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A Week in Andalucia at Christmas

From £1,549.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
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From £1,549.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
Tour Overview
This relaxing holiday gives you the chance to unwind and soak up the sun whilst discovering the best of Andalucía. From your base in Antequera historically dubbed ‘the crossroads of Andalucia’, you’ll visit the cities of Cordoba and Seville before heading to Granada, home of the stunning Alhambra Palace. Step inside to discover grand halls, courtyards and fountains, then explore the Generalife Gardens. If you want to see more, there’s the option to visit cliff-top Ronda and cosmopolitan Malaga, or if you prefer you can just relax and unwind at the hotel – it’s entirely up to you.
  • Festive star icon Festive
  • meals icon Half Board
  • puglia excursions Relax & Discover Holidays

Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners including a Festive Gala Dinner on Christmas Day and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Sightseeing in the city of Cordoba
  • Explore Andalucia's regional capital, Seville
  • Enjoy a light lunch at one of Seville's fine tapas bars
  • Granada tour and the Alhambra Palace

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Malaga

Depart on your flight to Malaga today. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel and you'll have time to relax and unwind before dinner this evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Granada

You really can't visit this region of Spain without a trip to the stunning Alhambra Palace, so that's where you are going today. Standing high on a hill overlooking Granada, this magnificent complex was built by the Moors in the 13th and 14th centuries and added to over time. Your tour not only includes the grand halls, courtyards and fountains of the palace, but also the lovely Generalife Gardens. Later, we'll explore Granada, where you'll see a mix of Moorish and Spanish architecture amongst its narrow, winding lanes. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Antequera - of leisure

Today you can choose to explore on your own, or join us on this optional excursion to experience authentic Andalucia in medieval Antequera, whose landscape is punctuated by the towers of Moorish fortresses and Gothic churches. Highlights include El Torcal National Park and the Dolmens, the enormous burial chambers dating back to prehistoric times. Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Cordoba

Today you're going to discover the city of Cordoba, which sits in a beautiful position on a bend of the Guadalquivir River. It's a fascinating place and the highlight of your visit is sure to be the dazzling Mezquita, or Great Mosque, which dates to the 8th century. Inside what is said to be one of the world's greatest Islamic buildings, you'll see more than 850 granite, jasper, and marble pillars. You'll also spend time exploring the labyrinth of winding streets and flower-filled courtyards in the Jewish quarter, before we head back to Antequera. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Antequera - Christmas Eve

Time at leisure may be just what you need today, so why not relax at your hotel. However, if you're keen to discover more of Andalucia, your Holiday Director will be hosting an optional excursion to the cliff-top town of Ronda. You'll see the 600ft deep gorge, El Tajo, which divides it in two and is spanned by an ancient stone bridge, the Puente Nuevo. We'll also leave time for a leisurely stroll around Ronda's cobblestone streets lined with the typical whitewashed houses of the region. Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Antequera - Christmas Day

Today is yours to enjoy perfect for relaxing, reading and catching up with fellow travellers and looking forward to this evenings Festive dinner. You can,if you wish, join us on an optional excursion to Malaga, a cosmopolitan city on the Costa del Sol, famous as the birthplace of the celebrated artist Pablo Picasso. The city is set on a beautiful bay of the Mediterranean and we’ll take in wonderful views from the two Moorish citadels, the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Seville - Boxing Day

You’re heading to Seville today. This is Andalucia’s regional capital, and if you’re an opera fan you’ll know it as the atmospheric setting for Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. On your tour, highlights include the Gothic Cathedral and Plaza de España which displays a beautifully tiled alcove for each of Spain’s provinces. We'll also take a wander through the Barrio Santa Cruz area. Tapas bars are plentiful in this maze of lanes, and is the perfect location for us to end our tour with a light lunch at one of these fine tapas bars. You might sample dishes such as bravas patatas, chorizo and calamares a la romana – Seville is credited with its invention after all! Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Malaga - UK

We'll transfer you to the airport for our flight to the UK today.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Hotel Antequera Hills

Historically dubbed ‘the crossroads of Andalucia’, due to being more or less the most central point to Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga, Antequera is known as an architecturally beautiful city that has an important role in Spanish history, and offers a wealth of things to absorb and enjoy, with 33 churches, a magnificent Alcazaba (Moor fortress), museums, art exhibitions, and over 100 restaurants and bars scattered over it’s pretty plazas and atmospheric streets. The 4-star Antequera Hills Hotel sits only a short walk from this beautiful city. It offers guests well-appointed rooms, seasonal swimming pool, Buffet Restaurant and a bar & lounge area perfect for relaxing, reading and catching up with fellow travellers about your day.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Spain - visit the clifftop town of Ronda

Spain - visit the clifftop town of Ronda

Marvel at the spectacular scenery as we drive through the majestic Andalucian mountains to the clifftop town of Ronda. Said to be equal in art, history and beauty, in its heyday, Ronda was an impregnable fortress town. Situated high on a plateau, it is dominated by El Tajo, a 100-metre-deep gorge. Admire the Royal Maestranza Bullring, one of the oldest in Spain, and other iconic landmarks including the Moorish baths and Mondragon Palace, home to the fascinating museum of Ronda. Our scenic drive back to the hotel takes us through sweeping landscapes and a citrus-fruit growing area of southern Spain.

Full-day tour – Moderate walking – Bestseller
Marvel at the spectacular scenery as we drive through the majestic Andalucian mountains to the clifftop town of Ronda. Said to be equal in art, history and beauty, in its heyday, R...

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Spain - Antequera, El Torcal National Park and the Dolmens

Spain - Antequera, El Torcal National Park and the Dolmens

Prepare to be amazed by the stunning scenery of El Torcal National Park. Over millions of years, forces of nature have created this spectacular other-worldly landscape of weird and wonderful rock formations interspersed with lush vegetation. It’s a fabulous place to explore and there are walking trails you can follow. You will also visit the Dolmens, enormous burial chambers dating back to prehistoric times.

Please be aware that walking shoes suitable for rough terrain will be required for this excursion. Warm clothes are also essential due to changeable weather conditions in the Dolmens, regardless of your date of travel.

Half-day tour – Moderate walking – Natural beauty
Prepare to be amazed by the stunning scenery of El Torcal National Park. Over millions of years, forces of nature have created this spectacular other-worldly landscape of weird and...

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Spain - Tour of cosmopolitan Malaga

Spain - Tour of cosmopolitan Malaga

Visit Picasso’s birthplace, the attractive and cosmopolitan city of Malaga. Situated on a sweeping bay on the beautiful Andalucian coast, here you will find wide boulevards, swaying palm trees, interesting museums and inviting tapas bars. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a panoramic tour, taking in the beautiful Malagueño architecture, avenues lined by palm trees and the city’s main shopping area. You will also head to the hilltop Gibralfaro Castle and admire fabulous panoramic views of the Mediterranean. During free time, you could perhaps enjoy a glass of locally produced Malaga wine in a bodega-style bar or visit the Picasso Museum – one of Malaga’s premier attractions.
Visit Picasso’s birthplace, the attractive and cosmopolitan city of Malaga. Situated on a sweeping bay on the beautiful Andalucian coast, here you will find wide boulevards, swayin...

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