3 unusual corners of Andalusia

Andalusia is a land full of contrasts that offers the traveler the magic of its most unusual corners. Places that take the astonished looks of its visitors. From stunning natural environments to palaces impregnated with the past, this gypsy land is admirable for its unusual beauty.

«Dance and couple, laugh and cry, to the sound of the castanets,
mix a concert of palms with the light of the candles
and this rhythm is dance In the whole Andalusian town! ».

-Angeles Asensio-

Then, We are going to travel to those unusual corners that are unique in Andalusia. The most curious travelers will undoubtedly want to know someday these sites impregnated with magic. Organizing a getaway will be much easier knowing some of these fantastic places.

1. The Rio Tinto, Huelva

Río Tinto, Huelva - Jose Arcos Aguilar

The Rio Tinto It owes its name to the coloring of its waters due to the decomposition of its rocks, They dye it a rusty red color. This river starts in the Sierra del Padre Caro and continues to flow 100 kilometers until it reaches Huelva. It shares its waters with the Odiel River, with which it melts completely.

This Andalusian river It is so unusual that it was chosen by NASA to be studied for the possible resemblance to the planet Mars. The river includes microorganisms in its depths that can adapt to totally extreme habitats, something that makes it even more strange and interesting for NASA scientists.

Río Tinto, Huelva - Enrique Hinojosa Rosado / Flicr.com

According to studies, in the depths of the Rio Tinto life is not possible in any aspect. However, it has been discovered that there are microscopic organisms inhabiting heavy metals that do not need oxygen to survive.

2. The Castle of Iruela, Jaén

Iruela Castle, Jaén - Fernando Bueno / Flickr.com

The castle of Iruela offers a unique vision. It rises, imposing, on a giant rock in the Sierra de Cazorla. This place was home to the Templars and it was an architectural challenge to build it on this steep site, at the beginning of the 16th century. A castle that was invaded and burned by the French in 1810 by the hostility of their neighbors.

This place has three walled enclosures in an Arab-medieval style and Christians expanded the structure in the thirteenth century. Inside the castle is the Church of Santo Domingo, dating from the 16th century, a place dedicated to Santo Domingo de Silos. In the highest part of the great rock is the Homage tower, the most representative of the place.

Iruela Castle, Jaén - José Castillo / Flickr.com

The Castillo de la Iruela is part of the Natural Park of the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas. This place is visited by millions of tourists year after year by the wide range of stories that invade it.

3. El Torcal de Antequera, Málaga

Torcal de Antequera, Málaga - David Salcedo

The Torcal de Antequera presents a set of limestone that have taken very particular forms. Also called "mushrooms", the rocks of this place have been molded over the centuries. Its most emblematic rock is called "screw" and is the largest in relation to the others.

These rocks are of marine origin, so you can find prehistoric fossils of great value. For the most curious there is an observatory in this place from where you can see the stars at night. In addition, guided tours are organized to discover the natural and historical wealth of this place. Many hikers have tried climbing the rocks of Antequera.

They are three completely different places but that They show the great beauty and variety of a Spanish region as wonderful as Andalusia is. Do you know any of them?

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