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Andalusia

With Moorish architecture, flamenco shows, and more, Spain’s most populous region is a cultural melting pot.

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Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

1. Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

Meet your guide in Plaza del Triunfo and head to the first stop, the Alcázar of Seville. After using the priority entrance to enter the palace, begin your guided tour. Hear about how Moorish and Christian styles were mixed together to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. Discover the Patio de las Doncellas and grand Ambassadors’ Salón, both featured in Game of Thrones. Admire the intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling. Then stroll around the gardens filled with orange trees and peaceful water features.  Next, head to the Cathedral of Seville. On your guided tour, learn about the Cathedral’s important role in the city’s history, and the Islamic, late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences in the architecture.  Marvel at the magnificent 18th-century baroque altarpiece, and the elaborate organ. You can also visit the mausoleum where the remains of Christopher Columbus are laid to rest.  Finally, your guide will lead you to the Moorish Giralda Tower. The call to prayer was announced from this tower when Spain was under Muslim rule. Climb the stairs and admire the spectacular views of Seville from the top of the tower.  Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for.

Seville: Guadalquivir Yacht Tour w/ Drink & Food Options

2. Seville: Guadalquivir Yacht Tour w/ Drink & Food Options

Embark on a picturesque, small-group boat tour with an onboard crew down the Guadalquivir River. Sip on a welcome drink as you admire the views on this relaxing river journey or choose the 2-hour option for a delicious multi-course meal while you sail. Meet at the Nueva York dock, just a few meters from the city center of Seville. After being welcomed by the friendly crew, board the fully-equipped premium yacht to start your journey along the Guadalquivir River. Take in the views of local sites, such as Torre del Oro, the Real Maestranza bullring, and the Puente de Triana, and unwind as you gently sail downstream Enjoy the comfort of air conditioning in summer or heating in winter, as well as a lower deck and spacious sun terrace. There will be music playing, and bar service if you want to buy more drinks. Choose from two different variations: • 1.5-hour cruise with a welcome drink (a pitcher of Rebujito for 2 or a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink). • 2-hour cruise with unlimited Rebujito, wine, beer, or soft drinks. The menu with 6 dishes depends on the time of year: Spring and Summer Menu: • Starter: Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, cheese platter, and crusty bread with duck mousse and duck ham • Main: mushroom risotto, cod in pil-pil sauce, and sirloin steak with whisky • Dessert: ice cream with crunchy chocolate • Glass of cava Fall and Winter Menu: • Starter: Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, cheese platter, and crusty bread with duck mousse and duck ham • Main: chickpeas with tail of bull, cod in pil-pil sauce, and sirloin steak with whisky • Dessert: caramel pannacotta • Glass of cava

Caminito del Rey: Entry Ticket

3. Caminito del Rey: Entry Ticket

Wander along the 8-kilometer path of the Caminito del Rey in Malaga province with this entry ticket. The path, which was once considered the most dangerous in the world, has now been restored and is completely safe, but retains the 100-meter-high walkways that make it so popular with hikers. Fall in love with the breathtaking cliff faces and the fascinating history of the path. Reach highs of 400 meters above ground and lows of just 10 meters. Watch as the wild waters of the Guadalhorce river rush below you. The path was originally formed as a railway track in the 19th century. Declared by the Junta de Andalucía as a Natural Area in 1989, it had already been classified as a Special Protection Area for Birds in 1987 and, since 2006, it is part of the Andalusia-Morocco Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean. The site has been added to the list of Places of Community Importance in the Mediterranean Biogeographic Region.

Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

4. Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

With your day admission ticket you’ll be able to explore the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Discover the Nasrid Palaces complex, the residence of the kings of Granada. Explore the Alcazaba, the villa of the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V and the Baths of the Mosque and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Admire the resplendent architectural style of the Alhambra's fortress and palaces. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and a citadel. Originally constructed in 889 A.D. and once home to the Moorish kings and sultans it was also the residence of top government officials, court servants and the royal guard.

Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

5. Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Sail on the Catamaran “Magic Vision”, a boat with a Blue Flag sustainability award.  Depart from Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena and sail into the open sea in search of dolphin's in their natural habitat. During your trip you will have plenty of space to sunbathe on the deck or you can stay indoors in the shade. If you like, you can also purchase a drink at the bar or observe the marine fauna trough the underwater views. Once the captain has found the idyllic place for a swim, you can jump into the water to take a refreshing swim if the weather conditions and the captain allows it.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

Enter the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, the largest mosque in the Muslim West, and a unique temple in both the Islamic and Christian world. Admire the architectural styles of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, and learn why this house of worship was named a heritage site in 1984. Explore the second largest mosque in the world, spanning 23,400 square meters. Notice the distinct shift in designs, as the Mosque was consecrated as a cathedral nearly 500 years after initial construction. Wander the inner courtyard, Patio de los Naranjos, and feel the serenity from the lovingly-kept greenery. Visit the prayer room, the mihrab, and the Rojiblancos arches. Add an audio guide to learn more about its expansive and turbulent history.

Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

7. Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

Embark on a whale-watching cruise from Tarifa. Go through the Strait of Gibraltar and enjoy the multitude of aquatic species in this international biosphere reserve. Keep an eye out for common, striped, and bottlenose dolphins. Hop aboard in Tarifa and cruise through the Strait of Gibraltar. Take in sweeping views of the coast. Try to spot pilot, fin, and sperm whales as you go along. Watch as these whales play and frolic in their natural environment. Take a whale-watching adventure with a high likelihood of seeing a whale or dolphin. Know that if you don't see any species of cetacean, you will get a second chance. Travel with a company that actively supports sustainable practices. Approach animals with caution to avoid disturbing them. Feel comfortable knowing that this tour provider uses the distance and speeds outlined by Spanish Legislation and the ACCOBAMS regulations.

Córdoba: Mezquita-Catedral Tickets with Audio Guide

8. Córdoba: Mezquita-Catedral Tickets with Audio Guide

Explore the grounds of Mezquite-Catedral, the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, with a digital ticket and audio guide. Access the Patio de los Naranjos as well as the ornate interior to see why people of all faiths are drawn to this UNESCO World Heritage site. Use your downloadable audio guide to discover the symbolism hidden throughout the Mosque-Cathedral and deepen your understanding of Andalusian art and Muslim-Christian relations in Spain. Skip the ticket line to spend more time strolling the massive halls and the pristine Patio de los Naranjos. See the Alminar bell tower that was once a minaret and the magnificently detailed Royal Chapel to appreciate the unique blend of Rennaissance and Muslim architecture. Pause at the sacred Mihrab and the choir of the Main Chapel for a wondrous experience of Andalusian culture and history.

Malaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

9. Malaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

Sail out to sea on a relaxing catamaran cruise and take in the views of Malaga's dynamic coastline, while the sun slowly disappears behind the mountains. Listen to chill-out music with a glass of traditional Spanish Cava wine in hand. Choose between a tour with or without a light show. Hop aboard a spacious catamaran in Málaga and begin your sailing adventure. Admire the Alboran Sea at sunset as you glide across the waves. Take in the views of Malaga's skyline as the lights come on. Enhance your experience with a glass of cava as you share this moment with someone you love. Add a touch of magic to your evening with the option to include a romantic light show and music while you drift over the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise.

Jerez de la Frontera: Andalusian Horse Dance and Museums

10. Jerez de la Frontera: Andalusian Horse Dance and Museums

Marvel at the equestrian skills of Spanish horses and riders at a unique "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" ballet at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera. Accompanied by quintessential Spanish music and 18th-century style costumes, the choreography uses movements based on classical dressage, Doma Vaquera, and traditional equestrian chores. The horses carry out advanced exercises to classical music. Each show consists of 6-8 different choreographies such as "The Colts," Airs on Horseback," Pas de Deux," Passage and Piaffer," "Domino on Horseback," Airs Above the Ground" and "Fantasy." See the horses demonstrate their ability to draw carriages which were originally used for transport, but are now used for sport and exhibitions, using classical harnesses and driven by coachmen who dexterously demonstrate their skills. See classical "Haute École" dressage exercises, such as levades, caprioles, courbettes, piaffe (between pillars), and the Spanish walk. Watch the group of horses and riders perform advanced equestrian exercises in unison, providing a fitting end to the performance. The entrance into the premises is through the Visitor Reception Centre, where you will find a digital cinema where you can see a spectacular audio-visual presentation of the history of equestrian art in Andalusia, until 11:00 AM. This area leads into the gardens, which contain a great variety of exotic plants. The Palace itself rises majestically above the gardens and is a beautiful example of 19th Century architecture.  In the basement, find the Museum of Equestrian Art, which consists of 11 rooms where you will discover the origins and history of equestrian art and the horse in Andalusia. Admire the Saddlery, the place where the harnesses are made and repaired. The Carriage Museum marks the end of your journey where you will see harnesses and equestrian costumes.

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What people are saying about Andalusia

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Our tour guide Vicky was very knowledgeable and friendly and patient with some of my friends who weren’t so good at riding a bike.

It was wonderful and the guide was very passionate about the place he was going to be showing us,

Small intimate setting- all the performers were individually and collectively excellent

The guiding in Cordoba worth of every penny. The organisation was spotless!

Fue excelente, buenas tapas! Buen Flamenco, con pasión!!