If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may know that Mr. Page and I spent last week traveling through Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain. Here is how we planned out our stay: two days in Seville, one in Ronda, a picturesque town on the edge of the Sierra de las Nieves mountain range, three in a traditional Andalusian cortijo near Vejer de la Frontera and one last day in Seville.
In Seville, we wandered through the narrow streets of Barrio de Santa Cruz, admired the whole city from atop La Giralda, the 105-meter-high bell tower of the Gothic Cathedral, and dreamed of the One Thousand and One Nights while exploring the Alcazar.
The Alcazar (Royal Palace) is considered one of the finest examples of mudejar architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. Moorish, Rennaissance and Baroque influences are intertwined throughout the palace, creating a unique, yet harmonious style.
The mountain town of Ronda is divided into two by the Guadalevin river, which carved out a 100-meter deep canyon, spanned by the famous Puente Nuevo.
The three days we spent at Cortijo El Indiviso were literally amazing. I highly recommend staying there, should you ever visit the area, especially if you love nature and horses. Beautiful beaches and the picture-perfect Pueblo Blanco (white village) of Vejer de la Frontera are just a few kilometers away.
This is Luminoso, the horse I had the immense pleasure to ride through the awe-inspiring country.
The Andalusian country is dotted with hundreds of wind turbines and it’s not infrequent to see cattle resting in their shade.
The long, sandy beaches of Costa de la Luz on the Atlantic Ocean attract mainly Spanish tourists, while the Mediterranean Costa del Sol, with its resorts and golf courses, is more of an international destination. We went to a few beaches on the Costa de la Luz (Bolonia, Zahara de los Atunes and El Palmar) and really appreciated their tranquil and authentic atmosphere.
Until next time, Andalusia!