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MUQARNAS


Palacio de los Abencerrajes
Sala de los reyes

Sala de los reyes

Sala de los Reyes

Sala de las 2 Hermanas

Pinhole Photography in the Sacromonte

The Sacromonte is renowned for the flamenco shows and the views to the Alhambra.

However, a young couple of artists have now transformed one of its cave in order to offer a new fruitful way to spend your time in this gorgeous place.





With Pablo and Hedvig from El Laboratorio (find the facebook link here), you can have a collodium/wet plate portrait taken or even take part to a workshop of pinhole photography.

What is pinhole photography ?

It is basically to create your own photograph with a cardboard box, make a pinhole into one side, stick photo paper on the other side, point it in direction of what you want to take and then... reveal the paper in the darkroom.

No need of expensive equipment, no need of tripod, just bring a box, and your creativity and learn the basics of the dark arts of photography from scratch.








ALHAMBRA BY NIGHT

Seen from San Miguel Alto.









TRIP TO RONDA

Ronda is one of the city of Andalucia (and probably Spain) which is the easiest to identify due to the huge bridge connecting the old town to the new town, above the 170m emptiness of the Tajo gorge at the bottom of which runs the Guadalevin river.

 




And you can actually pass under the bridge and walk next to the river in the depth of the gorge.

 




This "new" bridge (as it is called) was built in the late XVIIIth century in order to replace the older and much smaller Roman/Arabic bridges in use until that time:



Without those bridges, Ronda is a city upon a rocky cliff almost impossible for any army or troop to surprise and storm. The old town has other entrance doors but they were heavely fortified, as we can still see today.





 




Ronda has charmed all visitors who have visited it, starting from the Romantics writers until Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, who were both aficionados of corridas (for which Ronda is famous), and were rewarded with monuments to their name :







From Granada, Ronda is accessible by a combination of bus and train. It will cost you approximately 32€ in total.


SALOBRENA

Granada (capital) has no beach. But Granada (region) has a lot of beaches! Its coast is called Costa Tropical and the most famous spots are Motril, Salobrena, Almunecar and Nerja. The truth is that, the closer you get from Malaga, the better are the beaches, but in this post I want to show the formidable castle which guards the sea and the coast in Salobrena.


Entrance was free. But make sure you go there early, when the sun is still low and with a bottle of water : you will have to walk up there since most of the streets are too narow to accomodate a car. 


The huge rock which dominates the coast makes it a natural fortification, which made it a mandatory outpost for all the people who came and claimed this land as their own (phenicians, romans, goths, arabs, spanish). 


It is not anymore the heart of the city as it was probably a long time ago, the city has spilled on the plain below in all sides, and especially, as you can see, a lot of new buildings for people on holidays have mushroomed all other the place.






However, agriculture is still preserved and it's a beauty to behold.

The gold under the Alhambra

The mountain upon which stands the Alhambra is called Cerro del Sol. It's not really a mountain, more like a long and thin hill which goes from the center of Granada and follows the Genil river. Since the Romans, this hill was known for its gold. The Romans used to mine there for the precious metal, and the large chunks taken out of the hill seems to be an evidence of their endeavour, but there was also an attempt in the XIXth century to revive this trade but a French tycoon named Jean Adolphe Goupil.





In 1875, Goupil obtained the necessary permits to fund and create a whole mining town above the Genil and the village of Cenes de la Vega


However, the mine was quickly abandoned due to the contamination caused, and the relatively small amounts excavated never made it a profitable business. 



Now, only remain empty shells of a factory which must have hired a hundred people, and a 16 kilometers canal in order to bring the necessary water to extract and refine the gold.