Andalusia: A Region of Contrasts
Mystical, historic, romantic, the region of Andalusia is treasure trove of scintillating experiences. Imbued in its architecture is a mesmerising fusion of Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance elements. Even exploring on foot, the deep-rooted character of the Iberian Peninsula is felt, and the towns are made warm with the charm of local artisans and tapas bars. As the December air cools down and the crowds lessen, we take you on a discovery of Spain’s southern gems.
Out of the many vibrant towns in Andalusia, few can deny the beauty of the architectural wonders in Seville, Cordoba and Granada. Driving between them is a treat, not longer than three hours each way and accompanied by scenic landscapes of sprawling farmland. We begin by seeing the marvellous artistry at the Alcázar palace, then trace the intricate art of tiling with an artisan of Triana tiles.
Just a stone’s throw from Cordoba is a beautiful family-run ranch that specialises in breeding cows and the iconic Andalusian horse. These magnificent creatures were known then and still today for their extraordinary athleticism. Witness this firsthand with a traditional dancing show led by a leading equestrian, Ángel Peralta.
The region is still very much alive with the spirited song and dance of Flamenco, often inviting you into parks and unassuming alcoves. While some might take a private lesson to learn the complexity of movement, music-lovers can follow the history of its sound with a visit to a Flamenco guitar atelier.
It’s no secret that Spain offers a delectable feast of flavours ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. The taste of Andalusia lies in its produce—the regional take on gazpacho, salmorejo, is a delicious dish made from using a blend of just vegetables, olive oil, and bread. Andalusia also encompasses a stunning coastline so we can become acquainted with the freshest local catch.
Step into Hotel Alfonso XIII and we are transported back in time. With its mosaic colonnades and marble walkways, we are fully immersed in the mystical architecture of Andalusia.