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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.
  • Product Code 13800
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Classical Andalucia

Follow the threads of a rich tapestry of civilisation as you visit three sparkling jewels in the Andalucian crown with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Seville, Cordoba and Granada simply pulse with history and you’ll feel the beating heart of each city as you stroll through the streets.

Situated on the banks of the river Guadalquivir, and once the capital of Andalucia, Seville is where we begin our exploration of Spain’s architectural magnificence. Seville has many fine buildings, amongst them the cathedral, reputedly the largest Gothic church in the world. Its sheer magnitude alone demands attention, as does the splendour of its wood carved altarpiece 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 remote 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.

Cordoba, was 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 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 further afield.

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 12th May 2019 departure coincides with Los Patios and there will be time to explore the flower filled gardens.

Holiday Highlights

  • Soaking up the atmosphere of three of Spain’s best classical cities.
  • Discovering the exquisite art, architecture and gardens of the Alhambra Palace in Granada.
  • Picturesque walks in the Andalucian countryside including the Sierra Morena and Sierra de Aracena.
  • Cordoba’s cobbled streets and magnificent Mezquita.
  • The spectacular Alcazar in Seville, originally built as a palace for Seville’s Muslim rulers.
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, airport transfers.
      Transfers between centres.
      Half board en suite accommodation.
      All dinners in Cordoba and three dinners in Granada are taken in a local restaurant.
      Local guide for some of the time in Cordoba and at the Alhambra.
      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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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 41, located in the heart of the city, where we stay for five nights' accommodation.

  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 Alcázar, 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 have the opportunity to see the artefacts discovered there in the Archaeological Museum.

  3. Day 6

    Leaving Seville today, we make the journey to another 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 Corbónes 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 Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro. We stay at the Hotel Exe Conquistador, located in the heart of the Old City for four nights' accommodation.

  4. Day 7 to 9

    With the Old City and 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.

  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, situated opposite the Alhambra Palace and close to the city centre.

  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.

  7. Day 15

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

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
  • Flights: Gatwick-Seville/Malaga-Gatwick (c2hrs 45mins), British Airways or Easyjet
  • UK add-on flights and upgrades are available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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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 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.

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.

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