Ten Amazing Things to See Around my Spanish Home
The Altiplano De Granada, Andalucia and BeyondOne of the moncler outlet woodbury things that never ceases to amaze me is the sheer number of uk moncler outlet wonderful sights that are easily accessed from my https://www.monclerdownjacket.biz adopted hometown of Baza on the Altiplano de Granada, Andalucia, Spain. I’ve mentioned some fascinating places of interest in my other hubs. Here’s ten more, all moncler usa within an easy two hour drive.
I’m starting this pot pourri of journeys from the stunning mountains of the Sierra Nevada and ending moncler sale up on a lovely beach on the Costa cheap moncler jackets mens Calida. Hang on to your hats, here we go!
No.1 Pradollano, Sierra Nevada Ski Resort, Andalucia Europe’s Most Southerly Ski ResortThe attractive mountain resort of Pradollano is sometimes known as “Sol y Nieve” (Sun and Snow). This accurately describes the conditions enjoyed by most of its winter visitors. It is situated in the Sierra Nevada National Park and cheap moncler coats mens is some 33km from the world famous city of Granada. It lies on the slopes of the third highest mountain in mainland Spain, the 3,396 metre high Pico de Veleta. There are about 100km of ski runs and the skiing season can last from November to May. The resort’s proximity to the Mediterranean coast (approx.100km) makes skiing and swimming on the same day a possibility!.
La Calahorra CastleEl Castillo de La Calahorra
Spain is famous for moncler womens jackets its castles and this one uk moncler sale is a fine example! The castle stands on a hill 1,250 metres above sea level. It was built between the years 1509 and 1512 cheap moncler sale on the site of an Arab fortress and is situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
During the Christian Reconquest of Spain the land around where the castle now stands fell under the command of the Marques Rodrigo de Mendoza. He had spent some time in Italy where he met some important Renaissance figures. (He also unsuccessfully tried to win the hand of the infamous Lucretzia Borgia.) He returned to Spain with Italian architects, craftsmen and a moncler online store cargo of marble in order to moncler outlet online construct his fortified palace. The resulting castle is said to be one of the first and most important Italian Renaissance constructions outside Italy.
There were two main architects who worked on the project, one an Italian and the other a Castilian. The castle is a combination of massive, forbidding Castilian defensive architecture on the outside and some exquisite features like its Florentine courtyard on the inside.
Further on down the road from The Megalithic Park lies the village of cheap moncler jackets womens Alicun de los Torres. Here can be found the Balneario de Alicun (the Baths of Alicun) moncler uk outlet where people enjoy therapeutic treatments in mineral rich geothermal water which is about 35 degrees C. Opposite the Baths, however, is a marked country walk, La Ruta Prehistorica (the Prehistoric Route). During the course of this best moncler jackets walk you cheap moncler jackets find yet more dolmens, but the thing that fascinates me is the moncler outlet sale ancient irrigation channel that just grew, and continues to do so.
If you look at the big picture above you will see what appears to be a country wall, but which is, in fact, a functioning Irrigation channel (acequia). It started life at ground level and served a Paleolithic village. Over the centuries, the mineral rich waters have left deposits that have raised the water course some 15 metres high in places. This is said to be the only example of this phenomenon in the world.
The abandoned railway bridge at Baul spans an impressively deep gorge and is a masterpiece of civil engineering. The railway was discount moncler jackets originally built to link the city of Granada and Andalucia with the eastern moncler outlet part of Spain. The section between the towns of Baza and Guadix, in which we find this bridge, was constructed between 1904 and 1907. It belonged to the British company The Granada Railway Company.
You can walk across the bridge but need a good head for heights. For moncler outlet prices reasons of safety moncler sale outlet its possible that you would not be allowed to do so in other countries.
The village of Castril de la Pena is a picturesque village close to the beautiful Sierra de Castril and the Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Parks.
The village dates back to Carthaginian times and the Romans used it as a military base. It was later occupied by the Moors and finally, in 1489, by the Christian forces of Ferdinando and Isabella, the Catholic Monarchs.
One of the attractions of the village is the wooden walkway over the River Castril where it flows through a narrow gorge called the Cerrada de Castril.
Tomb with a View
The Columbario was constructed by the Romans and is a well preserved collection of 317 niches for the storage of human ashes. These niches are carved into the rock walls of a subterranean chamber situated high up at the top of a cliff face.
It appears in most tourist leaflets and websites as one of moncler sale online the attractions offered by the village of Benamaurel. It is, however, very difficult to find being some distance from the village. It can only be accessed by the agile, through a narrow hole, with the moncler outlet aid of a short ladder or rope! Eat your heart out Indiana Jones. As you can see it appears to have a window in the cliff face which offers a great view.
No.8 La Cueva del Agua Quesada AndaluciaAlso known as La Cueva de la Virgen de Tiscar
The Cueva del Agua (Water Cave and also known as the Cave of Wonders) is a World Natural Heritage Site. It is found in the municipality of the little town of Quesada and said to be one of the hidden treasures of the Cazorla National Park.
The Cueva del Agua was formed by water from the Tiscar River eroding limestone to form cascades and pools and is accessed by a short tunnel. It has probably been a place of worship for millennia.
According to tradition, in 1319 the Virgin appeared to a local Moorish Chief, Mohammed Andon, causing him to convert to Christianity and thereby saving many lives during those troubled times of conquest and reconquest.
A replica of the Virgin of Tiscar is placed high on the rock wall of the lower part of the sanctuary. She is the patron of Quesada and receives many visitors who light candles and leave messages asking for good fortune and guidance. Some of the supplicants risk life and limb in order to leave offerings as close to the icon as possible!
Ancient Argaric moncler outlet store Culture Village
Castellon Alto is well worth a visit. The Argaric people who occupied this settlement lived on the hilltop for defensive purposes. It is thought that there was once a population of between 50 and 80 inhabitants.
Terraces were cut out of the living rock to form platforms upon which dwellings, precariously close to sheer drops, could be built.
One of the customs of the inhabitants of the village was to inter the corpses of relatives within the walls of their houses.
NibsyNell 5 years ago
You are so lucky to live in the area you do! 🙂 I hope to visit Andalucia sometime soon and these sights are definitely gonna be on my list of things to see! :).