School trip to Cordoba, in the heart of Andalusia

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Cordoba: This Andalusian city on the banks of the Guadalquivir is strategically situated between Seville and Granada. Cordoba invites you to discover the three cultures that coexisted during the years of the Caliphate: Jewish, Muslim and Christian. This cultural heritage has made Cordoba a truly welcoming, responsive and stylish city.

Cordoba boasts a tempting calendar of cultural events throughout the year: Holy Week, the Crosses of May festival, the Courtyard Competition, the Cordoba Fair, the White Night of Flamenco, the Guitar Festival and the International Poetry Festival.

Example of a School trip:

D.1. Arrival and settling-in. Welcome to the heart of Andalusia!

D.2. We start with we visit the Calahorra Tower with its Al-Andalus living museum (an interactive experience which shows how the Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures coexisted in medieval Cordoba). We then continue over the Roman bridge that spans the River Guadalquivir before reaching the Alcazar Fortress of the Christian Monarchs and a picnic lunch in its gardens. In the afternoon there is a guided tour of the Mosque-Cathedral, the Jewish quarter and the Synagogue, the only one in Andalusia. To recharge the batteries, a snack of hot chocolate with churros (dipping doughnuts).

D.3. Excursion to Granada where students will visit the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, take a stroll through the Albaicín neighbourhood and eat a picnic lunch at the Viewpoint of San Nicolás. Later on we visit the marvelous Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens.

D.4. Excursion to Seville. We visit the Reales Alcázares Fortresses and Gardens, a masterpiece of Mudejar architecture, before heading for Plaza de España and a picnic lunch in the Maria Luisa Park, followed by a guided tour of the city’s most iconic feature: the Giralda Cathedral and the neighbourhood of Santa Cruz.

D.5. We start the day with a visit to the Julio Romero de Torres Museum, devoted to the original Cordoban painter. A great place for a picnic lunch is the Plaza del Potro or the Plaza de la Corredera. Later on there’s a beginner’s lesson in flamenco dancing at a local dance school. Dinner tonight is in a restaurant followed by a flamenco show.

D.6. Farewell and departure. See you soon!

Other recommended activities:

  • Stud farm: learn about dressage horses and the art of managing the cattle and fighting bulls in the countryside of Cordoba.
  • Medina Azahara: after a video in the interpretation centre showing a 3D replica of the ancient Palatine city, we visit the archaeological remains of the city which the emir Abd al-Rahman III ordered to be built at the foot of the Sierra Morena. We recommend doing this tour with a guide.
  • Palace of Viana: built in the 14th century, it contains twelve magnificent courtyards and numerous eclectic collections: paintings, pottery, mosaics, ceramics and a unique library.
  • An equestrian performance entitled The Passion and Magic of Andalusian Horses (in the Royal Stables).

Some of our favourites…

  • Visit to the Olive Oil Museum in Baena: the star product of the Andalusian countryside and the Mediterranean Diet. Students will learn how the olives are grown and how the olive oil is made, with a tasting session.
  • Visit to a winery in Montilla to learn the winemaking process of D.O. Montilla-Moriles wine, the great unknown among the traditional wines of southern Spain.

A few tips:

  • Cordoba is connected by the high-speed rail network with Madrid, Seville, Malaga and Barcelona. The nearest airports are Seville and Malaga. We can organize a private bus transfer from either airport.
  • We offer a variety of accommodation options for our groups of students in Cordoba: hotels, youth hostels or, for the optimum integration in local life and customs, our homestay centre in Cordoba staying with our host families.
  • Our school trips in Cordoba can be combined with customized Spanish classes in the mornings.

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