Route through the heart of Al-Andalus

Evoke “One Thousand and One Nights” and discover in Córdoba and Carmona the charms of the Andalusian heritage after seven centuries of Muslim occupation.

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
Seven long centuries of Arab influence have left a deep mark on the vast territory named in the Middle Ages as Al-Andalus. A good sample can be found in the town of Carmona, Seville. Located on the fertile plain of the Corbones river, it is a town that stands out due to its monumentality and the legacy of the different cultures that have lived therein. Churches, palaces and walls are part of the important artistic heritage that houses its historic centre, dominated by the imposing image of its fortress of Arab origin, the Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro. Visiting the Puerta de Sevilla, the Roman necropolis (witness of a splendid past), the San Felipe Mudejar neighbourhood, the Jewish quarter and the Town Museum, which allows you to explore its history, is a must. Its location, half an hour by car from Seville, allows you to enjoy the great monumental and artistic heritage of this city, such as the Real Alcázar, which Abd al-Rhaman III began to build in 913. The Cathedral, the Giralda, the Torre del Oro are also monuments of interest, in addition to the many leisure possibilities offered by the Sevillian capital. There is one that oozes light and charm, where religion and festivity are lived with special passion -mark Easter and the Feria de Abril on the calendar-, and of which you will remember with nostalgia tasty tapas in the sun on the terraces, and magical spots. Pay attention, you sweet tooth! In desserts, the Arab influence is also perceived and the confectionery gathers a long convent tradition. It must be noted the English cake, the oil buns, the rice pudding, the French toast in sweet wine and honey, the homemade polvorones, the almond cakes and the tasty chestnut stew with cinnamon. Irresistible!
Days 2 and 3
Monday and Tuesday.
Heading towards Córdoba, Écija can be found halfway, in the Genil valley, considered one of the most important artistic centres of Andalusia and the stately past of which has left us a city dominated by great towers and baroque domes. We move to our destination: Córdoba, the legendary city of the Caliphs that was a dream come true for Abd-al Rahman I, capital of the Omeya caliphate and centre of the wisdom of the West during such period. In this World Heritage Site, its Mosque - with its colossal prayer room with almost a thousand columns connected by horseshoe arches - is the most important monument in the entire Islamic West, and one of the most astonishing in the world. It is also worth noting the Synagogue, the walls, the Roman bridge, the royal stables... or such interesting museums as the Julio Romero de Torres Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Bullfighting Museum or the Museum of Fine Arts. It is worth getting lost in the beautiful spots of one of the richest and most complex urban structures, with spaces full of charm and sensuality, and let yourself be surprised by the emblematic patios, with their colourful floral explosion. You cannot miss the fabulous and mysterious city that Abd-al Rahman III ordered to be built at the foot of Sierra Morena, the beautiful Medina Azahara, located just eight kilometres away and with a legendary name and history. And don't forget to have a great meal with Cordovan salmorejo and delicious oxtail stew.