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Jewish Synagogue in Cordoba

The only surviving “pre-expulsion” synagogue in Andalucia (and one of only three in all of Spain.) The “Sinagoga de Córdoba” has a special place in the history of the jewish faith. It was in Cordoba that the Jews reached their greatest level of influence and from where some of their greatest minds of the medieval era lived and worked.

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Visiting Antequera from Ronda

Antequera is a historic city located in the heart of Andalusia. It has a rich cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years, with influences from the prehistoric, Roman, Moorish, and Christian periods.

The city is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including the Torcal de Antequera natural park, which is famous for its unique rock formations. Antequera is also home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Dolmens of Antequera, which are prehistoric burial chambers, and the Alcazaba, a Moorish castle that sits atop a hill overlooking the city.

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Antequera’s Alcazaba Fortress

Originally part of a Roman citadel, the Alcazaba of Antequera has been an important fortress and community centre for well over 8000 years as can be appreciated from the Dolmen structures situated just 2km away.

Excavations around the hill containing the fortress show several Roman ruins that are under investigation, including tombs and the Roman baths. During the Visigothic era some of the Roman walls were modified, but little of the Visigothic period remain that is visible to the eye. In the 11th century Antequera became a minor caliphate (taifa) and the beginnings of the current Alcazaba were started, including the overall geometry.

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Plaza de Toros – Antequera

The Plaza de Toros – Antequera is one of the most often used bullrings in Andalucia and continues to host corridas (bullfights) several times per year.

The bullring itself is often ignored by visitors to Andalucia due to its lack of fame, however this is a mistake for anyone with a genuine interest in architecture or the art of bullfighting. In fact the Plaza de Toros in Antequera is a very attractive building, and is surrounded by beautiful parklands close to the centre of the city.

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Architecturally, Antequera’s bullring is built using locally manufactured bricks, with a facade of white painted walls, and post-independence lintels above the doors. Inside, the rueda isn’t large, though the yellow sand is always immaculately smoothed out.

Dating from 1848, the structure was rebuilt in 1984, in a style that reflects the city’s diverse architectural influences, and is considered one of the most attractive bullrings in Spain. The Plaza de Toros in Antequera is a prime example of a classic bull ring. It has a seating capacity of 8,200 people.

Antequera Bullring Photos

There is an excellent museum of bullfighting within the structure under the seats, which dare we say it, is often considered better than the RMR museum in Ronda. Numerous momentoes from former heroes of the art are on display, including a bronze statue by Sánchez Panadero and Clemente entitled ‘El Tiro de Mulillas‘ (Mules dragging out a bull).

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The Caminito del Rey

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Wildside Holidays – Spain

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Iberia Nature Forum

Struggling with identifying those bugs and beasties? Why not check out the Iberia nature Forum!

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