The Beautiful Andalucia in 10 days
When we imagine Andalusia, we think of the land of olive oil, horses, flamenco, sun and flowers ... The people of Andalusia will fall in love with this land full of history and culture, with a unique lifestyle. Dance and parties, good food, tapas, canes and sangria. Let yourself be seduced forever by beautiful Andalusia.
Day by Day Itinerary and suggested Accommodation
Day 1: Arrival in Seville and private transfer to the hotel. We suggest having this first day of rest to enjoy a walk through the Puerta de Jerez. Do not miss visiting the Maria Luisa Park, the Plaza de España and the banks of the Guadalquivir River with its Torre del Oro. At dusk, we can organize a tapas tour with our guide from Seville.
3-night accommodation in Alfonso XIII Hotel *****
Day 2: Monumental visit to Seville. From your hotel, our expert local guide will take you to know the Cathedral of Seville, one of the largest in Europe, with its Giralda Tower and the magnificent Royal Alcázar. Do not miss visiting the Barrio de Santa Cruz and its narrow and picturesque streets full of charisma and history.
At night, we reserve a place in the best flamenco tablao in the center of the city. Discover the "duende" of this art while you enjoy a drink or dinner.
Day 3: Full day excursion to Jerez de la Frontera. Our driver will take you to Jerez, a stately city south of Seville, recognized not only for its flamenco singing and its Spanish horses but also for the quality of its Sherry wines. You can enjoy a walk with our local guide inside the Alcázar, as well as preferential seats in the equestrian show of the Royal Cavalry School. A unique horse dance in the world. After the visit, you can visit a family winery where you will taste some varieties of sherry, the local, internationally known wine. During the day, our expert will suggest taking some tapas in a "tabanco" or traditional tavern of Jerez.
Day 4: Transfer to the White Villages. In the morning, our driver will take you to deep Andalusia, the villages of the mountainous areas of the north of Cádiz and Málaga, known as the "white villages". Upon arrival in Ronda, the capital of this area, you can meet our local guide to enjoy a walk on foot through its main monuments and the breathtaking views from the Puente Nuevo. Also, after the visit, you can go out to the surroundings of the city and enjoy a picnic lunch in a family eco-winery while enjoying its exquisite wines. After the visit, in the afternoon, our driver will transfer you to your special accommodation in the middle of the field.
2-night accommodation at Finca La Donaira *****
Day 5: Tour through the Sierra de Grazalema. Today in the morning you can enjoy a guided tour around the Serranía de Ronda, with a local expert guide, who will take you to know the gastronomic tradition and landscapes of this natural area of Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra, Villaluenga... and other villages where you can taste its cheese and its olive oil.
In the afternoon, you can relax in the facilities of your hotel.
Day 6: Transfer to Granada and visit the city. Upon arrival in Granada, you can have free time to rest. In the afternoon, meet with our guide and enjoy a walk through the center of the city to see the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, where the Catholic Monarchs are buried. After this walk through the lower area, you can climb the streets of the Albayzín neighborhood to watch the sunset while enjoying dinner in front of the Alhambra.
2-night accommodation in Palacio de los Patos *****
Day 7: Visit La Alhambra. Let us take you to the world of the Nasrid kings with our educated guide, who will show you this magnificent complex of palaces and gardens from a different perspective. Astrology, mathematics, design, mysticism, engineering, architecture, botany ... everything comes together in the Alhambra. Enjoy this monument World Heritage, its colors and smells, which will remain forever in your memory.
Day 8: Transfer to Córdoba. Today our driver will transfer you to the Caliphate city of Córdoba. Upon arrival, you will have free time for your lunch and to relax at your hotel before visiting Medina Azahara, an archaeological complex built in the Umayyad period 8 km away. of Cordoba by the first caliph of the city. It is an authentic palatine city that preserves the remains of the Arabic essence in Andalusia.
2-night accommodation in Palacio del Bailío *****
Day 9: Walking Tour to Córdoba. In the morning, our local guide will take you through the intricate streets of the Jewish quarter of Cordoba, full of flowers in the spring months and that somehow surrounds the main monument of the city: The Great Mosque-Cathedral. World Heritage since 1984, this temple, supported by a forest of colored columns and arcades is a must for visitors to the city.
Day 10: Departure transfer. Today our driver will take you to your departure destination, which may be the Seville Airport or the high-speed train station of Cordoba to take your train to Madrid.
CITIES AND TOWNS ON THE ITINERARY
If you wish to know a bit more about the places to go
Andalusia: One of the widest regions of Spain, larger than countries like Belgium, Holland, Denmark or Austria. Its privileged location in the axis between Europe and Africa brought many different cultures throughout history and prehistory. You will feel the magic of the Arabian Nights’ tale visiting fortresses (Alcazabas), palaces (alcázares), mosques and gardens all over the region. You will be amazed by the fact that all these Moorish constructions take place nearby catholic churches and synagogues, resulting in a marvelous architectural and cultural mix. Land of culture and native region of Velázquez, Murillo and Picasso, you will fall in love with its cities and be amazed by its main monuments declared World Heritage Site. You will discover the impressive Moorish, Renaissance and, above all, Baroque architecture in the region. You will also find a diversity of landscapes and experiences and will have the opportunity to taste delicious products from local gastronomy. Andalucía is definitively a great destination which offers a good combination between history, nature, holidays and also very good gastronomy.
Seville: The Andalusian Capital, will enchant you with its impressive monuments and history. It has already been Arab, Jewish and Roman, which provides her a very rich culture. A walk by the district of Santa Cruz will lead you through the streets of the historic and artistic quarter where you will see 12th-century buildings like the Royal Citadels, the Hospital of the Venerable and the City Hall. Don’t miss the architectural and artistic heritage which includes the Cathedral, the Alcazar Arab fortress and India’s Archive. These patrimonial sites have been declared a World Heritage Site, by UNESCO.
Jerez de la Frontera: Famous for its wines, horses and for being the birthplace of flamenco. Discover its historical center, granted with the historic-artistic designation, and surrounded by old walls, where you will see the church of San Mateo and San Lucas and the Riquelme and Permantín palaces. The city is also home to the Horse Fair, a festival declared of International Tourist Interest, where horse-riding and competitions are accompanied by singing, dancing and food. Don’t miss a visit to the wine cellars and taste some exquisite wine.
Ronda: Discover one of the oldest cities of Spain, Ronda, surrounded by mountains, which gives the city its magical character. The town is divided into three distinct areas: the old part which was an ancient Arab medina; the neighborhood of San Francisco, separated by the city Walls and the Mercadillo quarter on the other side of the Guadalevin river. Crossing the Puente Nuevo (“new bridge”), you will find many restaurants offering an abundant selection of local cuisine.
Granada: Probably one of the most attractive cities in Andalucía. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountain, it is also famous for its impressive Al-Andalus heritage and its unique Moorish essence, since it is the last Moorish kingdom in the Peninsula which has been reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs. That’s why you will easily find both Moorish and Christian elements in the streets of the city. Discover the eclectic cultural mix neighborhood of the Albaicín quarter. You’ll be fascinated with the splendor of the Alhambra and Gardens of Generalife, the country residence of the sultan. All these sites have been awarded the World Heritage designation. You will remember Granada for sure!
The Alhambra Palaces: A beautiful complex of monuments and gardens. The splendor of the Nasrid era, it was the largest political and aristocratic center of the Moslem West. Discover its astonish Palace and its beautiful rectangular patios and numerous fountains. You’ll be amazed by the courtyard of the Lions with its fountains, one of the most beautiful sites of the compound. Visit also the Alcazaba citadel, the oldest building and the La Vela tower which offers one of the loveliest views of the Alhambra.
Cordoba: A thousand-year-old city founded by the Romans, became the capital of Hispania Ulterior (Further Spain) and later the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate. Awarded with the World Heritage designation, the historic quarter still has the mark of the splendor of the Caliphate of Cordoba. The city of knowledge, it became one of the most cultivated and refined ones in medieval Europe. One example of this is the Great Mosque, dominating the view, with its rich details and the brilliant way it was built. After the Reconquest, a Gothic cathedral was built inside the Mosque, turned to a single architectural space. During your visit, you can also discover the Jewish Quarter with its white-washed façades adorned with tiles and grilles. Here, you can find the Plazuela de las Flores, the house of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, and the Synagogue.
The Great Mosque: One of the largest in the world with its forest of more than one thousand columns supporting overlapping arches, today a cathedral.
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