The culture of contemporary Spain is a rich mixture of its prehistoric Celtic-Iberian, Roman, Visigothic, and Moorish heritage. When the last of the Moors (Moslems) were expelled from Granada in 1492, after almost 800 years of war known as the Reconquest, the modern nation of Spain was born. Each of the cultures, however, left its mark and nowhere is the variety of modern Spain more evident than in the area covered by this itinerary: from cosmopolitan Madrid to the glamorous Costa del Sol, playground of the jet set. You visit historic Toledo, capital of Visigothic Spain from the 6th to the 8th centuries and of Christian Spain from 1085 to the mid-16th century. Chosen home of the renowned painter, El Greco, Toledo is perhaps the most Spanish of all Spanish towns and a veritable open-air museum of history.
If you are an ardent Cervantes (or a Man of La Mancha) fan we offer a side trip across the plains of La Mancha to visit the home of Dulcinea. Then on to Córdoba—capital of Moorish Spain and, in the 10th century, second in wealth and luxury only to Baghdad. Córdoba still recalls the glory of the Moslem empire on the peninsula. After that, you visit the Moors’ last stronghold, Granada, where the most spectacular architectural monument of the culture, the Alhambra, towers majestically over the city. This itinerary ends on the sunny beaches of the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun), where European royalty and Hollywood stars moor their yachts.
NOTE: This itinerary is excerpted from the E-Book title, Spain: Exceptional Places to Stay & Itineraries. You might want to consider the complete E-Book if you are considering any additional itineraries as there are ten for Spain and they are all duplicated in the more complete E-Book.
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