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Cadogan Guide: Granada/Seville/Cordoba

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Three dazzling cities, with remarkable stories to tell. Granada, nestled at the foothills of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada, drenched in the sweet melancholy of the lost world of al-Andalus and glorying in the drama of the Alhambra. Showy Seville, home of roses and passion, Carmen, bulls and flamenco, where you can pick oranges from the trees and eat tapas in the city that invented them. Cordoba with its Mezquita, ancient Jewish quarter and twisting maze of white alleys, a haven of quietness and dignified calm. ...
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Three dazzling cities, with remarkable stories to tell. Granada, nestled at the foothills of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada, drenched in the sweet melancholy of the lost world of al-Andalus and glorying in the drama of the Alhambra. Showy Seville, home of roses and passion, Carmen, bulls and flamenco, where you can pick oranges from the trees and eat tapas in the city that invented them. Cordoba with its Mezquita, ancient Jewish quarter and twisting maze of white alleys, a haven of quietness and dignified calm. Cadogan’s essential guide is ideal for a short break or a longer stay in these three great cities of southern Spain, where the stuff of civilization merges delightfully into the pleasures of everyday life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860113512
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Country & Regional Guides - Cadogan
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are passionate about Europe and have written over 30 books for Cadogan, including several in the Spain series. They have lived all over Europe, but are currently settled in an idyllic farmhouse surrounded by vineyards in the Lot Valley, France.

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‘Seville maybe Spain’s fourth largest city, but it is a place where you can pick oranges from the trees and see open countryside from the center of town. Come in Spring if you can, when the gardens are drowned in birdsong and the air becomes intoxicating with the scent of jasmine and a hundred other blooms.’


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Table of Contents


Introduction     5
Geography of the Region     6
Animal Magic: Wildlife Reserves     7
History     9
Art and Architecture     27
Moorish     28
Gothic and Renaissance     30
Baroque and Beyond     31
Snapshots of Andalucia     35
City Slickers     36
Castra     37
Roses of the Secret Garden     38
Flamenco     40
The Founding Father     41
Bullfights     42
Dust in the Wind     44
Hot-blooded Andalucian Women     45
Spain and Britain     46
Bats     46
Food and Drink     47
Planning Your Trip     55
When to Go     56
Climate     56
Festivals     56
Tourist Information     57
Embassies and Consulates     57
Entry Formalities     58
Disabled Travellers     58
Insurance and EHICs     58
Money     59
Getting There     59
By Air from the UK     59
By Air from North America     60
BySea     60
By Rail     61
By Bus or Coach     61
Getting Around     62
By Air     62
By Rail     62
By Car     63
By Bus     63
Where to Stay     64
Hotel Price Categories     65
Specialist Tour Operators     66
Practical A-Z     67
Easy Reference/Conversion Tables     68
Children     69
Crime and Police Business     69
Eating Out     69
Electricity     69
Health and Emergencies     69
Left Luggage     70
Markets and Shopping     70
Media     70
National Holidays     71
National Parks     71
Opening Hours     71
Photography     72
Post Offices     72
Smoking     72
Sports and Activities     72
Telephones     74
Toilets     74
Women Travellers     74
The Guide
Granada     75
The City     78
History     79
The Alhambra     82
Near the Alhambra     87
Central Granada     91
Northern Granada     94
Day Trips from Granada     98
The Sierra Nevada and Las Alpajurras     98
Around the Sierra Nevada: Guadix     104
The Coast South of Granada     105
Seville     107
The City     109
History     109
The Cathedral and Around     112
From the Cathedral to the River: El Arenal     118
Triana     121
Northwest of the Cathedral: Art and the Audo-da-fe     123
North of the Cathedral: The Heart of the City     124
La Macarena and Around     125
Santa Cruz and Beyond     127
South of the Cathedral     129
La Cartuja and Contemporary Art     131
Day Trips from Seville     138
Villages South of Seville     138
East, towards Cordoba     140
Cordoba     145
The City     148
History     148
La Mezquita     150
Around La Mezquita     153
The Juderia     154
White Neighbourhoods     155
Medina Azahara     158
Day Trips from Cordoba     161
Villages of the Sierra Morena     161
East of Cordoba: Gateway to Andalucia     164
Baeza     169
Ubeda and the Sierra de Cazorla     171
Reference
Language     177
Glossary     182
Chronology     184
Further Reading     187
Index     188
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