By train I travelled in 40 minutes from Cordoba to Sevilla. I stayed near the Hercules de Alameda square and walked my way around the city. In the afternoons and late evenings I took my time at the bars for a cold beer and some delicious tapas.
From the giant Plaza de Espana square I strolled through the Maria Luisa park, the old town along the Guadalquivir river to the bull-fighting arena. In the old town I visited the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Cathedral with its bell tower 'la Giralda' and the Moorish Alcazar palace complex with its beautiful garden. On the other side of the river I explored the Triana district. This is considered to be the birthplace of the famous flamenco dance and music. I chilled out under a tree at a festival in the EXPO 92 area.
From Torremolinos I took the metro to Malaga, where I took a train to Cordoba. I stayed two nights in a guesthouse in the old Jewish Quarter. Cordoba has the highest summer temperatures in the whole of Europe. And with 36 degrees Celsius in the afternoon it was already very hot to stroll around in the historic centre.
Cordoba was a Roman settlement on the right bank of the Guadalquivir, taken over by the Visigoths, and followed by the Muslim conquests in the eighth century. In that time Cordoba became the world leading centre of education and learning and the second largest city of Europe. In 1236 Cordoba was conquered by the Christian conquest. The large history still shows off by examples of Moorish architecture, such as the Mezquita-Catedral.
During my stay Cordoba hosted its annually Festival de los Patios. Many houses of the historic centre opened their private patios to the public and compete in a contest in floral decorations.
Although the covid pandemic was still active, I went a week to Gran Canaria to enjoy some sunshine. I stayed in an all inclusive hotel, where we still had to wear a face mask. And also in supermarkets a face mask was mandatory. The festivities for Winterpride 2021 were reduced to limited access by the need for tickets for the concerts. However the Yumbo centre was still packed. And (mainly) Germans started off the carnaval season (11/11) on the beach.
Autumn in Europe equals low temperatures, grey skies and rainy days. But not at the Spanish Canary Islands! So I escaped the cold and the rain to enjoy a week in the sun in Gran Canaria. During this week the Maspalomas Winterpride took place as well. During the days I spend most of my time on the beaches of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas (next to the famous Maspalomas dunes). On saturday I joined the Pride Walk. And in the evenings I partied at the Yumbo centre, where every night performances were done by o.a. 2Unlimited, Tara McDonald, Berget Lewis and several DJ's.
Since I enjoyed the beautiful beach on Mallorca in 2018, I decided to visit another Balearic island this year. I took a direct flight from Eindhoven to Ibiza (Eivissa). From the airport it was just a short bus ride to my apartment on Playa Figueretes in Ibiza Town.
Although Ibiza is famous as a party-island, I spend most of my time in the Old Town (Dalt Vila) or at one of the beaches on the southern tip of the island (behind the salt flats and the National Park of "Ses Salines") and on the neighbouring island of Formentera.
Ibiza Dalt Vila is a huge walled fortress on a hilltop surrounding a cobbled street town. From the city walls there is an amazing view on the harbour (with its yachts and jet set) on the one side and the bay of Playa Figueretes and PLaya d'en Bossa on the other side.
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