Seville, Granada & Andalucía

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    Seville's mighty cathedral, the largest Gothic church worldwide.
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    The Reales Alcázares, a stunning 14th-century palace of the Moorish Muslim kings.
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    Seville's Torre del Oro.
  • Granada school trip
    The Alhambra Palace, jewel in Granada's crown.
  • Andalusia school trip
    Take in Córdoba's stunning Roman bridge and Mezquita on a day trip from Seville.

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Abundant in history, heritage, culture, architectural masterpieces and stunning natural landscapes, there’s certainly no shortage of options when it comes to planning a school trip to Andalucía. Indeed, perhaps the greatest difficulty is choosing from the region’s rich menu of Moorish delights.

Of course there’s the capital of the region, Seville, with its many varied sights guaranteed to impress, from the Moorish architecture of the 14th-century Real Alcázares and Casa de Pilatos, to the soaring Gothic cathedral and la Giralda bell tower, once the highest of its kind worldwide.

And then there’s Granada, one of the most important cities in Moorish Spain and renowned, of course, for its stunning Alhambra palace fortress, one of Spain’s most popular visitor attractions. Completing the triangle meanwhile, the city of Córdoba commands a striking position aside the Guadalquivir river with its breathtaking Mezquita and rich religious heritage.

Beyond Andalucía’s principal cities, the fiesta and the flamenco, the landscapes of the Sierra Nevada and whitewashed villages of the Alpujarras add something quite special to this region’s attractiveness. Consider, too, the cultural centre that is Málaga, or the ancient city of Cádiz on the Mediterranean coastline.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around Seville and Granada. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Andalucía school trip itinerary and budget.

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Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Seville or Málaga.

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here are a couple of popular itineraries for a Seville, Granada & Andalucía school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 5 Days by Air to Seville

Day 1 – On arrival in Spain, take a private coach transfer to central Seville where you’ll check into your hotel and have dinner.

Day 2 – A full day spent exploring the many beautiful sights of Seville. A natural starting point has to be the awesome Catedral de Sevilla and the Giralda bell tower. Other must-sees include the 14th-century Real Alcázares and the Moorish Casa de Pilatos.

Alternative options for Seville could include the city’s Maestranza (bullring), the Museo del Baile Flamenco, or the Torre del Oro and Museo Naval.

Day 3 – Take a trip to the stunning city of Córdoba set on the Guadalquivir river and home to one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings, the Mezquita. Visit the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and explore the city’s Jewish quarter, including a stop-off at the medieval synagogue.

Day 4 – A full day devoted to fun at Seville’s Isla Mágica, a theme park located on the Isla de la Cortuja. Alternatively, why not consider a visit to the whitewashed, clifftop town of Arcos de la Frontera and/or the coastal city of Cádiz, reputedly the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the western world.

Day 5 – Board your private coach transfer back to Málaga airport for your return flight to the UK.

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air to Granada

Day 1 – Direct flight from the UK to Málaga. On arrival, take a private coach transfer to Granada where you’ll check into your hotel and have dinner.

Day 2 – A full day in Granada where your sightseeing itinerary centres around the magnificent Alhambra Palace. Additional options for this day include the Royal Chapel (Capilla Real) and Cathedral, the districts of Albaicín and Sacromonte, and the monasteries of La Cartuja and San Jerónimo.

Day 3 – Another day spent exploring Granada, alternatively enjoy a coach excursion to the whitewashed villages of the Alpujarras region, set on the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada.

Day 4 – Board your private coach transfer back to the airport, stopping off in Málaga itself if time allows.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Seville

Catedral de Sevilla – Third largest church in the world, Seville’s cathedral is also the largest Gothic church worldwide. Built in the 15th century on the site of a 12th-century mosque, it contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
La Giralda – Soaring almost 100 metres into the Seville skyline, the cathedral bell tower offers a fabulous view over the city.
Plaza de Virgen de los Reyes – Dominated by the cathedral and La Giralda, the Plaza de Virgen de los Reyes is lively square packed full of landmarks including the Palacio Arzobispal and the Convento de la Encarnación.
Reales Alcázares – One of Seville’s top attractions, this Moorish palace complex was built in the 14th century and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Casa de Pilatos – Reputedly modelled on the house of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, the Casa de Pilatos dates back to the 14th century and is one of the city’s finest mansion houses, boasting an eclectic mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Moorish architectural styles.
Torre del Oro – A distinctive watchtower that once formed part of Seville’s defensive walls and served as a control point for the city’s port and a storage facility for gold and other spoils. Situated close to the Guadalquivir River near Seville’s historic centre, the Torre del Oro today plays host to the city’s Naval Museum and is a popular and much-photographed landmark.
Museo del Baile Flamenco – Founded by the world-famous flamenco dancer, Cristina Hoyos, the museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of flamenco and its many varieties of style.
Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza – Perhaps the most famous bullring in all of Spain. a tour of shows you the arena, the chapel in which the matadors pray before their flights, as well as the Museum of the History of Bullfights displaying paintings, costumes and other artefacts.
Plaza de España – Built for the Ibero-American Expo in 1929, the Plaza de España lies within the grounds of the Parque de Maria Luísa. As well as beautiful Renaissance and neo-Moorish buildings, the Plaza boasts a large central fountain, a moat and 58 brightly decorated benches, each one representing the provinces of Spain.
Parque de Maria Luísa – A tranquil city park, as well as the Plaza de España, you’ll also find here the Plaza de America boasting three striking pavilions, two of which play host to the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Andalusian Folk Arts.
Isla Mágica – Situated on the Isla de la Cartuja, this amusement park offers a great alternative to the history and architecture of Seville. Don’t forget your swimsuit!
Flamenco Show – There’s no better place to see an authentic flamenco show than in Seville. El Patio Sevillano and El Arenal are two popular venues.
Metropol Parasol – The world’s largest wooden structure, this unique building sits atop Roman ruins which today form part of the Museo Antiquarium.

Seville, Granada & Andalucía school trip images courtesy of Tomas Fano & Francisco Colinet.

 

Granada

Alhambra – Translated from Arabic as ‘the red’, Granada’s awesome Alhambra represents the jewel in the crown of Spanish Moorish architecture. Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, this sprawling fortress boasts a wealth of treasures including the fabulous Generalife Gardens, the Alcazaba (citadel), the Patio de los Leones and the Palacios Nazaríes, the central palace complex.
Generalife Gardens – The finest and indeed oldest Moorish gardens to be found across Andalusia, boasting fountains, cypress trees, pools, patios and pathways.
Catedral – Commissioned by Queen Isabella in the 16th century, Granada’s imposing cathedral comprises a variety of architectural styles. As well as an impressive altarpiece, the cathedral’s star attraction must surely be the Capilla Real (Royal Chapel) containing the tombs of several Catholic monarchs, including King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella themselves.
Albayzín – Set atop a hill overlooking the Alhambra is Granada’s old Muslim quarter, the Albayzín, a labyrinthine maze of narrow streets and whitewashed cármenes (mansion houses) set amidst atmospheric plazas, Arab minarets, Renaissance palaces and old Baroque churches.
Sacromonte – For centuries the home of Roma gypsies and Flemish artists, Sacromonete is renowned for its cave dwellings, built into the sides of the hills, and for its zambra shows, a flamenco-style dance.
Monasterio de La Cartuja – A short distance to the north of Granada lies the Carthusian monastery of La Cartuja, originally a Roman cemetery until 1506 when it passed into monastic hands.
Huerta de San Vicente – Known as the Casa-Museo Federico García Lorca, this was the summer residence of Federico García Lorca, the great Spanish writer and Granada’s most famous son. Today the museum pays homage to Lorca’s life and work and is preserved as it was left in 1936, when he was arrested and assassinated at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.
Parque de las Ciencias – Reputedly Granada’s most visited museum, the Parque de las Ciencias (Science Park) boasts hands-on displays and interactive activities on a scientific theme. Highlights include the Planetarium, astronomy garden and an observation tower.

Elsewhere

Córdoba – Once the capital of Islamic Spain, Córdoba is home to one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings, the Mezquita. The city’s Muslim and Jewish heritage is also worth exploring, particularly Also the Moorish Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and the medieval synagogue in the Jewish Quarter.
Carmona – Just to the east of Seville, Carmona was once an important Roman city and a visit to its Necrópolis Romana is a worthwhile excursion.
Cádiz – Founded by the Phoenicians in about 1100 BC, Cádiz is generally considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe.
Arcos de la Frontera – A stunning clifftop town south of Seville boasting whitewashed houses and a long history. Easily combinable with Cádiz.
Jerez de la Frontera – Just north of Cádiz, Jerez de la Frontera is renowned as the capital of Andalucía’s horse culture, famous for its sherry, and cradle of Spanish flamenco.
Ronda – Situated due west of Málaga, Ronda is one of Spain’s oldest and most dramatic towns, set atop a dramatic 100-metre gorge.
Las Alpujarras – Flanking the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, this region of mountain villages known as Las Alpujarras is defined by deep, sheltered valleys and gorges which run down towards the Mediterranean.
Málaga – Renowned as the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Málaga now boasts a wealth of art museums and cultural institutions.