12th may 2015
The tour picked us up from the hotel and we headed for Cordoba. Here we toured a Church that dated back 2000 years. It had a huge history of different religions owning it and altering it. One time as a mosque it could hold 30000 people.
We had a chance after the tour to look around the town ourselves and wander around all the small streets and lanes which were amazing.
The bus picked us up and next stop was Saville. Arrived at about 4pm and it was 43 degrees!! Checked in and went for a walk before dinner, we got a bit lost due to the small winding streets but found some interesting spots on our longer way back.
13 May 2015
We had on a city tour of Saville which included the exebition centre built for the world fair in 1929. We had a tour through the Royal palace which had a mix of Spanish and Arabic architecture. The gardens were wonderful and were like a green oasis in a dry city. We then walked to the church, 3rd largest in the world and has a crypt for Christopher Columbus. It apparently took 100 years to build and had Spanish and Italian architecture. We climbed to the top of the bell tower and got a great view of the city. By this time it was hot, it had reached 47 degrees!!!!!
We had lunch in a cool café then walked back to the hotel through the old winding streets. Would have liked to walk some more but it was too hot!
Had a swim at the pool and saw a Flamingo dance concert.
14th May 2015
Left at 8am Saville and headed to Ronda. Ronda is a beautiful town with a long history of many occupants. A guide took us through the town and we visited a bull fighting ring, the oldest in Spain. It was built in about 1730!
We had a bit of time in the town, then headed to the coast stopping at Puerto Banos where the rich and famous keep their boats!
We continued down the coast and stopped at Mijas, a very old town perched on the hills overlooking the sea. Very nice place to walk around. Stayed the night at Costa De Sol.
15th May 2015
Early morning run along the coast and had a dip in the Mediterranean Sea! Travelled to Granada for a look and tour of the town and a show at night. Arrived in Granada about mid day, looked around town before taking a tour through Alhambra, a palace from the 14th century. Wonderful architecture and detailed tiles all over the walls. The gardens were wonderful too. Went to to see an authentic Flamingo dance that was held in a traditional gypsy cave in the Sacromonte district then a night city walk.
16th May 2015
Left Granada to travel back to Madrid, stopistoping at Toledo on the way. So much to see at Toledo.