From the moorish splendour of Seville and Granada, to the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol, Andalucia delights the sense at every turn.
A flight to Málaga might conjure memories of family holidays for many teachers, but a school trip to Andalucia will elicit a quite different reaction in students than a fortnight on the Costa del Sol.
Although important to acknowledge, package tourism is actually only a very small part of modern Andalucia…with cities such as Seville (the capital), Cordoba, Granada, Jerez and the ‘British Overseas Territory’ Gibraltar to explore, your tour will immerse you in the Moorish splendour of the Alhambra Palace and the Mudéjar ornament of the Alcázar.
Seville alone will occupy young student minds and thrill the senses with its medieval Jewish quarter - the Barrio Santa Cruz is a warren of old streets to explore. The Cathedral, Alcázar and Giraldo Tower are imposing monuments to the wealth of this proud capital of the south.
Explore further afield if possible, Ronda is an enchanting ancient town atop a vertiginous gorge, and Tarifa is a peninsula just to the west of Gibraltar renowned for high winds and some of the best water sports in Europe.
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The Alhambra Palace, ‘the Red Castle’, was built by Moorish princes in the 14th century. It may look like a mighty fortress from the outside but inside it is a series of intricately designed palaces and gardens. This is a World Heritage site and your students will be fascinated by the Moorish architecture.alhambradegranada.org/en/
A visit to the Alcázar Palace in Seville is a must to introduce your students to the wonders of Mudéjar architecture. The fortified palace, which fuses Islamic and Christian styles, was built by King Pedro in the 1360's and is one of the most important examples of its kind. The Ambassadors Room, with its rich décor and complex plaster work is a must, as are the beautiful gardens and fountains.alcazarsevilla.org
Seville Cathedral is another of Spain’s UNESCO world heritage sites. It is also the largest cathedral in the world by volume and has the largest altarpiece in the world! The cathedral was built on the site of a great mosque in the late 12th century. Christian architects wanted to build a cathedral to express the wealth and power of Seville and they certainly succeeded, creating the largest Gothic building in Europe. You can’t possibly miss the Giralda, (the bell tower but once a minaret) one of three remaining Almohad minarets in the world. And, don’t forget to see the monumental tomb sculpted for Christopher Columbus’ remains.
Cordoba is full of architectural wonders, not least the Mezquita, the great mosque/cathedral. This beautiful and spacious building was one of the most significant Islamic constructions in the western world. In the 16th century the mosque was partly removed so the cathedral could be built. The building you see today is a feast for the eyes, encompassing Muslim, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque Christian styles.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/
The Alcazar of Cordoba is a stunning gothic-style building which in its long history has served as a fortress, a palace, prison and as Head Quarters for the Spanish Inquisition. Built in 1328 there is a castle, gardens and a Moorish bathhouse to explore. Next to the gardens are the Royal Stables. Commissioned in 1570 by King Philip II for his finest Andalusian horses, they are considered to be the most beautiful stables in Europe and are well worth a visit.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es
Málaga is the capital of the Costa Del Sol and famous for its sandy beaches and sunny Mediterranean climate. It is an interesting city with its own cathedral, Roman theatre, and Alcazaba. It’s also the birthplace of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and you can visit the Picasso Museum and his birthplace.
Celts, Phoenicans, Romans, Visigoths and Berbers, just some of the empires who've laid claim to this impressive town. Once you visit you'll see why it has been so strategically important over millenia sitting astride the 100m deep El Tajo canyon the views out over the Andalucian hills are truly breathtaking and enemies would have been spotted many miles away.
In the 20th century Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles resided in the town, both of whom were inspired by it, the latter so much so his ashes are buried here.
The largest water park on the Costa del Sol has some high-adrenaline action including rides like the Boomerang, Twister and Anaconda.There is also a fantastic surf beach to keep your students amused. A whole day here is probably needed but don't forget the sunscreen!aqualand.es/torremolinos/en/
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