We greet you in Madrid in the morning and head south in our private vehicle arriving in Seville in time for a delicious and traditional welcome lunch. We will enjoy wonderful guided visits accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide who will share this city and its secrets with us.
The seaside city of Cádiz is one of the most unique and beautiful in the region, and we will begin our visit in a magical place from where we can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the city. In the city of Jerez will visit one of the most famous wine cellars in the region where we can sample the best local wines and sherries while enjoying the unique spectacle that is the Dancing Andalusian Horses.
To speak of Ronda is to speak of history as it is one of Spain’s most ancient cities. Surrounded by spectacular valleys, Ronda is a treasure trove of sites that we will be sure not to miss, like the beautiful bridge that joins the old city with the new, the Arab baths constructed during the reign of King Abomelik in the 13th Century, the old city walls and the amazing Gardens of Cuenca. The Natural Park of Sierra de Grazalema, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, surrounds the town, so as we walk around we will be rewarded with stunning views wherever we look. But if Ronda is famous for something, it is for being the birthplace of modern bullfighting. Here began a great lineage of matadors: The Ordoñez family. For these reasons, we will visit the bullring which was constructed in the 18th Century and is the oldest one in Spain.
Having the opportunity to see a cattle ranch where the wild bulls run free is an unforgettable experience. Before arriving in Malaga, we will visit the farm of the bullfighter and cattle rancher Rafael Tejada. With him, we will tour the facilities, and observe the bulls and the mother cows next to their calves at a very short distance, as well as his beautiful horses and foals. The rancher will bring us closer to the spellbinding world of bullfighting.
When we arrive Malaga, we will visit the city and see its most famous sites. We will walk along the world-famous Calle Larios and the seaside promenade, which runs along the beach for more than 2.5 kilometers. We will also visit the Picasso Museum, the Pompidou Center, and the Atarazanas market to enjoy its wide range of culinary and wine offerings. A culinary experience you will not forget is surely the plate auction at the Tintero Restaurant right next to the beach, where waiters auction their famous fish so that they are eaten by the customers faster than they can say: I’ll take it!
“Give alms to a woman, there is nothing in life like the pain of being blind in Granada,” wrote the Mexican poet Francisco de Icaza. It is this very beauty that will make us fall in love with this city. On arrival, we will visit the impressive Alhambra palace, the crown-jewel of Islamic Spain and one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. We will also visit the old Jewish Quarter, known as El Realejo, with its intricate streets filled with taverns offering the typical and delicious Granada tapas. The walk will continue through the old Arab quarter of El Albaycín, until we reach the Mirador de San Nicolás, one of the most famous lookouts from which you can admire the majesty of the Alhambra and a spectacular sunset. This evening, we will head to a neighborhood known for its charm: the Sacromonte. There we will have dinner inside one of its typical caves to the tune of a zambra, the flamenco dance of the gypsies of Granada.
Today we will enjoy one of the treasures of the Andalusian countryside: olive oil. We will visit a beautiful olive grove, see the manufacturing process first-hand and learn about the benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In addition, guided by an expert, we will have a fun and interesting tasting in which we will learn to distinguish and recognize the diversity of Spanish oils. This truly unique experience is sure to please even the most discerning of palates.
We will spend the morning visiting this city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the center of Córdoba, we will walk through its network of alleyways with their famous patios full of flowers, which even have their own festival during the first half of May. The historical center of the city reflects the passage of the different cultures that have lived on this land, from Greeks to Muslims, Romans to Christians, whose remnants can still be seen today. A good example is the Jewish Quarter, where you can visit the synagogue and the Bullfighting Museum. After lunch, the splendor of the mosque awaits us. Also a World Heritage Site, its interior is a labyrinth of arches where the Umayyad style coexists with the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Its history is as complicated as its construction. Over the centuries, the building has gone through different phases and has a unique singularity: the interior of the mosque houses a Christian cathedral.
We will finish our tour with a fabulous farewell surprise dinner.
In the morning we will head back to Madrid where we will bid you farewell until we meet again.
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