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Andalucia: Walking and Cultural Tour

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Andalucia: Walking and Cultural Tour

Walks (half days) in the inspiring scenery of the Sierras Subbéticas and the Alpujarras, Discovering the glorious architectural heritage of Cordoba and Granada, based in charming, historic, 4 star hotels. Wine, cheese, tapas and olive oil tastings to complement menus of Andalusian specialities in first class restaurants. Guided tours of key historic sites, museums and beautiful formal gardens.

DAY 1

Arrival in Cordoba

After meeting at Malaga airport in the early afternoon, we have a two hours transfer by road to the World Heritage city of Cordoba. We enter the city crossing the great Roman bridge built over the Guadalquivir river by the emperor Augustus. An orientation walk reveals the architectural integrity of this city, once the most splendid of the civilised world. Our hotel is an elegant 4 star conversion of an 18th century palacio in the historic Jewish Quarter and a glass of chilled Fino is de rigueur before dinner in an excellent traditional restaurant. Read more

Cordoba - 1 night
DAY 2

Granada

We set off on foot, traversing narrow lanes with whitewashed houses and flower-filled patios and seeing a few of the twelve 13th century Fernandine churches, built immediately after the reconquest of Cordoba by Ferdinand III. We watch a dressage performance by Andalusian horses in the Royal Stables, the 16th century home of the new horse breed requested by King Philip II. After a light lunch, we have a guided tour of the Mezquita, a monumental religious complex comprising an 8th century mosque, encapsulating a cathedral commenced in 1236, built on top of a Roman temple and a Visigothic church. We conclude the day with a visit to the 14th century Castle and Gardens of the Christian Monarchs Alcázar. Free time in the afternoon and a delicious diner served in one of the most emblematic “Tabernas” in town. Read more

Cordoba - 1 night
DAY 3

Cordoba to Montilla & Zuheros

Departing from Cordoba, we drive into the hills of the Montilla-Moriles wine region to visit a family owned olive oil mill and museum, learn about the importance of olives in the Andalusian economy and taste their award-winning extra virgin olive oil. In a nearby winery, surrounded by vineyards, we taste local wines accompanying a delicious home-made tapas lunch, before driving on for half an hour to commence our walk (1 hr) on the Via Verde (Green Way), a former railway track built to transport olive oil. Arriving at our rural hotel, a 4 star Hacienda set in olive groves, we have time for a swim before dinner in their charming dining room. Read more

Cordoba - 1 night
DAY 4

Hike in Zuheros

We set off on foot into the Subbética Natural Park for a morning’s walk (3.5 hrs) through the verdant Bailon river gorge with its unusual limestone rock formations, fresh water springs and abandoned farms. We finish in Zuheros, one of the most picturesque ‘white villages’ in all of Andalusia, where we have lunch in a simple rural tavern. We continue downhill and along the Green Way (30 mins.) to our hacienda with free time to relax and enjoy the hotel library, gardens, Moorish baths and pool. Get ready for your dinner at the hotel. Read more

Cordoba - 1 night
DAY 5

Hike in Luque

From nearby Luque, with its dramatic rock-top castle which played a significant role in the history of 9th century al-Andalus, we take a circular walk (2 hrs) with fine views of the Subbéticas and the extensive olive groves below. We taste locally produced goat and sheep cheeses at lunch, before we continue by road to Granada. We start our exploration of the city with the stunning Catedral de la Anunciación, begun in the 16th century after the Moors had been displaced and originally intended as a royal mausoleum. Once settled into our charming boutique hotel, a carefully converted 17th century mansion, we have a short walk through the narrow lanes of the historic quarter of Albaicin to dine in the stylish courtyard setting of a restaurant known for its innovative take on traditional Andalusian cuisine. Read more

Granada - 1 night
DAY 6

Granada

Granada epitomises the splendours of al-Andalus and formed the nucleus of the Moorish Nasrid Kingdom for 200 years. After breakfast, we set off in the footsteps of famed 19th century American author and traveller, Washington Irving, to the site from which this Kingdom was ruled: the magnificent Alhambra. Dedicating the whole morning (aprx 3 hours guided tour) to this remarkable architectural complex, we have reserved entrances to both the Alhambra and the Generalife. The Alhambra, arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, is formed of a myriad of towers, gardens, palaces and residences, of which our focus is the most splendid: the 13th century Nasrid Palace. We continue to the Generalife, The Garden of the Builder, to see the famous Patio de la Acequias, the Regal Hall, the gardens and the original Escalera del Agua. Today a light lunch will be served at the terrace of the Parador overlooking the Generalife gardens. In the afternoon you will have some free time at your own leisure and in the evening we are off to another gastronomical experience in town. Read more

Granada - 1 night
DAY 7

Hike in Las Alpujarras

Today we head into the Alpujarras region on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, the stronghold of the Muslim resistance, which lasted until the final defeat of the Rebellion in 1571 (1 hr driving). From the market town of Orgiva, we follow a circular river valley walk for 3 hrs, passing two white villages and enjoying views of the surrounding mountains. Back in Granada, we see an authentic Flamenco show before our farewell dinner in an excellent restaurant with views to the Alhambra. Read more

Granada -1 night
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DAY 8

Malaga and departure

After free time for further exploring, our visit to Andalusia concludes with an airport transfer to Malaga for early afternoon flights home.

Departure

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Cordoba
Day 3
Location Zuheros
Day 5
Location Granada

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee - Granada: Alhambra & Generalife gardens, Cordoba Mosque, Cathedral and Alcazar; Equestrian show and Flamenco performance
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 lunches (drinks included) in: Cordoba (x1), Montilla (x1), Zuheros (x2), Granada (x2), Alpujarras (x1)
  • 7 dinners (drinks include) in: Cordoba (x2), Zuheros (x2), Granada (x3)
  • Private vehicle at your disposal with English speaking driver from arrival to departure.

Package excludes

  • International Flights
  • Trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • Passport, visa and health documentation
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses

More information

  • - Primary activities: hike and culture
  • - Degree of difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • - No. of travellers: Min 2
  • - Special skill level required:Y Good physical condition due to the city and countryside walking involved (4 country walking days and 2 city walking days (1-4 hours)
  • Arrival city & airport, and departure city & airport. Arrival & Departure: Malaga
  • Are children allowed? Yes, minimum 8 years old

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Beverly & David, United States

We just came back from a five weeks trip to Andalucia and we don’t have enough words to thank Rosa for such a wonderful trip. Working with her from start to finish was a true pleasure. Every aspect of the itinerary she put together worked perfectly and we are still glowing from how exceptionally pleasant the entire experience was. We’ve have a lot of special moments on this trip but the most memorable one was to experience Semana Santa in the real crowd and surrounded by locals Read more

Jordan M., United States

I never thought of having handcrafted travel but it was incredible and would do it again in a heartbeat. Rosa Lara did an amazing job of fitting a lot into a two week vacation, which allowed us to make the most out of our time in Spain. She fits in the perfect balance of tours and free time. She was attentive to email and coordinating the perfect itinerary prior to our departure, the online app to view the itinerary during travel was super helpful. Thanks again for the great trip! Read more

Harry & Diana, United States

What a fabulous trip! Excellent communication prior and during the trip. Comfortable transportation. Very knowledgeable guides and perfect accommodations, type boutique hotels which gave us the true flavor of the country since they were all historical buildings. Our host Rosa, was so special that we cried when we said goodbye…. We would suggest to anyone that wants to explore Andalucia to use this company. It is a must for the best experience and service. Read more

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