The image of Spain is one of color, romance, passion, and the lone figure of the matador in the bull ring, cape and sword in hand beneath the burning afternoon sun. The Sights and Soul journey through Spain explores the many aspects of this enchanted and diverse land, its history, culture and cuisines. It incorporates an in-depth exploration of Seville, Cordoba and Granada with the Alhambra, while staying on the Mediterranean Costa del Sol in southern Andalucia, then it takes in an exploration of Madrid and Toledo in central Castilla-La Mancha, followed by the beautiful city of Barcelona in eastern Catalonia, with excursions to Montserrat, Girona and the exotic Costa Brava.
From our Mediterranean base in Malaga, we'll explore the iconic Andalucian jewels of Granada, Seville and Cordoba. The hotel's location between the mountains and the sea allows for a relaxing, luxurious beachside stay, while being at the optimal distance from the classic Andalucian sites. Andalucia is blessed with an achingly beautiful countryside, majestic mountains and a long Mediterranean coastline. This unique place where east meets west in an exotic melting pot of Jewish, Roma, Moorish and Christian cultures, abounds in powerful Andalucian images of flamenco, tapas, fiestas, bullfighting, raw passion, Carmen and Don Juan. Among them, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, set in the foothills of Spain's Sierra Nevada Mountains, is considered 'the Jewel of Moorish Spain'.
Madrid in the center of Spain, is also its heart. The city's historic district teems with sights from the Museo del Prado to Palacio Real, from the elegant Plaza Mayor to the historic, bohemian La Latina, serving some of Spain's best tapas and wines. Toledo in La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote, is a glorious treasure of a city, with one of the world's most beautifully preserved medieval quarters on the spot that used to be Europe's most cultured and sophisticated city, where Christians, Jews and Moors contributed equally to its celebrated wealth and fame.
Sitting on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona, the most cosmopolitan Spanish city, is vibrant, vivacious and visionary. The city's brooding jungle of medieval lanes were home to Antoni Gaudi who built the world's most whimsical structures here, including the almost finished La Sagrada Familia, and where Picasso spent his youth. Close to the city, there are the historical, cultural and scenic treasures of Montserrat, Girona and Costa Brava, along with the amazing cava wine growing regions. Barcelona, and Catalonia in general, has not only great wines, but also excellent seafood, and meals here are often turned into art.
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