Al-Andalus Legacy Tour

Let SpainExchange take you on a journey through the 8th – 15th centuries in Spain , known as the Al-Andalus period. Arabic for ‘land of the Vandals’, Al-Andalus describes the region of the Iberian Peninsula that was under Moorish occupation. This tour includes visits to some of the most beautiful Spanish sites: the Mediterranean Costa del Sol, the White Villages or “Pueblos Blancos”, the flourishing Andalusian city of Seville , and Granada home to the magical Moorish palace, “La Alhambra”, thought to be one of the most beautiful and romantic places on earth!

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Málaga

Your SpainExchange guides will be awaiting your arrival at Málaga airport. After collecting your luggage, a tour bus will take your group to the hotel. After lunch, your guide will meet you to take your group on a guided tour of the ancient fortification, the Castillo de Gibralfaro. Relax and enjoy your first evening in this Spanish seaside city. Dinner will be provided for you in your hotel.

Day 2: Málaga and Ronda

After breakfast your SpainExchange and local guides will take you on a morning tour of the fascinating 11th century fortress-palace the Alcazaba. Following lunch, your tour bus will depart for Ronda. Berber tribes, who settled the area during the eight centuries of Moorish reign, founded these picturesque “Pueblos Blancos” or “ White Villages ” of Andalusia .

Day 3: Grazalema , Arcos de la Frontera and Seville

Start the day off with breakfast in your hotel in Ronda and get ready to spend the day with SpainExchange exploring the enchanting “Pueblos Blancos” of Grazalema and Arcos de la Frontera. After the tranquility of these idyllic Andalusian villages, SpainExchange will take you to your next destination- the thriving and prosperous city of Seville . Enjoy a typical Spanish evening stroll through the winding streets lined with orange trees, before having dinner at your hotel.

Day 4: Seville

After breakfast, your SpainExchange guides will take you on a guided tour of Seville ‘s many historical sites including the Plaza de España, Maria Luisa Park and the Torre del Oro. After enjoying some free time for lunch your guides will meet you for an afternoon visit to Reales Alcazares, the Giralda, Patios de los Naranjos, the spectacular Cathedral, and the Church of the Macarena- the patroness of the city. Spend the evening relaxing in a “tapas” café or enjoying the shops, before having dinner in your hotel followed by a good night’s sleep.

Day 5: Córdoba

Pack your bags, have some breakfast, and get ready for SpainExchange to whisk you off to the Andalusian city of Córdoba ! This city situated on the important Guadalquivir River and founded by the Romans in 169 BC, is truly one of Spain ‘s treasures. Your SpainExchange guide will enjoy taking your group on an afternoon tour of some of its fascinating Al-Andalus landmarks: Alhóndiga Square , the Almoravid Arab Baths, and Cypress House.

Day 6: Córdoba

You’ll be grateful to have another day to explore this beautiful Andalusian city. After breakfast at the hotel, your SpainExchange guides will take you to visit the pride of Córdoba, the fascinating Arabic mosque or “Mezquita”: built by the Moors and later converted into a Roman Catholic cathedral. After lunch, your group will visit the Moorish city walls, the Albolafia Water Wheel and various other monuments remaining from this great civilization.

Day 7: Granada

After breakfast in the hotel, your SpainExchange tour bus will take you to the nearby city of Granada , home to one of the most beautiful and well-preserved landmarks of the Al-Andalus period, La Alhambra. Spend the afternoon with your guide, exploring the old center of this ancient city with a visit to the Albacin Quarters. Dinner will be provided for your group at the hotel.

Day 8: Granada

After a good night’s rest, you’re SpainExchange guides will accompany you on a morning tour of the enchanting Moorish palace, La Alhambra. After enjoying some free time for lunch and a Spanish “siesta” your guide will meet you to take you on a walking tour of this beautiful Andalusian city with a special tour of the Sacromonte Quarters. Spend the evening in one of the “Cuevas” or cave houses listening to live flamenco music, or sipping tea in one of Granada ‘s many Arabic teahouses, before having dinner at your hotel.

Day 9: Málaga

SpainExchange will take your group back to Málaga. After lunch, spend your last day in Spain soaking up the rays on the beach, picking up souvenirs, or relaxing in an outdoor cafe. Your SpainExchange guides will take you for a special farewell dinner at one of Málaga’s typical Mediterranean restaurants.

Day 10: Departure

Your SpainExchange guides and tour bus will accompany you to the airport to assure that you have everything you need for your trip back home! ¡Buen viaje!

ITINERARY TABLE

Day

Cities visited

Sites / Activities

Learning Objectives

Night spent at

1

Arrival in Málaga

Castillo de Gibralfaro

Malaga in the XIV century, the Moorish fortress

Málaga

2

Málaga, travel to Ronda

11th century fortress-palace “La Alcazaba”, Ronda

Al-Andalus 11th century architecture, Moorish conquests in the 9th century

Ronda

3

Travel to Grazalema, Arcos de la Frontera, Seville

“ Pueblos Blancos”

The Berber tribes in Spain

Seville

4

Seville

Plaza de España, Maria Luisa Park, Torre del Oro, Reales Alcazares, La Giralda, Patios de los Naranjos, Catedral, La Macarena

500 years of Moorish occupation, traces of Al-Andalus architecture in today’s Spain

Seville

5

Travel to Córdoba

Gate of the Bridge, Alhóndiga Square , Almoravid Arab Baths, Cypress House

El-Andalus legacy, the Moorish invasions

Córdoba

6

Córdoba

La Mezquita,
Moorish city walls, La Albolafia Water Wheel

The “Reconquista” of Spain by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century

Córdoba

7

Travel to Granada

Albaicín Quarters

The Zirite and Nasrite dynasties

Granada

8

Granada

La Alhambra, Sacromonte Quarters

The Moorish residence of kings, “mudéar” style architecture

Granada

9

Travel to Málaga

Málaga

10

Departure

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