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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 southern Spain.
Day 1 and 2 SEVILLE
Arrive in Seville, one of the most emblematic cities in all of Andalusia, collect your rental car and proceed to your centrally located hotel.
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 3 and 4 RONDA
From Seville continue to the charming town of Ronda. Ronda is one of the most spectacularly located towns in Spain, and sits on a massive rocky outcrop. It is also in the area famous for the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) such as Grazalema and Ubrique. The Puente Nuevo or New Bridge, an impressive 18th century construction over the dramatic 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. Ronda was a favourite of actor/ director Orsen Wells whose ashes were interred at the Ordoñez family; close friends, estate not far from Ronda and there is a street in Ronda named after him. Other highlights include the old town with its lovely old palaces of which the Mondragon Palace (now a museum) stands out. It was rebuilt during the Reconquista but still preserves its Moorish essence.
Day 5 and 6 GRANADA
Next head to 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. Here also is the splendid Generalife; the summer palace and gardens of the sultans.
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 Muslim 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.
While in Granada visit 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. Also 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.
Day 7 Cordoba
Today continue northwest to the charming city of Cordoba, once the great Moorish capital of Al Andalus, and famous for it´s well preserved old Jewish quarter and mighty Mezquita (mosque).
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 are adorned with plaster work of plant motifs and epigraphs referring to the psalms, and Song of Songs - a book of the Hebrew Bible.
Cordoba also has several interesting museums including the Bullfighting Museum, the Diocesan Museum and the Archaeological Museum. It is also considered to be the birthplace of flamenco.
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