This suggested Andalusia Holiday Tour takes you across Andalusia where the influence of different cultures combine to bring an amazing mixture of art, history, architecture, monumental cities, stunning coastline and wonderful gastronomy, together in one. Stay in specially chosen hotels where you will enjoy a friendly welcome and be able to discover the true character of each place visited.
Arrive in Malaga airport and collect your included rental car and drive to your centrally located 4 star hotel.
Malaga is the major coastal city of Andalucia and is a genuine and typical Andaluz city with a gritty individualism unspoilt by mass tourism and the passage of time. You can visit the Cathedral, the churches, the museums, the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle. Also visit the newly opened Picasso Museum, dedicated to the great artist who was born in Malaga. Day trips include the most popular towns that make up the resort area known as the Costa del Sol such as MARBELLA and PUERTO BANUS. Or drive inland for a taste of authentic Andalucia and explore the charming towns of ANTEQUERA and RONDA and the nearby Pueblos Blancos such as GRAZALEMA AND UBRIQUE which are a pleasure to discover.
Next continue south west to TARIFA, near GIBRALTAR, which is the most southern point in Europe. This is where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean and provides spectacular views across to the Rif Mountains of Africa. Tarifa is famous for its 6 miles of white sandy beaches and some of the best windsurfing & surfing conditions in Europe. From here you can cross the border and visit the rock of Gibraltar, which is part of Great Britain, although one of the most rewarding experiences is to simply tour the coast between Tarifa and Cadiz. It is quite unspoilt and holds many surprises such as the Roman ruins located overlooking the magnificent and peaceful PLAYA DE BOLONIA near ZAHARA DE LOS ATUNES. Also be sure to visit the village of VEJER DE LA FRONTERA which is one of the prettiest white villages in Andalucia. You will find several great restaurants here too.
Driving from Tarifa to Seville, we recommend stopping in Cadiz to see the Old Quarter which is superbly preserved. With its colonial style buildings it is reminiscent of towns found in south America or Cuba. From Cadiz continue north stopping in JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA to visit the ROYAL SCHOOL OF EQUESTRIAN ART and one of the Sherry wineries such as Sandemans.
In Seville there is much to see and do. The Old Jewish Quarter holds many delightful surprises, as does the Plaza de España and the surrounding Parque de Maria Luisa with its marvellous gardens. Visit the cathedral and the Moorish “La Giralda” tower, the spectacular gardens of the Alcazaba and be sure to stroll in the Triana district, just across the Guadalquiver River, famous for its ceramic workshops, pretty tiled patios and flamenco music. There are more than a thousand bars in Seville and the selection of restaurants is virtually unlimited.
Interesting daytrips from Seville include CARMONA and CORDOBA which features the mightly Mezquita mosque/ cathedral..
Next drive east to historical GRANADA which is scenically located at the foot of the SIERRA NEVADA mountains. As it was the last Moorish capital in the Iberian Peninsula, you can look forward to an abundance of artistic grandeur embracing Moorish Palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures such as the priceless Alhambra Palace; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also the Generalife & Gardens, the ALBAICIN district and SACROMONTE famous for its gypsy cave dwellings and flamenco music. The province of Granada is characterised by geographical and scenic diversity; if you have time drive to La Alpujarra, Guadix or Montefrío.
Today return to Malaga, choosing a scenic route via the coast visiting Motril and Nerja en route. The Parador in Nerja enjoys a lovely situation overlooking the beach and would be an ideal place to stop for lunch. Spend your last night in Malaga before returning home.