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A tour of the provinces of Andalusia: destination weddings in Granada

Today we stroll through the streets of what was the last Nasrid kingdom, through its smell of spices, the charm of its old neighborhoods and the majesty of the Alhambra. And to discover places full of magic, perfect for your destination weddings in Granada.

SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS IN GRANADA

The neighborhoods of Albaycín, Sacromonte and Realejo, represent the essence and the enchantment of this city.

Getting lost walking through its streets, discovering beautiful corners and small squares that appear suddenly, and contemplating the Alhambra from a viewpoint, are just some of the pleasures that Granada offers its visitors.

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In the center of the city we find the symbol of the Christianity of Granada, the Cathedral, built just after the conquest of the city by the Catholic Kings.

Although the initial project was Gothic in style, the new architect Diego de Siloé resumed the construction by modifying the previous idea and creating a fully Renaissance temple.

The Royal Chapel, located right next to the Cathedral, is Gothic style and was built on what was the old main mosque in the city.

The Catholic Kings commissioned its construction as their burial place, demonstrating their special bond with this city. Inside are the remains of Ferdinand of Aragon, Isabella I of Castile, Joanna the Mad, and Philip the Handsome.

Another place to visit during your stay in Granada, is without a doubt La Cartuja, symbol of Spanish Baroque arcitecture.

The Abbey of Sacromonte is an ancient abbey built at the end of the 16th century, after the remains of some martyrs were found and among them those of St. Cecilius. This place can be visited with the holy caves, located below the church.

Visiting Granada means an essential visit to one of the most visited monuments in Spain, the Alhambra. This set of palaces and gardens was built on a hill and began to be royal residence in the mid-13th century. To this fortress, the construction of the palace of Charles V was added after the conquest of the last Nasrid kingdom by the Catholic Kings.

The reddish color of its walls, its strategic position in front of the Albaycín neighborhood, its history and its impressive architecture, make this monument a special place that falls in love with any visitor.

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GASTRONOMY

The gastronomy of Granada is a mixture of Arab and Christian influence. The use of spices combined with the typical products of this province, create a varied and very tasty cuisine.

Typical dishes include habas con jamón, tortilla del Sacromontepapas a lo pobre and olla de San Antón.

During your visit in this city you can taste the piononos, a dessert created in honor of Pope Pius IX, and famous all over the world.

 

VENUES FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN GRANADA

Venues with amazing views of the Alhambra, can be the perfect setting for your destination weddings in Granada.

The beauty of this fortress as a background and a sunset of reddish colors can witness your “I do”, creating unforgettable moments for the couple and their guests.

Some of these venues represent the essence of neighborhoods such as Sacromonte, with its characteristic caves and terraces that offer the best views of the Alhambra and the city.

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Others, with their gardens and fountains that take us to the Nasrid Granada, offer beautiful views of the Albaycín and the Alhambra, and where you can celebrate weddings in a more elegant style, but always in a typical context of this city.

destination wedding in Granada

A destination wedding in Granada means creating unforgettable memories in a city with enchantment and magic.

In the next few weeks we will continue our route through other provinces of Andalusia.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER: Francisco Montes Jiménez / La Coleccionista / Doncel y Alcoba

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A tour of the provinces of Andalusia: destination weddings in Seville

Today we start a series of posts dedicated to some provinces of Andalusia, in which we talk about their beauty, their history, the most characteristic venues to marry and their gastronomy, so that when choosing the destination for your wedding, you have a range of beautiful options.

Today we talk about the province of Seville, and in the coming weeks, we will continue with Granada, Jaén and Málaga.

The beauty and charm of Seville is evident. Its colors and essence are perceived as soon as you reach the Andalusian capital.

SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS IN SEVILLE

This city offers a large number of monuments through which you can get to the heart of its history and know the different civilizations that lived the city and left their mark on architecture, traditions and gastronomy.

The Cathedral, for example, is the largest Gothic catedral in the world, and is complemented by the Giralda, the Capilla Real and Patio de los Naranjos.

The Giralda that is a bell tower, is an example of the influence of different cultures and styles: Arabic, Christian and the renaissance style.

Another emblematic place of this city is undoubtedly the Real Alcázar. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, this royal palace was built by the Arabs who used the fortresses as their residences.

It consists of several buildings from different periods and is a perfect blend of Arab and Christian art.

destination weddings in Seville

Another symbol of Seville is the Plaza de España. A unique palace-square in the world. Its shape, its proportions, the canal that extends along the perimeter of the square and the tiled benches representing the provinces of Spain, make this monument a unique and special place for Spanish people and tourists who come from anywhere in the world.

It would take more posts that talk about everything you can find in this magical city and what you can do during your stay. From a walk on the banks of the Guadalquivir to visiting the most authentic neighborhood of Seville, Triana.

But we leave you just a few ideas so that you can start discovering this city and its lifestyle.

GASTRONOMY

Choosing Seville as your destination for your wedding, means offering your guests a typical southern Spanish dining experience.

Indeed, being the capital of Andalusia, Seville collects a great variety of the traditional dishes of all the Andalusian provinces and also using the most typical products of this area. From pork to its legume and vegetables used for the famous Andalusian gazpacho.

VENUES FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING IN SEVILLE

If you are going to choose Seville and its province for your destination wedding in Spain, you will definitely find charming venues that will transmit the true essence of southern Spain.

If you are looking for venues in the center of the city, there are beautiful places with a lot of history where you can organize your wedding. I always recommend that they be charming venues and that best reflect the concept and style of your wedding.

Stately manors of the 19th century, or palaces of Italian-Mudejar Renaissance style, can be the perfect setting for a wedding in the center of Seville.

Another advantage of choosing a venue in the city center, is the ease for your guests to go from their accomodations to the event venue, without having to rent buses and set fixed schedules for their return.

But if you are looking for some venue outside the city where you can live the true essence of Andalusia, you can definitely choose from many Haciendas. These big estates that began to spread between the 14th and 16th century, following the social idea of the “nostalgia of the countryside” typical of the transition to the Renaissance, became big buildings whose main activity was the production of oil. The Hacienda are made up of different houses, the stately, the homes of staff who worked daily in the building and the set of agricultural constructions.

destination weddings in Seville

Without a doubt, entering one of these spaces, i show to travel to another time… The warm colors of these buildings,  their patio and their characteristic facades make each of them a perfect venue for your wedding day.

In addition to the beauty and uniqueness of the venue, the Haciendas do not usually have sound restrictions, as many of them do not have neighbors or homes around them.

A wedding in a Sevillian Hacienda is a unique experience for all your guests who in a single day, will live your wedding with the 5 senses: from its beauty, its gastronomy and even the sound of a flamenco guitar enlivening dinner in an illuminated patio with candles…

We will continue our tour of the provinces of Andalusia in the coming weeks to give more ideas for your destination weddings in south of Spain.

 

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