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Upholding and sharing the legacy of Al-Andalus. Discover our educational tours, workshops, and events.

Share a unique insight into Islamic heritage, Iberian tradition & roots. Discover the origin, rise and fall of Islam in Al-Andalus in full detail, as researched and accounted by modern, independent unbiased university researchers in Andalusia, Spain.

Travel in time to Al-Andalus & Iberia, staying within the Golden Age Cities of al-Andalus. Explore the history of Iberia from an early stage from it's Medieval population and religious diversity until today.

As a foundational stone of Europe and the modern world, we should try to come close to Al-Andalus, learn more about it. We might find clues about our modern world, how to live in it better and avoid falling into the same mistakes.

Carefully planned travel routes, in a chronological order according to historical relevance, taking account for leisure and even shopping! Explore the history of Iberia from an early stage from it’s Medieval population and religious diversity until today.

Community partnership, research, and local networking are at the heart of the Al-Andalus Experience project. We support local and Muslim businesses, cultural and educational organizations by utilizing their resources in all projects, whenever possible. Likewise, we are always open to networking and collaborating with different individuals, professionals, volunteers and organizations.

SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

We are a legally constituted travel agency, in Andalusia, Spain, with license CIAN 186365-2. This license implies that we are duly qualified, authorised and insured to arrange travel packages of all sorts worldwide, though we specialise in incoming packages to Andalusia, Spain. We are also proud be the first local travel agency in Spain to address Muslim travel needs since 2007. Our home town being Granada, we are accredited Alhambra ticket distributors, the ‘Red Palace’ remaining from the Last Muslim Kingdom of Al-Andalus, UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the the most visited attractions in Spain.

Our speciality lies in developing travel routes based on the Muslim Heritage of Al-Andalus, to be achieved at any standard or travel style. Our travel routes invite you to discover the historical centres of the main cities in Andalusia, the heart of al-Andalus, being planned in a chronological order according to Spain’s Islamic history, while taking into account leisure and even shopping!

Our service is the fruit of first and second generation local Spanish and European Muslim efforts to gain the benefit of meeting and assisting travellers of a worldwide origin. Al-Andalus Experience originally emerged partly after recognizing a lack of service in solving logistic problems for Muslim travelers in Spain. A great part of our team and collaborators are of Muslim faith and religion, hence we can appreciate the needs and interests of Muslim travelers.We are committed to honouring and communicating the legacy of Al-Andalus, providing a unique insight into the history and modern affairs of ‘Muslim Spain’.



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Group Tours, Study Trips & Events

Themed travel, activity & study plans with an extensive variety and possibilities. Our service covers the organization of any type of travel or event in Andalusia or any of it’s aspects as a single service: Location, Reservation, Transport & Logistics, Halal Catering. We may also contribute towards the promotion of any Event through our site and a network of partner sites. Our main concern is with the Cultural Events, but we can also organize weddings to conferences, school excursions or seminars, putting all our resources and solutions in Andalusia, to your service. Our logistics network is formed by highly professional collaborators, synchronized towards a smooth performance of all our services. We offer unequaled local relations within different Andalusian cities and Towns: Local Authorities, Cultural Organizations, Associations and Communities. We pride ourselves in encouraging and supporting a network of resources, opening many possibilities for the celebration of any special event in Andalusia, Spain or neighboring Morocco.



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Local Travel Assistants

Our trained and experienced Local Travel Assistants will introduce and show you around the nicest walks and places of each town or city providing some of our favorite entertainment options as well as the many Historical Monuments and sites, however they cannot enter UNESCo Heritage Monumens as your guide, for this you need an Official UNESCO Heritage Tour Guide, described below in the next paragraph. Our Local Travel Assistantes serve as general travel guides from arrival to departure and can also introduce you to the local mosques, halal shops and today’s Islam in Andalusia. We will also recommend you a series of day time excursions and local activities that are available to you while you are here. We recommend you when choosing for this option to include a general tour conductor or assistant to help you on arrival, this will certainly root your experience and enrich your visit. If you are joining one of our Group Tours you will be automatically assisted with one of our local travel assistants as a tour conductor from arrival to departure.

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Official Tour Guide Hire for UNESCO Heritage Sites

Official Tour Guides for detailed monumental visits are used towards our group tours. They will give the fabulous and detailed historical introduction to the monuments, dynasties and kings who erected them. This will make further sense within the general tour context when you become more aware of the many paradoxes within Al-Andalus history. Official monument guides have standard rates which may make a small private tour more costly, we recommend this option for large groups wanting to go through the monument with a storyboard. We also offer Guided Tours through our ‘Daytime Activities’ section, in this way the costs are divided with a larger group of participants on the spot, without the need to join a package tour. In any case many will enjoy the monument structures when going through it in silence and with a resulting appreciation.

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Hotels within the main cities of Al-Andalus

We are not only a licensed travel agency able to guarantee the best deals available at any hotel or establishment. As specialized locals we have our own criterion in hotel selections based upon their location within the modern city and historical center, the ‘beauty’ of the surroundings and of the establishment itself, attentive service, cleanliness, breakfast service, and of course reasonable pricing. We chose establishments located within walking distances to the main historical sites and monuments, the Cordoba Mosque, the Alhambra in Granada and the Alkasar Palaces in Seville. Prices in Andalusia fluctuate according to its season, Spanish festivities and depending on the property owner. Please check in with us for the best seasonal offers. Booking in advance is always advised.

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Apartments within the main cities of Al-Andalus

The quality-price-ratio and -location of self catering apartments make them a best value option for travelers visiting Andalusia. In this way we can focus on providing the most suitable options. From quick visits to a one week long stay or holidays, in the best locations of the most symbolic cities of Al-Andalus.

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Rural Accommodation in Andalucia

Rural Hotels, Villas or Apartments within the Southern Mountain Range of Andalucia. From Algeciras to Almería, going through the Natural Reserves Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves (Ronda) and Sierra Nevada Mountain range enclosing the Alpujarras through to Guadix and other ‘Morisco’ villages, the last resting place of Muslims in Al-Andalus.

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Singular Location Bookings

As locals we have a selection of our favorite accommodating options here in Andalusia for you to enjoy. From quick visits to a one week long stay or holidays within the most symbolic and enriching cities of Al-Andalus. Besides the apartments and hotels mentioned above, we can also arrange and accommodate individual or group bookings in more exclusive and unique locations such as Islamic Study Centers, Nature Retreats, Workshop Halls, Nature Camp locations, Horse Riding Schools & farms, Ski Resorts & Mountain top lodging. Please contact us for more information and further possibilities.

LOCAL MUSLIM GUIDE SERVICE - SINCE 1994

RESEARCH & TRAVEL ROUTE PLANS - SINCE 2006

TRAVEL AGENCY IN ANDALUSIA, SPAIN - SINCE 2013

EMINENT CITIES OF AL-ANDALUS & IBERIA TODAY

The model of cities with stable environments, where men of different sciences where commissioned to study and develop the different sciences, had already brought a cultural revolution in the East. Cities such as Damascus and Baghdad collected and further developed several elements taken from the Byzantine, Persian, Hindus and Chinese civilizations, integrating them within the Islamic holistic approach to knowledge. Further, the wise Hispaniola-Muslims, strongly influenced by this Eastern Revolution, also studied the ancient Greek philosophical work. New ways to sail at sea where opened by the development of the compass, new methods of irrigation for the fields where introduced and paper was manufactured towards books of science.

 

The Medina, city in Arabic, had defensive towers, with optical communication systems and offered it’s inhabitants protection in times of war. The main streets of the medina where born at the doors of the city walls and were turned into stoned roads. The rest of the city where a labyrinth of little alleyways. These cities, both small and large, created stable environments where scholars in the different sciences would gather to share and further develop their studies. Large cities had sewerage systems for dirty water, public fountains with drinkable water and numerous baths. There where also funduqs or guest houses for the caravans which brought diverse merchandises to the town, coming from the farmlands, other cities or diverse foreign countries.

 

Toledo

TOLEDO

The beautiful land of Toledo stands the test of time and sits over the Tagus River. Toledo itself was the historical capital of Iberia prior and after the Muslim period until the XVIth Century. The city has a specific importance during both the Muslim and Christian rule. It is said that Toledo was the place where modern Science was founded. After being taken from the Muslims in 1085 it served as a place of exchange of knowledge between the two sides (11-13th C). Muslim literates were allowed to remain in Toledo long after its takeover. They were commissioned by Christian noblemen and royalty to translate and further develop the Sciences found in Al-Andalus and the rest of the Muslim world including Persia and the Middle East.

Cordoba

CORDOBA

Cordoba was Spain’s first city ruled by Muslims since the early 8th Century, during the Junid period, early settlements of Muslims into Visigothic Iberia. Today we witness a unique, fused culture , from the Roman through to the Islamic period of Al-Andalus. The city was chosen by AbdulRahman al-Dakhil, last descendent of the Ummayad dinasty in Damascus, founder of the Ummayad Emirate of al-Andalus. Al-Andalus was kept together as an Emirate from 750 EC, ruled from Cordoba by the Ummayad dinasty until it’s peak in 929 EC. It was at this point when AbdulRahman III, claimed himself Emir al Mu’minin making himself Caliph of Al-Andalus. Cordoba’s famous Ummayad Mosque, contains many secrets that complete it’s history.

A symbol of the peak of Ummayad al-Andalus is also the Palatial City of Medinat al Zahra, which some claim to be of the first parliaments in Europe, where a government structure formed by 128 ‘walis’ or regional delegates would come together with the Visir and counsel the Caliph on the event of Ashura. Organized and commissioned taxes were collected from places as far as the silk, gold and other medieval commercial routes reached: eastwards to China and India and southwards to Senegal and deeper into Africa! Although the Court city only lasted just under 100 years, it symbolizes the climax of Muslim Spain, the Ummayad Caliphate and its downfall. After this period the Caliphate fell into smaller units or provinces becoming fortified Kingdoms in themselves.

Cordoba is a breathtaking city which contains many Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Roman architecture and cultural landmarks. The exotic city reflects shrewdly the diverse artistic and religious era of Spain and stands as an integral Spanish tourist destination. First time tourists mainly look forward to visiting this sun drenched jewel of Spain.


Sevilla

SEVILLA

The history of Sevilla remounts prior to Al-Andalus, to the Roman period, today it stands as one of the key historical points on the Andalusian landscape. This is where the Almoravids settled in the early 11th Century, taking over Córdoba and the entire west of Andalusia. The ongoing battles against the Christians in the northern front had led the Almoravids in Sevilla to call in the more radical Almohads from Northern Africa for support. This, in turn, served to further intensify the already existing divisions in Islamic Spain. A turning point in Andalusian history was the battle of Navas de Tolosa, which took place in 1212 C.E. The Catholic-Christian alliance took over Cordoba in 1236 C.E. and Sevilla in 1248 C.E.

During this last period of Muslim rule, Sevilla became an important capital to the Christian monarchs, who would later become friendly with the Muslim sultans of Granada, receiving not only taxes but all sorts of gifts, artworks and handicrafts. A testimony of this is the incredible Alcázar Palace of Sevilla, “commissioned by Christian kings, built by Muslim craftsmen and financed by Jewish bankers,” another symbol of the tolerance and balance between these three cultures.

Granada

GRANADA

There was a time when the entire Christian Peninsula was said to live off the taxes collected from the Kingdom of Granada, this was the price the prosperous Muslim Kingdom paid to remain in peace. Although not all times were equally stable. Just over two centuries later, Isabel the Catholic of Castille and Fernando II of Aragon, would unite in a marriage that would prove itself deadly to “heretics” (Muslims and Jews). Having established the ‘Holy Inquisition’ in 1480, this would be the the beginning of a violent farewell to Islam in Spain.

You will note as you approach Granada the town of Santa Fé. This town was founded by Isabel and Fernando after the Christian army had camped at the site for 10 years, in their siege of the city of Granada. After this long and stalled checkmate around the city of Granada, the Kingdom was signed over to the Catholic Kings, in the Alhambra itself, by the last Muslim King of Granada: Muhammad Abu Abdullah in 1492, only after guaranteeing Muslim rights in his Kingdom.

Witnessing what the Spirit of Al-Andalus once was, the Alhambra is home to to daily stream of 4-8 thousand visitors who glimpse in wonder at what was the motto of a time: ”Wa lã Galiba illallah”, ”There is no victor but God”. The display of beautiful Arabic invocations and reminders inscribed in palaces and gardens is echoed throughout the entire city as the Alhambra crowns the city, lying harmonious to the natural surroundings on the ledge of ‘La Sabika’.

madrid

MADRID

Madrid was founded in the 9th Century by the Ummayad Dynasty of Al-Andalus. Initially it served as a stronghold in the north of the Emirate, which was governed from Cordoba 400 km away in the south. It was not until much after the Spanish Kingdom of Castille captured Madrid from its Muslim founders, around 1560 C.E., that Madrid was made the capital of Spain, a position it retains day today.

The iconic gateways or baabs of the medieval Islamic medina no longer remain, but in their place, Puerta de Alcalá, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Toledo, to name but a few, are the more modern Neoclassical representations. These were symbols of triumph throughout the more modern European disputes, against the French and during the Civil War of Spain 1933-1936.

Each of Madrid’s districts has its own flavor, infused with a different aspect of Spanish character, representing the diversity of Iberia itself.

Whenever we pass through the capital of Spain, we usually arrange a day to spare in the big city. If you are planning a whistle-stop tour of several cities or even countries, it’s strongly recommended to give yourself a day’s break in Madrid to stretch your legs and sample some of the city’s delights.

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BARCELONA

Barcelona has a rich historical background to offer to its visitors. The medieval buildings and beautiful alleyways are infused with a sense of peace and a magical tranquility. Here are a few of our top places to appreciate the beauty of this city:

The Gothic District is a historical area much favored by walkers. You will want to keep your camera handy as there are plenty of views worth capturing. Narrow cobbled streets, small shops and ancient buildings tell a tale of old times. The place has a magical feel to it, inspiring even the most world-weary visitor. Next up is the Barcelona Cathedral, a sensational monument whose intricate architectural beauty propels you back to another, bygone world. The fountain of Montjuic captivates with its combination of whispering water, illumination and music. No trip to Barcelona can be complete without a visit. Parque Guell is one of Barcelona’s great attractions, both for its visual elegance and for its artistic importance. Designed by Antoni Gaudí in the 18XX, it still invites a crowd for its innovative aesthetic approach.

For those with a passion for football, the ‘Camp Nou’ provides an unforgettable experience. Apparently the biggest stadium in the world, Camp Nou also contains a museum and a player’s pit. For any football fan, the gigantic sports arena is out of this world.



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