A historic gateway to Spain, the Andalusia region would take your breath away with its beauty. The snow peaks of Sierra Nevada, endless Olive plantations, majestic Alhambra and Mezquita, picturesque Ronda with a spread of small publo blancos (white villages) will provide more than what you expected. A moorish influenced cultural blend of Islam and Christianity, Andalusia has a charm of its own.
Seville Seville is the official capital of Andalusia region and you can read about this flamboyant city on my blog. From Seville, we planned to visit Cordoba, Granada and then Ronda to explore Andalusia. You can either rent a car or use the buses and trains to travel.
Cordoba: A hour and a half train ride from Seville would bring you to this historic city of Cordoba. There is a good baggage drop facility at the bus station right opposite the train station. Catch a bus or a taxi to the main attraction Mezquita - a mosque converted to cathedral. This grand building is considered as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture. Spend time exploring the arcs that create a great illusion of depth, the central cathedral and the orange tree courtyard. Few blocks outside, you would find the Puente Romano - the 16 arched roman bridge. We visited the Alcazar of Cordoba but were disappointed with its basic gardens. Head back to the bus station and take a bus to Granada.