|Subject: Re: Andalusia|
Hi Stefano. We did a similar trip this past summer starting in Barcelona.
>From there we went to Valencia basically to see Santiago Calatrava's Art and Science Complex which is amazing. We also went to Granada, Ronda, Torremelinos (and Fragiliana-one of the Pueblo Blanco, and Seville.
The Paradors are wonderful. We stayed in one in Ronda overlooking the gorge. The food at the Paradors is usually very good as well. In Granada, we stayed at the Melia Granada which was very lovely and a 10-15 minute walk to the Alhambra. We stayed at several Melia and Tryp hotels in Spain and in Mexico and have found them pretty consistently nice. You might try their site and see if there are any discounted hotels in their group in the places you are visiting: http://www.solmelia.com
Be sure to get your ticket in advance for the Alhambra. There is a website where you can buy them http://www.alhambratickets.com
We stayed at the Tryp Macarena, also a solmelia hotel, in Seville. It is well located for catching buses and taxis and in the Macarena district which is quite historic. I believe we paid 50 Euros/night without breakfast. The Macarena Cathedral is worth visiting and the streets in the Macarena are old, narrow and winding. (However the Hotel Simon looks much more interesting!) Be sure to look in the doorways of many of the buildings in Seville. You will see great tile work and often lovely courtyards and entryways. We had a great meal at Enrique Beccera, Gamazo 2, tel. 95/421-3049
After having seen the Alhambra, the Alcazar was a disappointment. We were there in June and there was stagnant water in the pools and fountains, and the gardens were not well tended. We did enjoy the Casa de Pilatos, an Arab type house patterned after Pontius Pilate's house in Jerusalem. We also went to the Museo del Belle Artes (I think that is the name.) It is in a former Monastary and the museum has the holdings of several convents and monastaries that closed. It is a beautiful building. Lots of churches to see. We are not night people so we missed the lively bar and night scene the Seville is known for. There are two wonderful bridges designed by Calatrava over the Guadilquiver River.
Hope that this is helpful.
Michele Missner Appleton, Wi.