alleyways with a distinct Moorish feel. It was formerly the Moorish silk market.
 

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”

Granada – carmenes

One of the delights of the Albaicin area of Granada is its carmens (carmenes in Spanish). They are hillside townhouses with private walled gardens. They originated in Moorish times and their design expresses the Islamic idea of the inner paradise, a reflection of heaven. They gardens usually have mosaic floors, shady grottos and lush flora usually comprising rose, honeysuckle, palm, wisteria and, this being Granada, pomegranate. (granada is the Spanish word for pomegranate). Of course, these delighful townhouses have Alhambra views.


Granada carmen by Robert Bovington

Cuenca

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.

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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 – the Hanging Houses literally overhang the Huécar gorge.
Within the old quarter are handsome old mansions interspersed with interesting religious buildings. The 12th century Cathedral is quite unique in that it combines Gothic and Anglo-Norman style. Queen Leonor, the wife of Alfonso VIII, ordered its construction. There are a number of museums in the city including the National Museum of Abstract Art and the Provincial Archaeological Museum.

Robert Bovington