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SPANISH GARDENS: GARDENS OF ANDALUCIA

SPANISH GARDENS: GARDENS OF ANDALUCIA | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it

Some gardeners admit to me that they are overwhelmed by the grandeur of the Spanish gardens they visit. They wonder how they can create a garden in Spain as good as those I show them on my personalised tours. The answer is that you cannot hope to compete with long established gardens but you can learn from them. Carry a notepad and pen with you. Write down the Latin names of those plants and flowers you admire. Do not try to be too ambitious. A garden to impress your friends and enjoy yourself can be constructed without spending a fortune.

 

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There are many splendid public & private gardens in the province of Granada.

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9 ridiculously useful Spanish expressions

9 ridiculously useful Spanish expressions | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it

Understand the culture and language and what is really important.

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IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG to realize that what I’d learned in high school and subsequent classes in Barcelona and Madrid was only useful up to a point. 

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Top 10 coastal resorts in Cantabria, Spain - Telegraph

Top 10 coastal resorts in Cantabria, Spain - Telegraph | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Cantabria in Spain offers handsome coastal resorts, splendid beaches, plentiful wildlife and some lovely walks. Gary King picks his favourites.
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Check out the beaches and wildlife along the northern coast of Spain

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Santillana del Mar: Spain's "Prettiest" Village - Christine in Spain

Santillana del Mar: Spain's "Prettiest" Village - Christine in Spain | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Santillana del Mar is a medieval village in Cantabria, located just 30 minutes outside of Santander.
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Santillana del Mar is indeed pretty, not to mention one of the best-preserved medieval towns that exist in Iberia.

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Aranjuez Spain - Day excursion from Madrid

Aranjuez Spain - Day excursion from Madrid | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it

Made famous by Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, this small town attracts for its beautiful palace, Palacio Real, of 16th and 17th century. Of particular interest are the Porcelain-Room and the Throne-Hall

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History and a beautiful castle a short drive from Madrid.

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Mijas Bed and Breakfast Rentals in Andalucia Spain - by owner # 7661

Mijas Bed and Breakfast Rentals in Andalucia Spain - by owner # 7661 | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Adorable Mijas Bed and Breakfast - Romantic Mijas Andalucia bed and breakfast in tropical garden with views of Fuengirola, the sea and the mountains. @ Vacations-Abroad by owner
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Located in one of the prettiest areas of southern spain and surrounded by gardens

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CABO DE GATA PHOTOGRAPHY - Photography Courses, Photography Excursions, Photography Experiences, Photography Holidays - Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, Almeria province of Andalucia, Spain.

CABO DE GATA PHOTOGRAPHY - Photography Courses, Photography Excursions, Photography Experiences, Photography Holidays - Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, Almeria province of Andalucia, Spain. | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Photography experiences, photography holidays, photography excursions, photography courses, off-the-shelf experiences, eco-friendly holidays, sustainable tourism, environmentally respectful, nature, geographical & ethnological field-trips...
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This photographer combines photography courses and tourism in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata in Andalucia.

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Andalucia's best restaurants | Dining Secrets of Andalucia

Andalucia's best restaurants | Dining Secrets of Andalucia | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
LOOKING FOR THE BEST PLACE TO EAT IN ANDALUCIA? AND DON’T TRUST TRIP ADVISOR? Written by professional local critics, objectively and with knowledge of the region.

Come and find out why Dining Secrets of Andalucia is the region's best and hottest website for food and dining.

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You will find everyting in one place. Photos, reviews and a map.

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Tapas Bars in Seville Exploreseville.com

Tapas Bars in Seville Exploreseville.com | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it

There are two basic types of dining out in Sevilla: going for tapas (small portions generally between 1,50-4€) or heading to a restaurant for a more traditional meal. This section covers the many bars and restaurants where you can practice tapeando, or going out for tapas.

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Visiting Seville and planning on dining out? This provides personal reviews of the various restaurants and their tapas in Seville.  Regions listed are:Centro | Alfalfa | Arenal | Santa Cruz | Santa Catalina | Puerta Carmona
Puerta Osario | Plaza de Armas | Alameda | San Lorenzo | Macarena | Triana | Nervión/Buhaira

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When in La Rioja Spain, try the tapas, of course | Travel | Life | National Post

When in La Rioja Spain, try the tapas, of course | Travel | Life | National Post | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it

In Spain the dinner hour is late — meeting friends for tapas after work takes care of growly stomachs. Many cities have dedicated tapa zones, each establishment often with its particular specialty. In Logroño, the wonderful medieval city and capital of La Rioja, the L-shaped Calle del Laurel and Travesia del Laurel streets boast dozens of tapas bars within a small area

 

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Tapa is the generic term for little bite-sized snacks taken most often with a glass of wine. The word tapa is derived from the Spanish verb tapar, “to cover,” and the originals were slices of bread or meat used to cover glasses of sherry between sips.

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Casa de Campo in Madrid offers easy hiking or walking trails

Casa de Campo in Madrid offers easy hiking or walking trails | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Not far from the city, Casa de Campo in Madrid offers easy hiking or walking trails. You can get there on foot or by taking a metro train.
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On this scale of verisimilitude, Madrid’s Casa de Campo ranks alongside the finest parks in the world. Click through to the article to get more photos and everything to do in the park.

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Lanzarote Holiday Villa

Lanzarote Holiday Villa | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it

Adorable #Lanzarote Spain Villa Holidays - This Costa Papagayo villa is approximately one mile from the centre of Playa Blanca village @ Vacations-Abroad by owner

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The Costa Papagayo villa is furnished to a high standard. There are 2 bedrooms, the master bedroom is ensuite with a double bed the doors leading to the pool area

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When In Spain: Five things not to miss in Andalucia

When In Spain: Five things not to miss in Andalucia | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it


Andalucia is great destination for a holiday or study break. There are many different attractions in the region: here is a list of our top five.


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X-Pro1 - Bullfight in Spain | Patrick Cavan Brown

X-Pro1 - Bullfight in Spain | Patrick Cavan Brown | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it


A few months back I attended the last Bullfight of the season in Seville, Spain... a Mano-a-Mano match, 2 men, 6 bulls. Jose Maria Manzanares vs Alejandro Talavante, with Jose Maria as the victor. These are a handful of my favorites.



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Dramatic scenery of the last Bullfight in Seville.

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Top 5 Free Things To Do In Murcia, Spain

Top 5 Free Things To Do In Murcia, Spain | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Looking for some cool free things to do in Murcia, Spain this year? Then take a look at my top five free things to do in Murcia… Visit a fiesta – there are loads of free fiestas to visi...
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Visiting Cartagena (Murcia) next week to go to the new Naval Museum.
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La Boqueria Food Market, Barcelona

La Boqueria Food Market, Barcelona | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
If you are in to food, a visit to La Boqueria Food Market in Barcelona is a must. The minute you enter the market the bright colours and variety envelope you. The food is so fresh and so beautifull...
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El Mercado de la Boquería is the oldest market in the city. Its architecture preserves the look that has had since the early twentieth century. The smells and shapes that can be found in the Mercat de la Boqueria are unique.

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Exploreseville.com: Feria de Abril, Seville

Exploreseville.com: Feria de Abril, Seville | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Feria de Abril, Seville, Spain. A guide to the annual Feria de Abril in Seville, Sevilla, Spain
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A Guide to the Feria of Seville.

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La Tomatina - Tomato Fight (Bunol, Valencia, Spain)

La Tomatina - Tomato Fight (Bunol, Valencia, Spain) | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it

If you are in the town of Bunol, Spain in the Last week of August don’t forget to wear a rain coat and goggles because it’s La Tomatina time in Bunol. You might have witnessed or experienced water gun fighting or snowball fighting since your childhood but in this festival you will witness the town to be all red and and slippery with pulpy tomatoes. Some may enjoy the festival and some might find it to be weird but the festival is held every year on the last Wednesday of August.

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Only visit if you are not afraid of getting dirty.

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Islamic Architecture of Andalusia :: « Islamic Arts and Architecture

Islamic Architecture of Andalusia :: « Islamic Arts and Architecture | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Spain’s Islamic centuries (AD 711-1492) left a particularly rich heritage of exotic and beautiful palaces, mosques, minarets and fortresses in Andalusia, which was always the heartland of Al-Andalus (as the Muslim- ruled areas of the Iberian...

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Explore the Islamic  Moorish influence in art and culture on the history of Spain.

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Spotlight on Seville, Spain - sunshine.co.uk blog

Spotlight on Seville, Spain - sunshine.co.uk blog | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Set on the river Guadalquivir, the Spanish city of Seville is a popular choice for a city break...
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This blog provides insights on the top spots to visit in Spain. Museums, gardens and sightseeing along the river. Nice photos to provide you with great ideas for your trip.

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Cordoba Pictures - Spain Photos

Cordoba Pictures - Spain Photos | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it
Spain Pictures, Andalusia - large photos of Cordoba's main attractions including La Mezquita [the Great Mosque of Cordoba], the Roman Bridge and Theatre,the gardens of the medieval Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, with compact information and links...
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The gardens of the medieval Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, a fine medieval palace/fortress built mainly by Christian rulers and not far from the Mezquita in Cordoba Spain

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International Flamenco Festival

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The International Flamenco Festival de Jerez is one of the most important artistic events in the world of Flamenco.

For two weeks, from late February to mid March, shows, workshops, courses and various activities and actions make it possible to hold this unique event, where top professionals and amateurs around the world meet.

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Jerez – with its large Gypsy quarter and Moorish castle – is at the very heart of this unique art form, with its beguiling amalgam of cantes (songs), bailes (dances) and guitarra (guitar). You can discover flamenco at its best every day of the year in Jerez in the plentiful Peñas or clubs to be found dotted around the city as well as in the more commercialised venues for the tourist-orientated tablaos. At the beginning of March each year, though, the whole town allows itself to be completely taken over, with the International Flamenco Festival.

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SPANISH GARDENS: GARDENS OF ANDALUCIA

SPANISH GARDENS: GARDENS OF ANDALUCIA | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it

Some gardeners admit to me that they are overwhelmed by the grandeur of the Spanish gardens they visit. They wonder how they can create a garden in Spain as good as those I show them on my personalised tours. The answer is that you cannot hope to compete with long established gardens but you can learn from them. Carry a notepad and pen with you. Write down the Latin names of those plants and flowers you admire. Do not try to be too ambitious. A garden to impress your friends and enjoy yourself can be constructed without spending a fortune.

 

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There are many splendid public & private gardens in the province of Granada.

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Sophisticated Spain | Facebook

Sophisticated Spain | Facebook | Sophisticated Spain | Scoop.it

Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, politically part of Spain. Fuerteventura is the oldest island in the Canary Islands dating back 20 million years to a volcanic eruption from the Canary hotspot.

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