Say ‘adios’ to Barcelona, because today your Luxury Jewish Heritage Tour of Spain takes you to Seville! Your Seville hotel is situated in a delightful area, in the picturesque and authentic Barrio Santa Cruz. After settling in, our Officially Licensed Seville guide, additionally qualified in the Jewish Heritage of Spain, will take you on a tour of Seville. Once King Ferdinand III of Castile conquered the city from Muslim rule in 1248, one of the largest Jewish communities in Spain came to Seville, second only to that of Toledo. After the Alhambra Decree of 1492 expelled the Jews from Spain in 1483, the neighborhood went downhill. In the 18th century, Barrio Santa Cruz underwent a major process of urban renewal, including the conversion of a former synagogue into the current Church of Saint Bartholomew. Just outside the neighborhood is the Iglesia de Santa Maria de las Nieves, a converted 14th century Mudejar synagogue.
Continue your walk through historic Seville, seeing Seville Cathedral, the oldest and most spectacular Gothic cathedral in the world, and La Giralda tower; which provides spectacular views of the city. By now you will have worked up an appetite, so your guide will lead you to a delicious tapas dinner. Seville boasts more than 4,000 tapas bars and tapas hopping is part of Andalusian life. Plate after plate of hot and cold food appears on the bar to tempt your palate, so maybe try cold roasted pepper salad or anchovies in vinegar, a hot dish of meatballs in sauce or a slice of potato omelette…..the choice is yours. Of course, as is customary, you will accompany your mouth watering bites with a glass of dry Spanish Sherry and tastings of the local Finos.
Tour in a nutshell: Chauffeured transfer and 1st class high speed train to Seville. Private guided tour of Seville’s Jewish Heritage. Tapas-hopping meal with wine. Overnight in a 5* boutique hotel in the heart of Seville.