I was able to take an extended visit to southern Spain and northern Africa (Morocco) a few summers back. In addition to drinking some great wine and dining on delightful tapas, I managed to visit a lot of the “greatest hits” of the region. Through Granada, Sevilla, Almeria and Marrakech, Fes and Gibraltar, I was always struck at even though all those cities are divided across continents, politics, and religion, the historical architecture spoke of a much deeper and in-your-face coexistence. This shared space of the southernmost Europe and northernmost Africa (with a bit of Mother England colonialism sprinkled in) demonstrates that how people live—and the buildings they construct—are beautifully non-straightforward.
Spain and Africa: Shaken and Stirred