Spain Autumn 2014

Malaga and Cordoba

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We got to Malaga in the afternoon, quickly rented a car and drove off in search of a beach. The airport is right next to the sea, but there is no direct road to the beach and the sat nav misled us a couple of times.

The beach in late October was almost empty, but the sea was warm enough for swimming, particularly if you came from the North of England.

Sonya is enjoying the sand.

We went sightseeing. Sonya on the Roman Theatre benches. The Theatre was built in 1st century BC by the emperor 'Augustus' Octavius and was in use until 3rd century AD. In the middle ages it was partially dismantled to provide building materials for the Alcazaba Palace which is located just above the Theatre. The Theatre was unearthed by chance in 1951 and fully restored by 1994.

We next went to look at Alcazaba palace (which translates as "fortress" from arabic) on the slopes of Gibralfaro hill. Above the palace, right on top of the hill, there is a fortress. The fortress and the palace are connected by a zigzag-shaped walled road (La Coracha). The palace was built in 11 century and changed owners many times.

In order to get to the palace, a visitor has to pass through three levels of fortifications and eight gates. Walking towards the palace was like trying to get through a giant maze.

The palace was well protected from enemies.

These gates are decorated by the marble columns from the Roman Theatre.

The orange tree in blossom.

The closer to the palace, the more trees. It is hard to understand how they managed to grow trees in these rocks.

Internal gardens of Alcazaba.

A little pond with lilies.

The palace at last.

A view towards the port and sea from the palace.

The interior of the palace is decorated with carved stone.

A pomegranate.

There are many internal gardens with fountains and ponds.

The palace gradually fell into disrepair and was not restored until 20th century.

In order to get to the Gibralfaro fortress, we had to go back to the foot of the hill and then up along the fortress wall to the top of the hill. Fortunately, it wasn't too hot.

This looks more like a fortress rather than a palace.

A walk on the fortress walls.

Sonya in a watchtower.

La Coracha is a road between two zigzag-shaped walls which connects the fortress with the palace.

Malaga can be seen from the fortress.

We saw many cats. Sonya counted 28 in two days.

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