Heart of Al-Andalus Route
THE HEART OF AL-ANDALUS ROUTE (RUTA DEL CORAZON DE AL-ANDALUS)
This route takes you close to two of Andalucia’s finest cities allowing you to explore both Seville and Cordoba and their extensive history.
Suggested access airports: Seville
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de CARMONA
Located amidst the meadows alongside the Carbones River, Carmona is noteworthy for its monuments and vestiges of the different cultures which have populated it over the course of its long history. Churches, palaces and walls are all part of the important artistic heritage housed within the old quarter, dominated by the imposing image of its Arab fortress, the Alcázar of King Don Pedro. The town’s location, just a few short kilometers from Seville, or Ishbilya, allows visitors to enjoy the great monuments and artistic heritage of that city. Highlights include the Royal Palace/Fortress (Real Alcazar), whose construction began under Abd al-Rhaman III in the year 913, the cathedral, Giralda Tower, Oro Tower, as well as the many leisure options offered by the provincial capital.
Second and Third nights: Parador de CORDOBA
Córdoba was the realization of the dream of the caliphs, capital of the Omeya Caliphate and center of learning in the Muslim West during this period. In the city and its surrounding area we can discover all the splendor of this culture in monuments and sites such as the mosque/cathedral and Medina Azahara. Also of note are the synagogue, city walls, Roman bridge and royal stables. Interesting museums include the Julio Romero de Torres Museum, Archeological Museum, Bullfighting Museum (Museo Taurino) and Fine Arts Museum. Wandering through the lovely streets of Córdoba is a pleasure for all the senses. The city offers one of the most complex and richest town plans on the route, spaces filled with enchantment and sensuality.