OLIVE & WINE SOUTHERN SPAIN
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.
As we make our way from the Mediterranean town of Malaga, we begin to enter the region abundant olive oil or as it is often called, “liquid gold”. Olives and its olive oil are the fruit of this region of Cordoba. Here we will drive through olive groves, learn about the olive oil process, sample local olive oil varieties and visit a traditional family owned “cortijo”. We will spend two full days enjoying the relaxed pace of country living. Here you will be based in a former hacienda which has been converted into a hotel…the views which include olive groves and a nearby castle are spectacular. This will be your moment to relax and indulge in locally grown and homemade meals and of course wine.
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.
Your trip ends with a goodbye dinner and flamenco show before we journey back to Malaga for your return home.
WHAT YOU GET…
- accommodations that include daily breakfast
- welcome cocktails & tapas
- 2 lunches
- 1 dinner
- winery tour and wine tasting + lunch
- olive oil tour and 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
- the mix of urban adventure and country simplicity
- 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 and during the cocktail and tapas hour, you will begin to enjoy the food. Here you will get to mingle with your fellow travelers and also meet your hosts. If you feel inspired, you can continue the evening with a drink elsewhere or get some rest to prepare for the day ahead.
Today we prepare for the day with a typical Anadalucian breakfast. After breakfast, you will be on your own to explore the city of Malaga. Malaga is a city that is often overlooked as travelers move on to better known locations but by doing so, travelers miss out on the beauty of this coastal town. Malaga is also the birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso. During your exploration feel free to discover La Alcazaba, Picasso Museum, Carmen Tyson Museum, Botanic Garden and Mercado Ataranzas which boasts authentic Moorish architecture. We will meet at the hotel and then head out to experience a “chiringuito” for lunch. A “chiringuito” is a shack located on the beach, now “chiringuitos” are slightly more updated but still retain their charm. Our “chiringuito” of choice is one of the most authentic and memorable dining experiences. After lunch, the rest of the day is yours to continue exploring. Dinner is on your own.
After breakfast we will leave Malaga and drive about an hour and a half away to the town of Zuheros. In this typical Andalucian style house which has now been converted into a hotel is where we will be based for the next two nights. Once we have had a chance to put our bags down, we will participate in a wine tasting where we will indulge in some of the finest wines of the region. We will also enjoy an al fresco lunch at the vineyards (?). Feel free to stroll the grounds after lunch. After lunch we journey back to Zuheros where we will spend the evening. This evening you will feast on an authentic and homemade meal at our hacienda.
Today we will visit an olive grove. After breakfast our olive experience begins as we take a drive through the town of Baena, best known for its olive groves and of course olive oil. We will visit a family owned olive factory and learn about the olive growing, what makes each type of olive oil special and of course a tasting. Lunch? After our olive experience we return to 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.
The rest of the day is yours until we meet again for our goodbye dinner. Tonight’s farewell will include a 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!