Spain holds a special place in history for the Muslim, Christian and Jewish collective memory.
This joint cultural link, based on the historical experience in Spain, makes it possible to create frameworks for talks between different peoples with the participation of Artists, youth workers, educators, policy makers and scholars. It is hoped that these discussions and workshops will enable reflection on contemporary issues, crucial to people today from different cultures and religions, so as to lead them to share a wealth of common values and build up a positive image of each other.
In this way we can develop a direct and profound dialogue among different communities and their driving forces for change, whose influence on society can be felt, on issues such as: “contacts between peoples and cultures”, “positions of tolerance and the acceptance of the other”, “extremism versus openness”, etc.
With over 18 years of experience in organising Educational group tours to Al Andalus, we want to be able to share this rich heritage and some of the beauty of Andalucía with you. These tours are aimed at youth groups, Schools, faith groups and anyone else who is interested in learning about the history of Islamic Spain. We offer set programs or complete tailor made packages based on your needs through various modules
Upon arrival at Malaga airport we will transfer straight to Casa de Rihlaa (Private Seclided Villa). You will then have time to freshen up and settle in to the villa before a briefing and introduction.
After breakfast we will depart for Cordoba. We will take a guided tour of Cordoba Mosque, one of the most important and largest Mosques of its time. After lunch we will take a walk through the old Jewish quarter and then across the old Roman bridge for a visit to a fantastic interactive Museum on Islamic Spain, the Callahora tower. Before returning to the villa we will stop at the archaeological site of Madinat al Zahra. The city built by the Caliph Abdul Rahman III. Here we see the Palace ruins and take a visit to the new exhibitions and museum. Return to the villa.
After breakfast we will depart for Granada, the last Muslim Kingdom that held out for 250 years before the inevitable fall in 1492. We will then make our way to the Alhambra. This is usually the highlight of the tour for many, nominated a wonder of the world the visit to the palaces, gardens, and fort will leave you breathless. The visit to the Alhambra can take 3-4 hours. After this you will have free time to do some shopping and explore the Albaycin in Granada before an evening visit to Granada mosque. We will then return to the villa.
After breakfast we will make our way to the Alhambra, usually the highlight of the tour for many. Nominated a wonder of the world the visit to the Palaces, gardens and fort will leave you breathless (approximately 3-4 hours). After this you will have free time for the rest of the day to do some shopping and explore the Albaycin.
After breakfast there will be free time before we make our way up to the new Mosque for Jummah. We will then depart for the Alpujjara along the route of Nasrids. On the way we will stop at the old Muslim bridge and the Muslim fort/castle which is the location of one of the last stands made by the Muslims of Alpujjara. We will have a chance to interact with the local Muslim community while having dinner at a Muslim restaurant run by Spanish Muslim revert (approximately 4-5 hours). We will then return back to Granada.