Andalucía, the southernmost region of Spain, is the source of many of the popular images outsiders have of the country: olive groves, rolling hills, bullrings, whitewashed villages, tapas, and flamenco-fueled nightlife. Andalucía has a wide variety of architecture, cuisine, and landscapes, and its rich cultural heritage makes it unique among other Spanish regions. From breathtaking cliffside towns, to learning the ins and outs of sherry-making, to touring immense Moorish palaces, you are sure to fall in love with this region of unparalleled beauty and mystery.
Arrive in Granada, the stunning Andalusian city situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The last city to fall during the Reconquista, Granada features stunning Moorish architecture, enchanting gardens, and a warmth and hospitality that is difficult to match.
Head out on a walking tour of the city, discovering its storied past and diverse cultural heritage. Wind your way through the streets of the Albaicín, the city’s medieval Moorish quarter, and take an expert guided tour of the Alhambra, the palace of the last Muslim dynasty in Spain. In the evening, head out on the town for tapas and wine in one of the best tapas cities in all of Spain!
Drive to Ronda, a city dramatically perched high above a deep mountain gorge. Stop along the way for lunch in the olive tree-dotted countryside in the heart of Andalucía, and tour and taste at a local winery. Take an evening stroll in Ronda before dinner at a classic restaurant.
Travel by rail to the charming hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera, one of Andalucía’s famed pueblos blancos, or white villages, known for its vibrant culinary scene and beautiful whitewashed façades. Spend the evening sampling tapas paired with local libations.
Roll your sleeves up in a hands-on cooking class featuring the season’s best produce, fish, and meats, and take home some classic Andalusian recipes sure to impress your friends at home. This evening, relax at one of the village’s top spots for traditional cuisine and great wine.
Head out from Vejer de la Frontera to Jerez, a city known for sherry, flamenco, horses, and Grand Prix motorcycles. Tour a historic sherry winery, and enjoy a tasting of the world-famous fortified wines. Here in Jerez, you’ll also learn about the incredible Spanish equestrian art that has been perfected over centuries through careful breeding and rigorous training. Arrive in Seville in time to see a flamenco performance, a distinctly Andalusian art combining music, song, dance, and gorgeous traditional dress.
Take a guided walk through Sevilla, the capital city of Andalucía. Visit the magnificent Alcazár palace and gardens, a stunning example of mudéjar architecture originally constructed for Moorish royalty. Marvel at the Santa María de la Sede Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the world and the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.
Take a trip out of the city for a day of exploring the wondrous “Grotto of Marvels,” learning traditional countryside cooking, and perhaps visit a museum dedicated exclusively to the wonders of jamón ibérico de bellota, the world-famous acorn-fed Iberian ham.
For your last day, you’ll visit the marvelous city of Córdoba, whose sprawling historic quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour the historic synagogue built in 1315, and take a special night-time tour of the amazing Great Mosque of Cordoba, which has been a Catholic cathedral since 1236.
Say farewell to your guide and head on to your next destination!