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Explore the rich culture and lively cities of southern Spain

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20212022
7 days From £949 per person
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2022 Tour code: 22ANF

About the tour

Explore the best of beautiful Andalucía on this spectacular holiday. Visit sun-soaked Seville, journey to historic Cordoba and explore the Alhambra in Granada, all from your base in charming Antequera.

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Day 1 - To Antequera

Fly from London or your local airport to Malaga and transfer to your hotel in Antequera, your home for the next six nights. Antequera is set in a lovely sun-swept spot, and is a typical medieval town with towering churches, walls, and fortresses. You can see plenty of Spanish Baroque buildings, which have been restored in previous years to retain their traditional façades. Fascinating Moorish and Roman influences can be seen throughout the city and the rest of the stunning region.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - Antequera

Today is free for you to begin exploring at your own pace. Antequera offers plenty for the discerning tourist, with the range and variety of cuisine definitely something to get excited about. Seeking out a local café is an excellent option if you fancy indulging in a traditional Spanish lunch. The area is famous for 'Porra Antequerana', a thick, gazpacho-style soup traditionally served cold and made with tomato and bread. There's also the Dolmen Tombs found just outside of the city; three 5000 year old prehistoric burial chambers that are some of the largest in Europe.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Seville

After breakfast, travel from Antequera to the beautiful city of Seville, for a guided tour. Your first stop is the Plaza de España, where you have time to admire the beautiful buildings, fountains, and tiled alcoves, created for the 1929 'Fair of the Americas'. You finish your tour in front of the amazing cathedral, the largest Gothic building in Europe. The cathedral, which is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, is lavishly decorated in gold. It also boasts a bell tower, La Giralda, which was the minaret of the original mosque, and offers panoramic views. The afternoon is free to explore - Seville reputedly has the largest number of tapas bars in the world, so perhaps take a well-earned rest in a pavement café with a few plates of local specialities. You can also experience the local culture with a short visit to one of its iconic Flamenco clubs.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Cordoba

Enjoy a visit to Cordoba, an ancient city that was once the largest metropolis in Western Europe and is now a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site. On arrival, take an insightful guided tour of the city's main attractions, seeing the exterior of the famous Mezquita, or mosque of Cordoba, for which the city is world-renowned. Built in the 8th century and re-consecrated as a cathedral in the 13th century, the Mezquita is one of the greatest remaining works of Islamic architecture in the world, and is surrounded by the winding, narrow lanes of the city's Old Town. Your tour also takes you to the sprawling Juderia, Cordoba's historic Jewish Quarter and a fascinating place to explore.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Antequera

Enjoy another day to explore the surrounding area. You could spend time in the municipal museum of Antequera, finding out about the town's archaeological history as well as later art and architecture. Perhaps visit the nearby port city of Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, where you could spend some time at Museo Picasso and admire the world-famous artist's work. Malaga is bursting with history and boasts a wealth of ancient architecture, including a Roman theatre dating back to 1 BC, as well as some thriving bars and fantastic restaurants.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Granada

Head to Granada, a charming city at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, known for its stunning Moorish influences. Enjoy a walking tour that includes entrance to the iconic Alhambra, the last, and greatest of Spain's Moorish palaces, and a striking structure that towers over the city. Here, you see the beautiful Generalife Gardens, begun in 1931 and finished in 1951 by Francisco Prieto Moreno. The original garden was built in the 13th century and was part of the summer palace. Its walkways are tiled in typical Granadian style with pebble mosaics, and the garden features pools framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions. With some free time, you could also visit the Albacyin, the Moorish quarters of the city with narrow winding streets, which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Home

Today you bid farewell to Spain, transferring to Malaga Airport for your flight back to London or your local airport.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Hotel Antequera, Antequera

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4.1 stars4.1 / 5 · 40 reviews

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Mr M Horsey

4 stars

Submitted 21 Oct 2019

Excellent holiday especially the services of the tour manager Interesting trips and pleasant hotel. Only complaint was the number of guests trying to obtain a meal from the buffet at mealtimes. It was extremely crowded and spoilt the experience

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Mr D Lewison

5 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2019

Ideal position and plenty to explore

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Mrs P Moseley

4 stars

Submitted 10 Oct 2019

Dining arrangements on some days were overcrowded resulting in long delays and queues for food. Otherwise, holiday was perfect. Tours were well organised and hotel was well situated with all modern amenities and comfortable,clean rooms.

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Mr P Slater

4 stars

Submitted 10 Oct 2019

Everything was fine except for the evening buffet, the number at the sitting was far to many and the waits much to long

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Mrs A Greenwood

4 stars

Submitted 03 Oct 2019

Excellent tours and brilliant manager but hotel not the best for food or organisation of meal times.

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Mrs L Fettes-Neame

4 stars

Submitted 26 Oct 2018

Very good and busy. Needed some more introductory explanation on the initial drive

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