9 -18 November 2012

9 -18 November 2012

9 -18 November 2012 Wednesday, November 07 2012 - 7:27 AM Summary General Plan..............................................3 Trip details ...

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9 -18 November 2012

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Fri, 9 .................................................................. 4 Madrid Airport....................................................4 Toledo.................................................................4 th Sat, 10 ............................................................... 4 On the way to Cordoba: Consuegra windmills ...4 Cordoba ..............................................................4 th Sun, 11 ............................................................... 5 Ruta del Califato to Granada ..............................5 Granada ..............................................................5 th Mon, 12 ............................................................. 5 Granada ..............................................................5 On the way to Ronda: Alhama............................5 Ronda..................................................................5 th Tue, 13 ............................................................... 5 Ronda..................................................................5 On the way to Gibraltar: Pueblos Blancos ..........5 Gibraltar..............................................................6 Tarifa...................................................................6 th Wed, 14 ............................................................. 6 Tarifa...................................................................6 On the way to Cadiz............................................6 Puerto Santa Maria, Cadiz ..................................6 th Thu, 15 .............................................................. 6 Sevilla..................................................................6 th Fri, 16 ................................................................ 7 Sevilla..................................................................7 On the way to Càceres........................................7 Càceres ...............................................................7 th Fri, 17 ................................................................ 7 On the way to Madrid ........................................7 Madrid airport ....................................................7 th Sun, 18 ............................................................... 7 Maps ................................................................... 8

Restaurants ...............................................9 Links, detours and details ........................10 Consuegra windmills.........................................10 Cordoba ............................................................10 Ruta norte del Califato .....................................10 Alhambra ..........................................................11 Sevilla................................................................13

General Plan

Road signs ...............................................16 Expenses .................................................16

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General Plan at 9:55 am Nanda&Leo arrive in Madrid Friday, 9th

morning

morning

morning night

afternoon night morning

Tuesday, 13th

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1 ½

Dinner&overnight in Toledo

hostaldelcardenal.com

Drive to Cordoba

344 km / 214 mi

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after 60 km detour to Consuegra windmills

11 km / 7 mi detour

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h h

Dinner&overnight in Cordoba

hotelmezquita.com

Drive to Granada via Ruta del Califato

166 km /103 mi

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3

afternoon Visit Granada morning

Monday, 12th

102 km / 63 mi

afternoon Visit Cordoba night

Sunday, 11th

Drive to Toledo

afternoon Visit Toledo night

Saturday, 10th

Get car and meeting point

noon

Dinner&overnight in Granada

hotelzaguan.com

Visit Granada

h

4

h

Drive to Ronda

182 km / 114 mi

2 ½

after 60 km detour to Alhama

37 km / 23 mi

1 ½

Dinner&overnight in Ronda

hotelsangabriel.com

h

Visit Ronda Drive to La Linea via Rutas Pueblos Blancos

h

98 km / 61 mi

2

Drive to Tarifa

43 km / 27 mi

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Dinner&overnight in Tarifa

lasacristia.net

afternoon visit Gibraltar night

h

Visit Tarifa

Wednesday, 14th

morning

h

Drive to Vejer de la Frontera

50 km / 31 mi

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after 40 km detour to Caños de Meca, Trafalgar

8 km / 5 mi detour

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88 km / 55 mi

1

h

Visit Vejer de la Frontera Drive to Puerto Santa Maria

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afternoon Take the fery and visit Cadiz night

Friday, 16th

Saturday, 17th Sunday, 18th

hotelsantamaria.es

Drive to Sevilla

124 km / 78 mi

h

1 ½

afternoon Visit Sevilla night morning

Dinner&overnight in Sevilla Visit Sevilla

afternoon Drive to Càceres night morning

Dinner&overnight in Càceres

265 km / 165 mi

h

3

iberiahotel.com

Visit Càceres

afternoon Drive to Madrid night

hotelsimonsevilla.com

Dinner&overnight in Madrid

at 9:35 am Nanda&Leo depart to Parma at 11:30 am Gilda&Warren depart to Houston

316 km / 197 mi www.hiexpress.com

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3 ½

General Plan

Thursday, 15th

morning

Dinner&overnight in Puerto Santa Maria (Cadiz)

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Trip details Fri, 9th Madrid Airport IB 8785 Bologna (BLQ) Madrid Barajas (MAD) Terminal T4 Reference # 0967-7374-IT-0 Paid Voucher # AV870149980001TE63338694 Terminal T4. Floor -1 Toledo Parking at hotel Cathedral, Old Town, Santo Tomè, Monasterio S. Juan Sinagoga Del Transito Alcazar Panoramic tour on Camino Valle BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Del Cardenal Recaredo 24 Tel: 92 5224900 - hostaldelcardenal.com - #776104978, 876104178

Sat, 10th On the way to Cordoba: Consuegra windmills Consuegra windmills - Don Chixote's Windmills Cordoba Go to the hotel by car and then look for parking i.a.w. given directions Juderia and Synagogue (open 15:3017:30), Mezquita (open 1019:30) Roman Bridge

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Patios Palacio del Marques de Viana (open 1618)

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Hotel Mezquita Calle Pl. Santa Catalina, 1 . Teléfono: 957475 585 - hotelmezquita.com - #000130086, 00013087

07:30 09:55

Sun, 11th Ruta del Califato to Granada Panoramic route Granada We can leave your car in Parking: "Plaza Puerta Real" on the street "Acera del Darro". Exit A44 motorway: Take you the direction "Palacio de Congresos", once you've left the "Palacio de Congresos" on your right you will find a roundabout and take the second exit, then about 150 meters away a bridge the left and cross this bridge you are on the street "Acera del Darro" where we find the shopping center "Corte Inglés" and then the entrance to the parking Plaza Puerta Real"). The price of the parking is of 18.50 Euros for 24 hours, paying the ticket in cash at the reception of the hotel. Or in the Garage "Trex", is located in the "Plaza de los Campos" is priced at 16.00 Euros per 24 hours is necessary to seal the hotel on the parking ticket. This car park is located 7 minutes hotel.Para distance to reach the best way is to take the output of the A-44 to the "downtown" or street "collection" this street ends and continue on the street "Catholic Monarchs" until the end where we find a sculpture of Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella, turn right there on the street "Pavaneras" to the Church of Santo Domingo, attached to this church is the Garage "Trex". Carrera del Darro and Albayzin via cuesta del Chapiz, carril de S. Augustin, Mirador de S. Nicolas, calle Cruz, calle Boccanegra and calle S.José then back down via cuesta del Granadillo and cuesta Aceituneros. Cathedral, Capilla Real Hotel Zaguan del Darro Tel: 958 21 57 30 - hotelzaguan.com - email 18/05/2012

Mon, 12th Granada At 8:30 am Alhambra visit: The Alcazaba fortress, Nasrid Palaces (entrance at 10:00 am sharp), Court of the Lions, and the Generalife Gardens. On the way to Ronda: Alhama Outlook, taerme Ronda Parking provided by hotel Hotel San Gabriel Calle Marques de Moctezuma nº 19, hotelsangabriel.com - email 6/08/2012

Tue, 13th Ciudad, Casa del Rey Moro, Patio Palacio Mondragon On the way to Gibraltar: Pueblos Blancos …

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Ronda

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Gibraltar If there’s queue at border use parking lot in Calle Focona, else enter by car and use openair car parks at Grand Parade (by the Cable Car Station), and on Queensway, and a multistorey pay car park in the International Commercial Centre (entry via Line Wall Road). Some street parking is also available on Line Wall Road, Corral Road, Devils Tower Road, Rosia Road and Queensway Main Street, Museum, cable car, Apes’ Den, Top of the Rock, St Michel’s cave, Mediterranean steps, Cemetery Tarifa Reach hotel to drop luggage and then drive to a very close parking. Posada La Sacristía Calle San Donato 8 Tel. 956 681 759 - lasacristia.net - email 19/08/2012

Wed, 14th Tarifa Mirador del Estrecho Guzman el Bueno Castle On the way to Cadiz Baelo Claudia: Romans ruins Caños de Meca, Trafalgar: Panorama Vejer de la Frontera: Barbate valley outlook, old town. Puerto Santa Maria, Cadiz Provided by hotel Ferry to Cadiz Cadiz Cathedral Ferry to /from Cadiz at Puerto Santa Maria Hotel Jándalos Santa María Avenida de la Bajamar, s/n. Tel: 956 873 211 - hotelsantamaria.es - #1187-74rdlfg2s

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Thu, 15th

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Sevilla

To arrive the hotel drive Calle Reyes Católicos - Calle Zaragoza - Calle Doña Guiomar - Calle Castelar and at the end take Calle Francisco Sanchez Bedoya (it’s the street behind hotel). We can leave luggage at the reception, and drive to the public parking (name is Paseo de Colón)

Cathedral and Giralda (2h) Alcazar (2h) Barrio S. Cruz (3h) Casa de Pilatos (1h) Hotel Simón Sevilla García de Vinuesa, nº 19 tel: + 34 95 422.66.60 - hotelsimonsevilla.com

Fri, 16th Sevilla … On the way to Càceres … Càceres Provided by hotel Caceres Viejo (2h), Roman Museum Hotel Iberia Plaza Mayor C/ Pintores, 2 Tel: 927 247 634 - iberiahotel.com - email 28/08/2012

Fri, 17th On the way to Madrid … Madrid airport Provided by hotel Holiday Inn Express Madrid Airport Avenida de Aragon 402 Tel: 91 7481 657 - www.hiexpress.com - #64792454

Sun, 18th 09:35 11:50

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IB 8784 Madrid Barajas (MAD) Terminal 4 Bologna (BLQ)

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Maps

A Madrid airport, Madrid Friday, 9th 102 km

63 mi

Saturday, 10th 344 km

215 mi

Sunday, 11th 166 km

103 mi

Monday, 12th 182km

114 mi

Tuesday, 13th

98 km

61 mi

Tuesday, 13th

43 km

27 mi

Wednesday, 14th 138 km

86 mi

Thursday, 15th 124 km

78 mi

Friday, 16th 265 km

165 mi

Saturday, 17th 316 km

197 mi

B Toledo C Cordoba D Granada E Ronda F Gibraltar G Tarifa H Cadiz

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I Sevilla

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J Caceres K Madrid 1.778 km

1.109 mi

Restaurants Friday, 9th

Saturday, 10th

Sunday, 11th

Monday, 12th

Tuesday, 13th

Wednesday, 14th

Thursday, 15th

Friday, 16th

Toledo

Cordoba

Granada

Ronda

Tarifa

Cadiz

Sevilla

Càceres

Restaurants

Saturday, 17th

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Links, detours and details Consuegra windmills

http://www.spain.info/en/conoce/monumentos/toledo/el_cerro_calderico_y_sus_doce_molinos.html

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Cordoba

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Ruta norte del Califato Córdoba (km 0; 328.430 hab.) La capital de la provincia, con su famosa Mezquita, era antiguamente la sede del califato. Espejo (34 km; 3.650 hab.) Situada sobre una colina, entre olivares. Castillo (propiedad privada); Iglesia de San Bartolomé. Castro del Río (40 km; 8.100 hab.) Población antigua de los romanos. Castillo y Torre del Homenaje; Iglesias de la Asunción y de la Madre de Dios; Casa de Medinaceli. Baena (60 km; 20.900 hab.) Centro de producción de aceitunas. Casco antiguo de estilo árabe; Iglesias de Santa María la Mayor y de Guadalupe; Restos de un castillo. Zuheros (70 km; 780 hab.) Impresionante castillo-fortaleza en lo alto del pueblo, rodeado de olivares. Iglesias de la Virgen de los Remedios; Plaza de la Paz. a 4 km: Cueva de los Murciélagos (estalactitas y estalagmitas; dibujos prehistóricos). Luque (76 km; 3.280 hab.) Restos de un castillo musulmán. Iglesia de la Asunción; Plaza de España. Alcaudete (96 km; 11.130 hab.) Situada entre olivares y cultivos de vino. Ruinas de una fortificación. Iglesia de Santa María.

Castillo de Locubín (115 km; 4.730 hab.) Mirador que permite vistas al río; castillo árabe. Alcalá la Real (125 km; 22.780 hab.) Ciudad frontera durante siglos en la lucha entre moros y cristianos. Fortaleza de la Mota. Iglesias de Santo Domingo, deSanta María la Mayor y de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias; Puente del Pilar. Pinos Puente (161 km: 13.520 hab.) Pueblo situado entre tierras de cultivo. Puente del siglo VII. Granada (180 km; 234.320 hab.) Capital del último reinado musulmán en la península: Al-Andalus. Vistas espectáculares de la Alhambra y los picos cubiertos de nieve de Sierra Nevada al fondo. www.legadoandalusi.es/ rutas.legadoandalusi.es/es/califato www.andalucia-web.net/ruta_2.htm

Alhambra

The Alcazaba fortress In addition to being one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra, it is the military area of the complex in which the following areas can be visited: the Terrace of the Torre del Cubo, the Adarve of the North Wall, the Square of Arms (that includes the Military District ), the Terrace of the Gate of Arms, the Tower of the Vela and the Garden of the Adarves. Nasrid Palaces This is the most famous and visited zone of the Monumental complex; it is formed by three palaces, each one built in a different time. - Palace of the Mexuar: It is the oldest palace; here you can visit the Room, the Oratorio, the Golden Hall and the Patio of the Mexuar.

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The Monumental complex consists of three differentiated areas that can be visited permanently throughout the year:

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Palace of Comares: It was the official residence of the Sultan and the place where the throne hall was located. Here are the Patio of the Arrayanes, the hall of the Ship and the Ambassadors Hall. - Palace of the Lions: Considered as the summit of Nasrid art, it includes the Room of the Muqarnas, the Court of the Lions, the Room of the Abencerrajes, the Room of the Kings, the Room of Two Sisters, the Room of the Ajimeces and the Observation Point of Daraxa. In addition to the three palaces, this area includes other rooms of singular importance: - Rooms of the Emperor: They were built when Charles V decided to settle in Granada and soon were occupied by Washington Irving. In this area you can visit the Viewpoint, the Patio of the Grated window and the Garden of Lindaraja. - The Partal: This area includes the Porch of the Palace, the Gardens and Strolls, the Rauda, the Palace of Yusuf III and the Promenade of the Towers. Given the special characteristics of the Nasrid Palaces and to ensure suitable conditions of perception and enjoyment, the Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife has established a maximum limit of capacity in this area of 300 people each half an hour. Therefore, admission ticket of the Monument shows the period of 30 minutes established to visit the Nasrid Palaces. The Generalife: The Generalife became a recreation area for Granada’s monarchs when they wanted to flee from the official life of palace. It includes the Low Gardens, the Palace of the Generalife and the High Gardens. The recommended tour is the following: The Alcazaba - The Nasrid Palaces - The Generalife. In any case, the order of the visit to the three areas will be determined by the time to visit the Nasrid Palaces printed on the admission ticket. It is recommended to visit also other places of great interest within the Monumental complex such as Gate of Justice, Presentation Room, Palace of Charles V, Museum of the Alhambra, Museum of Fine Arts, Area of the month, The Royal Street, Museum of Ángel Barrios www.alhambra-patronato.es www.alhambra.org

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Be seduced by Seville on a leisurely afternoon tour of this Andalucian gem. Built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, lively Seville has a rich Arab legacy and colorful local districts such as Triana and La Macarena. Your afternoon tour begins with a panoramic bus tour, followed by a marvelous boat trip along the Guadalquivir River for attractive views of Seville. Your tour continues with a visit to the famous pavilions and bridges of the 1992 Universal Exhibition, and the Carthusian monastery where Columbus prepared for his voyages of discovery. Finally, you will visit Macarena Church (Basilica de la Macarena) to see part of the Holy Week in Seville. What follows below is an efficient itinerary for a long but highly enjoyable day in Seville: Begin your day at the main entrance (Prince's gate) of the Plaza de Toros or bullring. This is one of the world's three most prestigious bull rings (the other two are Madrid and Mexico City), in which a bull fighter must make a kill to be considered "world-class." Even if there is no fight going on that day, it is quite interesting to learn about the sport and all of the players involved (the famous Toreador doesn't actually kill the bull until the animal has been made 'ready' by others). There is a museum which displays many beautiful fancy costumes, trophies, and assorted paraphernalia. As you leave the bullring, walk towards the water and notice the Torre de Oro - an octagonal "gold tower." The tower is located by the river quay. This current naval museum used to be covered in gold tiles. Now, pretend you seen Columbus sailing up to present his New World treasure to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Next, make your way to the famous Alcazar, a huge and fantastic Arabian palace complete with hedge maze, scented orange groves, and lots of Moorish architecture. The Alcazar is actually better preserved than Granada's Alhambra. There is still an abundance of colored tiles. Notice how the Moors only used rounded shapes in their decorations. This was meant to depict the unknowable true nature of Allah. There are no straight lines with beginning or end points. The Alcazar houses three separate areas from different time periods. You will see the spot where Columbus begged for money to finance his trip, the beautiful room in which Carlos was married, the Patio of the Dolls, and other stately apartments. There is even a secret door which allowed the royals convenient escape into the city center in case of danger. Directly across from the Alcazar is the Cathedral. This is supposed to be the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The outside is stunning. It is truly overwhelming but the inside does not necessarily give one a high feeling of reverence or intimacy. Attached to the northeast corner is the Giralda, a minaret left from the old Moorish mosque that used to stand there. Climb up the ramp for a wonderful up close view of the bells, gargoyles, and panoramic views. By this time you will be hungry. Make your way to the Barrio de Santa Cruz. This old Jewish neighborhood is a labyrinth of charming streets. It also has myriad outdoor cafes providing delectable food in a gorgeous setting. Be careful not to get lost inside Santa Cruz. The streets were built in a circular arrangement to discourage thieves from attempting to steal from the traditional money lenders. There is one calle that is so narrow that locals call it, "the kissing street." Teenager lovers could actually kiss each other while standing on opposing balconies! After lunch try to find one of the few convents nearby (try the Convent of San Leandro). You usually enter through a gate, and then ring a bell located next to a door in the cement wall. The nuns only speak Spanish and are not permitted to be viewed by outsiders. However, you may ask to purchase some sweets (dolce to include cookies and marzipan) that they make and sell to the public through a revolving door. Muy delicioso! The next must-see is Casa Pilatos on the eastern edge of Santa Cruz. This outstanding palace was intended to be a copy of the Roman home of Pontius Pilate. The setting, inside and out, make this stop favorite of many. When you first enter the courtyard (if it is springtime) you will notice a profusion of bougainvillea cascading down the walls. Inside it only gets better as the palace combines Renaissance and Classical architecture with Moorish motifs. There are stunning vibrant mosaics from floor to ceiling. There are also genuine ancient artifacts and statues taken from Rome and dated as far back as 2BC. Casa Pilatos must be seen to be understood. It is an uncrowded tourist spot, and a frequent venue for local weddings. Finally, late afternoon is a good time to make your way to Maria Luisa Parque and Plaza Espana. The park is a

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Sevilla

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large grassy area complete with ponds and horse and buggy rides. Plaza Espana is a wonderfully colorful showcase of local tile work depicting every city in Spain. The entire effect is a feast for the eyes. I would end your day with an evening Flamenco show in one of the many theatres down by the water and bullring. Flamenco is a wonderful exhibit of soulful movement and singing performed by gypsies. You can enjoy the spectacle with or without dinner. You will remember it for a long time afterward. Las Casas de los Mercaderes Hotel: Wake up in the center of historical Sevilla at this classic Andulusian hotel. Its 18th century courtyard is a delightful retreat on hot Southern Spanish afternoons. Morning tour of the Santa Cruz Barrio: Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville, Province of Seville. Get yourself lost in this maze of historical buildings and cobble stoned streets. Sevilla's oldest neighborhood is sure to attract you with its distinctive charm. La Giralda and the Cathedral: Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla), Seville, Province of Seville. The tower of the cathedral, la Giralda, took several centuries to build and was constructed with stone from the Roman city of Italica. It is a perfect vantage point to see the city from above. Inside the Cathedral, the largest gothic structure in the world, you'll find the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Note that shorts and T-shirts are not allowed in the cathedral. Have lunch at a real Tapas Bar: Walk across the San Telmo Bridge across the Guadalquivir River into Triana and take a right onto Calle Betis. This riverside street is filled with colorful and fun eateries. Also walk to the Plazuela Santa Ana, two blocks away from the river, midway between the bridges. Taberna la Plazuela is a typical lunch stop for Sevillanos and the neighboring restaurant Bistec serves grilled fish specialities, the building is worth a look inside for its exquisit decor and traditional feel. Royal Alcazar Palace and Gardens: Breathtakingly beautiful palace and garden structures, showcasing a mix of Moorish and Christian architectures. A great retreat from the spite of the summer heat. Plaza de Espana: This fairytale plaza was bulit for the 1929 Spanish-American Exhibition. Its semicircular shape is lined with beautiful tilework, each section representing a different area of Andalusia. Great place to sunbathe and people watch. Parque de Maria Luisa: Extensive park right across the street from the Plaza de Espana. Great for walks, jogging or horse carriage rides. University of Sevilla: This impressive building constructed from marble, was built in the 15th century. Walking through the hallways of this former tobacco factory, it's easy to understand why Bizet chose this structure as the backdrop for his opera "Carmen". Dinner at a 15th century palace, Taberna de la Labardero: http://www.tabernadelalabardero.com/ The ambiance and the high quality of food makes this place one of the top restaurants in Sevilla. Lunch in the downstairs café is fancy yet affordable, and the upstairs dining is formal and quite expensive. Flamenco: Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos, Seville, Province of Seville. Small Flamenco venue with nightly shows. Experience the fervor of this musical and cultural form of expression. Local hangout in Barrio Santa Cruz: http://www.sevilla5.com/eat-drink/carboneria_es.html. Hard to find bar on Calle Levies. Look for the red door, no sign posted. Order a jarra (pitcher) of sangria and sit outside under the giagantic rubber palm, and bamboo trees. Live flamenco, blues, or jazz starts around midnight, feel free to play the piano in the front room. By metro: Seville's new metro opened on 2 April 2009. It follows a 18km reverse U from the south-west to the south-east through the southern end of the city centre where it stops at Plaza de Cuba, Prado de San Sebastian and San Bernardo. Tickets are €1.30 for a single zone or €4.50 for all 3 zones unlimited trips, and the metro runs from 6.30AM-11PM on weekdays, and late departures are available on Fridays and Saturdays until 2 o'clock. Visitors to Seville should consider purchasing a Sevilla Card [3], designed to aid city exploration and conserve precious travel funds. The card includes free admission to most Seville museums and monuments, unlimited use of public transportation (TUSSAM Buslines, NB: only for Cards with Public Transport), a guided visit of the Real Alcazar of Seville, unlimited use of sightseeing buses, boat rides on the Guadalquivir River and admission to the Isla Mágica Theme Park. The card also allows access to significant discounts in shops, restaurants, shows and leisure centres for adults and children. The Sevilla card is accompanied by a guide and city map. However, please note that Sevilla Card cannot be used for trams and buses. The Sevilla card comes in three denominations of 1, 2 or 3 days’ duration in blocks of 24 hours from the time of first activation when inserted into the electronic validation terminal of the suppliers associated with the Sevilla Card Programme (be careful not to activate too soon). Prices: 1 day €50 (with transport €53), 2 days €60 (with transport €66), 3 days €65 (with transport €72). The 2 and 3 day options attract a discount of €3 per card when purchased on the website. The Sevilla Card can be purchased by the following means: Online [4]; by telephone +34 91 600 21 21 / 902 088 908; and, once in Seville, at tourism offices, the airport, the train station, travel agencies and through national and international tour operators (check the website for addresses). A less expensive version, the Sevilla card Cultura is valid only for museums. (1 day €28, 2 days €32, 3 days €36). - 5% if purchased online. If you are simply interested in using the local buses [5], you can get either pay the €1.10 single fare price or you can purchase a bonobus, a 10 trip travel card. Bonobuses are found at most kiosks and tabacarias (tobacco shops). Regular times are kept until around 11:30PM, after which night buses run, with different routes, on the hour until 2AM. Landmarks: The Cathedral of Seville was once judged the third largest church in the world after Saint Peter's in Rome and Saint Paul's in London, it is now arguably the largest church in the world when compared using the measurement of

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volume. Seville's fifteenth century cathedral occupies the site of the former great mosque built in the late twelfth century. The central nave rises to an awesome 37 metres over a total area of 11,520 square metres. The Cathedral is the final resting place of the remains of Christopher Columbus. Adult admission is €8 each. La Giralda is a large and beautiful minaret tower, originally intended for the chief mosque, but now is the magnificent bell tower of the Cathedral and a symbol of Seville. Climb the 34 ramps for a great view of the city. Adult admission to both attractions is €9 each. The Real Alcázar is a beautiful palace in Mudéjar (Moorish) style, built in the XIV Century by Pedro I the Cruel. With its myriad rooms, extravagant architecture, lavish gardens with many courtyards, ponds and secrets to be explored, it is a fascinating place to visit. Be sure to check out the room where Christopher Columbus's journey to the Americas were planned. You can see his coat of arms embroidered on the wall along with many other royals. In the heat of summer it offers a cool retreat from the suns glare and can quite easily keep you occupied for a few centuries, if not all of your life. Adult admission is €8,50 - students younger than 25 years pay €2. To see the Upper Palace with audio guide, admission is €4,20. Open Mon-Sun: 9:30-19:00, Closed 1 Jan, 6 Jan, Holy Friday and 25th Dec. The Jewish Quarter (Barrio Santa Cruz) is located around the Cathedral. It is filled with small winding streets and is generally regarded as the most charming part of the city, but it is also fairly touristy. The Hospital de los Venerables, Plaza de los Venerables. A 17th century retirement home and hospital for aged and sickly retired priests, recently restored by the Fundación to preserve an example of Andalusian architecture at its very best. Includes a resplendent Baroque chapel which is highly recommended. Adult admission is €4.75 and includes an informative audio guide. Torre de Oro is a thirteenth century tower, the top of which is rumored to have once been covered in gold. It now houses the local maritime museum. Admission €1 for students. Parque María Luisa was built for the 1929 Iber-Americano World's Fair and now is landscaped with attractive monuments and museums. Plaza de España is the site of the Spanish pavilion from the 1929 exhibition. In more recent years it was used in the filming of the new Star Wars episodes. It is somewhat in need of repair. Visit it early in the morning on a weekday to see a long line of immigrants outside one of the government offices it now houses, or visit it right before it closes (officially at 10PM but likely half an hour later) to see it completely empty and rather eerie. Universidad de Sevilla was once the Tobacco Factory of Seville and was constructed between 1728 and 1771 by Sebastián Van der Bocht. Over the main entrance, the triangular facade ends in a statue of La Fama (fame). The tobacco factory was then the largest industrial building in Spain. A monopoly assured high income, which is reflected in the factory's architecture and surrounding Gardens. Its chapel and prison complement the main building. In the interior you find impressive stairways, fountains and Patios. It was the setting for the first act of Bizet's opera Carmen. In 1953 the factory was converted into the main building of Seville University. Just behind the tobacco factory, the (9) María Luisa park borders the historic center of Seville to the south. The Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija (The Lebrija Palace), (Calle Cuna), [6]. Mo-Fr 10:30-19:30 (Jul/Aug: 09:00-15:00), Sat 10:00-19:00 (Jul/Aug: 10:00-14:00Uhr), Sun 10:00-14:00 (Jul-Aug: closed). The palace is considered the “best paved house-palace in Europe” owing to its collection of roman mosaics, which paved practically the whole of the ground floor. There is also a collection of well parapets, vases, amphora, columns and sculptures of incalculable worth. On the upper floor you can visit the residences previously inhabited by the Countess and her decedents, up to only a few years ago; extremely well preserved, they are today filled with ornaments and furniture from all over the world, priceless artwork by Van Dyke, Bruegel, Alonso Cano, amongst others, as well as collections of porcelain and glass. Casa de Pilatos. A sixteenth century palace and generally thought to be one of the best in the city. Admission €8, free after 1PM on Tuesdays. Palacio de Arzobispal. Located in the historical section of the city and is home to various clergy and the Archbishop. On the outside you only can catch a glimpse of the patio but on the inside there are important works of art. Archivo General de Indias (General Archive of the Indies). Including Columbu's diary. The Museo de Bellas Artes, Plaza del Museo, 9, +34 954 22 18 29, +34 954 22 07 90, [7]. Open Tu 3PM-8PM, W-Sa 9AM8PM, Su 9AM-2PM, closed Mon, free entrance for EU citizens. Considered by some as the second most important fine arts museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid. The museum building is a former mercy convent renewed in the 17th century and the fifteen exhibition rooms show a comprehensive picture of Sevillian art from the Gothic period to the early trends of the 20th century. The square just outside hosts an open-air art market on Sundays until around 1:30PM. Plenty of original paintings on local topics, although some not so interesting bits as well! Museo de Carruajes, Plaza de Cuba, +34 95 427 2604. Open M-F 10AM-2PM. A small museum with carriages of various kinds. Free admission for EU citizens, €3.60 for other nationals. Museo del Baile Flamenco, Cristina Hoyos' Flamenco Dance Museum offers an experience for all the senses with ambiental music, videos, touch-screens and artifacts to be found in this 18th Century building at the heart of the historical Barrio Santa Cruz. On Friday and Saturday evenings a spectacular show is hosted at a discounted price for visitors to the museum at 19:03. Flamenco art and photography exhibitions are also on display as well as offering dance, singing, precussion and guitar lessons. Open all day everyday from 09:00 - 19:00. [8] tel: 00.34.954.34.03.11, Address: Museo del Baile Flamenco, C/ Manuel Rojas Marcos 3, 41.004 Sevilla Archeology Museum, It has one of the best collection of Roman-era artifacts in Spain, brought from nearby Italica.

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