The ancestral spectacle of the almadraba

June 28th, 2020|0 Comments

Anton van den Wyngaerde is one of the historic figures in this blog fictionalized by Blanca based on her research that includes primary sources. If you want to know about this series of tales, please click here. Anton van den Wyngaerde, from the Netherlands, was a prized and sought-after 16th-century draftsman, whose specialty was making chorographies, geographical descriptions of a [...]

The inevitable misadventure of the Kingdom of Granada

June 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Boabdil, Muhammad XII, was the last ruler of the Emirate of Granada and the last Muslim ruler in the Iberian Peninsula. After almost 800 years of domination, Granada was the last Muslim Realm until it was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492.  Most of the songs and legends treat him as a coward because he surrendered the kingdom, but [...]

Women’s life in al-Andalus: Wallada

May 21st, 2020|0 Comments

Wallada's father was the eleventh caliph of al-Andalus from 1024 to 1026, when he was assassinated.  She lived during the beginning of the decline and disappearance of the Umayyad dynasty and the civil war that ends with the division into multiple kingdoms. She trespassed the period's behaviour limits for women of her lineage, by convening literary meetings and composing poetry [...]

The smell of loaves in Italica

May 7th, 2020|0 Comments

Just at this very moment, I don’t understand why my mind is remembering my childhood in Italica. I haven’t thought about it in a very long time. Not even a minute during these two years in Germania (1). And now everything, even details which were hazy, are coming to me like vivid memories. In the summer mornings, the smell of [...]

A new way to narrate Andalusia

April 30th, 2020|0 Comments

Hi there! Today I start a new stage with a new blog. It was an idea that has been around for some time but it needed some reflection and meditation to come up in an appropìate way. And the confinement during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, has allowed me to address it. In this blog I pretend to involve you in [...]

The Carnival of Cadiz

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

February 28th of 2019 is a very important date around all the peninsular territory, as in a few weeks we can enjoy one of the best celebrations of the year: Carnival. This festivity takes special relevance in many towns and cities of Andalusia, but only in one of these cities it is especially known. Take a seat and hold your [...]

What to do in Malaga

February 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Malaga is one of the most cosmopolitan and contemporary cities of Andalusia. Despite being one of the oldest cities in Europe, being stablished by the Phoenicians, Malaga has managed to adapt perfectly to the 21st century. If you have a few days to visit this city there are things that you can not miss when considering what to do in [...]

What to do in Seville

January 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Seville always impresses the visitor, among many other things because it is the largest city in Andalusia, which makes the question "what to do in Seville", a broad concept. This post will give you some ideas, the basics that someone who visits for first time has to do here. Go, walk, climb, wander, pedal ... just move around! As many [...]

Alhambra tours. How to plan your trip.

January 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

The Alhambra is one of the most popular monuments in Spain, surpassing two and a half million visitors every year. However, Visiting the Alhambra properly requires planning or otherwise we can find enormous problems, such as not having tickets for the dates we need or even getting lost in the immense monumental complex. Here are some recommendations so you can [...]

What to see in Cordoba

January 9th, 2019|0 Comments

In the upper area of ​​the Guadalquivir riverbed we can find Córdoba, a city with more than two thousand and one hundred years of history where its multiple layers are shown to the visitor. If you are coming to spend a few days in the streets of this wonderful city and you wonder what to see in Cordoba, from Masquetours [...]

What to see in Málaga. Belen museum in Mollina.

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

We are now enjoying Christmas time, and one of the traditions present in almost all spanish and andalusian homes is the nativity scene that we call “Belén”. This tradition, despite its baroque appearance, could be mistakenly associated with the seventeenth or eighteenth century, however its origin dates from the thirteenth century. If you are thinking about what to see in [...]