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Marbella: Tour of the Old Town with Wine Tasting & Tapas

1. Marbella: Tour of the Old Town with Wine Tasting & Tapas

Discover the charming little town of Marbella with its thousand faces and historic old town, and relish the delicacies of the region during. As you walk with your guide, be enthralled by the history and stories of the area as you take in your beautiful surroundings.  As you discover the history and culture of Marbella, understand the region further with delicious tastings. Start with a tasting of fine wines in the historic city centre and try some cold tapas. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to sample various natural olive oils of the region and to visit Marbella's beautiful old town. End a great tour by savouring some typical Andalusian dishes along with a matching wine at a traditional tapas restaurant.

Full-Day Ronda Tour from Costa del Sol

2. Full-Day Ronda Tour from Costa del Sol

Begin with a pickup by air-conditioned coach in Costa del Sol. Sit back and relax on the journey. Admire the beauty of the picturesque streets during the free time you will have in Setenil de las Bodegas. Feel the relaxing atmosphere and walk around at your own pace. Back in the bus, head to Ronda with your guide and enjoy a panoramic tour. See the Almocabar Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, among others. Visit the Maestranza bullring on your own, one of the oldest ones in Spain and considered the cradle of traditional bullfighting. Home of the famous Goyesca bullfighting style, enjoy a visit to its museum and see its typical clothing. You will have free time to visit and to have lunch on your own. Meet your guide back again for the return trip to Costa del Sol.

Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banús From Málaga

3. Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banús From Málaga

You will start the trip to reach the typical village of Mijas. This town, located in the center of the Sierra de Mijas, is dominated by the ruins of an Arab palace. The town, typically Andalusian, is formed by narrow streets with white houses characterized by elegant wrought iron grilles. Later you will have free time to admire the great panorama of the coasts, the mountains and take a walk to discover this curious city. After the free time in Mijas you will resume the trip to Marbella, on arrival you will take a small panoramic overview of the city by bus and later a walk through the city, after the walk you can enjoy free time in the city. You will leave Marbella behind to continue towards Puerto Banús, a key point on the Costa del Sol for celebrities and the wealthy, enjoy free time to see its marina, its promenade or have a drink in one of its many establishments.

Costa del Sol: Full-Day Cordoba Tour

4. Costa del Sol: Full-Day Cordoba Tour

At the foot of the El Torcal and Sierra de la Chimenea lies beautiful Cordoba. Known as the heart of Andalusia, experience all this beautiful city has to offer during a full-day tour via the picturesque Antequera. Upon arrival in Cordoba, you will take a panoramic tour of the Roman Bridge linking the area of Campo de la Verdad with Barrio de la Catedral. From here, you will move onto the Jewish Quarter, which is the best-known part of Cordoba’s historic centre. It is also one of Europe’s largest World Heritage sites. Later in the day, see the city’s Synagogue, which dates back to the 14th century and visit the Cathedral. You will also visit the former Great Mosque of Cordoba. This mosque is a famous monument in the Western Islamic culture and an important landmark in the city. Originally built around the year 600 AD as a pagan temple, it was first converted into a Christian church before being refashioned into a Mosque. You are encouraged to explore the halls and passages of this beautiful building and marvel at the colourful mosaics and stained-glass windows. As the day begins to turn into evening, you will be transported back with a camera full of photos documenting the beauty unique to this special city.

Marbella: 3-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour

5. Marbella: 3-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour

Discover Marbella, the beautiful south of Spain, and explore charming parks, the impressive promenade, the luxury port of Puerto Banús and the historic old town, all by bike. Ride from one sight to another and discover the special highlights of Marbella. If you wish, you can also use the tour as a fitness session, which your fitness expert and personal trainer will gladly integrate into your tour. In this way, you will not only improve your fitness and health, but you will also be inspired by the beauty and variety of Marbella. You will also have time for a little break to take pictures and have a coffee in one of the beach restaurants. Of course, all bikes are in excellent conditions and are regularly maintained, so that a corresponding quality and safety is ensured.

Half-Day Nerja and Frigiliana

6. Half-Day Nerja and Frigiliana

Begin your tour by heading to Frigiliana, a beautiful and typical Andalusian village. Once there, follow your guide to the main square and learn everything you should know about local attractions. You will have some free time to enjoy Frigiliana and buy typical products of the region like pottery, fruits, vegetables, or the famous sweet wine. Once you have sampled the delicacies of Frigiliana, depart for Nerja. Amble through small winding streets and take in the stunning views across the sea from Balcon de Europa. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon browsing local shops and soaking up the sunshine before we return to Costa del Sol.

Full-Day Tour of Seville from Costa del Sol

7. Full-Day Tour of Seville from Costa del Sol

The dusty streets of Andalusia are filled with culture, history, and the smell of Southern Spain. Today, you can discover the wonder and mystery of Seville on a full day tour bringing you into the heart of this panoramic city. Meet your guide and take a chance to stop by Paseo de Colón, Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza Theater and Torre del Oro, panoramic River Guadalquivir, Plaza de América, Avenida de las Palmeras, and Maria Luisa Park. Next, be guided right into the heart of the historic center, where you first visit Plaza Espana to take some photos. Explore afterward the Murillo Gardens, and wander through the Old town and Jewish Quarter. At last, find yourself at the Cathedral of Seville. This is the biggest Gothic Cathedral in the world, and you will be amazed by its ornamentation and grandeur. Begun in 1401, it wasn't completed until 1506! Next, it's time to visit the Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets that stand in these parts. Mixed with all this history, the Jewish Quarter of Santra Cruz also sits nearby, and you'll enjoy the narrow streets and quaint courtyards. Stop to smell the flowers here (literally), which blossom seemingly out of every corner and windowsill you pass. Before heading back, take some time to dine on your own and enjoy the atmosphere. .

From Madrid: Andalucia & Toledo 5-Day Trip

8. From Madrid: Andalucia & Toledo 5-Day Trip

Spend 5 days exploring Andalucia, and enjoy tours of the area’s most historically important cities. Visit iconic monuments and take in views of the stunning scenery of the land of La Mancha along the way. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Madrid, Cordoba, Sevilla Depart from the bus terminal in Madrid at 08:00, heading south through the Land of La Mancha to Andalucia. On arrival in Cordoba you’ll enjoy a city sightseeing tour, visiting the great mosque that once was the spiritual center of the Islamic world. Note the Gothic cathedral that was built inside. Your tour also takes in the Jewish Quarter. After the visit, you’ll continue on to Sevilla. Dinner and overnight in Sevilla. Day 2: Sevilla In the morning you’ll venture out on a panoramic city sightseeing tour and visit the Barrio de Santa Cruz with its narrow streets, the Park of María Luisa, and Plaza de España. There’s an optional artistic tour that includes the Royal Alcazar Palace. Your afternoon is at leisure. Half board in the hotel and overnight in Sevilla. Day 3: Sevilla, Ronda, Marbella After breakfast at the hotel you’ll depart for the White Villages and Ronda, where you’ll have some free time. Take an optional excursion to Mijas or Gibraltar. Later the tour continues on to the Costa del Sol. Dinner and overnight in Marbella. Day 4: Marbella, Granada The tour leaves Marbella for Granada after breakfast. When you arrive in Granada you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes the impressive Alhambra with its beautiful Nazari Palaces and the Generalife Gardens. Optional activities include a visit to the caves of Sacromonte and attending a typical gipsy flamenco show. Dinner and overnight in Granada. Day 5: Granada, Toledo, Madrid Enjoy breakfast before heading to the Imperial City of Toledo, filled with historic monuments. You’ll have lunch and embark on a city sightseeing through Toledo’s narrow streets and alleys. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to Madrid. Hotels (4-Star)

Marbella: Sightseeing Walking Tour

9. Marbella: Sightseeing Walking Tour

Explore the most fascinating parts of the city of Marbella with your local guide in a small group. On this 1.5-hour tour, see a variety of sights from natural to architectural as your guide shares with you stories, legends, and important facts about the town.   Meet at Rocío fountain at Almeda Park and get to know your guide and group. Then, head off to discover the first green spot in the city, the permanent exhibition of the bronze statues of Dali, the Seaport, and the Marina promenade.   Then, head to the old city to see its main civil buildings. These include the Town Hall and Mayor’s House, both of which were built in the 16th century. See military structures, including the remains of the Arab walls that once protected the city. Admire the 17th century church and its hermitages and niches.

Marbella: Food Tour

10. Marbella: Food Tour

Are you ready to discover the taste of Marbella? Try tapas and dishes that are less commonly experienced by tourists as you learn about the origins of local cuisine. To begin, meet your guide at the lighthouse. During the Marbella food tour, visit the beautiful beach, where contemporary buildings house many restaurants. You'll also walk to the top of the hill and see where the city was born. After the experience, your knowledge about local food culture will be a lot deeper than before and your belly will be full and pleased. Tastings included:  Pescaito frito: A mix of different types of fish (typically anchovies, acedias, hake, calamari and shrimps) that is fried after being tarnished in flour. Once the fish is ready, salt and fresh lemon are added. Salmorejo casero: Salmorejo is the Andalusian version of gazpacho. It is typically eaten in summer to refresh one’s palate. This creamy cold soup is made of tomatoes, bread crumbs, vinegar from Jerez, olive oil, and salt. Flautitas de pollo con guacamole: Dough rolls filled with chicken and garnished with guacamole, tomatoes, basil, and sour cream. Cured acorn-fed pork sausage (chorizo de bellota). Served with bread and olives. Berenjenas de almagro: Aubergines cooked in oil with cumin, pepper, sweet paprika, salt, garlic, white wine vinegar, and water. Served with bread. Alcachofa aliñada: Garlic artichokes (artichokes cooked and marinated with salt, lemon, garlic, parsley, eggs, capers, pepper, and oil). Served with bread. Croquetas caseras de jamón: These delicious croquettes are cooked with bechamel sauce (flour, butter, milk and nutmeg), salt, pepper, onion, olive oil, ham, eggs, and bread crumbs. With these ingredients, the croquettes are made in their typical oval shape and fried in hot oil. Ice cream: 2 scoops in cup or cone (normal cone, wafer, or chocolate cone). Homemade ice cream, produced by a historic and traditional ice saloon in Marbella.

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Alicia was our tour guide for our walking tour around Ronda, and she could not have been more awesome! We loved her!! She was so sweet and patient, and suggested the best routes for the best sights and views that could also accommodate my 80 year old father who has severe mobility issues. She was very knowledgeable about Ronda, having grown up there, and her English was awesome, from having lived in England for about 6 years. She also new we were avid photographers, so she took us to the best spots for wonderful photos, all while explaining the history and current culture of the area. We would definitely recommend her to anyone wanting a perfect few hours in Ronda!

Loved the Alhambra and appreciated the free time in Granada. Phillipe our tour guide at the Alhambra was wonderful and very knowledgeable. He is an asset to the tour company. Thank you Phillipe for an incredible tour where we experienced the history wonder and beauty of the Alhambra.

Excellent site to visit. Beautiful gardens. Better than what we saw I Seville. The guide on the bus was knowledgeable and pleasant. The local guide was ok. The sound system didn’t work that well. She lost one of the guests which held the bus from leaving for a half an hour.

Exciting tour, very knowledgeable tour guide. Lots of info packed into a diverse and educational experience. Recommend this as a day trip for anyone visiting southern Spain.

Our guide, Lana, was knowledgeable, personable and full of suggestions. He knowledge of the area was impressive.