• Spain’s AVE high-speed trains make the southern region of Andalusia easily traversable. Seville is just a two-and-a-half-hour ride from Madrid.
  • The historic center of Seville is a pleasure to explore on foot, a labyrinth of narrow streets and historic architecture.
  • You can see the evolution of the city in the Alcázar of Seville, a royal palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here the region’s Arabic, Renaissance and Baroque influences converge.
  • The Arabic influence pervades inside the Alcázar, although Jewish and Catholic symbols are present throughout the intricate designs of the interior’s tile and woodwork.
  • Modern touches of whimsy can be found in Seville, too, as is the case with Las Setas (the mushrooms) de Sevilla, enormous wooden structures with a view (and with event space).
  • Córdoba, only 45 minutes by AVE train from Seville, also has a picturesque historic section with beautiful courtyards and strong Moorish influences.
  • The rolling hills southeast of Córdoba are home to olive groves and large haciendas — such as Yeguada de Torrehermosa, a facility that breeds Spanish thoroughbred horses and occasionally hosts events.
  • Trainer Alfonso Crespin shows the beautiful horses of Yeguada de Torrehermosa to small groups and prospective buyers.
  • The port and beach resort city of Málaga is about an hour from Córdoba by AVE train. The birthplace of Picasso, Málaga is home both to traditional bull rings and high-rise resorts.
  • Málaga is a popular cruise destination with a marina and a row of restaurants from which Spanish sunsets may be viewed.

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