Start: Granada Finish: Antequera
Flight to Malaga airport, motorway to Granada. If there's time, option of stopping in Alhama de Granada. This lovely town, perched on a cliff overlooking the surrounding countryside, is the birthplace of American writer Washinton Irving just one stop along the cultural itinerary based on Irving's life and work. Overnight at a welcoming city hotel situated right in the heart of Granada. Nearby, a myriad of outdoor terraces and tapas bars.
Challenge: Total distance 140km, approx 2,5hrs if you stop in Alhama.
Villages along the way: Málaga, Granada
This morning you walk up to the Alhambra. Your visit to this stunning Moorish monument will be nothing short of a delirious journey to a magical past. In the afternoon, option of visiting an Arab-style bathhouse, lounging at a teahouse or getting lost in the labyrinth of narrow lanes in El Albaicin.
Challenge: Explore the wonders of Granada.
Villages along the way: Granada and the Alhambra.
From Granada, you cross the historic border between the Christian kingdom and Moorish Caliphate. A powerful force for seven centuries, Arab rule was dealt a final blow by the Reconquest in 1492. On your way to Priego, you traverse a lovely landscape of gently rolling hills, endless olive orchards and white-washed villages. Accommodation at a comfortable hacienda-hotel in the country.
Challenge: Travel from Granada to Córdoba, 80km total, 2hrs.
Villages along the way: Granada, Córdoba
After a tasty breakfast, you head out to the Natural Park at Sierra Subbética, for a day of walking. There are several self-guided routes to choose from. Nearby, you can also visit the Cave of the Bats or white-washed hilltop town of Zuheros.
Challenge: Total distance 75km.
Villages along the way: Priego, Zuheros
Today you travel via Alcaudete, Baena and Castro del Río to reach Córdoba, 10th-century capital of an immense Moorish kingdom in which Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in a peaceful plural society. Overnight stay at a historical 16th-century inn right behind the ancient mosque. Stroll through the well-preserved Jewish quarter, with its narrow lanes and flower-filled patios.
Challenge: Total distance 180km, approx 2,5hrs on motorway.
Villages along the way: Alcaudete, Baena, Castro del Río
Early start today, for a visit to the splendid Mezquita an ancient mosque built by the Moors during Córdoba's Golden Age. A short drive then takes you out into peaceful open countryside dotted with white-washed villages. Stop off to admire the fascinating complex at Medina Zahara. Make a picnic lunch of local specialities such as cured ham and goat cheese. At the end of the day, you arrive in Seville and settle in at your accommodation, a perfectly-situated hotel in the historic centre of this charming city.
Challenge: Total distance 150km, approx 2hrs / Sierra Norte route: 220km, 4hrs.
Villages along the way: Medina Zahara, Sevilla
The scintillating city of Sevilla is a paradise of spectacular monuments, lively neighbourhoods, peaceful squares and lovely parks. Hire a bicycle for a city tour. As you pedal along an audioguide describes the Giralda, Alcázar, Plaza España and Casa de Pilatos. This evening, enjoy a flamenco show and dinner on an outdoor terrace.
Challenge: Explore the city of Sevilla.
Villages along the way: Sevilla
This morning, time to see a few sights before moving on. Then, around lunchtime you reach Carmona, historic Andalouse town perfect for a tapas fest. The Ruta de Washington Irving will show you the historic towns of Marchena and Osuna. As you approach Antequera, the landscape changes drastically. In the midst of open plains you come upon huge wetlands, home to thousands of flamingos.
Challenge: 20km total, approx 3hrs.
Villages along the way: Carmona, Marchena, Osuna
Today you walk among surprising rock formations at El Torcal Natural Park, do a self-guided walking route through pine forests in the Malaga Mountains or rest and relax by the pool at your accommodation.
Challenge: Walking routes or rest day. Total distance 30km.
Departure from Antequera, flight home from Málaga or Granada.
Challenge: Departure from Andalucía.
Historic towns and overnight stays in quality centrally-located accommodations in rural surroundings. All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
Beautifully restored 16th century palace that has been transformed into a hotel. With a perfect location to explore and to relax. A calm oasis in the heart of the Arab quarter in Granada, below the Alhambra.
Located in a beatiful winding street, full of flowers and white façades. The room decoration is presented in different schemes of colour. Decorated with great care, focussing on the brightness, textures or the atmosphere of each space giving them a unique personality. A group of rooms overlooks a beautiful and typicall Andalusian patio.
Located just next to the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, this former inn has taken care of all the details, making your stay a unique experience. Magnificent rooms distributed around a central indoor patio.
Hotel Murillo has a privileged location, a few meters away from the Giralda and the Cathedral in Seville or near the Reales Alcázares. It was completely renovated in 2014.
In an unparalleled scenery, with splendid views, this hotel also has a magnificent restaurant that combines tradition and modernity.
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