From your home base in the classic medieval town of Antequera, enjoy day trips to Seville, Cordoba, Ronda, and Granada—the gems of Andalusia and the heart of Spain's history, art, and culture. Settle in at the modern Parador de Antequera on this popular one-week Cultural Stay. 

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 The white hill town of Antequera  The white hill town of Antequera, with the fortress at center  The Plaza de Espana, Seville  The immense Gothic cathedral of Seville  A courtyard in the Alcazar, or Royal Palace, in Seville  City of Ronda, overlooking the Tajo Gorge  A plaza in charming Ronda  The Mezquita of Cordoba, a Roman Catholic cathedral and former mosque   The Alhambra of Granada  The Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, Granada  The gardens of the Generalife at the Alhambra  The evocative garden area of the Generalife at the Alhambra, Granada

Spain’s Andalusia

A One-Week Stay in Antequera

9 days from $3,990

From your home base in the classic medieval town of Antequera, enjoy day trips to Seville, Cordoba, Ronda, and Granada—the gems of Andalusia and the heart of Spain's history, art, and culture. Settle in at the modern Parador de Antequera on this popular one-week Cultural Stay. 

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Overview

Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Week-long Cultural Stay featuring one town and region—and one hotel. Half and full-day excursions outside the town with some longer, extensive walking tours of villages, museums, and outdoor historic sites. Excursions can be over uneven terrain (e.g. outdoor sites, cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, the absence of elevators). Parador is centrally located for easy access to sites and restaurants during the time at leisure.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S. / Arrive Malaga

Depart the U.S. for Malaga, Spain via your transatlantic flight. Arrive at Malaga’s Costa del Sol Airport and transfer to Antequera. Check-in to the Parador de Antequera.

Each traveler will receive a Welcome Package containing information about Antequera and the Andalusian region. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your stay. There’s time to relax and settle in before joining fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner at the Parador. (R,D)

Day 3 — Antequera

Start each morning with a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel.

This morning journey just outside Antequera to a complex of ancient megalithic tombs, Menga Dolmen and Viera Dolmen. Designated as a World Heritage site in 2016, the site is over 5,000 years old and Menga Dolman is considered to be the largest burial mound in Europe. Continue to the Alcazaba de Antequera and a walking tour of the Old Quarter. See El Carmen Church, Palacio de Najera, Convento de Santa Catalina de Siena, Casa Boudere, Plaza San Sebastian, and the Iglesia Colegial de San Sebastian. Later, explore the picturesque cobblestone streets of Antequera, the white city.

After a lunch of regional specialties at a local restaurant, see the San Juan de Dios church built of sandstone from the ruins of the former ancient Roman city.

In the early evening join fellow travelers in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for an informal discussion of the day’s discoveries. Later, enjoy a walk into town for dinner at leisure at one of the lively cafes or dine independently at the Parador. (B,L)

Day 4 — Granada

Enjoy a scenic drive to Granada and discover the magnificent Alhambra, the city’s world-famous Moorish fortress and palace complex. Built during the 13th and 14th centuries, the Alhambra provides remarkable views of the city, sparkling fountains and pools, courtyards, and shady colonnades. A special lunch of Spanish specialties will be served at the Parador de Granada, formerly a 15th-century monastery on the grounds of the Alhambra. 

Return to Antequera in the afternoonThis evening, gather for a group dinner at the Parador.

Please note: The Alhambra Fortress & Palace is a World Heritage site and one of Spain’s most popular destinations. Our group visit will require we obtain additional information from participants to secure our timed entrance to the grounds. More details about this visit will be included in your pre-tour documents. Participants booking this program within 95 days of departure will require additional confirmation. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Seville

Get an early start on the day with a drive to Seville, the cultural heart of southern Spain. Conquered by the Moors in 712 A.D., they built the famed Alcazar in 939 that later became a royal residence after the Spanish recaptured the city in 1586. Visit the expansive Plaza de España and see the Plaza de America. Drive along the Guadalquivir River and visit the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic building in the world.

Later, tour the spectacular Alcazar Palace built in the 14th century. See the Bullring, the Golden Tower and walk through the colorful Barrio de Santa Cruz, a charming old quarter of flowering balconies, lively fountains and shady medieval lanes.

Enjoy lunch independently and time on your own before returning to Antequera late in the day. This evening, join fellow travelers and enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 6 — Ronda

Today, travel to Ronda, one of Spain’s oldest and most remarkable towns, that sits atop a massive cliff. Its twisting streets and lanes reveal architecture influenced by centuries of Moorish influence. Step into the Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor, a church commissioned by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1485. The church was built on the site of a mosque and wasn’t completed until the 17th century, so the architecture combines Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque elements as well as vestiges of its Moorish beginnings. Also visit the Plaza de Toros, one of Spain’s finest, and the Casa Don Bosco.

After exploring Ronda, visit the Bodega Joaquim Fernandez for a wine-tasting and lunch.

Back at the Parador, gather in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for lively conversation and camaraderie. This evening dine independently. (B,L)

Day 7 — Cordoba

After breakfast, set out for the fascinating city of Cordoba, originally a Roman settlement it was conquered by the Moors in the 8th century. Later, it was recaptured by the armies of Castile during the Reconquista. Visit La Mezquita, a former mosque, which in its day was only rivaled by the Grand Mosque in Mecca. See the Roman Bridge, which spans the Guadalquivir River, tour the Old Town and Jewish Quarter, designated a World Heritage site. 

Lunch is enjoyed independently with time to discover Cordoba on your own before returning to AntequeraJoin fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 8 — Antequera / Malaga

Begin the day with a presentation by a local speaker on Contemporary Spain. Later this morning depart for Malaga, a city currently undergoing a renaissance in the development of culture and the arts. Take a guided tour of the Museo Picasso Malaga, dedicated to the artist in the city of his birth. With a remarkable collection of work from the arc of Picasso’s various periods, the museum showcases them in chronological order so visitors get a sense of how this world-famous artist developed over the years.

Enjoy lunch independently with time to explore Malaga on your own.

This evening, gather back in Antequera for a farewell reception and dinner at the Parador. Traditional flamenco musicians and dancers enhance the evening with their fiery performance. (B,R,D)

Day 9 — Return to your gateway city

After an early breakfast, transfer to Malaga’s Costa del Sol Airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)