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Meet and greet at Barcelona airport
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Accommodation in Barcelona
- 120 rooms and suites
- Two Michelin-starred restaurant
- Seafood restaurant
- Rooftop pool
- Fitness centre
- Lap pool
Barcelona is a city famous for its striking architecture and eye-catching design, so pay homage to the beautiful Catalan capital at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Barcelona. Located on the famous Passeig de Gràcia, you’re just minutes from Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and within walking distance of Las Ramblas, the iconic la Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter. The interiors are stylish and contemporary, whilst subtly reflecting the hotel’s oriental heritage. 120 rooms and suites look out over the boulevard or the peaceful mimosa gardens. Spain is a country fiercely proud of its rich culinary history and the hotel’s restaurant, Moments, has been awarded two Michelin stars for its innovative Catalan cuisine. There is also a restaurant specialising in seafood; the chef Ángel León, has been nickname the Chef of the Sea due to his passion and knowledge for everything from shellfish to seaweed and salt. For light bites, enjoy tapas at the bar or on the terrace. A tipple in the Banker’s Bar is a must; in a nod to its former life as a bank, the ceiling is fashioned from original security boxes. Barcelona’s beautiful skyline is best appreciated from the rooftop where you can relax in the pool or admire the view with a cocktail in hand.
- 125 guest rooms
- Michelin-starred Caelis Restaurant
- 19Ninteen and Garden restaurant
- Cocktail bar
- Rooftop swimming pool
Regal and classic are two words that sum up this historic five-star hotel, located on one of Barcelona’s main central thoroughfares. Stay here and you’ll find yourself just a few blocks from the designer boutiques on the elegant Passeig de Gracia, and the heart of the city at Plaza Catalunya. Each of the 125 guest rooms feature imperial touches, from grand fireplaces and glittering chandeliers, to heavy gold curtains and bedspreads. Bold-patterned wallpapers and antique-style furniture add to the look. Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala, once lived in the Royal Suite which has since been renamed in his honour. With stately décor comes royal service, and each morning guests are treated to breakfast in the hotel’s peaceful garden, surrounded by plants and fountains. You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to evening dining options, with Michelin-starred cuisine from chef Romain Fornell at the Michelin-starred Caelis Restaurant or tapas and light bites at the sophisticated 19Ninteen. And to finish off the night, head to the English-inspired Bluesman Cocktail Bar, a cosy space just perfect for a nightcap.
- 28 rooms
- Terrace pool
- Kresios restaurant
- Le Bouchon by Giuseppe wine and tapas bar
- Cocktail bar
Set in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, among Roman fortifications and medieval arches, the Mercer Hotel is a luxury five-star property, located within walking distance to many of the city’s major sights, such as the Cathedral, the Rambla and the Barcelona History Museum. The cosy, yet elegant rooms retain as much of the original features as possible from bare brick walls to wood-beamed ceilings, and are decorated with sleek furniture and low lighting. The open-plan bathrooms also add a touch of cutting-edge and stylish design. Dine on classic tapas and local specialties made from local products created by chef Xavier Lahuerta at Le Bouchon, an informal and relaxed restaurant which offers diners the perfect atmospheric mix of traditional neighborhood bars. In the heat of the day, head up to sunbathe on the roof terrace or take a dip in the plunge pool, and by night nibble on tapas in the French bistro-inspired bar or order a drink in the intimate cocktail lounge.
- 105 rooms
- Rooftop terrace
- Rooftop pool
Barcelona is a city known for its beautiful architecture, and Hotel Casa Fuster is no exception. Behind the elegant façade is a hotel that effortlessly blends modern design and comfort, befitting of the stylish Catalan capital. Located on the Passeig de Gràcia, you’re ideally situated to explore the city; the Casa Milá, Casa Batlló and the iconic Sagrada Familia are all within walking distance. When you’re not out exploring, relax in one of the 105 rooms, decorated with warm neutral tones and designer furniture. Some also come with a hydromassage tub and a balcony. Spain is well known for its culinary heritage and the hotel restaurant serves modern Mediterranean cuisine using fresh, seasonal produce. With its colourful décor and eye-catching columns, the lounge is the perfect place for a thirst quenching cup of tea or cocktail, and on Thursday evenings you can tap your toe to live jazz music. Barcelona deserves to be seen from every angle and it takes on a whole new character when viewed from the rooftop terrace. Look down on the bustling streets below and out across to skyline to Tibadabo Mountain. There is an outdoor pool and plenty of seating from which to sit and watch the world go by.
In Spain’s northwestern corner sits the proudly independent comunidad autónoma of Catalonia, with the charismatic city of Barcelona as its capital.
In Spain’s northwestern corner sits the proudly independent comunidad autónoma of Catalonia, with the charismatic city of Barcelona as its capital. One of Europe’s greatest cities, Barcelona has a rich history with iconic architectural treasures dating from Roman temples to winding gothic streets, with Gaudi’s uniquely playful modernism cut with stark millennial flashes of glass and steel. There is a tangibly buzzing culture in the streets and squares, an inspiration for some of the 20th century’s greatest artists and writers, that makes exploring tucked away bars, cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries endlessly captivating.
Enjoy Gaudi's La Pedrera when everyone else has gone home with an exclusive after hours tour. As well as getting to explore the building you'll enjoy an audiovisual show with multiple projections in the stairwells, offering an insight into the life and essence of Gaudi's architecture. The rooftop is home to a collection of sculptures known as 'soldiers' and you'll enjoy looking out over the twinkling city while toasting your tour with a glass of cava.
Explore the beautiful city of Barcelona, the Catalan capital that is at once traditional and eccentric. You'll begin at the Citadel Park and the Trionf Arch, where the 1888 World Fair took place, before heading to the bustling Paseo de Gracia. Discover some of Gaudí’s most famous works including Casa Milá, Casa Batlló, and La Sagrada Familia which, although not finished, is considered his masterpiece and is a real feat of engineering incorporating stone, brick, tiles and glass.
You’ll also explore the narrow streets of the city’ Gothic Quarter - the medieval remains hidden in these streets will help give life to the unknown corners of the city that rarely appear in the guidebooks. Finally you will head to Parc de Montjuïc in the Sants neighbourhood, located on the hill overlooking the port. This area hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and is now home to museums, gardens and the pretty Magic Fountain.
Take a stunning scenic helicopter flight over Barcelona for a view of the city like no other. Have fun spotting the Olympic Port, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and the Barcelona football stadium. You'll also fly over Montserrat with incredible views of the mountains of Catalonia.
Some of the world’s finest wines and cava are produced in the Penedès region of Catalonia, located between the plains of the Mediterranean coast and the mountains. You’ll visit the Can Ràfols del Caus winery which has its own cellar carved out of the Dolomitic limestone, totally invisible from above ground. Enjoy a wine tasting and a tapas lunch with cava.
Barcelona is a city that comes alive at night, and you’ll experience the bright lights and the buzz with an evening sidecar tour. Whizz through the streets, taking in sights such as the Columbus Monument, Barceloneta Beach, El Born, Sagrada Familia, Montjuic Hill and much more. The city's buildings and avenues take on a different personality at night and you'll enjoy seeing a whole new side to Barcelona.
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Flight from Barcelona (BCN) - Bilbao (BIO)
Few fail to be impressed by the Guggenheim’s other-worldly appearance, a silver space-age construction dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum is located on a former wharf and made from approximately 33,000 extremely thin titanium sheets. Inside is just as impressive with three floors centred around the atrium by means of curved walkways and titanium and glass elevators.
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Accommodation in San Sebastian
- 167 rooms
- La Brasserie Mari Galant restaurant
Set right on La Concha beachfront, the historic Hotel Londres is housed in a grand belle epoque-style building, and has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Occupying such prime city location, this opulent four-star hotel has become somewhat of a city landmark, offering luxurious and modern facilities, with a touch of old-world charm. The guestrooms and suites are spacious and light, featuring classic design and neutral tones, with small splashes of colour in the artwork and soft furnishings. Choose to wake up to the spectacular views of the sea and the famous promenade or the charming Xabier Zubiri Square and the city’s old town. San Sebastian is of course all about food and gastronomy, and the Hotel Londres is no exception. Dine on delicious Basque cuisine in the modern La Brasserie Mari Galant restaurant, paired with spectacular views over La Concha Bay, followed by a cocktail in the classic Bar Swing. Relax and rejuvenate after exploring the city by heading along the beach to La Perla Thalassotherapy centre, an opulent spa with modern-day technology and luxurious treatments.
- 136 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants and a bar
- Culinary school
- Fitness centre
The grande dame of San Sebastian hotels, the Maria Cristina sits overlooking the Urumea River and is set an elegant belle epoque-style building. It first opened its doors back in 1912 and since has hosted everyone from royalty and aristocrats to Hollywood celebrities. Its lavish gold and marble interiors exude grace and refinement, while its 136 rooms and suites add stylish touches of modernity in their colourful contemporary artwork and high-tech features. Choose from river, garden or city views, or even your own private terrace. Each morning begins here with an extravagant breakfast in the grand breakfast room, surrounded by Corinthian columns, heavy damask drapes and ornate plasterwork, while in the evenings pintxos (Basque-style tapas) and cocktails can be enjoyed in the Dry Bar, inspired by the glamour of the golden days of Hollywood. Dinner is also offered at the Asian-themed Saigon Café. With sites such as the San Telmo Museum of Basque Ethnography and History, the impressive Buen Pastor Cathedral and the pretty La Concha Beach right on your doorstep, it’s ideally situated.
The sophisticated and shimmering city of San Sebastian in the north of the country sits at the mouth of the River Urumea, looking out on to the Bay of Biscay, with the natural beauty of Mount Urgull, Mount Ulia, Mount Adarra and Mount Igeldo at its back. Its covetable position has given rise to a lively beachfront that includes Playa de la Concha, renowned as one of the best beaches in Europe, and Playa de la Zurriola, a champion surfing destination. But it's the city's fabled elegant architecture, spacious plazas and plentiful green parks that has led to its moniker as the 'Pearl of Northern Spain'. San Sebastian is famous for its pintxos and an evening dipping in and out of its bars is not to be missed.
San Sebastian has every right to be incredibly proud of its culinary heritage, and going out for pintxos is a fun and delicious experience. Pintxos are small morsels of food and people will typically visit three or four bars, sampling a different dish in each place. Originally pintxos were held together by a toothpick but nowadays there are all sorts of variations and they are best enjoyed with a wine, beer or a glass of txacolí - the lightly sparkling wine typical of the Basque country.
Take to the turquoise waters of the beautiful La Concha Bay and paddle past Santa Clara Island, the Peine del Viento sculpture by Ondaretta Beach and the port. Your instructor will show you the ropes and guide you through the calm waters so you can relax and enjoy the views of this pretty town from a different and unique angle.
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La Rioja Wine Region
Accommodation in La Rioja Wine Region
- 43 rooms
- Two restaurants, one with Michelin star
Eye-catching against the green of La Rioja’s hills, Hotel Marques De Riscal’s striking and innovative roof has been designed to reflect the precious liquid that’s produced in the celebrated adjoining winery of the same name. Created by architectural genius Frank Gehry, the roof resembles a sail in the wind. It’s stripes of titanium are coloured in shades of silver that represent a wine cup, gold for the cap of a bottle, and of course, red to embody the wine itself. Catch the hotel on any different day, and its hues will appear to have changed in the sun. With just 43 rooms divided between two wings connected by a bridge, a stay in this boutique hotel and winery will be an immersive experience. Due to the varying placements of the hotel’s huge windows, each room leaves a difference impression. When you’re not out sampling the delights of the region’s oldest winery, sit down to a meal in either of the hotel’s two restaurants, one boasting a Michelin star. As expected, the wine list is impressive and features collections which date all the way back to 1862. On a sunny day, there’s nothing more pleasant than enjoying a gourmet meal on the terrace and admiring the views of the distinctive countryside and the quaint town of Elciego. Should you fancy some indulgence, the Vinotherapy spa boasts a design-focused indoor pool and multitude of luxury treatments based on the grape. If you can bear the crowds, visit in Autumn to experience the full process of the grape harvest. Regardless of the season, you can look forward to wine tours, tastings, and pairings, as well as a profusion of exhilarating outdoor activities such as balloon rides, biking, and horse riding.
- 29 rooms and six suites
- Bar and roof terrace
- Wine gallery
- Wellness treatments
In the charming village of Villabuena de Álava, surrounded by the Basque mountains and celebrated vineyards of Rioja, the Viura’s stacked cubed form contains cool and bright interiors that amplify the surroundings. 29 rooms are unobtrusively luxurious, with floor to ceiling panoramic windows, some with views over the quant village streets, the neighbouring San Andrés Church and to the Cantabrian mountains on the horizon. Six suites feature a separate living room and private terraces. Gastronomy takes pride of place here, with an intimate restaurant offering exquisite tasting menus of creative Rioja and Basque cuisine, paired with an extensive wine list by the Viura’s sommelier. Guests can enjoy a wide range of wines from the region and fully immerse themselves in the local viticulture on tours to local vineyards, tasting sessions and tutorage in pairing. The surrounding area can be explored on borrowed bicycles and the village swimming pool, a great place to relax and mix with the local, is open to guests and sits next to the hotel.
Internationally famous for the quality of its produce, the wines that bear its name, La Rioja showcases more than 500 wineries nestled in vast vineyards. While you’re here, you can discover tiny family owned and operated bodegas alongside huge industrial producers. It’s not all vineyards though. La Rioja also presents a beautifully varied landscape of forests, Iberian mountain ranges, lunar-like landscapes and no less than seven rivers which along with their tributaries have carved almost countless valleys and grandiose canyons.
Enjoy a panoramic drive through La Sonsierra, where modern winemaking originated, through quaint villages such as Labastida and Briones en route to Haro. As well as containing many of the region's legendary bodegas, Haro houses the Museo del Vino de Rioja which chronicles the history, evolution and creation of Spanish wines. It also has a pretty old town with several palaces and every years hosts the Batalla de Vino, where participants douse each other in red wine during a mock battle. The tour finishes in Laguardia where you’ll visit the Casa Primicia winery.
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Flight from Bilbao (BIO) - Seville (SVQ)
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Accommodation in Seville
- 151 guestrooms including 19 suites
- Two restaurants including a tapas bar by Michelin-starred chef
- Lobby bar with piano
- Fitness room
Steeped in history, the Hotel Alfonso XIII was constructed by order of the King as luxury lodging for the international VIPs attending the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. This grand structure quickly became an emblem of the city centre and has been continuously used as a hotel until the present day, although Franco’s regime necessitated a name change to the Andalusian Palace while under his rule. To this day, you’ll find that it is the city centre’s only true, luxury property. Typically Andalusian in style, the hotel expresses the region’s mixed Moorish and Castilian founding influences with authentic and detailed features. Each of its 151 bedrooms including its 19 suites are unique in design, falling into three style categories: Andalusian, Moorish, and Castilian. Alongside its exalted, majestic architecture, Hotel Alfonso XIII is also notable for its large pool, which sits amidst lush gardens. This makes it a rare urban sanctuary and one of the only locations where being in Seville during the heat of high summer will be thoroughly enjoyable. By the pool you’ll find an al fresco restaurant that turns itself into a twinkling vision after dark and serves Spanish and international delicacies. You can also eat in the sumptuously-tiled gallery surrounding an arched interior courtyard where you can take your breakfast and coffee. If you fancy something truly epicurean, the atmospheric Ena tapas bar is manned by Michelin-starred chef Carles Abellán of Barcelona. Afterwards, discuss the highlights of your meal to the accompaniment of live piano music at Bar Americano. In terms of location, you’ll find that you really couldn’t be better placed to discover Seville. Hotel Alfonso XIII sits right on the edge of the old – pedestrianised – quarter, meaning that you can benefit from arriving to the hotel by car and walking five minutes to outstanding historic sites such as the Cathedral de Seville, the Alcazar, Puente de S. Telmo, and Plaza de Espana.
- 50 rooms and suites
- Rooftop terrace
Entering the Palacio de Villapanés is quite the theatrical experience. As you step through the huge wooden doors and into the courtyard with its parquet flooring, marble columns and elegant arches it’s like stepping back in time. The hotel is a former palace built in the 18th century for the first marquis of Terreblanca del Aljarafe. The interior is a blend of classic and contemporary, with plenty of original features as well as furniture from international designers. Each of the 50 rooms and suites have retained much of their charm while having all the features of a modern boutique hotel. The Spanish have really mastered the art of al fresco living, and you can relax in the patio garden, the scent of orange blossom carrying on the breeze. For a spectacular bird’s-eye-view of the city, head to the rooftop terrace and watch the sun sink behind the skyline. Every region in Spain is passionate about their cuisine and you can experience the delights of Andalusian cuisine at the hotel restaurant, located in the old palace winery. For a more relaxed dining affair, enjoy some tapas and wine in the bar or on the terrace. When you just need to lay back and relax, head to the spa where Located near the Santa Cruz district, you’re ideally situated to explore Seville. The Giralda Tower, Plaza Jesús de la Redencion, the cathedral and the Real Alcázar are all close by.
The jewel in the Moorish Caliphate of Cordoba and the capital of the most powerful Castilian Kingdom, Seville has been left with eye-popping architecture and majestic grace. While Seville reached its peak in the 17th century and then suffered terribly in the Spanish Civil War, today it has resurrected itself as the capital and largest city of Andalusia. You'll need to spend a few days here at least to experience the true essence of Spanish grandeur.
Enjoy a walking tour through Barrio de Santa Cruz, Seville's oldest quarter, learning about its history from the Roman times right up until the present day. You'll visit the cathedral which sits on the site of the Great Mosque of the 12th century; the only part of this that remains is the minaret, now known as the Giralda Tower. The Royal Alcazar was the site of the marriage between Carlos V and Isabel of Portugal and is centred around two courtyards. The Ambassador's Hall is beautifully decorated with plasterwork and tiles, while the top floor is accessed by a 16th century staircase featuring paintings by Roelas and Madrazo. The pretty gardens reflect the passing of historical periods and are a lush hideaway filled with pomegranate, orange and palm trees.
Take the pressure off your feet for a while and enjoy a horse and carriage ride through Seville. Admire some of the city’s most famous monuments, buildings and parks including the Palace of Saint Telmo, the former tobacco factory, Maria Luisa Park and the Torre del Oro.
Flamenco is the traditional song and dance of the gypsies of Andalusia and was developed over hundreds of years before becoming popular in the 19th century as a form of café entertainment. There are three parts to every flamenco show: 'grande' or 'hondo' with intense, profound songs; 'intermedio'; and finally 'pequeño', lighthearted songs about love and nature.
Spain has an incredibly rich culinary history and is famous for its tapas, bite-sized morsels of delicious food usually enjoyed with a glass or wine or beer. You'll visit some of the city's best tapas bars and enjoy dining the way Spaniards have for more than two centuries.
Sat either side of the Taj del Ronda, a narrow gorge more than 150m deep, Ronda is one of Spain's most dramatic towns. The medieval quarter is located to the south of the river while the more modern town has sprung up to the north. Walk along the 18th century Puente Nuevo bridge which straddles the chasm and offers spectacular views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains and visit beautiful old buildings such as the Church of Santa Maria and the bullring.
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Accommodation in Granada
- 75 rooms and suites
- Sauna and Turkish bath
Granada is a city with more than its fair share of beautiful buildings and stunning architecture. The luxurious AC Palacio de Santa Paula occupies the former Santa Paula Convent which has been lovingly restored to offer guests a relaxing retreat bursting with character. The hotel is centred around a beautiful courtyard with elegant stone arches and palm trees, the delicate tinkling of the fountain in the background. It also houses the tombs of the nuns from the convent. Admire it from the wraparound balcony on the first floor, complete with 16th century frescos, or sink into one of the chairs and enjoy it illuminated at night. Fusing old and new, the hotel has managed to retain its charm and authenticity while allowing guests to enjoy all the comforts of a modern hotel. There are 75 rooms and suites, some with exposed brick walls and views over the courtyard. The restaurant occupies the former convent library and the menu makes for good reading, fusing traditional Andalusian flavours with more modern culinary concepts. The courtyard is the perfect setting for a glass of wine and nibbles. You’re ideally situated on the Gran Via de Colon, one of the main avenues in Granada’s old quarter. The cathedral and archeological museum are on your doorstep and the majestic Alhambra is within walking distance.
- 42 rooms
Granada is a city steeped in history, but this hasn’t stopped it embracing modern Spanish culture with aplomb. The blend of old and new is what makes a stay at the Hospes Palacio de los Patos so special. The hotel is split across two buildings, one a renovated 19th century palace and the other a striking modern construction. The interior is bright and airy, and rooms in the older part of the hotel contain beautiful features such as plasterwork ceilings, Doric columns and friezes. After a day of exploring, you’ll relish the opportunity to relax and unwind in the spa which features Turkish baths, a sauna and thermal pool. Sightseeing can build up quite the appetite so enjoy some traditional Spanish tapas or dishes inspired by the city’s Moorish past in the hotel’s restaurant. No trip to Granada would be complete without visiting the majestic Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th century. Be sure to also stop by the Granada Cathedral and the Alcazaba, a wonderfully preserved Moorish fortress.
- 45 rooms and suites
The Alhambra is one of the most iconic landmarks not just in Granada, but across Europe. The Parador de Granada is located within its grounds and is the perfect place to appreciate it in all its glory. A former Franciscan convent, the Parador was built on the site of a Nasrin palace. The remains of the Turkish bathes are still visible today and other relics are housed in the hotel museum. Part of the building was the former chapel where the kings of Spain were buried before moving to the Royal Chapel. Enjoy a stroll in the garden, from which you can look out at the city’s medieval walls and towards the Sacramonte and Albaicín neighbourhoods. The hotel blends classic and contemporary design with wooden floors, latticed shutters and pieces of antique furniture alongside more modern features in the 45 rooms and suites. The restaurant serves traditional Spanish cuisine and the terrace is the perfect place to while away balmy summer evenings. The Alhambra is understandably one of Spain’s most popular attractions, but your prime location means you can enjoy its majestic palaces and beautiful gardens once the crowds have disappeared.
Seville's brooding Andalusian sister sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Iberian Peninsula's highest massif. Renowned as the last stronghold of the Moors who were driven out of Western Europe in the 15th century, it's here that you'll best discover Andalusia's splendid Arabic architectural heritage including the beautiful Alhambra Palace.
The lavish Alhambra is Granada's most visited site. Once a palace and fortress for the city's Muslim rulers, the Alhambra means ‘red fort' and is named after the red clay used in its construction in the mid-13th century. The Generalife was the country residence of the Nasrid king and the recreational courtyard and its beautiful gardens sit on the slopes of the Cerro del Sol, offering spectacular views.
Take to the skies and enjoying seeing Granada from a truly unique angle. You'll take off from the Hermitage of San Miguel Alto to the west of the city and fly over the famous Sacromonte and Alzayzín neighbourhoods, the cathedral and the mighty Alhambra. Once you land, you'll enjoy an informal breakfast in the countryside.
Head to the Hammam al Andalus, the first Arab baths to reopen in Europe after being closed down in the 16th century. The baths are located at the foot of the Alhambra over the ruins of an original public bath. They feature hot, warm and cool baths which you can dip in and out of, as well as a steam room. You'll also enjoy a traditional massage using red grape soap and essential oils.
Cordoba is perhaps Spain’s most handsome city, an historic centre of culture and lasting testament to a golden age of religious tolerance during its time as a caliphate. King Ferdinand III then claimed the city for Castile during the Spanish Reconquista, bequeathing it its gothic and renaissance finery. Visit today, and you'll find Cordoba's grand past beautifully reflected in the city's magnificent architecture. During your tour, explore the Moorish, Jewish and Christian quarters including the Alcazar with its beautiful gardens. You'll also discover Roman remains and the famous Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral.
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