Captivating and beautiful, the capital of Andalucia intoxicates and excites. It is the city of flamenco, bulls, Carmen and Don Juan; its history and culture give rise to pride, tradition, passion and joy.
Make sure you give plenty of time for Seville itself; it’s such an atmospheric city, and usually weaves a spell over its visitors, plus there are some gorgeous properties to choose from. Sevilla has two special events in its annual calendar, the Semana Santa (Holy week) and the Feria de Abril.
CÓRDOBA IS MOSTLY KNOWN FOR THE MEZQUITA, THOUGHT BY SOME TO BE “THE GRANDEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDING EVER BUILT BY THE MOORS”. THE JUDERÍA, THE JEWISH QUARTER, IS A MAZE OF TWISTING NARROW LANES, WHERE OVERHANGING FLOWERS DRAPE THEIR COLORS AGAINST TYPICAL WHITE-WALLED HOUSES.
While the rest of Europe was languishing during the Dark Ages, southern Spain, al-Andalus, thrived. Its scholars – Christian, Muslim and Jew – created a society that became the safeguard of Greek and Roman learning. As capital of el-Andalus until its fall in 1236, Cordoba was a city of half a million people, with thousands of mosques and the first street-lighting in Europe. Students and merchants flocked to Cordoba from all over Europe, Africa and even Asia. Its libraries boasted hundreds of thousands of volumes, its palaces and baths were renowned for their opulence and its luxury goods were coveted all over Europe.
People come to Granada from all over the world to see and visit one of the world’s most stunning monuments, the Alhambra. Dominating the skyline above the city, this Moorish palace was the jewel in the crown of Moorish kingdom in Spain. With its spectacular location, high on a hill top with the Sierra Nevada mountains rising in the background, the Alhambra is highly impressive from afar. Once within its walls, there are so many delights to revel in but recommended with an expert guide. The ornately decorated Casa Real, the intricately adorned chambers, the leafy gardens of the Generalife and the old walls of the fortress Alcazaba are just some of the treasures within.