Carlos Montoya Flamenco of Spain

 

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Carlos Montoya

 

Along with its Spanish origins, Gypsy, Byzantine, Sephardic and Moorish elements have often been cited as influences in the development of flamenco. It has frequently been asserted that these influences coalesced near the end of the reconquista, in the 15th century. The origins of the word flamenco are unclear – it was not recorded until the late 18th century.

Carlos Montoya was born in Madrid, Spain, into a Romani family, on December 13, 1903. As the nephew of renowned flamenco guitarist Ramón Montoya he seemed to have been born to play Flamenco, but it was his uncle who would be his biggest obstacle, as he refused to teach Carlos the tricks of the trade. He began studying the guitar with his mother and a neighboring barber, Pepe el Barbero, a.k.a. Pepe the Barber. By the time he was 14 years old he was accompanying dancers and singers in the cafes of Madrid, Spain.

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Cadiz beach, Barbate and Los Caños de Meca

Famous site of the battle of Trafalgar. Yes it’s true the famous English square where Nelson stands, takes its name from Spain. Sometimes called “Cannonball reef” as you can still find cannonballs if you dive here.

 

 

The above shot is taken from Los Caños de Meca. Set in the county of Cádiz this idyllic beach with its tall standing, proud, iconic lighthouse lends itself towards beauty shots. The lighthouse is dramatic in close-up and elegant in a long shot. This elbow of Spain offers 25km of fine beaches.

 

Elegant Iconic lighthouse

Iconic lighthouse

 

Barbate Beach is located far away from the maddening crowd and is emerging as a hot spot among travelers due to its untouched beauty. Out of the many beaches dotting the coastline of Southern Spain, Playas de Barbate has the most beautiful beach that overlooks cool blue waters and is surrounded by lush green forest cover on the other side. It is surrounded by several other beaches as well.

 

Trafalgar lighthouse

Trafalgar lighthouse

 

The lighthouse actually sits out on a point in front of the white seaside village of Barbate.

 


Natural Cookie

 

 


Desert style sand dunes

 

The sand is that fine white beach sand that photographers dream of. The solitary coastline has a serene atmosphere that is ideal for taking leisurely strolls but if you are the adventurous type, then you can choose from a multitude of water sports that will fulfill your wild streak. A wealth of interesting corners to explore, an unspoilt natural environment, and above all tranquility and the chance to really rest. The slated wooden windbreaks make for a great natural Cookaloris (A Cookie is usually a 4ft x 4ft frame, but anything used to break the light up and cast shadows. Not to be confused with dingle)

As Barbate is a town with a maritime tradition, its no surprise that the local dishes are mainly based on the harvest of the sea. Here you will find excellent cuisine of squid, tuna, sole, dogfish and bream.

When it comes to fiestas, Barbate celebrates the Virgin Carmen in July, patron saint of fishermen. In February Barbate has a massive carnival and they also partake in the usual Semana Santa celebrations at Easter.

There are two and three star hotels locally and an hotel with four stars 45 minutes away.

The airport at Jerez de la Frontera (XRY) is about 1hr 15 mins away.

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El Torcal Antequera

This is a world where time has stood still.

 

 

Where eagles soar on thermals and Ibex roam.

El Torcal Nature Reserve is famous for it’s strange rock formations of limestone. Situated about 30 km north of Málaga city in the direction of Antequera near the village of Villanueva de la Concepción, within it is about 17 square km and contains some of the most beautiful and impressive limestone landscapes in Europe. The Jurassic age limestone is about 150 million years old and was laid down in a marine corridor that extended from the Gulf of Cádiz to Alicante between the present Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. 1 million years BC or Jurassic Park could have been filmed here.

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Lagoons Lakes & Waterfalls La Mancha

A series of 16 lagoons / lakes and 50 waterfalls Along a river. If you cant find the waterfall you want here, it may not exist.

The 16 interconnected lakes which make up the Parque Natural de las Lagunas de Ruidera stretch for 20 km through a valley.

They allegedly take their time from a story in Don Quixote. Cervantes, in Don Quixote, says that there are seven of these small lakes; actually there are sixteen. You sense their presence even before you finally see them, after driving through some of the driest countryside in Spain.

This, indeed, is Don Quixote country — La Mancha, the sunbaked Arabic ‘wilderness’ whose heatwaves had a notoriously hallucinogenic effect on the wits. The road from Argamasilla de Alba to Ruidera  is lined with poplars and there are gentle undulations in the flat Manchegan landscape, announcing an imminent change of scenery.

Between the first lagoon, Blanca and that of Cenegal, there is a 120 metres drop, and the remaining lagoons form a chain and are connected via waterfalls, brooks, and underground currents. Las Lagunas de Ruidera are considered to be the source of the river Guadiana. They are supplied by the waters of underground aquifers and the river Pinilla. The main vegetation is made up of reeds, bulrushes, rushes, near the lagoons, and well as junipers and holm oaks. In their waters you can spot barbel, carp, pike and tortoises.

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Free the horses (Saca las Yeguas)

This amazing spectacle happens on the 26th of June

The mares and foals are driven from the Doñana National park through Almonte in Huelva. The spectacle of seeing hundreds of mares (Yeguas) driven through the town and past the church, is breathtaking. The sound is also impressive.

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Across the river and along the beach

It looks more like the set of a Western in Mexico than a sleepy corner of Spain, when the wild Doñana horses are rounded up by modern day cowboys to take part in the famous El Rocío celebrations. This is “la saca de las yeguas”, the rounding up of mares. Its purpose is to count, disinfect, worm and brand the wild herd, as well as to remove foals to sell at market the following day.

The Rocio festival is in full swing by now. But that’s another story for another post. There are many spectacular points to view and film the horses.

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Beach Playa Es Trenc Mallorca

This beach will certainly give the Maldives a very good run for the money with it’s peaceful location, three kilometers of white sand and beautiful azure sea.

The beach has something to offer everyone. If you want gently sloping sands and shallow water, then you’ll find it here. If you want slightly deeper sloping sands to save you a bit of a wade, then it has that, too.
The beach is flanked by stunning sand dunes – find a quiet spot and you’ll feel miles from anywhere.
There are naturists dotted about, but it’s not compulsory.

Chiringuito Es Trenc Beach Bar

Si disfrutas de las playas virgenes abiertas, diferentes de las localizaciones donde los turistas suelen pasar sus vacaciones, deberías venir a Es Trenc. Este trozo de costa en Mallorca está formado por varios kilómetros de playas de arena blanca con su dunas y vegetación original y es la unica de su clase que permanece en su estado puro original en Mallorca. Te sugerimos que disfrutes de un dia en sus limpias aguas azul cristalinas. Puedes escoger el lugar que más te guste dentro de la extensión de estas playas..

Le Salne Salt mine if you need a white back drop

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