“I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends there!”
As Orwell wrote, the Spaniards are famous for their friendly disposition; nowhere could this be more true than in Andalusia, the place I imagine Hemingway had in mind when talking of how the Spanish like to ‘delay the day’ by getting up and staying up late; the Andalusians are known as the revellers of Spain. Orwell also famously wrote ‘Homage to Catalonia’ in the province where we end our tour and it is here that you can experience the famous fet diferencial, differentiating fact, for which Catalans are well-known. Barcelona is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a French influence. In the South you will encounter Spain’s Moorish past. Spain’s artists and architects are world famous and on this tour you will be tracing Picasso’s footsteps, as he was born in Malaga and later lived in Barcelona. However, whilst you will experience what separates these territories, you will also see what joins them and all Spaniards, namely a love of food, wine, fiestas and football.
Day 1 Seville, Arrival Day
Upon arrival you will be whisked away to your hotel to enjoy some relaxation before your first taste of Andalusian cuisine in a local Seville restaurant. You can then enjoy an early night to ready you for your adventure ahead.
Day 2 Seville: A tour on wheels and by foot
This morning, we meet our lovely local guide who will accompany us on a guided bicycle tour of the city, stopping off for a coffee en route. After a typical tapas style lunch in the Barrio Santa Cruz, you will enjoy a guided inside visit of the Alcazar and cathedral of Seville. You will then have a free evening to enjoy wandering Seville’s streets, perhaps an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs or chance to sample yet more of Seville’s culinary delights. (B, L)
Day 3 Seville, Tile Making
Today you begin with a tile-making lesson.The art of tile making is something quintessentially Andalusian thanks to this area’s Moorish past. You then have some free time to relax, or head out into the centre for more exploration. This evening we will head out for an authentic flamenco performance in the city most associated with it. This is followed up with a fabulous meal with a view!
Day 4 Ronda
“I have sought everywhere the city of my dreams, and I have finally found it in Ronda” (Maria Rilke)
This morning we drive to Zahara de la Sierra, enjoying the lovely views on the way. Upon arrival you can enjoy a wander around and enjoy a morning coffee. We then continue on through the lovely Spanish countryside, where we follow in the footsteps of other famous writers such as Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway and head to their favourite place: Ronda. From its spectacular ravine to its lovely little streets and famous bullring, it isn’t hard to see why it attracted so many, and continues to do so. We will enjoy a bite to eat at a typical local restaurant and then there is free time for you to explore and then enjoy an aperitivo overlooking the gorge at sunset, followed by dinner. You are staying in the Parador meaning lovely views to wake up to in the morning. (B, L)
Day 5 Caminito del Rey, Hiking, Picnic Lunch & Arabic Baths
Today we head off to the Caminito del Rey for a morning’s walk/hike to enjoy some of the most spectacular views in Andalusia. On the way we have snacks to enjoy and following the visit we will enjoy some sandwiches and a picnic and head to Malaga.
Upon arrival you will have time to check into the hotel before we go into the city centre for a visit to the Arabic baths, so typical of this part of Spain. You then have a free evening to enjoy Malaga’s thriving and vibrant city centre.(B, L)
Day 6 Granada including the Alhambra
“There is nothing sadder than being blind in Granada” (Francisco de Icaza)
The jewel of Andalusia is the Alhambra, in the city named after a pomegranate. It is here we head today for a guided tour with a local expert, before you have lunch with a view of the Palace; one never gets bored of looking at the Alhambra. Spend the afternoon in Granada wandering the bazaar and visiting the cathedral. We will then make your way back to Malaga where you will have a bit of downtime in the hotel before a tapas style supper in the city centre in a local hotspot. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Nerja Caves & Bodega
Today you are off to the unique caves of Nerja, the largest in Europe, followed by a leisurely, five course tasting lunch at a bodega in the beautiful Andalusian countryside. Then you venture on to Competa for a stroll around and a coffee in the late afternoon sun, before heading back to Malaga for a free evening.
Day 8 A Day with the Locals in a Typical Andalusian Village
Today we head to visit a local olive grove before enjoying lunch in the house of one of the locals, in a typical Andalusian pueblo.
You then return to Malaga for a free late afternoon and evening.
Day 9 Highlights of Barcelona
This morning we will fly from Malaga to Barcelona where we will drop off your bags at the hotel, before enjoying a late lunch at a local hotspot. From here you will catch a cable car across the harbour up Barcelona’s iconic hill that overlooks the city and from where you will toast the city. Then enjoy some free time either in town or back at the hotel where you can enjoy some down time.
This evening you will indulge in a fish dinner with a view. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Beautiful Born
Meet our lovely local guide and enjoy an inside visit of the Sagrada Familia including a visit of the Towers. Your guide will then take you down to the Gothic quarter for a wander and a tasting tour and then you are free to walk Barcelona’s streets for more treats be they presents or yet more delicious food. Return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out to supper at one of the Born’s lovely little restaurants. (B, D)
Day 10 Catalan Cookery Course
Enjoy a leisurely startbefore a walk through the old Born neighbourhood, After seeing the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar church you will head to the Santa Caterina market to sample some of her delicacies before you have free time for further exploration.
In the late afternoon you will head to the cookery school in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona, where you will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Ferra Adria, by learning how to cook some traditional Spanish fare which you will then enjoy as your final supper in Barcelona. (B, D)
Day 12 Departure
Until Our next trip together! Time to bid adios to Spain, but we hope it’s more hasta luego.
INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP:
Accommodation & Services:
- 3 nights in Barcelona, 3 nights in Seville, 1 night in Ronda, and 4 nights in Malaga.
- Centrally located, upmarket hotels.
- The services of an extremely highly qualified and experienced Tour Manager who will accompany you throughout your trip.
- Transfers to and from the airport.
- Private transport, unless otherwise stated.
- All tips. For instance, tips to tour managers, local guides, restaurants and porterage are all included in the total price; one less thing to think about.
- You will be visiting: Barcelona, Seville, Ronda, Malaga, Granada, Nerja and Andalusian villages.
Food & Beverages:
- Breakfast and either lunch or dinner (unless otherwise stated) (B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner).
- When lunch and/or dinner are included, alcohol in the form of wine and/or beer is provided, alongside soft drinks.
- Aperitivi, coffee and snacks where stated.
Entrances & Tickets:
- Flamenco show
- Alcazar in Seville
- Seville Cathedral
- Alhambra in Granada
- Tour & Tasting at an Andalusian bodega
- Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
- Cable car to Montjuic in Barcelona
- Caves in Nerja
Guided Tours with a difference:
- bicycle tour in Seville
- tile making lesson in Seville
- cookery lesson
- a day spent with Andalusian locals
- tasting tour of Born & Barceloneta
- Arabic baths
There are no ‘optionals’ for sale. Everything you have in the itinerary is included in the total cost.
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP:
- Flights not included with the exception of the flight between Malaga and Barcelona on day 9.
- Travel insurance.
Please note that in booking a trip with me, you are also contributing to charities which support young people in education. The charity I currently give to is the Malala Fund: www.malala.org , whose mission it is to help the 130 million girls worldwide, who are currently unable to access education.
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