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Discover Spain's sunniest and most vibrant region, while staying in the charming, authentically Andalucían town of Antequera. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and green valleys, it is known as Andalucía's heart and is the perfect base from which to explore Seville, Córdoba and Granada, southern Spain's most remarkable cities.

Successive invasions and influences from the Romans to the Moors have left their imprint on the landscape and culture, making for a fascinating journey through time and an unforgettable holiday. Linger in the whitewashed plazas and narrow streets of Antequera, and soak up the atmosphere of the real Spain. Accompanied by your expert local guide, you'll fall in love with Andalucía, its people, history and traditions. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU members do not need a visa, however non-EU members should check with their local embassy. 
Flight Duration
Approx 3 hours
Climate
Temperatures in Antequera during spring, early summer and autumn range from the early to late 20s centigrade on average.   The cities can be hotter, so it’s wise to dress in light layers. Take a rain jacket or umbrella, in case of sudden downpours. In winter the climate is mild with average daily temperatures of 16 degrees centigrade.
Food & Drink

The people of southern Spain tend to eat late in the evening. 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
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Meal: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Hand of Fatima by Ildefonso Falcones

South from Granada by Gerald Brenan

Factory of Light by Michael Jacobs 

 

Holiday highlights

Cordoba

Cordoba was a significant port city in Roman times, used for shipping olive oil, wine and wheat to Ancient Rome. The city later became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus, and this was when the Great Mosque, or ‘Mezquita’ was created. When Cordoba was re-taken by the Christians in 1236, the new rulers were so awed by its beauty that they left it standing, building their cathedral in the midst of its arches and columns.  

Granada
Dating from prehistoric times, Granada developed as a city under Roman rule.  The Arabs invaded the peninsula in the 8th century and Granada was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492. Today it is still home to the greatest Muslim legacy in Europe - the jewel in Granada’s crown is the Alhambra, which stands at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada.
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.
Seville
On the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville is the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro. Its vibrant historic centre boasts remarkable sites, including the cathedral and La Giralda tower, the vast and impressive Alcázar Palace and gardens, and the Santa Cruz quarter with its flower-filled balconies and hidden courtyards.  Across the river lies the lively quarter of La Triana, known for its flamenco music and charming narrow streets. 
Antequera Panorama
The Almenillas Viewpoint, at the back of the Arco de los Gigantes (Giants Arch), offers fantastic views over the town. See churches, bell towers and palaces dating back for centuries. From here, you can also see the Peña de los Enamorados (Rock of the Lovers) and the modern part of Antequera. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU members do not need a visa, however non-EU members should check with their local embassy. 
Flight Duration
Approx 3 hours
Climate
Temperatures in Antequera during spring, early summer and autumn range from the early to late 20s centigrade on average.   The cities can be hotter, so it’s wise to dress in light layers. Take a rain jacket or umbrella, in case of sudden downpours. In winter the climate is mild with average daily temperatures of 16 degrees centigrade.
Food & Drink

The people of southern Spain tend to eat late in the evening. 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
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Meal: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Hand of Fatima by Ildefonso Falcones

South from Granada by Gerald Brenan

Factory of Light by Michael Jacobs 

 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Spain

Morning

Travel to Spain

On arrival in Malaga, your guide will meet you and accompany you to the coach, for transfer  to your hotel in the lovely town of Antequera.  During the journey, there will be tips and information to help get your holiday off to a great start !

Day 2 - Antequera

Morning & Afternoon

Antequera

Get to know Antequera on an enjoyable half day guided walking tour of the Old Town, starting with the impressive 'Dolmen de Menga', one of the oldest monuments in Spain, dating back to the Megalithic period. The afternoon is at leisure. Stroll around and take in the atmosphere of the charming streets and squares of this typically Andalucian town.

Day 3 - Córdoba

Full Day

Córdoba

This full day excursion will introduce you to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Córdoba, one of the great cities of the medieval world. You will have a guided walking tour of the historic centre, where among many treasures is the wonderful Mezquita, formerly the Great Mosque, and now a Christian cathedral.

Day 4 - At Leisure

Full Day

At leisure

Today is a free day for relaxing, shopping, and sightseeing at your own pace.Your guide will be happy to make suggestions for places to see and things to do.

Day 5 - Granada and the Alhambra

Full Day

Granada and the Alhambra

This full day excursion to beautiful Granada includes a guided city tour and a visit to the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens (with entrance included). The UNESCO listed monument complex of La Alhambra, with magnificent palaces, patios and gardens, is one of Spain's most treasured historic sites.

Day 6 - At Leisure

Full Day

At leisure

Discover hidden corners of Antequera's old town, climb to the top of the ancient walls for spectacular views, and perhaps enjoy a few traditional Andalucian tapas.

Day 7 - Seville

Full Day

Seville

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.  On your panoramic city tour by coach, you will view highlights such as the San Telmo Palace and Golden Tower. There will also be a visit to the beautiful Plaza Espana, and free time to explore the city’s Jewish quarter. 

Day 8 - Return Home

Full Day

Return home

Time to say ‘adios’ to Andalucía, until the next time.  You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, with guide assistance. 

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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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.  

Hotel address
Hotel Antequera
Urbanizacion Santa Catalina s/n, 29200 Antequera


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