Up in the castle
The view from the San Miguel Castle in Almuñecar is a little eerie because up there is a little dark and the sea breeze kind of freaks me out at night but it is beautiful.
I'm not sure, I could ever get use to the scenery. 😍😎
Balcony of Europe
Contrary to Almuñecar, the tourist population seems a lot more mixed in Nerja, a lot of English speaking here and more of an international European holiday destination feel.
The city has some breathtaking views and beautiful beaches all along the coast.
The rocky outcrops of Almuñecar.
The view from the Peñones de San Cristobal (Rocks of San Cristobal) is magnificent day and night. From side to side you get a nice view of the beaches with their bars, restaurants, and Churrerías. Straight ahead you have the sea but if you look back, there's the city in all its glory. The palm trees, the colorful buildings, with mountains ranges in the background, a breathtaking view to soak in the sun and Almuñecar.
☀⛱️🍃 Climate control 💨🌴 ⛰️ -
Thanks to the mountains that surrounds it and the sea breeze, Almuñecar benefits from a semi-tropical microclimate, meaning the summers are hot and humid but without that sweltering heat plaguing the rest of Europe right.
It also means they grow tropical fruits here, such as mangos, papaya, lychees, kiwis, guava, avocados, etc.
So enjoy that 35-40 Celsius in Paris and stay hydrated 😉
The Sexitanos monuments
One of the first thing you'd noticed arriving in this little town of the province of Granada is the statues. They're all around Almuñecar.
These "headless break dancers" are actually a tribute to water - yes it's a ⛲ , well three fountains -, celebrating the area's most precious asset since the town lives on subtropical fruit agriculture and tourism.
Monument to water by art Moreno Romera
A piece of history, the Alhambra
Across from the San Nicolas lookout, perched on the Sabika plateau there's the Alhambra of Granada. This palatial complex is about as impressive as it is beautiful.
Days ago, I posted video from this lookout in my travels highlights, expecting to visit it later but that didn't happen.
The Alhambra is probably the biggest proof of the Muslim presence in Spain🇪🇸 and I'm always amazed when other tourists are surprised by that fact. I really hope I'll get to see it for my self soon.
The view from the San Nicolas lookout is totally worth the climb up the plaza. Not only you can see the Alhambra, on the left, but you also get a nice view of Granada.
The ancient Muslim Silk Market (Alcaiceria) of Granada still stands today - in some way. Built, rebuilt, and enlarged since the Nasrid period, the old closed quadrangle architecture with nine doors, each specialized in a specific trade, are long gone but the place has retained it #souk feel with its narrow alleyways and little shops.
Cathedral of the Incarnation ⛪
This Roman Catholic Church is impressive, it's a young "little" church - since #granada was ruled by the Nasrid dynasty, who were Muslim, until 1492 - which explains why it has a dominant #renaissance style. It's dedicated to the mystery of the Incarnation 😒 and is the seat of the archdiocese of Granada. It's #beautiful you should check it out.
La Alhóndiga vieja -
Shaped by many cultures (Iberian, Carthaginian & Roman) #grenada has had an important role throughout #spanish history, and it shows in its architecture.
From a place where merchants, pilgrims converged to rest and recover from the day's journey, to a theater, then a coal house, this Alhóndiga or #caravanserai is the only one in #spain🇪🇸 that is kept in such good conditions.
The XIV's century fortified property is quadrangular, the entrance has a big horseshoe shape, which leads galleries that run around the courtyard, with a fountain ⛲ in the center.
The patron Virgin of Granada
Virgin Augustias is important to the people of #granadaspain she has a #basilica dedicated to her.
On the last Sunday of September the procession of Our Lady of Sorrows (Virgin Augustias) bring in people from all over the city and the province.
The whole month is devoted to her, so if you happen to be in Granada in September, you'll probably see the facade of the Virgin Augustias #church covered with flowers 💐, creating a beautiful mosaic. Stals of typical autumn fruits and cakes are placed for the celebration.
#Strokkur#iceland🇮🇸's erupting #geyser
Warmed by the magma underneath, the water coming from the glaciers further is under intense pressure from the cooler water above creating a flash-explosion that sends water and steam skyward.
It is impressive, sometimes, some of the flash-explosions look like a fart in bath 😎 but when it really explodes it's pretty sweet.
Hot spings & Waterfall
Iceland probably has as many natural #hotsprings as they do #waterfalls but Gullffoss might be the one many people get to see themselves when they come here - it's the easiest to get to get 😎.
This waterfall is made famous by rainbow 🌈 seen over it on sunny days but mostly because of a woman, Sígríđur Tomásson, who fought to keep it like this in the 20th century thus making her Iceland's first environmentalist.
Where're my #witches at? - The Drowning Pool 🏊
That little waterfall and pool behind me has a #grim history. Back in the day Icelanders were drowning people like we throw pennies in Fountains for wishes. 😱 Cruel right?
Women found guilty of adultery, incest, or exposing their babies to the elements were stuffed in a bag weighted by rocks and drowned.
Of the 21 people who drowned for #witchcraft there was only 1 woman #interestingfacts 🤔
A nation's heart:
Besides illustrating Alfred Wegener's continental drift theory, #thingvellir lake and its #nationalpark is beautiful in the #icelandicsummer but also rich with @history
It's where the heart of the nation beats, where major events in their history happened from the establishment of their 1st and the longest running functioning Parliament assembly in history back 950AD, to the adoption of Christianity 📖, or Iceland's declaration of Independence in the 17th of June 1944 📜.