Moorish Magic

Elizabeth Thornthwaite, GTO for Honiton Decorative Fine Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), took 23 members on a trip to Andalucia last October and would thoroughly recommend the destination.

View over Granada from the Alhambra.

‘I arranged the six-night trip to follow on from a lecture to the group about the architecture of this part of Spain so included visits to the cities of Granada, Cordoba and Seville.

I organised the itinerary with the help Michael English from London based tour operator. Tailored Travel. I’ve worked with Tailored Travel over several years and have always found them excellent, they provide the all-essential backup when taking a group of varied ages overseas.

We flew from Gatwick to Alicante where we were met by an excellent tour manager. Our first day was spent in the amazing city of Granada with its enchanting winding streets and many churches and where we toured the beautiful gardens and palace of the Alhambra – the world’s largest Moorish monument (pictured below). In Cordoba we were all dumbfounded by the multitude of intersecting arches of the Mezquita (pictured above) – the city’s Grand Mosque with a cathedral inside – and wondered how the builders of the time had the ability to create such a tour de force without the equipment we have today . Our time in Seville included a tour of the world’s largest Cathedral and an evening of captivating flamenco dancing. Throughout we had excellent guides and enjoyed sampling delicious local food and wine.’