Top Reasons to Visit the Origin of Flamenco this Summer

10 Jun 2015

The smell of oranges, cuisine that is to die for, stunning architectural sites and world famous local culture: that’s Andalucia – Spain’s uttermost southern province and, most notably, the place where Flamenco was born. If ever a trip to Spain is on your bucket list, we think that you should absolutely check out this region. Here are our top reasons why you should book a flight there now and go enjoy some of the best Andalucia has to offer:

1. The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most stunning buildings in the world

The Alhambra is one of the few buildings in the world that will captivate your mind and make you want to stay forever. Built by the Moors in Islamic style, it is so beautiful that it was mentioned by many poets and survived the Spanish Reconquista. Plan several hours for this visit, because you will spend a lot of time just marveling at the amazing geometry and at the mastery, with which the stone masons carved the stones that the walls are made of.

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2. Cordoba’s great mosque, the Mezquita, is home to a cathedral

It seems somewhat funny, but it’s true: The great mosque of Cordoba, the Mezquita, was converted into a church right after the Spanish had taken the city. Later on, in Renaissance, an actual cathedral in Plateresque style was built within the mosque. The mosque itself is well-known for being the most exquisite building in Omeya architectural style, which is known for its horseshoe archs and was later on copied in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

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3. The Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world

This cathedral was supposed to show Sevilla’s wealth and, thus, was conceived and built to be the largest church in the world. In fact, it surpassed the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul in size and now still is the largest Gothic cathedral worldwide. Make yourself ready for a truly stunning building and an absolute must-see.

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4. Sevilla also has an interesting fair – the Seville Fair

The Seville Fair usually takes place in April and runs six days. Both, men and women wear traditional dresses, dance Sevillanas (a Flamenco-like dance) and gather in tents, Casetas, for drinks and dinner. If you want to see Spain in action, this should be on your bucket list!

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5. Málaga has a beautiful old town and nearby beaches

When in Andalucia, you should go to the beach at least once during your trip. The famed Costa del Sol is located in the Andalucian province Málaga, and its capital city with the same name features a nice mix of modern and historic architecture. In fact, the beaches aren’t far from the city which means that both, a city trip and lying at the beach, can be packed into just one day.

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