Spain’s Lands of Liquid Gold
LANDS OF LIQUID GOLD: ¡ESTUPENDO!” That’s the superlative I shouted about 20 times a day during my recent voyage of discovery through Cordoba and Jaen, two of the eight provinces which make up the autonomous region of Andalucia in the south of Spain.
Three of those provinces – Malaga, where mass tourism was born on the Costa del Sol, plus Seville and Granada – are among Europe’s most famous and perennially popular holiday destinations. Yet the neighbouring cities and countrysides of Jaen, Cordoba, Baeza and Ubeda are relatively unknown, even though they are endowed with some of the greatest tourist attractions I have encountered in my long career as a travel journalist.This month and next, I will be introducing you to these great holiday destinations in more detail, as I really want to do justice to them! Among the world-class attractions we visited in a wonderful week of autumnal sunshine, are many which came as a complete surprise. Here are a few tantlising appetizers: