Join us for a taste of Andalucia, with its white villages, breathtaking mountains and historic cities – includes flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen.
Although a region of irresistible attraction throughout the centuries, Andalucia isn’t just historical cities and beautiful scenery – it is home to some of the very best food and wine in Spain. The food here is perhaps the most varied of all the regions of Spain, with incomparable cuisine including the world famous ‘tapas’. And where better to sample some of Spain’s finest olive oil than in the olive groves where it is produced.
- Return flights to Malaga from Aberdeen*, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Prestwick
- 7 nights accommodation staying at the Hotel Bahia Tropical in Almunecar (or similar)
- Buffet dinner & breakfast each day
- Guided tour of the Alhambra Palace in Granada
- Walking visit around Almunecar and a lunchtime Tapas tour
- Excursion to the Sierra Nevada Mountains including cured ham tasting and tapas and wine tasting in a bodega
- A tour through the La Axarquía region
- A typical Andalucian lunch taken in a Cortijo
- Visit to an Olive Oil mill
- Services of a Mistral Holidays Tour Manager
Price shown includes discount. Single supplements apply. Subject to availability. *Indirect flights
Day 1 – Fly to Spain
On arrival at Malaga airport you will be met by our representative and transfer to our hotel in Almunecar, where we stay for 7 nights. During our stay we have buffet dinner each day in our hotel. We have also arranged a lunch with local housewives and two tapas lunches.
Days 2 – 7
During our stay we have arranged an included programme of excursions, tastings and visits, all taken at a leisurely pace.
The Village of Almunecar and Tapas Lunch
A half day introductory tour exploring Almunecar and its fascinating ancient quarter, beginning with a walk along the beautiful palm lined beach promenade with its stunning views over the Mediterranean and Sierra Nevada mountains. We’ll have a break for coffee, and after that we’ll have a closer look at this charming Andalusian village with its narrow winding streets, designed by the Moors in the 12th century. The town has a rich historic heritage and there are remains from both the Roman and the Moorish periods. Besides the aqueduct and the San Miguel fortress we can admire El Salazón, the Roman fish-salting workshop which supplied the Roman Empire with salted fish two thousand years ago. In the delightful ancient quarter, with its narrow little streets, there are quaint shops selling local arts and crafts and a selection of cafes and restaurants. At lunchtime we have a typical Andalusian “Tapas Lunch”, just like the locals have it. We have included a drink and three tapas – a delightful way to have lunch, followed by an afternoon at leisure.
An excursion into the Sierra Nevada is a very special experience. The southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada are traversed by deep, wooded river gorges and truly wonderful countryside. Orange and lemon groves, pomegranite and quince in the lower valleys give way to almonds, olive groves and vines, which in turn as we climb higher give way to chestnut, walnut and cherry trees before the pine forests on the upper slopes. Here in the mountains we visit a traditional “secadero de jamon” for a tasting of the local air–cured ham, before continuing on to reach the captivating little village of Capileira. If one village epitomises this entire region it is Capileira, the second highest village in Spain, which clings onto the mountainside 4,700ft above sea level. Spectacular from afar – a white crown on the great Poqueira Ravine – its architecture characterised by 250 years of Moorish occupation and its culture by centuries more of hardship, it has developed today into a pretty, friendly place, popular with visitors who are captivated by its remote beauty.
Its old streets entwine and criss-cross their way down the side of the gorge with an enchanting maze of ancient dwellings, fountains and sudden, dramatic views – both down the valley to the villages of Bubion and Pampaneira, and up to the mountain backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, where blue skies meet the snow-capped peaks. Whilst here we will visit a “bodega” for a taste of the local wine and there will also be time to explore some of the hidden nooks and crannies of this charming Andalusian village.
La Axarquia and Lunch in a Cortijo
This specially arranged three-quarter day excursion takes us to the beautiful area of ‘La Axarquía’. Our day begins with a visit to Nerja before we head inland from the Mediterranean coastline, where the region of La Axarquía gradually begins to take shape. The roads meander through low valleys planted with semi-tropical date palm and kiwi, chirimoya and avocado, mango and molasses. This is also where the famous Moscatel wine grape is grown, which you can also see drying on the hillsides to make raisins. Further inland the landscape then becomes a gentle vista of rolling hills and almond, lemon and olive groves. Spain has the largest olive production in the world and we shall be visiting one of the many olive mills to discover how olive oil is made; virgin olive oil is lavished on cooking without a second thought. Local produce fills tables with wholesome food, whether it be fresh seafood salads, soups or meat dishes and fruits such as the pears from which Periana gets its name. We have a lunch today at a Spanish Cortijo (farmhouse) to enjoy a typical Andalucian meal. Today is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the holiday, as we get a real insight into the Spanish lifestyle and cuisine.
Granada and the Alhambra
No holiday to Andalucia is complete without a visit to the city of Granada and its spectacular Alhambra Palace. We take a guided walk in the city and then there will be free time to stroll around Granada yourself, enabling you to make your own discoveries, such as the old Moorish silk market in the Alcaicería. This afternoon we visit the awe-inspiring Alhambra, the walled Moorish stronghold with beautiful palaces, elaborate courtyards and beautiful fountains, which dates back to the 13th century. A local guide shows us the unique architectural treasures of this magnificent fortress including the water gardens of the Generalife and the Summer Palace, an impressive reminder of Granada’s rich history.
Day 8 – Homeward Bound
Today, at the appropriate time, we transfer to Malaga airport to take the return flight to the UK.
We will be staying at the Hotel Bahia Tropical in Almunecar. This comfortable beach-side hotel is only separated from the Playa Galera bay by a small coastal road. Situated at the edge of the resort, the sandy beach and turquoise blue ocean is an inviting prospect. This 4 star hotel is particularly distinguished by its central but also calm location. The centre and old town of Almunecar are just 2 km from the hotel, a comfortable distance on foot. In the immediate vicinity there are shopping facilities, numerous restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes. The well appointed rooms come with an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, a direct dial telephone, TV, air conditioning, individually controlled heating, a hire safe and a balcony or terrace. The spacious outdoor area has a swimming pool, a sun terrace with sun loungers, bathing towels and parasols.
Please note that on certain peak dates or with high demand, we may use other good quality hotels and resorts on the Costa Tropical, such as the 3 star superior Best Western Hotel in Salobrena. Hotel details will be sent with your travel tickets, approximately seven days before departure.