About Sevilla

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A Historical City

 

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Sevilla was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation.

It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Moors. Its high point in its history was following the discovery of America.

Sevilla lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe, it has the minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral (one of the largest in Christendom), and the Alcázar Palace.

Part of its treasure include Casa de Pilatos, Torre del Oro, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain) , plus convents, parish churches and palaces.

It has hosted two international exhibitions (1929 and 1992) and is the administrative capital of Andalucía.

The quarter of Triana on the other side of the river, La Macarena, Santa Cruz and San Bartolomé, the street of Las Sierpes, plus La Maestranza bullring, María Luisa park and the riverside walks are all representative images of Sevilla.

For all its important monuments and fascinating history, Sevilla is universally famous for being a joyous town.

While the Sevillians are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is striking for its vitality. It is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro.

The Sevillians are great actors and put on an extraordinary performance at their annual Fería de Abril, a week-long party of drink, food and dance which takes place day and night in more than a thousand especially mounted tents.

But above all it allows the men to parade on their fine horses and the women to dance in brilliantly coloured gypsy dresses.

Immediately before that is Holy Week, Semana Santa, a religious festival where hooded penitents march In long processions followed by huge baroque floats on which sit Images of the Virgin or Christ, surrounded by cheerful crowds. Both Spring events are well worth experiencing.

In Sevilla, you will want to visit the old city, with the Cathedral and the Giralda tower at its heart. (You can climb the steps inside the tower for a magnificent view of the City).

Very close by are the royal Mudéjar palace known as the Alcazar with marvellous gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter, with cramped streets, flowered balconies, richly decorated facades, hidden patios…

Other sights not to be missed are, in the old city, the Casa de Pilatos, a large sixteenth-century mansion where Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles blend harmoniously amidst exuberant patios and gardens and, crossing the Triana bridge over the large Guadalquívir River, the lively popular quarter of Triana with charming narrow streets around the church of Santa Ana and traditional ceramic factories.

 

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Bird Watching In Spain

Bird Watching in Ruidera

 

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Bird watching in Las Lagunas de RuideraBecause of the amount of time we spend out in the country side we could not fail to notice the rich and impressive bird life.

The nature of the lagoons and its location in this hidden valley holds a great variety of both resident and migratory birds. Be it Flamingos, Lapwings, Golden Orioles, Beeaters, Eagle owls, Osprey or Golden eagles there is always something new to see.

Due to the different types of terrain in our immediate area we are able to recommend areas for specific species. With woodlands and forests, scrub habitats, grasslands, steppe and stony uplands, freshwater wetlands (both shallow and deep waters) all within a few kilometres makes this and ideal area to explore, (please have a look at some of the photographic opportunities that present themselves in Peter’s Bird gallery)

Of course spring and autumn are the best times of the year to come, in the spring time there is massive activity in the trees as the birds are preparing their nests ready for their young. Migratory birds stop off for a welcome rest in this area rich in food and water.

Bright colours can be seen as the Beeaters, Golden orioles, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Azure winged magpies, Hoopoe and many other species flash through the air.

Bird watching holidays and breaks in Spain

 

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The amount of raptors in the area is very impressive due to the abundance of natural food sources like rabbits, hare, partridge, other rodents, amphibians and fish and crustaceans.

There are many Eagle owls, Scoop owls, Barn owls, Tawny owls, Long eared owls, Little owls, Marsh harriers, Hen harriers, Motagus harriers, Black kite, Red kite, Goshawk, Sparrow hawks, Common buzzards, Golden eagles, Bonelis eagle, Short toed eagles, Ospreys and many more.

Then of course there are the water birds, Lapwings, Water rail, Coots, Black winged stilts, Mallards, Pochards, Herons, Egrets, Bitterns, Storks, Flamingos and even the odd Black stork or Great bustard.

Let us not forget other well known species like the Cuckoo, Nightjars, Martins and Swallows, Larks, Pipits, Wagtails, Wrens and Chats, Wheatears, Thrush and Warblers, Flycatchers, Tits and Tree creepers, Nut hatches, Shrike, Jay, Sparrows and Finches, Cross bills and Buntings.

At the same time enjoy the wealth of smells and colours of the local flora or the changing of colours of the trees during autumn. Take a break from your hike and have a dip in the lagoons to cool off.

See some of the other wildlife like otters, weasels, wild boar, fox or our smaller friends, butterflies, lizards and other reptiles and insects. The area of Ruidera is very rich in all aspects.

Have a real adventure and explore this area on your own or book a full package and we will pick you up from the airport and supply all transport during the week or days stay including accommodation.

 

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Equipment

-Bird watching in Spain during spring and autumn

We normally have excellent weather but should it become wet or windy we have large umbrellas (Fishing type) and chairs available, we will even deliver you food to you in the field, excellent local food and wine to be enjoyed in the open air.

Extra activities

Should you feel that you would like to add even more to your trip then we will take you to the famous Tablas de Daimiel , marsh lands just an hour or so away that are well known for their rich bird life.

Or take a day out to visit the Sierra Morena in Andalusia with more that a good chance of seeing the impressive Spanish Imperial eagle, Peter has located mating pairs of these eagles every year for the last 5 or 6 years so the chance of seeing them are very real in the spring time or get really lucky and catch a rear glimpse of the Iberian Lynx (which we have seen on many occasions).

Just let us know you needs and we will take care of the rest.

Why Should Learn Spanish?

Yes I know why on earth am I telling you to learn Spanish…. I mean you live in a English speaking country, your friends are English and you eat and drink in places were you socialize in English.

Why would anyone bother to learn a foreign language such as Spanish?

Not everyone appreciates the importance of engaging with the Spanish language. In today’s world the demand for multi-lingual skilled professionals is growing.

This encourages people to learn more foreign languages in order to access better job opportunities and enter well-paid professions.

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I was inspired to read this post by following Anna Benett over at MalagaTravelGuide.net she write regular on Marbella, Puerto Banus and Malaga Province. Best places to visit and things to do that’s off the tourist radar.

The Spanish language is one of the important languages of Europe. Worldwide, Spanish is known to be the third, if not the second most used language after English.

An example of how Spanish helped me out of a tight situation happened last summer in Malaga.

On a stag weekend with a bunch of drunks in a foreign city centre is asking for trouble especially when it gets rowdy roddy piper on ya arse.

I had learnt a few words just in case I got myself into a pickle on this trip. Nothing spectacular just a few words and a badly constructed sentence but nonetheless it worked it got me and my amigos out of trouble.

The funniest part was I didn’t learn them from a book. I learned them in a minibus carrying our stag party from Malaga Airport to our hotel in Puerto Banus!

Big shout out to ohn over at Malaga Airport Transfers – http://www.malagaairporttransfers.com

I’ve got John the taxi driver to thank for saving my ass. He told me how to say I am sorry, I didnt meant it, my friend is drunk, it doesnt matter., its no problem and I quickly scribbled this down on a napkin and remembered it for later and punched these phrases into my smartphone with soundbytes just in case I forgot!

To repay John, we decided to take a day trip to Ronda as he recommended it. I’ve put a picture below, what a place absolutely stunning. Every view a postcard opportunity.

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For the record, Spanish is also an official language in many countries spread across the four continents.

As Spanish is a Latin language, you will then realize that when you learn Spanish you are likely to gain an enhanced understanding of English terminology.

In this regard it is interesting to note that English and Spanish share an Indo-European origin, thus establishing similar grammatical rules.

 

In essence, there can be no better way of learning English than learning some other language, because the act of learning will cause you to analyze the origin and construction of your own language.

However, this scenario has slowly altered. In fact, Spanish-speaking people are now located throughout the country, even close to the Canadian border.

Although visiting these places does not necessarily require the visitor to speak Spanish, it is always advantageous to learn the Spanish language in order to communicate better with people and to share their local culture.

Maybe this is because learning a foreign language takes time. At a deeper level however, it is clear that learning another language is also to learn how other people think and act. Hence to learn Spanish is to learn the culture of Spanish people.

Thus, it is additional knowledge that stays with you and enhances your understanding of different peoples around the world. Spanish is an interesting language in that provides a wealth of literature, both contemporary and classical.

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The Spanish language is an easy one to learn. As Spanish has a distinct similarity to the English language, it should not prove too difficult for any native English speaker who wishes to learn it.

Basically, find any Spanish term and you will instinctively know how it is pronounced.

Although learning this language still requires hard work and dedication, the basic grammar is simple and straightforward and therefore, after few lessons, you should manage to have a fruitful conversation using Spanish.

Learning Spanish can be good fun, and you never know when your ability to speak it might just help you to overcome an otherwise difficult situation.

For more information on how to learn Spanish language she recommends you to visit the learn spanish site and also take a look at some informative reviews of other products.