19 – 26 November 2017
Malaga, Granada, Cordoba & Seville: Alcazars and Art


Alhambra-Granada-SpainThere are many good reasons for visiting Islamic Spain – the great monuments such as the Alhambra in Granada, the mosque (Mezquita) in Cordoba, the Giralda Tower and Alcazar in Seville and Malaga one of the oldest cities in Spain successively occupied by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Moors (the Castle, the Alcazaba).  It is also the birthplace of Picasso and houses both a Foundation and Museum dedicated to him.  By the 9th century, almost all Spain was Islamic – a situation which existed until the Christian advance ended in 1492 with the final surrender of the Arabs.  These 4 cities reflect the Arab occupation, but there are also, in each, superb and interesting buildings of later dates – Granada’s Cathedral houses the tombs of the Catholic Kings, Isabella and Ferdinand who unified Spain, and there are also the gardens of the Generalife. In Seville there is the so-called House of Pilate and in the Museo del Bellas Artes, a superb collection of Spanish paintings.  In Malaga the Cathedral and Sagrario are erected on the site of an old mosque where parts of the Roman theatre remain and there is also a Fine Arts Museum (Spanish old masters),  the CarmenThyssen Museum and since 2015 a Centre Pompidou.  Our travel between the cities will involve interesting journeys through beautiful Andalucia.


Other Details


Centrally located hotels in Malaga, Granada and Seville.

2 nights at Hotel Sallés***, Malaga

2 nights at Hotel Puerta de las Granadas***, Granada

3 nights at Hotel Don Paco***, Seville


Course Cost

£720 inclusive of tuition, airport transfers, transfer to Granada and Seville, day visit to Cordoba, accommodation and breakfast.


Single Room Supplement



Travel Insurance

Once tour is viable and flights are booked please make sure you book your travel insurance. If we have booked flights on your behalf through Travelpack then you can call Lina on 0208 5854010 ext 1008,  Mon – Fri 9 – 4 ,  for an immediate quote  (up to the age of 84).



Ca. £220 scheduled flight from London Gatwick to Malaga and return from Seville.   Note that this is an estimate (if it is less you play less), please see Booking Conditions for more information concerning nominated flights.


Local Transport

All transfers by private coach


Group Size




JackieJackie Parry MA, is an experienced lecturer and art historian who has led many gallery visits and study tours. She teaches art history at the University of Sussex and the Open University.  She has also lectured for NADFAS, the U3A and the National Trust.  Her interests are mostly based around 18th century art and culture and the development of modernism from 19th century to the present.  Her MA research included issues of gender and critical theory.


Related OU Courses

AA100, A226, A316, General Interest


Itinerary / Study Programme

Day 1, Sunday, 19th November 2017

Fly to Malaga, Orientation and the Picasso Museum (free entrance on Sundays)


Day 2, Monday, 20th November 2017

Am and part Pm: The Cathedral, the Sagrario, the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre, the Castle of Gibalfaro

Later Pm: Fundation Picasso (Birthplace); Centre Pompidou; Free time for maybe a harbour cruise or wider exploration of the city


Day 3, Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Am : Carmen Thyssen Museum

Pm: Travel to Granada and orientation


Day 4, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Am : Alhambra Palace; the Generalife

Pm: The Cathedral; Palace of Charles V


Day 5, Thursday, 23rd November 2017

Am: Travel to Seville; orientation

Pm : Plaza d’Espana; the Cathedral (tomb of Columbus); the Giralda Tower


Day 6, Friday, 24th November 2017

Am and Pm: Full day in Cordoba; the Mezquita (Great Mosque); the Alcazar

Free time


Day 7, Saturday, 25th November 2017

Am: The Fine Arts Museum

Pm : the Alcazar, Barrio de Santa Cruz.


Day 8, Sunday, 26th November 2017

Am: Basilica de la Macarena (Virgin of Hope – patron saint of bullfighters); Metropol Parasol

Pm: Free time until departure

This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions