Inspired by a grand tour of Europe and the Holy Land, the first Marquis of Tarifa fashioned a sumptuous palace to suit the architectural wonders he had seen abroad. The palace and gardens that can be visited today are a mix of Gothic-Mudéjar and Italian High Renaissance styles, with a touch of imperial Roman grandeur. Be sure to visit the Chapel of Flagellation, one of the oldest parts of the palace. It is a Christian place of worship, but the abundance of tile mosaics give the impression of being in a mosque. At the center of the space is an altar with a statue of a Roman god. Other parts of the palace have similar visual peculiarities, like the Praetor’s Study and the grand staircase. Like Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Labrija, admission is divided into “Ground” and “Upper” floors, of which the latter is accessible by guided tour only.
Becerrita, a proper restaurant in a city of tapas bars, offers full meals and, yes, tapas, in an... Read more