DAY 1: MÁLAGA | ALFARNATE | GRANADA
- ¡Bienvenidos a España! Jaime, your Spanish Forum Tour Manager, will meet you in Málaga to start your adventure together.
- En route to Granada, visit the beautiful white-washed village of Alfarnate. Tour an olive oil factory and enjoy a traditional four-course lunch in the home of a local family. Test your knowledge of ”la comida española” with this quiz by TheLocal.es!
- Then, follow students from I.E.S. Cánovas high school as they take you inside their own homes and introduce you to daily life in Spain.
DAY 2: GRANADA
- Today, learn about the most-visited monument in Spain, the magnificent Alhambra through this National Geographic documentary.
- In the afternoon, wander through the Albaycín quarter and climb to the Mirador San Nicolás to admire the breathtaking views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the distance.
- Tonight, continue your journey through the Alhambra with Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra, inspired by the American writer’s stay inside the Moorish fortress during the summer of 1828.
DAY 3: GRANADA | CÓRDOBA
- Today, your Forum Tour Manager, Jaime, shares with you his top four favorite activities in his hometown of Córdoba.
- Once the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of Al-Andalus, Córdoba was the epicenter for art, culture and knowledge in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.
- Dive into the deepest secrets of the dazzling Mezquita, the city’s 8th-century mosque by reading the “Leyenda del Cautivo” by ABCcórdoba.
- Later, have some free time to relax and enjoy a Spanish “siesta” by HablaCultura.
- Before dinner, discover the Jewish Quarter, a network of narrow cobbled streets and charming façades adorned with tiles and grills.
- Tonight, explore Spanish film with its most well-known director, Pedro Almodóvar, and watch Hable con ella. The movie was filmed in Córdoba; try to recognize some of the places you “walked” through during the day!
DAY 4: CÓRDOBA | SEVILLA
- This morning, head to Seville. En route, stop at a bull farm and experience something unique: tour the ranch and learn about the breeding of the famous Toro Bravo and Andalusian horses.
- In Spain, bull fighting remains a controversial subject. Listen to the podcast, “Los toros, ¿tortura or cultura?” by HoyHablamos to learn about “la cultura taurina” (bullfighting culture) in modern day Spain.
- After some free time for lunch, learn more about Andalusian culture with a visit to the Flamenco Museum.
- Later, take a flamenco dance class with Duarte Escuela Profesional de Danza. Just follow this simple rule, “Pick an apple, eat it, and throw it away.”
- In the evening, continue the “debate” on bull fighting while watching the movie Ferdinand.
DAY 5: SEVILLE
- In the morning, enjoy a guided tour of Seville by Canal Andalucía Turismo.
- Start at the Real Alcázar, the palace, fortress and residence of both Moorish and Christian rulers for 11 centuries. Then, visit the magnificent Catedral de Sevilla, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Climb to the top of the Giralda, a minaret built in the 12th century.
- Head to the enchanting Plaza de España, where all Spanish provinces are represented. Test your geographic knowledge of Spain by identifying the different Spanish regions (“Comunidades”) by Didactalia.
- Tonight, discover what the “himno,” or anthem, “Sevilla tiene un color especial”, means while watching the hilarious romantic comedy Ocho Apellidos Vascos, which satirizes the contrasting stereotypes of Andalusian and Basque cultures.
DAY 6: SEVILLE | MÁLAGA
- After breakfast, transfer to Málaga. Stop at the Atarazanas market with My Guide Málaga to pick up the ingredients you will need for your cooking workshop. Before cooking, enjoy an Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting of different local olive oils and some snacks like roasted almonds and the famous Aloreña olives.
- Then, learn how to cook a delicious tortilla de patatas by Spain on a Fork.
- This afternoon, head to Picasso’s childhood home in the Plaza de la Merced before visiting the Picasso Museum.
- Put yourself in the shoes of the artist and practice the estampage technique with this art activity.
- Tonight, attend a fútbol game! How much do you know about Spanish soccer? Test your knowledge with this quiz by Spain.info!
Thank you for an amazing trip that the girls and I will cherish and remember for a long time. For the girls, this was a life changing trip that showed them a different way to live and how to embrace culture and a different perspective.
Meet Málaga Host Mom Nina
Host mom Nina introduces American students to local customs while playing host in her coastal home in Málaga, Spain.