Walking in the Light:
A Pilgrimage to Andalusia
April 25 – May 5, 2017
Purpose: To practice the spirituality of paying attention, listening, asking questions, seeking direction, letting go, being open to mystery, gratitude, prayer, and reflection in places that are new to us. To discern how God speaks to us when we are away from the familiar and the comfortable. Our travel will allow for prayer and worship as a group and for reflection alone and together.
Special Emphasis: This pilgrimage explores the
"Golden Age of Spain."
From 711 – 1236, Andalusia, known in those days as
"The Ornament of the World," was renowned as a cultural and intellectual center where Jews, Muslims and Christians lived and worked side by side.
April 25: Arrival Day/Cordoba (Tuesday)
Arrive in Sevilla before 2 pm, gather our luggage, go through customs and meet our bus and driver. After we gather, we'll drive toward the hotel in Cordoba. In Cordoba, you are free to take a nap or stroll near the hotel. A brief group gathering before dinner will provide time to cross the pilgrimage threshold into this “journey of light.”
April 26: Cordoba (Wednesday)
Following breakfast, we will meet our guide and visit the Mezquita, one of the most remarkable, beautiful, and unique buildings in all of Spain. The Mezquita of Córdoba has a Christian cathedral built into a mosque (784) on the foundations of a Visigoth church. It is regarded as perhaps the most accomplished monument of the Umayyad dynasty of Córdoba. Following the Mezquita, we will take a walking tour of the Old Jewish Quarter of Cordoba, ending with a tour of the synagogue.
After lunch, we’ll visit Madīnat al-Zahrā, meaning "brilliant town", "beautiful town", or "the town of Zahra.” Medina has the ruins of a vast, fortified Arab Muslim medieval palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III al-Nasir, (912–961) Ummayad Caliph of Córdoba, and located on the western outskirts of Córdoba. An evening group meeting and dinner gives us time to reflect on the day.
April 27: Granada (Thursday)
Today we journey to Granada, stopping in the city of Linares to visit the Andres Segovia museum. More than any other 20th century Spanish guitarist, Segovia popularized the guitar by bringing it to the concert stage. He is considered by many as the “father of the modern classical guitar.” We’ll stop for lunch along the way, arriving in Granada in time to visit the Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel. This evening, you will enjoy a tapas dinner on your own, followed by a late excursion to the gypsy caves above Granada to experience the dramatic flamenco traditions of this great city and explore the mystery of “duende.”
April 28: Granada (Friday)
Today we visit the Alhambra, one of the most remarkable sites in the world. Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984, the Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex of the Muslim rulers of Granada in southern Spain placed high on a hill above the city of Granada. Once the residence of the Muslim rulers of Granada and their court, the Alhambra is now one of Spain's major visitor attractions exhibiting the country's most famous Islamic architecture together with 16th century Christian and later additions in buildings and gardens that created its image as seen today.
Free time after lunch for shopping, journaling, exploring or resting with an evening gathering and dinner.
April 29: Granada (Saturday)
Following breakfast, we will meet our guide and visit the Great Mosque of Granada followed by a walking tour of the Albayzin, the old Muslim quarter of Granada, where you’ll find lunch and enjoy time to explore its ancient winding streets. A short late afternoon bus ride will take us to the House/Museum of Frederico Garcia Lorca. Considered one of the greatest poets and of Spain, García Lorca achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of Spain’s avant-garde. He was killed on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. Dinner at our hotel.
April 30: Coast/Ronda (Sunday)
Today we say goodbye to Granada and enjoy a scenic drive along the Costa Tropical then along the exquisite Costa del Sol as we make our way to the dramatic beauty of the white hill town of Ronda. We’ll find lunch along the way and arrive in Ronda in time to explore this unique city.
An evening dinner at our hotel.
May 1: Ronda (Monday)
Today we make an excursion to the Pileta Cave which features the oldest cave paintings in all of Europe. Just outside Ronda, we’ll sample regional food for lunch and tour a local boutique winery. A late afternoon return to Ronda will allow you to rest or explore followed by a group gathering and dinner on your own in this beautiful village.
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May 2: Sevilla (Tuesday)
After breakfast, we'll enjoy a beautiful drive across
the mountains. On our way, we'll meet a local guide
who will take us on a day tour to the olive oil region
around Sevilla visiting a mill in Zahara de la Sierra
and then lunch in Arcos de la Frontera. A late
afternoon arrival in Sevilla will allow time to rest or
explore before dinner.
Special Note: Our pilgrimage will coincide with a very special cultural event in Sevilla. Every year, just after Easter, the Feria de Seville takes place.
People dress in traditional costumes — not only on the fairground but in the city as well. It's wonderful and strange to see women in 18th century costumes shopping in downtown Seville. Well-groomed, costumed horses parade through town, and many people ride to and from the fair in elegant horse drawn carriages.
The fairground on the edge of town is filled with hundred of tents (called casetas) which offer hospitality to those invited. These tented pavilions are presented by families, social groups, companies and other organizations. There are also many large public casetas. From 11am through the night till 5am each day there is much singing, dancing and celebrating the life and traditions of Andalusia..
May 3: Sevilla (Wednesday)
Tour the Seville Cathedral and the Alcazar in the heart of the old city. Then, we will head North of the cathedral, up Calle Sierpes and into Santa Cruz, the former Jewish Quarter where we’ll find lunch. A free afternoon will allow you to enjoy resting, shopping or exploring Sevilla on your own. In the evening, we’ll be led through Sevilla on a “tapas tour,” discovering the history and tastes of this unique Spanish tradition.
May 4: Sevilla (Thursday)
Following breakfast, we’ll tour the “Bellas Artes” Art Museum after which you are free to find lunch and enjoy Sevilla on your own. A farewell gathering and dinner will provide an appropriate ending to this life-changing journey.
May 5: (Friday)
Fly home from Sevilla
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
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