Romantic Andalucia

Romantic Andalucia

Andalucía holds great part of the cultural and traditional attractions of Spain. Besides the Impressive monuments cities like Granada, Cordoba and Seville have to offer, numerous nature parks and wonderful landscapes with whitewashed villages overlooking plantations with olive trees, are there to be discovered.
All accommodations selected for this romantic getaway have privileged locations, calm and cosy atmospheres, elegance and charm.

Day 1 Granada

Arrival in Granada and make your way to your hotel in the heart of the city centre. You will spend the next two nights in this emblematic Moorish city, exploring its atmospheric Arab quarter and the great Alhambra. This afternoon, you are met at your hotel for a special guided tour of the Albaycin (Arab quarter). Your local guide will show you how this medieval Islamic city has kept its identity into the modern age, explaining its history and character in anecdotal style. As you walk through its cat’s cradle of twisting alleyways you will come across stunning views of the city, the majestic Alhambra palaces and, beyond, the often snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Your tour will include stops in local bars for some tapas or a visit to a traditional Arab tetería (teahouse). Overnight.

Day 2 Granada

This morning you are picked up from your hotel for a fully escorted Alhambra and Gardens tour. The beauty of Granada is encapsulated in the legendary palace of Alhambra, the last bastion of the Moors in Spain. It was built under Ismail I, Yusuf I and Muhammad V, caliphs when the Nasrid dynasty ruled Granada. After the tour, a free afternoon at leisure. Overnight.

Day 3 Granada - Iznajar

Pick up your hire car from the train station office. After visiting the beautiful cultural heritage of Granada, a lovely drive takes you close to Lake Iznajar in the heart of rural Andalucia. Cortijo La Haza is surrounded by olive trees and set in a peaceful location amongst the rolling hills of the Subbética Natural Park. This 250 year old recently restored traditional Cortijo farmhouse, has a lovely terrace and garden with outdoor pool and great views. All nicely decorated rooms have private ensuite facilities. Cortijo La Haza is ideally placed for easy access to the motorway network; meaning that a day excursion can be made to Córdoba (90 minutes). Dinner and overnight(s).

Day 4 Iznajar

See day 3.

Day 5 Iznajar - Benaojan

A nice drive takes you via the historical city of Antequera and the Naturepark El Torcal to Ronda.  Ronda is the Queen of the White Towns. Its main feature is the immense Tajo or Chasm - a geological cleft in the rock that plunges about 100m deep.  The beautiful surrounding green hills of the Sierra de Ronda are dotted with white villages like Benaoján. Here you find Molino del Santo, a charming watermill converted into a romantic hotel.  This lovely property with outdoor swimming pool and green gardens is situated along a stream.  There are numerous day trips you can make from here to explore its surroundings like the nature-park of Grazalema, famous for its flora. Dinner and overnight(s).

Day 6 Benaojan

See day 5.

Day 7 Benaojan - Sevilla

Depart Benaojan and on to Sevilla, on arrival, you will drop off your hire car at the train station office and taxi to your hotel. You will spend the next two nights in Sevilla, capital of Andalucia - an energetic city with charming, tiny cobbled streets and beautiful, colourfully tiled patios. Tonight, head out to explore the lovely Santa Cruz quarter, which was once a Jewish ghetto. Today it is filled with outdoor restaurants and lively tapas bars. Overnight.

Day 8 Sevilla

A full day to explore the city at your leisure, including the Cathedral which actually occupies the site of a great Mosque built by the Almohads in the late 12th century. La Giralda, its minaret and the Patio de los Naranjos are a legacy of this Moorish structure.  The Reales Alcazares was built in the 14th century by Pedro I who ordered the construction of a royal residence within the Palaces which had been built by the city's Almohad. Perhaps spend a lazy afternoon in the lovely Maria Luisa Park. Overnight.

Day 9 Sevilla

Farewell the city as you continue on to your next destination, either by air or by rail….