Our goal is to make you feel like a welcome guest with firsthand access to the history, traditions, people, and cultural nuances of Andalucía. To be culturally immersed in a place allows you a new understanding of yourself and the world around you. At Centro el Mar we create a space for you to make authentic connections that are deeply meaningful.
Our cultural activities include:
- A trek along Rio de la Miel (honey creek) to visit the remains of an ancient Moorish fortress. Along the way you will hear about the history and gastronomy of the area from one of our local guides.
- A drive up Rio Seco (the dry river) to visit a typical Spanish “cortijo”, or countryhouse, where families gather to make migas, BBQ and home made sausage. Participants will also be offered the option to do archery.
- A 4×4 drive up to Rio Verde (green river), a mesmerizing areal with pools and waterfalls, hidden within a steep canyon. There our local guides will prepare a picnic. From here, we will ascend to the villages of Otivar and Jete to experience and discover the local foods and wines.
- Discovering the city of Granada. Granada is one of the best walking cities in the world and boasts of a heritage so rich that you can still see its presence today. Starting within the walls of the Alhambra, then strolling down into the city and walking through ancient streets will be like a voyage through time, where Moorish, Christian and Jewish architecture remain side by side.
- From Granada we can venture into the white villages of Las Alpujarras. They cling to the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, cloven by deep, sheltered valleys and gorges, which run down towards the Mediterranean. The cultural interest of the region lies in its fifty-odd villages, which were the last stronghold of the Spanish Muslims, or Moors. Soon after the Castillians took Granada in 1492, all the city´s Moors were forced to convert to Christianity. Those who refused took to the hills, settling in this remote, inaccessible area. Today the architecture remains largely unchanged, and the area is responsible for the now world famous Serrano Ham.