Uncover the riches of Andalucía with
expert Dr George Manginis. Over the
centuries, Moorish Spain has captured
peoples’ imagination thanks to its
strategic location, fertile land, distinctive
culture, unique architecture and the
romantic fables associated with the region.
Andalucía was a rich Roman province, a
powerful Visigothic kingdom, the land of
many Islamic emirates and even the seat
of a caliph in the 10th century. Visit the
magnificent Alhambra palace in Granada,
the Mezquita in Cordoba, and the rich art
and architecture of Seville.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Malaga with British Airways. After
a welcome lunch, visit the Alcazaba, a Moorish
fortress, and the exterior of Gibralfaro castle
before strolling along the 19th- and 21stcentury
waterfront. Stay 1 night at Hotel Silken
Puerta Malaga (or similar). (L)
Drive to Antequera and visit Andalucía’s most
celebrated prehistoric monument – the Bronze
Age barrows that are the largest in Europe.
They date from the third millennium BC and are
orientated towards a unique anthropomorphic
mountain. Drive to Granada and visit the
Royal Chapel, housing Queen Isabella’s superb
collection of Northern Renaissance art. Stay 2
nights at Hotel Hesperia Granada (or similar). (B)
Spend the morning in the Alhambra, Spain’s
foremost Islamic monument. Visit the Nasrid
Palaces, the iconic complex of courtyards and
low buildings; and Carlos V Palace, an impressive
Italianate Renaissance edifice housing the Museum of the Alhambra; and the delightful
gardens of the Generalife. Afternoon at leisure
for independent exploration. (B)
Morning visit to Granada's Royal Monastery of
San Jeronimo, a splendid baroque building. Drive
to Cordoba and visit the Archaeological Museum
for an introduction to the area’s ancient past.
In the afternoon, visit Viana Palace, a splendid
mansion representative of Cordoban architecture
with as many as 12 patios (internal courtyards).
Stay 2 nights at Hotel Cordoba Center (or
Visit the Mezquita, Cordoba’s great mosque,
which is now a cathedral, and climb the minaret.
Wander through the city’s historic Jewish
quarter to experience the medieval winding
alleys and ancient houses. Visit Cordoba’s
Castle of the Catholic Kings (Alcazar) with its
magnificent gardens, and see the chapel of San
Visit the archaeological site of Madinat al-Zahra,
a palatial town built in the 10th century for the
caliphs of Cordoba. The restored palaces and
houses of the town and the award-winning
museum provide a unique glimpse into the life
of Early Islamic Spain. Drive to Seville, stopping
en route for lunch at Parador de Carmona. Visit
the House of Pilate, a 16th-century palace
with strong mudéjar (Islamic) and Renaissance
elements, and take a walk through the
picturesque Jewish quarter. The final visit of the
day is to the Museum of Fine Arts, a converted
monastery with a comprehensive collection of
Spanish art dating back to the Renaissance,
including paintings by Murillo, Seville’s foremost
painter. Stay 1 night at Hotel Inglaterra (or
similar). (B, L)
Visit to Seville cathedral, allegedly the largest
in the world, and climb to the top of its belfry,
originally the minaret of the Grand Mosque,
called La Giralda and considered the city’s
symbol. Continue to the Royal Fortress (Alcazar),
still used by the Spanish royal family and a
superb example of mudéjar architecture with
mature gardens. Transfer to the airport for an
evening flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
Based in 4- and 5-star
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Dr George Manginis'
areas of Mediterranean
archaeology, from the
Neolithic to Late Islamic.
He has lectured on
Byzantine, Islamic and Chinese art at
Soas, the University of Edinburgh, the V&A
and other educational institutions. He
has published two books: Mount Sinai: A
History of Travellers and Pilgrims and China
Rediscovered: The Benaki Collection of
The Hotel Cordoba Center is located in the heart of modern Cordoba, close to the high speed railway station, the commercial centre and shops. The historic city centre with the Mezquita and the Jewish quarter is approximately 20 minutes' walk or a short taxi ride away. Rooms are spacious and modern, and the hotel's roof terrace offers views across the whole city.
Features: 207 rooms, restaurant, cafe, piano bar, fitness centre, outdoor rooftop swimming pool.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, safe, television,...
Hotel Hesperia Granada is situated in Granada's historical centre, within walking distance of the cathedral and the historic Albaycin district. The hotel has a charming Andalucian courtyard with a colourful glass roof and a fountain. The rooms are elegant with classic decor and wooden furniture. There are many popular tapas bars close by in Navas Street.
Features: 70 rooms, bar, courtyard, complimentary Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, safety deposit box, satellite television, minibar, pillow menu,...
Situated on Plaza Nueva, just steps away from the upmarket shopping areas and close to the cathedral, the elegant Hotel Inglaterra has an ideal location. There is easy access to the historic centre, and the trams and taxis available in the plaza make exploring further afield simple. The hotel, first opened is 1857, is designed in a traditional style, using light colours and wood floors, with traditional Spanish accents throughout the...
The Silken Puerta Malaga is a 4-star property located in the heart of Malaga, close to the main train station with its modern shopping centre, and just a few minutes' walk from the beach. The renowned Picasso Museum is 20 minutes' walk from the property, as are the cathedral and the old town. Rooms have been designed using simple pastel colours, natural light and modern artwork, and have wooden floors.
Features: 141 rooms, restaurant, café, lobby bar.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, safe, satellite television,...
Dr George Manginis’ excavation record encompasses diverse areas of Mediterranean archaeology, from the Neolithic to late Islamic. He has lectured on Byzantine, Islamic and Chinese art at Soas, the University of London, the V&A and other educational institutions and learned societies. He has contributed articles in scholarly magazines and exhibition catalogues.
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