Letras del Sur, which means ‘letters from the south’, is a route that focuses on the incredibly rich southern Spanish heritage, language and culture.
On your way through the southern regions of Andalucía, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha you will collect southern Spain’s most significant ‘letters’. Following these letters you will learn about the unique Arab Christian styles mozarabe and mudejar, which can only be found in Spain, you will see what inspired Cervantes to write the masterpiece of Spanish literature Don Quijote de la Mancha and you will travel along the Via de la Plata, a thousands of years old route used by all relevant cultures of the Iberian Peninsula.
Southern Spain is an enormously (culturally) complex and interesting region. It has been populated by so many, and so distinctive civilizations, which either succeeded each other or co-existed, that through the centuries one of the most charismatic areas of the world has been shaped. Through its lands have passed, among others Tartessos, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, Jews and Catholics. All these civilizations have left behind almost indelible foot prints, which can still be recognized in today’s society, culture and language.
Along the ‘Palabras del Sur’ route you will discover some of the most fascinating cities of the country. In Sevilla, one of the liveliest and bustling cities in Spain, you will see a city that combines as no other, religion and passion for life. Its little sister, Córdoba, contains one of the most important architectural testimonies of the Andalusian Middle Ages.
But also some of the country’s best-kept secret destinations such as the fairy-tale like medieval city of Cáceres, the Roman treasure city of Merida and the lands of Don Quijote are included in this programme. The journey ends where north and south meet each other and where all comes together; the capital Madrid. Spain’s version of the ‘city that never sleeps’ where, no matter how many times you may have been before, you will always find something new to astonish you.