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Don't miss Spain's Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla

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Photographs by Rick Steves’ Europe/DOMINIC ARIZONA BONUCCELLI

At Sevilla’s Alcazar, the Christian king Pedro I built his palace around water, like the Moors who preceded him. They viewed water — so rare and precious in most of the Islamic world — as the purest symbol of life.

The quintessential image of Spain is the region of Andalucia, home of bullfights, flamenco, whitewashed hill towns and glamorous Mediterranean resorts. And while much of the region's appeal is in its hill and coastal retreats, at the heart of Andalucia are three great cities: Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla.

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Granada’s hill-topping Albayzin neighborhood is Spain’s best old Moorish quarter, giving travelers a whiff of Arabia and the ... + Enlarge

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