AL-ANDALUS TOURExplore Andalusia islamic heritage in 7 days
Málaga | Ronda | Seville | Cordoba | Granada
Marvel at the sights, sounds and smells of the Andalucia region country on this seven days tour of Málaga, Granada, Cordoba and Seville passing by one of the most beautiful White Villages like Ronda. This legendary land has a rich historic legacy, with its flare of Spanish and Moorish cultures intertwined, and the beautiful landscapes have given birth to artists such as the iconic Picasso
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Day 1 - Malaga - Ronda
Land at Malaga airport. According to the flight arrival there may be time to explore the small historic center of Malaga to the ruins of the Roman Theater and the arab fortress Alcazaba.
We are driving through the mountains heading to Ronda. The medieval village hanged over the canyon has astounding views of the valley and the river Tajo. Follow the trace of 700 years of Islamic presence walking through its charming streets. Churros with a cup of hot chocolate will make the evening just perfect.
Day 2 - Ronda - Seville
Today we drive to the capital of the Andalusia region Seville. The islamic imprint of ancient Isbilya is not large, as the city falled in 1248 in hands of Fernando III. However, it still deserves a visit because of the beauty of its palaces, parks and of course, The wadi al-Kabir river. In times of the caliphate, an important route to Cordoba. Historically it has been rich city due to the efervescent activity of this port as the river flows into the Atlantic ocean. Here were established the main routes for trading with the New World since the America conquest (1492).
Islamic monuments to see are the minaret of the old Masjid La Giralda and the Golden Tower in one of the banks of the river. Enjoy a bike ride in the riverside to reach the archeological site of “Italica” the first roman city founded in the Iberian Peninsula. The mosaics of the houses are amazing.
Day 3 Seville - Cordoba
In the morning we continue our trip to Cordoba. Established capital of al-Andalus by the first Umayyad emir, Abd al-Rahman I in the early 8th-century in an important city long ago inhabited at the shore of the Guadalquivir river. During the muslim period, Cordoba became a center of knowledge with countless libraries, schools and universities. It was the world’s most populated city, but suffered a sharp decrease in population during the Renaissance. Enjoy the walk through the narrow streets of the old district and its whitewashed houses, courtyards and flowers. Can’t miss in all bucket list a visit to the old masjid, the great Old Mosque of Cordoba. Built by the first Omeya emir Abd al-Rahman I in late 8 th-century over the ruins of roman and visigoth temples, building material were reused, giving the new mosque an unique originality. Over 200 years the mosque was enlarged and more beautifully decorated. Famous for its red and white arches and its mihrab the site is a World Heritage protected by the Unesco. Nowadays, it is the cathedral of Cordoba.
Day 4 Cordoba - Granada
Afterwards, visit Madinat al-Zahra was a city built by caliph Abd al-Rahman III to show the world the splendor of its kingdom during the middle of the 10th-century. Located 5 km away from Cordoba became the royal residence and new center of power. The ruins are listed as World Heritage by Unesco because its a great example of the sophisticated urban planification in al-Andalus. Continue the journey to Granada for overnight.
Day 5 - Granada
Granada this hilltop city -surrounded by mountains and irrigated by two rivers- was the last fort of al-Andalus, falling in the year 1492. Walking through the historic center, you will discover the trace of 800 years of Islamic presence in the many old building,local gastronomy and culture -for example, the famous spanish guitar may be an evolution of an instrument brought from Damasco by Ziryab an influencer in the court of Abd al-Rahman III-.
Al-Andalus archeological sites you will visit:
- The Alhambra palaces. The palatial city of the Nasrid rulers, militar fortress and medina for the service of the court.
- Generalife the kings resting place, find centenary trees in its gardens.
- Albayzin quarter. Explore the mysterious maze of alleyways of the old muslim quarter. Enjoy the astounding views over Alhambra and Sierra Nevada mountains from the Masjid gardens in San Nicolas square.
- The palace Dar al-Horra in the oldest part of Albayzin, the official residence of Aixa mother of the last emir of Granada Boabdil.
- The Hammam al-Yawza “El Bañuelo”. Best preserved public arab baths in the Iberian Peninsula.
Day 6 - Granada - Malaga
Time to say goodbye! We will drive back to Malaga for airport drop off at least 2h before the flight departure.
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