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EL BAÑUELO The ritual of physical and spiritual cleansing. One of the best-preserved public Arab baths of the Peninsula.   The Hammam al-Yawza or Baño del Nogal has been known by the diminutive Bañuelo since the end of the 19th century, due to being smaller than...

Tariq ibn Ziyad

Tariq ibn Ziyad

Tariq ibn Ziyad was a Muslim general who led the Islamic conquest of Visigothic Hispania in 711-718 A.D. He is considered to be one of the most important military commanders in Iberian history. Under the orders of the Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid I he led a large army from...

Visigoth kingdom

Visigoth kingdom

Visigoth kingdom One of the most important of the Germanic peoples, the Visigoths separated from the Ostrogoths in the 4th century AD, raided Roman territories repeatedly, and established great kingdoms in Gaul and Spain. Roman power in Spain collapsed during the 5th...

The Ummayad dynasty in al-Andalus

Reign of the Andalusian UmayyadsʿAbd al-Rahman IThe ascent of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān assured the survival of Muslim power in Spain. Confronted by the intrigues of the ʿAbbāsids, by the jealousy of the earlier Muslim settlers, who opposed his appointments, and by the uncertain...

The Muslim conquest of Spain

The Muslim conquest of Spain

Ummayad conquest of Hispania The Byzantine Empire, weakened by its wars with Persia and the alienation of its Coptic Christian and Jewish populations, lost Syria and Egypt between 636 and 640 to the nascent Ummayad Caliphate, which then invaded Libya. The Byzantines...

Follow the trace of Al-Andalus Legacy in these routes through Spain

Follow the trace of Al-Andalus Legacy in these routes through Spain

Our suggested route explores the heritage, history and culture of al-Andalus, the Islamic Andalusia of the 8th to 15th centuries. Follow these routes to marvel at unique sites like the Alhambra in Granada and the Great Mosque of Cordoba, and visit charming villages...

Choose Andalusia and get soaked the joy of southern Spain

Choose Andalusia and get soaked the joy of southern Spain

If you are looking for a few days rest by the sea, southern Spain has so much to offer you in Andalusia. Its coast, bathed by the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean, is famous for its miles long beaches. Discover pretty villages with white-washed houses and a bunch of cultural options and entertainment for relaxing.

Carmen de los Martires gardens

Carmen de los Martires gardens

Carmen de Los Martires The hidden gardens of Alhambra   Carmen de Los Martires is a 19th-century construction made up of a palace building and vast gardens; a French Baroque garden with a large pond, which has a statue of Neptune in the center and is surrounded...

Costa del Sol Malaga, Andalusia

Costa del Sol Malaga, Andalusia

The sunny coast of Malaga Endless beaches to stroll along, hidden coves, white villages that appear like a mirage in the middle of the mountains, historical landmarks with centuries of culture, afternoons spent shopping and evenings dining by the sea. These are the...

20 Must-Visit Attractions in Seville, Spain

20 Must-Visit Attractions in Seville, Spain

What to See in Seville   Seville has something for everyone. From its great Moorish and Catholic monuments to its historic bullring, and from great tapas bars to enchanting old neighbourhoods and giant wooden mushrooms, these are the top 20 attractions for you to seek...

Abd Al-Rahman III

Abd Al-Rahman III

the greatest Umayyad ruler of al-Andalus: Abd al-Rahman III   It required a powerful personality to maintain and assert the integrity of al-Andalus: it came in the figure of Abd al-Rahman III (ruled 912-961), the most dominant of all the Umayyad rulers of...

The rise of Al-Andalus in the Iberian Peninsula

The rise of Al-Andalus in the Iberian Peninsula (Hispania) In the year 711 Muslim forces, following the orders of the governor of Africa, Musa ibn Nusayr, and under the command of Tariq ibn Ziyad, crossed the straits of Gibraltar and defeated the army of the...

The Biggest Shopping Malls in Barcelona

The Biggest Shopping Malls in Barcelona

Here we resumed all the information you may need about Barcelona’s largest shopping centres, you’ll read about the centres and what you can find inside. Barcelona is a beautiful city that offers such a great number of places to explore, where you can never really go...

Mosques to visit in Spain

Mosques to visit in Spain

Mosques to visit in Spain By Sakina Kamrudeen | 15, Nov, 2017 Spain has a long and colourful history, having first been conquered by the Roman Empire until the Middle Ages, when in the 8th century, Spain became a part of the ever-expanding Umayyad Caliphate. Although...

Gardens of Al-Andalus: A way of live

Since the arrival of Islam as a religion in the 7th century C.E., Gardens have been described as a metaphor of Paradise or al-janna (the garden). Every time heaven is mentioned in the holy book of Quヴげaミ, there is a description of flowing water and fruit bearing...

Marbella

The Costa del Sol’s bastion of bling is, like most towns along this stretch of coast, a two-sided coin. Standing centre stage in the tourist showroom is the 'Golden Mile', a conspicuously extravagant collection of star-studded clubs, shiny restaurants and expensive...

Discover San Sebastian in the Basque Country

Also known as Donostia-San Sebastián, the city of San Sebastián stretches across an area of over 60 square kilometres and is home to a population of nearly 200,000 inhabitants. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain due to the numerous events and...

14th century synagogue of Cordoba, unique in Spain

Of all the monuments preserved in our city, it is probably the Synagogue of Córdoba the one with the lowest dissemination. However, in this section we will try to prove that it is a very important building, from an artistic, historical, social and political point of...