Andalusia is a vibrant mix of cultures and civilizations. Its cuisine is flavorful as is its rich history. It is a proud and passionate culture and this is clearly portrayed in its music as it is the home of flamenco. The Moorish influence plays heavily in this region of Spain as will be highlighted in much of the architecture. The charm of Andalucia can be found in its white-washed towns. The weather is warm, the people are friendly and welcoming and the food is delicious. On this tour you will savor a variety of landscapes only found in the south of Spain–from coastal city to hillside landscapes.
Your journey begins in Malaga, a Mediterranean port city that lies on the famous Costa del Sol. Malaga, one of the oldest cities in the world, blends modernity with a rich history. Malaga was also the birthplace of acclaimed painter and sculptor, Pablo Picasso. Here is your opportunity to experience some of the sunny laid back coast and beaches that Spain is known for.
Next we are off to Sevilla, the quintessential Andalucian town. Sevilla has the best tapas bars, best nightlife and the most stylish in the region. It has more windy, narrow streets, sun filled plazas and more romantic hidden nooks and crannies than any other city in Andalucia. And what Sevilla is best known for is enjoying oneself which is exactly what we will be doing over the next two days while we stroll, relax and of course indulge in wine tastings at nearby bodegas. Cordoba, a World Heritage site, is also the perfect town for anyone who enjoys eating well, strolling and taking in incredible architecture. It is probably best known for the magnificent Mezquita, a sophisticated symbol of the Islamic culture that once reigned in the area. There is an old Jewish quarter and many of its tiny streets lead to peaceful plazas.
To wind down your journey, we make our way to Granada. The city of Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Its unique history merges Moorish culture and palaces with Christian Renaissance treasures. Granada was the last Moorish capital in Spain and holds great symbolic value. We will visit the architectural marvel of the Alhambra, a World Heritage site, and watch the sun set behind this magnificent structure. While in Granada we will also visit the old district of Albaicin. Albaicin is one of Spains best Moorish quarters. It is a picturesque neighborhood with narrow labyrinthine streets, flowery patios, and inviting squares, perfect for a lazy afternoon.
WHAT YOU GET…
- accommodations that include daily breakfast
- welcome cocktails & tapas
- 1 lunch
- 1 dinner
- winery tour and wine tasting + lunch
- private transportation to and from airport, hotels and all coastal towns
- entrance tickets to all planned sites
- flamenco show
- service of local guides + our company
WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE…
- the small, intimate groups
- experiencing and exploring the city like the locals
- wine tasting and fresh fish and seafood
- eating, drinking and overall enjoyment are encouraged–indulge and explore in local cuisine
- the balance between shared time and your time
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- many activities have been organized but if there are other activities you would like to do during your free time, we would be more than happy to help you plan and arrange
- this trip focuses on women travelers
- no need to be in top shape to join this tour–driving, walking, wining and dining are on the agenda
DAY BY DAY…
Arrive in Malaga International airport where we will personally pick you up and transport you to your hotel. Your hotel is located right in the heart of the city. Upon arriving to your hotel, you will have some time to unwind from your journey or if you prefer, you can begin exploring the city on your own. The South of Spain is known for three things—its climate, its people and its food. During the cocktail and tapas hour, you will begin to enjoy the food as well as mingle with your fellow travelers and also meet your hosts. You can continue the evening with a drink elsewhere or get some rest to prepare for the day ahead….whatever inspires you.
After breakfast in Malaga we head to Sevilla “the city that has a special color”, or at least that’s how the old Spanish song goes. Today we will drop our bags at our hotel in the old neighborhood of Santa Cruz. It is one of the most important and popular of Sevilla, a labyrinth of streets that were designed to keep you shaded from the summer heat. After lunch you are free to explore on your own or partake in a ferry tour along Rio Guadalquivir. The rest of the evening is also yours.
We will enjoy an Andalucian breakfast in Sevilla before we make our way to the town of Jerez de la Frontera. In Jerez we will savor some of the local wine specialties–Jerez and Manzanilla–during a wine tour and wine tasting. We will have lunch together at one of the bodegas making for the perfect afternoon with good wine and good company. We end the day back in Sevilla where you can continue to explore this town.
We start the day in Sevilla and then direct ourselves to the town of Cordoba. Upon arrival we will drop our bags at our hotel. From here you can enjoy a siesta, lunch or begin exploring the city before we visit the famous Mezquita. We will meet again later this evening for dinner.
This morning we enjoy breakfast before we visit the magical and mysterious city of Granada. In Granada our first stop is at our hotel in the charming neighborhood of El Albaicin. This neighborhood has windy, narrow streets and sits on a hill facing the famous Alhambra. Together we will enjoy a tapas lunch, which Granada is known for, and of course some wine. After lunch you are free to begin exploring on your own, sit at a local cafe or just indulge in the Spanish tradition of an afternoon siesta. After your leisure time you have the choice of joining us at a special place where we can watch the sun setting behind the Alhambra. If you choose to continue on your own, enjoy as you wish….tomorrow we discover the jewels of this city.
Feel free to sleep in a bit….after breakfast, the morning is yours to wander, shop, explore or perhaps even get lost in the many nooks abounding in this town. Be prepared to be amazed as we meet again this afternoon for a tour of the famous Alhambra. Tonight’s farewell dinner in Granada will include an authentic flamenco show.
Today we will have one last breakfast before you are dropped off and head back home….safe travels and we hope you’ve enjoyed your adventure!