History of Moorish Spain

Seville Cathedral. Spain. SPIN - History Moorish Spain

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Join renowned historian, Jason Webster - author of over 20 books on Spain, on an unforgettable journey back in time. Staying at the one-of-a-kind five-star hotel Convento de la Magdalena in Antequera, explore the rich history of Islamic Spain from its Golden Age to its eventual collapse in 1492. Delve deeper into the fascinating culture and history of this region as you enjoy nightly talks and four guided tours of Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Antequera. All lunches and dinners are included, and you'll receive a copy of Jason's latest book, Violencia.

Four included excursions and four expert talks
- Granada tour
- Cordoba tour
- Seville tour
- Antequera tour

Standing on a hillside overlooking unspoiled Spanish countryside, this beautiful 16th-century building exudes Spanish character and history. It was first a church, then a convent, before it was restored in 2009 and converted into a luxury hotel. Original features remain, including beautiful arches, frescoed walls and religious paintings, alongside modern touches like air-conditioning, a wellness centre and an indoor swimming pool. Outside, the grounds are dotted with fruit and olive trees, vegetable plots, chickens and even a resident donkey.

Included with every Hosted Holiday

  • Dedicated welcoming host
  • Resort airport transfers
  • Travel insurance and meals


Saga host

Hosted drinks reception

Full Board: All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 waiter served dinners

Four included excursions

Four expert talks with historian and best-selling author Jason Webster

A copy of Jason Webster’s latest book Violencia

International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports

Return transfers direct to your hotel

Minimum 20kg checked luggage, per person


  • 5 nights

  • Antequera, Spain

  • Multiple

  • Full Board

From £1,325 per person

Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction if not required

Seville Cathedral. Spain. SPIN - History Moorish Spain
Dolmen of Menga in Antequera, Malaga. SPIN - History Moorish Spain

Holiday details

Food and drink

Breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel's waiter-served restaurant, where you will receive attentive service and a pleasant atmosphere. The hotel prides itself on its rich and flavoursome menu, with many of the ingredients locally sourced and even grown in its very own garden. You also have available the piano bar and the convent terrace to purchase and enjoy snacks and drinks while taking in the relaxing and peaceful surroundings.


During your stay we’ve included two visits: on Day 2 a guided tour of Antequera, and on Day 4 a guided walk to visit the Dolmens. There are some unique experiences available during your stay to enhance your experience further, including: A visit to the local "El Torcal" rock formations (extra charge for taxi) A local speciality cooking class and a visit to a nearby winery Bicycle rental Golf (within 3 km) Local walking trails on the Camino de las Arquillas, and more. Please note that some unique experiences will be at an additional charge.


There are twenty-one large rooms, authentic in design and character, with many of the original features still in place and some with the original floors. Due to the historical status of the building, the room configurations are all different, and some don’t have a balcony or terrace. There are lifts available to all rooms but there is some walking involved.


  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Wellness centre
  • Jacuzzi
  • Solarium
  • Sauna
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Currency exchange

Holiday location

DWO Convento Magdalena Map

Local Area

Antequera, the closest town, is a beautiful place whose opulent Spanish baroque style has led to it being called the ‘Florence of Andalusia’. Take a taxi - it’s about 15 minutes away - or head off and explore the surrounding Spanish countryside on one of the many walking trails. The area is also well-known for its three megalithic tombs. Known as the Antequera Dolmens and listed UNESCO World Heritage sites, they date back around 5,500 years.

Optional excursions

Optional excursions can only be booked in resort and are subject to minimum numbers



Cordoba is a city brimming with rich history and cultural charm. Its star attraction is the Mezquita, a stunning mosque-turned-cathedral that showcases a blend of Islamic and Christian architectural influences. Wandering through the narrow, winding streets of the historic Jewish Quarter, visitors encounter pretty patios adorned with vibrant flowers. The city's diverse past is evident in landmarks like the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs and the Roman Bridge. Cordoba's lively atmosphere, friendly locals, and delicious Andalusian cuisine make it a delightful destination for travellers seeking a taste of Spain.



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