Be captivated by the beauty, charm and Moorish architecture of Andalucía on this escorted adventure led by writer and former Spanish resident Dr. John Newton.
Andalucía, or El Andalus as it was known to the Moors, was shaped by 700 years of Muslim rule during the middle ages, a heritage still evident today in Spanish architecture, cuisine, philosophy and science. We will explore that history and the Moorish presence in Spain from the 8th Century when, under the rule of the Umayyad dynasty, Cordóba was the most powerful and accomplished city in Medieval Europe to the last days of Moorish rule in Granada in the 15th Century.
Along the way we will visit out of the way towns and villages (including the only Jewish town in Moorish Spain) and explore the Islamic, Jewish and Christian legacy of that time in such world heritage buildings as the church of San Simón in Toledo, the Alhambra in Granada, the Mesquita and the Madinat al-Zahra in Córdoba.
The food chosen for this tour will explore Moorish, Sephardic Jewish and Spanish culinary traditions. There will also be a tasting of the wines of the little known region of Montilla-Moriles where winemaking practices date back to the 8th Century.
And there’ll be plenty of time for shopping for chic Spanish fashions, local artefacts and hunt for tapas. History, food, wine. What is not to love?
Our Australian guide is Dr John Newton, a writer and former Spanish resident. John has written and edited four books on Spanish cuisine, written extensively on his experiences in Spain (see his blog newtonwrites.com) and is a long time student of the Moorish period of Spanish history.
John will be joined by expert local guides, only too ready to share their secret photography spots and insider knowledge of the culture and community.
16 to 27 October
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