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 $3,740

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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SPECIAL OFFER

Save $250 per person on both our 2019 and 2020 departures when you book by October 25, 2019!

*No Single Supplement for solo travelers! (Limited availability, book early to ensure your place)

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. Visit the Tour Details tab and click on "Special Air Rates/Services" drop down. 

Overview

Explore the influence of Moorish, Christian, and Jewish cultures in Andalusia—as reflected in its art and architecture, cuisine, and culture—during this one-week stay in Antequera. Located in the heart of Andalusia, this lovely white hill town and the Parador de Antequera are ideal for exploring the region.

Highlights Include:

  • Antequera:  Take delight in this classic medieval town, where you’ll also find the largest megalithic tomb in Europe, a 14th-century fortress that watches over the city, and more than 30 churches and cathedrals. 
  • Granada, Seville, Ronda, and Córdoba: Gaze at the elaborate Moorish design of Granada’s Alhambra, a palace with ornate buildings, courtyards, and gardens. In Seville, admire the tile work at the Plaza de España and visit the immense Gothic cathedral and Alcázar. Explore the smaller towns of Ronda, dramatically perched on the El Tajo gorge, and Córdoba, with its grand Le Mezquita (mosque), later transformed into a cathedral. And in Málaga, take in the art of native son Pablo Picasso at the Museo Picasso. 
  • Cultural Traditions: Admire the passionate music and dance of flamenco and savor the region’s culinary specialties, including a wine tasting.

Itinerary

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

Depart the U.S. for Malaga, Spain via your trans-Atlantic 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

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 the 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 local specialties, visit the Town Hall to see the cloisters and the main salon where council meetings are held. 

In the early evening join fellow travelers in Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for an informal discussion of the day’s discoveries. Later, enjoy a walk into town for dinner 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 afternoon. This evening, join fellow travelers and enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant. (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, gather for a group dinner at the Parador. (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 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, that 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 Antequera. This evening join a local expert for a talk and discussion on Contemporary Spain.

Join 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)