Andalucia (Granada to Seville)
Self-Guided | Individual | 9 days | 8 nights | From £1109 per person
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• Explore unique Andalucia with a mix of European and Arabic cultures
• Cycle through the landscape of the Sierra Mountains
• Explore the cities of Seville and Cordoba
• Ride along former railway lines and quiet roads
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Inclusive Package “Alhambra”
Ticket and guided tour through the walls of the Alhambra by an expert exclusively for guests. During the 2.5-hour tour, you will get to see the highlights: Nasrid Palace, Court of the Lions, and Generalife gardens.
Afterwards, there will still be ample time to explore the palace and the city of Granada on your own.
1st day: Individual arrival in Málaga
Malaga is a bustling port city at the clear blue Mediterranean Sea, characterized by historical treasures as well as beautiful beaches.
One of the most famous Spaniards of this century was the Malagueño Pablo Picasso.
Picasso’s traces run through the entire city to the famous Picasso Museum.
Furthermore, the imposing cathedral, the Moorish Alcazaba fortress, and the castle Gibralfaro are waiting to be discovered. The old town, the Moorish castle, and cathedral testify to the former prosperity of the city.
2nd day: Trip by Bus to Granada and Visit to the Alhambra
In the morning, an approximately 2-hour bus transfer will take you to the beautiful city of Granada.
Here you will find the most important historical monument of Andalusia with Arab influences, the fabulous Alhambra (the red castle) has existed since the 9th century and used to be a fortress in earlier times.
In the evening, you will get to Antequera, the starting point of the bike tour.
3rd day: Antequera – Lucena approx. 65 km
At the gates of the kingdom of Granada, the historic city of Antequera is waiting with its collection of red tiled roofs and 30 steeples.
The bike tour will begin with a ride on the old railway line through the beautiful countryside to Lucena.
In one of the most important olive oil-producing regions of the world, the famous oil is pressed in the mills.
4th day: Lucena – Baena approx. 35 km
You will continue your journey along an old railway line passing vast olive groves to Baena.
The inhabitants of Baena live mainly from agriculture and are very tradition-conscious people.
This is also reflected in the townscape of Baena, which is located on a hill.
It is characterized by narrow streets that wind their way through the old town and where you can find interesting religious buildings such as the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor from the 16th century or the old castle.
5th day: Baena – Cordoba approx. 55 km
The Sierra Morena with its foothills frames the former European Capital of Culture.
This romantic area is surrounded by pine forests and an impressive solitude.
The route leads on almost empty streets mostly downhill, with one slightly longer and some shorter climbs towards Cordoba.
Every now and then, you will pass farms, which specialize in the breeding of fighting bulls and enjoy a special reputation in Andalusia.
In the evening, you will get the possibility to participate in a city tour and see the witnesses of the dazzling cosmopolitan past: Moorish architects created masterpieces, such as the Great Mosque, which is – besides the Alhambra – the most powerful Moorish building in Europe.
Particularly nice are the “forest of a thousand pillars” and the ornate prayer rooms.
6th day: Cordoba – Ecija/Palma del Rio approx. 55 km
In the wide valley of the Guadalquivir, you will leave Cordoba on an old Roman connecting road.
Ecija is the capital of horse breeding. Renowned stud farms are characterised mainly by their Andalusian horses (local thoroughbreds), Arabian horses, and English hot bloods.
Day 7: Ecija/Palma del Rio – Carmona approx. 65 km
Also today, the Guadalquivir is the first companion. You will continue your tour through the Campiña of Seville, a gently rolling landscape of fertile farmland to the west. Carmona is a city that has notn’t changed for 150 years, it has Baroque palaces, churches and monasteries and is surrounded by intact Moorish town walls.
8th day: Carmona – Seville approx. 30 km
Today you will cycle over the gently rolling plateau of Alcores to one of the most fertile agricultural areas in Andalusia.
For centuries, Alcalá de Guadaira supplied Seville with bread and water, and is considered one of the cradles of flamenco.
Former haciendas of the Kingdom of Seville, today just as large farms as in former times, line the road.
Our destination is Seville, where three of the most important operas are performed: Don Juan, the seducer; the cunning barber Figaro; and Carmen, the femme fatale, who lost her life somewhere between the tobacco factories and the bullfight arena.
Two international exhibitions helped the city to futuristic buildings and great green parks.
In the evening we suggest a visit to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Barrio Santa Cruz, and the Casa de Pilatos.
9th day: Departure or Extension of Trip
Depart after breakfast.
Andalucia (Granada to Seville), Spain
Services & accomodation
The Andalucia (Granada to Seville) tour stays in 3* hotels, guesthouses and local hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Andalusia Sample Hotel List Málaga Hotel Los Naranjos 3*** www.sohohoteles.com Antequera Hotel Antequera Golf**** http://www.hotelantequera.com Lucena Hotel Los Bronces 4**** http://hotellosbronces.com Baena Hotel La Casa Grande de Baena 3*** www.lacasagrandebaena.com Córdoba Hotel Sercutel Selu 3*** www.hotelselu.com Ecija/Palma del Rio Hotel Castillo 3*** www.hotelcastillo.com Carmona Alcazar de la Reina 4**** http://www.alcazar-reina.es SevillE Silken Al-Andaluz Palace 4**** www.hoteles-silken.com
Accommodation as already mentioned
Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
Welcome briefing (German, English)
Luggage transfer between the hotels
Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French) with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers
Bus transfer to Granada to the Alhambra incl. admission fee and guided tour (German, English)
Train journey from Brenes – Seville incl. bike
Excursion by sightseeing bus in Seville (German, English, French)
City tour in Cordoba (German, English)
GPS data is available