Granada (2 nights)
The Alhambra is a huge fortress and castle complex that these days is considered a love letter from the Moors to Spain. Its ethereal beauty makes it Granada’s No. 1 traveller attraction; so, it’s one of Spain’s top sights. You would like to set up ahead to visit here, perhaps buying advance tickets over the Internet, since tickets are limited. While you can easily spend all your time in Granada at the Alhambra, take the time to visit the gardens at Generalife, relish spectacular views of the Alhambra and Granada from the Mirador de San Nicolas, and take a break from traveling with a cup of mint tea at a cafe.
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Cordoba later became a mix of 3 cultures: Romans, Muslims and Christians, all of that left their mark on this Guadalquivir River town. Nowhere in Cordoba is that this a lot of evident than in the huge Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, that was built as amusjid and have become a Christian church in the 13th century. Note the 890 pillars within the interior of this church that’s nearly as huge as St. Peter’s in Rome. The old quarter, with its picturesque streets lined with medieval buildings, is also worth a visit during your break from traveling to Seville from Granada.
Seville (2 nights)
Though it’s located 80 km (50 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean, Seville has the distinction of being the only river port city in the country. This Guadalquivir River city has a history filled with Moorish conquests and Jewish pogroms; Miguel de Cervantes, who penned Don Quixote, was imprisoned here. The city is filled with fascinating architecture, from the Alcazar de Seville, a Moorish-Renaissance Palace, to the Gothic Seville Cathedral with its iconic bell tower to the Metropol Parasol, a uniquely designed wooden sculpture that resembles a mushroom. Relax on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Maria Luisa Park on the Guadalquivir River.
Madrid (3 nights)
Try to be in Madrid on a Sunday morning thus you’ll be able to back up its world-famous flea market, El Rastro, that’s displayed over many blocks. After you’ve grabbed up the most effective bargains, do what the Madrileños do on Sunday: stroll through the peaceful El Retiro park. The Prado, a world-famous art museum, could be a must-do to see paintings by nice Spanish painters,together with Velazquez. See how the Spanish royals lived by visiting the splendid Royal Palace. Plus, you can’t leave Madrid without having churros y chocolate, a sweet cinnamon pastry stick that is dipped in pudding-like hot chocolate. People watch at one of Madrid’s main squares, the Plaza Mayor or Puerto del Sol.
Segovia (day trip from Madrid)
While it’s going to be hard to drag yourself away from Madrid, a day trip to Segovia trip to Segovia can make it price your while. You’ll be able to decide for yourself if the town was, as legend has it,based by either Hercules or the son of Noah. Fans of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty can need to go to the Alcazar, the castle that is said to be the model for her castle at Disneyland. Segovia, however, is maybe most illustrious for its majestic Roman aqueduct that today exists within a more modern city. Wander the narrow streets of Segovia’s beautiful, but small, old town, picking out a café where you can to sample the city’s specialty, suckling pig.
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