Sail the Iberian Peninsula - 2019


This bull-fighting center city was a favorite haunt of both Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, among many others I am sure. And no wonder, the city is geographically spectacular. It sits perched at 2460 feet above a canyon called El Tago that is 328 ft. deep.

The city is divided in half by this canyon and the Guadalevin River which has carved the gorge. Three bridges span the two halves of the city: The Puente Romano, Puente Viejo and Puente Nuevo. All three are still in use today and views from those bridges are wonderful. This city is old enough to have Neolithic Age cave paintings in its environs (Cueva de la Pilate) but it is generally agreed that the Celts were the original settlers. After them came the Phoenicians, the Romans who made it the capital of the province, the Christian Visigoths, then the Moors, and finally the Spanish Roman Catholics. Rather a familiar history for so many areas of Europe. Today, the town is probably most famous for its “largest in Spain” bull ring and seasonal bullfights attracting thousands.

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