General

A luxury roundtrip through the magical Andalusia: Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, Malaga…

Small patios hide behind white walls, geraniums bloom in Terra cotta pots, bougainvillea overgrow walls and the streets are narrow – the Moorish cities of Andalusia are small and playful, colorful and alive. Quite different from the buildings of the Catholic Kings: palaces and cathedrals testifying the power and the wealth of Spain. Located in the atmospheric old walls of Paradores most even historic palaces or castles. And when you wake up in the morning in your four-poster bed, surrounded by a stylish way of life, then look forward to another exciting day in one of the most exciting regions of Europe…

Itinerary

DAY 1 Flight to Málaga

You fly with Lufthansa, Swiss or airberlin to Málaga (flight duration approx. 3 hours). After arrival transfer to the hotel. The afternoon is at your disposal, or you can join your tour guide for a walk through the old town of Málaga. For the Welcome Dinner you will be served delicious tapas at the Bodega El Pimpi. (A)

DAY 2 MÁLAGA – GRANADA

To start the day you will experience the colourful hustle and bustle and the rich offer of fruits, vegetables and fresh fish at the central market of Málaga. We continue to the first museum, the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga. There is a collection of around 230 exhibits, including works by local artists such as José Moreno Carbonero, Guillermo Gómez Gil and Manuel Barrón. We continue to the Museo Picasso, which follows Picasso’s wish to see his work in his native city. It is located in the Buenavista Palace, a typical Renaissance civilian building in Andalusia. The more than 200 works in the collection show the different styles, materials and techniques used by the ingenious artist. In the afternoon you will leave Málaga and travel 125 km to Granada. Check-in at the Parador de Granada, which is housed in a former monastery on the grounds of the Alhambra. Following the dinner in the Parador, the Alhambra opens once again: During the night tour of the Nasrid palaces, the finely decorated rooms and small courtyards exude a very special charm. (F/A)

DAY 3 GRANADA

Your breakfast enjoyment will be enhanced by the view of the garden of the Generalife. Afterwards you will visit the Moorish green idyll as well as the impressive whole complex. The palace of Charles V is a Renaissance building that surrounds a round inner courtyard. Mighty walls and towers surround the whole area. In the afternoon, the cathedral in the city centre is on the programme. The mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque is unusual. Let yourself be impressed by the height, the clear expanse and the two organs. Isabella I and Ferdinand II as well as other kings are buried in white Carrara marble graves in the adjoining Capilla Real funeral chapel. The evening becomes musical: In the oldest quarter of the city, the Moorish Albaicín, the dinner is accompanied by a flamenco show. (F/A)

DAY 4 GRANADA – BAEZA – ÚBEDA

The journey continues to Baeza and Úbeda, to churches, palaces and mansions. The two towns in the heart of the province of Jaén are shining examples of the splendour of Andalusia during the 16th and 17th centuries. In particular, the buildings of Andrés de Vandelvira, one of the most important architects of the time, spread all over the region, will delight you. Visit these Renaissance jewels, nicknamed “Queen” (Úbeda) and “Lady” (Baeza) by the famous poet Antonio Machado. You will spend the night in the Parador de Úbeda in the middle of the old town of Úbeda. It is located directly at the central square Vázquez de Molina. (F)

DAY 5 ÚBEDA – CÓRDOBA – CARMONA

After breakfast you will travel to Córdoba, a melting pot of past and present. Walking through the old town, protected by UNESCO, you will discover a beautiful jumble of narrow streets, squares and whitewashed courtyards, arranged around the Mezquita Cathedral. This building is truly unique: a Gothic nave was built into the former main mosque in the 15th century. On 856 slender columns, red and white arches lie in long rows and form a huge hall – as if they were lost in infinity. In the early afternoon you drive on to Carmona. The Parador de Carmona is housed in an impressive Moorish fortress from the 14th century that rises high above the village; today the ensemble also includes a swimming pool and terraces with fantastic views of the landscape. The restaurant, located in the former refectory, is one of the most spectacular of all Spanish paradores, where you can have your dinner. (F/A)

DAY 6 CARMONA – SEVILLA

In the morning you will get to know the city and its monumental churches and palaces. The town of Carmona, on the banks of the Corbones River, is a monumental city with traces of the different cultures that have brought about change throughout its long history. Churches, palaces and ramparts form an important cultural and historical heritage in the old town centre, dominated by the impressive Moorish fortress, the Alcázar of King Pedro. The tour of Carmona continues to the 18th century Convento de las Descal-zas, a magnificent example of Seville Baroque. The monastery has a double bell tower decorated with azulejos. If you wish, you can climb up to the highest point of the city – here stands the fortress of the Almohad dynasty under Don Pedro, converted into the Parador de Turismo. Seville is not far away anymore! The cathedral is a superlative: the largest Gothic church in the world. And certainly one of the most beautiful. Here is also the sarcophagus of Christopher Columbus; the tower, the Giralda, deserves special attention: this is the former minaret of the former mosque. The tower is particularly easy to climb, because ramps instead of stairs lead up to the gallery at a height of 70 m – the view is simply fantastic! You will also visit the Alcázar, whose gardens – inspired by Arabic, Italian and English – are particularly beautiful. After a break in the hotel you experience Seville at night, which means: Flamenco and Tapas. Let your tour guide take you to the best tapas bars in the city and experience flamenco like a “Sevillano”. (F/A)

DAY 7 SEVILLA – RONDA

Your destination today is Ronda, whose Moorish old town is picturesquely situated on a steep rock plateau. But first you enjoy a wine tasting and a rustic as well as tasty picnic in the surrounding vineyards. The Schatz family once came to Spain from South Tyrol – meanwhile “F. Schatz” is the trademark for balanced wines with ripe tannins and a soft, healthy acidity. In the afternoon you will see the bullring of Ronda. It is famous for its history, its architecture and last but not least for its beauty. You will stay in the Parador on the Puente Nuevo, the impressive bridge over the deep Tajo gorge. Enjoy dinner in a restaurant that is also frequented by the Toreros. (F/P/A)

DAY 8 RONDA – MÁLAGA – Flight back

Drive to the airport and return flight with Lufthansa, Swiss or airberlin (flight duration approx. 3 hours). (F)

 

Benefits:

  • Flights in Economy Class with Lufthansa, Swiss or airberlin
  • Transfers, excursions and round trips in comfortable vehicles
  • 7 nights in hotels
  • breakfast (F), 1 picnic (P), 6 dinner (A)
  • 1 wine tasting session
  • German-speaking tour guide, through the whole tour
  • entrance fees
  • High-quality travel literature

 

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Córdoba

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Málaga

MálagaMálaga is a world apart from the adjoining Costa del Sol: a historic and culturally rich provincial capital which has long lived in the shadow of the iconic Andalucian cities of Granada, Córdoba and Seville. Yet, it has rapidly emerged as the province’s city of culture with its so-called ‘mile of art’ being compared to Read more

Sevilla

SevillaSome cities have looks, other cities have personality. The sevillanos – lucky devils – get both, courtesy of their flamboyant, charismatic, ever-evolving Andalucian metropolis founded, according to myth, 3000 years ago by the Greek god Hercules. Drenched for most of the year in spirit-enriching sunlight, this is a city of feelings as much as sights, Read more

Granada

GranadaRead up on your Nasrid history, slip a copy of Federico García Lorca’s Gypsy Ballads into your bag, and acquire a working knowledge of Andalucía’s splendid Moorish architectural heritage – Granada is calling and its allure is hard to ignore. Internationally revered for its lavish Alhambra palace, and enshrined in medieval history as the last Read more

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