Spain Jewels of Andalusia

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Andalusia, Southern Spain - the land of olive groves and rolling hills of almond blossom, flamenco dancers and gypsy songs, bullfighting and fiestas. This fascinating region, Andalusia, offers the visitor an incredible medley of sights, sounds, tastes and scents.

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Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Seville, Spain
End Location: Granada, Spain
Accommodation: Hotel
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable For Most Travelers

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The cultural attractions are endless not least of which are UNESCO World Heritage sights such as the Alhambra Palace and Albaicin in Granada: the old quarter of Cordoba: the cathedral, Alcazar and archivo de Indias in Seville and the monumental ensembles of Ubeda and Baeza.

The enduring influence of the Islamic culture which ruled much of Spain until over 600 years ago lends an eastern feel to the architecture, while the large gypsy and north-African population add a distinctive quality to the people of Andalusia.

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Itinerary
Day 01. Arrive in Seville, one of the most emblematic cities in all of Andalusia. Accommodation of your choice in the city.
Day 02. Seville is the capital of Andalusia and has a chequered history having been ruled by the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors before the Christians finally reclaimed it in the 13th century. The city’s character reflects this particularly in the architecture of Moorish, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style, which can be seen. Seville city centre is a compact maze of narrow streets with a fascinating choice of places to visit. The medieval Jewish quarter and the Barrio Santa Cruz are buzzing with activity by day or by night. Floral perfumed streets, houses adorned with exquisite wrought iron and seemingly endless restaurants and taverns. Seville still preserves the lushness and sensuality of Al-Andalus.
Day 03. Today continue northeast to the charming city of Cordoba famous for it´s well preserved Jewish quarter and the Mezquita. On the way why not visit the delightful town of Carmona where you can enjoy a coffee at the stunning Parador hotel. Accommodation of your choice in Cordoba.
Day 04. Day exploring Cordoba, once the great Moorish capital of Al Andalus. A walk around the heart of Cordoba and the old Jewish quarter gives the sensation that little has changed since the 10th century. Cordoba’s Mosque or Mezquita is without doubt one of the most famous constructions in all of Andalusia and is one of the largest mosques in the Islamic world. The original Mosque was built between 786 and 788 by Abd ar-Rahman, but over the centuries, many additions and extensions have been made. Following the Christian conquest it was consecrated as a Cathedral in 1236. Visit the synagogue, the only one remaining in Andalusia, dating from 1315. The walls ae adorned with plaster work of plant motifs and epigraphs referring to the pslams, and Song of Songs. Cordoba also has several interesting museums including the Bullfighting Museum, the Diocesan Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Only a few kilometres from Cordoba and well work visiting too is Medina Azahara. This remarkable archaeological site was ordered built by Abd ar-Rahman III to shelter the government seat. The enormous palatial complex came to house as many as 12,000 people, with all the Caliphate´s government organisations residing here. Currently being restored, the site provides an insight into this brilliant city. Accommodation of your choice in Cordoba.
Day 05. In the morning leave for Granada one of Spain’s treasures and the last stronghold of the Moors. Granada is perhaps most famous for its exquisite Alhambra, a complex of palaces built around courtyards of flowering trees, pools and fountains. It often hailed as the most exciting, sensual and romantic of all European monuments. Set on a wooded hill above the city, the Alhambra Palace was built in the 14th century by the sultans of Granada, rulers of the last Muslem kingdom in Spain. It reveals the brilliance and spirit of the Moorish culture at a time when the rest of Europe was only just beginning to emerge from the Dark Ages. You also can visit the Generalife; the summer palace and gardens of the sultans. Accommodation of your choice in Granada.
Day 06. Full day to visit Granada including the Albaicín or old Moorish quarter that has hardly changed since the 15th century. The view of the Alhambra from the Plaza San Nicolas is stunning. Then to Sacromonte, where Granada´s gypsies settled and flamenco can be heard daily. Also visit the hauntingly beautiful Royal Chapel where the lead coffins of the catholic monarchs, Fernando and Isabella, who finally re-conquered Granada and unified Spain in 1492 can be seen. Accommodation of your choice in Granada.
Day 07. Return to your point of departure.