TRAVELOGUE
Andalusia

Córdoba - Cádiz - Arcos

El Torcal
El Torcal
After a good breakfast (one eats well in a parador!) we head to El Torcal - a landscape of strange rock formations near Antequera. El Torcal offers numerous walking paths. Some are good for easy walking and some require a bit of mountaineering. We chose an easy path and go for a walk. It's pretty cold and windy today. After completing the circuit we head to Córdoba. We don't drive on the highway but rather choose a more direct and scenic route. The clouds disappeared and it's hot again. In Córdoba we have trouble parking the car. It's impossible to park in the center of the city so we cross the river Guadalaquivir and park in the newer part of Córdoba. We cross the bridge on foot and return to the center.
Córdoba - Mezquita
Córdoba - Mezquita
The sightseeing destination #1 in Córdoba is what used to be a Catholic church and is today a mosque - Mezquita. Mezquita witnesses the past presence of Arabs on the Iberian Peninsula. As we arrived a bit too early and Mezquita is not open yet, we spend the time walking in the interior court of the mosque, where many orange trees are planted, creating great shade. We wander through the winding streets of the old city. When we finally enter the mosque we enjoy the beautiful interior with numerous marble columns. In the very center of the mosque we spot the original church. After the visit we head back to the car and drive west, with no particular destination. We listen over and over to the song "torero" on the radio; it's so popular that we almost learned the lyrics. Instead of heading to Sevilla we decide to go to Cádiz. We stop at Arcos de la Frontera, another typical Andalusian town with narrow streets, a castle on the top of the hill and many young people driving around on motorcycles. Željka spots an average hotel where we leave or luggage and, as it's still not too late, head to Cádiz.
Cádiz
Cádiz
Cádiz is a big city on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean - more precisely on an island connected with the shore by a road. A massive pier protects this important port (ships to Canary Islands sail out from Cádiz). In the city we have again trouble parking the car. It's dusk as we promenade along the sea. We encounter a giant tree. Later we return to Arcos, where we head to the old city and buy sandwiches in a bar. We sit on the city walls and enjoy watching the stars on the sky.

In the hotel we don't sleep well - the walls are not soundproof and we hear all the noise in the room...

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