Spain Caceres Cordoba and Seville
TOUR STARTS FROM MADRID
Travel in Spain from Cordoba through the regions of Extremadura and Andalucia on a 4-day tour. Explore the religious, cultural, and historical aspects of these areas. Visit the cities of Cordoba, Seville, and Caceres, and enjoy the little towns and villages dotting the way.
At a Glance
Sat Leave Madrid for Cordoba via Caceres
Sun Cordoba city tour. Travel to Seville for overnight
Mon Morning tour of Seville. Afternoon at leisure
Tue Board the AVE train back to Madrid. End of tour
The province of Cáceres is one of the most beautiful in Spain. Amazingly intact historical cities, sleepy rural towns and beautiful natural reserves. Quite cold in the Winter, and very hot at the height of Summer, Cáceres is perhaps most stunning in the Spring. The cherry groves in Jerte Valley are in blossom. The mountain snow is thawing, and the flora and fauna seem to come alive. It is also stunning in the autumn, when vast wooded areas seem ablaze with autumn colours, and the old buildings in Cáceres and Trujillo become red and orange under the autumn sun.
Cáceres is the capital city of the Region of Extremadura, one of Spain’s poorest regions in terms of per capita, but richest in terms of historical heritage, gastronomy, wines and unspoilt nature.
Andalusia is a large autonomous region of hills, rivers and farmland bordering Spain’s southern coast. It was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that shows in its architecture, including such landmarks as the Alcázar castle in Seville, the capital city, as well as Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace.
The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba (Spanish: Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba), also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba and the Mezquita, whose ecclesiastical name is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is the Catholic cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and located in the Spanish region of Andalusia. The structure is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture.
The site was originally a small temple of Christian Visigoth origin, the Catholic Basilica of Saint Vincent of Lérins. When Muslims conquered the Iberian peninsula in 711, the church was first divided into Muslim and Christian halves. This sharing arrangement of the site lasted until 784, when the Christian half was purchased by the Emir ‘Abd al-Rahman I, who then proceeded to demolish the original structure and build the grand mosque of Córdoba on its ground. Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista, and the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church, culminating in the insertion of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the 16th century.
Since the early 2000s, Spanish Muslims have lobbied the Roman Catholic Church to allow them to pray in the cathedral. Both the church authorities in Spain and the Vatican have rejected this Muslim campaign on multiple occasions.
Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Major landmakrs include the ornate Alcázar castle complex. Built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giraldo.