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Don't miss Spain's Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla

By Rick Steves

This article was published December 3, 2017 at 1:49 a.m.

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At Sevilla’s Alcazar, the Christian king Pedro I built his palace around water, like the Moors who preceded him. They viewed water — so rare and precious in most of the Islamic world — as the purest symbol of life.

Granada’s hill-topping Albayzin neighborhood is Spain’s best old Moorish quarter, giving travelers a whiff of Arabia and the best views in Granada.

The quintessential image of Spain is the region of Andalucia, home of bullfights, flamenco, whitewashed hill towns and glamorous Mediterranean resorts. And while much of the region's appeal is in its hill and coastal retreats, at the heart of Andalucia are three great cities: Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla.

Granada’s hill-topping Albayzin neighborhood is Spain’s best old Moorish quarter, giving travelers a whiff of Arabia and the best views in Granada.

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