The excursions have been grouped into 3 thematic weeks, allowing you to explore different perspectives of Andalucía.

Depending on the duration of your Spanish immersion, you can add one, two… or all thematic weeks.

You can also choose one or two thematic weeks and spread it/them over 2, 3 or 4 immersion weeks. Or combine it/them with the Gastronomic module.

Transportation is done with our private car and driver

Parque La Donaña

WEEK 1. THREE GLOBAL RELIGIONS AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON SPANISH CULTURE AND ARCHITECTURE TROUGH HISTORY.

The history of Spain, particularly the history of the south, has been strongly influenced by the three mayor religions in the world: Judaism, Islam and Christianism. As we visit important landmarks and cities, this week will let you discover how these 3 religions molded the history and architecture of Andalucía.

Cathedral of Seville & La Giralda. The cathedral of Seville is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest Gothic and 3rd-largest church in the world. Its crowning summit, the Giralda, one of Europe's most famous towers, was begun in the late 1100s by the Moors and was raised even higher by the Catholic monarchs in 1568.

El Rocio. This is a strange outpost of the Wild West, with wide, sandy streets lined with houses complete with broad verandas and wooden rails for tying up horses. It's famous for its annual romería, the Rocío Pilgrimage at Pentecost when it is overflowing with a seething mass of a million pilgrims with horses and decorated carts.

Cordoba. Cordoba was founded by the Romans and due to its strategic importance as the highest navigable point of the Guadalquivir River, it became a port city of great importance. Cordoba's hour of greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus, and this was when work began on the Great Mosque, or "Mezquita", which – after several centuries of additions and enlargements – became one of the largest in all of Islam. When the city was reconquered by the Christians in 1236, the new rulers of the city were so awed by its beauty that they left it standing, building their cathedral in the midst of its rows of arches and columns, and creating the extraordinary church-mosque we see today. Cordoba's treasures include the Alcazar, the Calahorra Fort, the ancient Jewish Synagogue and Cordoba's medieval quarter.

Carmona. Located on a low hill overlooking a fertile plain, Carmona is a picturesque, small town with a magnificent 15th century tower built in imitation of Seville's Giralda. Carmona was an important Roman city which, under the Moors was often governed by a brother of the Sevillan ruler.

WEEK 2. SECRETS OF ANDALUCIA.

Spain being the second most visited country in the world, it's difficult to avoid tourists. However, there are still plenty of places to visit, less known by tourists... And that’s what we are going to do during this week.

Reales Alcázar. The oldest royal seat in Spain was originally built for the Moorish caliphs in A.D. 712 as a fortress, then enlarged and embellished over the next thousand years by successive generations of Moors and, beginning in 1248, Christian rulers

Itálica. Italica was the birthplace of three emperors and one of the earliest Roman settlements in Spain founded in 206 BC. It rose to considerable military importance in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Throughout the Middle Ages, the ruins were used as a source of stone for Seville, but fortunately the amphitheater has survived.

Sierra de Grazalema. Declared biosphere reserve by UNESCO, this park is filled with spectacular landscapes, unique species and beautiful white villages. We will visit the most important villages, allowing you to experience rural Spain while enjoying the extraordinary architectural and ecological wealth of the region.

La Doñana. The only natural reserve declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its great variety of species, ecosystems and wildlife shelters, including migratory birds and endangered species such as the Spanish imperial eagle or the Iberian lynx.

Parque Nacional La Doñana
Ronda

WEEK 3. ANDALUCIA PROFUNDA.

All around Spain, you can find unique towns that are far away from the big cities. In this week, we will show you three towns that are unique because of their history, architecture and location.

Parque Minero Río Tinto. While Seville has been a center of economic and cultural development for more than 2000 years, it has been only since the 19th century that some development occurred in nearby Huelva thanks to exploitation of the Rio Tintos mines. Although most mines are closed nowadays, you can still visit these mines, towns and the Rio Tinto River with its unique orange color.

Sentenil & Ronda. Where most Andalusian towns were built on protective bluffs and pinnacles, Sentenil grew out of a network of caves in the cliffs above the rio Trejo. Its blinding-white houses seem to emerge from the rocks, and some have rock roofs and even olive groves on their roofs. Ronda is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo 'new' bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, for its unparalleled views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.

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