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Andalusia by train
Andalusia is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. The region’s rich history and culture have been greatly influenced by Arabs and Romans, but also by earlier conquests. The region’s capital city, Seville, is just 2h20 away by train from Madrid.
Day 1 and 2
Cádiz > Seville
Start exploring Andalusia with the city of Cádiz (1h40 trip from Seville), the oldest city in southern Europe. Laid like a ship on the Atlantic ocean, it was the point of departure of Christopher Columbus for his second voyage to the New World. Take a stroll on the Campo del Sur avenue, for a view of the Los Mártires and Capuchinos defence bastions overlooked by San Sebastián and Santa Catalina Castles. Heading towards the boulevard Alameda Apodaca, the Candelaria Bastion and the San Carlos Walls can also be seen. Visit the Cathedral of Cádiz, famous for its golden tiled dome, before discovering the Las Puertas de Tierra (city gates). Wander in the narrow streets of the Old Town, to unearth popular quarters such as La Viña (the fisherman’s district) and Santa María (true home of flamenco song). In the El Pópulo quarter, which is the oldest in the city, you’ll find the three gates to the original medieval city and the ##Santa Cruz Church.
Take the morning train to reach Seville (1h40 from Cádiz). In addition to its Holy Week processions, the Feria de Abril (April fair), the bullfights and Flamenco, Seville also offers history, culture, a cuisine and a lifestyle of its own. It is perhaps the Spanish city that best reflects the different civilizations that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula, and this can be seen in its amazing buildings, that blend Renaissance, Baroque and Andalusí styles. Its symbol, the Giralda, is a must-see, but don’t miss its other equally fascinating landmarks: the Torre del Oro, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Reales Alcázares (Royal Palace). Discover the charismatic Triana quarter, where bullfighters, cantaores (Flamenco singers) and bailaoras (Flamenco dancers) proudly boast their origins.
Seville > Córdoba
On the 3rd day, go to Córdoba (1h05 trip), the land of leading figures such as the bullfighter Manolete or Abd-ar-Rahman III. The blend between the cultures from East and West can clearly be seen in Córdoba, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main example of this blend is the Mosque-Cathedral, a Jewel of Hispano-Islamic art. The Mosque of Córdoba was built during the 9th and 10th centuries, and consecrated as a cathedral in 1236. The legacy of the Muslim era can be seen in Córdoba’s majestic old quarter, one of Europe’s largest.
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