Diverse Andalucía

from £459pp

Based on 5 days

Suitable for Secondary Schools

Overview

Our Diverse Andalucía itinerary includes visits to the major cities Sevilla and Granada with half a day in Córdoba, too.  As the home of bullfighting and flamenco, Andalucía is perfect for those seeking a real authentic Spanish experience.

Andalucía’s capital city, Seville, may be the largest city in the region but it is very pedestrian-friendly, making it easy and safe for your students to explore.  You will find history around every corner and along every narrow, cobbled street.  If architecture is what you are after, Seville has a lot to offer!  From the 1401 cathedral to Metropol Parasol built across three phases in 2006, 2010, and 2011, you won’t be disappointed.

Cordoba was once Western Europe’s biggest city and the centre for sophistication and culture.  Amongst secluded squares, winding streets, potted plants, and luscious patios, you will find examples of Cordoba’s Jewish history.  The stunning Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, a beautiful building in itself, is arguably one of the most significant Islamic monuments in Cordoba, if not the Western Muslim world.

Granada, situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a vibrant city lined with narrow, cobbled streets which sits beneath the gaze of the magnificent Alhambra.  Granada boasts its own share of compelling history and glorious architecture – not to mention the tapas!

Our Diverse Andalucía itinerary can be combined with visits to Málaga too – have a look at our Málaga: Art & Culture itinerary to see what you could visit there!

Our Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1

    Morning flight to Málaga

    Transfer to Granada by coach and spend the afternoon exploring Granada’s old town, the Parte Vieja.  Be sure not to miss the Alcaicería or the old Moorish silk market!

  2. Day 2

    Granada

    In the morning, visit the spectacular Alhambra, one of the most enduring legacies of the Moors in Spain.  A fortress, a palace, and now a World Heritage Site, the Alhambra is undoubtedly Granada’s most iconic landmark.

    At lunchtime, visit Mercado San Agustín to pick up some lunch.  Students can order in Spanish too if they fancy putting their language skills to the test!  

    In the afternoon, take your students on a Photography Treasure Hunt across the city!  Students will need to follow clues in Spanish to complete the treasure hunt, who will get to the end first?  (A guide will join you to explain the activity and help you along the way).

    Optional evening activity: Sample some delicious, traditional Andalusian cuisine on a Guided Tapas Tour!

  3. Day 3

    Córdoba

    In the morning, transfer to Córdoba by coach.

    Hit the ground running with a visit to Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a fortress where a mix of architectural styles make for a fascinating illustration of Córdoba's history.

    At lunchtime, explore the narrow streets of Judería de Córdoba.  In the Jewish Quarter you will find a small synagogue which hasn’t be a place of worship since the Jewish expulsion in 1492.

    Before heading to Sevilla, visit the magnificent Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba.  The mosque has a complex history; first built as a Catholic church by the Visigoths (on the ruins of a Roman temple to Janus!), it was later converted into a mosque by the Moors, only to be turned back into a cathedral after the Reconquista!  Don’t miss out on climbing the 54m- high bell tower, the panoramic views of Cordoba won’t disappoint!

    In the evening, check into your accommodation in Sevilla.

    Optional evening activity: cook up a storm in a Spanish Cooking Class where you will learn how to prepare and cook traditional Spanish dishes and taste them too!

  4. Day 4

    Sevilla

    In the morning, visit Real Alcázar de Sevilla, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The palace has evolved over the centuries and showcases the influence of the many cultures who have called Sevilla their home.

    Before lunch, visit Catedral de Sevilla with its impressive collection of religious art and the tomb of Christopher Columbus.  This cathedral is a beauty to behold both inside and out.

    At lunchtime, visit Mercado Lonja del Barranco to pick up some lunch.  Students can order in Spanish if they fancy putting their language skills to the test!

    In the afternoon, discover Spain’s most controversial tradition with a visit to Real Maestranza de Caballería, Sevilla’s bullring.

    Afterwards, visit Museo del Baile Flamenco which spans over three floors of an 18th century palace.  Inside you will discover the mysterious art of flamenco! After your visit to the museum, sit back and marvel at an electrifying flamenco show!

  5. Day 5

    Sevilla

    Spend your last morning in Sevilla in Plaza de la Encarnación, where you will find Metropol Parasol, named ‘Las Setas’ by locals for its mushroom-like appearance!  Jürgen Mayer-Hermann’s daring creation has slotted into Sevilla’s ancient core with a weird kind of harmony, turning (and tilting) the heads of all who pass.

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    Take a stroll through Plaza de España and Parque de María Luisa.  Plaza de España is undoubtedly one of the most impressive squares in Spain - sprawling over 50,000 square metres, it’s the size of five football pitches!  Across from the square you will find Parque de María Luisa where giant exotic trees provide welcome shade!

    Afternoon flight home from Sevilla airport.

School Trip Accommodation

Accommodation

In Sevilla, our groups tend to stay at either the Hotel Abril or Casa Palacio Don Pedro.  And in Granada, our groups normally stay at either the Eco Hostel, Hostal Atenas or Hotel Anacapri.  If you have a preference of where you would like to stay, please let us know.  All accommodation we use is safe, secure, especially suited to schools.  All accommodation we use is audited, and our auditing regime is verified by independent experts.

Testimonials about this trip:

Fantastic service - excellent value for money. Communication with our consultant was so easy - every question we had was dealt with extremely quickly. Each activity planned helped us to meet our Learning Objectives.
Hollingworth Academy July 2019

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