We spent hours and hours strolling the streets of large cities and small towns.  In many ways, all modern cities look pretty much the same.  But it was the differences, especially visible in the smaller or older places, that prompted us to raise our camera:







Many places are still surrounded by old medieval walls:

The Alhambra was an entirely enclosed fortress and town when it functioned as the seat of government for Muslim Spain

One of the gates to the city.  Toledo

Remains of a tower in the walls of Girona

Gate to the Jewish quarter of Cordoba

Ronda.   One of the entrances to the old Muslim sector of the city







Streets are always a delight in Iberia.

Castello da Vide – a typical hilltop town in eastern Portugal.

Tilework on the exterior of houses is very common in Portugal.

Our hotel window.   Evora, Portugal

Laundry hanging outside seemed a regular street scene in Portugal



Granada   Posters, tilework, window boxes – this one place had everything.

Street through the old wall of Toledo. Note the dropping gate


The Call (the old Jewish street) in Barcelona

Girona, Spain

In the “White Towns” of southern Spain.   Grazalema

Arcos de la Frontera, another of the “White Towns”

Folks have lived in these caves outside Granada for generations.

House in Granada



From time to time a doorway would call out to be photographed


Doorway of a Jewish home (there’s a mezuzah slot) from pre-expulsion times.  Evora, Portugal

Door of an old synagogue in Toledo



Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

One of the exterior doors to the Great Mosque in Cordoba

House in a hillside cave.  Granada

It’s not really a doorway.  It’s the interior courtyard of the house we stayed in in Cordoba

Medieval Synagogue.  Castello da Vide, Portugal