The Organising Team provides you a selection of proposals for spending your last day of the EUPRIO Conference 2018 discovering the city of Sevilla and other marvellous cities of the Andalusia Region. All tours are organised by Barceló Congresos. Please make your choice and book your tour on the SOCIAL PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORM.

Destinations

Sevilla: Catedral and Alcazares       >CANCELLED

Sevilla, Catedral de Santa María de la Sede

La Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla was built over the main Almohad mosque of the IX century. The church has a structure of five naves. The middle one is the widest and the highest, and the more than 30 chapels are formed by 60 pillars which support 68 ribbed vaults. It boasts other special spaces such as the Ornaments Room, the Ante-chapter, the Chapter House, the Main Sacristy, the Sacristy of the Chalices, the Choir and numerous altars. One of the most important aspects of its grandeur is the 18 mt. high main Altarpiece, where scenes of the Old and New Testaments are represented, with more than a thousand sculptures, and considered one of the largest of all Christianity. Inside the cathedral is one of the wealthiest artistic treasurers, its paintings. It has more than five hundreds pieces, which range from XVI century to nowadays.

 

Sevilla, El Real Alcazar

 

El Real Alcazar is a complex of palace buildings called Reales Alcázares located in the downtown. Its historic background and the spectacular beauty of its buildings and gardens make it one of the most striking and seductive Spanish monuments. For a thousand years it has been the centre of power and royal residence. Their construction, which began in the late Middle Ages, displays many overlapping styles, from the Islamic art of its first inhabitants, the Mudejar and Gothic of the period following the conquest of the city by Spanish troops to the Renaissance and Baroque of later reforms. The Palace is used as a residence for members of the Spanish Royal Family and Heads of State visiting the city. It was declared a World Heritage Site, together with the Cathedral and the Archive of the Indies, in 1987.  
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Cordoba

Cordoba is situated in the interior of Andalusia where past and modernity blend in together. This thousand-year-old city, which has the World Heritage designation, is a living legacy of the different cultures that settled here throughout its history.Not many places in the world can say they have been the capital of Hispania Ulterior (Further Spain) under the Roman Empire, and capital of the Umayyad Caliphate. This splendour can also be seen because of the intellectualism of this city of knowledge, where figures like Seneca, Averroes or Maimonides were born.If you walk round the old quarter you will discover a beautiful network of alleyways, squares and white-washed courtyards surrounding the Great Mosque-Cathedral, which reflects the importance of the city in the Middle Ages, and is the symbol of the city.

The city of Cordoba was built where the largest river in Andalucía, the Guadalquivir, was no longer navigable. The roman general Claudio Marcello established a permanent camp on the banks of the river in the year 164 B.C., which became an imperial capital in a couple of centuries. Cordoba, birth place of Seneca and its nephew Lucano, with a roman theatre and a circus almost as big as the ones in Rome, was the capital of Baetica, now Andalucía. The fall of the Roman Empire coincided with the height of the Visigothic culture. The arrival of the Moors to Spain in 711 made Cordoba the headquarters of the Emirate founded by the Ommiad leader Abd al-Rahman I. His descentents made Moorish Cordoba the richest and most sumptuous city in the known world, so much so that in the first third of the X century, in 929, Abd al-Rahman III proclaimed an independent Caliphate and made Cordoba the capital of al-Andalus. But after few years Cordoba became object of a civil war between different Moorish factions and its immense power was relegated to a modest and weakened Moorish kingdom. In 1236 the Christian army, led by the king of Castile Fernando III, took Cordoba and the Mosque, the most emblematic monument of the Spanish-Moslem culture, was consecrated as a Christian temple with a cathedral in the centre. Afterword the city became an agricultural and artisan centre. Today Cordoba is a modern city the seat of one of the most powerful universities in Andalucía and a centre of communications between the higher and lower parts of the region. Cordoba has over 3000 hours of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 21 °C.

The most important monument is the Mosque, built over the remains of the primitive Visigothic basilica of San Vincente and including a Christian Cathedral in the middle of an impressive forest of Moorish arches. The river Guadalquivir is opposite the Mosque. The roman bridge takes you to the Torre de la Calahorra, the seat of the Roger Garaudy Foundation. The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, situated by the Campo de la Verdad, is an area of terraced gardens. Some of the gateways of the Jewish quarter are opposite here. The columns of the ancient roman temple dedicated to Diana are situated besides the Town Hall and the church of San Pablo. The archaeological site of the city Medina Azahara, built by the first Caliph Abd al-Rahman III, is just 8 km. from the city.

 

 
Jerez and Cádiz

Jerez, the Cathedral

The Moors called the town “Sherish” and under the rule of the Almorávides and the Almohades this town became one of the most important towns in the region. It was conquered in 1264 by Alfonso X the Wise. Then Jerez played an important role in the conflict against the Moors of Granada and gained its greatest splendour and economic boom after the Discovery of America. Later on, throughout the XIX century, numerous bodegas or wine cellars were established giving the town its personality and international fame. Jerez is the largest town in the province of Cadiz, situated in a fertile valley formed by the rivers Guadalquivir and Guadalete. It is the world centre for the production of sherry wine. Its downtown is made up of typical suburbs with attractive streets and squares. The fountains and orange trees disappear between the palaces, the different styles of churches and the wine cellars. If you want to get to know the history of Jerez the compulsory stops are: the Cathedral in Baroque style, built in the XVIII century and very nearby the Alcazar, dating back to the XII century, surrounded by the remains of the Moorish walls. You cannot leave Jerez without visiting the Clock Museum, with over 300 clocks and the Archaelogical Museum with interesting Greek exhibits. Outside the city you can visit the Cartuja Monastery, dating from the XV and XVI century, a true jewel of Andalusian Reinassance.

Cádiz, the Cathedral

The legend says that the mythical Hercules separated Europe and Africa and that is how the Straits of Gibraltar came into being. The city of Cádiz forms part of that mythology, one of the oldest city in Europe, with 3000 years of history on its back. Situated on a peninsula, it was founded around 1100 A.C. by the Phoenicians, who called it Gadir. The Carthaginians came later, followed by the Romans and the Visigoths, who left their marks and then from 711 it was Moorish territory until King Alfonso X the Wise took the city back during the second half of the XIII century making it part of the Kingdom of Castile. This province contributed notably to the discovery and colonisation of America during the XV century. The XVIII century was the Golden Age of Cádiz. The city walls of the Puertas de Tierra, clearly separate the modern part of the city from the old part, with its narrow streets, small plazas, and very typical places, like the Vina suburbs, the old fishing quarter, the Mantidero or Santa María suburbs, cradles of flamenco, the plaza de San Juan de Dios or the El Populo suburbs, the ancient Medieval town. From the Torre de Tavira, the highest tower in the city you can see an amazing landscape: the city old Cádiz is like an island. From any of its streets or from a walk around the city walls you can see the bright blue sea. Cádiz is a mixture of alleyways, beaches, sea walls, mansion houses, plazas, markets, museums and gardens. All this mixture can be seen from the port beyond the magnificent white stone façade of the Cathedral, flanked by two towers, with its dome of golden tiles that reflects the light of Cádiz. The Caleta Beach, situated opposite the historic part of the town, is surrounded by a fishing suburb and from here you can see the Santa Catalina and the San Sebastian Castles

 

Doñana and El Rocío——> CANCELLED

This town is located in the south of the province of Huelva, 45 Km. from the provincial capital and 64 Km. from Seville. The municipal district comprises three distinct urban centres: AlmonteEl Rocío and Matalascañas. It is primarily a farming area, gradually giving way to dense scrubland and, finally, Doñana, with its marshes and dunes.

 

 


Social programme (optional) on Wednesday June 6th – practical information

Destination
Duration
Meeting point
Languages
N. of participants
Deadline for reservation
Cost

Cordoba (includes pick-up and return to your hotel, official tourist guide, tickets for mosque and synagogue, free time to explore the city; does not include other services not specified, lunch)

10:30 hours

8:00 in front of Meliá Sevilla Hotel

Spanish and English

 min.10 pax – max.30 pax

 May 30th

€ 100,00

Jerez and Cádiz (includes pick-up and return to Meliá Sevilla hotel, official tourist guide, entrance to Cellar, free time to visit the city; does not include any other service not specified)

9:30 hours

8:00 in front of Meliá Sevilla Hotel

 Spanish and English

min. 10 pax – max 30 pax 

 May 30th

€ 110,00

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