Madrid - Cordoba - Seville (441 km)
In the morning, we will make our way to Cordoba through the La Mancha region. Upon our arrival, we will take a sightseeing tour of famous Mosque-Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter. Afterward, we will drive south to Sevilla, where we will enjoy dinner and spend the night.
Cordoba is a city in Andalusia, Spain, and the capital of the province of Cordoba. The city is located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, and its easy access to the mining resources of the Sierra Morena satisfies the population's needs.
Cordoba's Jewish Quarter is marked by narrow and irregular streets. It houses a medieval Synagogue and the Sephardic House. Unfortunately, this neighborhood was a focal point of the Spanish Inquisition, during which Cordoba played a large role.
The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
The interior of this dual mosque-cathedral perfectly reflects the religious power-struggle of medieval Spain. The conversion of the church into a mosque lasted from 784 to 987. The complex is massive and features many small chapels.
Deluxe Hotel: Catalonia Santa Justa or similar 4 stars hotel
Seville - Madrid (high-speed train) (533 km)
In the morning, we will enjoy breakfast. Then we will take a city tour of Seville to see stunning places like the Parque de Maria Luisa, the Plaza de Espana, the Cathedral of Saint Mary, La Giralda, and Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter. Afterwards, we will have the afternoon to rest or further explore the city on our own. In the late afternoon, guests will transfer to the train station to take the high-speed AVE Train back to Madrid, bringing an end to this tour. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
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.
Parque de Maria Luisa
On the riverbanks of Sevilla, Maria Luisa Park is a large public area that features lovely foliage, fountains, and walkways in the middle of this beautiful city. Within the park are many statues of famous Spanish figures.
Plaza de Espana
A large section of Maria Luisa Park in Sevilla, the Plaza de Espana is a large open space featuring buildings of Renaissance revival architecture. Most of the buildings are currently used for government purposes.
The third-largest church in the world (and the largest cathedral), the Seville is a massive Gothic building. Each of its facades has multiple entrances that are all exquisitely and ornately adorned. It was built over an old mosque.
La Giralda was once a minaret for the Muslim population in medieval Sevilla, but was converted to a church bell tower after Christian forces had regained power in Iberia. Its design has influenced many other towers around the world.
Santa Cruz (Jewish Quarter)
The barrio of Santa Cruz in Sevilla was once the city's Jewish Quarter, and is now the most popular tourist are in the city. The narrow, winding streets and alleyways of this neighborhood remind visitors of a labyrinth.