For our next challenge, we’re heading off to warm and sunny Andalusia to raise money to provide clean, safe water for communities across the globe. Our Andalusia Cycle Challenge is going to offer a fun-packed, yet challenging, week on two wheels across this beautiful region, insha’Allah.
So, what’s so special about Andalusia, I hear you ask?
Well, did you know that the region of Andalusia in the Costa del Sol (the Sunny Coast), hosts a lot more than sunshine, sandy beaches and saffron-infused paella (as great as that all is!)?
Yes, it was in fact once the centre of the Islamic world. Known as “Al Andalus”, for eight hundred years it was ruled by the Moors – native Amazigh (Berbers) and Arabs of North Africa.
This was a great period of history, art, literature and science where libraries were filled with thousands of books and people of all faiths came from all over Europe to attend the renowned university in Cordoba.
On a more practical side too, toothpaste and deodorant (key essentials in our daily lives!) entered Europe through Andalusia thanks to travellers from the other side of the Muslim world, Baghdad.
With such rich history and cultural diversity across the region, it’s a must-visit for Muslims, lovers of Moorish architecture and globe trotters alike!
So, in no particular order, here are our top seven gems of Moorish architecture in Andalusia. We definitely recommend visiting each and every one.
Take a look!