Rios de Guadalquivir and Guadiana
The Iberian river of Guadalquivir is the second largest in Spain. The Guadalquivir is distinctive due to its plant and animal life being the most varied in Europe. It begins in the national park of Cañada de las Fuentes from flowing streams cascading down the Cazorla mountain range. It passes through Córdoba which was originally part of the Islamic Caliphate that comprised most of the Iberian Peninsula and a capital city of the Roman province. This unique history provides an historic quarter anchored by the Mezquita, an Islamic mosque turned cathedral which serves as a reminder of the importance of Cordoba during medieval times. It then flows through Sevilla which is the capital and largest city of the area known as Andalusia. Sevilla also shares a Roman and Islamic history and its Cathedral is the burial place of Christopher Columbus. The river ends at a small fishing village of Bonanza before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean via the Gulf of Cadiz.