Journey to Andalusia: A Vibrant Escape to Spain's Soul
From $2,600 pp
March - June September - November
Embark on a soulful journey to Andalusia, where the rich historical tapestry, cultural diversity, and stunning landscapes converge to provide a vibrant escape to Spain's soul.
This unforgettable trip through Granada, Sierra Nevada, Alpujarras, and Seville promises a perfect blend of captivating history, cultural richness, and nature. Prepare to be delighted by the beauty and warmth of Andalusia as you create memories that will last a lifetime.
- Learn about the unique incorporation of water in the design and architecture of the Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens
- Participate in a Flamenco workshop
- Immerse yourself in the rich landscape of Sierra Nevada with a leisurely hike
- Enjoy a jarapas workshop and learn about colorful, traditional rugs and blankets
- Wander through white-washed villages
- Admire striking architecture
- Savor mouthwatering tapas
On this enchanting journey through the heart of Spain, you will witness history, culture, and natural beauty intertwined.
Discover the impressive treasures of Granada, where the majestic Alhambra Palace stands as a testament to Moorish architecture and the city's rich Islamic heritage.
From Granada, venture into the Sierra Nevada (which translates to 'snowy range') with tranquil hiking trails.
Continue your journey to the Alpujarras, a picturesque region nestled in the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Explore charming white-washed villages, where time seems to stand still, and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Join a jarapas workshop, and learn how to handcraft a traditional woven rug.
Conclude your Spanish adventure in Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalusia. Lose yourself in the bustling streets of the historic center, where striking architecture, such as the awe-inspiring Cathedral and the ornate Alcázar, will leave you speechless. Indulge in the vibrant flamenco performances, savor mouthwatering tapas, and stroll along the banks of the Guadalquivir River, feeling the city's passionate energy for yourself!
Spring (March to June) and fall (September to November) offer mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and lower prices. This is also a great time for outdoor activities such as hiking, and visiting national parks.
We don't recommend coming in the summer as it gets extremely hot in Andalusia. Additionally, they are both more crowded and more expensive. To help curb over-tourism, we recommend avoiding the peak summer months if your schedule allows it.
Day 1 Madrid [Spain] (arrival day)
Arrive at the Madrid Airport. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you to your hotel in the city center.
The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace, guided by our expert suggestions.
Accommodation: Hotel Cortezo
Day 2 Madrid - Granada by Train
In the morning, make your own way to the Madrid train station, and then take the train to Granada.
Arrive in the wonderful city of Granada, renowned for the Alhambra Palace and its Moorish history and neighborhoods.
After leaving your luggage at your accommodation, you will go on a guided visit to understand the important link between water and this city. We cannot understand the Alhambra UNESCO World Heritage Site without the water that allowed its construction.
The visit starts and returns from the Paseo de los Tristes or Darro, and helps you understand the water cycle in the Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens (part of the Alhambra).
The Alhambra features an elaborate system of fountains, pools, and channels that showcase the sophisticated engineering and hydraulics employed by the Moorish architects. Water is an essential element in this monumental complex: it gives life to gardens and orchards and generates a unique sensory landscape: sounds, reflections, freshness, and greenery that contribute to the overall aesthetic and sensory experience of the palace.
The designers of the Alhambra ingeniously used water to create a sense of tranquility and coolness, essential in the warm Andalusian climate. The meticulous incorporation of water elements in the Alhambra's architecture highlights the importance of water as both a functional and aesthetic component in Islamic garden design.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa del Capitel Nazarí
Day 3 Alhambra Discovery & Flamenco Workshop
After breakfast, we will provide you with entrance tickets to contemplate the majesty of the Alhambra from the inside.
After lunch on your own, you will visit a workshop where an authentic professional flamenco dancer will give a short class on how to take the first steps in the world of flamenco! Flamenco is deeply rooted in Andalusian culture, embodying the passion, history, and emotions of the region. This immersive flamenco workshop is a unique opportunity to connect with the local culture, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the art form.
In the evening, dinner is on your own. We will suggest where you can taste tapas in the most emblematic areas of Granada.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa del Capitel Nazarí
Day 4 Sierra Nevada & Jarapas Workshop
After breakfast, you will have a private transfer and head to the Sierra Nevada, where you will enjoy a guided tour to discover the rich landscape, culture, and history of the highest mountain range of the peninsula!
The Sierra Nevada mountain range is known for its diverse ecosystems and varied vegetation zones, from Mediterranean forests to alpine meadows. The range is also home to a variety of wildlife, including the Spanish ibex (wild goat) and various bird species. A significant portion of the Sierra Nevada is protected within the Sierra Nevada National Park, which covers over 85,000 hectares and is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to its ecological importance.
After lunch on your own, you will visit a jarapas workshop where you will learn about this artisanal craft, and how to weave rugs in the traditional way with natural materials.
Jarapas are vibrant textiles with colorful patterns, and are deeply rooted in Andalusian culture for their artistry and craftsmanship.
Accommodation: Rural Hotel Finca los Llanos (Capileira)
Day 5 Culture & Flavors of Seville
After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to Seville, the capital of Andalusia.
After dropping off your luggage at your accommodation, we propose an optional activity wherein you can join a city cycling tour and get to know Andalusia by bike with your local guide (additional cost). If you prefer two feet over two wheels, you can visit the city at your own pace today.
In the evening, the famous neighborhood of Triana will give way to the tapas tour, where each tavern will welcome you with its delicious tapas and cheerful people.
Tapas are a delightful Spanish dining tradition that involves enjoying a variety of small, flavorful dishes. It's an unmissable Spanish culinary adventure where you can savor various delicious bites, ranging from classic favorites like patatas bravas (spicy potatoes) and albondigas (meatballs) to more adventurous options.
Accommodation: Hostal Plaza Santacruz
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Seville - Madrid
In the morning, make your own way to Seville train station, and then take the train back to Spain's capital city of Madrid. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel in Madrid.
The rest of the day is free to explore at your own pace.
Optional: We can include entrance tickets to Museo del Prado and Reina Sofia Museum for additional cost.
Accommodation: Hotel Cortezo
Day 7 Madrid [departure day]
At the needed time, a private transfer will take you to Madrid Airport for your return flight.
This itinerary is customizable upon request. Please contact us to adjust the length, route, or activities.
Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
Prices are for double room occupancy unless indicated otherwise.
Deposit per person
30% of the trip price
Shared Room - sleeps 2 - price per person
- Bike tour in Seville: $72.50 pp
- Entrance tickets to Museo del Prado: $36.25 pp
For over 14 years, we have stood at the forefront as an incoming agency specializing in responsible tourism, setting the standard for sustainable travel experiences. With our unwavering commitment to sustainability, we have obtained certification from renowned organizations such as Travelife and Biosphere, and we are diligently renewing our certifications to guarantee our ongoing dedication to responsible travel.
Now, we are also members of ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association). Moreover, we take immense pride in our partnership with the Ecotourism Club in Spain, positioning us as an esteemed agency in the country. Our reach spans the entire Spanish landscape, offering a diverse range of sustainable trips, ecotourism adventures, and climate-friendly experiences.
Experience Spain like never before, guided by our expertise and passion for responsible travel. Join us as we redefine the boundaries of sustainable tourism, enveloping you in an unforgettable journey that leaves a positive impact on both the environment and the people we encounter.
- Travel by train from Madrid to Granada and from Seville to Madrid.
- Get in touch with nature by having a soft hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada National Park.
- Stay in hotels selected with attention to the environment. For example, the Hotel Finca los Llanos is accredited to the European Charter of Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. They also use ecological cleaning products, and energy-saving light bulbs, and employ the maximum possible number of people living in the area.
- Our suppliers are all local.
- The guides are independent or work for small companies.
- The visits will be supporting small companies.
- For this trip, we have selected a family-run rural hotel, and the travelers will visit less-known areas, supporting the local economy.
- We support and promote local handicrafts, such as the production of jarapas. You will get familiar with this traditional woven rug that originated in the Alpujarra region in Andalusia, where they have been produced for generations.
- You will stay in a family-run hotel, a small hotel forming part of a locally-run hotel activity in Seville.
Health & Safety
Be sure you have traveler's insurance.
What does the Physical Rating of "Easy" mean?
It means that no prior physical preparation is required. Note that this trip does include a leisurely hike and an optional bicycle ride.
What are the hotels of the trip like?
You'll stay in a family-run hotel, a small hotel forming part of a locally-run hotel activity in Seville. Hotels give the possibility of waiving daily cleaning of the accommodation and the possibility of reusing towels. Most of the lights in the facilities use LED (energy-saving) bulbs. The rural hotel uses also ecological cleaning products.
Can I get around on my own, if I don't speak Spanish?
Of course, since tourism is an important industry for the country, you'll find that locals speak English at all major hotels and most restaurants throughout the country, especially in the cities. Although, some basic Spanish could be helpful in rural areas or the countryside.
How do I get from one place to another?
In this trip, you will travel by train from Madrid to Granada and from Seville to Madrid. From Granada to Seville and in the Sierra Nevada, transportation will be by private transfers. To get between some of the hotels and train stations (on Day 2 and Day 6), you will need to arrange your own transportation, either by public transit or cab.