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SEVILLA RONDA ANTEQUERA CÓRDOBA MÁLAGA GRANADA
DAY 1. Seville
Arrival in Seville from airport / train station and private transfer to hotel.
DAY 2. Seville - Aracena - Almonaster
After a good breakfast, we made a full day excursion to one of the most important areas of what was the Taifa of Seville, becoming one of the most extensive. The Sierra de Huelva area is a very important and strategic enclave with the border of the Taifa de Badajoz. Almonaster la Real and Aracena, will be two key places that for years have developed a very important urban development. Proof of this is the beautiful Almonaster Mosque that we will visit on our first stop. It is a heritage complex of exceptional historical and artistic value, being the only mosque in Spain that has survived practically intact to this day in a rural area. Almonaster also hides beautiful corners as a white town in the province of Huelva. After a visit we continue our journey to Aracena.
Upon arrival in Aracena, we will visit the castle located at the top of the hill of the town, with impressive views of the entire region. Upon reaching the castle, inside we can see the houses from the Andalusian period and the different rooms of the medieval fortress. You enter the castle grounds through the postern or secondary door of the Alcázar. This space, which is located in the highest and eastern part of the hill, is what makes up the fortified area of Aracena next to the parade ground.
We continue the visit to the city center, to discover the public laundries and the hermitage of San Pedro.
Visiting Aracena and not trying its gastronomy is almost a crime. Known for the famous and rich acorn-fed hams and a first-class cold meat, our colleague will recommend a restaurant to enjoy the traditional dishes of the city.
After lunch, we will visit the Grutas de las Maravillas. Las Grutas is a spring of inexhaustible beauty, forged by time on nature itself, with the help of elements as simple as water and stone. The exceptional set of galleries, rooms, lakes and underground courses that time and water have carved out. Probably one of the most beautiful and best preserved caves in the world.
At the end of the visit, we return to Seville.
Free dinner and accommodation
Approximate total duration: 9 hours
DAY 3. Seville - Córdoba - Carmona
We leave Ishbiliya (Seville) behind to go to Qurtuba (Córdoba), but first we must stop en route to visit one of the most important enclaves within what was the disintegration of the Caliphate of Córdoba. We are talking about Carmona, getting to have its own Taifa independent from that of Seville. Upon arrival, we will visit the Alcázar of King Don Pedro, the Puerta de Alcázar of Seville and the majestic Puerta de Córdoba. On a tour where we can discover the beautiful corners of the Andalusian and Jewish past of its whitewashed streets. The visit lasts approximately 2 hours.
We resume the road to Córdoba, upon arrival, we do the check-in and free lunch.
In the afternoon, we will take a guided tour of the city. We start with the Mosque, being the most important monument in the entire Islamic West and one of the most amazing in the world. Its history summarizes the complete evolution of the Umayyad style in Spain, in addition to the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of Christian construction.
The place that today occupies the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba (World Heritage Site) seems to have been, since ancient times, dedicated to the worship of different divinities. We will visit the different rooms and the beautiful Patio de los Naranjos (ablution courtyard), we continue the visit to the Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos, where in Andalusian times the place of residence of the different emirs was established.
We will walk through its streets and suburbs, the most characteristic and unknown is that of the Axerquía, being the most extensive of the entire Islamic empire of the peninsula. We finish the visit by tasting some traditional dishes of Umayya origin in a traditional and non-touristy tavern that have largely remained in our days.
After the tasting, hotel accommodation or free time to stroll around the city at night (highly recommended)
Total duration of the day: 9 hours
DAY 4. Córdoba - Medina Azahara - Antequera - Málaga
Today we will enjoy an intense but very satisfactory day in terms of content, after breakfast, we check-out and move to Medina Azahara, on the outskirts of the city of Córdoba. Its location is at the foot of the so-called Mount of the Bride where the ruins of the Archaeological Complex of Madinat al-Zahra, declared a World Heritage Site, are located. Its construction, begun in the year 936, is due to the first caliph of Al-Andalus, Abderramán III, in honor of his favorite Al Zahra. Upon arrival, we will visit the Wall, the House of the Viziers, the remains of the Aljama Mosque and the Gardens. A very complete visit of about two and a half hours.
At the end, we start our trip to Mâlaqa (Málaga), but on our way, we will make a stop in Antaqira (Antequera). Upon arrival we will visit the imposing Alcazaba that occupied the entire crown of the hill within the walled complex of the Islamic medina, being the Torre del Homenaje, with an angular plan, the most important of the entire site. The area of the hill where it is located, shows us incredible views towards the Antequera countryside. We will also visit the Collegiate Church of Antequera, built near the Alcazaba.
In this city, we will enjoy the gastronomy, recommending tasting the “porra antequerana”, the sister of Salmorejo.
After lunch, we resume the trip to Malaga. Upon arrival, check-in, free dinner and accommodation
Approximate total duration of the day: 9 hours.
DAY 5. Malaga
In the morning, our guide will pick you up for a private guided tour of the Almohad and Nasrid Malaga.
We will start in the downtown area visiting the Central Market, with architectural elements from the Nasrid period, we will walk through the famous Calle Larios until we reach the Alcazaba, where we will visit the monuments that can be visited. We finish with the transfer to the Gibralfaro Tower to enjoy incredible views of Malaga. After the visit, we return to the city for lunch (free).
In the afternoon, we cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy Andalusian seafood cuisine, much less Malaga, our partner will pick you up to take you to the quintessential fishing district to hold a skewer workshop on the beach itself. A very fun and educational activity where you will learn to cook fish in the espetada style. A cooking art for generations that survives today.
After the activity and dinner, return to the hotel.
DAY 6. Malaga - Granada
In the morning, we check-out and move to the “City of Dreams”, Granada. Upon arrival and after check-in, we will make a first contact with the Nasrid city. We will visit the beautiful Albayzín neighborhood, a World Heritage Site, where we will discover its alleys, mosques and whitewashed buildings that seem stopped in time. This visit is accompanied during the tour, with some stops in traditional and authentic taverns of the Nasrid neighborhood to taste their traditional dishes. Total duration approx: 2.5 hours
After the visit, we return to the hotel or we can stay to explore the rest of the city on your own.
In the afternoon, (and it is the best option whatever they say out there), the Alhambra is a beauty to visit at sunset. We will visit the beautiful Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife Gardens, the Carlos V Palace and the Alcazaba. A very complete tour where we will discover legends and the fascinating history of its inhabitants. Approximate total duration of the visit: 4 hours.
At the end of the visit, free dinner, return to the hotel and accommodation
DAY 7. Granada
At the stipulated time, transfer to the Granada airport / train station.
INCLUDES / NOT INCLUDES
– Transfer from Seville station / airport to hotel
– Private guided tour of the city of Seville, Cathedral and Alcazar
– Tickets to monuments
– Private full day excursion to Almonaster la Real and Aracena
– Guided visit (small group) to the Caves of Wonders
– Entrance fees to the Caves of Wonders
– Transfer to Córdoba with a stop in Carmona for a private guided tour
– Entrance fees to the monuments (Alcazar Puerta de Sevilla, Priory of Santa María and Santa Clara convent)
– Private guided tour in Córdoba.
– Entrance fees to the Mosque and guided tour
– Private guided tour of Medina Azahara with tickets
– Transfer to Malaga with a stop in Antequera and guided visit to the Alcazaba and Collegiate Church
– Typical Antequera lunch
– Tickets to monuments
– Private guided tour in Malaga with tickets to the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro castle
– Transfer to Granada
– Guided visit to the Albayzín with tapas included during the tour (4 tapas and 4 drinks per person)
– Guided visit to the Alhambra with tickets included
– Transfer to the train station / Granada airport
– Welcome gift
– 2 nights in a 4 * hotel with breakfast at the Doña María hotel (Seville)
– 1 night in a 4 * hotel with breakfast at the Hesperia Córdoba hotel (Córdoba)
– 2 nights in a 4 * hotel with breakfast at the Soho Boutique Bahía hotel (Málaga)
– 1 night in a 4 * hotel with breakfast at Abades Recogidas hotel (Granada)
– Assistance assurance
DOES NOT INCLUDE
– Extras in hotel
– Plane / train tickets
– Lunches or dinners not described and included in the itinerary
* Rates are based on double room or DUI
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