My Love Affair with Spain … in Pictures

Alcazaba in Málaga, Spain

Ornate Moorish details are found throughout Alcazaba, a massive 11th century fort overlooking Málaga’s Costa del Sol

After a Spanish holiday a few years back, I returned home to California begging, pleading and throwing myself at my husband’s feet in an effort to convince him we need to spend half of every year in Spain. Unfortunately my tantrums were ineffectual, so alas I’m still residing full time in the USA. But honestly, how can a person NOT fall in love with Spain? Catalonia’s Costa Brava and Barcelona (the latter recently ranked #8 on TripAdvisor and #3 on US News & World Report’s “Best of Europe” lists) surely captivate a grand majority of their millions of visitors each year. (For the record, I am madly in love with Barcelona.) The medieval village of Santiago de Compestela and Galicia’s lush green mountains fed by abundant rainfall and countless rivers in Spain’s northwestern region are mesmerizing. Cupid would surely strike visitors to the white sand beaches and cerulean Mediterranean waters of Costa Blanca, Valencia and the “Orange Blossom Coast”! But if the allure of Galicia, Catalonia or the Valencian community haven’t seduced a hardened spirit, then spending time in Andalusia’s Seville and Málaga will undoubtedly convert the most willful of hearts. Here is my visual explanation as to why there is no escaping the passion and seduction of Spain ….

Santiago de Compestela, Spain

Santiago de Compestela Cathedral in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia

 

Galician coastline near Vigo, Spain

Galician coastline near Vigo, Spain

Catedral de Barcelona

History of the Catedral de Barcelona dates to 599 AD.

Agbar Tower, Barcelona

Barcelona’s infamous Agbar Tower

Columbus Monument, Barcelona

Tribute to Christopher Columbus, Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Architect Antoni Gaudi began work on Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia in 1882. It opened in 2010 but remains unfinished

Málaga's Marble Pedestrian Street

Marble Pedestrian Street in Málaga’s luxurious shopping district

Málaga, Spain

Stunningly beautiful residential neighborhoods and plazas surround the Cathedral of Málaga

Alcazaba, Málaga Spain

Alcazaba, a gothic fortification with Moorish architecture dating to the early 11th century

Alcazaba, Málaga

One of the many lush interior gardens of Málaga’s Alcazaba

Entertainer in Málaga Spain

In addition to Flamenco, Moorish music also influences Andalusian culture

Málaga Cathedral

Cathedral of Málaga, dating to 1482, is a Renaissance-style church with heavy Baroque influences

Seville, Spain

One of many fountains located in Seville, Spain

Plaza de España, Seville

Plaza de España in Seville was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo

Plaza de España, Sevilla

Intricate tile work along the walls of Seville’s Plaza de España

Seville, Spain

Colorful Moorish architecture fills Seville’s plazas and neighborhoods

Seville Cathedral

The Seville Cathedral, housing the tomb of Columbus, is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and third largest church in the world

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