White hilltop villages with a view across the strait to Africa, sherry and flamenco in Jerez, the exquisite Alhambra in Granada, a high and narrow walk along El Caminito del Rey, and the world’s oldest restaurant in Madrid. I didn’t know what to expect in Spain, but found so much to enjoy! Except for the dinner at the oldest restaurant in the world … occasionally my penchant for trying new dishes backfires, and at Botin I found that tripe is not my thing.

Andalucia — the southernmost territory of Spain — was under Moorish rule for 800 years, up until the 1400s. The Moorish architecture is awesome, as are the cathedrals, Roman ruins, mountains, coast, food, and short ferry ride to Tangiers.

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