Founded by the Romans for its strategic location, it became such an important port city that they named it the capital of Hispania Ulterior. Today, their mighty bridge still stands, alluding to the historic landmarks awaiting visitors in the city. Even the status of a Roman capital was eclipsed when the city became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus. The height of Islamic sophistication, it was during this time that the massive Mezquita mosque was erected. Even the reconquering Christians in 1236 were so awed by its beauty that they left it standing, building their cathedral amongst its arches and columns. Today, the mosque still stands as one of the world's greatest Islamic buildings, with the ornate church creating an extraordinary architectural fusion. From the mosque, the the narrow streets of the old Jewish and Muslim quarters offer row upon row of historic buildings and hidden gems.
This fortified palace-city was once Muslim Spain’s capital, and is still one of the most complete examples of Spanish-Muslim architecture - hence its UNESCO listing. The Brilliant City
Made famous for its role in Game of Thrones, this verdant hilltop fortification will leave you starstruck from its power and beauty. High-guard-en
One of the hottest places in Europe during the summer, both the temperature and architecture are sizzling. Into the Frying Pan
Declared a heritage site in 1967, the town of Osuna boasts many fine baroque palaces, mansions, and churches dating form the 16th to 18th centuries. Awash with Wealth
Declared a Protected Area of Artistic and Historical Importance in 1983, Olvera is a picturesque Spanish town with a fascinating—and often disputed—history. The White Gate
Built directly into a rock face, this unique village is famed for its stoic defense during the Christian reconquest. Stony Defense
Settled in the 9th century BC, Ronda was officially named a city under the reign of Julius Caesar. The scenic setting, and many landmarks made the town popular with the Romantics, attracting the likes of Alexandre Dumas, Ernest Hemingway, and Orson Welles. The 18th century ‘New Bridge’ straddles a 100 meter ravine, and offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. In the city proper, you can find one of the country’s oldest bull-fighting rings. The Mondragon palace, originally built in 1314 by the Moorish King Abomelik, was later used as the primary residence for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. Inside you'll find a fascinating museum devoted to Ronda’s rich history, with exhibits including Roman and Moorish tombs. For a unique view of the city, the stunning Cuenca Gardens follow a series of terraces on the ledges of the Tajo river.
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