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Conj. Buena Vista
Avenida de Espana
Sitio de Calahonda
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EXCURSIONS: Gibraltar, Granada, Ronda, Tanger, Sevilla, Jerez, Cordoba, Nerja & Frigiliana, Casares 4x4, Antequera
GIBRALTAR is a new destination with more than a thousand years of history. The majestic Rock, which dominates the entrance to the Mediterranean, is a fascinating tourist destination that offers a unique blend of heritage and culture.
Places to visit - the restored Moorish Castle, the Tower of Homage that stands majestically on the hillside overlooking the Bay of Gibraltar and the Moorish Baths, which are situated in the Gibraltar Museum. Take a trip on Gibraltar's cable car to see, not only one of the most breathtaking views but, perhaps, one of Gibraltar's most enduring attractions - the Barbary Apes. These monkeys are the only semi-wild primates in Europe and have lived on the Rock for centuries. Their presence dates back to St Michael's Cave, one of Europe's most spectacular natural grottoes. Filled with giant stalactites and stalagmites, it has interested visitors to Gibraltar since the days of the Romans.
SHOPPING TRIP - In Gibraltar you'll find a wide variety of competitively priced goods. Everything is VAT free. The comprehensive range of articles found in Main Street and its adjecent side streets has earned Gibraltar the title of, "the commercial centre of the Western Mediterranean".
Visit Gibraltar on a V.I.P. excursion every day without Sunday.
GRANADA is located in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada range, some 2,200 feet above sea level. Granada is full of romance and folklore and home to one of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture - the Alhambra, which dominates the city from its hill top perch. This series of palaces and gardens was built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th century and includes the summer palace of Generalife, with its fountains and gardens. At the centre of the Alhambra stands the massive Palace of Charles V, an outstanding example of Spanish Renaissance architecture.
Other major Christian monuments found in the city are the Cathedral, including the Royal Chapel where Isabel and Ferdinand lie buried, the Monastery of La Cartuja and many churches built by Moorish craftsmen after the re-conquest, in Granada's unique "mudejar" style.
The hill facing the Alhambra is the old Moorish quarter, the Albaicin, a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed houses with secluded inner patios, filled with plants and flowers. The highest point here is The Plaza de San Nicolas, famous for its magnificent view of the Moorish palace.
A wealthy city of some 246,000 people, Granada has a cosmopolitan feel, mainly due to the large number of tourists while the main shopping centre has universal appeal with its world-class shops and abundance of pavement cafes and plazas.
Visit Granada on a V.I.P. excursion on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
RONDA lies on top of a rocky projection and is one of the most interesting and visited towns in Andalucia. It is divided by a deep chasm, which reaches a depth of 100 metres at some points. The quickest and easiest route to Ronda is via San Pedro (Marbella); a slower yet more interesting route is via the town of Coin.
Places to visit - El Puente Nuevo (the New Bridge) built in the 18th century, connects both parts of the town. Enjoy the view over the precipice of the River Guadalquivir, which is absolutely breathtaking; 16th century convent of San Francisco; Gates of El Almocabar & of Carlos V; Church of El Espiritu Santo; Collegiate Church of Santa Maria; El Cuartel de Milicias (today's Town Hall); Church of La Caridad; Mondragon Palace; La Casa del Gigante (Giants House; from Muslim times); Church of La Virgen de la Paz; Palaces of El Rey Moro and of Salvatierra; Arab baths; 17th century Puente Viejo (Old Bridge); the legendary bullring.
Visit Ronda on a V.I.P. excursion on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.
SEVILLA. Lord Byron described Sevilla as "a pleasant city, famous for oranges and women". The truth is, that Sevilla is this and much more. This is the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro, the archetype of Andalusian promise - and arguably Andalucia's most exciting city.
An important and prosperous centre in Muslim times and, later in the 16th and 17th centuries, Sevilla also entered the world stage when it hosted the World Expo in 1992. The city's reputation for gaiety and sheer intensity of life is expressed on a grand scale during the Feria of Abril; a weeklong party of drink, food and dance that takes place day and night in more than a thousand especially mounted tents or casetas.
Semana Santa (Easter Week) is a similarly spectacular if more solemn affair when hooded penitents march in long processions followed by huge baroque floats carrying images of the Virgin or Christ. The old city centre winds its way around narrow streets and small plazas while the quarter of Triana on the other side of the river, La Bartolome Macarena, Santa Cruz and San Bartolome, the street of Las Sierpes, plus La Maestranza bullring, Maria Luisa park and the riverside walks are all representative images of the city. The two great monuments n the Muslim Alcazar and the Christian Cathedral are similarly truly impressive. Sevilla lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe. Part of its treasures include Casa de Pilatos, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum plus convents, parish churches and palaces.
Sevilla is also credited with introducing the tapa into Andaluz lifestyle and there are more than-a thousand bars here where the choice of food is virtually unlimited, ranging from tortilla and seafood to Serrano ham and cheese.
Visit Sevilla on a V.I.P. excursion on Wednesday or Friday.
CORDOBA In the 10th century, Cordoba was one of the wealthiest and most important cities in the world with a population in excess of 900,000. The capital of Muslim Spain, this was Europe's largest city and an international intellectual and cultural centre. Sadly, the city was subsequently subjected to various assaults when ancient buildings were torn down and art treasures looted. Despite this, however, Cordoba still retains traces of its former glory, particularly its magnificent Mesquita that was the crowning Muslim architectural achievement in the West, rivalled only by the mosque at Mecca and is a fantastic labyrinth of red and white peppermint striped pillars. The ancient Arab and Jewish quarters are similarly fascinating with their narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses, flower filled patios and balconies. Cordoba has recently joined the ranks of UNESCO's World Heritage sites and is definitely well worth a visit.
Visit Cordoba on a V.I.P. excursion on Thursday.
NERJA & FRIGILIANA Under Arab rule, Nerja was called Narixa and was renamed once it came back under the reign of the Catholic Kings in the year 1478. The town itself encompasses the Balcon de Europa (Balcony of Europe), which is a rocky projection where an Arab castle once stood. Asides from the awesome view of the Mediterranean in both directions, the Balcony of Europe also offers a stunning view of the three neighbouring beaches of Calahonda, Carabeillo and the popular Playa de Burriana, which is clustered with whitewashed houses.
A particularly enjoyable way to explore the town is by horse & carriage, which follows a set route around the town and includes a great number of the sights. The carriages are usually stationed at the Balcon de Europa.
Places to visit - Paseo de los Carabineros, a beautiful promenade which leads through a natural rock landscape, between Calahonda Beach and Carabeillo Beach; Ermita de las Angustias, a 17th century chapel; Church of El Salvador, also of the 17th century; Casco Antiguo (the old part of the town), which offers narrow alleyways between whitewashed houses, lined with colourful potted plants; Rapto de Europa, at the western entrance to Nerja, is a monument sculptured by Aurelio Teno which was erected when Spain became member of the EEC.
The main attraction to Nerja is undeniably the famous Cuevas de Nerja (Nerja Caves). The caves are breathtaking and, due to their excellent acoustic qualities, a great number of concerts are also held there throughout the year. They have been declared a National Historic & Artistic Monument of Spain and the tours are quite spectacular, revealing a number of cave paintings from the Paleolithic period.
Visit Nerja & Frigiliana on a V.I.P. excursion on Monday or Thursday.
JEREZ has a privileged spot in Andalucia situated between the mountains of southern Spain and the Atlantic Ocean beaches of Cadiz. It has a mild climate that brings year round pleasant weather. It is a modernized ancient city with castles and cathedrals among vast vineyards and green grazing grounds.
Most famous Jerez is for its world famous wines and horses. A proof of the this are its wine cellars, Jerezīs own excellent Sherry wine and the Alcázar arab fortress.
Other attractive venues are for example the clocks museum & the training exercises or the show of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. The city also offers a great variety of old interesting architecture like for example; its big Cathedral with 3 archaelogical styles; Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical, the old Town Hall, constructed in 1575, the Santiago Church in late 15th century Gothic style and the St. Domingo Church dating back to 1264 with outstanding features. The beautiful old fish market square with Arab walls is one of the most picturesque points of the town, where the visitor will find an abundance of restaurants and "tapas" bars. Ancient historical sites and unique newer attractions make Jerez a must place to visit.
Visit Jerez on a V.I.P. excursion on Thursday.
TANGER in Morocco
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the African continent and discover something of Arabian culture. Morocco is only 9 miles away from mainland Spain, across the Strait of Gibraltar. Tanger is a Moroccan city and was controlled by 8 nations until 1956 when it became part of the Moroccan Kingdom.
Places to visit - panoramic visit of the town and the different international quarters, Casbah, Medina and the Bazaar where you can bargain for yourself.
Visit Tanger on a V.I.P. excursion on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday.
CASARES is a site of artistic and historical interest. This old village is crouned by a Moorish Castle from which the white town can be seen, huggina of the hillside. Casares has been settled by Phoenicians, Iberians and Romans and legend even has it that the waters from the Hedionda Baths cured Julius Caesar of an infection. At the nearby Cortijo de Alechipe farm there are remains which could be those of the Roman city of Lacipus. The town's present location dates back to the Al-Andalus period. This Moorish heritage is evident from the street plan, with steep, narrow streets winding up the hillside, making Casares one of the most attractive villages in the province of Malaga.
Places to visit - The Castle, the Ethno-Historical Museum, The ancient roman baths, the natural reserve of Sierra Utrera & Sierra Crestellina.
ANTEQUERA is an important town for sights. There are many interesting buildings for lovers of the Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Places to visit - Collegiate Church of Santa Maria la Mayor (near the Arab Alcazaba fortress); Carmen Square and the church of Carmen; main street of Antequera (called 'Estepa'); Los Remedios Church; Municipal Museum; Convents of Santa Catalina (facing the museum), San Agustin, La Victoria and Las Recoletas - ideal for lovers of art and architecture - and the Church of La Madre de Dios.
El Torcal is a protected nature reserve that offers a fantastic maze of rock. This rock labyrinth has been sculpted by wind and water erosion over thousands of years. Its weird and wonderful rock formations resemble the buildings and streets of a ruined city. Visit the magnificent lakes of El Torcal, including Fuente de Piedra, where up to 20 000 flamingos mate and nest.
Spend an unforgettable day out in Antequera & El Torcal with a 4x4 vehicle with a professional guide from Monday till Friday.
If you decide to visit it on your own, we advice you to be very careful and to follow the suggested routes that have been laid out for you as you could easily get lost.