Cities & Palaces of Andalucia
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Delve into the culture and engaging history of southern Spain with this comprehensive Andalucían holiday, and visit its most beloved cities and palaces.
You begin your Andalucían adventure on a flight to Malaga. From here, transfer to your hotel in nearby Ronda. This striking city is an iconic sight thanks to its enormous bridges, which span a 390 feet deep river chasm. The morning of Day 2 is at leisure to explore before you travel to Seville by coach.
After breakfast you enjoy a guided tour of Seville's beautiful centre. Your first stop is the Plaza España, where you have time to admire the beautiful buildings, fountains and tiled alcoves, created for the 1929 'Fair of the Americas'. You finish your tour in front of the amazing cathedral, the largest Gothic building in Europe. The cathedral, built on the site of a mosque, is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, and is lavishly decorated in gold. Its bell tower, La Giralda, was the minaret of the original mosque and dominates the city skyline. The afternoon is free to explore - Seville is reputedly the city with the largest number of tapas bars in the world, so why not take a well-earned rest in a pavement café with a few plates of local specialities?
Alternatively, those feeling more energetic can climb the incredible Giralda for amazing views over the buildings below. Seville really does have a history to be proud of, it's fabled that it was founded 3000 years ago by the Greek god Hercules. Though with roots more firmly in the more 'recent' past with Roman ruins and plenty of Moorish influence. Whichever part of Seville you choose to enjoy there certainly is no shortage of sights and flavour to taste throughout your time here, as one of Spain's most popular cities.
You leave Seville today by rail for historic Cordoba, a famous and ancient city once the largest metropolis in Western Europe. On arrival, take a guided tour of the city's main attractions which includes the exterior of the famous 8th century Mezquita and the sprawling Juderia. Afterwards, you continue by rail to beautiful Granada where you check into your hotel for three nights.
Today is at leisure to explore. Granada itself is a charming city, with a stunning cathedral and spell-binding Moorish Quarter, known as the Albaycín. The Albaycín's white-washed buildings and curving, labyrinthine streets are a delight to wander through and lend an old-world style to Granada and its fascinating streets.
Today, pay a visit to the stunning Alhambra palace. Boasting UNESCO World Heritage status, the Alhambra was once described by Moorish poets as 'a pearl set in emeralds', referencing its whitewashed walls, set amidst dense green Andalucían forest. While here you see the beautiful Generalife Gardens, begun in 1931 and finished in 1951 by Francisco Prieto Moreno. The garden's walkways are tiled in the typical Granadian style with pebble mosaics. The garden features pools framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions.
Today you bid a fond farewell to Spain. You transfer to Malaga Airport, to take your scheduled return flight back to the UK, where your holiday concludes
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Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Delve into the culture and engaging history of southern Spain