Radiology in Marbella – Things To Do
At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains lies one of the most interesting cities in Eastern Andalusia, the city of Granada which will be the focus of our day tour on Sunday before the conference starts.
Granada has an unmistakable Moorish essence. It is not surprising that - in addition to the palace and gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife - one of its older neighborhoods, the Albaicin, has been awarded the World Heritage designation. We will also visit the area of Gran Via de Colon and the Avenida de los Reyes Catolicos, the most significant historical district. It features Renaissance monuments, including the historical Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel. There will be time for lunch and shopping. There will be a lot of walking, so be prepared with walking shoes.
For more information on Granada: Alhambra - Wikipedia
On Monday afternoon there will be a walking tour of the Old Town of Marbella which includes the ancient city walls and the two historical suburbs of the city, the Barrio Alto, which extends north, and the Barrio Nuevo, to the east. The ancient walled city retains nearly the same layout as in the 16th century. Here is the Plaza de los Naranjos, an example of Castilian Renaissance design, its plan laid out in the heart of Old Town after the Christian reconquest. Around the square are arranged three remarkable buildings: the Town Hall, built in 1568 by the Catholic Monarchs in Renaissance style, the Mayor's house, which combines Gothic and Renaissance elements in its façade and fresco murals inside, and the Chapel of Santiago, the oldest religious building in the city, built earlier than the square, believed to date from the 15th century.
Other buildings of interest in the center are the Church of Santa María de la Encarnación, built in the Baroque style, the Casa del Roque, and the remains of the Arabic castle and defensive walls. Also in the Renaissance style are the Capilla de San Juan de Dios (Chapel of St. John of God), the Hospital Real de la Misericordia (Royal Hospital of Mercy) and the Hospital Bazán , home now of the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings.
One of the highlights of the Barrio Alto is the Ermita del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz (Hermitage of the Holy Christ of the True Cross), built in the 15th century and enlarged in the 18th century, which consists of a square tower with a roof covered by glazed ceramic tiles. The Barrio Alto is also known as the San Francisco neighborhood, after a Franciscan convent formerly located there.
The “white village of Andalucia” is Mijas and this is our destination on Tuesday afternoon. After a stroll along the tiny streets, a wine tasting awaits you at the Wine Museum of Mijas. This restored Andalusian house with its brick façade is where all of the wines of Malaga are available, as well as wines from other Spanish regions. The wine tasting will be followed by samples of olive oil, ham and cheese in a lovely old building dating from 1839, situated on one of the most photographed streets of Spain.
Time for wandering this lovely town and shopping on your own.
For those looking for something different, this afternoon we will be organizing a Kayaking Tour.
On Wednesday we will visit the bustling modern, yet historic city of Malaga that still retains the atmosphere and swagger of a Mediterranean port. The historic city center is charming with its majestic Gothic Cathedral surrounded by traditional balconied buildings. Gibralfaro castle sits high on a hill overlooking the city and port, offering the best view of all. This fortress, built in the 14th century, whose name in Arabic means ‘citadel’ is one of the city’s most visited historical monuments.
After our sightseeing, we will spend free time in the pedestrian area of the historic center where there are wonderful shops and restaurants.
Our tour on Thursday will take us to Ronda, atop a stunning rocky platform, surrounded by lush river valleys and sitting above a deep ravine. It is a place that literally takes your breath away. It was first declared a city by Julius Caesar in the late 4th century.
The 'Corrida Goyesca' is a unique and historical bullfight that takes place once a year in Ronda in the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain. It was built in 1784 in the Neoclassical style by the architect José Martin de Aldehuela, who also designed the Puente Nuevo.
The Palacio of the Marqués de Salvatierra is a small museum of Renaissance art and artefacts. The Palacio is an 18th-century renovation of an earlier 16th century building, gifted to the family of Don Vasco Martín de Salvatierra by the Reyes Catolicos. Once our sightseeing is finished we will have time on our own before returning to Marbella.