Andalusia is Spain’s photogenic heaven with a landscape of authentic life naturally captured in beautiful settings. Moorish palaces, pueblos blancos, flamenco artists, ornate mosques, a bullfighter and a hacienda are just the start of your list of subjects, and this handcrafted tour takes you behind the scenes to offer unfiltered access to ancient monuments, untold stories, iconic performers and street-side action. Explore with your lens and with your heart as this seven-day Spain tour...
Cordoba – Low Lit Ambiance of the Great Mosque
Le Mezquita glows under afternoon light as red and white pillars stand in unison through the prayer hall. Some shimmer, enlivened by light that comes through the domes but others are in the shadow, with the light dancing across the floor. Onwards you walk, to the cathedral element of this ancient mosque, where saints stare alongside Eastern calligraphic patterns. There are illusions here, the harmony of two religions and two styles making your photos really stand out. It’s not an easy place to take photos, but a great place to start experimenting with your guide.
Land in Seville and travel to Cordoba, where you enter Le Mezquita in the later hours of the day, just before it closes. It is quietest at this time, and when you come outside the light is soft and golden, starting to bounce off the walls with the telltale color Spain is known for. Take your time and take photos that capture the ancient atmosphere and solemnity of this early Moorish showpiece, before heading into the haphazard alcazar for some street photography. On this first day, it is best to point your camera around and experiment, getting a feel for the lighting and scenes, getting a sense of what is possible. Over the next few days, the photo taking will be more defined.
You will be staying at a small boutique hotel within Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. Keep your camera with you at all times because there is always an opportunity here. While each day will feature important stops, it is often what happens in between that most excite a lens. Settle on a roof terrace after dusk and capture the city lights, or stroll between the tapas bars to find wafts of smoke coming from outdoor barbecue stands. As with all days on this itinerary, your hotel is chosen for its location, allowing you to walk straight out into the kinds of places you will want to photograph the most.
Cordoba – Whitewashed Cordoba and Authentic Flamenco
Granada – Private Photos in the Alhambra and Albaycin
Granada – Photographing the Pueblos Blancos
Pilas – Hacienda Life in Rural Andalusia
Seville – The Most Photogenic Place in Spain
Seville – The Fabled Stories of Ronda
Seville – Departure
- Photograph history with a private session in the Alhambra, Granada’s grand memoir to the Moors
- Stroll through tiny Andalusian pueblos blancos, the white villages, to photograph local daily life
- Enjoy a private photo session with a bullfighter on a hacienda outside Seville
- Capture the architecture and atmosphere of Cordoba, ranging from Le Mezquita to the streets of the Alcazar
- Take your camera around the heart of Seville, the most romantic and photogenic of all of Spain’s cities
- Meet with flamenco artists and take their portraits both before and during a performance
- Explore the hidden gems of Cordoba, Granada and Seville, especially places for dawn and dusk photography
- Discover the stories of Ronda and take photos at the most dramatic Andalusian destinations
It is in the south of Spain where you can take the best photos. Street-life continues unchanged, from artists gathering on lantern-lit lanes to old men playing cards on cafe terraces. The architecture is surreal with a mishmash of styles that have come together to create a giant artistic canvas. There are stunning monuments, all of them places that every photographer would like to capture once in their lives, Le Mezquita and the Alhambra just two examples. Rural landscapes change color with the sun, contrasting the portraiture that is possible when you get to know Andalusian traditions like flamenco, bullfighting, luthier, and horsemanship.
It is also in the south of Spain where you can take photos that many would consider quintessentially Spanish. But spend a week with your private photography guide, and you will discover that the south of Spain is uniquely Andalusian. You will find that most dreamy images and ideas of Spain have their origins here in the culturally fierce and distinctive south, where your photo reel slowly comes alive with nuance and subtlety. When you dream of Spain, it is Andalusia that comes to mind, and this photography tour celebrates the classic images found from the hacienda to the alcazar, the street-side scenes to the historical odes.
A private photography guide leads you across the region using expert knowledge to get you in the best spots at the best times of the day. Naturally, you maximize the good light, especially in the hours before dusk but also a few places just after dawn. Private portrait sessions have been set up, so you can capture artists and performers in all their glory. Semi-private access to certain buildings has also been arranged, allowing you to photograph world-famous places without having to poke your camera through the crowds. During the middle part of each day, you will rest, following the siesta rhythm as the sun bleaches the streets. This will prove a great way to save energy because you will need your camera in the night as well, especially when so much local life can be found on the streets.
This private handcrafted tour begins and ends in Seville with one photography guide taking you around Andalusia. As it is a private tour, there will be no prerequisites for photographic ability. All you need is a passion for taking photos, and through the tour, you will improve your skills regardless of the level you start at. There can be as much, or as little, of a focus on classroom type learning as you would like, but the main idea is to take out your camera and experiment. You will have the opportunity to take a full variety of photos ranging from portraiture, to architecture and landscapes as you enjoy unfiltered access to scenes and settings not ordinarily available to budding photographers.
You will fly to Seville and travel directly to Cordoba, where Le Mezquita provides a great photographic introduction. Day two is all about the city, from its Moorish architecture to street-life scenes. After dark you meet with flamenco performers, taking their portraits on and off the stage. Travel to Granada on day three and semi-private access to the Alhambra, followed by some intoxicating street scenes in the Albaycin. Again there’s no prerequisite over camera choice – every photographer is different – although a good DSLR with two lenses is recommended. Something like an 85mm f/1.8 plus a 70 – 200 f/2.8, but of course, this is personal choice. When considering the lenses to pack for this trip, it is important to consider low-light ability as this will come up throughout the tour.
After the Alhambra, it will be a day in the pueblos blancos, Andalusia’s white villages, where old men play cards over brandy glasses and haciendas await on glorious open landscapes. You will be back in Granada for the city changing color, followed by some food photography in the tapas bars. Spend day five on a working hacienda, capturing horse riders and bullfighters going through their practices. Then dive into iconic Spain, day six spent in old-world Seville before day seven takes you to Ronda. There will be a lot of ground to cover in seven days, and you will never really put your camera down. But Andalusian life is energizing, as everywhere you turn there is vitality and vigor to the culture that you will be unable to take your eyes, and your camera, off of. Don’t take just our word for it - consider reading some of our travelers’ reviews of Spain, and see how you can customize your own dream vacation.
$1,915 per person (excluding international flights)
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