Monday, 1 April 2013

Under the Vandalusian Sun


As previously mentioned, the legacy of the Arab conquerors is visible in Andalusia still today; both in food and in architecture.

Benalmadena

Gibraltar

Nerja


Nerja


Torremolinos


Ronda






The legacy also lives on in the name of our beloved region. It comes from an Arabic word Al-Andalus originally used to describe the entire Iberian peninsula.


There are a couple of theories about the origins of the name, but the most hilarious one probably comes from a German tribe vandals that occupied the area after the fall of the Roman empire - hence giving the area name Vandalusia.


The origins of the names of many villages and towns very likely have Arabic origins too. One example is nearby Benalmadena.


Andalusia has, for a long time, been a fairly impoverished area, but many traditional features later adopted by the entire country such as bull- fighting and flamenco actually come from here, a region fiercely proud of it's cultural identity.





One thing Andalusia has contributed to the architecture also elsewhere in Spain are the features inspired by the Moorish times.



Ronda

  
Those Moorish roots have been paid some serious homage in the new developments around the marina in Arroyo de la Miel. Big money has replaced common sense and good taste. The scene is straight out of Arabian nights of horror: minaret-like towers sit on the rooftops side by side with satellite dishes.






Though this development in Mezquitilla isn't too far behind either...




And what do you make of this eye-candy near Arroyo de la Miel?






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