Andalucía is one of the main MICE destinations in Spain, with Granada and Cordoba at the forefront of this increasing demand in terms of infrastructure, technology, communication, and options for groups, with Convention centers in both Granada and Cordoba and a range of top quality hotels and restaurants to offer. Both locations offer a continuous mix of experiences capable of satisfying the most demanding clients with a plethora of museums, concerts, culture, monuments, gastronomy, sports, and mountain or city activities.
Cordoba has an airport (ODB) as does Granada (GRX). Both cities are easy to get around on public transport. The high-speed train is also available as a comfortable alternative to both destinations. Renfe AVE operates a train from Granada to Cordoba three times a day. You can check the schedule at: www.renfe.es
Panoramic view of famous Alhambra de Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Tempting travelers to Granada is the Alhambra. This palace city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th and 14th century. Once inside the Patio of Lions, one can understand why this is the second most visited monument in Europe. Spain’s most popular Parador is a small four star hotel in a fifteenth century convent which is part of the famous Alhambra. Parador Granada is part of the palace and mosque built between 1332 and 1354 which was later converted into a Franciscan convent with a charming tiled patio remaining from this conversion. The building has air conditioning and central heating, free wireless internet, currency exchange, satellite television, garden, restaurant and bar. Facilities to hold a meeting are available but due to its popularity note that reservations for this property must be made well in advance.
Participate in unique incentive ideas in the baths and gardens. Enjoy the night with a fine meal in the hilly and winding streets of the Albayzin with unmatched views of the Alhambra as it glows in the Sierra Nevada region. The ski season at Sierra Nevada is one of the most important in Spain, enjoying pleasant temperatures throughout the year and tempting travelers to this sport in the mountains from November to April.
The Hospes Palacio de los Patos with historical buildings, personalized event rooms, and a large terrace and garden will host your event for up to sixty people. Located on one of Granada’s main streets, near all of the main tourist attractions such as the cathedral, the Royal Chapel, La Judería, and very close to the Alhambra Palace, Los Patos Palace is an elegant reconversion of a 19th-century palace with classic and industrial architecture declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and boasts twenty elegant suites with preserved mosaic floors and unique drawings on the ceiling of the edifice.
Cordoba is a World Heritage City and remarkable in its preservation of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish cultures throughout its history. Recommended sights include the Jewish quarter, the Calahorra Tower, the Roman theatre, Caballerizas Reales, Plaza de la Corredera… take to the streets to see the one-time cultural capital of the Western World, Cordoba.
The fascinating Mezquita, started in the 8th-century, with its mesmerizing forest of pillars capped with horseshoe arches and the uniquely integrated 16th-century Cathedral creates an unforgettable contrast. Or you can follow one of the themed routes, including Roman Cordoba, the Caliphate route, or the Fernandine route of medieval churches. Just 10 kilometers from the city, with direct bus routes, is the largest archaeological site, Medina Azahara, the ruins of the former capital of the Caliphate, a World Heritage site since 2018.
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Photos courtesy of Turespaña.