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Explore the rich culture and lively cities of southern Spain

7 days From £949 per person

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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Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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

Additional information

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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4.1 stars4.1 / 5 · 47 reviews

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G Curtis

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

It was a really well planned and led tour, places visited were really interesting. Our tour leader was excellent, with useful information sheets, and got to know everyone on the tour. The only downside was some of the food at the hotel was not very hot. A first rate holiday.

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MR MICHAEL BISHOP

4 stars

Submitted 25/Jun

It was a very good experience. Well organised and very well executed by your Tour Manager.

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Norman Turnbull

5 stars

Submitted 29/May

Overall, a great holiday. Hotel and food very good. I am vegetarian and the buffet at all meals provided a good choice. The tour manager was excellent and the trips, on the whole, went smoothly. The downside was that the train journey to Seville was substituted with a coach which was disappointing. So much for Rail Discoveries. But it didn't detract from the enjoyment overall.

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D Airey

4 stars

Submitted 24/May

We enjoyed the destinations and the hotel food, but unfortunately the hotel air conditioning was not working.

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J Wood Rogers

4 stars

Submitted 23/May

It was an excellent holiday but there is so much information to take in on the excursions, it would be great to have a small written summary of each of the buildings we visited. Just key facts as an aide memoire.

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Ms Brook

3 stars

Submitted 23/May

We went on only one return rail journey, which therefore didn't live up to the billing of rail discoveries, which is why we booked it. The hotel provided good food and a comfortable room, but would have been improved by working air conditioning in temperatures in excess of 30 degrees. The pool was nice and cold. Some aspects of the excursions could have been improved, but we had good trips to Seville, Cordoba and Granada.

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