This classic journey around Moorish Andalucía, visiting the great cities of Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Malaga plus the stunning hilltop town of Ronda helps you to discover the true heart of this ancient land, uncovering its history and capturing the passion and intensity of all that is Andalucía today.
The drive from each city takes you though much varied scenery from the wild sierra of Ronda to the crumbling castles of Jaen, discovering some of Europe's most precious treasures including The Alhambra Palace of Granada, the great mosque of Cordoba and the Royal Alcazar of Seville.
This holiday can start on any date you request and we can arrange for you to collect your car from a number of different airports
Day One - Arrive Malaga airport, collect hire car and transfer to Granada for 2 nights
After you have settled into your hotel, take a short walk to the souk like streets of the Alcaiceria surrounding the cathedral. Here you can try the delicious array of tapas that Granada offers from broad beans cooked with ham; meat balls with almond and saffron, to crumbling slices of Manchego cheese and the best jamon serrano from the Alpujarran village of Trevelez.
Day Two – Pre-booked visit to The Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens
The Alhambra Palace was short-listed to be one of the New Seven Wonders of The World. It is an absolutely stunning complex of palaces, summer gardens, fountains and courtyards which once seen is never forgotten and often revisited time and time again. Built during the reign of the pleasure loving califas, every view inside the complex is a picture of harmony and balance with natural light and the sound of running water creating the perfect environment for meditation and relaxation; which was the essence of Moorish life at this time. Your visit will include the entire complex including the gardens and inner Royal quarters of the Nazrid palace.
Late afternoon/ early evening is the best time to wander around the Albaicin, the medieval quarter of Granada which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Winding your way up through the cascading streets, you will eventually reach the Plaza de San Nicolas where local flamenco artists gather to practise, overlooking the famous panoramic view of The Alhambra with the back-drop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada.
Day Three - Transfer to Cordoba for 1 night
In medieval times Cordoba was the most advanced city in the whole of Europe, a centre of culture and learning where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in a thriving society. Today it is a quieter Andalucían city with an austere atmosphere, quite different from the passion and flamboyance of Seville. The streets surrounding the mezquita are filled with ancient bodegas and tapas bars and a glass of the local sherry-like Montilla is a must.
Day Four - A Morning in Cordoba
The great mosque was built to rival Mecca and is a building of incredible mystic powers and the first glimpse inside is a jaw dropping experience. The jaw then drops further when you encounter a complete catholic cathedral hidden in the middle!
Surrounding the mezquita is the delightfully crumbling juderia; a fascinating place to get lost in as you wander around the narrow maze of streets, lined with geranium filled balconies and green shady plazas. There are many things to discover in the juderia from original Moorish bath houses, to one of the only three synagogues to have survived the expulsion of The Jews from Spain.
After lunch transfer to Seville for 2 nights
The flamboyant Andalucían capital city of Sevilla combines its Moorish history with the legacy of the Spanish Golden Age when Columbus brought back immeasurable wealth from The Americas. The beautiful Arabic minaret "la Giralda" towers over one of the largest gothic cathedrals in the world and the colourful Plaza de España contrasts with the Mudejar palaces of the Royal Alcazar.
Authentic Flamenco Show
For your first evening in Seville you will have a reservation at what is known as THE place to watch flamenco in the city. Unpretentious and authentic; it is where you can see the up and coming National stars who are studying the art of flamenco at the prestigious local school. The setting is also perfect; a traditional Andaluz patio on the edge of the barrio Santa Cruz.
Day Five - Guided walking tour of Seville
This morning after breakfast, a local guide will give you a 2 hour walking tour of the city showing you the most famous historical sites plus many hidden gems that only the locals know. The guide's enthusiasm for their home town really brings the city to life and gives you an insight that the guide books never can.
After lunch you are free to further explore the city including a visit to the Alcazar and cathedral, climb to the top of La Giralda, take a boat trip up the Río Guadalquivir or relax in the shade of the Marie Louisa Park.
Day Six - Transfer to Ronda for 1 night
The hilltop town of Ronda sits on a ridge of The Serrania de Ronda and has been a strategic fortified village for thousands of years. Spread either side of the El Tajo gorge, the old and new towns are joined by the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge). The views from Ronda are breath-taking and the excellent restaurants on the edge of the ridge offer lunch with sweeping views of distant mountains, deep green valleys and clusters of white villages.
Ronda is a great place to just walk out from your hotel and wander around to see what you can see. There is no major agenda to be followed; just meander through the narrow streets, stop for a drink, wander a bit more, and soak up the atmosphere of this ancient town.
Day Seven - Transfer to Malaga for 1 night
Malaga is a city often overlooked by visitors to Andalucía who never get to experience the heart of this truly Spanish city with a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere. Tiny narrow streets lined with fresh fish restaurants and bodegas, lead off from wide palm lined avenues with their majestic buildings and designer stores. The Malageños say the best fresh fish of Andalucía is found in Malaga, the best wine of Andalucía is made in Malaga and the best fiesta of Andalucía is celebrated in Malaga; their pride for their city and priorities in life makes a stay here very pleasant.
Visit to The Picasso Museum
Picasso was born in Malaga and in the city you can visit the Picasso Museum (set in a beautiful building with stunning remains of the cities Phoenician walls on the lower floor) plus there is the house of his birth in the Plaza de la Merced which is towered over by the Moorish Alcazaba and close to the newly excavated Roman theatre. Malaga is also now home to the new Carmen Thyssen museum; a beautiful private collection set in a 16th century Baroque palace.
An evening stroll takes you along the seaside "paseo maritimo" where the air is filled with the aroma of skewered sardines "espetos" cooking on the open fires of the beach side "chiringuitos" and you can also visit the recently finished port area; an exceptional new development with dock-side restaurants, entertainment and a chance to walk alongside some of the super yachts and cruise liners that make a stop off in Malaga during their journey through The Mediterranean.
Day Eight - Transfer to Malaga airport, deposit hire car and say farewell to Andalucía!
Your first hotel is a family owned, newly restored 16th Century house, situated in The Albaicin barrio of Granada, just below The Alhambra Palace...
In Cordoba your base will be a lovely 9 bedroom hotel located in the heart of the Juderia, where the rooms are located within four beautiful protected houses...
Located in the heart of Seville, this hotel is based around the theme of classical music where magic, comfort and hospitality combine. Adapted from a XVIII century...
This lovely 4 star hotel in Ronda sits on the edge of the 120m deep El Tajo gorge in the very centre of the old town. It has a splendid yet cosy interior…
16th November 2020 – 28th February 20211st July 2020 – 31st August 2020
From 1195.00 Euros *
1st March 2021 – 30th June 2021
1st September 2020 – 15th November 2020
From 1295.00 Euros *
* Price per person, based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room:
Please note these prices do not take in to consideration local and national holidays which may increase hotel rates for certain dates throughout the year, particularly Semana Santa (Holy Week) which in 2021 is from Sunday 28th March to Monday 5th April 2021. The Feria de Abril in Seville and the Festival de los Patios in Cordoba.
Please enquire for an exact quote for your required dates and particular room requirements.
Our Portugal trip is now behind us but we wanted to thank you for organising such a wonderful experience. We found Lemon Valley on the internet and really just crossed our fingers that you were the company to work with for the trip. We could not have been more delighted with the experience you provided for us. The hotels were outstanding and your itinerary suited us down to the ground.
All the guides you found for us were great and helped the country come alive for us.
This was certainly a case of expectations exceeded. Thank you Best regards
As our stay in Andalucía is coming to an end I want to thank you for arranging a wonderful week for Letty and me. Letty and I have both worked in the travel and event management fields and we are both impressed with your service. I would be happy to write a testimonial if you have a link either to Trip Advisor or Facebook. Believe me I have nothing but praise for the itinerary we are completing or the arrangements you made. Just in the interest of our opinion, the three cities of Granada, Seville, and Cordoba are similar in many ways. Malaga is definitely different. For those who might be looking for a compressed experience we believe Cordoba could be eliminated (understanding full well that is a matter of personal taste). As for the hotels, all four of them are PERFECTLY located and pleasant with courteous staff. Of the four the Hotel Alminar was our least favorite, mostly because of the poor breakfast quality. However, we would have no problem staying at any of them again. Feel free to use us as references and thank you for your great work.
We are back from our two week trip to Andalusia, and I wanted to thank you for all of your work in putting it together for us. The whole trip went smoothly. Your packet with the itinerary, hotel information, tickets and vouchers was complete and well-organized. We really liked the small spiral bound book with travel tips, history, sight-seeing and restaurant information organized for each city that we visited. We found that it was better than the guidebooks that we had brought with us. We enjoyed all of the hotels that you recommended, with their historical character and terrific locations in the heart of the old cities. Also, all of our guides were excellent — very knowledgeable, personable and easy to understand.
Thanks again! We certainly will recommend your services to our friends.
My niece and I really enjoyed the tour that you arranged for us. Granada in particular left a strong and pleasant impression on both of us. The guides on all excursions were very kind and professional, so where the staffs at the hotels.
We appreciated the excellent choice of the lovely “Casa de los Migueletes” in Granada. The hotel is beautiful and the atmosphere is very pleasant.
Also the Cordoba Hotel Conquistador is good and we enjoyed our stay there.
I wish to thank you for having so nicely organized my short break and apologise for the inconvenience caused by the sudden change of dates. No doubt, I will contact you again, should the opportunity arise for another tour in Spain.
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