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Classical Andalucia

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Follow the threads of a rich tapestry of civilisation as you visit three sparkling jewels in the Andalucian crown: Seville, Cordoba and Granada.

Guided Walking Holidays - Classical Andalucia

Andalucia, Spain's most southern  and second largest region, was once a stronghold of the Moors. The architecture, colours, and history reflect an interesting and multicultural past. We visit the finest cities of the region, coupling the history with countryside strolls, seeing the real Spain through its villages, patios and trails.

Situated on the banks of the river Guadalquivir, and once the capital of Andalucia, Seville is where we begin our exploration. Seville has many fine buildings, amongst them the cathedral, reputedly the largest Gothic church in the world, and the Alcazar, originally built as a palace for Seville’s Muslim rulers. The rolling Sierra Morena to the north of Seville offers attractive and easy walking country in richly vegetated valleys. Here we will also find charming old fashioned villages where buildings reflect the strong Muslim influence of the past.

On to Cordoba, once the biggest city in Western Europe during the 10th century, with a booming economy and a place where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived in harmony. There are many wonderful reminders of this era: fascinating old buildings, beautiful patios and the famous Mezquita around which Cordoba is centered. We’ll have time to visit the Mezquita and explore the Jewish and Muslim quarters of the town. Cordoba’s surrounding countryside is also dotted with monuments to its Moorish past.

Granada, considered the finest city in Iberia in Moorish times, is our last classical city. Here there are narrow streets, beautiful cathedrals, churches and of course, the Alhambra, a palace fortress originally the home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Alhambra is made up of three groups of buildings, the Alcazaba, the Casa Real (Royal Palace) and the Generalife (the gardens, patios and walkways) and contains examples of the most exquisite Moorish art. During our stay we’ll have a guided visit here as well as exploring other parts of the city and into the surrounding countryside.

May is festival month in Cordoba with plenty of festivities to enjoy. The first two weeks are dedicated to Los Patios, when private homes open their flower filled patios to visitors. There are walking routes in the old city's different neighbourhoods which take you to the secret gardens that are alive in colour. Our May departures coincide with Los Patios and there will be time to explore the flower filled gardens.

Holiday Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere of three of Spain’s best classical cities.
  • Discover the exquisite art, architecture and gardens of the Alhambra Palace in Granada.
  • Take picturesque walks in the Andalucian countryside including the Sierra Morena and Sierra de Aracena.
  • Explore Cordoba’s cobbled streets and magnificent Mezquita.
  • Admire the spectacular Alcazar in Seville, originally built as a palace for Seville’s Muslim rulers.
  • Savour the Spanish cuisine and wines
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Seville returning Malaga to Gatwick (British Airways or EasyJet)
      Airport transfers
      Transfers between centres
      Half board en suite accommodation
      All dinners in Córdoba and three dinners in Granada are taken in a local restaurant
      English speaking local guide for visits to Córdoba and at the Alhambra
      Alhambra Palace entry ticket
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade SS/4

  1. Day 1

    We arrive into Seville and transfer by road to the Hotel Gravina 51, located in the heart of the city, where we stay for five nights' accommodation. Our hotel is perfectly located for exploring on foot.

  2. Day 2 to 5

    Situated on the banks of the rio Guadalquivir, Seville is a city of tradition with outstanding flamenco, architecture and history. Our introduction walks takes us to the old quarter of Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Alcazar, Cathedral and La Giralda tower. During our time in Seville our walks take us into the attractive hilly countryside of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla and to the pretty villages in the Sierra de Aracena. We also visit the ruins of the Roman city and theatre of Italica, close to Santaponce, and on returning to Seville we have the opportunity to see the artifacts discovered there in the Archaeological Museum.

    CAZALLA DE LA SIERRA & LOS LADERAS A walk through attractive hilly countryside with running water often to be heard, enjoying a picnic lunch stop5 miles; +/- 200m; 3 hours walking time

    SIERRA DE ARACENA Aracena is an attractive town in the sierra, dominated by its hill top castle. Our walk follows marked tracks heading for Linares de la Sierra, an unspoilt hill village with panormaic views. 6 miles; +505m/-450m; 3.5 hours walking time

  3. Day 6

    Leaving Seville today, we make the journey to our second Andalucian jewel, Cordoba, famed for its magnificent Mezquita. En route, we make a stop at Carmona, situated on a hill know as the Vega del Corbones and offering one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Andalusia. The city has over 5,000 years of history, which we can explore throughout the cobbled streets and the Arab fortress of the Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro. We stay at the Hotel Exe Conquistador, located in the heart of the Old City of Cordoba, opposite the Mezquita, for four nights' accommodation.

  4. Day 7 to 9

    With the Old City and the Mezquita directly on our doorstep, we have plenty of time to wander the winding the streets and explore the Jewish and Muslim quarters of the town. Make sure you take a peak inside the inner courtyards of buildings to see the beautiful patios and walk over the Roman bridge to look back at Cordoba lit up at night. Outside of the city we walk in the Sierra de Hornachuelos and visit the city palace of Medina Azahara. May is festival month in Cordoba with plenty of festivities to enjoy. The first two weeks are dedicated to Los Patios, when private homes open their flower filled patios to visitors. There are walking routes in the old city's different neighbourhoods which take you to the secret gardens that are alive in colour. Our May 12th departure coincides with Los Patios and there will be time to explore the flower filled gardens.

    MEDINA AZAHARA AND SIERRA DE HORNACHUELOS Today's excursion gives one of the best walks in the Cordoba area and is an ideal way to visit Medina. Just 5 miles outside Cordoba, this once royal city, built in just 40 years, only survived 34 years. After visiting the site, we continue to Hornachuelos for a walk in the Natural Park. We'll find very attractive countryside while walking on easy terrain,  and enjoy a picnic lunch with a view.  4 miles; ascent/descent minimal; 2.5 hours

  5. Day 10

    Onwards to our last city, magnificent Granada, a city that is most associated with the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. En route we take time for a countryside walk from Luque, through olive groves, and then climbing to enjoy a panoramic view point. We stay in Granada for five nights' accommodation at the Hotel Guadalupe, ideally situated opposite the Alhambra Palace and close to the city centre.

    LUQUE TO FUENTE DEL ESPINO From Luque the route initially follows a broad track through olive groves, and then climbs up into a limestone hanging valley to reach a wide view point. 6 miles; +/- 400m; 3.45 hours walking time

  6. Day 11 to 14

    During our time in Granada we will explore the cobbled streets of the old quarter of the Albaicin, seeing the Cathedral, the plazas, churches and palaces. It is an exciting bustling city with plenty of tapas bars and cafes to relax in after a morning sightseeing. Of course, to many, the highlight of visiting Granada is seeing the magnificent Alhamba Palace and Generalife Gardens, which we do on a prebooked visit. Outside of the city one of our walks takes us above the city with views looking back over the Alhambra and another offers a lovely walk from one valley to another, with impressive views of the Genil valley behind and the QuÉntar valley ahead from the midway point at the Col.

    GUEJAR SIERRA - PRESA DE QUÉNTAR – QUÉNTAR A lovely walk between valleys with good views from the top of the Genil valley behind and the Quentar valley ahead. 8 miles; +400m/-600m; 3.5 hours walking time

    LLANOS DE LA PERDIZ An excellent short walk in the hills above the Alhambra. It allows them to see the layout of the Alhambra from above, the lay out of the city and the position of the city with reference to the surrounding countryside especially the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. 4.5 miles; +/- 250m; 2.5 hours walking time

  7. Day 15

    We travel from Granada by road to Malaga Airport for the flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Seville returning Malaga to Gatwick (British Airways or EasyJet)
  • Airport transfers by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Exe Conquistador

We stay in the four star Exe Conquistador in the centre of the old town of Cordoba, with the Mezquita Cathedral/Mosque directly opposite. Renovated in March 2016, this hotel still has touches of the rich Muslim and Christian history of the city in its soul, with the courtyard and rooms decorated in the Mozarabic style. The charming Andalusian courtyard is sometimes where breakfast buffets are served if the weather is fine. Bedrooms are decorated with Mozarabic architectural motifs from the age of the Caliphate and come with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, heating, satellite TV, desk, mini-bar and hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Hotel Gravina 51

Formerly the Hotel Montecarlo, the extensively renovated Hotel Gravina 51 opens its doors in the spring of 2018. Centrally located in the heart of Seville, close to all major sights such as the Giralda Tower, Cathedral, Plaza Espana and the rio Guadalquivir, it is the perfect base for exploring. You will find cafes, bars and shops all within easy strolling distance. The hotel rooms are en suite with extensive facilities, you will also find a bar, lounge and restaurant.

Hotel Guadalupe

We stay at the Hotel Guadalupe, sitting very near the entrance to the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens.  The hotel is also a 30 minute walk, or 10 minute bus ride, from the centre of Granada. This small hotel has a friendly atmosphere and English speaking team that delivers a high standard of service. A buffet breakfast is served in the mornings and there is a bar and lounge with café to enjoy a drink in as well. Bedrooms decorated in bright and clean colours or warm Moorish tones come with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, telephone, en-suite facilities and hairdryer. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

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