To Spain! (2017)

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In spring 2017 Ursula Kampmann visited southern Spain. Follow her on that journey through her travelog to famous places like the Alhambra or Granada, to less known sites and also to numismatic insider tipps that you won’t find in any normal travel guide. Find all episodes here.

Part 1: On the way again
Spain is currently experiencing a boom. Ask any tourism expert. We too set off to Southern Spain for our numismatic journey and saw many an interesting thing. But our first stop is still in France, in Nîmes. Read Part 1 here.

Part 2: Tarragona
Have you ever been to Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco, former capital of the Province Hispania Tarraconensis? If you haven’t, you definitely need to put this one on your bucket list. I fell in love with the city. Read Part 2 here.

Part 3: Sagunto
Sagunto does not belong to the great attractions with World Heritage Site status. But if you’ve ever read anything about Hannibal’s great war, you will be curious about this city, which was destroyed by Hannibal, and whose conquest led to the Roman invasion of Spain. Read Part 3 here.

Part 4: Valencia
Indiana Jones really was pretty dumb: looking for the Holy Grail in Petra! When every reader of CoinsWeekly knows, after reading this episode of the numismatic diary at the latest, that the Grail is in Valencia. Well, Indiana Jones should just read CoinsWeekly I guess! Read Part 4 here.

Part 5: The New Carthage
160,000 coins, a few ancient wrecks, a garum factory, and two Carthaginian trade metropolises, all that is only a few hours’ drive away from Lorca. Not to mention that Lorca itself calls a magnificent parador its own. Read Part 5 here.

Part 6: The Sistine Chapel of the Neolithic Age?
Cueva de los Letreros is occasionally referred to as the Sistine Chapel of the Neolithic Age. Whether or not it really is you can find out in this episode. Also: Where the best olive oil in Spain is made, and where people still live in caves today. Read Part 6 here.

Part 7: Beautiful Córdoba
Since 1994, Córdoba has been considered World Heritage Site. As if the city needed that label to attract even more tourists. Córdoba is one of the capitals of tourism – but it still offers some quiet corners. Especially when you’re interested in coins. Read Part 7 here.

Part 8: Columbus, Seville and myriads of tourists
Seville can boast the third-largest old town in Europe, after Venice and Genoa. Great! That means the tourists are better spread out. If only they didn’t all have to see the tomb of Columbus!!! Read Part 8 here.