Paradores Self-drive
Paradores Self-drive
Paradores Self-drive

Paradores Self-drive

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Explore the richness of Andalusia at your own pace while staying in first class hotels. Along your self-drive journey explore historical landmarks and taste local delicacies. The perfect holiday to immerse yourself in history & tradition of this wonderful region.

Highlights

  • Experience the essence of Spanish culture
  • Sample the famous local food and wine
  • The Andulcian Gypsie music and dance - Flamenco
  • The incomparable UNESCO World Heritage listed Alhambra Palace
  • The majesty of the famed local horses

Information
Self Drive Touring programme
Meals and sightseeing as per itinerary
7 Day Hyundai i30 or similar

Car Upgrades available. Alternate touring programmes on request.

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid (B)
Arrival at Madrid Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of day at leisure

Madrid the capital of Spain is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures and the status as an economic financial administrative and service center with a large cultural and artistic heritage a legacy of centuries of exciting history.

Strategically located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula at an altitude of 646 m above sea level Madrid has one of the most important historic centers of all the great European cities. This heritage merges seamlessly with the city's modern and convenient infrastructures a wide-ranging offer of accommodation and services and all the latest state-of-the-art technologies in audiovisual and communications media. These conditions together with all the drive of a dynamic and open society –as well as high-spirited and friendly– have made this metropolis one of the great capitals of the Western world.
Overnight in Madrid

Day 2: Madrid – Cordoba (B)
Take your hired car at Atocha Station and Cross Castille and Discover Cordoba!
Cordoba is situated in the interior of Andalusia where past and modernity blend in together. This thousand-year-old city which has the World Heritage designation is a living legacy of the different cultures that settled here throughout its history.
Not many places in the world can say they have been the capital of Hispania Ulterior (Further Spain) under the Roman Empire and capital of the Umayyad Caliphate. This splendor can also be seen because of the intellectualism of this city of knowledge where figures like Seneca Averroes or Maimonides were born.
If you walk round the old quarter you will discover a beautiful network of alleyways squares and white-washed courtyards surrounding the Great Mosque-Cathedral which reflects the importance of the city in the Middle Ages and is the symbol of the city.
Overnight in Cordoba

Day 3: Cordoba – Seville (B)
Drive a few kilometers to the capital of Andalucia!
Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River Seville has a rich Moorish heritage and used to be a prosperous port that carried out trade with the Americas. The streets and squares in the historic quarter of the capital of Andalusia are lively and busy. They treasure many constructions that have the World Heritage designation and many districts are full of traditional culture like Triana and La Macarena. Seville is a prominent business and service center in the south of Spain and has many hotels distributed all over the city which enable visitors to discover endless attractions. Museums and art centers theme parks cinemas theatres and clubs are some of the many leisure options that a great city like Seville holds. Without forgetting of course the numerous terraces inns and bars where visitors can practise one of the most deeply-rooted and tasty traditions in the city: Going out for tapas.
Overnight in Seville

Day 4: Seville (B)
Continue enjoying this wonderful city or visit Cadiz & Jerez!
Founded 3000 years ago by the Phoenicians Cádiz is the oldest city in Western Europe. The different peoples who settled here left an important cultural imprint whose influence still remains in the character of the city's people. This peninsula right on the Andalusian Atlantic coast has been able to preserve an important historical legacy - the result of its commercial importance - together with excellent beaches and an exquisite regional cuisine. The Costa de la Luz divided between the provinces of Huelva and Cádiz also offers a multitude of destinations combining culture and leisure. And for nature lovers there is nothing better than touring the Doñana National Park declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Jerez de la Frontera well known for its wines its horses and its flamenco preserves a historic center that has been declared a historic artistic site. One of the noblest towns in Cádiz brings together the splendor of aristocratic palaces with the popular flavour of typically Andalusian houses. Features that are shown off every year at the celebration of the Horse Fair declared of International Tourist Interest. This enormous offer of culture is enriched with the aromas of a regional cuisine in which the Denomination of Origin of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda is outstanding. A visit to one of the city's wine cellars will help travellers to get a deeper understanding of its winemaking tradition.

Day 5: Seville – Málaga (B)
Drive to the beach and Costa del Sol crossing “the white tows” route and Ronda!
19 inland towns and villages each with its own history although they all share common features: Alcalá del Valle Algar Algodonales Arcos de la Frontera Benaocaz Bornos El Bosque El Gastor Espera Grazalema Olvera Prado del Rey Puerto Serrano Setenil de las Bodegas Torre Alháquime Ubrique Villaluenga del Rosario Villamartín and Zahara de la Sierra. The first thing that will strike you is how they look: everything is whitewashed the streets and squares walls and ceilings churches houses and mansions… The towns look like splashes of white paint scattered over the landscape dominated by the rocky peaks of Sierra de Grazalema Nature Reserve a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The bright intense light of Andalusia will accompany you on this journey among olive groves and forests of pine holm oak cork oak and Spanish fir a native tree of these highlands. The area is a surprise for the traveller just a few kilometers from the beaches of the Costa de la Luz and ideal for visiting in spring and autumn when the temperatures are milder. The route can also be followed on foot by bicycle or even on horseback.

You can choose from several different routes to explore the White Towns. A good starting point for an excursion is Arcos de la Frontera: its views of the mountain range and its old quarter are well worth a visit. The built heritage of the White Towns will surprise you with their castles courtyards narrow streets and Gothic and Baroque churches and so will their natural heritage. Caves and grottoes canyons and waterfalls are everywhere and the area is home to many protected species such as the Imperial Eagle Golden Eagle and Griffon Vulture.

Day 6: Málaga (B)
Costa del Sol!
Why is the Costa del Sol one of the most touristic areas of Spain? Because of its beautiful weather and over 300 days of sun a year. Any time of year is good for visiting this area that stretches along 161 kilometres of coastline of the province of Malaga on the Mediterranean. Are you coming?

Spectacular beaches like Algarrobo Guadalmar and Malapesquera and viewing points such as the Balcón de Europa (in Nerja) will make your visit worth it. Plus nature lovers will also enjoy places like the Nature Reserve Sierra de las Nieves and the Nature Reserve Sierra de Grazalema.
Overnight in Málaga

Day 7: Málaga - Grenada (B)
Drive a few kilometers for visiting the last Muslim city in Spain and its Alhambra Palace!

Granada has an unmistakable Moorish essence due to the fact that it was the last city to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. The gastronomy craftwork and urban planning are influenced by its glorious past. Fountains viewpoints and Cármenes houses surrounded by typical gardens of this city create unforgettable corners in the city. It is no surprise that one of its old neighbourhoods the Albaicín has been awarded the World Heritage designation together with the Alhambra and Generalife. It was an important cultural centre for many centuries under the Moors and the Christians too and nowadays it boasts a broad cultural and leisure programme. Film music or theatre festivals are complemented with permanent or travelling exhibitions on all fields of knowledge. Old Renaissance palaces hold seminars conferences and discussions while the most innovative infrastructures are prepared for great events.
Overnight in Granada

Day 8: Madrid (B)
Drive back to the Capital and drop your car off
Overnight in Madrid

Day 9 (B)
Departure transfer to the Airport

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Arrival transfer and departure transfer to Madrid Airport
  • Accommodation in the offered 4* hotels (subject to availability) breakfast and all taxes included
  • Rent-a-car from DAY 2 at 10am until DAY 8 at 10pm
  • HYUNDAI I30 or similar (Air conditioning Manual transmission)
  • Mileage Unlimited
  • Collision Damage Waver (CDW)
  • Theft protection (TP)
  • TAX.

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable).   All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country.   Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions  page.

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