ANDALUSIA – MADRID – LISBON (12 days / 11 nights) globalwp
ANDALUSIA – MADRID – LISBON (12 days / 11 nights)
Day 1 – MALAGA AIRPORT – COSTA DEL SOL
Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcome by the Gamma Tours guide; transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 – COSTA DEL SOL – NERJA – GRANADA – 200 Km
Driving east along the Mediterranean Sea you arrive in Nerja where a Prehistoric Cave is located; around Almuñecar the subtropical fruits are produced and then driving along the Lecrín Valley you head to Granada. Overnight.
Day 3 – GRANADA – City tour
The Palace of the Alhambra and the Gardens of the Generalife are the highlights of Granada that were designated World Heritage Sites; to stroll in the Old Quarter is like going back to medieval times, having the chance to admire the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Carthusian Monastery and some other monuments. Sacromonte is a flamenco folklore paradise in one of the old gipsy caves. Overnight.
Day 4 – GRANADA – CORDOBA – MADRID – 600 Km
You head to Cordoba. This city highlight is the Mosque – Cathedral, monument designated a World Heritage Site; besides we must remark the Old Jewish Quarter with its Synagogue built during the medieval times. It is worthy to visit the Palacio de Viana and some other places such as Corredera Square and Potro Square. Then, crossing La Mancha Lands you head to Madrid. Overnight.
Day 5 – MADRID – City tour
Madrid is the capital of Spain and the political and financial centre. Drive through the streets, squares and most important avenues, seeing at the same time from the outside different monuments such as the Recoletos Promenade, Plaza Colon, the Cibeles Square, the Cortes or Parliament, the Paseo del Prado (where the Prado Museum is located), the Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente where the Royal Palace and its gardens are located. Then you stroll through the “Old Madrid”, the Habsburg Quarter, walking along the Main Street and seeing the City Hall Square, the Main Square and some old back streets.
Please don’t forget to visit some of the important museums of the city like the Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museum National Centre of Art Queen Sofia and some of the other places or monuments. Overnight.
Day 6 – MADRID – TOLEDO – City tour – 90 Km
You head to Toledo. Going along the ring road, the magnificent location of this city can be appreciated, full of history where several cultures converged. Some of the most outstanding buildings in the city are the Cathedral, the church of Santo Tome, famous for housing El Greco’s relevant picture entitled the burial of Count Orgaz. Remains of the Jewish community are still preserved in the synagogues of Santa Maria la Blanca and El Transito since medieval times. Some of those monuments were designated World Heritage Sites. Stay in Toledo is not completed without a visit to the craft shops of the Toledo Gold, a unique way of engraving gold in other metals. Overnight.
Day 7 – TOLEDO – MERIDA – LISBON – 650 Km
You leave towards Extremadura. Merida, is a town founded by the Romans on 25 B.C. Thus, the Roman legacy is still present in the Roman Theatre and Amphitheatre, both designated World Heritage Sites, being one of the most emblematic constructions. Erected in the 1st century B.C. the theatre can seat 6,000 people. Next to it, the Amphitheatre is located. Besides you can see the Temple of Diana and the Arch of Trajan – one of the old gates to the city, rising to a height of 15 metres – are now located in the city centre. We have also to mention the National Museum of Roman Art.
Continue to Lisbon. Overnight.
Day 8 – LISBON – City tour
You will visit the main streets, avenues, squares and monuments. The heart of the modern city is the Plaza Marques of Pombal and the most important street is the Avenida da Liberdade. In the lower part of the city, next to the River Tagus you will see the Plaza del Comercio where the Royal Palace is, Rossio being the popular square of the low area and Plaza dos Restauradores. The medieval quarter of Alfama.
The quarter of Belem situated on the west of the city is an area built in the Manuelino architectural style where one can find the Monastery of the Jerome’s that you will visit whose church and its cloister stand out. In this same quarter, you will see the Tower of Belem from outside, the Monument to The Discoverers. It is worthy to visit the Museum of Carriages, the Calouste Gulbenkian, the Centre of Modern Art and the Marina Museum. Overnight.
Day 9 – LISBON – EVORA – SEVILLE – 470 Km
From the capital of Portugal, you head towards Evora; Some monuments of this city were designated World Heritage Sites; nowadays still retains from its historical past, the Roman temple to Diana, the Moorish Arches, a 16 C. University and some medieval Gothic and Renaissance style palaces and churches such as the Cathedral of St. Maria, the Convent of St. John the Evangelist, nowadays converted into Pousada dos Loios, the Palace of Dukes of Cadaval, St. Francis church, and the Palace of Dom Manuel, being considered Portugal’s foremost showpiece of medieval architecture.
Continue to Seville. Overnight
Day 10 – SEVILLE – City tour
Seville is the most emblematic city of Andalusia. Please visit the Park of Maria Luisa and its Spain Square, then leave to the old district of the city and stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter; The Cathedral and the Alcazar or Fortress were designated World Heritage Sites; walk up to the Guadalquivir River to see the Golden Tower and the Maestranza, which probably is the most renamed bullring in Spain.
Your free time can be devoted to visit some museums, palaces and private mansions that allow the access to the public. Overnight.
Day 11 – SEVILLE – JEREZ – 150 Km
Jerez is the city where the world-famous Sherry wine is produced and the purebred Spanish horses are trained and its fame is known around the world. Some days of the week there are a fantastic horse show that it is worthy to attend it. The town has some other monuments such as the walls, the Cathedral and some churches. The visit to Jerez is not completed without to visit a Sherry wine cellar. Overnight.
Day 12 – JEREZ- ARCOS – RONDA – MALAGA AIRPORT – 250 Km
Drive to the nice town of Arcos that has a remarkable site on top of a crag overlooking a loop on the Guadalete River. The Old Town, right at the top of the rock is located around the walls of the Castle of the Dukes of Arcos.
Driving along the White Villages Route you will arrive in Ronda which is located on a platform site cut by the Guadalevín River ravine with a depth of 150 metres. The ravine divides the city in two: the old and the modern part. The best bird’s eye view is from the New Bridge. The Old Part has narrow and picturesque streets with typical ironwork balconies. There is also a Collegiate Church.
According the legend, Ronda is the birthplace of bullfighting and it has one the oldest and most beautiful bullrings of Spain built in 1785.
Continue to Malaga airport. Make the check-in formalities and boarding to your next destination.
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