A Simple Moorish Guide to Andalucia
Cities like Malaga and Almeria are located in southern Andalucia, and are some of the few cities where you can distinguish the limits between a Spanish city, and their Moorish heritage.
People marvel at Seville and rightly so for its Moorish culture but Malaga and Almeria are beautiful in their own right.
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Malaga and Beyond
Malaga Airport (AGP) provides a fantastic stepping stone to the south of Spain as transport links to and from this wonderful city are great.
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When the Moorish people where in Almeria, they called it Al-Mariya, they considered it the second most important city after Alhambra.
The Moorish builta magnificent construction called “the fortress of the Alcazaba” that nowadays is the main attraction of the city.
But the city attractions do not end with the Alcazaba, this touristic city has a lot of places to visit such as: the wonderful and clean beaches, and the amazing formations near them that form caves.
Be careful though, you must know what kind of beach you are visiting, since some of them are nudist.
The city is also recognized for being the stage of western movies, as its hot and dry weather makes for a magnificent place for vacations.
The history of Almeria starts long before the Moorish occupation of the region.
The city has kept traces of cultures such as Phoenicians, Romans, Tartessos and Visigoths.
All these cultures were draw to this strategic location and natural beauty.
While the region of Almeria was occupied by the Moors, caliph Abdar-Rahman of Córdoba built and founded the Alcazaba of Almeria, these spectacular building was the second largest fortress among the ones in Andalucía, only after Alhambra.
Alcazaba has also other important edifications of that time: the Segundo Recinto, and the Ermita de San Juan chapel that was originally a mosque converted by the catholic monarchs.
The city was an important port in the caliphate of Cordoba; Almeria still raises its economic status because of the trade of textile.
During the 16th century, an earthquake hit the city yet the reconstruction of Almeria did not occur until 18th century.