Thursday, January 29, 2009


The large area in Southern Spain is called Andalucia. It covers the last couple cities we have visited: Malaga, Granada, Sevilla, and soon Tarifa. Cadiz is also a notable city in Andalucia but we don't have time to visit there.

The name Andalucia comes from the Muslim name Al-Andalus which was given over 1300 years ago by the Muslims when they conquered the area. As a result, there are some notable places in each of these cities that have Arabic influence. You can see it in the architecture and in the types of buildings that are there, such as the Arabic baths, and even with names of the streets. There were even Arabic baths in the Alhambra in Granada.

The weather the last few days has been relatively comfortable. Somewhere around 15 degrees C in the day which was a nice change from Porto and upper Spain of somewhere around 4 degrees C.


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