Travel photography: Spain - Special places
December 23, 2015
In my previous articles I took you along my route from Barcelona to Seville, covering the major cities and attractions on the way and we even paid a visit to the Barbary macaques on the Rock of Gibraltar.
Now I'd like to complete this article series by showing some special places that I encountered during my trip.
The old town itself is located on a peninsula atop of an impressive rock rising more than 60 meters high from the ocean surface. It is connected to the surrounding area via a strip of sand that was washed away occasionally by the waves, effectively turning the old town into an island. The first fortification at the site of today's castle already existed about 3000 years ago. Over the centuries the city was ruled by Carthaginians, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs.
Peniscola was according to legend also the place where Carthaginian General Hamilcar Barca made his son Hannibal swear to be an eternal enemy of Rome.
Embedded in the impressive natural landscape of the Sierra de Mariola, 95 km southwest of Valencia lies the medieval town of Bocairent.
The Batteries and Gun Emplacements at Castillitos and El Jorel
The gun batteries at Cabo Tioso were built in 1926 to protect the important military port of Cartagena. The exact location was chosen because of its strategic location, 218 meters above the sea on a rocky cliff top with easily defendable access.
Ronda is a city in the Procince of Malaga at a canyon of the Rio Guadalevin in the mountains of Andalucia. It is especially famous for the Puente Nuevo, the massive bridge connecting the old and new town.
Caminito del Rey
The last memorable place I'd like to mention is the "Path of the King" in the mountains of El Chorro. The pathway mainly consisted of concrete supported by steel girders and ran along the vertical walls of the canyon. It was once known as world's most dangerous walkway before it's restauration in 2015. It was originally constructed in 1901 but deteriorated and collapsed over time. In that state it was a popular attraction for climbers and adrenaline junkies and several people lost their lives while attempting to walk it.
The path was completely restored and reopened in 2015. Now a modern wooden structure leads through the formerly dangerous passages. In my personal opinion the restoration ruined the flair of the Caminito del Rey completely. I think the right way to restore the path would have been to implement appropriate safety infrastructure like a continuous steel wire and to equip the walkers with a climbing harness which secures them to the wire. This way people could experience the thrill of the path in great safety and its legendary character would have been preserved. Of course now also children, elderly and physically less fit people can stroll along the comfortable walkway now, but apart from the spectacular views the path itself is now quite boring.
This article concludes my article series on Spain. I hope you enjoyed it!
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Thanks for reading!