THE CITIES AND THE COUNTRYSIDE OF ANDALUSIA (8 days/7 nights) globalwp
THE CITIES AND THE COUNTRYSIDE OF ANDALUSIA (8 days/7 nights)
Day 1 – MALAGA AIRPORT – COSTA DEL SOL – 20 Km
Upon arrival at Malaga Airport you will be met and greeted by one of the Gamma Tours escorts. Transfer to the hotel and free time.
Welcome dinner in a restaurant with excellent food and nice views of the illuminated city. Overnight.
Day 2 COSTA DEL SOL – ALMUÑECAR – GRANADA – 250 Km
In Malaga you will see the most relevant monuments of the city such as the Cathedral, the Alcazaba or defensive Fortress built by the Arabs and the former castle of Gibralfaro, now converted into a Parador. is its most outstanding monuments.
You head along the Mediterranean coast till Almuñecar where the lunch with be served in a restaurant in front of the beach.
In the afternoon, you drive by the Lecrin Valley doing a stop to visit a winery built as a “Chateau” surrounded by the vines; you stroll into the vineyards and then in the wine cellar you get full explanations about the elaboration system ending by a sample of wines.
Continue to Granada. Remainder of the day at leisure. Lodging.
Day 3 – GRANADA – CORDOBA – 200 Km
Visit the fabulous Palace of the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens, both designated World Heritage Sites. Depart towards Cordoba, going past Baena, where you visit an olive oil mill that belong to a family company that only elaborates organic extra virgin olive oil from its 100,000 olive trees.
Lunch at the oil mill installations or in a nearby restaurant.
After lunch, you will visit a winery of the D.O. (AOC) Montilla-Moriles that produces several types of wine for the aperitif and for dessert: “finos”, “olorosos”, “amontillados” and “Pedro Ximenez”.
Continue to Cordoba. Remainder of the day at leisure. Lodging.
Day 4 – CORDOBA – SEVILLE – 150 Km
Cordoba’s highlight is the Mosque – Cathedral, monument designated a World Heritage Site; besides we should to 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. Lunch will be served in a XV century castle. Leave to Seville. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight.
Day 5 – 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 see the Golden Tower and the Maestranza, which probably is the bullring most renamed in Spain.
For lunch will be served a menu of the typical tapas.
Considering that Seville is the main city of Andalusia let us to suggest you to walk around in the commercial streets where you will find a large variety of goods.
A stay in Andalusia is not completed if you don’t attend to a flamenco show. Overnight.
Day 6 – SEVILLE – JEREZ – 120 Km
You leave towards to the city that has given its name to a series of world-renowned wines, the Sherry Wines.
According to the day of the week you visit the city, you will be able to watch the Show of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art or to see the way the Carthusian horses are trained.
Although Jerez is not a monumental city, it is well worth to see from outside some relevant monuments.
You will later head for the neighbouring town of El Puerto de Santa Maria, which is an important fishing harbour. Lunch will be served at a “cocedero de mariscos” (a restaurant whose speciality is to cook seafood, shellfish and fish).
The Alcazar is in an advanced state of restoration as well as several of the city’s stately mansions that belong to the families of the city’s bourgeoisie.
Return to Jerez. Visit to one of the many wine cellars that make the typical Sherry wines. During your guided tour, you will be given details on the production process of the different types of Sherry wines and you will be able to sample two of them. Overnight.
Day 7 – JEREZ – RONDA – COSTA DEL SOL – 250 Km
You head 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 Guadalevin 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. You have a light lunch based on the typical Spanish “tapas”. The most interesting part of the town is the walled quarter, which is a picturesque enclave of narrow alleys and white houses with balconies and ironwork bars in the windows. You will leave Ronda towards Costa del Sol.
A farewell dinner will take place in a fine restaurant. Overnight.
Day 8 – MALAGA AIRPORT AND DEPARTURE
You will have free time until you are taken to the airport. You will be helped in the check-in procedures at the airline counter, and then you will pass through the passport and security control and leave for your next destination.
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