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From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

1. From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

Discover the secrets of the Alhambra Palace, the most-visited attraction in Spain. Relax with pickup from different meeting points on the Costa del Sol and in Malaga before making your way to the palace. Along the way, take in the panoramic views of the Sierra de Malaga before you reach the historic city of Granada. Upon arrival at the Alhambra, visit the palace of Charles V, the Generalife Gardens, the Nasrid palaces and the famous Patio de los Leones. Enjoy free time in the Granada city center, where you can explore the architecture of one of the most magical and emblematic cities in the world. Also take time to enjoy the exquisite gastronomy of the area before returning to the Costa de Sol.

Costa del Sol: Full-Day Cordoba Tour

2. 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, move onto the Jewish Quarter, which is 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. 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. Admire this religious site that was built around the year 600 AD as a pagan temple. It was first converted into a Christian church before being refashioned into a Mosque. Explore the halls and passages and marvel at the colorful 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.

Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol

3. Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol

Spend the day shopping in Gibraltar from the Costa del Sol and get more for your money. The British territory offers unrivalled shopping opportunities, with duty-free prices on many goods, and top British stores on Main Street. Travel along the picturesque Costa del Sol, past the Contravallation Line, all the way to Gibraltar where you will have free time to explore its many shops. Cross the border and explore the famous Rock. Browse all the fantastic shops and boutiques, including the famous Gibraltar Crystal, where you will find many beautiful items made of quality crystal. You will even have time to do a bit of sightseeing before you return. Head down to the grotto of St. Michael’s Cave, and look out for the infamous Barbary macaques. It is said that the British won’t leave Gibraltar until the last macaque has departed! With your bags full, drive back along the Costa del Sol at the end of the 11-hour tour, enjoying the views of the Moroccan coastline across the Mediterranean.

Full-Day Tour of Seville from Costa del Sol

4. 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, visit the Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in these parts. Mixed with all this history, the Jewish Quarter of Santra Cruz sits nearby. Enjoy the narrow streets and quaint courtyards. Smell the flowers that 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

5. 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)

From Costa del Sol: Guided Tour of Seville

6. From Costa del Sol: Guided Tour of Seville

Discover the city of Seville on a guided tour from the Costa del Sol. Enjoy several hours in the city with a guided bus and walking tour.  On the bus, see the Pavilions of the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929, the Maria Luisa Park, the San Telmo Palace, the Torre del Oro, the Guadalquivir River, the only navigable river in Spain. Afterward, meet your local guide and start the guided walking tour through the beautiful Santa Cruz quarter, the Puerta de Jerez, the historic center of the city.  Reach the Cathedral and its famous Giralda Tower. Explore the interior of the cathedral, the largest Gothic-style cathedral in the world, where you can also see the sarcophagus of Christopher Columbus. Make a short stop at Plaza de España. After the visit, you will have some free time to explore more of the city. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Malaga.

From Costa del Sol: Seville and Royal Alcázar Palace

7. From Costa del Sol: Seville and Royal Alcázar Palace

Experience the beautiful city of Seville on this insightful day trip with a professional guide. Hear about the Moorish legacy and its architecture and learn about the city's orange season. See the ornate Royal Palace of the Alcázar, Europe’s oldest palace in use, dating back to the 11th century. Visit Seville Cathedral and its Giralda bell tower, both declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Admire the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the Patio de los Naranjos. Have the opportunity to admire the Giralda, the old minaret of the mosque. Continue your tour through the narrow streets and small squares of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the historic Jewish quarter of Seville. Enjoy some time for lunch or shopping. Finally, finish your tour at the Torre de Oro next to the beautiful Guadalquivir river before heading back to the Costa del Sol.

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What people are saying about Marbella

Very well organized experience. Our guide on the bus was so friendly and very knowledgeable about everything we passed on the way from Malaga to the Alhambra. Our guide in the Alhambra was super and delivered an amazing tour

In overall - it was great :) enjoyed everything :) only not liked free time in granada, because left solo, not had where to spend a time

My family and I had a great experience. The driver was timely and courteous. Our guide was exceptional.

All excellent and spectacular. I recommend it one hundred percent. Thanks a lot for everything.

It was amazing! Alhambra and the guide inside was awesome!