Sue from our Chislehurst Branch travelled on a Familiarisation trip to Andalucia courtesy of Kirker Holidays. She got to explore Seville and the surrounding area in all its beauty visting some lovely hotels & properties along the way. Here's what she had to say...
Seville Cathedral - Santa Maria de la Sede, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage. Its central nave rises to an awe-inspiring 42 metres and even the 80 side chapels each seem tall enough to contain an ordinary church. One of the main attractions of the cathedral is the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
Mezquita - One of the highlights of my trip, amazing architecture highlighting both religions. There is a massive prayer hall made up of 800 columns of jasper, onyx and marble. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This building is a temple and a monument, since 1236. Starting as a mosque and now a Roman Catholic cathedral The picturesque village of Cordoba is also worth spending some time in.
Alambra Palace - We also had a private guided tour of the magnificent Alambra Palace which is Andaluia's most iconic example of Morrish architecture. The Palace is always fully booked months in advance so prebooking is a must. The best way to reach the palace is on foot from the city. But for those not wanted to walk up the hill it can be reach by local bus.
The Real Alcazar of Seville - This is a Royal Palace in the heart of Seville. The current royal family still use the upper floors when visting the city.
Weather - Depending on your tolerance to the heat, the best time to visit the area is probably April to June or September to the first half of October. At these times the temperature is warm but not too hot and any winter rain is avoided.
The hotel is in a great location, 5 minutes walk to the Cathedral and Alcazar Palace. Comprising of 27 traditional houses it has 134 different rooms which are linked through 40 patios, gardens and a labyrinth of small passageways. Finding your room can prove challenging but fun.
Paradors are all about the amazing views and are often in former palaces, castles or convents. They are also famed for their use of only local or regional produce. This one is a beautiful modern Parador in a rural setting.
This is an amazing countryside hotel in Granada. It is set in a private 1,700 acre estate surrounded by woods and gardens. It is very isolated and offers total peace and quiet. It is part of the Royal Hideaway Group. It is popular for weddings due to its romantic location.