Selected departures from March to November 2015
Experience vibrant Seville and the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada on our escorted tour to Andalucía, one of the most unspoilt corners of Europe.
- Return flights
- Six nights bed and breakfast at excellent quality, centrally located three and four-star hotels, staying in Seville, Granada and Mijas
- Experience unspoiled Andalucía, home of Flamenco and perhaps the most traditionally Spanish of regions
- Guided tour of Seville – city of the Conquistadors, with an amazing cathedral – burial place of Christopher Columbus
- Guided tour of Granada’s stunning Alhambra, one of Europe’s most sensual and romantic palace and fortresses.
- Visit to Cordoba – once Roman and largely Jewish, then the Moorish capital, now home of the Mezquita probably the most beautiful Mosque ever constructed
- Visit to medieval Ronda - one of Spain’s most spectacularly situated cities
- Escorted by our experienced tour manager
I could find no way to email you with praise for our excellent holiday, so sent letter via “Snail Mail” !! Have now found reviews, so am posting this !
Information beforehand – excellent.
Monarch flights – good, punctual.
Arrival organisation – excellent.
Riviera guide (Diane) – superb. Just the right level of history, information (whether about Moorish architecture or good places to eat !) and anecdotes, and the maps with highlighted features were so useful.
Coach driver (Antonio) – excellent. Considerate and careful driver, who seemed able to sort out the apparent problem with the coach en route to Ronda. (This re-appeared only en route from Granada to Malaga, on our last day.) He chipped in with his own information and anecdotes, which Diane relayed to us!
Hotel Hacienda Puerta del Sol, Mijas - excellent, a great choice for our first night. Spacious grounds with view down to Fuengirola and sea; lovely pool; pleasant terraces – just right for fresh air and strolling around after time in airport, plane and coach ! Very good room; good food.
Wonderful mountain scenery on our way to Ronda.
Ronda – Breathtaking place! Wished we could have stayed longer! Great to be given information, map and tips, then to be able to explore what interested us, at our pace. Unbelievable geology, striking old buildings, beautiful decoration, and plenty of time for our first relaxed tapas-and-sangria lunch!
Antonio drove us into Seville by “the scenic route”, the tree-lined avenue with elegant buildings. A lovely introduction.
Hotel Don Paco, Seville – wonderful choice. Hotel on the edge of central Seville, walking distance to Cathedral, Real Alcazar, Old Jewish Quarter, etc, but with a roof terrace with pool and bar! Where better to relax after an exhausting day’s sightseeing, or to return to for a late evening coffee ? Room very good, food fair / good.
Seville – beautiful and fascinating city. Diane’s first evening introductory walk gave a real flavour.
The morning coach tour was interesting, the walking tour with Guillaume so informative—the Plaza Espana just so impressive. After relaxing on a river boat trip, we headed to the Jewish Quarter for a delicious paella lunch.
Now to explore the extraordinary Real Alcazar! Thanks to Guillaume, we knew much more about Moorish and Mudejar architecture, ornamentation and gardens – what a fantastic place. And the optional evening Flamenco performance? Just incredible ! Not our “thing”, but not to be missed!
The “leisure day” a brilliant idea, no time frames to stick to! First the wonderful cathedral, again the fascinating mix of Moorish and Christian attributes. And the incredible bell tower, with spectacular views from the top! Then strolling the Jewish Quarter, coming across the Hospital des Venerables Sacerdotes, enjoying atmospheric tapas lunch in the Plaza. Then more wandering and discovery.
Cordoba – another fascinating city, with intriguing discoveries while wandering the streets. The Mesquita just incredible - the juxtaposition of simple Islamic architecture, vast spaces and intricate design, with ornate, overcrowded and gaudy Catholic design. And, coming across the cathedral right in the middle of the mosque …
Comfort stop on journey to Granada, at the old railway station that is Nicholl’s Restaurant (and Aladdin’s Cave !) – a masterstroke!
Hotel Corona de Granada – excellent, walking distance to city centre and historic areas … has “Happy Hour” from 4 til 8 pm!! Room excellent, food fair / good.
Granada – very special city. The Alhambra – spectacular, magical and atmospheric, with such detailed and intricate decoration. Marvellous views across to the city. Generalife gardens beautiful and peaceful. Tour guide, Alfonso, excellent, full of knowledge and anecdotes, generating visions of the people as they actually lived there. St Nicholas viewpoint and nearby cafes, delightful places to relax, looking across at extraordinary panorama of the Alhambra.
Afternoon and following morning enjoyably spent exploring much more of Granada, especially fascinating Albaycin area. Lasting image of Granada? Final tapas lunch in Paseo de Los Tristes, overlooked by fabulous Alhambra, serenaded by guitarist playing “Memories of the Alhambra”…..
Granada to Malaga – so grateful our flight not until evening, allowing us many extra hours in Granada, getting to know it more.
Early check-in, so got the seats we wanted. A sad goodbye to Diane, whose care and guidance, intimate knowledge of places, and general cheeriness had helped make our holiday so special.
This is a wonderful holiday. One has to acknowledge being a tourist among thousands of other tourists, but experiencing these truly special places is worth it ! Thank-you.
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* Selected departures from March to November 2015, prices from £539pp flying from Birmingham
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £169 per person for 2014 and £189 per person for 2015. The price includes six nights bed and breakfast accommodation as mentioned, all tours as mentioned, guided visit of the Alhambra, airport departure taxes, return flights to Malaga, and services of a Riviera tour manager. Where hotels feature an outdoor swimming pool, this will be open summer months, weather permitting.
Not included: Entrance to Alcazar €9.50, Mezquita €8, Seville Cathedral €8, or €2.50 if you are over 65, approximate costs, payable locally.