Al Andalus

Niebla, a Western Taifa

11/01/2018 11:43
The city of Niebla, halfway between the counties of El Condado and Andévalo, on the road from Seville to Huelva, is about thirty kilometres from the latter and lies along the banks of the Rio Tinto that once, when it was called Luxia, was navigable up to the city. Niebla preserved in a pretty good...

Icarus in Ronda

31/03/2017 10:49
The city is mainly known for Guadalevin gorge that split neighbourhoods and for the New Bridge linking them through its towering arches. It’s an image that David Roberts prints promoted in the years when Romanticism turn fashionable eastern landscapes and past ruins. But other illustrious sons who...

Tarifa, in the Year of Landing

11/08/2016 17:58
Al-Walid ibn Abd al-Malik, sixth Umayyad caliph, was playing with his son in the large room, next to an ablutions pond in his Damascus palace when two messengers simultaneously brought him news from the bounds of his kingdom. The first announced the conquest of Transoxiana, in Central Asia, the...

Sheparad's Pearl

18/05/2015 17:11
Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula had strong support in the Jewish community who believed that it would be better treated then under Visigoth rule. It was not always so, though they lived a golden age at the time of the Caliphate. Upon arrival of the Almoravid dynasties and Almohad Caliphate...

Washington (Irving)

29/04/2014 10:10
Starting from Granada’s Plaza Nueva and ascending the sloppy Gomérez Street, once crossed Granates door, going even a little further, it’s Generalife Boulevard. It’s mandatory to stop a few seconds just to catch breath again. Looking up from the ground, on the right, across the street, stands...

The City of Wonders

10/12/2013 19:36
The air condenses slowly around the iced cup while a Sanlucar de Barrameda Manzanilla subtle dash is poured in. Manzanilla is a kind of softer and lighter fino wine perfect for a southern aperitif. Nimble fingers holding a new slice as the knife masterfully glides over the leg of ham finely cuts...

Nasrid Palaces, Malaga