Cities & Palaces of Andalucia
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Delve into the culture and engaging history of southern Spain with this comprehensive Andalucían holiday, and visit its most beloved cities and palaces.
You begin your Andalucían adventure on a flight to Malaga. From here, transfer to your hotel in nearby Ronda. This striking city is an iconic sight thanks to its enormous bridges, which span a 390-feet deep river chasm. The morning of Day 2 is at leisure to explore. You may want to see the Puente Nuevo or the new bridge that offers an unforgettable view of the El Tajo gorge. There are many other magnificent palaces and gardens for you to discover.
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Seville which begins in the vibrant Triana Quarter, well-known for its maritime history. Try some traditional tapas, Seville is reputedly the city with the largest number of tapas bars in the world, before continuing to see the Plaza de España, the former Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz, and Seville Cathedral (entrance not included). The Plaza de España is especially impressive with its façade and detailed artworks - beautiful buildings, fountains and tiled alcoves, created for the 1929 'Fair of the Americas'. Seville Cathedral, or the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, is the largest Gothic church of the world. Built on the site of a mosque, it is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, and is lavishly decorated in gold. Its bell tower, La Giralda, was the minaret of the original mosque and dominates the city skyline.
If you are feeling energetic, perhaps climb the incredible Giralda for amazing views of the buildings below. Seville really does have a history to be proud of; it's fabled that it was founded 3,000 years ago by the Greek God Hercules. It also boasts impressive Roman ruins and plenty of Moorish influences.
Leave Seville by rail for historic Cordoba, a famous and ancient city that was once the largest metropolis in Western Europe. Cordoba's long history is reflected in its delightful architecture and its popularity as a holiday destination for the culturally-minded. Estimated to have been the world's most populous city during its 10th-century heyday, modern Cordoba melds cobbled back-streets with packed bazaarlike alleyways, all hemmed in by golden buildings whose architecture reflects the city's bygone theological diversity.
On arrival, take a guided tour of the city's main attractions, which includes the exterior of the famous 8th-century Mezquita and the sprawling Juderia. Afterwards, continue by rail to beautiful Granada where you check into your hotel for 3 nights.
Today is at leisure to explore. Granada itself is a charming city at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, with a stunning cathedral and spell-binding Moorish Quarter, known as the Albaycín. The Albaycín's white-washed buildings and curving, labyrinthine streets are a delight to wander through and lend an old-world style Ronda to the city. Granada's past as a Moorish capital means Moroccan foodstuffs find their way onto menus across the region. Granada's famous Sacramonte district is a superb place to grab a bite. This region is known for its hillside caves many of which have been turned into homes, or cafés.
During time here, you'll notice that no 2 cave houses are alike, their dimensions determined entirely by the difficult terrain. You may also like to visit the Granada Cathedral. Built at the beginning of 16th century, this magnificent building is Spain's second largest cathedral, its architecture displaying both Gothic and Renaissance styles.
Today, visit the stunning Alhambra Palace. Boasting UNESCO World Heritage status, the Alhambra was once described by Moorish poets as 'a pearl set in emeralds', referencing its whitewashed walls set amidst dense green Andalucían forest.
The history of the Alhambra is fascinating, replete with conquests and battles. It was originally constructed in 889 AD as a small Roman fortress, but was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by the Sultan of Granada. After Granada was reconquered by Catholic monarchs in 1492, it became a Christian court. During your time here, explore the serene surrounds of the pretty Generalife Gardens, begun in 1931 but not finished until 1951. The garden's walkways are tiled in the typical Granadian style, with pebble mosaics. They also feature pools framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades, and pavilions.
Today you bid a fond farewell to Spain. You transfer to Malaga Airport, to take your scheduled return flight back to the UK, where your holiday concludes
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Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Delve into the culture and engaging history of southern Spain