Andalusia, 5 must-sees on our cruise
Located in the south of Spain, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Andalusia is full of landmark cities with a cultural and architectural heritage inherited from the civilisations of yesteryear. Along the Guadalquivir, these places of interest will reveal themselves to you and bear witness to their history thanks to the various remains and buildings, sacred places of memory.
The itinerary as we have imagined it will allow you to follow in the footsteps of this typical Spanish region that has often been turned upside down, where the reconquests have not stopped.
On the slopes of the Guadalquivir, the city of the Caliphs, better known as Cordoba, was founded by the Romans in the 11th century. Cordoba has created its own identity through its history, which has been marked by various Roman, Muslim, and Christian conquests. Its streets and buildings retrace an often-disrupted chronology where culture and architecture are intertwined. Its historic centre has been classified as a UNESCO heritage site, a vestige of the past, such as the mosque-cathedral, the Alcazar and the Roman Bridge, a legacy of the past.
A natural Biosphere Reserve, Doñana Park is home to a rich and diverse fauna and flora and offers visitors a veritable spectacle of many varieties of protected species. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Doñana Park will reconnect you with nature and its ecosystem, both for the keen and the curious. The beauty of the landscapes makes this an attractive and soothing place that has an undoubtedly disorientating effect.
Head for the Caravelles Park, in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus. Caravels, small sailing ships, from the Latin carabus, were developed by the Portuguese and perfected by Henry the Navigator, an emblematic figure of the most important discoveries. It was with the caravels La Pinta and La Niña, as well as a carrack, the Santa Maria, that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492 together with the Pinzón brothers. However, it is still a mystery how the famous navigator used these ships. In the manner of those who made the major continental discoveries, this tour takes you into the exciting world of conquest, a symbol of power and might.
From Cadiz or El Puerto de Santa Maria, discover the emblematic city of Jerez, famous for its wine, horsemanship, and Andalusian bulls. Its cathedral, built in 1695, combines the heterogeneous Gothic and Neoclassical styles, with its foundations built on the former Mosque of Jerez and the former El Salvador church. A visit to the Alcázar, the oldest monument in Jerez and the residence of the Sevillian caliphs, is a must.
The jewel of Andalusia, Granada is characterised by its strong Hispanic-Arabic imprint, which is rooted in its cultural and architectural heritage. A major monument, the Alhambra, from the Arabic "purple castle", is an Islamic acropolis known throughout the world as the royal residence in the 13th century before becoming a Christian court in 1492. Granada is one of the most visited cities in Spain, and for good reason, its labyrinthine streets make for an attractive visit, and each one tells its own story.