Follow the threads of a rich tapestry of civilisation as you visit three sparkling jewels in the Andalucian crown: Seville, Cordoba and Granada.
See what's planned
- 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.
What's not included?
- 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)
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
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Hotel Macia Sevilla Kubb
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
Day 2 to 5
Breakfast & 3 Dinners
Hotel Macia Sevilla Kubb
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.
Hotel Exe Conquistador
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
Day 7 to 9
Breakfast & 2 Dinners
Hotel Exe Conquistador
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.
Hotel Don Juan
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.
Day 11 to 14
Day 11 to 14
Breakfast & 3 Dinners
Hotel Don Juan
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.
We travel from Granada by road to Malaga Airport for the flight back to the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
- 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
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.
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
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
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.
Discover more about our walking grades