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A True Taste of Andalucia (Grand Tourer)

Holiday Highlights

  • Spectacular Alhambra Palace, Granada
  • Enjoy a traditional Andalucian meal with the locals
  • White washed houses of Frigiliana and Salobreña
  • Sample delicious local delicacies
  • See stunning Andalucian scenery
  • Famous caves of Nerja
  • Selected free drinks at the hotel's bar

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • 7 nights Half Board accommodation at the 3* Best Western Salobreña
  • Return flight and resort transfers
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 fascinating excursions
  • Selected free drinks served 11.00 - 23.00
  • Grand Tourer Travel: Meet & greet service at the airport; complimentary VIP lounge pass (drinks and snack available); Shearings Assist tag & track luggage handling service
  • Services of a Shearings Tour Manager
  • Fabulous touring itinerary

Join us on this very special tour, taking advantage of a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the Spanish way of life. Explore the history, culture and cuisine of Andalucia from Salobreña, with free drinks included at the hotel's bar. A true taste of this wonderful part of the world.

Grand Tourer Highlights

Las Alpujarras
Discover the delightful mountain villages of the Alpujarras, nestled within the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We drive along the Costa Tropical, then head inland to explore the sheltered valleys and spectacular gorges which run down towards the Mediterranean. We are introduced to the fine art of ham curing, with the opportunity to sample this delicacy, before enjoying tapas in a cosy bodega.

Granada and The Alhambra
The wonderful city of Granada was the last stronghold of the Moors before their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Discover sights such as Spain's first renaissance cathedral, the Capilla Real and the old Moorish silk market. We then head to the spectacular Alhambra Palace, crowning glory of the ancient Moorish empire, for a guided tour and time to enjoy the beautiful Generalife gardens, displaying lush greenery and inviting fountains.

The Caves of Nerja and Frigiliana
Dating back over 200,000 years, these underground caverns house wonderful chambers of stalactites and stalagmites. On to Frigiliana, a typical Andalucian village, boasting quaint narrow streets, white-washed houses and tiny shops selling local handicrafts. We visit a friendly, family run bodega to sample local delicacies, such as fig bread, sugar-cane honey and dessert wine.

Local delicacies in La Axarquia
Areal highlight of the trip, today we get a true insight into the Spanish lifestyle and its culinary delights. We have the pleasure of being invited into the home of a local housewife, who prepares us a typical Andalucian meal with all the trimmings. We discover the rolling hills of Axarquia, lined with neat rows of olive groves, and visit a local mill to witness olive oil production first hand.

In the heart of the Costa Tropical, this charming Andalucian village is still relatively unspoilt by mass tourism. Stroll through the winding streets of white-washed houses to the Moorish fortress, dating back to the 12th century and boasting spectacular views of both the Mediterranean sea and the Sierra Nevada mountains. For the more adventurous, there is an enjoyable walk along the coast.

Holiday Details

Day 1: UK to Salobreña
Fly to Malaga, then transfer to your hotel. (D)
Day 2: Salobreña
A day exploring Salobreña. We take a walk through its winding streets in the company of our knowlegeable tour manager to the 12th-century Moorish fortress, offering stunning views over the Mediterranean and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Here, we enjoy tapas for lunch. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Las Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevada
We travel along the Costa Tropical, through an enormous gorge, carved over time by the Guadalfeo river. We visit charming villages and learn about the ham-curing process, with the chance to enjoy this delicious delicacy. We then enjoy another tapas lunch. (B,L,D)
Day 4: La Axarquía - Lunch with Local Housewives
To beautiful Axarquía, where we visit an olive mill to discover how olive oil is made. We then have a very special lunch, as we are invited into the home of a local resident to enjoy a typical Andalucian meal, offering a unique insight into the Spanish lifestyle and cuisine. (B,L,D)
Day 5: The Nerja Caves
To the famous caverns in Nerja and pretty Frigiliana, visiting a family-run bodega to enjoy some local delicacies, including dessert wine, fig bread and sugar-cane honey. (B,D)
Day 6: Granada and the Alhambra
North to Granada, with free time to explore. On then to the Alhambra, where a local guide shows us the unique architectural treasures, including the stunning Alhambra Palace. (B,D)
Day 7: Almuñécar
To Almuñécar, where we explore the rich heritage of the region, then on to a local market, to pick up some unique local gifts. (B,D)
Day 8: Salobreña to UK
Transfer to Malaga for the flight home. (B)

B,L,D: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Sleepy Turtle

Dorking, England

14 June 2012

Definitely a true taste of Andalucia!

A very interesting and enjoyable week spent care of Shearings exploring the region of Andalucia in Southern Spain. Our guide, Rebecca, was excellent - very informed, fluent English and was always looking after us both on the trips and around the hotel in the evenings. She even organised a special group meal on the last evening and accompanied us to the airport to make sure we all got on the right planes! The trips did involve a lot more walking than you might guess from the description of the trips and, being in the mountains, a lot of the walks involved steep climbs and lots and lots of steps! For example, on the first day we walked from the hotel to Salobrena across mountain paths and then scaled the steep winding streets to the castle at the top of the town! A real highlight of the holiday was a wonderful 10 course meal prepared by a local resident at her house in the mountains - certainly something you couldn't experience if you were not with Shearings. Less interesting were the ham curing and olive oil processing visits but these were only a small part of itineries that were full and varied. The Alhambra in Granada was quite spectacular but be warned - the tour takes around two hours on foot with no stops and it is very busy (around 8000 visitors a day!). Seeing all the little mountain villages and towns was very interesting - each with it's own character. Most trips arrived back at the hotel around 4pm which left plenty of time to enjoy the facilities - free tea & coffee, free drinks and buffet evening meals. The entertainment (on most evenings) was mainly steered towards the many SAGA guests at the hotel so don't expect to see or hear anything Spanish (except a short but very good flamenco dance display sadly performed to backing track rather than live musicians). The food varied from average to good, the service in the hotel was varied (many of the staff did not speak English so brush up on your basic Spanish), the rooms were adequate but a bit tired although they are gradually refurbishing the whole hotel. On the plus side there were fantastic sea views from everywhere in the hotel including the balconies to the rooms, lots of places to sit and relax and the newly renovated pool was lovely despite being too cold to swim in as it is not heated! All in all it was a very full and busy holiday with lots to see and enjoy.

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