Immerse yourself in Andalusia and its enchanting culture with this unforgettable nine-day tour of Spain’s most emblematic region. Explore dramatic and contrasting landscapes, from the snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol. Discover the magnificent mountains of the Alpujarras, admire the breathtaking heritage of Granada, Cordoba and Seville, and the timelessness of highland villages. Savour delicious dishes, wander whitewashed streets redolent with the fragrances of fresh flowers and cap off the adventure with a few days bathing in the Mediterranean.
Raisin a glass: In Malaga savour the sweet wine produced in the highlands and made from raisins rather than grapes
Gazpacho: Savour this zesty tomato-based cold soup, which is usually served with raw vegetables
Flamenco: Visit a traditional tablao to experience the thrill of a performance of this pulsating music and dance genre
Lanjaron: Small Alpujarras town with a big reputation throughout Spain for its mineral waters, its tiled fountains with poetic inscriptions and the longevity of its residents
Granada: Be dazzled by the jewel in Andalusia’s crown with a panoramic tour of this historic city
Cordoba: Wander through the former Jewish district and explore the old town of this medieval marvel
Seville: Explore the elegant capital of Andalusia, visiting the world-famous Plaza de España and other attractions
Ronda: This picture-postcard city hugs the edges of a 120-metre gorge and is packed with historic churches and palaces, and Spain’s oldest bullring
Costa del Sol: Enjoy a few days of utter relaxation in the popular resort of Torremolinos
Arrival at Malaga–Costa del Sol Airport. The Sawadee tour leader coordinates the bus pick-up directly with the driver. Transfer to your hotel in Lanjaron with the rest of the day free at leisure. This mineral spring town is in the heart of the historic Alpujarras region, which straddles the provinces of Granada and Almeria.
Full day free at leisure after breakfast at the hotel. Maybe explore the whitewashed streets of this historic town, which are adorned with fountains, potted plants and religious iconography, and climb to the ruins of the castle for dramatic views of Lanjaron and the valley below. Optional activities of four- or six-hour hikes in the Alpujarras.
For more than a thousand years, this ‘pearl set in emeralds’ has stood atop Sabika hill overlooking the city, gaining in importance during the Moorish Nasrid dynasty, which turned the original castle into the palace of today. The royal complex and gardens were built to be ‘heaven on earth’, with cool patios, fountains and intricate carvings. Marvel at the rooms such as the Court of the Myrtles and the Hall of the Ambassadors, which are decorated in elaborate honeycomb arabesque plasterwork. Admire, too, the Court of Lions, which medieval Islamic poets described as the physical realisation of paradise. Stroll over to the Generalife Palace and its lush gardens, where the Nasrid emirs retreated during the summer heat, and hear the soothing sound of the water running in channels.
Free time to explore what was the capital of the last Muslim state in Spain. Granada still boasts traces of its Moorish past with the stunning Alhambra palace and winding streets of the Albaicin harking back to the days of the emirate while the Corral del Carbon is the only caravanserai remaining in Spain.
Optional activities of a flamenco show in the famous caves of Sacromonte; a Granada Night Adventure Tour; an Albaicin and Sacromonte tour; Segway or cycling tours of Granada; a Spanish guitar workshop.
Bid farewell to Granada after breakfast at the hotel, departing for Seville with a stop en route for sightseeing in Cordoba, where the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cordoba was the capital of the Moorish caliphate of Al-Andalus during the height of its powers and glory, and nowhere is this wealth more evident than in the magnificent Great Mosque. Continue to Seville, the capital of Andalusia, where historic monuments, ancient traditions and lively bars combine to create one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Optional activity of a Grand Mosque and Jewish quarter tour.
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the Andalusian capital at your own pace or avail of one of the optional tours before continuing to Ronda. This historic town is a beguiling the maze of whitewashed cobbled alleys and is famed for New Bridge over the 120-metre-deep El Tajo Gorge. Wander the old town at leisure or avail of the optional tour, which includes a visit to Spain’s oldest bullring and its museum.
After the visit to Ronda, transfer to the popular resort of Torremolinos in the Costa del Sol and enjoy a few days relaxing on the beach.
Optional activities include a city tour with cathedral and Alcazar visits, and a two-hour bike tour in Seville, and a walking tour of Ronda with bullring visit.
Day at leisure after breakfast at the hotel or avail of an optional Malaga city tour with visit to Picasso Museum.
Optional activities include a Malaga city tour and Picasso Museum visit.
Enjoy a day of relaxation after breakfast at the hotel or avail of an optional tour of the upscale resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus.
Optional activities include a Marbella and Puerto Banús tour.
Full day free at leisure after breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Malaga Airport for your departure flight. Breakfast included.