La Moreneta – The Black Madonna of Montserrat

Our Lady of Montserrat

Our Lady of Montserrat or La Moreneta is the Patron Saint of Catalonia: The Monestir de Montserrat is located in an area of breathtaking natural beauty and there is plenty for visitors to do here. However, the biggest attraction of Montserrat is the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat, the Patron Saint of Catalonia. The […]

Monestir de Montserrat – One of Catalonia’s Holiest Places

Montserrat Monastery

Monestir de Montserrat – Home of La Moreneta or the Black Madonna: One of Catalonia’s holiest place is the Monestir de Montserrat (Monastery of Montserrat). Located against the beautiful backdrop of Mont Serrat, (Serrated Mountain) the Montserrat Basilica houses the Black Madonna or La Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia. About the Monestir Montserrat is […]

Semana Santa – Holy Week in Spain

Semana Santa - Spain Holy Week

Semana Santa or Holy Week Is One of the More Important Events in Spain: Easter for many is celebrated over the Easter weekend, however in fiesta-obsessed Spain, the Spanish Easter is an entire week of festivities known as Semana Santa, or Holy Week. During Holy Week, festivals can be seen throughout the whole of Spain. […]

Basílica Macarena – Home to the Most-Loved La Macarena

Basilica Macarena Seville

Basílica de la Macarena – Home of Seville’s Most Revered La Macarena: Across the road from our hotel the Tryp Macarena is the Basilica de la Macarena, home to the most revered image in Seville, Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza or Virgen de la Esperanza (The Virgin of Hope). This 17th-century holy icon is commonly […]

La Torre del Oro – Seville’s Golden Tower

Golden Tower - Seville

La Torre del Oro – Once the Golden Tower of Seville: La Torre del Oro or the Golden Tower was given its name because it was originally covered in golden tiles. But even without its gold covering, this 13th century Moorish watchtower by the banks of the Guadalquivir River is still a magnificent landmark. La […]

Castillo del Papa Luna – A Knights Templar Castle in Peñíscola

Castillo del Papa Luna

Castillo del Papa Luna – A Papal Palace and Knights Templar Castle in Peñíscola: One of the main attractions in Peñíscola is its castle. The Castillo del Papa Luna or Peñíscola Castle, was built by the Knights Templar on a site that was previously an old Moorish citadel. The castle stands on the highest point […]

Patio de Los Leones – The Alhambra’s Court of the Lions

Patio de los Leones

Patio de Los Leones – The Alhambra Lion Court with the Celebrated Fountain of the Lions: The Patio de los Leones (Court of the Lions), with its celebrated lion fountain, is one the most famous images representing Granada and Spain. This Lion Court graces the cover of many tourist brochures on Granada and it features […]

Generalife – A Summer Retreat of the Arab Sultans

Generalife Palace and Gardens, Granada

The Generalife Was the Summer Palace and Country Estate of the Arab Sultans: The Generalife was the summer residence and country estate of the Arab sultans. It was designed as a retreat close to the Alhambra and this was where the sultan could come to perhaps escape the palace politics and to enjoy some tranquility. […]

The Alhambra – A Paradise on Earth for the Moorish Rulers

Alhambra Courtyard of the Lions

The Alhambra Was Built to Be A Paradise on Earth for the Nasrid Sultans: The Alhambra is one of the two highlight attractions of Granada, the other being the nearby Generalife gardens. This Moorish fortress and palace complex is what most visitors come to Granada to see. A Paradise on Earth The Alhambra was the […]

The Palacio de la Madraza Was Once an Arab University

Granada Madraza

The Palacio de la Madraza (Palace of La Madraza) Was Once an Arab University: Just opposite from the Capilla Real is the Palacio de La Madraza (Palace of Madraza). Before the fall of Granada to the Catholic Monarchs, this place was the Granada Madrasa, an Arabic school which conducts religious as well as secular education. […]