A nostalgic trip to Andalusia

Like all Arabs I grew up hearing about the lost Islamic Kingdom of Al Andalus (Andalusia) we learned about those prosperous times and the events that followed. I always dreamed of visiting Andalusia I just wasn’t sure how, when or where to start.

Alhambra palace
Alhambra palace

Beside what I learned in school curriculum, I wanted to know more of what happened after the fall. I read a lot of books and novels (scroll down for recommended readings for this trip) that depicted that period of time but I wondered if there are any remnants of that era. I finally decided it was time to go and see for myself.

Granada city
Granada

I wasn’t sure where to start the trip. After doing some research I decided to start my trip from Ishbeliya (Seville). I arrived to Seville by a short flight from Lisbon. I couldn’t find a better way to cross to Spain by land without having to go to south of Portugal. At the time, flying was the best option. With a bit of hesitation I chose to stay at Seville. I decided to stay for couple of nights in Seville because of the location. Once I started looking for a hotel I was immediately impressed by “Casa Del Poeta”. The photos and reviews on trip advisor were impressive it looked like a real gem but getting to it was a bit tricky.

Casa Del Poeta
Casa Del Poeta

The hotel staff actually emailed and asked for my exact arrival time and offered to arrange for a pickup. I wasn’t sure of my arrival time (the flight was actually delayed) so I passed the hotel offer and figured a taxi would be sufficient. The taxi dropped me near the closest alleyway and told me that’s the best he can do. I ended up walking with my luggage trying to locate the hotel. With a bit of luck I spotted the hotel sign.

old town seville
Old town Seville

The minute I entered the hotel I was just inlove with it. You could smell Jasmine and orange blossom all the way from the outside. Entering the hotel is like stepping inside an old Andalusian house. I could imagine all those stories I read about living in a similar house. I loved old town Seville it was so lively and so cozy at the same time. Narrow alleyways, small shops and beautiful squares full of orange trees, Flamenco music vibrates through the walls. This was exactly how I imagined Andalusia.

old town seville
Old town Seville

I could go on and on about Andalusia but I’ll split the journey into parts. In summary this was my itinerary.

2 nights in Seville. Must try Flamenco performance

Cordoba (day trip). Highlight is Mosque of Cordoba (Now a Cathedral) and historical old town.

Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
arabesque Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
Arabesque
Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba

2 nights in Granada. Highlight was AlHambra palace tour. Online pre-booking is a must.

1 night in Malaga. Departure to Paris then home.

Alhambra gardens Generalife
Alhambra gardens (Generalife)

I’ll be sharing detailed posts about each part of the journey. In the meantime you can enjoy my Instagram feed from Andalusia trip (Click on the photo to enlarge).

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Recommended readings for this trip