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Exploring Spain

Exploring Spain with Ibrahim Tours

Ibrahim Tours offers travellers to Spain, which is an absolutely beautiful country to explore, and no one should miss the chance to discover the Islamic history in Spain! There are a few things that unquestionably and quintessentially create an image of a country, and Spain has done wonders when it comes to its diverse culture, food, and people along with having a long list of breath-taking phenomena that are firmly instilled into Spain's DNA.

Along with other attractions in Spain, one of the major contributing factors for Spain to be the way it is today is due to its rich overflowing Islamic culture, past and present, consisting of grandiose palaces, mosques built and constructed over the eras and monuments which brim with Spanish décor, leaving the country to be an enormous artistic and architectonic heritage site.

When you think of Spain, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? To some people, they instantly think of Spanish football and bullfighting. But for us, we imagine majestic palaces, mosques left by different civilisations, and beautiful mansions with rich Spanish décor. Many of its cities are inspired by Islamic architecture that can be seen on the walls of Alhambra and the Cordoba Mosque. Apart from its physical beauty, Spain was a centre of knowledge and innovation. Many of the surgical tools that are used today were created by a cutting-edge surgeon named Abul Qasim Khalad ibn al-Abbas al-Zaharawi, or more famously known as al-Zahrawi.

Be immersed by mesmerising architecture, culture, food and people.

About Spain:

Location > Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula, in the southwest corner of Europe. It shares the peninsula with Portugal, but Spain occupies the lion's share—about five-sixths. Spain has Portugal to the west and France to the north. Capital City > Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million.

Languages > Castilian. In terms of the number of speakers and dominance, the most prominent of the languages of Spain is Spanish (Castilian), spoken by about 99% of Spaniards as a first or second language. Religion > The religion most practised is Catholicism and this is highlighted by important popular festivals, such as during Holy Week. Other religions practised in Spain are Islam, Judaism, Protestantism and Hinduism, which have their own places of worship that you can find on the Ministry of Justice search engine.

Currency > What is the official currency? The Euro (€). You can consult its official value on the European Central Bank website. One Euro is made up of 100 cents, and there are eight different coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 Euros), and seven notes (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros). Climate > What is the official currency? The Euro (€). You can consult its official value on the European Central Bank website. One Euro is made up of 100 cents, and there are eight different coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 Euros), and seven notes (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros).

What Spain Offers for Tourists > When you hear the name Alhambra, somehow the name itself gives you a certain excitement, as the place seems mystical and adventurous. Who would not be in awe of such an amazing place that is rich in history and culture? The best thing is that it was influenced by various civilisations, especially the Muslim civilisation. Yusuf I and Mohamed V are the ones responsible for most of the construction in Alhambra that still remains until today. However, when Cordoba fell into the hands of the Catholics, Charles V wanted to rebuild parts of the castle in his name and therefore built several new areas such as the Emperor’s Chambers and the Queen’s Dressing Room.

There are so many amazing things to see in Alhambra! From the Alcazaba and the palaces, Patio of the Lions, the Justice Gate, the building of the Baths, to the Comares Room and the Hall of the Boat, it will take you 3-4 hours just to finish your tour!

If you are going there in the summer, always bring a bottle of water and have some snacks in hand, you might not be used to the heat in the summer. Like any other major tourist attraction, visiting Alhambra can be a little overwhelming. If you plan to visit this amazing place during peak seasons (like in the Summer), then you will definitely need to plan ahead (some people book the tour and entry tickets 90 days in advance). But if you plan to visit in the winter, then there should not be a problem.

The Great Mosque of Cordoba is known for its bold architecture and size, as many of the buildings and structures during the Umayyad Caliphate were established to rival those in Constantinople. So, can you imagine, how grand it is? It was one of the biggest mosques after the Holy Mosque in Mecca and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Its architecture is very different and majestic, which symbolizes Muslims’ power and influence in the West at the time.

Historically, the design and architecture of the Cordoba Mosque are known to be very unique because it symbolizes the unity and harmony that existed between Muslims, Jews and Christians. Initially, Abdul Rahman I purchased half of the Cathedral to enable the Muslim community to perform their prayers. Not long after that, he then purchased the other half to build a new mosque. Later in the 16th century, a cathedral was built right in the middle of the mosque, hence the name ‘Mezquita-Catedral’.

When you visit the Cordoba Mosque, you will notice that there are many distinct and bold arches, also known as the horseshoe arch, which was the first Muslim arch adaption used in the Umayyad Great Mosque of Damascus. Sadly, Alhambra was abandoned in the 18th century and it was not until the 19th century that the Government decided to repair and preserve this historical place.

If you are planning to visit the mosque, just remember that peak hours are from 11.00am to 3.00 pm because that is when most tourists arrive. It is best to come in the morning.