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Experience more with so much included

  • Follow the path of early explorers on a guided tour of Cádiz, Spain’s historic port for ships sailing to America
  • Sample Jerez’s renowned sherries and see the graceful Andalusian horses perform an equestrian ballet
  • Discover Málaga’s old town on a guided tour and visit the Picasso Museum dedicated to the city’s most famous son
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Seville, the mesmerising Andalusian capital renowned for its Gothic cathedral and Moorish palace
  • Take the cable car to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar or explore the hidden secrets of its caves
  • See the charming town of coastal Tavira and its whitewashed houses
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, with transfers to and from your hotel
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager

Selected departures from May to October 2019 

 
At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Bed & breakfast
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Captivating Andalucía, with the enchanting beauty of its diverse landscape, the ceaseless sunshine, and a flamboyant zest for life’s pleasures, has for centuries seduced travellers and artists attempting to capture its essence. Unspoilt stretches of coast, swathes of fertile plains and evergreen woodlands meet the staggering Sierra Nevada heights and mainland Europe’s only desert before fading into the rich blue of the Mediterranean Sea.

Ambitious civilisations eager to expand their influence were drawn to the region – even Hercules the mythical hero visited to tear Andalucía from North Africa, although it was the Atlantic Ocean that carved a passage through the Strait of Gibraltar millions of years ago! In 1100 BC the Phoenicians sowed the seeds of cities such as Gadir, now Cádiz. Eight centuries later the Romans absorbed the province and gave it the Latin language, and in return Andalucía gifted the empire with two of its greatest emperors, Trajan and Hadrian. Then the Vandals settled along the Guadalquivir Valley and named the land Vandalucia before they were displaced by the Visigoths. In AD 711, the Arabs crossed the Strait and for centuries Al-Andalus was a beacon of cultural and scientific knowledge responsible for the distinctive Moorish architecture exemplified in the majestic palaces of Seville, Málaga and Jerez, and in Portugal’s colourful ‘azulejo’ tilework. In the 15th century Christian monarchs seized control and the Spanish Golden Age blessed Cádiz and Seville with magnificent palaces, churches and cathedrals.

The passing of so many empires has left a truly fascinating heritage, best observed in the region’s beautiful, lesser-known cities. We first discover newly transformed Málaga, which boasts a flourishing arts scene and food culture to match its complex history and glittering beaches – fitting for the birthplace of one of the world’s most celebrated artists, Picasso. For a unique fusion of British and Spanish culture, we call at tiny Gibraltar to explore the secrets of the awe-inspiring Rock. If you’ve ever wondered where the Spanish holiday to escape the tourists, it’s the less-visited Costa de la Luz, the stretch of Andalusian coast facing the sparkling Atlantic. Perhaps the jewel of the ‘coast of light’ is ancient Cádiz, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe with a rich maritime history. We experience the quintessentially Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera, renowned for its superb wines and Andalusian horses – and some would argue the cradle of flamenco – for a tasting at a local sherry bodega and a visit to the renowned Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Of course, an Andalusian escape would not be complete without experiencing its exquisite capital, Seville, the epitome of southern Spain, with impressive Moorish monuments and the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. For a relaxing finale, we head to Portugal’s beautiful Algarve region where we stay in coastal Tavira, which delights with its whitewashed houses, bright ‘azulejo’ tiles and intriguing similarities shared with its Andalusian neighbours.

Between exploring the many layers of history and culture, there’s time to indulge in the tempting cuisine: familiar Mediterranean favourites are impeccably flavoured by an Arabian heritage. The highland pigs of Jabugo provide meat for the region’s famous cured ham, while the Atlantic and Mediterranean offer bountiful treasures. Fresh gazpacho, hearty paella and excellent cheeses can be found on a typical menu, complemented by exotic desserts made with spices, rose water and almonds.

For an inspiring blend of fascinating historic cities, dramatic scenery featuring breathtaking landscapes, unspoilt coastlines favoured by locals, and a unique culture famed for its vibrant art forms, our tour encapsulates the very best of unexplored Andalucía.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

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 from £279 per person. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, entrances to Malaga Picasso Museum, Gibraltar Cable Car and Nature Reserve entrance, Andalusian Horse Dance show, Milreu Roman Ruins and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. Where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months weather permitting.

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 55 mins
  • Language: Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

  Arrival airport    First hotel location    Transfer time    Final hotel location    Departure airport    Transfer time 
  Malaga  Malaga   30 mins     Tavira    Faro    30 mins 


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