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Seville, Granada & Classic Spain

8days from
£855*per person

Overview

Andalusian beauty

Enjoy this exciting exploration of Andalucia – birthplace of Picasso, home of flamenco and cradle of the gypsy life. Join us to discover the Spain beyond the beach resorts of the sun-kissed Costa. From your base in the traditionally Andalusian town of Antequera, you'll enjoy full-day visits to Granada and the stunning Alhambra gardens, to glorious, historic Seville, the City of Flamenco and setting for Bizet’s Carmen, and to the enchanting, whitewashed, hill-top town of Ronda, above its famous Gorge. On this great-value Spanish holiday you'll also have the chance to visit the magnificent Moorish stronghold of Cordoba and its extraordinary Mezquita, on a fascinating optional excursion.

Itinerary

  • Fly into Málaga, and board the coach for the approximately hour-long transfer into the sun-baked Andalusian hills and your hotel base in Antequera. Depending on your arrival time, rest and relax in the hotel, and enjoy a first dinner in a wide choice of restaurants, traditional tapas bars, and cafés.
  • The first of your included excursions takes you to historic Seville, the great City of Flamenco, and the setting for Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, both of which draw heavily on the city’s heady atmosphere. Seville, where every street is lined with orange trees, has a rich and colourful history, which is reflected in great buildings, beautiful parks, grand boulevards and atmospheric old quarters of narrow streets that open on to tree-lined squares. Wander towards sweeping Plaza de Espana, the city’s ornate, fountain-fronted centrepiece; don’t miss the magnificent Cathedral, one of the largest Gothic churches in Christendom, with its 300ft-high Giralda Tower and much-debated tomb of Christopher Columbus; and perhaps pay a visit to the immense Plaza de Toros, Spain’s oldest bullring, where the traditions of the corrida are still revered despite the controversy that surrounds them. Close by, the cool courtyards of the Moorish Alcazar lead through to the Juderia (Jewish Quarter). The River Guadalquivir, still tidal some 50 miles inland, and up which Columbus once sailed in triumph following his discovery of the New World, still brings great ships to the city’s port, and divides Seville from Triana, the pleasant district on the opposite shore.
  • Today is free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel, or perhaps take in the sights of Antequera.
  • Today you’ll explore the great city of Cordoba. This fabled, elegant former Moorish and Roman capital of Spain is full of fascination.  At its heart is the breathtaking treasure of the Mezquita, the huge Mosque into which the Christian cathedral has been incorporated, but which retains much of its austere grandeur that reflected Cordoba’s position as the greatest Moorish city in Europe. Surrounding the Mezquita, the narrow lanes and corridors of the ancient Juderia evoke a sense that nothing has changed for a thousand years.  You’ll have the chance to explore the city under your own steam, following our guided tour of the Mezquita, before returning to Antequera in time for dinner later this evening. 
  • Today, you can relax or join the optional excursion to Ronda. During this, you’ll travel across the Andalusian Plain, through a countryside dotted with villages of whitewashed houses, to the stunning town of Ronda, in the heart of the Andalusian hills. Set above the dramatic El Tajo gorge, which cuts a swathe through the Sierra, this once Moorish citadel is a delight, with a maze of narrow streets, some fine Renaissance houses, its historic bullring and – across the Puente Nuevo bridge which spans the gorge – a fascinating Roman-style baths. 
  • Board the coach, this morning, for an unforgettable included excursion, journeying north through the foothills of the Alpujarras to the great city of Granada. Set majestically atop three hills, which rise steeply from the Andalusian Plain, this former Moorish capital, with its views to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada, is one of Spain’s greatest treasures.  Begin your time here with a sightseeing tour of the city, culminating with a visit to the gardens of the awe-inspiring Alhambra, the beautiful park and walled settlement crowned by one of the world’s finest Moorish palaces. Discover the ancient Alcazaba citadel and the Generalife, a royal retreat in the heart of the complex, as well as some of Europe's most beautiful formal gardens, each new treasure reflecting the glories of a great empire. This evening, you’ll return to Antequera after a thoroughly absorbing day. 
  • You’ll have another day to potter around at your own pace or you can join an optional half-wine day tasting excursion at a local winery. Surrounded by vineyards, you can sample some of the different labels while learning about the production process.  
  •  Say goodbye to beautiful Andalucía today, transferring back to Málaga airport for the flight home, after a memorable few days in a wonderful part of the world. 

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the heart of the ‘real’ Andalucia in the hills behind the sun-kissed Costa
  • Enjoy a full-day visit to Seville, the city of flamenco
  • Journey towards the Sierra Nevada, beneath which the great Moorish city of Granada stands
  • Visit Granada, the world-renowned Alhambra and its exquisite gardens
  • Take in the sweeping views from the Puente Nuevo, which joins the old and new towns of the mountain-top
  • Explore the Andalusian city of Ronda
  • The chance to join an optional excursion to Cordoba
  • Wander around Antequera under your own steam

Our Price Includes

  • Seven nights’ carefully chosen bed and breakfast three-star accommodation at the Hotel Coso Viejo, Antequera (upgrade hotel available for a supplement)
  • A full-day tour of Seville
  • A full-day tour of Granada
  • A full-day tour of Cordoba
  • Return flights to Malaga
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
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Accommodation

Hotel Antequera Hills, Antequera -

★★★★

Ideal for those looking for extra amenities and a good location, this hotel is found within walking distance of the centre of Antequera. It offers excellent facilities and high standards of accommodation. HALF-BOARD UPGRADES AVAILABLE ON MAR-NOV DEPARTURES - PLEASE CALL TO BOOK.

Facilities & Amenities
The hotel has its own gardens and terraces, a piano bar, a cafeteria, a restaurant, a hair salon and a souvenir shop. There is also a golf course (payable locally), and an outdoor swimming pool, which is closed during the winter.

Coso Vieja, Antequera -

Ideally situated near the highlights of Antequera and facing a cobblestone plaza, this tranquil 18th-century hotel promises a relaxing sanctuary. Nearby, a selection of popular bars and restaurants are available, as well as several museums and art galleries.

Facilities & Amenities
Guests have access to a 24-hour front desk, a restaurant, and a bar, which overlook a charming courtyard with a fountain. Breakfast will be served in the adjoining restaurant.

Parador de Antequera, Antequera -

★★★★

Positioned just a 10-minute walk to the centre of Antequera, this parador has a more modern exterior and feel than the classically traditional properties.

Facilities & Amenities
The property is ringed by a garden, and there's an outdoor swimming pool, a sophisticated Mediterranean restaurant and a bar.
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Other Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

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Travelling to Europe

Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel. Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names. Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date"). Visa - You do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in late 2023 or 2024, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at www.etias.com.

Holiday code

N2369

Holiday provided by Newmarket Holidays

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