If you are a bibliophile, a visit to the historic Joanina Library at the University of Coimbra should be added to your bucket list.
This enchanting Portuguese town, famous for its romantic Manueline architecture is worth the 35-minute train ride northwest of Lisbon.
Barcelona has been in the news recently with demonstrations for and against Catalan separation and demonstrations regarding ‘overtourism’. We have focused our explorations primarily on beautiful southern Spain but despite the tensions in Barcelona, we wanted to make a brief stop in this north eastern city.
Sevilla, Spain is a majestic city and we are thankful we saved it for our final destination in Andalusía. We often awoke in the morning to the soothing sounds of horses clip-clopping past on the street below. We found this to be a soothing sound and one we quickly got used to hearing.
Our 200 year old apartment was midway up a steep hill in the Albaicín area, Granada’s oldest Arab district and we were lucky to face the impressive Alhambra on the hill opposite. The Albaicín is made up of narrow single-file alleyways, pretty fountains in nearly every square and, of course, sensational Alhambra views.
While enjoying a wonderful lunch and refreshing iced tea in an Arabian teteria (tea house) in Granada we met and had a great conversation with a couple vacationing from Austria. One of their recommendations to us was to visit the city of Córdoba, Spain.
Above our beautiful little flat in Granada is a vacation rental that was recently rented out to a young female foreign student. Now you just might wonder how much trouble can one student get in to. Well that question has been, at least partially, answered.