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Classical Andalucia

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

From£1,925

  • Andalucia

  • 14 nights
  • Sightseeing

  • Apr

    May

    Sep

    Nov

Moderate

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Moderate

Grade 4 Sightseeing

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

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 with a local guide.
  • 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

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, combining 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.

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Seville returning Malaga to Gatwick (British Airways or EasyJet)
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers between centres
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts
  • Most dinners - with 3 nights free for you to explore on your own
  • English speaking local guide for visits to Córdoba and at the Alhambra
  • Entrance to the Alhambra, Mezquita and Seville's Alcazar
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, 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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Seville

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

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.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2 to 5

Seville

Meals

Breakfast & 3 Dinners

Accommodation

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.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

CAZALLA DE LA SIERRA & LOS LADERAS: A walk through attractive hilly countryside with running water often to be heard, enjoying a picnic lunch stop.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    505/450m

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 panoramic views. 

Day 6

Cordoba

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

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.

Day 7 to 9

Cordoba

Meals

Breakfast & 2 Dinners

Accommodation

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.

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    minimalm

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. 

Day 10

Granada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

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.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

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. 

Day 11 to 14

Granada

Meals

Breakfast & 3 Dinners

Accommodation

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.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/600m

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. 

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

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. 

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

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

From (GBP)£1,925

Departure dates for your selected tour

27th Sep 2020 - 11th Oct 2020 (14 Nights)

1st Nov 2020 - 15th Nov 2020 (14 Nights)

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Seville

Meals

Dinner

We arrive into Seville and transfer by road to our hotel, located in the heart of the city, where we stay for five nights' accommodation. Our hotel is perfectly located for exploring on foot. Due to the flight arrival time, we will have dinner at our hotel this evening.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2 to 5

Seville

Meals

Breakfast & 3 Dinners

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.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

CAZALLA DE LA SIERRA & LOS LADERAS: A walk through attractive hilly countryside with running water often to be heard, enjoying a picnic lunch stop.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    505/450m

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 panoramic views. 

Day 6

Cordoba

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

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.

Day 7 to 9

Cordoba

Meals

Breakfast & 2 Dinners

Accommodation

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.

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    minimalm

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. 

Day 10

Granada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

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 Don Juan, ideally situated in the city centre.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

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. 

Day 11 to 14

Granada

Meals

Breakfast & 3 Dinners

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 Quentar valley ahead from the midway point at the Col.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/600m

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. 

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

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. 

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

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

From (GBP)£1,955

Departure dates for your selected tour

11th Apr 2021 - 25th Apr 2021 (14 Nights)

9th May 2021 - 23rd May 2021 (14 Nights)

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Seville

Meals

Dinner

We arrive into Seville and transfer by road to our hotel, located in the heart of the city, where we stay for five nights' accommodation. Our hotel is perfectly located for exploring on foot. Due to the flight arrival time, we will have dinner at our hotel this evening.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2 to 5

Seville

Meals

Breakfast & 3 Dinners

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.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

CAZALLA DE LA SIERRA & LOS LADERAS: A walk through attractive hilly countryside with running water often to be heard, enjoying a picnic lunch stop.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    505/450m

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 panoramic views. 

Day 6

Cordoba

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

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.

Day 7 to 9

Cordoba

Meals

Breakfast & 2 Dinners

Accommodation

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.

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    minimalm

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. 

Day 10

Granada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

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 Don Juan, ideally situated in the city centre.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

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. 

Day 11 to 14

Granada

Meals

Breakfast & 3 Dinners

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 Quentar valley ahead from the midway point at the Col.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/600m

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. 

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

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. 

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

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

From (GBP)£1,929

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Nov 2021 - 21st Nov 2021 (14 Nights)

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Gravina 51

Formerly the Hotel Montecarlo, the extensively renovated Hotel Gravina 51 opened 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 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 and also the beautifully designed Generalife Gardens. As well as these premier attractions, the hotel is near the centre of Granada and all its amenities via a ten minute walk. 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.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade SS/4 holiday includes sightseeing visits of some of southern Spain’s most interesting cities and sites plus some moderate countryside walks. Our usual programme includes five walks, a mixture of full-day and half-days following tracks and paths which occasionally involve steepish ascents. The walks are generally between 4-8 miles a day with ascents and descents between 200m-600m. Of course, visiting the cities, villages and Moorish sites offers good walking days too

Walks & Excursions

In all three centres, we will have plenty of time to sightsee in the towns/cities. During our time in Seville, you will have the opportunity to visit the Alcazar, Cathedral, Barrio Santa Cruz and Triana; in Cordoba, the Alcazar and Mezquita; and in Granada the Plaza de Isabel Catolica, Alcaiceria, Capilla Real, Cathedral, Fuente del Triunfo and the Alhambra. Also on the transfer day from Seville to Cordoba, we will stop at Carmona and may stop at Medina Azahara if time allows.

Guided visits and entrances fees are included in the holiday cost for the Mequita in Cordoba and the Alhambra Palace and Gardens in Granada. As we sightsee in other cities, entrances fees are not included, this way you can visit as many or as few as you wish, as we explore. You may want to budget between eur40-eur45 person for the two weeks.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro.

You will find banks, ATMs and currency exchange points in our three centres.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Flights are to to Seville (SVQ) returning from Malaga (AGP) with British Airways.

If making your own travel arrangements for the holiday, from Seville Airport the Hotel Gravina is approximately 30 minutes by road from the airport. 

There is an airport bus that departs every 30 minutes to the bus station at Plaza de Armas which is about a 10 minute walk or a short taxi ride from the hotel. Alternatively there are airport taxis that will take you direct to the hotel and cost approximately €30-€35.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

  • The Rough Guide to Spain – Rough Guides (The sections on Seville, Cordoba & Granada are pretty good)
  • Eyewitness Travel, Granada
  • The Light of Andalucia by Steven Nightingale
  • Cadogen Guide to Seville, Granada and Cordoba

    You may also find Victoria Hislop's The Return a good source of background information on Andalucia, and Granada itself.

Websites

Spanish National Tourist Office    www.spain.info

Andalucia Tourism           www.andalucia.org/en/

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Spain

  • Capital

    Madrid

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • February

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • September

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

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