The MagoGuide 2016 Grand Tour is in Andalusia

Team Mago is currently touring around Andalusia and having a fine time. While in Andalusia we’re going to visit Granada, Jimena de la Fontera, Seville, and hopefully Rhonda.

View of the Alcazara from below in the city of Granada
View of the Alcazara from below in the city of Granada

Like Pantelleria, Andalusia has been occupied forever, overrun, conquered, and reconquered. These include the early Iberians, Carthaginians/Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Byzantines, as well as the later Castilian and other Christian North Iberian nationalities who conquered and settled the area in the latter phases of the Reconquista. All of these influences can be seen in the architecture and customs of Andalusia.

We began our visit to Andalusia with a short visit to Granada and tour of the Alhambra.

Places Nazaríes: The Serallo is where embassies and important guests were received
Places Nazaríes: The Serallo is where embassies and important guests were received

The countryside is beautiful, dotted all around with Moorish castles and “white villages.” We’ve just arrive in one of these white villages, Jimena de la Frontera, and will be reporting from here for the next couple of weeks. Stayed tuned.

Alhambra
With or without a guided tour, your ticket only allows for four hours to see the Alcazaba (fortifications), Placios Nazaríes (palace), and Generalife (summer palace and gardens), the museum, shops, cafes, the Parador hotel, etc. It's just not enough time.
Address: Calle Real de la Alhambra, Granada Andalusia 18009 Spain— Get directions
Website: alhambra-patronato.es
Telephone: 34 958 02 79 71
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Rostra rating: 4
Alhambra Palace Hotel
The Hotel Alhambra Palace has a lot to recommend it. First and foremost, it is right next to the Alhambra so that you can get to the entrance walking within five minutes. It's also beautiful. Our room was decorated as if it were a part of the Harem in the Alhambra Palace with scroll work around the doors and windows as well as in recessed ceilings. And our view of Granada from the front was panoramic. We had some quibbles, though.
Address: Plaza Arquitecto García de Paredes, 1, Granada Andalusia 18009 Spain— Get directions
Website: h-alhambrapalace.es
Telephone: 34 958 22 14 68
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Jimena de la Frontera
Jimena de la Fontera is cute, there's no doubt. It's also very, very quiet during the off season. The Castle of Jimena de la Frontera is certainly worth seeing, though, and hiking around the AR-7 trail in Los Alcornocales Natural Park is nice. On the whole, though, we decided the Jimena wasn't worth a recommendation or a revisit.
Address: Jimena de la Frontera Andalusia Spain— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3


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