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Travel by road though landscapes of whitewashed villages, high mountains, endless olive groves, beautiful palaces and the warm Mediterranean sea. From the best known highlights to barely visited corners, this trip combines the very best of southern Spain’s landscapes, people, food and culture.

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Sample itinerary

Travel to Andalucía

Travel to Seville today. Please note: flights not included in this holiday. On arrival in the city, take a taxi to your charming hotel in the heart of the old quarter. Relax and enjoy this warm and lively city with a stroll around the Barrio Santa Cruz.

Guided walk of Seville

Walking is the way to get around the centre of the city, the picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz, the cathedral and the Alcazar are all within minutes of each other. Your guide comes to meet you this morning to take you through the winding streets, and introduces you to the hidden side of the city, as well as the more obvious highlights.

Drive to the Aracena hills

Pick up your rental car this morning and drive out of Seville up into the Aracena Hills. Spend the next couple of nights on the edge of a very pretty ‘Pueblo Blanco’ (white village) in this peaceful, rural corner of Andalucía.

Walking in the Sierra de Aracena

Walk a circular route through some of the prettiest landscapes of the sierra towards a special tasting lunch in the village of Linares.

Visit the Donana National Park

Travel south towards Vejer, stopping en route in the wonderfully atmospheric village of El Rocío en route to visit the bird-rich wetlands of the Donana National Park.

Explore the coast of Cadiz

Explore the coast of Cadiz, from a whale watching cruise in Tarifa to the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia to the Barbate natural park.

Into the heart of Andalucía

Head east across Andalucía today as you travel from the coast up into the little visited heart of the Sierra Subbetica. Stop along the way to visit the striking town of Ronda.

Walk through olive groves

Enjoy a walk in the area around your hotel, there are many, many routes to choose from and your hosts will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Visit Cordoba

Spend today visiting the splendid and ancient city of Cordoba which is less than an hour away from your hotel. Equally, you might like to simply relax by the pool with a book and enjoy the silence.

Winding streets of Granada

Pack up to go to Granada today, starting your day perhaps with a visit to an olive oil producer in the nearby village. This afternoon you have a private guided walking tour of the Albaicín neighbourhood of Granada.

Visit the Alhambra

Explore the gorgeous patios, gardens and fountains of the Alhambra Palace, one of the most iconic Moorish buildings in Spain.

Drive to Cabo de Gata

Drive down to the coast at Cabo de Gata, extinct volcanoes by the sea which form the only desert environment in mainland Europe. Stay in a village near the cape, close to some of Spain's most beautiful beaches.

Explore the Cabo de Gata

Explore the coast today with a walk to suit you, making sure to stop off in one of the fishing villages for a fresh lunch of today’s catch.

Walk along the coast

Hike to the top of an extinct volcano for wonderful views along the coast, or relax on one of the lovely beaches such as Los Genoveses.

Travel home

Drive to the nearby airport of Alemeria. Drop off your hire car before your flight home.

About this trip

Summary

Travel by road though landscapes of whitewashed villages, high mountains, endless olive groves, beautiful palaces and the warm Mediterranean sea. From the best known highlights to barely visited corners, this trip combines the very best of southern Spain’s landscapes, people, food and culture.

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Level of activity

As a tailor made trip, the level of exertion on this trip is defined entirely by you though the places featured in this holiday are best enjoyed on foot, whether that be exploring the steep cobbled alleyways of the Albaicín neighbourhood of Granada or walking from village to village in the shade of chestnut trees in the Aracena hills.

The sample itinerary described above assumes a wide variety of walks, from two hour strolls to six hour hikes. The way it works on the ground is that we provide you with maps and walking routes for a variety of walks in each place, you also have guided days to help you get your bearings and settle in to each new area. This means that you have complete control over how much or how little you do on any given day of the trip.

Level of comfort

The accommodation on this journey is first rate though, being tailor made, we can adjust it to your needs. Active days are balanced by very comfortable nights throughout this trip as you stay in a variety of our favourite small hotels, lodges and inns. Comfort, character, service and location are the critical elements when we choose these places. For details of your hotels, please see the summary section of our pdf itineraries.

In Seville and Granada you stay in characterful small hotels of a four star standard. In Vejer, stay in a characterful 3* hotel in the middle of this wonderful village. Whilst in the Sierra Subbetica, your hosts are an expat British couple who we have known for years - working for our competitors back in the day! They now run a beautifully tasteful and comfortable bolt hole in the hills. Your Cabo de Gata hotel is a fairly simple, clinical, 4* hotel but in a great location overlooking the sea. In a beautiful area such as this, there is little more you could want.

Level of culture

As a tailor made trip, you can choose how much or how little cultural content you want to include. However, the culture is arguably the best thing about this trip. From the fishing villages of Cabo de Gata to the cork oaks of the Aracena hills you will see traditional lifestyles all around you as you travel. Some of Spain’s most iconic buildings are found on this trip, and the greatest of these, such as the delightful red walls of the Alhambra, or the forest of columns within the great mosque of Cordoba, showcase the enormous influence of the Moors which remains throughout southern Spain.

The human landscapes too are incredibly varied, and you might see the unimaginable wealth which made Seville the 'cradle of the Baroque,' or the simplicity of women still washing clothes in village fountains. In the cave dwellings of Granada's Sacromonte neighbourhood, and the devotion of the Madrugada in Seville, you will learn that gypsy culture means far more than just flamenco. From the cowboys of Cabo de Gata to the dancing horses of Jerez, equine culture is everywhere.

The food in Andalucía is a constant delight, and you can enjoy the freshest seafood eaten on the beaches of Cabo de Gata, and the finest Iberico hams of the Aracena hills.

Practicalities

We have a detailed itinerary for this trip, as set out above. If you would like a copy, please get in touch and we can email it over to you.

Ultimately though, this is a tailor made trip so we would love to have time to talk to you in order to send the most appropriate proposal to you. The holiday can be run with almost any number of days and can run in either direction.

In the form set out above, the holiday price includes first class hotel accommodation, breakfasts, one gourmet lunch and five dinners, decent sized rental car, some guided visits, as well as maps, walking notes and local support. Naturally, on each and every one of our holidays, we include Pura’s expertise, local contacts, support and advice throughout, along with the reassurance of our financial protection and safety auditing.

Flights are quoted separately for this holiday. The best option is to fly into Seville (airport code: SVQ) and out of Almería (airport code: LEI) though in and out of Malaga (airport code: AGP) or by AVE high speed train from Madrid also works. In short, there are many and varied options available which we will help you arrange when the time comes.

Departs

This is a tailor made holiday, and can leave on a date to suit you, from September to June. The holiday can be run with almost any number of days and can run in either direction.

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