Let the magic of Andalusia seduce you—the aura of another era, the sound of Flamenco in the air, the beauty of three cultures. Moorish palaces and Gothic cathedrals reveal the legacy of centuries past. This is the land where Christians, Jews and Muslims lived together in harmony and created one of the most important civilizations that the world has ever seen. Explore this fascinating region’s historic cities, charming whitewashed villages and beautiful beaches. Along the way, you’ll samples the...
Day 1 - Arrive in Málaga, Spain (Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro)
Begin your vacation in Málaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol. Check into your luxurious accommodations at the Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro. Surrounded by pines and perched atop the Mount Gibralfaro just opposite the Alcazaba, the Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro offers panoramic views of the sea and the city of Málaga. This wonderfully designed hotel features spacious living rooms, comfortable guest rooms and a swimming pool on the rooftop (allowing you to take in beautiful views as you sunbathe). At this parador, you’ll be treated to traditional Andalusian cuisine. Be sure to sample the delicious Málaga-style fried fish.
One of Spain's most popular seaside destinations, Málaga boasts a perfect climate, wonderful sandy beaches, world-class golf courses and interesting cultural attractions. Málaga was the first city where the Islamic kingdom of Andalusia was established and its 10th-century fortress is a splendid example of its Moorish heritage. This palace for the Nasrid Kings dates back to the 1200s. The palace is open to the public and has a museum of prehistoric Mediterranean collections. In the palace’s lush gardens, you’ll feel transported to a place of peace and tranquility. After touring the Alcazaba, visit the site of the ancient Roman amphitheater. Other highlights in Málaga include the spectacular Renaissance Cathedral, built on the site of a former mosque. For those interested in art, another must-see site is the Picasso Museum. The museum displays 230 works by the brilliant artist, the city’s most famous native son.
Day 2 - Ronda and Pueblos Blancos (Parador de Ronda)
Day 3 - Arrive in Antequera (Parador de Antequera)
Day 4 - Explore the Town of Antequera (Parador de Antequera)
Day 5 - Travel to Carmona (Parador de Carmona)
Day 6 - Travel to Córdoba (Parador de Córdoba)
Day 7 - Sightseeing in Córdoba (Parador de Córdoba)
- Luxury accommodations in paradors, charming historic hotels
- See monumental highlights of the ancient Moorish civilization
- Amazing tours of medieval Islamic fortresses and mosques
- Sunshine and sandy beaches in Málaga on the Costa del Sol
- Visit the Picasso Museum in Málaga, the artist’s birthplace
- Spectacular scenery and traditional Andalusia culture in Ronda
- Take a tour of Ronda’s bullring, the oldest in Andalusia
- Discover centuries of history in the ancient town of Antequera
- Admire the charming streets and elegant palaces in Carmona
- See the most important Islamic sight in Europe, la Mezquita
- Admire the beauty and ambience in Córdoba’s old Jewish quarter
- Indulge in the authentic cuisine of Andalusia and try the tapas!
- Watch an authentic Flamenco performance at a traditional venue
For eight glorious centuries, the Moors ruled the land of Southern Spain and established a glorious civilization of cultural grandeur and religious tolerance. During this period (from the 8th through 15th centuries), the Moorish kingdom was the most advanced in Europe. Surpassing Paris and Rome, the cities of Al Andalus were flourishing metropolises with running water, public baths, gas-lit street lamps and paved streets. Andalusia was a place of beauty as well as intellectual importance. Islamic Spain produced renowned poets, philosophers, physicians and scientists.
On this weeklong vacation, you’ll discover the intriguing history and enchanting sites of Andalusia. You’ll begin in Málaga, the birthplace of the Islamic kingdom of Al Andalus. Then continue to the dramatically situated village of Ronda, famous for its spectacular scenery and traditional bullfights. Next you’ll visit the fascinating ancient town of Antequera and the lovely historic village of Carmona. The final destination is the legendary city of Córdoba, a wondrous place full of history and charm. Surrounded by a medieval wall, Córdoba boasts one of the most interesting Jewish quarters and the most important Islamic site in Europe.
This tour of Spain is sure to impress you with lifelong memories of the sights, sounds, and tastes of the country with the third most number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
$2,179 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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