Córdoba & Granada
Tuesday 15th to Friday 19th May 2018
(5 days, 4 nights)
Led by: Carol Mantle & Norman Peterken
This trip is scheduled to take place the day after the Court Yard Festival ends in Cordoba to ensure our hotel is available at a sensible price. Some of the court yards will still be open.
Accommodation: half board in a 3* hotel in a central position opposite the Mezquita. On arrival in Cordoba it is necessary to make a short flat walk (approximately 10 to 15 minutes) over the Roman Bridge to the hotel. Luggage is transported to the hotel by luggage vans and the same will apply on our departure from Cordoba.
Day 1 We depart from Moraira to travel to Córdoba stopping, as frequently as necessary for coffee breaks and lunch en route. On the journey you will see the interesting changing scenery going from the salt flats south of Alicante, then further south we see the snow-capped Mountains of Sierra Nevada in the distance above Granada.
Day 2 After breakfast there will be a guided tour of the Mezquita, which is one of the most beautiful examples of a Mosque in Spain and is said to be one of the biggest in the world. In the centre of the Mosque is a fine example of a thirteenth century cathedral.
The tour will also include the medieval synagogue in the Jewish quarter which is in a maze of narrow streets as they were formed over 1200 years ago. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city.
Day 3 You will again be free to discover the interesting monuments and buildings within the city.
Some of the attractions are the Alcazar Gardens, which are well worth a visit. They are lit up at night and a night time visit is recommended. You will also be able to visit the Tower of Calahorra with its museums and Arab Baths.
Day 4 After breakfast we will leave Cordoba on our way to Granada and on the way we will stop at the Medina Azahara Archaeological site. On the site was a city, which flourished for approximately 80 years and was built by Caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III of Cordoba. It is the largest known city built from scratch in Western Europe.
The site continues to undergo restoration and reconstruction with the Reception Hall a highlight of our visit.
We will stop for lunch in Lucena. In early times Lucena was inhabited almost exclusively by Jews who had arrived together with its founders; hence it was called “Jews’ City”. Lucena was taken from the Moors in 1240 by King Ferdinand III of Castile, it remained as a frontier village for centuries.
There are numerous parish churches in Lucena most of them located in the centre of the old town. The Parish Church of San Mateo shown in the photos to the left, dates from the ending of the 15th century. Our Lady of Araceli is an image brought from Rome in the 16th century and is the patron of Lucena. Whether or not the image is still in the Church today or has been taken to a Hermitage further out of town is not clear.
We will continue our journey on the trade route of the Caliphate and stop in the town of Priego de Córdoba. The town’s oldest church was built in the 13th century and was subsequently restored; it has a fine chapel. There are ruins of a, originally Moorish, castle which is in the process of being restored.
The oldest section of Priego is its Barrio de la Villa. It is bordered on one side by the town’s natural fortress, a high cliff. The alleys that wind through this part of the town are Moorish in style, decorated proudly by the populace with flower pots and religious icons. Some homes retain the ancient tunnel system that went from their cellars (bodegas) to the castle.
Day 5 After breakfast you will have free time in the morning to explore Granada.
We will be leaving Granada at 1pm with a stop en route for half an hour. We would expect to arrive in Moraira at about 7pm.
The cost per person €395
depending on the number of people taking part.
Single room supplement: €95.
To secure a place, please pay a deposit of 60 euros per person
at the Travel Desk at the next general meeting.