4-Days DISCOVER AL-ANDALUS TOUR-FROM MALAGA
We recommend starting on Mondays or Thursdays throughout the year connecting Madrid to Toledo and further Cordoba, Granada, with optional extensions to Seville, Barcelona or Morocco.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT MÁLAGA TRANSFER TO CÓRDOBA
Pick up at Malaga international airport, brief welcome presentations and transfer to Córdoba (170 km), introduction to Andalusia and Spain on our way.
Walk through the Medina Al-Qadima of Córdoba.
Upon arrival and check-in to your hotel in Cordoba, we will take a leisurely walk through the Al-Medina Al-Qadima of Córdoba into the very surroundings of the Ummaya Mosque, current Cathedral of Córdoba. Free time is provided here for any extra activities, rest, or shopping! As well as a lively town center and many shops, there are three active mosques in Córdoba today worth visiting, a marvelous opportunity to meet some local Muslims while touring around town. Our welcome group dinner plan is optional at extra cost, we will advise you on possible activities at the hotel lobby upon check-in.
DAY 2: CÓRDOBA, CAPITAL OF THE UMAYYADS.
Mosque of Cordoba
In the morning we shall have our guided visit of the Umayyad Mosque of Cordoba, one of the oldest structures still standing from the time Muslims ruled Al-Andalus in the late 8th century. After, we continue to Madinat Al-Zahra, the Caliph's court city palace's archaeological site; research & exhibition centre.
On the way.
After lunch, we will continue to Granada for an active program there, the next day. The route from Córdoba to Granada contains views of many castles, towers, 'zagras', white villages, whereby we can vividly recreate the historical vision of this whole period, the last Muslim lands of Al-Andalus, into the former Kingdom of Garn'atta, today's Granada. We will be cruising along what was formerly for around 250 years border between the Muslim Kingdom of Granada and the four Spanish Christian Kingdoms, after their conquest of Cordoba. A quick stop along the way will allow travellers to gain some knowledge about the Olive Oil industry, enabling us also to purchase olive oil & traditional rural products, in best quality and price.
Welcome to our hometown Granada.
Once in Granada we will again check-in to your hotel and set our meeting time for an optional introductory walk, merging the modern city center with a brief presentation of the city centre, a fusion of Souq markets, old alleyways, river side & the active modern city appeals. This will lead us to independent leisure time, optional dinner arrangements and extra activities. Welcome to our hometown Granada!
DAY 3: GRANADA, THE LAST MUSLIM KINGDOM OF AL-ANDALUS. TOUR OF THE ALHAMBRA COURT CITY, PALACES AND GARDENS.
Guided visit to the Alhambra palatial town, including the Nasrid Palaces, Alkasaba fortress, Generalife summer palace & gardens, and the old medina of the Alhambra. Afterwards, we move on to visit the old medina of "Garnata" and it's main areas, divisions, and city walls. We will visit the Albayzin Mosque, next to the Mirador de San Nicolás, most famous viewing point of Granada, beauty views to the Alhambra.
Walk and free time.
After a lunch break, we walk down to the town centre, visit the 'souq' streets, and the area's most historical points. After due resting, you will have the afternoon free to make your own plans for shopping or extra optional activities available in Granada. You may enjoy free time in the modern town which is a fusion of Souq markets, old alleyways, river side & the active modern city appeals.
DAY 4: GRANADA & DEPARTURE OR OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENSIONS
We recommend if you are leaving today to book a late evening flight home from Málaga International Airport. Jumuah in Granada is a lively experience, the Albayzín Mosque at Mirador de San Nicolás watches overviews of Granada city, the Alhambra and the snowy topped Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges behind. The program from here will depend on your departure arrangements as well as any optional tour extensions chosen at the time of your booking.
INFORMATION & DOCUMENTS
Travel Plan Service & Booking Options
This schedule is intended as a flexible introduction to Al-Andalus; the route can be extended by our extra ‘City Escapes’ to Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Lisbon or Morocco, before or after the main group tour.
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You may connect this Travel Plan privately, extending it with other 'City Escapes', or choosing connections for extending this tour at your own pace and style. By style, we mean that you may also choose whether or not to be guided and assisted (courtesy driver?) in person, which transport method suits your need best, hotel standards, and meal planning, vs doing this all yourself with only our Travel Plan Itinerary App as your guide. As you may appreciate, our offer has been designed with your choice specifically in mind. Obtain discounts in our activity, city plans and nature plans sections when confirming the purchase of any of our Travel Plans to whatever level of service.