Known for being a playground for the rich and famous, Marbella has a cosmopolitan attitude combined with Andalucian traditions and hospitality. Discovery the rich history of the region together with the beauty of the Mediterranean seaside.
Situated along the Costa del Sol, Marbella is a chic holiday resort and favored get-away among the rich and famous. Marbella has a down to earth side as well, an air of individuality which can be best appreciated by exploring back streets in the old part of town. Explore the ancient city center or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the marina. From Marbella, one can also explore the rich history of Andalucia. Discovery the Alahmbra in Granada, the Mezquita in Cordoba, the Cathedral in Sevilla or the Rock of Gibralter.
Activities while in Marbella:
> Cordoba Historical Opulance
Set off to the historic city of Cordoba whose history cross many centuries and civilizations. Its roots date back to ancient times when it was a Roman city. During the period of Muslim rule it was a center for education boasting many libraries, medical schools and universities. It was also noted for its tolerance toward its Christian and Jewish minorities. Today, Cordoba is a modern city and the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains numerous architectural reminders of its vast history. Visit the magnificent Mezquita, a cathedral converted from the original mosque when the Christians conquered Cordoba in the 13th century. Built in the Renaissance style, the building has religious as well as social, cultural and political manifestations. Head off to the Jewish Quarter and visit the Cordoba Synagogue, which was built in 1315. After the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, the building was devoted to various functions including a Hydrophobic hospital, a chapel for shoemakers and nursery school. Lastly, don’t miss the Royal Alcazar which features a castle, delightful gardens and a Moorish bathhouse.
> Granada Discovery
There are very few cities which have such a dense history as Granada. This is reflected in the many monuments, in its appearance and in the atmosphere of its daily life. The greatest monument in the city is the compound of the Alhambra and the Generalife, which tower over the city. The Generalife is a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens, remarkable both for its location and layout, as well as for the diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains. The Alhambra is the architectural culmination of the works of Nasrid art that were undertaken in the 13th and 14th centuries, with most of the Alhambra having been built at the time of Yusuf I and Mohammed V, between 1333 and 1354. Next we head off to the Granada Cathedral which has a beautiful mix of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Also not to be missed is the Granada Chapel, which houses the mortal remains of the King Ferdinand of Aragon and the Queen Isabella of Castile, Joanna and Philip the First and the Prince Michael who were the Catholic Kings that joined together Granada and Castile under one single monarchy.
> Sevilla Experience
The city of Seville boasts a vast history. It was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis, conquered by the Muslim in 712 and incorporated into the Christian Kingdom of Castile under Ferdinand III in 1248. Learn about the city’s captivating past through its most famous monument. Explore the Cathedral of Seville, an expression in stone of post-Reconquest confidence and wealth. Built on the site of a mosque, it is the third largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic building in Europe. It also boasts the largest altarpiece in the world. See the the Giralda, one of three remaining Almohad minarets in the world (the others are in Marrakesh and Rabat, Morocco). The beautiful structure became the bell tower of Seville Cathedral after the Reconquista and it dominates the city's skyline. A trip to Sevilla is not complete without exploring the breathtaking Royal Alcazar of Sevilla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.