Andalusia embodies some of the most familiar elements of Spanish culture. Images of flamenco dancers, Andalusian horses, majestic sherry wine bodegas, standing-room-only tapas bars, bullfighters, Semana Santa processions, gilded church altars and blindingly white pueblos blancos spring to mind in association with that region in southern Spain. And these are part of the Andalusian landscape.
Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz, Granada, Málaga, and Jerez de la Frontera are understandably some of the best known cities in Andalusia. Each of them has intact historic districts displaying vestiges of their Moorish-Jewish-Christian foundations including Gothic cathedrals, Moorish palaces, synagogues, Moorish-cum-Christian castles, Baroque convents, and Jewish-quarter streets. Once they were conquered and became Christian the Andalusian cities and villages appropriated the Moorish and Jewish districts, changing little of the layouts until the Era of Discovery brought riches back to Spain. These riches led to a boom in residential, civil and religious buildings. This history and the stories contained within it are part of what makes visiting Andalusia so visually striking and fascinating to many travelers.
It’s long been clear in our minds that in Andalusia what’s most interesting is what lies behind the curtain: the makers and producers, the dancers and the chefs, the winemakers and the horse trainers, and their stories, history and lives. We are interested in the substance of people’s lives, and we arrange tours that allow you to engage with the people and the culture in their environment and on their terms. We present you with an Andalucia worth traveling for, in depth and personal.
Only mystery allows us to live, only mystery. – Federico García Lorca