Press Trip to Andalucia
The Travel Department is currently offering customers an all-inclusive eight-night rail tour, which promises to satisfy all travel tastes, taking in the cosmopolitan city of Madrid, as well as Andalucian hotspots such as Seville, Cordoba, Ronda and Granada. Arrive in the capital and spend three days exploring majestic Madrid - a bustling melting pot of history, modernity, culture and fun. Renowned as one of Europe’s top destinations for art, Madrid offers over 73 museums, including the popular Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, where Pablo Picasso’s famous ‘Guernica’ painting now hangs! Food lovers will have their taste buds jumping for joy with a visit to Madrid’s Mercado de san Miguel – a delicious indoor market where you can sample everything from refreshing cava to the best of Spanish ham. While a simple wander through the streets will unearth breathtaking architecture, unique shopping and a zest for life. Next take the AVE high-speed train to Andulucia and uncover a region that claims a rich Roman, Arab and Jewish history. Spend three days exploring Seville - a colourful and artistic city, boasting historic buildings, beautifully landscaped parks and gardens and vibrant Flamenco music and dancing. From Seville take a day-trip to picturesque Cordoba, named an UNESCO World heritage Site and home to the western world’s most impressive example of Islamic architecture – La Mezquita. Check out the city’s beautifully decorated flower patios, and discover more about the famous bullfighter, Manolete, who was from Cordoba, but died in the bull ring in 1947. Travel through olive tree country on the way to Torremolinos, Malaga, and stop off for a visit at the historic and quaint town of Ronda - a fascinating city of Celtic origin. The tour finishes up with two nights in Torremolinos, from where guests can enjoy a full-day excursion to Granada, the region’s last Arab Kingdom during the time of Moorish rule. No trip to Granada is complete without a visit to the famous Alhambra palace, the city’s prized possession. The Travel Department have a wide range of great-value Spanish getaways available, including a five-star luxury break in Barcelona, or a seven-night escape to the magnificent island of Majorca. Visit www.thetraveldepartment.ie or call 01 637 1600 for more details.