Sevilla is the capital of Andalusia and has a chequered history having been ruled by the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors before it was finally reclaimed by the Christians in the 13th century. Sevilla´s character reflects this particularly in the architecture of Moorish, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style which can be seen throughout the city of Sevilla.
Sevilla city 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 fascinating by day or night with flower-lined streets, houses adorned with exquisite wrought iron and seemingly endless restaurants and taverns.This city, the fourth largest in Spain, still preserves the lushness and sensuality of Al-Andalus.
In Santa Cruz, Seville’s old Jewish quarter, you find the Cathedral and the adjacent Giralda. The Gothic Cathedral is considered the biggest in Europe and it occupies the site of a great Mosque built in the late 12th century. Works in the Christin Cathedral began in 1401 and took over a century to be completed. Nearby are also the Reales Alcazares, the royal residence of Spanish kings for centuries.
In the area of el Arenal is one of Spain’s oldest bullrings, from the 18th century, Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. Also La Torre del Oro (Gold Tower), in Moorish style, built in the 13th century to protect the port, and now hosting a small maritime museum. Further to the south of the city is the Plaza de España, of great dimensions and surrounded by splendid gardens and green spaces.
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Cordoba is a Moorish city with spectacular buildings, among them the Mezquita. A walk around the heart of Cordoba, the old Jewish quarter, gives the sensation that little has changed since the 10th century.
Cordoba’s Mosque, also called Medina Azahara (or Mezquita in Spanish) is without doubt the most famous and outstanding constructions of the city and of Andalusia. The original one was built between 785 and 787, but over the centuries, some additions and extensions have been made. Great is the Cathedral (part of the Mosque was destroyed to built this in 1523), as well as the dozens of archers and pillars. Also remarkable is the Mihrab, a prayer niche richly ornamented.
The last stronghold of the Moors, Granada is famed for its exquisite Alhambra, a complex of palaces built around courtyards of flowering trees, pools and fountains, Granada is one of Spain’s national treasures. A visit here from Seville would require an early start in the morning.
Italica and Carmona
Italica was one of the earliest Roman cities in Spain founded in 206 BC and both emperors Trajan and Hadrian were both born here. See the vast Roman amphitheatre here and in nearby Santiponce visit more remains including baths and a theatre.
In Carmona, there is much to admire including the Roman Necropolis, the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall); with a Renaissance façade and the Iglesia de Santa Maria La Mayor; built in the 15th century.
Ronda and Pueblos Blancos ( White Villages )
Ronda is one of the most spectacularly located cities in Spain, and sits on a massive rocky outcrop. It is also one of the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages). The Puente Nuevo or New Bridge, an impressive 18th century construction built over the dramatically steep El Tajo Gorge (over 100 m deep) joins old Ronda with new Ronda. Ronda is considered the spiritual home of bullfighting having one of the country’s oldest bullings, inaugurated in 1785. Other highlights include the old town with its lovely old plaaces of which the Mondragon Palace (now a museum) stands out. It was rebuilt during the Reconquista but still preserves its Moorish essence.
A tour of the other White Villages like Arcos de la Frontera, El Bosque, Ubrique and Grazalema could also be included in this day trip.
If you like the look of the above Suggested Tour we will gladly prepare a quote for you. The itinerary is not rigid and can be modified to suit your needs.
Below is a selection of the accommodation we would recommend for this tour. Click on the Hotel Code or symbol for photographs and detailed information about each property. If you have registered to use our Spain Travel & Holiday Planner, you need only click on to insert it into your itinerary.
|2 nights in Seville||AND07||Country House w/ pool|
|AND47||Central Hotel w/ pool|
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|4 nights in Seville||AND07||Country House w/ pool|
|AND47||Central Hotel w/ pool|