How to tour the golden triangle of Andalucía
“Follow in Sultan’s footsteps as you explore 3 diverse and historic cities that make up Andalucía’s Golden Triangle. Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada are recognised by UNESCO, and each with their own preserved Mudejar wonders, and other highlights ready for you to discover” ~ Casas Cantabricas
Andalucía elicits the most compelling impressions of a destination famed for its flamenco, fiestas, bullfighting and true to life passion. Following the invasion of the Moors, the region became the Al Andalus which was transformed into a hub of extraordinary wealth and sophistication.
The classic tour of Andalucía’s “Golden Triangle”
Sevilla – Cordoba – Granada, this is the essence of moorish Spain which delivers visitors through 7 centuries of sovereignty. Feel the ebb and flow of history, the Reconquista of the Catholic Kings and the riches of the Americas flooding in via the Guadalquiver River.
Seville is the capital of Andalucía and home to many constructions that have the World Heritage designation, as well as many districts being full of traditional culture. This includes museums, art centres, theatres and clubs. Without forgetting, of course, the numerous terraces, inns and bars where visitors can practice one of the most deeply-rooted and tasty traditions in the city: “Going out for tapas”.
Cordoba is a thousand year old city where past and modern blend together! If you walk round the old quarter you will discover a beautiful network of alleyways, squares and white-washed courtyards surrounding the Great Mosque-Cathedral, which reflects the importance of the city in the Middle Ages, and is the symbol of the city.
Granada has an unmistakable Moorish essence, due to the fact that it was the last city to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. The gastronomy, craftwork and urban planning are influenced by its glorious past. Fountains, viewpoints and “Cármenes” are surrounded by typical gardens, and create unforgettable corners in the city. It is no surprise that one of its old neighbourhoods, the Albaicín, has been awarded the World Heritage designation.
+ View Suggested Golden Triangle Itinerary
- Day 1 - 3 / SEVILLA
- 3 World Heritage Sites in the historic town centre! The Giralda tower & Cathedral – the world’s largest Gothic structure. The magnificent Alcázar Royal Palace dating to the 9th Century. Historic Santa Cruz, lively Triana, Plaza de España. Authentic Flamenco, tapas bars with hand-cut jamón.
- Day 4 & 5 / Cordoba
- The Great Mosque – immense, awesome and stunningly beautiful. Lose yourself in the Jewish Quarter’s winding lanes. Relax in the Moorish bath houses or with a glass of Montilla Moriles. Beautiful ‘patio’ courtyards festooned with geraniums. Roman remains from the city’s stint as capital of southern Iberia.
- Day 5 & 6 / Granada
- The Alhambra Palace – city of the Nasrid Sultans. Atmospheric Albaicin with night time views to the Alhambra. Cathedral, resting place of the Catholic Kings. Wonderful bars, incredible tapas – many free! Take a trip to the Sierra Nevada, mainland Spain’s highest mountains.
Caminos by Casas Cantabricas has been bringing tourists to experience an undiscovered side of Spain for over 28 years. The business grew from their love of the country and its people and they are just as enthusiastic now as they ever were – go on one of their touring holidays and you’ll soon discover why! For further information visit Caminos by Casas Cantabricas.
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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!