Take a half day guided walk on the trails and paths around the Cortijo, through the local hills, olive groves and paths of Penon Hill. The route is very flexible and can be tailored to suit changes in the weather. Alternatively, you can relax by the pool.
Today we leave the Cortijo and transfer to the beautiful Moorish city of Granada. Here we get to 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 most well-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 early reservation (at least 4 weeks prior departure) is essential to guarantee entrance as ticket numbers are limited. The remainder of the day is free to sightsee at our own pace: visit the Palacio Nazaríe, the most brilliant Islamic building 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 steeping yourself by day in Granada’s history and culture, there is a lot to do and see in the night including optional flamenco shows. Overnight at 3-star Hotel Navas or similar in Granada.
Today we leave Granada and 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 to 5,000 years ago, beginning with the Bronze Age and the native Iberians and was successively inhabited by many cultures including the Dolmens, native Iberians, Romans and the Moores, all of which, have thankfully 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 stay for the following two nights.
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 travel to Cordoba by train.
In the morning we transfer to the magnificent city of Seville. Your guide will offer an optional walking orientation in the morning. The remainder of the day is free to sightsee at your 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 centre of the city is the evocative Giralda, an architectural masterpiece dating 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 famed as the gateway to the 'New World' and Christopher Columbus negotiated here with Queen Isabella to fund his epic voyage to the Americas. Overnight at Hotel Baco or similar in Seville.
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 and Olvera's Arab castle dates back to AD 700. From here we head to Setenil. Built under the overhanging ledge of a gorge, Setenil is also a good place to buy ceramics and local crafts. We return to the Cortijo after lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free for a dip in the pool or walks in the surrounding countryside.
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