Rhinocarhire.com recently supported a trip to the region of Andalucia on behalf of the Junta de Andalucia in search of the ancient Roman Route. Our car hire from Malaga airport
took the team every step of the way. Here’s what they had to say;
There are some places in the world that leave an indelible mark on your memory, that can take you back in time and where you can imagine life as it was then. Two such places I recently visited in Andalucia, Spain were Baelo Claudia in Tarifa and the roman city of Italica just outside of Seville. In my job working alongside the Government of Andalucia ,I was privileged to visit both of these sites with a group of UK tour operators who were keen to see what the Roman Route of Andalucia had to offer. This ancient trading route in this corner of Spain, provides breathtaking and evocative temples and treasures, which have been restored and maintained to provide the visitor with an experience and legacy of how the Romans influenced this province.
If you have archaeology in your blood, then Baelo Claudia will not fail to disappoint. Excavated over 90 years ago, and declared a Spanish monument, the city’s most important era was under the reign of Claudius and Nero. The city was famous for its production of garum and fish salting and with its strategic setting, it was able to trade easily with other cities. Today, a wonderful museum, provides all the information you need to understand the site and to see its amazing location right next to one of the nicest beaches that Tarifa has to offer, Bollonia.
The city of Italica, just to the north of Seville, was the first permanent Roman settlement in the south of the country and was the birthplace of the great Emperor Hadrian. The amphitheatre in the city, evokes memories of gladiators, lions and you can visit its underground pits for animals, and imagine the spectacle that was about to evolve.
Photo from Santaponce
All in all, the Romans left a legacy that we can all enjoy, and visit at your leisure. The rest of the Roman route provides as many wonderful sites in the other 12 cities in Andalucia. Roman mosaics, original statues, archaeological museums, a necropolis, you can take your pick amongst this celebration of temples and treasures.
Guest blog by: Jan Templeton MSc. MIPD
Jan Templeton works as a consultant for the Junta de Andalucia on the marketing and promotion of tourism products in the UK and worldwide.
Click here for more information on the Roman Route in Andalucia.