The Kingdoms of Andalucía: Secret Gardens and Haunted Palaces - Atlas Obscura Trips
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The Kingdoms of Andalucía: Secret Gardens and Haunted Palaces

from $3,535 USD per person for 8 days, 7 nights
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  • 14 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Urban Exploration
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Trip Overview

From sprawling palaces to towering cathedrals, Andalucía’s most stunning architecture remains brilliantly haunted by the region’s many imperial lives. Venture through the Gothic Catedral de Sevilla, for example, and you’ll find dazzling relics of the great Moorish mosque that once stood in its place. On this trip, we’ll explore the south of Spain through the waves of empires and kingdoms that once ruled it, tracing the rise and fall of Al-Andalus in its spectacular architecture and its penchant for elaborate performance. We’ll wander through palace halls, descend into underground corridors, and glimpse hidden gardens—all to unearth the complex, royal past of the forgotten kingdoms of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada.

  • Private palace tours
  • Historic architectural wonders
  • Memorable multi-course meals
  • Festival of the Patios


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Felipe Trigo
Felipe Trigo is a historian, trip guide, and events whiz with a degree in History from Barcelona University. He curates immersive, dynamic itineraries that explore history through the most surprising and hidden elements within the city, such as visits to normally off-limits private collections and houses, hidden bunkers and shelters, and performance events, theatrical tours, concerts, and dinners in the most unusual locations. Inspired by a special devotion to stage arts, Felipe has directed the underground cabaret company Kriminal Kabarett since 2011. For the past five years, he has served as co-director for Hendrick’s Congress for Curious People in Spain. He has been creating and leading trips for Atlas Obscura since 2018, welcoming travelers to discover the myths and mysteries of Barcelona, Rome, and soon Andalucia and Tuscany.
Fiona Dunlop
Fiona is a British food and travel writer with a dozen travel-guides and four cookbooks to her name. Although she has globe-trotted extensively and spent 20 years in France, her main focus is Spain. Following the highly acclaimed “New Tapas,” her latest Spanish book is "Andaluz: A Food Journey through Southern Spain,” which, in the words of José Andrés, “tells the amazing stories of immigrants and conquerors who left their mark on the region.” She loves communicating her passion for Spanish food, honed by sojourns in her house in the olive groves of Andalucía.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $3,535. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $430. Please contact us to request a single room.

Activity Level

Travelers should be comfortable staying on their feet for long stretches of time, and walking between three and four miles over the course of a day. 

Arrival & Departure

Note that this trip begins in Sevilla and ends in Granada. We recommend you arrive in Sevilla by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and depart from Granada anytime on Day 8. Sevilla and Granada both have various flight and train options to Barcelona, Madrid, and other transport hubs in Spain. If you decide to extend your stay on either end, your guides will be happy to suggest additional activities for you.

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Trip FAQs

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please let us know in advance, and we'll do our best to arrange alternatives.

Upcoming Departures

  • May 4–May 11, 2020
    from $3,535 per person
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