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Itinerary South of Portugal and Spain – 7 Days

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1st Day

In the morning we leave Lisbon towards Évora located in the Alentejo region, one of the main attractions of Évora is the Chapel of Bones where hundreds of human bones exposed on the walls and ceiling will certainly be engraved in your memory.

Plenty of city monuments led to its classification as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, especially the famous Cathedral of Évora, and Giraldo Roman Temple Square.

We continue for a visit in the wine cellar Cartuxa where we take a a wine tasting and a guided tour of the almost endless expanses of green fields that manage to withstand the scorching heat of Alentejo summer all thanks to modern irrigation system that will automatically debits the drops needed in each one vineyard so that production is optimized, surrounded by several hectares of planted area this is the first impact that you have as you enter the Fifth Cartuxa.

Last but not least we will visit Estremoz which is internationally known for its white marble quarries, called Marble Estremoz, the exploitation of Estremoz marble has a very ancient origin as evidenced by the Roman Temple of Évora containing marble originating from Estremoz, enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the town and its castle, we head to the Algarve for hosting.

 

Day 2

We start our day already in the Algarve with a visit to the famous Vilamoura Marina which is a major attraction poles in the Algarve with about 825 boat berths, this is the largest and most important marina in Portugal and occupies a place reference in the panorama of nautical national and international recreation, there we see considerable luxurious vessels in one of the most luxurious marinas in the world.

We follow then to Portimão and when we cross the road bridge we can assess the extent to which nature has been generous with this town in the western Algarve, not least because the mouth of the river enabled the development of a riverfront, the sand seems to have grown over the cliffs that emerge here and there like islands in an ocean.

Lagos known for its fantastic beaches with cliffs full of color that look like straight out of a postcard where the warm waters invite to a bath, especially Meia Praia holds several awards as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

It follows Tavira a quiet town that seems painted brush for its beauty and conservation of the typical houses situated in its historical center, over the years Tavira has been gaining fans want from nature or its beaches and magnificent islands, this beautiful city the highlight is the Tavira Castle conquered the Muslims around 1240 by the forces of Dom Paio Peres Correia, Master of the Order of Santiago whom Sancho II donated the region of Tavira and even the Roman bridge that connects the two banks of the river Gilão.

The Gilão river which crosses the city is host to the typical fishing boats that pass there, there were many of its inhabitants are men of the sea.It follows Faro that besides a great historical legacy impresses us with the beaches and islands that make the city unique. Faro can in fact have the balance of a city with a population cosmpolita while relaxing away from all this activity against a huge ocean on a stretch of beach out of sight.

 

Day 3

In the morning we leave the city of Tavira towards Huelva, a coastal city which borders Portugal, in Huelva the highlight goes to the Reina Victoria Alonso neighborhood, the Muelle del Tinto docks built early in the century to load the exports of minerals Huelva and even some of the monuments honoring Christopher Columbus.

We continue to Seville which is the fourth largest city in Spain, according to legend was founded by Hercules, the city lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and in times past its port played a very important role in commerce between Spain and the Americas has seen Columbus sail from its port to the discovery of the new world.

Although its monumental heritage that attracts visitors to Seville has long been a cultural center of great importance in it we can see the marks left by the first settlers that besides having a very high culture was a peaceful and cultivated people.

In 1992 the city hosted the World Expo with the theme of discovery, this event has brought development to the city and more modern areas like Isla Cartuja and the high-speed train station of Santa Justa.

Seville is a very lively city, full of color and it is said that the Sevillian live and live on the street by the movement faced in the main squares and avenues of the city. Seville offers us various activities like visiting unique monuments, museums and exhibitions and always with the same kind reception from the Sevillians.

 

Day 4

In the morning we leave the city of Seville towards Granada, a town in the eastern part of Andalucia, Granada is the capital of the homonymous province, last Arab stronghold in Spain and immensely proud of its rich culture.

Seville is vibrant and reflects its immense historical legacy, a true meeting point of European cultures and northern Africa.

In Granada the highlight goes to fabulous Alhambra and Generalife gardens, classified by UNESCO.

In 1492 after more than 700 years of Muslim occupation, the Christians reconquered the city and Boabdil was forced to abandon his beautiful palace, the Alhambra

Framed by the Sierra Nevada mountains guarding the top of the city from a hill to the Alhambra is one of the most visited places in Europe, originally built as a fortress was later enlarged by their sultans to include the palaces, reception rooms and residences Member of justice.

The total harmony with nature is visible throughout and delicate Alhambra architecture, where the patterns of light and water elevate the beauty of its walls.

In Granada found the Albaicín neighborhood, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved Arab quarter in Spain, is a picturesque labyrinth of narrow, winding streets, many flamenco houses refuge, teahouses, ethnic restaurants and lively bazaars to open air.

Another district worth mentioning is Sacromonte, a neighborhood made up of numerous caves that lies near Albaicín which houses the permanent cradle Gypsy community from Arabic flamenco.

 

Day 5

In the morning we leave the city of Granada toward Toledo which is one of the Spanish cities of greatest wealth of monuments.

Toledo is known as the city of three cultures due to the fact that for centuries Christians, Arabs and Jews shared the walls of the inner city, the city preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues, this great diversity of artistic styles makes the old part of the capital and an outdoor museum which led to its declaration as a World Heritage Site.

During our tour an emphasis on some of the most important monuments of the city such as Toledo Alcázar now home to the Library and Army museum in the historic district the New Gate of Bisagra which serves as a gateway to the historic center of the city, main city square that is Zocodover, the cathedral of Toledo which measures an impressive 120 meters, the churches of Saint Thomas, Santiago del Arrabal and San Salvador and Puerta del sol. Also noteworthy was the synagogues of Santa Maria la Blanca and Transito.

 

Day 6

We begin our day in Madrid, the heart of Spain, intellectual and political center of a vast Catholic empire and of the different trends monarch.

Madrid left the orders of a fanatical Inquisition, the suppression of regional identities mainly Basque, Galician and Catalan, forced evangelization of Native Americans and it is precisely this rich and controversial past that made Madrid what it is today.

During our tour we will visit some of the most visited museums in Spain with special attention to the Prado, Reina Sofia, Puertas del Sol which is famous for being the meeting point by Madrid, the Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city, Cibeles square considered one of the most beautiful in the world where the Royal Palace official residence of the Kings of Spain.

One of the great symbols of Madrid is the Puerta de Alcalá, its wonderful location beside the Bom Retiro Park.

The San Miguel market is one of the places where we will find people from all over the world and Spanish typical products as well as various locations around the world.

Real Madrid’s stadium where his museum is worth a visit for all those who love and appreciate football, one of the most popular football clubs in the world.

 

Day 7

In the morning we leave the city of Madrid towards the Sierra de Guadarrama to visit the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial that was commissioned by Philip II to commemorate the victory at the Battle of San chitin, declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984 within the Monastery will visit its fabulous library and the Basilica of San Lorenzo.

Also in the county of San Lorenzo have the “Valley of the Fallen” which is a monument built between 1940 and 1958 by order of Francisco Franco where buried Franco and 33,872 combatants of the Spanish civil war, highlighting the majestic basilica contruída the excavated rock and Santa Cruz with about 150 meters high.

We follow then to Segovia, whose old Roman aqueduct and city are UNESCO World Heritage Site, located interview the-rivers Eresma and Clamores Segovia is famous for aqueduct, numerous Romanesque churches, the Cathedral and Alcazar fortress make up a majestic landscape, especially the historic center entrance and the Roman aqueduct located in Azoguejo court.

This Joia engineering and built under imperial Rome carries water to the upper town about 15 km away.

Its 163 arches with almost 29 meters high at its highest point are supported by blocks of stone from the Sierra de Guadarrama without mortar, lead or any other material.

Finally we visit Avila which is a city founded by the Romans, this was on Muslim domination between the centuries VIII and XI and after the reconquest in 1090 began the construction of the monumental wall that surrounds the whole city.

The interior of the walled city of 2.5 Kms with 88 towers and 9 semicircular gates is very well preserved and rich in monuments especially religious nature of which stands the Gothic Cathedral of the Saviour built in the same period of the wall.

Avila is also known for one of its most famous inhabitants name St. Teresa of Jesus founder of the order of Carmelites, religious also known as St. Teresa of Avila whose tomb is in the convent of San José.

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Where are we going

Day 1 – Évora – Winery Cellar – Estremoz – Albufeira

Day 2 – Vilamoura – Portimão – Lagos – Faro – Tavira

Day 3 – Huelva – Seville

Day 4 – Granada – Alhambra

Day 5 – Toledo – Madrid

Day 6 – Madrid

Day 7 – Madrid – Escorial – Segovia – Avila – Madrid / Lisbon

Places to visit each day

Day 1: Lisbon – Hotel – Vasco da Gama Bridge – Évora center – Praça do Giraldo – Évora Cathedral – Chapel of Bones – Temple of Diana – Winery Cellar – Wine Tasting – Tasting Olive Oil – Estremoz – Estremoz Historical Center – Museum marble – Faro – Hotel – Faro

Day 2: Faro – Hotel – Tavira Historical Center – Marina Tavira – Vilamoura – Marina Vilamoura – Historical Center – Portimão center – Portimão Historical Center – Lagos – Historical Center – Meia Praia – Faro – Historical Center – Cathedral of Faro – Deserted Island – Quinta do Lago Tavira – Tavira – Historical Center – Tavira Castle – Roman Bridge – Church of Santa Maria do Castelo – Misericordia Church – Tavira Tower – Hotel Tavira

Day 3: Hotel – Tavira – Huelva – Faith Monument to the Discoveries – Red River Pier – Port of Huelva – House Colombro – Sevilla – Historical Center – Alcázar – Colon Tour – Gold Tower – Spain Square – Cathedral of Seville – Avenue de la Constitución – Santa Cruz district – Real Maestranza Bullring – House of Pilate – Triana Bridge – Calle Sierpes – Seawater Cordoba – Pillars of Hercules – Gran Poder Basilica – Macarena – Seville – Hotel

Day 4: Hotel – Granada – Historical Center – Alhambra Palace – Alhambra Alcabaza – Palacio de Generalife – Generalife Gardens – Mirador de San Nicolas – Albaicín district – Passeio dos Tristes – Granada Cathedral – Sacromonte district – Royal Chapel of Granada – Monastery and Church of San Jeronimo – Via Colón – Wine Port – Justice – Hotel

Day 5: Hotel – Granada – Alcazer Toledo – Puerta de Bisagra – Historical center – Plaza Zocodover – Puerta del Sol – Toledo Cathedral – Church of St. Thomas – Church of Santiago de Arrabal – Church of San Salvador – Puerta del Sol – Monastery Juan de los Reyes – Paseo de San Cristobal – Puente de San Martin – Maria la Blanca Synagogue – Synagogue of Transito – Madrid – Hotel

Day 6: Madrid – Gran Via – São Miguel Mercado – Retiro Park – Plaza Mayor – Puertas del Sol – Royal Palace – Praza Cibeles – Puerta de Alcalá – Calle de Alcalá – Prado Museum – Plaza de Toros Las Ventas – Statue bear and Arbutus – Bernabéu Stadium – and other places – Madrid – Hotel

Day 7: Madrid – Hotel – Madrid – the Escorial Monument – Valley of the Fallen – Segovia – Aqueduct of Segovia – Alcazar of Segovia – Segovia Cathedral – Plaza Mayor – Jewish Quarter – Calle Juan Bravo – Avila – Plaza del Grande Market – Cathedral Avila – Walls of Avila – Cuetro Postes – Madrid – Hotel – Madrid

Places to hosting

1st Night – Algarve
2nd Night – Algarve

3rd Night – Seville
4th Night – Granada
5th Night – Madrid
6th Night – Madrid
7th Night – Madrid / Lisbon / Barcelona

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