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Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
A visit to Granada, Spain isn't complete without a stop at the Alhambra. The Moorish architecture, robust gardens, and stunning views of Granada combine to make a truly memorable experience. Start your day with a tour of the Generalife Gardens....
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Calle Ximénez de Enciso, 28, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
On a warm summer afternoon my daughters and I threaded our way through the cool array of courtyards, elaborately tiled chambers and sculpted gardens of the Alcázar, the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.
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Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
Located west of central Lisbon, Torre de Belém is a trip best done by metro or taxi. Once there, climb the steps that date back to the 16th century and get a bird’s-eye view of the Portuguese capital. Some of its neighbors will make venturing into...
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Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Belem is home to many green spaces including gardens, squares, and large parks. The Garden of the Empire Square is across from Jeronimos Monastery and hosts an impressive fountain and manicured gardens. The neighboring Afonso de Albuquerque...
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
Sintra is every storybook fairy tale that you've ever seen or imagined, brought to life. After a 45-minute train ride from Lisbon, you are transported to a land of times past: an entire city in the hills filled with castles, moats, palaces,...
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
The Moorish Castle is strategically located on one of the top hills of Sintra to defend both the local territory and the maritime access to the city of Lisbon. The castle was built around the 10th century by the Muslim populations that occupied...
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
Tours out of Lisbon offer a one-day coastal drive by bus, stopping in the hilly historical town of Sintra and Caiscais. If you’re in Lisbon for more than one day, take the time to explore Sintra for a bit longer. Sintra is worth a stop just for a...
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
The Pena National Palace was summer residence of the monarchs of Portugal during the 18th-19th century and is located just outside of Lisbon, Portugal...a very colorful place.
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
We ventured to Sintra from Lisbon on a beautiful day. The Castelo do Mouros is worth a visit, perched high above the town, where you will find the ruins of a Moorish castle dating back to the 8th century. On a clear day you can see the coast and...
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R. Barbosa do Bocage 5, 2710-567 Sintra, Portugal
Just 45 minutes from Lisbon lies the mystical, castle-filled hilltop town of Sintra, also a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its rich history. One such castle is the Palace of Quinta da Regaleira. Gothic in style, from its outer structure to its...
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R. Barbosa do Bocage 5, 2710-567 Sintra, Portugal
It wouldn't be hard to spend an entire day wandering Quinta da Regaleira, a fairytale-like estate in Sintra. Built in the early 1900s, the property belonged to the Viscondessa da Regaleira and was later acquired by Antonio Augusto Carvalho...
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Azenhas do Mar, 2705-104 Colares-Sintra, Portugal
A lovely beach day in Azenhas do Mar
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R. 1º de Dezembro, 1249-970 Lisboa, Portugal
The Rossio railway station was designed between 1886 and 1887 by Portuguese architect José Luís Monteiro. It makes connections with the village of Sintra, and the 2,600-meter tunnel was excavated under the city. It is considered one of...
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Plaza de la Catedral, s/n, 11005 Cádiz, Spain
The broad facade of Cádiz’s great cathedral, begun in 1722 and finished in 1838, is an unmistakable element of the old-town skyline. Its golden dome is flanked by two bell towers and two graceful palms. Climb the Torre del Reloj tower for a bird’...
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A wonderful walled city, Cadiz has a marvelous atmosphere. Beautiful landscaping adorns the streets, and the crashing of the waves is the perfect background music as you take in the walk along the seaside. Start near the cathedral to get the full...
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Av. Cuatro de Diciembre de 1977, 32D, 11005 Cádiz, Spain
Cadiz is magnificently contained in a small area making a tour of the city incredibly easy to carry out. I was there earlier this year as part of my New Year’s road trip and found it to be a charming town on the Atlantic which was well worth the...
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Calle Manuel María González, 12, 11403 Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
I love visiting wineries. So when my boyfriend suggested we rent a car and take a day trip outside of Seville a visit to the Sherry region quickly became part of the day's agenda. We decided to visit the Bodegas Gonzalez Byass, the home of Tio...
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Andalusia, Spain
Andalucia, Spain, is located in the southern Iberian peninsula. The vast area consists of eight provinces. Among them are Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, and Seville. I sampled the hams, paellas, wines, and olive oils and enjoyed the tastes and smells of...
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Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Seville’s cathedral, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is the third-largest church—and the largest cathedral—in the world. It's also the largest Gothic building in Europe. In short, it’s big. Five naves big. Built from the bones of a...
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Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Eleven centuries into its existence, the elegant and sophisticated Alcázar is testament to the idea that good design transcends time. The palace, still the residence of the royal family when in Seville, invites wandering. You'll find peaceful...
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Calle Muñoz y Pabón, 9, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Seville is a magical city in Spain. It is know for its flamenco and has great tapas restaurants. I loved walking the small streets and exploring the city but one of my favorite experiences was a walk on the promenade. There is a great...
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After a month in Seville I understand that this city has many faces, a diverse history, and labyrinth streets that move in triangles. It seems that there is always something new to discover. Away from the busy city center and the beautiful but...
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Calle Cronista Rey Díaz, 2, 14006 Córdoba, Spain
Cordoba was once considered Europe’s brightest city where scholars would come to study ancient texts. Today, the city is vibrant and colorful and especially so during the Cordoba Patio Festival in early May when residents open their floral-swathed...
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Córdoba, Spain
Stroll along the River Guadalquivir in Cordoba and imagine the days of sailing ships reaching the city before heading for tapas just across the street around the Mezquita.
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Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
Great view of the Mezquita from over the bridge.
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Calle Virgen, s/n, 14810 Carcabuey, Córdoba, Spain
Rich in history and heritage here is another of the multitude of castles in Andalucia.
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Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain
Cordoba was the capital of western Islam until the late 11th century and had the largest mosque in Europe. This great mosque -- known as La Mezquita -- is a breathtaking monument that juxtaposes Christianity and Islam. Wander through the Moorish...
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Córdoba, Spain
A lovely boutique hotel in Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain, named Balcon de Cordoba. Walking distance from the famous Mosque, cozy rooms and rooftop terrace
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Córdoba, Spain
There is lots to do when visiting Cordoba, like seeing the famous Mezquita, but be sure to make time for a spectacular flamenco performance - by horses! Cordoba is famous for it's stable of royal horses (Caballeros Reales). These are extremely...
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Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain
Cordoba, once the heartland and homeland of the Moors, now is a traditional Spanish city with a slightly different beat. The Great Mosque oozes Islamic culture from the outside, having been the lifeblood of the city since the 8th century. With a...
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The neighborhood, or barrio, of Güemes, is a former immigrant hub known for its antique shops. Today, it is a bohemian destination on Saturday and Sunday evenings, when vendors set up an artisanal market in the streets. You can find anything old,...
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Calle Judíos, 20, 14004 Córdoba, Spain
When visiting Córdoba, it is essential to wind your way through the narrow streets in the old Jewish district. You really get a sense of going back in time. Perhaps the most important structure in the area is the old synagogue. For one, the...