There is nothing quite like Spain’s charming cobblestoned streets and passionate flamenco melodies to set the mood for the an outstanding couple’s retreat in Andalucia. Sun-kissed plazas and luscious public parks serve as the perfect backdrop for your 10-day excursion through the beloved cities of Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, and Malaga. Intoxicating flavors of finely cured ham and freshly picked olives pair perfectly with an elegant glass of vino tinto. Take your partner’s hand...
Madrid - Touchdown and Sunset Dinner in Plaza Mayor
As your plane comes to a halt at Adolfo Suarez Madrid–Barajas Airport, you will be greeted by the warm Spanish sun. Your private transport will transfer you to the center of the city, where the hustle and bustle of life in the nation's capital are in full swing. Trinket and souvenir vendors will call out their daily deals as pedestrians stroll down cobbled streets for a relaxing afternoon of shopping along the Plaza del Sol. Taxis will honk as they weave in and out of traffic while tourists admire Madrid's eclectic architecture that is bursting from churches, temples, palaces, and museums.
You should take your time to get situated in your five-star hotel that overlooks the downtown area. Once you have settled in and become acclimated, you can take a stroll down narrow streets and expansive plazas as nightlife descends on the metropolis. Soon, you will arrive at Plaza Mayor to enjoy a romantic late-night dinner. You will be able to choose from a list of locally sourced wines from the famed region of La Rioja and have your first taste of flavorful Spanish cuisine as you bite into jamon iberico, which is a finely cured ham, or tortilla de patatas, which is a creamy, omelet-style potato and cheese delight.
In the evening, you will stroll around the grand plaza perimeter that was once the center of Old Madrid before making your way back to the hotel as you listen to the enchanting melodies of local street musicians.
City and Neighborhood Highlights Tour and Parque Retiro
Cordoba - Visit La Mezquita and Lunch in the Jewish Quarter
Sevilla - Walking Tour of La Giralda, Torre del Oro, and Las Setas
Sevilla - Tour of Royal Alcazar and Carriage Ride through Plaza de Espana
Ronda - Lunch at Puente Nuevo
Granada - Visit Granada Cathedral, Alcaiceria, Mirador de San Nicolas
Granada - Expert Guided Tour of La Alhambra and Generalife and Live Flamenco Show
Malaga - Self-Guided Tour of Picasso Museum, Alcazaba, and Costa del Sol
Malaga - Depart from Malaga Airport
- Delight in a sunset dinner in the Plaza Mayor and explore the live music scene of Madrid's eclectic Malasana and Lavapies neighborhoods
- Stroll down the halls of the Royal Palace and partake in a serene paddle boat ride around Parque El Retiro
- Peruse Cordoba's Jewish Quarter and step inside the famed Mezquita mosque-cathedral
- Indulge in a tour of Sevilla's Royal Alcazar and take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the Plaza de Espana
- Enjoy a light lunch in Ronda and explore the city's dramatic Puente Novo bridge that straddles a valley of more than 300 feet
- Stroll through Granada's central Cathedral and barter at the ancient Moroccan market called Alcaiceria
- Amble to La Alhambra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site that features the ancient Moorish palace and expansive gardens
- Marvel at a live flamenco show in the white stucco caves of Albaicin and bathe in ornate Moorish baths known as the hammams
- Admire some of Picasso's original work in his birth city of Malaga and lounge along the pristine turquoise beaches of Costa del Sol
Romantic ballads of flamenco duets and sunset strolls along iridescent coastlines await you in Spain's Southern region of Andalucia. Hand in hand, you will discover ornate cathedrals, bold fortresses, and lavish palaces that date back hundreds of years. You will become lost in the whimsy of each captivating city as you uncover rich., cultural heritages and histories that are hidden in unassuming alleyways and undisturbed alcoves.
You will begin your 10-day journey in the nation's vivacious capital, where you will tour Madrid's young, eclectic neighborhoods before making a visit to the Royal Palace and hitching a paddle boat ride at Parque El Retiro. Then, you will move to the city of Cordoba, which is renowned for its flower festival, Patios de Cordoba, and site of La Mezquita, which is a fascinating mosque and cathedral that intertwine. You can sample decadent tapas in Sevilla and ride through the spectacular Plaza de Espana in a horse-drawn carriage. You will then delight in a delicious lunch the city of Ronda to admire the jaw-dropping bridge that drops off at more than 300 feet.
Later, you will arrive in Granada, which is the coveted home of the UNESCO World Heritage site of La Alhambra palace and the gardens of Generalife. You will bathe in the luxurious and traditional Moorish spas as you unwind in the evening. Next, you will witness an authentic flamenco show in an intimate setting inside the white stucco caves of Albaicin, and finally, you will journey to the shores of Malaga as you dip your toes into the Mediterranean and tour one of the last-standing Roman theaters in all of Spain.
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