Penetrate Al-Andalus history and culture. This route invites you to enjoy the artisan products, cuisine, popular festivals and customs of the towns and villages linked to the Andalusí civilisation.
Days 1 and 2
Sunday and Monday.
It was in Arabian times when Úbeda acquired significance as a population centre. Abderrahman II founded the city of Ubbadat al-Arab. In 852 the city walls were built and during the 11th and 12th centuries it was successively conquered by the Almoravides and Almohades. However, Úbeda, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is the most monumentally wealthy town in Jaén, standing out above all else for holding the best of the Andalusian Renaissance, with buildings such as the Sagrada Capilla de San Salvador chapel, the Hospital de Santiago, the Las Cadenas Palace, and the church of Santa María de los Reales Alcázares.
Days 3 and 4
Tuesday and Wednesday.
On our journey from Úbeda to Cazorla we will come across seas of olive trees. The Muslims were aware of the prospects of the so-called "green gold" for their increasingly refined gastronomy. In Cazorla we will receive an authentic bathing in nature visiting the Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park with places such as the Torre de Vinagre interpretation centre, Iruela castle and the "Collado del Almendral" Game Park. This is a natural area of great beauty which will surprise us at any time of year with its beautiful landscapes. In Cazorla, within its appealing historical centre, an interesting visit is the Museum of Arts and Customs of the Upper Guadalquivir in Yedra castle.
Granada is like a fantasy world at the foot of the Nevada Mountains, the final stronghold of the Nasrids and the final destination of the Al-Andalus Routes. Granada owes much of its townscape and the fact that it is one of the most beautiful cities on the planet to the Muslim period. Inside the city, La Alhambra is a gift for the senses-the water, light, its gardens and the art all finds there maximum expression. But Granada is also the beauty of Albaycín, the streets which constitute the trade centre of the medina of Granada. Nevertheless, the imposing bodies of the cathedral, the Carlos V palace and the buildings with Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles which proliferate in its streets portray other aspects of Granada, a city marked by its variety.
Days 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday.
Cordoba was a dream come true for the Caliphs, capital of the Omeya caliphate and the centre of wisdom of the Muslim West during this period. In this city and its surroundings we can discover all the splendour of this culture in monuments and places such as the Mosque-Cathedral and the Medina Azahara. It is also worth mentioning the synagogue, the city walls, the Roman bridge, the royal stables... and museums as interesting as the Julio Romero de Torres Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Taurine Museum and the Fine Arts Museum. Losing yourself in the beautiful corners of Cordoba is a pleasure for all the senses; the city displays one of most complex and rich urban structures on the route with spaces full of enchantment and sensuality.