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Authentic Andalucia

from $1,879.00

Sample the majestic Moorish cities and the white villages of Andalucia,
Spain.

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 15
All about the Authentic Andalucia.

Andalucia is one of the greatest ethnic melting pots of the Mediterranean and the westernmost meeting place of past civilisations including the Greeks, the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. It was the sophisticated Moslem kingdom, ‘Al Andalus’, however, that gave the region its richest and most lasting cultural heritage and distinctive traditions. From the magic cities of Seville and Granada to the secret gem of Antequera and the timeless white villages of Olvera and Setenil, there is a wealth of culture to indulge in. Taking advantage of a comfortable base, Cortijo Rosario, and a private minibus, the journey combines some great cultural highlights with the peace and tranquility of the Andalusian countryside.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts and 5 dinners
* 5 nights accommodation in a comfortable converted farmhouse and 2 nights in hotels
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Alhambra ticket included; early booking highly recommended

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Discover the fascinating Moorish history of white villages
  • Experience the rich culture in Seville and Granada
  • Visit the famous Alhambra
  • Explore authentic rural countryside around our converted farmhouse
  • 5 nights in a comfortable converted farmhouse and 2 nights in hotels
  • Gentle day walks and sightseeing
  • Group normally 4 to 15, plus leader. Min age 16 yrsTravel by private air-conditioned minibus
  • Alhambra ticket included; early booking highly recommended
  1. Day 1 Start Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

    Our trip starts at Cortijo Rosario, located in the heart of the authentic Andalucian countryside, approximately 100km from Malaga. Our converted farmhouse is just a short walk from Algamitas, a peaceful and traditional village far from the hustle and bustle of the big towns or cities. Contrary to many other travel companies, we have decided to select a rural base for our trip as we believe this gives the chance to experience the real Spain, whilst still offering easy access to the top tourist attractions and best Andalucian towns such as Olvera, Setenil, Seville and Antequera, which we’ll visit during the week.

  2. Day 2 Half-day guided walk through nearby hills and olive groves of Algamitas.

    Today we take a half-day guided walk on the trails and paths around the Cortijo. The countryside surrounding Algamitas is picture-perfect, covered with olive trees, beautiful farmland and rolling hills. During the walk, our leader will give us a good overview of the rural lifestyle and traditions of this part of the world, which are largely based around the production of olive oil. The route is very flexible and can be tailored to suit changes in the weather. The afternoon will be spent relaxing by the pool or enjoying a drink in the lovely outdoor terrace at the Cortijo. We then have dinner and overnight at the Cortijo.

  3. Day 3 Marvel at beautiful Moorish and 'Mudejar' architecture and enjoy the gardens of Seville; overnight in Seville.

    In the morning, we transfer by private minibus to the magnificent city of Seville. The day is free to sightsee at our own pace. Now the capital of Andalucia, Seville was one of the first conquests of the Moors. After the fall of the Cordoba Caliphate in the 11th Century, under whose direction it previously lay, it became the most powerful city in Al Andalus. Near the city centre is the evocative Giralda, an architectural masterpiece dating back to the 12th Century. Originally built as a minaret for the central Mosque in Seville, this mosque was later destroyed, and it is now the bell-tower for the enormous cathedral. Close by is the magnificent Alcazar, a complex of palaces dating back from Roman times and later used by both Moorish and Christian rulers. It has fine examples of Moorish and Mudejar architecture, rivalling that of Granada’s ’Alhambra’, and has some lovely gardens. After the Christian re-conquest Seville became the gateway to the ’New World’; Christopher Columbus negotiated here with Queen Isabella to fund his epic voyage to the Americas.

  4. Day 4 To the white Moorish villages of Andalucia; visit Olvera and Setenil; return to the Cortijo.

    Leaving Seville in the morning, we travel to Olvera, one of the most scenic of the ’pueblos blancos’ or white villages. These villages were built during Moorish times as a border between what was then ’Al Andalus’ and Christian Spain. In Olvera we have the opportunity to visit the Arab castle, which dates back to the end of the 12th Century. From here we head to Seteni de las Bodegas. Built under the overhanging ledge of a gorge, Setenil is not only famous for its peculiar architecture but also for its bars, restaurants and food shops which are ranked as the best in the region. The town is also a good place to buy ceramics and local crafts. We return to the Cortijo and the rest of the afternoon is free for a dip in the pool or walks in the surrounding countryside.

  5. Day 5 Free day: explore the countryside around the farmhouse or visit Ronda or Cordoba.

    Today we enjoy a free day to explore the tranquil countryside around the farmhouse or take an optional self-guided walk to a nearby village for lunch. Alternatively, it is also possible to visit Ronda or beautiful Cordoba. Train connections to these towns are limited, but your leader can help you to arrange some private return transfers locally (they do not need to be pre-booked before departure).

  6. Day 6 Full day in Granada. Visit to the Alhambra; free time to explore the city; overnight in Granada.

    We leave the Cortijo today and transfer to the beautiful Moorish city of Granada. Here we spend a full day exploring the wonderful heritage of the historic centre. After an optional orientation walk in the morning arranged by our leader, we visit the Alhambra, indisputably the best-known monument and one of the most visited in Spain.The entrance ticket is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by Exodus upon booking. However please be aware that from 2019, for reservations made less than 90 days prior departure Exodus may charge a supplement on the ticket price to guarantee entrance as ticket numbers are limited. Our sales department will be able to check this upon booking and confirm the exact amount of the supplement if it applies.The remainder of the day is free to sightsee at our own pace: visit the Palacio Nazaríe, the most brilliant Islamic building in Europe, take a panoramic view of the city at sunset from the famous Mirador San Nicolas or simply enjoy some tapas and wine in the cosy town’s streets. After immersing ourselves in Granada’s history and culture by day, there is a lot to do and see at night including optional flamenco shows.

  7. Day 7 To the white village of Antequera; short walk in El Torcal Natural Reserve; transfer back to the Cortijo.

    Leaving Granada, we head to the historical town of Antequera, a little gem known as ”the heart of Andalucia” because of its geographical location. The town’s history dates back 5,000 years, beginning with the Bronze Age and successively inhabited by many cultures including the native Iberians, Romans and the Moors, all of which have left their mark for us. After exploring the town’s highlights and great variety of monuments, we enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical local restaurant. In the afternoon we make our way to the nearby Natural Reserve of El Torcal where we enjoy a short easy walk which offers stunning panoramic views of the landscape below. The karst rock formations found here are unique and among the most important in Europe. Later we make our way back to the Cortijo, where we enjoy a delicious farewell dinner.

  8. Day 8 End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

    Our trip ends in the morning of day 8.**

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Where you stay

Hotels & Farmhouse

Our main base for the week is Cortijo Rosario, a beautifully converted farmhouse reserved exclusively for our groups. Situated in the heart of the romantic Andalusian countryside, the Cortijo overlooks the small village of Algamitas and is within reach of Seville and the charming town of Ronda.

Together with its neighboring sister village Villanueva, Algamitas is known as the ‘forgotten village’: modern development has more or less passed them by and life goes on as it has for generations. Little English is spoken in the villages, as the tourism boom on the coast has not affected the lives of these people, who are welcoming and keen to meet newcomers. The main income of the community is agriculture, with olives the main crop along with cereals, wheat and sunflowers. This rural location really offers a fascinating insight into the ‘real’ Andalucia.

All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a bar, lounge, outdoor dining area as well as a lovely pool. There are also two friendly dogs owned by the manager of the Cortijo that like to lie on the patio in the sun. Free, unlimited Wi-Fi is available in the bar and sitting room areas.

Cortijo Rosario is renovated to a high standard while retaining its traditional heritage. As such, the farmhouse should not be considered a luxury villa or hotel. Towels are changed once during the week and rooms are serviced every other day.

We also spend one night in Granada and one in Seville, where we stay at basic but comfortable hotels with ensuite facilities located close to the historic centre.

Please note that the number of single rooms is very limited and single supplements (on request) may be actual singles or doubles for sole use depending on availability.

Cortijo Rosario

 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 5 dinners are included.

Breakfast: Continental buffet-style breakfast with local fruit and yoghurt.

Evening meal: All food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce, and the meals come with complimentary water and wine as well as tea/coffee. A selection of soft and alcoholic drinks are available at the bar (payable locally).

Vegetarians are generally well catered for at the Cortijo Rosario. Please advise us on booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

The majority of drives are short except for the journeys to Seville and Granada, which may take up to 2 hours. During the week there is some gentle walking involved.

Andalucia is usually very hot during the Summer months, possibly in the high 30s.

Please note all activities are optional and a rest day may be taken at any point should you prefer to relax at the Cortijo.

Alhambra Palace, Granada

The entrance ticket is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by Exodus upon booking. However please be aware that from 2019, for reservations made less than 90 days prior departure Exodus may charge a supplement on the ticket price to guarantee entrance as ticket numbers are limited. Our sales department will be able to check this upon booking and confirm the exact amount of the supplement if it applies.

Special Festival Departures

Holy Week 
Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is elaborately celebrated each year in Spain. This is the week preceding Easter Sunday. Throughout the week, some 50,000 people put on traditional robes and parade in the various organised processions, while the “costaleros” carry the religious statues on their shoulders. Solemnity isn’t the only keynote however – bars and streets are full day and night with entire families celebrating this special event with art, colour and music. If you fancy experiencing the unique vibrant atmosphere of Seville during the Semana Santa, book our special festival departures departing on the 13th April 2019 and 04th April 2020.

Seville Fair
Feria de Abril, or Seville Fair, is arguably the most important and anticipated event in Andalucia. The Seville Fair traditionally starts two weeks after Semana Santa, in a huge area in Los Remedios, to the south-west of the city. This is a week of serious dancing, drinking, eating and socialising. The sheer size of the April Fair’s spectacle is extraordinary. From around midday until early evening Sevilla society parades around the fairground in carriages or on horseback, wearing traditional dresses. If you fancy experiencing the festive atmosphere of Seville during this event, book our special festival departures departing on the 4th May 2019 and 25th April 2020.

New Year’s Eve departures (28th December 2019 & 26th December 2020)

On these special departures the order of some of the activities on our standard itinerary have been changed in order to spend New Year’s Eve in Seville. The special atmosphere throughout the city around this time is incredible, a memory from Seville that you will cherish long after you leave. After a day of sightseeing, we will head to the city centre and enjoy the traditional celebrations and fantastic fireworks display.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Well chosen highlights of Andalucia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ah, there were so many. The Alhambra is magnificent as was our visits to the white villages, Ronda, Cordoba. The tapas lunch at Los Bandeleros in the nearby village of Algamitas was absolutely delicious.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Mary was a wonderful group leader. Very organized and attentive to details, worked well with the group and took good care of us. We thought it was odd that Exodus was not licensed to provide tours in the major cities, but it turned out to work out alright. Mary provided maps and advice on key highlights in each city. At major sites, audio guides were usually available to provide needed information.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

A Golden Wedding Annivesary treat

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To learn that we could visit both Cordoba AND Ronda! On the free day we were fortunate enough to be able to share transport costs with others in a minibus which was economic and efficient for a very worthwhile visit to beautiful Cordoba. Then on transfer to Malaga airport on our last day, with a late return flight booked, we were able to detour via Ronda for a few hours visit too. (The Bull Ring there is well worth a visit regardless of one’s view as to this peculiar obsession).
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group very much became family in the Cortijo and Mary part of the same, seemingly making easy work of logistics and various individual requirements. We were very pleased with her advice to pre-book on-line and buy combined venue entry tickets when available, which avoided wasted time in lengthy queues at the more popular sights.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Before travel the scheduled free day might appeal as a day to relax by the pool but be aware that both Cordoba and Ronda are 'not to be missed' places and a pool is a pool. Seasoned hikers may also feel the urge to get a few more local rural miles under the belt but on offer is an equal amount of urban walking with fabulous vistas at times.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As Senior Citizens we were able to take advantage of various concessions which were available at most of the venues, some very generous.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

A wonderful trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Possibly the alcazar in Seville, possibly climbing to the top of Olvera castle and having an amazing 360 view for miles around, possibly arriving at the gorge edge in Ronda or perhaps sitting on a hillside in the dark listening to a singer and looking across at the floodlit Alhambra in Granada; it's just about impossible to decide. Actually it might be watching the thin red line of dawn stretch into a wide golden band just before the sun peeped over the horizon from our balcony every morning; glorious.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael was organised, efficient, helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We're missing him and also Joke and Cartouche very much.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Can be hot and dry but can also be warm and wet. Go prepared for either. It's a fantastic trip and if you can't decide between the cultural and walking trips do both!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Authentic Andalucia ADH190615

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Rhonda. This should be part of the itinerary not just an optional extra.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Micheal Newcomb was an outstanding group leader / guide. His passion for the region and his knowledge was outstanding.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is quite a bit of walking involved. So a reasonable level of fitness is recommended.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Everything was perfect. Thank you.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Authentic Andalucia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The chilled location of the Cortijo in the Spanish countryside, among the olive groves and everyday life.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael was very informative and enthusiastic.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy!

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