España or Spain to many people is a wonderful country. While living in England it was easily accessible and I visited on many occasions.
It is a country that for many Brits conjures up images of beaches, sombreros and cold beer. The beaches are fine but my favorite parts of España are to be found inland. To be exact, in the mountains.
The mountains of Spain provide a welcome relief to the heat of the coast and major cities. It has cool clear air and the scenery is unchanged from what it was centuries ago.
The shot above was taken in Albarracin. I think it has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. I am not the only one to think that, as this article in the Huff Post makes clear. It gives 13 reasons why it is considered to be the most beautiful village on earth.
It has an ancient past. This is what the Huff Post had to say –
In 711 A.D., Moorish soldiers from the North of Africa crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, making their way north conquering the Christian Visigothic Kingdom of Hispania. From 718 until 1492, the Christian Kingdom fought back to reconquer the Iberian Peninsula. This period is known as the Reconquista (Reconquest). Albarracín became an important military fort at the time because of its strategic location, and after the final collapse of the Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba in 1031, it remained independent as an Islamic kingdom (Taifa). In 1170, Pedro Ruíz de Azagra was granted lordship and the House of Azagra ruled for over 100 years as an independent territory called Señorío de Albarracín. Today, you can still see the Azagra name on signs and shops along the streets. The history is rich, marking the village with a range of cultural influences that are celebrated to this day.
Check that narrow alley out! That’s what I call old! And I’m a Brit used to old stuff 🙂
Here is a similar alley with two locals passing the time of day –
If you ever make it there then make sure you try the local tapas. Yummy is yummy the world over!
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