This trip was taken a while ago, New Years to be precise, but I really wanted to share the experience anyway because it was so amazing! For a couple of weeks, we travelled through Andalucia, the Souther coast of Spain visiting Sevilla, Cadiz, Tarifa, Granada and Cordoba only before going back to Sevilla.
Sevilla was honestly my absolute favourite city, so I was happy to return at the end of the vacation to celebrate my birthday! The people in Seville have this funny ritual for New Years Eve, you have to eat 12 white grapes at midnight, one for each stroke of midnight, for 12 months of luck. It's such a great tradition because you try to down 12 grapes in 12 seconds you start laughing hysterically and at the same time trying to swallow them all in time, because even if you are not superstitious you don't want to challenge luck for a whole year, do you?
Cadiz was a cute little town by the sea, unfortunately when we visited it was rather grey but it was fruitful on another front. Here is where I bought my favourite leather backpack that I can now not travel without.
Tarifa is a town at the most Southern coast of Spain, so close to Africa you can see it's shore.
It was such a beautiful town with great food and wine and most importantly it had such a beautiful coast and sunset...
Granada is a beautiful city that houses an ancient arabic palace called Alhambra and it's pretty amazing to see how the two cultures influenced each other! While there we stayed at an amazing hostel called LemonRock which has really cool interiors, think poster walls, vintage leather sofas and industrial lamps!
Cordoba houses one of the most interesting cathedrals I have ever come across. It was first built as a small Christian church and when Muslims conquered Spain in the 8th century they church was divided in two parts, one Muslim, one Christian. The Christian part was then bought by an Emir who demolished great part of it and built a mosque. In the 13th century Spain was reconqured and the church was transformed into a Roman Catholic church again, a Renaissance naval was inserted. As you can see in the pictures it's pretty amazing because every naval or corner of the huge cathedral has a different style and influence.