Almoravides & Almohades Route
ALMORAVIDS AND ALMOHADS ROUTE (RUTA DE ALMORAVIDES Y ALMOHADES)
Traces of these two dynasties of the Muslim empire which occupied this part of Spain for over 700 years are to be found around every corner of this route, which combines two major coastal cities with spectacular inland countryside.
Suggested access airport: Jerez de la Frontera / Malaga
7 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA
Set atop a spectacular crag, Arcos de la Frontera is a picturesque Cádiz town filled with sites which hark back to its Arab heritage. Towers, churches and magnificent viewpoints overlooking the Guadalete River are just some of the innumerable attractions the town offers. It lies in the heart of the Route of the White Villages and close to the Alcornocales Nature Reserve.
Second and Third Nights: Parador de RONDA
This is a town of immense beauty. Each of its streets offers you a glimpse of the Arab heritage of Izn-Rand Onda (“City of the Castle"), its name during that period. It was one of the capitals of Muslim Spain, leaving us monuments such as the Arab baths, Old Bridge (Puente Viejo), Gigante House and Mondragón House. There is also another Ronda, whose sites include the bullring and New Bridge (Puente Nuevo).
Fourth and Fifth Nights: Parador de ANTEQUERA
Thanks to its privileged geographical location, several civilisations have passed through Antequera leaving an interesting cultural legacy. One of the most important monuments is the Dolmens of Menga, Viera and El Romeral, dating back to the Bronze Age. Strolling around Antequera's historic quarter is like travelling back in time. One interesting option is to visit the churches of San Juan Bautista and San Sebastián among others, or discover the Moorish Alcazaba fortress. Other important monuments include the Temple of Papabellotas Castle and the 17th and 18th century mansions. They are all characterised by their impressive Spanish baroque style architecture. In the centre of Antequera, you can discover the Royal Collegiate Church of San Sebastián, which dates from the 16th Century. And don't miss the Convent of the Incarnation, followed by a visit to the Plaza del Coso Viejo, a beautiful bullring close to the Convent. This is just a small part of the many surprises Antequera holds for you.
Sixth and Seventh Nights: Parador de MALAGA GOLF
Málaga and its Alcazaba (citadel) is a perfect example of this area’s Moorish heritage. Construction on this palace for the Nazarid kings started in the 11th century, and today it houses the Provincial Archeological Museum, which contains interesting pieces from the Paleolithic and other ancient Mediterranean cultures. Its lovely peaceful gardens feature many fountains and are worth a visit. After a tour of the Alcazaba, you can visit the ruins of the nearby Roman theatre. There is also Gibralfaro Castle, a palace which may have had Phoenician origins, upon which Yasuf I, Caliph of Granada, had the fortress we can admire today built in the 14th century. It has two towers linked to the Alcazaba by a passageway. Other places of interest include the cathedral and its museum, Virgen de la Victoria Shrine, plus the Fine Arts Museum and the Picasso Museum.