At Al-Andalus Experience, we aim to create insightful and memorable experiences for locals, travellers, and visitors to share and engage in.
Discover the Secrets of Muslim Spain.
The cultural rainbow that explains Muslim Al-Andalus is full of readings, learning and insight for us today.
We invite you to experience history through tradition and synergies, rather than a dry political and warfare account.
Learn arts and skills while realising the spiritual value in traditional arts and apprenticeship of new skills.
As locals we have trained to be of service, providing knowledgeable insight and experiences for travellers.
We aim to bridge a culture gap between the modern and traditional, European and Islamic worlds.
Al-Andalus Experience is about how we each add to today’s world, with the knowledge and support of our traditions and heritage.
Why choose Al-Andalus Experience?
Based on close to 15 years of group travel experiences
Whether you are a traveller, travel professional or agent, you can take the pressure off planning flexibly with our assistance, while staying in control of your bookings, choices and options in Andalusia or Spain.
Privileged local insight & ground travel experience
We offer travel planning and assistance to independent travellers and groups, with an option for full-time or punctual in-person guidance and assistance according to your travel style and budget.
For Travel Pros and Pro Travellers
Access exclusive package deals directly from global and local travel agencies, partner providers. Offer select optional activities and experiences from our best ground service managers and specialist guides, to your own guests or customers.
Varied travel themes
Discover Al-Andalus from any major city connecting to Andalusia, Spain. Combine cities, specialist guides and daytime plans with escapes into the rural, mountain or seaside areas of Andalusia, Spain.
Optimised city connections
Save time and money, from independent trips to fully guided, we help travellers to plan and optimise any route, with booking offers and choices for every element of your trip.
Choose plans for every city
Plan any trip in Andalusia, Spain and beyond. Count on local guides with a unique blend of Muslim and Spanish insight into any aspect of Al-Andalus or Spain today. We also offer independent mobile friendly digital travel plans.
Book your own accommodation, with our assistance, or get custom offers from distinct hotels or accommodation providers, local tour operators, travel agencies together with activity providers, transport options, best ground service management and expert local guides in Spain.
Host your own group trips
Share your plan with your private guest list or have it listed for participants sign up to your own tours or events in Andalusia, Spain or beyond.
Local experts on demand
Book our experienced local travel assistants to narrate through any route or city plan, or our favourite UNESCO Heritage guides for city highlights or monument tours.
Bridge over the culture gap
We extend an innate privileged insight, as a first generation born from local European Muslim ‘reverts’. Close to fifteen years of trip planning and group travel experiences, make us pioneers in Muslim-friendly hospitality, promoting halal services to become a trend in Spain.
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Who is behind A.E?
Al-Andalus Experience was founded by Ahmad Zaruq Summers in 2007 to meet the needs and interests of Muslim travellers in Andalusia and Spain in general. Born in the UK, Zaruq has grown up as a Muslim in Spain during the Spanish ‘Transition’ to democracy, since the early 80’s. Having lived in Granada, Cordoba, Madrid and Valencia regions, he was mostly raised by the ‘Costa Tropical' of Granada, by a pretty isolated sea-side.
Zaruq is innately curious and a self taught specialist in Andalusian and Islamic traditions, as well as garden landscaping. He has driven over 300K kilometers around Spain only, by himself or along side his Spanish step-father, in a pure “Don Quijote” fashion. Since 2007 he has carried out more than 1000 group tours, yet mostly in collaboration as a guide for other simple or multiple company partnerships, as the main onboard travel assisting guide. Currently Zaruq is doing weekly excursions into the Alpujarra region, with a local tour operating agency from Granada and also welcoming travellers in the Albaycin, for a sum-up on the rise and fall of Al-Andalus, Muslim Spain. The rest of the week Zaruq is working on our website, catalog, trip plan emails and other related aspects of Al-Andalus Experience.
“Al-Andalus Experience is quite personal for me and those who like me have grown up in Spain, born Muslim to Western ‘revert’ parents. Hereby we share to the world our innate interest, speciality and insight around the history and traditions of Al-Andalus, and how they are infused throughout Spain today.”