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    This is Costa del Sol, Spain

    As some have figured out, we took a little holiday from our holiday in Norway, and went to Southern Spain for a week to warm up. (Actually the night temperature was not much different, but at least the days were warmer and without rain)

    I cannot compete with Asimut's superb pictures from Torrevieja (better known as "Torvikja" in Sunnmore) and don't want to break into his sequence, I therefore made this general thread for all of Costa del Sol.

    We arrived in Alicante in the evening and drove to Grenada the next morning, using this rented car:


    The landscape was fairly flat and featureless on the first leg:

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    But some hills soon appeared:


    With the odd colourful building along the road:


    As we progressed the hills got higher and steeper:


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      Until the snow capped Sierra Nevadas came into sight:

      Some will recognize this picture from the "What place is this"-thread.



      Small white washed hilltop towns dotted the landscape:


      With orange groves along the road:

      Actually, this is decorative Orange trees growing at the car parks for Alhambra, which was our first destination.

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        The Alhambra Fortress and Castle date from the time of Arabic rule in this part of Spain and is a "must see" if you are first in the neighbourhood. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhambra

        It could deserve a thread by itself, but we only had a couple of hours to spare, as we wanted to be at our final destination before nightfall.

        Walking towards the entrance:


        The outer walls are massive:

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          Well kept grounds and plazas within:




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            The Sierra Nevadas are close by:


            Bougainvillea protected from the cold:


            A decorated gate into the castle area:


            Salute cannons on the ready:

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              Charles V's Palace:




              Some details:




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                Charles V's Palace:


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                  Double post. Removed by Author.
                  Last edited by ombugge; February 6th, 2012, 03:15.

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                    New excellent thread from you ombugge
                    Great pictures from your stay in Granada and the famous fortress Alahambra, ommbgge

                    It's been a while since we had our trip to Granada, more precisely 11 years ago
                    We were almost an entire day in the fortress Alahambra and it was a wonderful experience
                    At the time I was not too keen with the camera, but managed to take some pictures as well

                    After Granada, we headed down to the coast and Marbella.
                    We took a day trip to Gibraltar, and visited the Rock with its famous inhabitants.
                    Berber monkeys that live on mountain hills in Gibraltar is the only ape in wild state in Europe.

                    Looking forward to more photos from your holiday when you have time.

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                      Wonderful... did Ålesund get too cold for you, and you had to escape?

                      It is easy to understand - through these images - why Norwegians love to head down to what we call "syden" for a week or two... especially during the winter.
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                        Let me continue this thread with more from Alhambra in Granada.

                        More intricate carvings around doors and gates:


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                          Wood carvings on beams:


                          Even the ceilings:






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                            A typical arch:


                            A crypt or some such thing:


                            Off limit to the public:


                            A fountain:


                            Reflecting Pool:

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                              More intricate ceilings:




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