Sevilla – Carmona – Jerez de la Frontera – Arcos de la Frontera – Ronda – Malaga
SEVILLA – CARMONA
Morning in Sevilla! Pick up your car at the railway station and start to Carmona, only 30 minutes away. History vibrates from the very walls as you walk the old town of Carmona: over the centuries, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, Jews and Christians have all walked these same streets. Your hotel, the Parador de Carmona, once an old Moorish fortress that can be traced back to 15th century, offers luxurious accommodations including a swimming pool, moorish-colonnaded garden and a terrace with truly awesome views high above the Andalusian landscape.
CARMONA – JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA – ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Jerez de la Frontera to experience two very Spanish passions: Andalusian horses and wine. First, there’s the Real Escuela de Equitación, to witness ‘how the horses dance:’ a truly unforgettable experience. Next you’re in for a very different visit: the Winery of Tio Pepe, trailblazer of Sherry wine and aged vinegar. You’ll sample three different wines accompanied by snacks. Satisfied in both body and soul, you’ll finish your day with a thirty-minute drive to your hotel in Arcos de la Frontera.
ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA: WHITE VILLAGES
Leaving Arcos, head out along the most scenic route of Andalusia, for the White villages of Andalusia, named for the whitewashed walls of their houses. These villages are dotted along winding roads in the Sierra de Grazelma mountains. Grazalema, El Bosque, Zahara de la Sierra, Olvera or Setenil de las Bodegas with narrow lanes were all highly influenced by Moorish culture and have an Arabian feel. As you bask in their relaxed air and the gentle rhythm of their inhabitants you’ll experience the ancient soul of Andalusia. Then it’s back to Arcos for dinner and bed.
ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA – RONDA
Pack up, today’s your day to visit Ronda, ‘hideout of bandits’! This totally unusual city, located atop the steep crags set on an almost impenetrably high mesa, looks more like a fantasy-fiction painting than an actual place; but it is real, and its rugged beauty will definitely capture you – and your imagination. Your Parador, built in the former town hall, offers an unbelievably impressive setting next to the deep ‘Tajo’ (gorge). Ronda, with artifacts dating to prehistoric times was first settled by the Celts in the 6th century BCE, so has over 2,000 years of history to explore, and from a Spanish-cultural perspective, it’s the setting of one of the oldest bullring arenas in the world.
RONDA – MALAGA
Grab some breakfast and start your hour’s drive to Málaga, situated on the Alboran Sea. Travel along the coast to discover why, with more than three hundred days of sun a year, it’s called Costa del Sol: ‘The Sun Coast’. En route, you can take some time to explore Marbella, Estepona or Mijas. Golf? There are more than fifteen courses on your route. Once in the city, your hotel, Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro, perched atop Mount Gibralfaro, almost at city center, was originally another old Moorish Fortress. Being so high, you have sweeping views of the city and bay. Dine in its restaurant to sample Malagenean-Andalusian specialties.
Unfortunately, it’s time to check out of the Parador and break from the fable and fantasy of Andalusian Spain to go back to the ‘real world.’ But with your imagination steeped in ancient Spanish culture, Moorish fortresses and fantastic, almost surreal landscapes, we’re betting you make a quiet resolution to return!
• Accommodation in the hotels selected during the itinerary with breakfast:
Parador in Carmona 4* or similar hotel – 1 night
Parador de Arcos de la Frontera 4* or similar hotel – 2 nights
Parador de Ronda 4* or similar hotel – 1 night
Parador de Malaga 4* or similar hotel – 1 night
• Daily breakfast
• Car rental group E (automatic BMW series 1, or similar) during 6 days with unlimited mileage, basic insurance and airport, city surcharges included, pick up Sevilla and drop off Málaga.
• All drinks and meals that are not mentioned under the “included” section
• Entrances and guided tours
• Any City Taxes if required to be paid locally
• Tips and Gratuities
• Insurance Policy
• Flight Tickets (Local and International)
• Anything not mentioned in the inclusion section above
Rates and Participants
Price varies by number of participants and by date of travel. Contact your travel agent.