Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to travel to Spain’s Costa del Sol. Visitors to the area can see some of the most important landmarks from the Iberian Peninsula’s storied past. From the 8th to 15th centuries, the Moors controlled most of Spain. History buffs will love a tour of the south of Spain to see a few of the more prominent monuments from this great culture.
The city of Granada holds one of the most visited historical Moorish sites in Spain: the Alhambra. Built towards the end of Moorish occupation in the 14th century, the Alhambra served as a palace and fortress for the ruling Nasrid dynasty. The beautiful architecture of this palace has inspired other buildings around the world and makes this a must-see.
The Alcazaba of Malaga, located conveniently in Malaga, is one of the oldest Moorish forts in the Iberian Peninsula. The citadel protected the Moors from the Spanish Reconquista until the 15th century. The ruins are among the most preserved and even include a Roman theater that predates the Moors!
As most of the ruins of the Moors were defensive structures placed strategically throughout the countryside, having a car rental in Spain is the easiest way to explore this vast empire without losing any time in transit. As with any time spent traveling, less is certainly “Moor!”