Spain Andalucia and Toledo
TOUR STARTS FROM BARCELONA – Explore Spain’s Andalucia region on a 5-day tour from Barcelona. Visit the colorful Spanish region that’s famous for Moorish architecture, bullfights, and, of course, flamenco! Stay in great hotels and enjoy sightseeing tours of Madrid, Seville, Granada, and Cordoba.
At a Glance
Sun Early departure to Madrid with a stop in Zaragoza
Mon Leave for Cordoba (City tour). Overnight in Seville
Tue Morning city tour. Afternoon at leisure.
Wed Travel to Granada. Visit the Alhambra & Generalife
Thu Onwards to Toledo (City tour). Arrive in Madrid
Andalusia is in the south of the Iberian peninsula, in south-western Europe. It is directly south of the autonomous communities of Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha. It is situated west of the autonomous community of Murcia and the Mediterranean Sea. East of Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean; and north of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. Andalusia is the only European region with both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines. At the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar, the small British overseas territory of Gibraltar shares a three-quarter-mile land border with the Andalusian province of Cádiz.
Andalusia’s interior is the hottest area in Europe. With cities like Córdoba and Seville having an average high of around 36 °C (97 °F) in summer. Late evening temperatures can sometimes stay around 35 °C (95 °F) until close to midnight. Daytime highs of over 40 °C (104 °F) are quite common. Similarly Seville also has the highest average annual temperature in mainland Spain and mainland Europe (19.2 °C), closely followed by Almería (19.1 °C)
Córdoba is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was conquered by Muslim armies in the eighth century. It then became the capital of the Islamic Emirate and then Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian Peninsula.
Caliph Al Hakam II opened many libraries in addition to the medical schools and universities which already existed. Making Córdoba a centre for education. During these centuries, Córdoba became a society ruled by Muslims, in which all other groups had a second-class status. It returned to Christian rule in 1236, during the Reconquista. Today it is a moderately sized modern city; its population in 2011 was about 330,000. The historic centre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Córdoba has the warmest summer high temperatures in Spain and Europe. With average high temperatures around 37 °C (99 °F) in July and similar heat in August.
The Mosque of Cordoba was built during the Muslim empire and was reconverted into a Catholic cathedral. It is the third biggest mosque in the world and stands out for its hundreds of decorated arches and columns that hold its roof.
The Cathedral of Sevilla is the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world. Is a sign of its wide cultural and artistic past.
La Alhambra is contemporary history of Granada’s arab past. Its buildings, towers, palaces, patios and gardens make La Alhambra one of the most visited monuments in Spain.