Visiting Marbella’s Bonsai Museum, located in Parque de la Represa in the city’s center, is something unusual to do in the city. Tourists who have had enough of the beach and the city’s other attractions will find this museum quite fascinating. Renowned to house the finest collection of bonsai trees in Europe, this museum has an impressive number of species within its collection. Walking around these beautifully trimmed miniature plants is definitely a relaxing and pleasant experience to have in this popular tourist town. The museum also houses a collection of Pinsapo Pine, which is said to be close to extinction and is also known to have the best collection of wild olive trees in the world. A visit to this exquisite garden-museum is an interesting and unique experience that should not be missed when in Marbella....more
Visiting Marbella’s Bonsai Museum, located in Parque de la Represa in the city’s center, is something unusual to do in the city. Tourists who have had enough of the beach and the city’s other attractions will find this museum quite fascinating. Renowned to house the finest collection of bonsai trees in Europe, this museum has an impressive number of species within its collection. Walking around these beautifully trimmed miniature plants is definitely a relaxing and pleasant experience to have in this popular tourist town. The museum also houses a collection of Pinsapo Pine, which is said to be close to extinction and is also known to have the best collection of wild olive trees in the world. A visit to this exquisite garden-museum is an interesting and unique experience that should not be missed when in Marbella.
Adults - 4 Euros Children - 3 Euros
Daily - 10.30am-1.30pm and 4.30pm-8pm
Around half an hour to an hour
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The collection of Pinsapo Pine and others bonsai trees
Although Muslim tourists requiring prayer facilities will not find prayer rooms within the Bonsai Museum, they will find prayer facilities in the city of Marbella. They could visit the most prominent mosque in the city, Al Risalat Mosque, which is frequently used by the local Muslims and is a well known landmark in Marbella.
The Bonsai Museum does not house a restaurant within its premises. Muslim tourists requiring Halal cuisine might be able to locate a few Halal restaurants in the city. Those unable to locate one may choose to dine on seafood or vegetarian dishes at a non-halal restaurant after ensuring the dish does not contain any non-Halal ingredients. Muslim tourists could also get more information on Halal restaurants while at the mosque.
You’ve got your dream beach vacay planned – the perfect resort, a great itinerary and the best group of people to enjoy it with – but there’s one slight problem. What are you going to wear to the beach or pool? We all want to look great and feel great during a beach holiday or while lounging by the pool, an old oversized t-shirt, leggings and a scarf won’t do! Don’t worry ladies, we have got you covered with a list of 10 stylish and elegant Muslimah swimwear. From sporty to stylish, this list covers all – you are going to be spoilt for choice! 1) Madamme BK Credit: @madammebk on Instagram One of the most famous luxury swimwear lines out there, Madamme BK will not disappoint. Designer Vanessa Lourenco realised that there was a need for modest swimwear within her entourage, and decided to put her fashion education to use by creating Haute Couture Coverage swimwear. Her brand emphasises on the stylish and elegant –bringing together western and eastern sentimentalities into her creations to make every woman feel sophisticated.If you are a minimalist, you would love their Tunisia, Oman and, Dubai three-piece swim suits. Simple swimwear yet absolutely stylish and sophisticated – they come in muted, neutral tones. All three swimsuits come with equally stylish and matching headpieces.Looking for something a bit more fun and colourful to really bring out the holiday spirit, opt for the Agadir or Amélie Teal Burkini. The Agadir swim suit is another three-piece suit with a long, skater skirt cut tunic with a big tropical print in a muted red and white, whilst the Amélie swim suit is in a beautiful teal colour with pink detailing at the hem and collar.Website 2) LYRA Swimwear Credit: @lyraswim on Instagram A brand with a more personal back story, LYRA has a fit for every woman. Created due to one woman’s struggle to find the perfect swimwear which suited her modest lifestyle, this brand has something for everyone. Beautiful contemporary designs, with minimalistic detailing and elegant shapes – you will not be disappointed. The brand emanates classic Hollywood with a side of Moroccan beach coolness and minimalism. The swimsuits are created with light weight, fast dry, premium quality Italian Carvico fabric, along with high UV protection. You can purchase them as separates or a full set. Each set comes with a matching turban style head covering, leggings and long sleeve tops allowing you to create the fit that you want. The brand also closely practices ethical work conditions and empowers their tailors. They are an active member of the #ThisGirlCan campaign. Their swimwear has been worn by prominent figures such as news anchor Noor Tagouri and Olympic fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad. LYRA has three collections – SOFIA, RAYA, ASRA – all three have minimalistic, contemporary designs with some differenes between them. This ensures that you can find the perfect fit for you! SOFIA has more sporty designs; RAYA goes for a more feminine look, while ASRA is more elegant.Website 3) Nasira Marbella Credit: @nasriamarbella on Instagram A Spanish brand, Nasira Marbella offers simple but exclusive modest swimwear. If you are looking for something simple and well made then Nasira Marbella will be perfect. Their swim suits are made with 50+ UV protection and all appliqués are hand sewn, the material used is quick dry. All swim suits come with a turban style cap and is produced by the brand Flexfit. They have a variety of classic black swim suits with fabric appliqués to add a fun element to the piece. However, if you are looking for something with a little bit more oomph you can opt for their brightly coloured swimsuits – like the cherry pink suit that will definitely make you stand out at any pool party.Website 4) East Essence Credit: East Essence Are you a sucker for prints? If so, East Essence has got you covered! But it’s not just prints; East Essence has got it all! Unlike the other brands on the list they have a wide range of swimwear in different designs and colours. They’ve got simple one colour swim suits for women who like to keep things minimal and, a more glam collection with sequin detailing to really get you in the mood for a glam holiday! Who doesn’t like some sparkle?! From feminine designs to more sporty designs they have something for every woman. They even have a collection specifically for beach sports and are more wear and tear resistant – these would also be ideal if you are going for a swim at a river or waterfall. So don’t miss out on any of the adventure! They even have UV resistant beach wear abayas in colourful prints – so if you aren’t overly fond of swimming you could just lounge on the sand while sipping on a cool drink and just enjoy the waves crashing in, all while looking absolutely fab!Website 5) Veilkini Credit: Veilkini A modest swimwear brand based in the UAE, Veilkini will not disappoint. With options ranging from regular, sports and, even plus size – no woman will be left out from having a fun pool vacation or beach holiday. May it be simple designs or colourful prints; you can easily find what suits your preferences the best. All swimwear by the brand are three piece swim suits with detachable head pieces. The fabric used is a 80% nylon – 20% spandex mix, with low water absorbency which allows you longer pool hours and the swim suit dries quicker. The swimsuits come with a 50+ UV protection rating and are also resistant to sea salt. They suggest that you order one size smaller if you want a tighter fit as the sizes given on the website are excluding stretch.Website 6) Adasea Credit: Adasea A Turkish family run brand that has been around since the 1970’s, they offer a variety of swim suits to fit your preference, Adasea is definite contender when looking for the best fit. Choose from their many fully covered or not fully covered – yet modest swimwear styles which come in minimal, sporty designs as well as in elegant prints. Their designs have a lot of attention to detail, with delicate floral patterns and frill details at the ankles of the leggings. Adasea is another brand which offers plus size modest swim wear, in classic sporty styles and patterns. Not all of their swimwear comes in three pieces; however, the headpiece might not be detachable in some swimsuits. They also offer a LYCRA range of modest swimwear. They also have other beach/ pool wear such as beautiful kimonos in printed chiffon and, lace.Website 7) Mayovera Credit: Mayovera The second Turkish brand on this list, Mayovera swimwear is groovy and stylish! With a few patterns inspired by the 60s and 70s it has a vintage look but with a bit of modernity added in. The swim suits come as a three piece, which includes the head cover which is styled as a classic 70s headscarf. Their swim suits are not tight fitted, and are more on the loose side. However, that does not mean they are any less stylish. The design is very reminiscent of 60s fashion with loose tops paired with flared pants. If you love vintage fashion, this brand will definitely have you looking groovy! They even have matching beach bags for the swim suit as well. They have a variety of bags to choose from if you want to accessorise your beach/pool look – ranging from clutches to totes. They also offer plus size modest swimwear.Website 8) Hawaii Beach Wear Credit: Hawaii Beach Wear Hawaii Beach Wear is based in Malaysia, they offer swimsuits for everyone; however, they do have a small modest swimwear collection. The company has been around since 2008 and has a lot of experience within the swimwear industry, so you can’t go wrong in selecting a swimsuit by Hawaii Beach Wear. They offer vibrant floral prints paired with classic minimal black burkinis. Their swim suits come as swim tops - which include a head cover – and as swim dresses. You can choose between minimal, sporty designs and colourful but elegant floral designs.Website 9) Riva Mera Credit: Riva Mera If you are into sporty chic, Riva Mera definitely delivers that aesthetic! Their swimsuit designs are the classic burkini with sporty but colourful detailing in colour blocks and stripes. The swimsuits come as three pieces with a turban styled head cover or attached hijab. The fabrics used for the swimsuits are polyester and Lycra. They also offer styles similar to Mayovera and have floral prints as well, so you really would be spoilt for choice. You can choose from their fully covered designs or their half covered designs based on your preference.Website 10) Mayo Bella Credit: Mayo Bella Last but not least on this list, Mayo Bella offers up some classic fully covered burkinis. Their swim suits come in plain black and in fun prints; you can choose between something which has more of a minimal print or go for a pretty floral print. Most of their prints are in muted colours, while you will find a few single coloured swim suits in colours like bright pink and blue. The fabric they have used to create the swimwear is light weight polyester.Website Hopefully this list will help you find the perfect fit for your beach vacation – but remember these swim suits are not only limited to the beach or the pool, you can even wear them to swim in fresh water rivers or lakes! Looking great is important on holiday, but having fun and enjoying every bit of your trip is equally important! Adjust your head cover, wear those shades and, step into the water, girls! ...
Spain has a long and colorful history, having first been conquered by the Roman Empire until the Middle Ages. During the 8th century, Spain became a part of the ever-expanding Umayyad Caliphate. Then later in the 15th century, Imperialism invaded Spain, followed by wars for liberalization in the 18th century, leading to the Spanish civil war and finally establishing Spain as a democratic country.This Islamic reign by the Muslim Moors in the Iberian Peninsula indelibly left its mark on modern-day Spain, resulting in the Spanish kingdom being dotted with some of the most beautiful mosques with an awe-inspiring architecture of that era. Thus, for the Muslim traveler on a holiday in Spain, some of the world's most amazing Mosques await you. Visiting these wonderous Spanish Mosques must be on the ‘to-do’ list for any Halal trip to Spain.So, review these renowned Mosques, and locate them on your mobile, to experience a prayer place which has been standing for over a thousand years! 1) The Great Mosque of Córdoba The Great Mosque of Córdoba located in the Spanish region of Andalusia was originally a small Christian Visigoth church. When the Moor Muslims came to rule Spain, Abd al-Rahman I ordered the construction of the Great Mosque in 784. This Mosque was further expanded by later Muslim rulers. This Mosque of Córdoba was important to the Islamic community of al-Andalus for three centuries. In 1236, Córdoba was converted to a Roman Catholic church. Since the early 21st century the Spanish Muslims have been lobbying the Roman Catholic church to allow them to pray at this site, but have however to date been denied permission. In its heyday, the Great Mosque of Córdoba was used as the main place for prayer, it was also a hall for teaching Islam and the site for Sharia Law cases. Architecture And DesignThe architectural design of the Great Mosque of Córdoba is inspired by the Great Mosque of Damascus, the Dome of the Rock and the Aachen Cathedral. Architects also incorporate Roman columns of Gothic structure and others sent from different regions of Iberia as gifts. The Columns, arches and other decorative aspects of the Mosque were incorporated with ivory, jasper, porphyry, gold, silver, copper, and brass. Mosaics and azulejos were also incorporated in the design of the Mosque. The walls were also decorated with Quranic inscriptions. The mihrab of the Mosque was considered an architectural masterpiece with its geometric and flowing designs of plants.However, when Córdoba was conquered by King Ferdinand III of Castile, the centre of the Great Mosque was converted into a Catholic cathedral. As time passed other Christian features were added such chapels and a nave. The minaret of the Mosque was also converted to the bell tower. Interesting Facts It is reported that Abd al-Rahman I is buried under the site of the Cordoba Mosque. Abd al-Rahman I initially named the Mosque ‘Aljama Mosque’ in honour of his wife. Mosque's StatusThe Great Mosque of Córdoba was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as a part of the Historic Center of Córdoba in 1984. Although Muslims are not allowed to pray at this Mosque, it is a must visit with its amazing architecture and remarkable historical significance. Opening Hours:Monday to Saturday - 10:00 am to 06:00 pmSunday and Religious Festive Days - 9:00 am to 10:30 am, 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm. Tickets: Guided Tours - 40 € per person and free for children under 8 years old | Tours without a Guide - 10 € per person, 5 € for children between 10-14 years old and free for children under 10 years old.Click here for more information about The Mosque of Córdoba 2) Mosque of Cristo de la Luz The Mosque of Cristo de la Luz has remained nearly unchanged since its construction in 999 and is the only remaining former Moorish Mosque in the city of Toledo, Spain. Originally named the Mezquita Bab-al-Mardum, it is located near the Puerta del Sol, a city gate of Toledo, Spain, built in the late 14th century. Architecture and DesignThis Mosque was built over a Visigoth church measuring approximately 8m X 8m with four columns dividing the interior into nine parts. The designs in each of these nine parts are unique and follow Islamic design concepts. This Mosque, which was converted to a chapel in 1186, is constructed of brick and small stones. The overall architectural design and formation is a blend of Moorish style and local building techniques. However, much of its influence can be attributed to the caliphate in Córdoba and the Great Mosque of Córdoba.After the conversion of the Mosque to a church, the qibla wall and mihrab were lost when an apse was built in the Mudejar architecture style. Today, this building also features many Christian themed decorations and murals of Christ and other figures.Mosque StatusToday, this building functions as a church. However, Muslim travellers will get a feel the Mosque that it was, especially with the inscription in Kufic script on the facade of the building that reveals the details of the Mosque's origin. Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am - 06:45 pm (March 1st to October 15th) | 10:00 - 05:45 pm (October 16th to February 28th). Tickets: General – 2.80 € | Accredited Groups – 2.40 € | Free for under the age of 11.Click here for more information about The Mosque of Cristo de la Luz 3) The Mosque of Almonaster la Real This Mosque was built in the 10th century from the origins of a Visigoth basilica of the 5th century. Hailed as one of the few surviving Spanish rural Mosques, it is an oddly shaped building made of brick and stone. This Mosque sits on top of a hill within the castle overlooking the village of Almonaster la Real in the province of Huelva, Spain. This beautifully preserved Mosque was converted to a church as Islamic rule changed to Christian rule. Over the centuries this Mosque has gone through numerous changes, but its Islamic features have been retained while new Christian elements were added on. Architecture and Design This Mosque was built during the reign of Abd al-Rahman III. It is trapezoidal in shape and has three parts - the prayer hall, the courtyard of ablutions, and the minaret tower. The prayer hall has five small naves. The central nave is covered by a half-sphere dome and brick arches. The courtyard of ablutions is built-into the facade of the rock. Most of the minaret has been built over due to the additions made over the years. The Mihrab, however, still stands, but has over the years lost its paint, and only the brick and stone remain today. Interesting Facts 16 undated tombs were found in the oration room of the Mosque. The Mosque of Almonaster la Real is the focus of the annual 'Jornadas de Cultura Islamica' which takes place in the town of in Almonaster la Real in the month of October. Mosque StatusDespite the changes over the years, the building retains its ‘Moorish character’ to date. It was declared a National Monument in 1931 and was further renovated between 1970 and 1973. The Mosque of Almonaster la Real is a must-visit place while on your Halal trip to Spain. Opening Hours: Every day from 09.00 am to 08.30 pm. Tickets: Entrance is free.Click here for more information about The Mosque of Mezquita de Almonaster La Real 4) Mosque at Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera Picture Credit - www.flickriver.comThe Mosque within the Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera in the is the Cadiz province of Spain is the only remaining one in the region from the original 18 Mosques. It was built in the 11th century but was converted to a church in the 13th century when the Christians conquered the region. The entire Fortress was designated as a world heritage site in 1931. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:30 am - 02:30 pm (October 1st to June 30th) | Monday to Friday 09:30 am - 05:30 pm (July 1st to September 30th) | Saturday and Sunday 09:30 am - 02:30 pm Tickets: General - 5 € | Groups - 4 €Click here for more information about Mezquita de Jerez Other Former Mosques of Spain Apart from the above famous historic Mosques of Spain, there are much more Mosques or Mezquita (as known in Spanish) which can be visited. While many have been converted to churches or put to other uses today, the architecture and splendour still remain. So, while holidaying in Spain and visiting these regions/cities, take the time to visit these magnificent mosques in Spain. Mezquita de las Tornerías | Toledo, Spain Santa Maria de la Sede Cathedral (also known as Seville Cathedral) | Seville, Spain Modern Mosques in Spain For those Muslim travellers are looking for Mosques with the express purpose of prayer, these modern Mosques of Spain are your answer. A quick search on Google Maps should give you its location. 1) Basharat Mosque Address: Mezquita Basharat, 14630 Pedro Abad, Córdoba, Spain | Opened: 1982Click here for more information about Basharat Mosque 2) Madrid Central Mosque Address: Calle Anastasio Herrero, 5, 28020 Madrid, Spain | Opened: 1988Click here for more information about Madrid Central Mosque 3) King Abdul Aziz Mosque Picture Credit - marbellaazul.com Address: s 29602, Urb. Lomas Marbella-S, 18, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain | Built: 1981Click here for more information about King Abdul Aziz Mosque ...
It is no surprise that Spain has become one of the top must-visit destinations, for Muslim travellers, in the world. Here are some of the reasons why.. The Top 6 Reasons to Visit Spain A Family-friendly destination: Spain is a vibrant and lively destination which offers attraction and activities suitable for the whole family. Rich Islamic history: Muslim visitors, for the most-part, fit right in since a large part of the history of Spain involves Muslims. This is depicted in a lot of the architecture, all around the country. Impressive Mosques: It is possible to find nearby prayer places and mosques in Spain. Mosques in Spain are remarkably aesthetic in its architecture. Some examples would be La Gran Mezquita de Valencia, Masjid Tariq Ibn Ziyad King, Abdul Aziz Mosque and many more Here are some of the best must-visit Muslim-friendly cities in Spain and what to look out for your next visit. Valencia Visitors to Valencia rarely ever get bored. The city is famous for being one of the oldest in the country and is, therefore, home to a plethora of incredible cathedrals, museums, historic buildings, beautiful gardens, medieval churches, and squares. Must See Attractions City of Arts and Sciences is the most popular and important tourist attraction in Valencia. There are quite a number of attractions in the City of Arts and Sciences itself including Europe’s biggest aquarium, a huge 3D cinema with a 900m concave screen, an interactive museum on science and technology and many more! Central Market is one of the largest markets in Europe and visitors will be able to find great deals on an amazing selection of local and national produce including fresh fish, seafood, clothes and other things unique to the city. The Gardens of Turia is 9km long and remains one of the best places to unwind in Valencia. It is surrounded by a river, museums, monuments and vast architecture. The garden is indeed one of the most aesthetic locations in Valencia. Mosques In Valencia La Gran Mezquita de Valencia is the largest of the many mosques in Valencia. The Islamic Cultural Center of Valencia has a convenient prayer hall for Muslims to perform their daily worship. Marbella Marbella is a world-renowned resort, popular for its incredible climate and beaches; among the rich and famous. Must See Attractions Puerto Banús. Visiting holidaymakers from all around the world walk around the marina, also known as Puerto Banús. It is a large entertainment centre, home to a wide range of restaurants, eateries, shops and much more. Mosques In Marabella The King Abdul Aziz Mosque is popular for its Andalusian-inspired architecture. It is an impressive building located just off the main road leading to Marbella centre. It is easily accessible by public transport. Al Risalat Mosque is located in Marbella off the Golden Mile. The mosque is a large, impressive landmark which is hard to miss and is one of the first mosques that were built in the area. Madrid Madrid, apart from being the capital of Spain, is also its largest city. It is the economic, social, architectural, cultural and political hub of the country. Located in the heart of Spain, this city is mostly known for its fantastic food and fascinating culture. Must See Attractions Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies. No doubt its architecture is absolutely majestic. The Madrid city walls or Muralla Arabe, which was built in the 9th century is definitely a must-see in the 21st century. Mosques In Madrid Madrid Central Mosque (Abu Baker Mosque). This mosque spans across four floors and also located on its premises is a nursery, a school, a library and some offices Islamic Cultural Center of Madrid. It is the largest mosque in Europe and has a number of facilities on its premises such as a college, library, ritual bath house, gym, cafe and an Arabic restaurant Barcelona It is a special city surrounded but world-renowned beaches and incredible natural scenery. Visitors to the city should spend a couple of days just exploring the city on foot. Barcelona has cuisine, architecture, art, culture and so much more that can be enjoyed. With a little over four kilometres of beaches, visitors cannot leave Barcelona without at least getting their toes wet in the glorious blue water. Must See Attractions Mount Tibidabo is a 520 meter-high mountain where visitors will be taken away by the breathtaking view of the city of Barcelona. There is also an amusement park packed with tons of rides with different themes suitable for the whole family! Montserrat is another mountain where visitors will be able to admire the magnificent landscape of Catalonia. Visitors can also have a stroll at the nature park where they will encounter various species of vegetation and wildlife. Mosques at Barcelona Masjid Tariq Ibn Ziyad. The six-floor mosque is the largest and most well-known Mosque in the city. Most Muslims in Barcelona would offer their prayers there during Eid. Minhaj Islamic Center Spanish branch of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International organisation based in Barcelona. The prayer hall is reasonably in size, where 400 Muslims can offer their prayers at once. Granada Located in southern Spain is one of the most historic and varied cities in the country, Granada. It has a rich Islamic background and was in fact formerly ruled by Granadan Muslim Kings over 700 years and the last city in Andalusia to fall to the Christians. Must See Attractions The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This world-renowned, Moorish fortress dates back to the 10th century and is one of the most visited attractions in the county. Mosques In Granda Mosque of Granada was built after a wait of more than 500 years. It is now used by thousands of locals and tourists and has become a landmark for Muslims in the city. Al-Taqwa Mosque is a mosque has been around since the 1980 and is another mosque where Muslims can offer their prayer in Granada You might also be interested in: Magnificent Mosques of Spain The Top 6 Reasons to Visit Spain 10 Must-Try Halal Places in Spain The First Timer’s Guide to Europe 8 Must-Try Dishes of Spanish Cuisine for Muslims ...