Following Columbus’ footprints

In 1492, from a small port near Palos de la Frontera in Andalusia, Christopher Columbus set sail for India. There was no clear idea of the journey and the plan was considered daring and frightening. But his voyage initiated a new era that did not lack controversy. The explorers brought back home wealth, sacked treasures and new attitudes and ways of thinking that may still be found in today’s Andalusia. Our travel story on the legacy of Columbus and historical sites related to him and fellow explorers, from the monastery of Santa María de La Rábida to fabulous palaces of Alhambra, aristocrat villas in Sevilla and liberal neighborhoods of the sailors’ Cádiz, was published in Helsingin Sanomat in 2012. It can be read in Finnish HERE and with a picture gallery HERE.