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Gardens of Andalucia
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Gardens of Andalucia

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Andalucía is Spain’s southernmost province and boasting a varied landscape Andalucía is known for its extensive coastline, dramatic desert and snow capped Sierras. Successive invaders and influences, from the Romans to the Moors to the Renaissance, have left their mark on both the architecture and the gardens of Andalucía.  You’ll visit some of the most famous and influential gardens in the region, where exotic and colourful plants thrive in the warm Mediterranean climate.  

At the La Concepción Botanical Gardens, see some of the only subtropical plants in Europe, and visit the same garden the Kings of Granada used as a sanctuary. Round out this truly spectacular holiday with visits to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the magnificent and ancient palaces of Alhambra and Alcázar, where the gardens are so peaceful you can close your eyes and drift away.

Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide, escorts this tour. Iain will be on hand at all times to assist you with any queries that you may have.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
The flight time is approximately 3 hours. 
Climate
Andalucía’s coastal climate is temperate and pleasant during spring, early summer and autumn, with temperatures generally ranging from the early to mid 20s.
Food & Drink
The people of southern Spain tend to eat very late. A popular way to curb hunger pangs (or replace lunch or dinner altogether) is to nibble a few tapas (small snacks) with a drink. Most bars offer a free tapa with every drink ordered. They can be anything from a slice of bread and cheese or jamon (cured ham), to a fried quail’s egg or a plate of olives or boquerones (anchovies). This is an enjoyable way to take in local atmosphere, practice your Spanish, and discover new taste sensations! Accompany your tapas with a cool ‘tubo’ (small glass of light beer) or a dry Manzanilla or Fino sherry. Buen Provecho!
Average Prices for Region
  • Cup of coffee €1.50 
  • Glass of wine €2.50 
  • A typical beer €3.00 
  • Soft drink €3.00 
  • Bottled water €0.80 
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Driving over lemons by Chris Stewart

South of Granada by Gerald Brenan

Factory of Light by Michael Jacobs

Holiday highlights

Andalucía
Andalucía is located at the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Rich in heritage and culture, Andalucía is one of Europe’s top holiday destinations, with splendid historic cities, great restaurants and kilometres of golden beaches. 
Alhambra
The Islamic palaces of Alhambra were built during the Nasrid dynasty for the last Muslim Emirs of Spain. Today, Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Spain’s major tourist attractions.
Alcázar Palace 
The Royal Palace in Seville was originally built as a Moorish fort, and today it is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. In 1987, it was registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The upper levels of the palace are used by the royal family as the official Seville residence. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
The flight time is approximately 3 hours. 
Climate
Andalucía’s coastal climate is temperate and pleasant during spring, early summer and autumn, with temperatures generally ranging from the early to mid 20s.
Food & Drink
The people of southern Spain tend to eat very late. A popular way to curb hunger pangs (or replace lunch or dinner altogether) is to nibble a few tapas (small snacks) with a drink. Most bars offer a free tapa with every drink ordered. They can be anything from a slice of bread and cheese or jamon (cured ham), to a fried quail’s egg or a plate of olives or boquerones (anchovies). This is an enjoyable way to take in local atmosphere, practice your Spanish, and discover new taste sensations! Accompany your tapas with a cool ‘tubo’ (small glass of light beer) or a dry Manzanilla or Fino sherry. Buen Provecho!
Average Prices for Region
  • Cup of coffee €1.50 
  • Glass of wine €2.50 
  • A typical beer €3.00 
  • Soft drink €3.00 
  • Bottled water €0.80 
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Driving over lemons by Chris Stewart

South of Granada by Gerald Brenan

Factory of Light by Michael Jacobs

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Spain

Morning

Travel to Spain

You will depart for Malaga in the company of your expert guide Iain MacDonald, and be assisted in the transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - Alhambra and Generalife Gardens

Full Day

Alhambra and Generalife Gardens

This full day excursion begins with a visit to Granada, where you will visit the Alhambra Islamic Palaces that were originally built for the last Muslim Emirs. Restoration of both the magnificent buildings and gardens began in the 19th century, and today this splendid palace boasts jaw dropping arabesques details and a grand ballroom.  Outside, the Generalife is a simple garden with a peaceful atmosphere, which the Kings of Granada used as a sanctuary when they looked to take a break from the affairs of the state. With a long, magnificent water fountain, this garden is the oldest surviving Moorish style garden in the world today.

Day 3 - Malaga and La Concepción Botanical Gardens

Full Day

Malaga & La Concepción Botanical Gardens

This morning depart for Malaga for a panoramic city tour before vising the La Concepción Botanical Gardens, home to an exquisite open air collection of tropical and subtropical flora, including rare plant species from all over the world. Officially declared as historical artistic gardens in 1943, the wisteria arbour, the pond nymph and the Tetrástilo Doric temple are not to be missed.

Day 4 -Seville, Alcazar Palace and Maria Luisa Park

Full Day

Seville, Alcazar Palace & Maria Luisa Park

Today, you’ll visit Andalucía’s most lively and colourful city, located on the banks of the River Guadalquivir. Seville is famous for flamenco, tapas and a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Enjoy a panoramic city tour by coach and visits to Seville Alcazar and Maria Luisa Park, originally park of the private gardens of the San Telmo Palace donated in 1893 by the Infanta Maria Luise Fernanda de Borbon to the city.

Day 5 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today you will have the chance to relax and explore at your own pace. Your local guide will be able to suggest activities to suit your interest. 

Day 6 - Alcazar Palace and Gardens & Jardin Botanico de Cordoba

Full Day

Cordoba, Alcazar Palace and Botanical Gardens

This full day excursion will introduce you to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Córdoba, one of the great cities of the medieval world. Enjoy a visit to the Alcazar Palace, home to one of Spain’s oldest gardens - this shady boxed edged garden features ornamental shrubs and citrus trees, leading to a series of pools complete with roses and plants. Later, enjoy a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Cordoba.

Day 7 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home to Dublin.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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Hotel Antequera 4

This welcoming hotel sits on a slightly elevated site in Antequera, an authentic, unspoiled town in the centre of the Andalucia region.  Just a 15 minute walk away, you’ll find the historic town centre, with its charming streets and squares, small bars and cafes.  Withi... read more read more read more

This welcoming hotel sits on a slightly elevated site in Antequera, an authentic, unspoiled town in the centre of the Andalucia region.  Just a 15 minute walk away, you’ll find the historic town centre, with its charming streets and squares, small bars and cafes.  Within the hotel, guests can avail of a range of leisure facilities and a spacious bar and lounge area, as well as an outdoor pool area with a terrace, ideal for relaxing after a busy day sightseeing. 

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Hotel Antequera
Urbanizacion Santa Catalina
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Antequera
Antequera
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