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In all senses, Andalusia? the region pi? hot and passionate of Spain. Here were born the bullfight, the tradition of tapas and flamenco, which are undoubtedly the most popular Spanish traditions. feel.
IS? a unique land: between the Tabernas desert and the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises eight provinces: Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Ja? N, Malaga and Seville.

1 day

Seville? bullfighting, flamenco, tapas and all that? which embodies the essence of Spain. It houses an architectural heritage of all kinds: the Cathedral with the Giralda, the Real Alcazar and the Metropol Parasol are some examples. In the historic districts there is a suspended atmosphere: someone always plays the guitar, the bars are full and the women walk with a fan in their hand.

You know the exotic Royal Palace of Casa Martell in Dorne? Yes ? in Seville my dear Game of Thrones fans. L? Alc? Tsar? one of the best examples of mud? jar architecture that for? contains within it various styles. Do you think Charles V made? Gothic style modifications, in stark contrast to the previous Islamic style sections. Not to be missed are: the Courtyard of the girls, the Bagni di Donna Mar? A de Padilla, the Casa de Contrataci? In the gardens.

The Cathedral together with the Giralda are treasures that those who visit Seville cannot? leave out. The Gothic and Renaissance styles come together in the pi? impressive gothic cathedral of the world. By size? the third Catholic church in the world after St. Peter in the Vatican and St. Paul in London. La Giralda exercises the function of tower and bell tower of the Cathedral and? heritage of humanity? since 1987. From here the view? breathtaking.

Once you leave the Cathedral I suggest you get lost in the streets of the Santa Cruz neighborhood to drink and eat tapas, probably everything will be? accompanied by the music someone is playing in the alley or from their home.





2 day

Do you remember Star Wars instead? The attack of the clones? We are precisely in Plaza de Espa? A! Built in 1929 on the occasion of the Ibero-American Exposition and decorated with bricks, ceramics and colored marbles, it has its own particular symbolism: the semicircular shape recalls the embrace of Spain to its new colonies, the 58 benches represent all the Spanish provinces and finally Plaza de Espa? a looks towards the river, the route to follow to reach America.

The Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art is based at the Monastery of the Certosa di Santa Mar? A de las Cuevas where, for thirty years, the remains of Christopher Columbus have been kept. It offers an overview of the artistic trends that have established themselves in Spain since the middle? from the twentieth century to the present day. The art in this museum is grafted like a parasite, the works often enter the architecture and pervade it, or maybe? better to say that they invade it.

The Triana Ceramics Museum represents the history of the pottery tradition in Triana and? a nerve center of the neighborhood. From the architectural point of view it offers many ideas why? it perfectly combines the existing and the new. Since you've arrived here, can't you not enjoy the Triana neighborhood where the city coexists? ancient and modern. It was originally a neighborhood of sailors, workers, industrialists and potters. The riverside? a concentration of bars and restaurants to spend the evening. If, however, you want something very special, c ?? the covered market in which? possible to eat upstairs, while downstairs you can admire the beautiful remains of civilizations? Arab and Roman.



3 day

Before leaving Seville you can not? skip the visit to the Metropol Parasol. One of the new symbols of the city, does it have a look? futuristic, but in reality? ? a structure built according to the principles of green building, with exclusively natural materials. The construction ? was completed in 2011 with the aim of redeveloping the old Plaza de la Encarnacion, which was completely left to itself after the demolition of the old market in 1973. The architect Jurgen Mayer designed five levels: the basement overlooks some archaeological remains found during the construction works, the second hosts a market, the third serves for shows, the fourth c ?? a restaurant while on the fifth and last level you can? enjoy a unique experience! If you climb to the top of the Metropol Parasol you can? admire the city? 360? walking on the panoramic walkway that follows the sinuous profile of the roof.

4 day

In Spain they say? Quien no has seen Granada, has no seen nada? and? just like that. A timeless wonder where I was lucky enough to also find the Feria, a typical Andalusian festival in which women wear typical clothes, the city? wait on the sides of the streets for the procession to pass and c ?? party everywhere.
In this city? I spent two days but I would like to have lived it for much more? why? it seems suspended in time. Walking through the streets of the center during the Feria? Was it suggestive, spending the evening eating tapas in the Albaycin neighborhood? was a precious moment but to end the day with the view of the Alhambra from one of the Mirador? was indescribable.

In this city? we enjoyed getting lost in the Moorish and Gothic streets and squares. But not Granada? only there? what is expected,? also modern architecture? ? also Alberto Campo Baeza. We visited the Caja Granada Foundation and Headquarters, two projects from different years (and therefore also of styles). The materials, the symmetries and the colors together with the play of light and shadows made us fall in love with these spaces. For architecture enthusiasts I recommend to inquire with ap? in advance of the openings, the visit to the Headquarters is not? always possible.



5 day

The following day we dedicated it to visiting the Alhambra. Do you know Stendhal Syndrome? Here, that just hit me. Stendhal's syndrome? a psychosomatic pathology that can? rise up in front of a work of art of extraordinary beauty. The Alhambra is not? just a city? walled which occupies most of the Sabika hill. IS? much much more, so much so that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has declared the Alhambra and the Generalife of Granada Cultural Heritage of Humanity? and? was named among the 21 shortlisted candidates for being one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

6 day

Cordoba? a white,? the Mezquita and tortilla at Bar Santos. We arrive in the morning and immediately head to the Mezquita, one of the main expressions of Arab-Islamic art and Gothic and Renaissance architecture in Andalusia. The great mosque of Cordoba, now the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary Most Holy in Cordoba,? a large quadrilateral of about 180 m in length by 130 m in width, with 19 naves and 856 columns surmounted by capitals in different styles. Will not tell you? other hoping that you can enter this place and experience my same feelings.

Once out we follow the advice to order what is called the tortilla pi? good of all Andalusia at Bar Santos? just two chairs, photos of the bullfight and tortillas everywhere. To travel ? also sit on a low wall in the shade, eat and drink an ice cold beer with a guy not far away who plays the guitar .. don't you think? Our day in Cordoba continues through the streets of the Juderia, an ancient Jewish quarter with white houses and blue vases hanging everywhere.

7 day

Last day means REST written in large letters after walking for six days without ever stopping in the company of the unpleasant 47 ?. We chose Matalascanas beach as a destination why? being very close to Seville it allowed us to do there and back in one day (Matalascanas-Seville 1 hour).
Located in the Donana National Park,? a really nice place. Regenerating wind, clean beach, not too crowded and not too contaminated by man? only a few chiringuito where for 4 euros you can rent a sunbed and umbrella.

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