The typical image people have of Spain - the vibrant flamenco dancer in a bright-colored dress, singing in a white washed patio of a tiny village surrounded by a sea of olive fields under a crystal blue sky - no doubt comes from Andalucia. However, there is much, much more to Andalucia! In addition, we'll explore serene garden palaces at the foot of snow-capped mountains, cool dense shaded pine forests, quiet trout river paths and magical buzzing cities all under a crystal blue sky!
Experience and Expertise
Your two bilingual guides that accompany the tour are either Spanish or live in Spain year round. This is our home and we love to share it with you!
All your meals (B,L,D) are included, so you only need to worry about enjoying the trail! Weather permitting; our gourmet picnics showcase the freshest of local flavors.
Charming restored manor homes and 3-4 star hotels that offer the best in hospitality, comfort, and location.
On all our trips, your walk is accompanied by a support van and multiple shorter walking options are available on a daily basis, including the opportunity of taking a day off for a rest! We can accommodate your walking needs and desires.
Expect to have a wonderful time! We've designed each trip to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Spanish landscape, while giving you a true sense of the soul and magic of these exciting people and their culture. We love to share this magnificent country and want you to feel a part of it - for us it is more than just a trip, it is our home.
Córdoba and the Magnificent MezquitaSleep: Córdoba (D)
We meet in Córdoba and welcome you to your Fresco Tours Vacation. After a short orientation meeting, we take to the streets to see the one-time cultural capital of the Western World, Córdoba. Here our local guide will lead us through the fascinating Mezquita, started in the 8th-century. Its mesmerizing forest of pillars capped with horseshoe arches and its uniquely integrated 16th century Cathedral create an unforgettable contrast.
La Subbética, the Heart of AndalucíaSleep: Granada (B, L, D) / Walking: 12 KMs or 7 miles
Today, we enter into the hills of the Subbética Natural Park south of Córdoba. Our day begins as we lace up our boots and walk through vast olive tree groves and into the picturesque village of Zuheros de la Sierra. Next, we stop at one of the finest olive oil manufacturers in Spain to learn about the process of extracting this liquid gold. Afterwards, We finish the day by shuttling to Granada, where Ferdinand and Isabella celebrated the completion of the Reconquista in 1492.
Magical Granada and the AlhambraSleep: Granada(B, L, D)
After a delicious breakfast, we begin to explore Granada by investigating the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alhambra. Our local historian recounts the splendors of this palace city that was built in the 13th and 14th century. Once inside the Patio of Lions, one can understand why this is the second most visited monument in Europe as our imagination takes us to another era. We finish the night with a fine meal in the hilly and winding streets of the Albayzin with unmatched views of the Alhambra!
Strolling the Sierra NevadaSleep: Granada (B, D) / Walking: 13 KMs or 8 miles
After a day of city walking, we slip back in our boots for some fresh air in the Sierra Nevada, Europe's second highest mountain range after the Alps. As we stick to the foothills of the lower valleys, we will be able to contemplate the magnificent views of this rugged and extensive National Park. As a reward for our hike, we return to Granada for an evening of shopping and delicious tapas!
Los Pueblos Blancos and RondaSleep: Grazalema (B, L, D)
Leaving Granada, we make our way through the famous pueblos blancos (White Villages) where we head up to Ronda, a Hemingway favorite, to admire the spectacular Puente Nuevo, which straddles the 100m deep Tajo gorge. We end our day in the Natural Park of the Sierra de Grazalema, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1977.
Grazalema National ParkSleep: Grazalema (B, L, D) / Walking: 6 KMs or 4 miles
This morning our walk takes us along a trout river with the unique fir tree, el pinsapo, watching over us. Survivor of the last Ice Age, this rare evergreen is only found in remote areas of southern Spain and northern Morocco. After a delicious lunch, we continue to explore to mountains of the White Villages with a stop in at the hilltop fort town of Zahara.
Costa de la LuzSleep: Jerez (B, L, D) / Walking: 10 KMs or 6 miles
Hopping in the van, we head to the spectacular Costa de la Luz, lesser known than the Costa del Sol, this area is less commercial and still has the charm of tiny fishing villages. We start the day with a coastal walk that takes us through protected pine forests. Here we may catch the glimpse of a little fishing boat heading out for sardines or anchovies, just as they have been doing for centuries! In the evening, we rest our tired legs with a glass of light white wine!
Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian ArtSleep: Jerez (B, D)
An exciting morning, we first visit the Museum of Equestrian Arts to learn about the important role of the Jerez-bred Carthusian horses. Next, we are treated to a spectacular exhibition where we witness these horses dancing. Afterwards, we sample some of Jerez's other famed prize - sherry wine in the old quarter of town!
Seville, Soul of the SouthSleep: Seville (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we say goodbye to Jerez and transfer to Andalucía's soul - Seville! Here the electricity and passion of the South come together and make this city alive with an unmistakable energy. We will have a walk around town, but remember to take a siesta, because after our farewell dinner, the evening continues as we are treated to a powerful, exciting, Gitano-inspired Flamenco show!
Day 10: SevillaThe End (B)
This morning begins with a guided tour by our local expert, who provides us with the insights to Seville's Cathedral, one of the largest in the world, the splendid Alcázar (Moorish fortress) and the charming Old Center. The tour finishes at noon, when we say our hasta pronto (till your next Fresco Tour) and muchas gracias!
* Please note: This itinerary is subject to slight modifications due to hotel availability, weather, festivals and other occurrences.
Our greatest resource! We know Spain, because it is our home. All our guides are either Spanish or live in Spain year round - no hired-out college grads! When specified, local art historians will join us to provide further insights of the specific monument / museum that we visit.
Limited Group Sizes
Fresco Tours are in small groups to ensure that you receive the individual attention that you deserve. In order to treat each of our clients with a personal touch, we limit our group size to a maximum of 15 participants.
Fresco Tours selects a combination of 3-4 star hotels, restored country manors and B&B's that offer the best in hospitality, comfort and location. All rooms have their own bathrooms. Tour prices are based on double occupancy.
Food speaks volumes about a culture and we love to eat! During our walk days, when possible, we prepare gourmet picnics, using the freshest of local ingredients and selecting the tastiest recipes of the region. Dinners are celebrated in restaurants chosen not only for their menu, but also their atmosphere and service. All breakfast, lunches and dinners are included. We are proud to cater to vegetarians and those with food allergies as well.
Your walks will be accompanied by a support vehicle that will be there to provide you assistance when the route permits. The possibility of shorter routes and pick-up options will be explained on a daily basis.
All ground transportation between the designated starting and finishing point of your Fresco Tour is provided. We will help facilitate information for your travel arrangements prior to and after the tour start and finish.
Your luggage will be transported between hotels. Due to space restrictions, each participant is limited to one medium-sized piece and a small carry-on bag.
Special Event Tickets
Wine tastings, garden tours, concerts, etc. as outlined in the itinerary.
Airfare to and from Spain, airport taxes / departure fees, visas, or items of personal nature - laundry, phone, luggage surplus charges, medical expenses, bar, tips, etc.)
Prior to / After your Fresco Tour: Should your vacation to Spain be for more than a few days prior to or after your Fresco Tour, perhaps you would be interested in a Spain-taineous Custom Tour and personalized private itinerary. Let us know and we'll create an itinerary especially in tune with your needs and desires.
Please contact us with your questions.