Where powerful caliphs ruled the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages, built their fairytale palaces and mosques in legendary cities — Cordoba, Granada and Seville. For over five hundred years, worshipers came from near and far to hear the wisdom of its imams and throw themselves before its glistening gold-tiled mihrab (prayer altar).
Cordoba, a once grand Moorish city featuring the Mezquita, a splendid mosque constructed in the 6th century. Once the center of Western Islam and the heart of a cultural capital that rivaled Baghdad and Constantinople, the Mezquita was restored and now provides visitors an incite to Islamic Cordoba in its 10th-century prime.
Granada and the Alhambra… the last home of the Moors in Spain, finally driven out of the country in 1492 during the Reconquista by the army of king Ferdinand of Aragon and queen Isabella of Castile. Today Granada is a major destination with the Alhambra one of the world's top historical sites to visit.
One of the greatest masterpieces in Renaissance architecture, Granada Cathedral, is the burial place of the Catholic Monarchs, the Royal Chapel. The Cathedral was constructed after the conquest of the Nasrid kingdom. It is here where Isabella and Ferdinand chose to be buried because they deemed their defect of Muslim Nasrid kingdom was their most important accomplishment.
For centuries, the white mountain villages of southern Andalucia were hilltop forts straddling the contested frontier between Moors and Christians, swapping hands as power shifted one way and the next They can vary from tiny remote villages to larger cities like Ronda or Antequera. Not to be missed while traveling the region.
The coast of Andalucia stretches from Malaga province on the Mediterranean to Cadiz and the many towns to the east on the Atlantic. Options are endless for the visit, from small quiet villages to the large cities of Malaga, the Costa del Sol and Cadiz.
Centuries of flavors inherited from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures. The bounty of the Andalucian farmland, theMediterranean and Atlantic ocean is reflected in the traditional regional tapas. From farm and sea to table are a way of life in the south and the options to try different dishes are endless.