By the hand of local experts discover epic places even locals don’t know about!
We have included in this tour the must-visit attractions, that you won’t want to miss when visiting Spain.
Learn all about Spain history, traditions, amazing gastronomy and world-famous festivities. And discover the Mediterranean relaxed lifestyle. Spaniards are known as some of the most friendly inhabitants in Europe 🙂
Explore Barcelona medieval Gothic quarters, see the Gothic Cathedral dated on the 13th century, the Roman walls, the Jewish quarters, the prestigious school where master painters as Picasso and Dali studied, among many other spots!
Feel the city vibe of the most iconic street in Barcelona, La Rambla, a large boulevard which runs from the Plaça Catalunya to the seafront full of cafés, shops and famous “La Boquería” the traditional food market.
During this tour your hands will be busy (not only eating the delicious Spanish “Tapas”) but with our offer of handicrafts workshops. You may want to become a traditional shoemaker (Espadrilles shoes) at the city center. Or you may prefer to show your skills as a mosaic artist following the Modernist architecture Gaudi’s style known as “Trencadis”.
Walk the Passeig de Gracia towards your guide to discover the Catalan Modernism, a very unique architectural style based on Nature and dated on late 19th century.
See famous Casa Batló, rich in curves, natural forms and a reptile-like tile façade has earned it the nickname of House of the Dragon.
La Pedrera and Sagrada Familia church, all designed by the genius of local architect Antoni Gaudí. The church has been under construction for over 100 years and isn’t expected to be completed for at least another 20 years.
The following optional tours are available for a surcharge. Please contact us for further information:
Sail a vessel experience departing from Barcelona’s harbor.
Andalusia, Southern Spain
Escape the big city to the inspiring sights of Andalusia in Southern Spain. Explore Andalusia’s most iconic cities: Seville, Cordoba & Granada and visit of the most important Islamic heritage of Spain: the Alhambra of Granada and Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral.
Travel to Cordoba by fast speed train through the landscapes of Don Quixote, small towns and fields of olive trees.
Discover a city with one of the richest histories in Spain. Cordoba’s most famous monument is its great Mosque-Cathedral – Between 10th until 13th centuries this Masjid was one of the grandest and most important mosques in Al Andalus. When the city was reclaimed by Christians, the building was converted into a church.
A walk over most streets in the old quarter will take you past several beautiful decorated building facades, the Calleja de las Flores is the most spectacular.
Explore the Juderia old Jewish quarters and see the synagogue dated from the 14th century, it is one of the finest examples of Mudejar architecture in Cordoba like many of the city’s key historical places.
Experience the lively food market in our foodie tour where your local host will show you the key ingredients of Andalusian cuisine (famous extra virgin olive oil is essential, taste it)
Learn how to prepare traditional dishes attending a Spanish cooking class. In the menu features seafood rice, spanish omellete, Salmorejo (veggie soup).
Travel to the capital of Andalusia by fast speed train.
Did you know? Legend says Seville was founded 3,000 years ago by the mythological hero Hercules!
Sightseeing with a local guide many of the city’s highlights such as the Golden Tower ( a 13th century watchtower over the Guadalquivir river), the cathedral and the Giralda Tower besides (it was the Mosque minaret, built during the Almohad period), the Catholic kings Royal Alcazar and the colourful Plaza de España build in 1929 in a eclectic style (mix of neo-Mudejar, Reinassence and even Art Deco) for the Ibero-American Exhibition.
Walk along one the harming streets surrounding the Seville’s cathedral. It is Santa Cruz, one of the most iconic districts of Seville and the old Jewish neighborhood.
Flamenco is a dance truly unique and it was born here in Andalusia. If you fancy, you can learn the basic steps with our teacher and his guitar player at Seville. If you prefer an outdoor activity, explore the city from a kayak on the Guadalquivir river!
Travel to Granada by coach (easiest way to get there as there is no direct train)
Rising above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albaycín, situated on two adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada. To the east of the Alhambra fortress and residence are the magnificent gardens of the Generalife
Visit the palatine city of the Alhambra, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is the best example of Nasrid art and the only preserved palatine city of the Islamic period is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Described by the ancients poets as a “pearl set in emeralds.” is dated in the 9th century.
Relax at Carmen de Los Martires, just besides Alhambra complex, one of the city’s most attractive green spaces.
Alhambra stands on a hill separated by the river Darro to the hill where was built the Albayzín district, the best-preserved illustration of a Hispano-Muslim city.
Walk the Albaicin charming little streets to see the whitewashed houses and jasmine-scented squares. To reach the top of Albaicin, you will require a good amount of energy but the views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountains from its most popular square, the Mirador San Nicolás, are some of the best in the city.
Granada is also known for the amazing street art and the great “tapas” (small appetizers) bars. We offer two thematics tours available for those interested.
Add On Experiences in Granada
Spanish dishes Cooking Class
Lunch or dinner with starter, two courses, dessert and drink in a house cave with a spectacular view over the Alhambra complex.
Graffiti Art Tour
Walking tour to learn about the art scene of Granada, dig into the hip hop and
graffiti culture. The pieces of the famous painter “Niño de las Pinturas” will fascinate
Foodie Tapas Tour
Discover 5 nice places where try food you wouldn’t have discovered by yourself
with our foodie’s host!
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- See the works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona
- Visit the Alhambra and Generalife (Granada)
- See the Cathedral in Seville
- Explore the Albayzin quarter
BARCELONA Guided walking tour to the Gothic Quarters, guided walking tour the Modernism & Gaudi, shoemaker or ceramic workshop, train ticket to Cordoba
CORDOBA Guided walking tour, visit the Mosque of the Caliphs, Food Market experience and cooking class, train ticket to Seville
SEVILLE Guided walking tour, flamenco class or kayak the river, bus ticket to Granada
GRANADA Guided visit of the Alhambra complex and Albayzin district
MADRID Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum
explore Madrid’s colorful fusion of cultures
Miss the crowds and skip the lines booking in advance your entrance tickets to major attractions such as the Alhambra Palaces, when booking this tour.
Casa Pilatos (House of Pilatos)
Seville’s Casa de Pilatos was built in the 16th century and is an outstanding example of Seville’s civil palace architecture. It is a splendid blend of the Renaissance, Mudejar and Baroque styles. The humanist character of the building makes it a quintessential Renaissance mansion, with a fascinating interior and some of the finest classical and marble sculptures.
This palace dates from the union of the Enríquez and Ribera families in the last quarter of the 15th century. During the 16th century, it underwent profound changes as a result of the close relationship of leading family members with Italy, serving as a conduit for the new forms and tastes of the Renaissance to enter Seville.
Remodeling in the mid-19th century to reflect romantic tastes added to its picturesque appearance, a harmonious synthesis of the Gothic-Mudejar, the Renaissance and Romanticism.
The archaeological site of the Ummayad Caliphate in Cordoba
The archaeological site of the old Caliphal city of Madinat al-Zahra is located approximately 5.5 km west of Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
The city was founded in 940 or 941, by the Caliph Abd al-Rahman III as the seat of the newly created Caliphate of Córdoba. However, it was short-lived being destroyed in 1010 during the riots which brought about the end of this Caliphate. After slowly being abandoned and after the Christian occupation, the city fell into oblivion, so much so, that even its very existence was forgotten, thus converting it into an intangible mythical reference to the Golden Age in a faraway western point of Islam.
Madinat al-Zahra is currently part of the Tentative List in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The significance of the archaeological site of Madinat al-Zahra:
The remains of a 10th-century city were hidden and their integrity has been unaltered. The Caliphs, Abd al-Rahman III and al-Hakam II were actually building the most monumental part of the Mosque in Córdoba (declared World Heritage in 1984) at the same time. In fact, the first excavations that took place were started by the architect who was actually restoring the Mosque in Córdoba, Velázquez Bosco. He began this work in order to have more insight into Andalusian Caliphal architecture to be able to better restore the Mosque.
Its unique values in the field of art, architecture, town planning and territorial layout. It includes some of the first and most important Islamic gardens ever known, as well as the fact that it represents a testimony, without comparison, of the culture and urban life at a time when al- Andalus was the most important cultural focal point in Western Europe and the Maghreb.
It is a good example of the perfect combination of urban planning with the environment. It is a city with buildings and structured gardens for the population to be able to enjoy the natural characteristics of the surrounding area. This unison with the landscape is shown in the modeling of the territory as well as in the way the local stone, water supply and plants were taken advantage of. The fact that the place has stayed just as it was, affected only by its natural deterioration, without any new constructions being built, has meant that its value concerning its environment, has been conserved.
Its sudden disappearance turned Madinat al-Zahra into a myth. This myth fed rich literature, in which the fortune of a lost paradise was evoked throughout the Arab speaking world.
MADINAT AL-ZAHRA MUSEUM
The Madinat al-Zahra Museum has been open since 2009. It is located 1.5 km. away from the archaeological site and is not visible from the site, thus avoiding any impact on the landscape. Due to the quality of its architecture, the building has in fact been awarded some international prizes. The Museum comprises of reception areas and spaces to explain about the city to the visitors: a presentation room, an auditorium, an information center, etc. There are also areas devoted to the continual conservation and research work carried out by the managing body of the site: restoration workshops, storehouses for goods, a library, research rooms, offices, etc.
ORGANIZE YOUR VISIT
Carretera de Palma del Río, Km. 8 – 14029 Córdoba
General Information: 957 10 49 33
Booking for Visits: 957 10 36 28 / 957 10 36 37
16 September-31 March:
Tuesday to Saturday: 09.00-17.30
Sunday and public holidays: 09.00-15.30
1 April-15 June:
Tuesday to Saturday: 09.00-19.30
Sunday and public holidays: 10.00-15.30
16 June-15 September:
Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays: 09.00-15.30
The monument is closed on Mondays, 1 and 6 january, 1 may, 24, 25 and 31 december.
Local holidays (opening times 09:00-15:30): 8 September, 24 october.