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Osuna – Colegiata de la Asunción

Osuna has a particularly imposing 16th-century Renaissance church called the Colegiata de la Asunción. 
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”
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Sevilla – Fábrica Real de Tabacos

The Fábrica Real de Tabacos was the original tobacco factory – the one immortalised in the opera Carmen. Nowadays, it is part of Sevilla University. When the original factory was built in 1725 it was the second-largest building in Spain after El Escorial! It is an imposing Baroque and Rococo building.

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”

Benaoján – a village in the Serranía de Ronda

railway line viewed from just above Benaoján © Robert Bovington
Benaoján is a pretty village that I first encountered when I travelled on the Algeciras to Ronda railway. Near the railway station there is a footpath to Cueva de la Pileta – a cave with primitive rock paintings of animals that, apparently, date from around 25,000 BC. Just above the village there is a mirador where spectacular views can be enjoyed – poplar, willow and oleander at the bottom of the valley; evergreen oak, peonies, thickets of kermes oak, retama and broom on the hillside; gorse, thyme and sage beneath jagged outcrops of limestone on higher ground and probably the odd vulture or two circling above.  
There are about 300 griffin vultures in the Serranía de Ronda, which is a tribute to the local conservationists as during the 1960’s the birds were almost extinct.
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”

Zahara de la Sierra – one of the White Towns of Andalusia

Zahara de la Sierra © Robert Bovington
 Zahara de la Sierra can be seen from miles away because it is situated in one of the most dramatic locations of all the White Towns. Its 13th-century Moorish castle stands high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sugar-cubed houses of the village that also enjoys a hilltop setting. 
The village was built by the Moors in the 8th century and was an important stronghold of the Nasrids until the Christians captured it in the 15th century. 
There is a fine church – the Baroque Iglesia de Santa María de Mesa that was built in the 18th century. 
Zahara de la Sierra has been declared a National Monument.
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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Tarifa – Castillo de Guzman

Castillo de Guzman
The most important building in Tarifa is the Castillo de Guzman. This 10th-century medieval fortress is known as the Castle of Guzmán the Good. It was named after Alfonso Pérez Guzmán who in no way would have won the ‘Father of the Year’ award – apparently, he threw down his dagger to besieging Moorish forces for them to execute his son who had been held hostage. He did this rather than surrender the city to the marauding Arabs.
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”

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.

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“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”

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”

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”