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Madrid is all about spontaneity and even the best-laid plans tend to get forgotten after a couple of days as you slip into the swing of the city. Don’t feel guilty about abandoning your cultural agenda, it just means you’re behaving like a true Madrileno - a native or inhabitant of Madrid :-)
Madrid is a city so full of life and culture that it’s hard to do justice to it in a few paragraphs. Artistically the city holds its own against any in Europe, with the of the best art museums on the continent where renaissance masterworks and seminal 20th-century pieces are waiting to captivate you.
Take in all the historic sights and get the background on the Spanish Empire that spanned the globe in the 16th and 17th-centuries. There are also countless little things that make Madrid memorable, whether that’s a café con leche in a stately square, drinks at a rooftop bar or a wander through the Retiro or Casa de Campo on a sunny day.
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When you first arrive in Spain, you might have paella on your mind (you know—that delicious rice dish cooked in a giant cast iron skillet and topped with a variety of seafood and meat?!). But, there are SO many other delicious foods to try in Spain…
Did you know that the third Thursday of June is World Tapas Day? I’m not sure who makes up these days…but I want to be part of that team! I’m all for getting festive, so naturally, the only way to celebrate is by tasting all the tapas!
The Spaniards have mastered the way of bitesize meals. Whether that stems from eating dinner late, taking mid-day siestas, or simply wanting to sample a smattering of dishes: tapas are where it’s at!
Along with the ham, you’ll find tomato and olive oil…sometimes it’s served atop bread, other times it’s more like a charcuterie spread!
The best places to find good tapas are in tapas streets or neighborhoods—with several different tapas bars or taverns around each other.
For an authentic experience, look for a bar with locals! Avoid ones labeled “tapas bar” and those with English menus.
Lastly, order your drink before you order your tapas!
Flamenco is one of the most iconic forms of dance in the world, and as it originated in Spain, it is no surprise to find that it is a key part of the country’s culture.
Madrid has a range of venues that offer Flamenco shows with a traditional Spanish dinner, and this is a great way to enjoy some festive dancing and some good food at the same time.
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Seville is Spain undiluted. Every image that springs to mind when you think of Spain, Seville not only provides but revels in with theatrical abundance.
There are sun-drenched plazas, outbursts of flamenco, dusty barrelled sherry, all-night fiestas and orange tree-lined streets tangling beneath sharp, clear skies.
History is etched in the architectural framework of Seville. At street-level, a latticework of cobbled alleyways swell into wide plazas, and above, minarets and cupolas peep out from a sea of tiled rooftops.
Its illustrious history as home to the Christian monarchs, the second city of al-Andalus and the last real Moorish empire in Spain is paid tribute to in Seville’s three great monuments: La Giralda, the Catedral, and the Alcázar.
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In Seville, you can hop from one traditional tiled tapas bar to the next, trying out small plates of baby clams with artichokes, or wafer-thin slices of Jamon Iberico. Alternatively, you can slide into a chic velvet booth and dine on crab tacos and tuna ceviche.
Order Sangria or tinto de verano (red wine with soda water) – or else sample the sherry selection, available in most restaurants. Be aware that you often pay more at an outside table.
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Experience the beauty and passion of Flamenco in an intimate setting. The Casa de la Memoria is a 15th-century palace in central Seville that now plays host to top flamenco performers. Each show features four performers: two dancers, a singer, and a guitar player.
The venue is small enough that they don’t require microphones, the music carries throughout the hall.
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Granada is blessed with Moorish heritage dating back more than 700 years. The pinnacle of this is the Alhambra, a compound with palaces, courtyards and gardens where the Emirs of Granada would escape the summer heat.
During your trip to Granada, you should definitely go on a stroll in the Albaicin neighborhood. It’s located on top of a hill, right across the Alhambra.
With its paved narrow streets and whitewashed houses, it’s one of the most authentic and charming districts of the city.
As it’s Granada’s former Arab neighbourhood, you’ll find plenty of stores in a souk style market. It’s the perfect place to find oriental products such as spices or dry fruits. There are also many restaurants in the area.
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Here is another cool thing to do in Granada: stop by the miradors and enjoy the views over the city and the Alhambra!
There are a few, the most famous one being the mirador de San Nicolas, located in the Albaicin neighborhood. It offers a stunning view over the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada in the background.
In the same area, you can also go to the mirador de San Cristobal. It’s located next to the church of the same name.
You can work your way along the streets of the old Moorish city, laid out exactly as it was in Medieval times, or enter the cave dwellings of the historic gypsy neighbourhood famed for its flamenco shows. All the while the soaring peaks of the Sierra Nevada will draw you gaze in the distance to the east.
Wander through Granada's fascinating Moorish old quarter, the labyrinthine Albaicin; then plan to head out again by night, because the nightlife here is particularly lively.
A thousand years ago Cordoba was the largest city in the world, with a population three times its current 320,000. It was the capital of the Caliphate of Cordoba, which for several hundred years controlled much of the Iberian peninsula.
The Umayyad Caliphate is long gone, but its heritage is visible throughout the historic centre, best represented by the spellbinding Mosque-Cathedral.
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Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as you won’t be able to resist wandering the labyrinthine cobblestone streets of the Jewish Quarter or the enigmatic ruins of the Medina Azahara just outside the city...
Your 10 days, 9 night Itinerary
- Day 1: Arrive to Madrid, start to enjoy your holiday and stay overnight.
- Day 2: Your second day in Madrid and stay overnight.
- Day 3: Your third day in Madrid and stay overnight.
- Day 4: After hotel check-out you will board a train to Seville. Enjoy your afternoon, evening and stay overnight
- Day 5: Your second day to explore Seville and stay overnight.
-Day 6: After hotel check-out you will board a train to Granada. Enjoy your afternoon, evening and stay overnight
-Day 7: Your second day in Granada and stay overnight
- Day 8: After hotel check-out you will board a train to Cordoba. Enjoy you afternoon, evening and stay overnight
-Day 9: Your second day in Cordoba and stay overnight
- Day 10. After hotel check-out you will have your time in a city before you go back home.
* The price of the hotel is based on a double room, so you will need to buy a trip for two.
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