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September 29 - October 8, 2018 --- Space Available

Join us for a photographic exploration of Andalucía, Spain and we’ll find great photographic opportunities among the remnants of several cultures and the amazing olive plantations of this remarkable region.
2018 Itinerary

2018 rates:
$7,200 Double Occpancy
$8,750 Single Occupancy
Deposit: $1,000

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This strategic region, separated from Africa by the Straits of Gibraltar, may have been the very first place that hominids entered Europe and was under the early influence of Ancient Greece and the Phoenicians, who probably first planted olives here. 

After the defeat of the Phoenicians, Carthage and Rome competed to control the Mediterranean, with Carthage first dominating Andalucía and then giving way to the Romans after they were defeated.  Roman architecture is still present in bridges, aqueducts and old columned city sites.

 

Others briefly pushed through or dominated for a short period of time, but it was the Moors who swept up from Africa in 711 AD, conquering Andalucía and capturing most of the Iberian Peninsula!  They developed great fortified hilltop cities and magnificent mosques, often incorporating both the styles and stone building features from Roman architecture. 

Córdoba was the site of the Muslim capitol, and the Great Mosque of Córdoba was built there, incorporating the existing Catholic church and architecture borrowed from Romans and Byzantines.

The Alhambra, on a hilltop over Granada, was perhaps the most sophisticated accomplishment, weaving together fortifications, royal palaces, intricate botanical gardens, fountains and water features, and more into an attempt to recreate heaven on earth!

By the 10th century, there was an organized “reconquista” of Spain by the Catholics.  The boundaries pushed back and forth until 1492 when the Moors finally lost control of Andalucía!

It was that same year that Christopher Columbus set sail from Andalucía to explore a new route to India, encountering the Americas!  Widely regarded as the event that ended the Middle Ages, Andalucía became the hub for expeditions and conquests of the Americas and it was to this region that the looted wealth returned, creating a period of power and wealth!

We’ll start and end our exploration of Andalucía in Seville, exploring its exciting palaces of Alcazar started by the Moors and finished by the Catholics, the cathedral, and the magnificent set of structures in the Plaza de España, and the many narrow streets with exciting older architecture. 

Then it’s off to Córdoba where we will have unique access with tripods to La Mezquita, the Catholic cathedral built on the Great Mosque of Córdoba which itself started from a Catholic church.  This is an incredible opportunity to create outstanding images!

 

We’ll work our way to two UNESCO World Heritage communities, Úbeda and Baeza, which are rich in Renaissance architecture!  We’ll find great architecture to photograph!  And, between them, we’ll encounter our first olive groves!

Next Granada and the Alhambra!  The Alhambra is an incredible tourism magnet – drawing people from around the globe – for it is here that the Moors incorporated all knowledge of the time and architecture from a number of cultures to attempt to recreate heaven on earth.  Bring all your design senses as we strive to capture the essence and the many unique angles of this amazing place!

Now it’s time to put everything in perspective with a visit to the Andalusian countryside!  We’ll head toward Rhonda, weaving our way through a region that has grown olives since the Phoenicians introduced them!  Rhonda is a dramatic town, commissioned in the time of Julius Caesar, split by a deep and narrow canyon, bridged by three bridges – one built by the Romans, one built by the Arabs, and a third, the “new bridge” finished in 1793.  There is photographic fun to have with these bridges and the town – a haunt of Ernest Hemmingway and Orson Welles!

This is more vertical country, with waterfalls and caves (with paintings made by early man), olives and vineyards – and we’ll incorporate all those into our photographic outings – finding a more natural and agricultural side of Andalucía – a side that puts all the history and rich cultural sites in perspective!

We’ll spend our last day in Andalucía weaving our way back toward Seville, but also exploring unique fortified villages, glowing white against a blue sky and sporting exciting churches and architecture.  Once back in Seville, we’ll celebrate our journey with a chance to photograph flamenco – and one last round of Spain’s famous tapas!

2018 Andalucía Spain Photography Explorer

  • $7,200 Double Occupancy, $8,750 Single Occupancy
  • $1,000 Deposit with application
  • Group size 5-12
  • Begins and ends in Seville, Spain
  • English Speaking Guide
  • 1 or 2 Photography Guides
  • Transportation
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Entrance and Activity Fees
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary

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