Lisbon - Merida - Seville (477 km)
Today, we will make our way back to Spain. After we cross the border, we will stop at the Roman ruins of Merida, founded in 25 BCE as "Emerita Augusta," to admire the impressive amphitheater. Afterward, we will continue to Sevilla for the evening.
Standard Hotel: Catalonia Giralda / Confortel Puerta de Triana or similar
Seville - Cordoba - Granada (346 km)
After breakfast, we will depart Sevilla for Cordoba, visiting the Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most marvelous religious buildings in the world. Then, we will continue to Granada, passing thousands of acres of olive groves. It is suggested that we spend our evening visiting the quaint Albaicin Quarter, where we will see the city illuminated beautifully.
Seville is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. A city of just over 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain's 4th largest city), Seville is Andalucia's top destination, with much to offer the traveler.
Standard Hotel: Macia Gran Via / Alixares or similar
Granada - Madrid (360 km)
Before we leave Granada, we will go on a guided tour of the amazing Moorish palacae and fortress complex, the Alhambra, seeing the verdant gardens of the Generalife. In the afternoon, we will return to Madrid, crossing the plains of La Mancha, land of Don Quixote.
Granada is a mid-sized provincial capital in the Andalucia region of Spain. Rich in history and culture, Granada is arguably the single most worthwhile city in Spain for visitors. Spring and autumn are also both excellent times to visit.
The Alhambra is a massive complex consisting of multiple palaces and fortresses. It originated as a Spanish-Muslim fortress in the 9th century, but subsequent rulers, both Muslim and Christian, continually added additions and renovations.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Agumar or similar
Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Catalonia Goya or similar