Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The 'Golden Tower' of Seville


The Torre del Oro is a polygonal military watchtower on the bank of the Guadalquivir river in Seville. It was built by the Almohads in the thirteenth century as part of the city's defensive system. It is located opposite the Triana area of Seville.

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"

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Aguadulce marina - a pleasant environment for sailors and holiday visitors

The marina of Puerto Deportivo de Aguadulce has 764 mooring spaces and boasts services and facilities appropriate for a modern prestige port. 
 

For those who don't own a boat, the port is still an excellent place to visit with many cafes lining the quaysides. A stroll along the harbour wall is also a pleasant activity.

For those staying in this pleasant town, La Envia golf course is only a short drive whilst the city of Amería is only ten minute drive away.

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"

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Puerta Verde de Roquetas de Mar

For a delightful stroll use the Puerta Verde de Roquetas de Mar. La Puerta Verde is a short route between Roquetas and Aguadulce that enables beach users, walkers and cyclists to enjoy use of the Cañada Real de la Costa without encountering motorized traffic.


It runs from the eastern end of the Paseo Marítimo in Roquetas to Urbanización Torrequebrada in Aguadulce.


The route runs parallel to the protected ‘Monumento Natural Arrecife Barrera de Posidonia oceánica’, a barrier reef where a particular seagrass grows. The plant is endemic to the Mediterranean and unique to the Andalusian coast.
 

Sierra de Gádor & Puerta Verde de Roquetas de Mar © Robert Bovington

 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"

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Guadix cave houses

by Robert Bovington
© Robert Bovington
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"
"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 © Robert Bovington
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"
"Spanish Impressions"
"you couldn't make it up!"
"a grumpy old man in Spain"
"bits and bobs"
"Spanish Expressions"
"Spanish Art"
"Books About Spain"

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Almond Blossom in the Alpujarras

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"
"Spanish Impressions"
"you couldn't make it up!"
"a grumpy old man in Spain"
"bits and bobs"
"Spanish Expressions"
"Spanish Art"
"Books About Spain"

Mijas - Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña



Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña, the patron saint of Mijas. Mercedarian monks built the chapel in 1520 and inside is a carved wooden image of the virgin allegedly dating back to AD850. It is a delightful little building, although I find it a bit incongruous that, just like a number of ancient churches that I have visited in recent years, it has electronic candles rather than the real thing!

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"

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Grazalema


Grazalema (Cádiz) © Robert Bovington
 The approach to the town is spectacular and is dominated by the massive Peñon Grande which rises to over 1000m above the town which itself appears to be suspended from a bare cliff face.

 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"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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.






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"

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Alicante

The city of Alicante is a Mediterranean port that boasts a fine palm-lined promenade - and a castle. 

I can attest to these facts because I went there many years ago - I don't know why - on reflection, yes I do - it was to visit somewhere interesting instead of sunbathing and boozing on a Benidorm holiday. I travelled there by train and very pleasant it was too - the little train leisurely making its way along the narrow-gauge track.

The train and the castle still exist. The castle - el Castillo de Santa Barbara - is perched 350 feet above the city and can be reached by driving up the winding road to the summit or, as I did, by using the lift.


Alicante has other attractions - a cathedral, a museum, beaches, restaurants and, for those that like that sort of thing, shopping.
 
Another reason to go there is to catch a ferry to the Balearic Islands.

Vista del puerto y el Castillo de Santa Bárbara
Skyline of the city of Alicante, seen from the harbour.
Author: Carlos Quesada Granja


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"