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Grand Tour of Spain’s Andalucía: Seville, Granada & Malaga

10days from
£1,999*per person


11 Days - Signature Tours

With sights like Granada’s Alhambra, the Mezquita mosque in Córdoba plus a chance to explore the historic port city of Malaga, our Grand Tour is designed to showcase Andalucía’s magical fusion of Spanish and Moorish cultures.  Andalucía is simply one of the most beautiful corners of Europe yet, for many, it remains relatively undiscovered. It’s a land where the excesses of the modern era seem not to have taken root and where travellers are genuinely welcomed. The people are charming – always ready to help, with a friendly attitude towards their fellow humans and a love of life so typical of Mediterranean people. Starting in Mijas, we’ll travel to Seville, Granada and Malaga, visiting many of the region's most famous sights, as well as a few lesser known but equally worthy spots, like Competa and Sayalonga. So, if you’re a traveller looking for a blend of countryside, iconic monuments, romantic and vivacious cities, flowers, art and superb cuisine, all set in a region that welcomes visitors as honoured guests, our Grand Tour through to Andalucía is ideal.


  • On arrival in Malaga, we transfer to our hotel in the undulating countryside near the village of Mijas and settle in. Try to get a good night's sleep tonight as, tomorrow, we begin exploring in earnest! 
  • Ronda After breakfast, we'll take a drive into the hills forming the beautiful backdrop to the coast. Our destination? Ronda: a city widely acknowledged as one of the most spectacular in Spain with a setting so naturally dramatic it could be in a fairy tale. Built on a ridge and split by a most impressive gorge plunging down hundreds of feet, much of Ronda’s appeal lies in its spectacular views and clear mountain air – Andalucía at its best. Seville  We'll continue our drive into the countryside beyond, which is both very scenic and quite isolated, so much so it is not unusual to see eagles and vultures soaring above or ibex roaming the mountains. Another treat awaits this evening at our next destination, Seville, where we'll enjoy an introduction to tapas. It is said that tapas dishes were originally slices of bread or meat used by sherry drinkers in Andalucían taverns to cover their glasses and keep fruit flies away. Over the centuries, with the introduction of olives, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, tapas dishes gradually evolved into a most delicious tradition. + Included experiences – Visit to Ronda and a traditional tapas experience.
  • Guided tour of Seville  Flamboyant, seductive, fascinating … Seville is all these and more. It is simply one of the most beautiful and charismatic cities in the world, with the serene River Guadalquivir flowing through its centre, a history spanning the centuries, a wealth of historic buildings, colourful back streets and peaceful parks. It has its origins in Roman times – Emperor Hadrian, builder of the famous wall, came from here. During the 8th century, the Moors arrived, stayed for five centuries and left a unique legacy still visible today. However, if one event changed Seville, it was the discovery of the New World (fittingly, Columbus is buried in the city's imposing cathedral). Immense wealth poured in from Spain’s new empire and catapulted Seville into one of the largest and richest cities in Europe. Much of Seville was built during this time and it seems to have changed little in the last 500 years, with tiny twisting streets and hidden squares where the locals hide from the midday sun in high summer. Today, though, it possesses a vibrant, cultural spirit that is very special. The city of Figaro, Seville is the setting for another classic opera, Carmen. It’s also the home of flamenco, the origins of which are lost in the aeons of time. In short, this is the essence of Spain. After breakfast, we'll take a tour of this beguiling city, during which we’ll see the awe-inspiring semi-circular Plaza de España, a fine example of Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles of Spanish architecture. You’ll also see the Tower of Gold, so named as it was used to store plunder from the Americas, and much more. Free time in Seville During the afternoon, you’ll be free to explore Seville at your leisure. You could visit the world’s largest Gothic cathedral which is the final resting place of the great navigator, Christopher Columbus. Or perhaps take a cruise on one of the many river boats to see the city from a new perspective. + Included experience – Guided tour of Seville  Signature experience : First experience The Alcázar Palace is one of the world’s oldest palaces still in use as a royal house. Its origins can be traced back to the early 10th century and the palace now serves as a record of its history with a fascinating blend of architectural styles and rich décor. This afternoon, you'll enjoy a visit to this magnificent palace with the opportunity to explore at your own pace. So, why not lose yourself amid the cool patio courtyards, elaborate gardens and fragrant orange trees and soak up the unique atmosphere of one of Europe’s oldest palaces? Second experience You’ll feel like you have the best seats in the house early this evening, high above the rooftops of Seville. Relax with an aperitif and a mini tapas selection and make sure you have your camera ready to capture every perfect moment as the late afternoon sun lights up the city.
  • Today you'll have a free day to explore or relax at leisure. There are the ‘musts’ to revisit if you wish, such as the Alcázar, the fortified palace of the Moors with a richness of decoration which will astound you, and the cathedral, but you could also take time to wander around the Barrio Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter of the medieval city, and the smart pedestrianised Calle Sierpes, a street full of beautiful shops selling high-quality leather goods. The Maria Luisa Park is a beautiful display of colour where you can relax and indulge in a spot of people-watching. So, what will it be? Signature experience :  This evening step away from the tourist trail to experience a truly authentic performance of flamenco in an intimate venue. Gain an insight into the meaning, style and rhythm of the dances - the proximity of the stage will allow you to see every mesmerising detail, and sip on a complimentary drink whilst admiring the superb artistry of the musicians and dancers. For them, flamenco is not just a job, it is a way of life. 
  • Córdoba Leaving Seville after breakfast, we'll head east to another of Andalucía’s classic cities, arriving in Córdoba for our guided tour. Córdoba was the ancient capital of the Moors and is principally famous for a single building – the Mezquita – the grandest and most beautiful mosque ever constructed in the Moorish world. Dominating the centre of the Old Town, which was once the home of a thriving Jewish community, it is a building of extraordinary power and mystery with an arcaded hall supported by over 850 columns made of semi-precious stones. One can only wonder at the architectural brilliance of the builders all those hundreds of years ago, while northern Europe was still immersed in the depths of the Dark Ages. Another highlight is the immense, well-preserved Roman bridge. Córdoba is a delightful place full of patios drenched in the colour of thousands of flowers. Granada After our tour, we'll continue our journey to the city of Granada, the last stronghold of the Sultans during the Middle Ages and home to the Alhambra, the most spectacular gem of Moorish Andalucía. As we approach Granada, there can be no more proof of the diversity of this corner of southern Europe. We'll pass through some very arid countryside with a landscape of dried riverbeds, giving way to rolling olive groves. In the distance is the spectacular Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range in Spain. The landscape then becomes more fertile and picturesque, with ancient olive trees stretching off into the distance. + Included experience – Guided tour of Córdoba 
  • Alhambra Today we'll visit the Alhambra, which for many people will be the highlight of the holiday. Granada has a naturally dramatic location, nestling against the backdrop of permanently snow-capped mountains that soar to a height of 11,000 feet. It is the perfect setting for the most perfect of architectural wonders, the Alhambra. So individual in its setting, so rich in its history and so exquisite in its design, this iconic building was the high point in Moorish culture. It is not just a palace, though. Some of it is a fortress, and much is given over to formal gardens full of roses and fountains, giving an incredible impression of peace and tranquillity. Free time in Granada You'll also have time to explore the city as you wish. There is a myriad of twisting streets, the old Moorish quarter and the traditional gypsy area, all full of tiny unique shops, with seemingly every balcony sprouting flowers in a profusion of colour. There’s nothing better than taking a stroll through these streets, little changed in centuries, with pavements made of pebbles set in mortar and some so narrow that mules were the only form of transport. Granada also boasts some of the most distinctive old bars in Spain, many of them decorated with antique tiles, where taking a drink and a few tapas can be an excuse for a unique, authentically Andalucían experience. + Included experience - Visit to the Alhambra
  • Competa This morning, we'll leave Granada behind with fond memories and continue to Malaga. Before reaching the city, home to the infamous Pablo Picasso, we’ll stop at two beautiful, white-washed villages. Located seven hundred metres above sea level with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, countryside and Mediterranean, our first stop is Competa. Here you'll have time at your leisure to explore the labyrinth of narrow streets dating back to Moorish times or stop for a coffee in the bustling square. Or perhaps even a sweet or dry wine - Competa is well known for its local production of wines. Sayalonga Once everyone has made the most of their time in this hidden gem in Andalucia we’ll move on to Sayalonga, again Moorish in layout with picture-perfect white houses. Take time to enjoy a leisurely lunch or soak up some of the religious architecture this village has to offer from the Santa Catalina Church built on top of an old mosque to the Moorish Museum of Sayalonga. From here, we'll continue our journey to Malaga where we will spend the final three nights of our trip. + Included experiences - Visits to Competa and Sayalonga  Signature experience : Competa is well known for its production of wines and today we’ll get to sample some of the locally produced wines. We’ll learn about the history and production process of these wines loved by locals before sampling some for ourselves all whilst admiring the wonderful views at a local winery. 
  • Malaga Often overlooked by the (slightly) over-25s, Malaga doesn't just offer year-round sunshine but also vibrant culture and history, thanks in large part to its past as a port city. Our guided tour allows you to experience the atmosphere of this enriching city. We'll see the Pompidou Centre, a museum close to the waterfront showcasing over 80 works of art, including the building itself. After a visit to the famous Alhambra in Granada, we'll also have the opportunity to learn about the smaller yet incredibly beautiful Alcazaba in Malaga. Built at a time when Arabs ruled over Spain and Portugal, it stands as a testament to the city's cultural heritage. Then we'll explore the streets of the Old Town and ‘The One-Armed’ cathedral so named because of its south tower, which remains unfinished. At the end of our guided tour, we'll sample the authentic tastes and traditions of Malaga with new-found friends - and our local guide. This is an opportunity to decide for ourselves whether we prefer the local delicacies in Seville or Malaga, completing what we humbly believe to be the perfect introduction to Malaga. Free time in Malaga The rest of the day will be free for you to explore at your leisure. You may choose to visit some of the sites from our guided tour yourself in your own time, like the Alcazaba which boasts exquisite courtyards, gardens and ponds as well as magnificent views out over the city and sea. As you'd expect from the birthplace of Picasso, Malaga has become a cool cultural hub in which to explore your expressive side. There are 30-plus museums, including the Picasso Museum where you can see 285 works donated by members of the Picasso family. If you haven't got any gifts or souvenirs yet, the independent boutiques and Spanish high street shops are a great place to start. Trendy restaurants alternate with tiled tavernas and chic terraces along the waterfront - the perfect place for dinner this evening. + Included experience – Guided tour of Malaga and tapas tasting.
  • Botanical Gardens Today will be a highlight for any budding gardeners as we visit La Concepción Historical Botanical Garden located at the northern entrance of Malaga. One of the few gardens with plants from a subtropical climate in Europe, the Botanical Gardens feature over 25,000 plants covering 3.5 hectares. You can wander the paths and enjoy an impressive collection of over 3,000 plant species as well as waterfalls, ponds and sculptures that punctuate the colourful vegetation. Free time in Malaga After plenty of time to explore the gardens, we'll return to Malaga for time at leisure to explore. Lose yourself in the pretty old town and stumble across Atarazanas Market where you can try a vermouth or wander down Marqués de Larios decorated with flowers – it's also a great starting point in the evening for sampling some local tapas. Alternatively, you may prefer to take advantage of the sunshine and relax on one of the many beaches along this stunning coastline. + Included experience - Visit to Malaga's Botanical Gardens. 
  • Today sees the end of our Grand Tour so we’ll say "adiós" to Spain and transfer to the airport for our return flight home, arriving back in the UK the same day.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Highlights:
  • Experience beautiful Seville’s vibrant streets and tranquil parks on a tour led by a local guide
  • Visit medieval Ronda - one of Spain’s most spectacularly situated cities
  • Explore Malaga with a guided tour of this historic port city and a visit to the lush Botanical Gardens
  • Fall under the spell of the Alhambra, seeing one of the most romantic places ever built, with exquisite formal gardens of roses and fountains, set against the dramatic mountains of Granada
  • Visit Córdoba with a guided tour of the Mezquita, possibly the most beautiful mosque ever constructed
  • Signature Highlights:
  • Experience the majesty of the Alcázar Palace, one of Seville’s finest architectural treasures and one of the oldest palaces in Europe
  • Soak up the panoramic views over the rooftops of Seville as you relax with an aperitif and selection of tapas
  • Step into the intoxicating world of flamenco and witness a spectacular performance filled with raw passion and energy
  • Savour locally produced wines in Competa with a wine tasting
  • Enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group with an average of 22 guests

Our Price Includes

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Sole occupancy rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:
  • Direct return flights 
  • 9 nights’ accommodation 
  • Daily breakfast  
  • All local taxes and transfers 
  • All tours and excursions as mentioned 
  • Entrances to the Mezquita, Alhambra and Malaga Botanical Gardens 
  • The services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager
  • Not included is the entrance to the cathedral in Seville which can be paid locally. Please note that there are reduced entry prices for those aged 65 or more on presentation of a valid ID. 
  • Please note, if you wish to visit the Picasso Museum during time at leisure, it is recommended to book in advance as tickets can sell out. Please note that occasionally the order of the itinerary will change so ensure to check with the office near to departure as to which day of the programme your free time will fall on. 
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4* Ilunion Hacienda del Sol – Mijas -


About the hotel Built in traditional Andalusian style with a country estate feel, this four-star hotel offers views of both the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Take a dip in either the indoor or outdoor swimming pools or relax with a drink in the garden overlooking the sea. Set in its own grounds, the hotel has a restaurant, bar and lounge area plus a sauna and even its own tennis court. All bedrooms are air-conditioned with an ensuite bathroom, telephone, TV, small fridge and safe. Please note: The use of air-conditioning and outdoor pool opening is at the discretion of the hotel.   Location The nearby village of Mijas can easily be reached by bus or taxi. There are plenty of restaurants, gardens and parks nearby for you to explore.  

Hotel Ilunion - Málaga -


Experience everything the Ilunion Hotel has to offer: Enjoy the pool, its wellness area, savour exquisite cocktails at the bar... and much more!  The eco-efficient Ilunion Malaga has air conditioning and free Wi-Fi throughout. During downtime, take advantage of the many facilities the hotel has to offer, including the indoor swimming pool, which in the summer months becomes an outdoor pool to suit all weathers. You can dine in the hotel’s onsite restaurant in the evening or venture into the city centre to frequent one of the charming local restaurants.   Then, return to your home-away-from-home: your comfortable and modern room. Each room is equipped with a safe, hairdryer, and flat screen TV with international channels.   Location description Situated within the port area, a short walk away from the beach overlooking the sea, the Hotel Ilunion is also just a 10-minute walk away from the historic centre of Malaga, making it a great base for exploring all corners of this vibrant city.

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