Moorish architecture, citrus groves and flamenco - images of the real Spain abound in this mesmerizing sun-kissed southern province.
Fly to Malaga where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Begin the day with an orientation drive around Malaga, before heading inland through grandiose scenery stopping in Loja, formerly the Moorish town of the Medina Lawsa, captured by the Christians in 1486 during in the Reconquista. Arrive in Granada, located at the foot of the great Sierra Nevada mountain range, where you will stay for two nights. The rest of the day is yours so why not join the optional city sightseeing to discover the delights of the ancient Moorish city of Granada. (B, D)
Today sees one of the highlights of your trip - your included sightseeing tour of the famous and fascinating Alhambra complex with a local guide. This splendid example of intricate Moorish architecture stands on a hilltop overlooking the city and is backed by the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada. (B, D)
Drive through the undulating vineyards of Andalucia, for a stop in Montilla where you'll visit a typical Andalucian wine bodega. Next to Cordoba. This is perhaps Spain's most Moorish city and an optional tour takes you to what used to be its great mosque - known as one of Islam's greatest pieces of architecture outside the Arab world - which is now a Catholic cathedral. You'll enjoy the old whitewashed houses with their patios opening onto the winding streets and small squares. The afternoon is at leisure. (B, D)
Journey further into the very heart of Andalucia, to the picturesque town of Ecija, then drive through Carmona, dominated by an ancient Alcazar. Just a few more miles brings you to the elegant city of Seville. Here you will have the rest of the day to find your bearings and do a little exploring on your own, or join us for an optional city sightseeing to see many of the city's highlights. In the evening you have the chance to experience the colourful spectacle of Seville's famous dance culture at our optional Flamenco excursion. (B, D)
The day is yours to do some serious sightseeing around the beautiful Andalucian capital. (B)
Today, drive along the "Route of the Bulls", passing the Cartusian Monastery of Jerez, to the unique Rock of Gibraltar, a tiny British outpost surrounding a 400 metre mountain of Jurassic limestone. The Rock's most famous residents are of course, the tailless Barbary apes which are descended from pets brought by sailors from North Africa. The day ends with a drive along the coast road to the Malaga area for an overnight stay. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in the Costa del Sol. (B)
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