From your home base in historic Antequera, discover Andalusia, the heart of Spain’s history, art, and culture.

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 The evocative garden area of the Generalife at the Alhambra, Granada  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

Spain’s Andalusia

A One-Week Stay in Antequera

9 days from $3,740

From your home base in historic Antequera, discover Andalusia, the heart of Spain’s history, art, and culture.

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Overview

Andalusia, Spain’s historic southern region, owes its name and much of its heritage to eight centuries of Moorish rule. Stemming from the Arabic name Al-Andalus, Andalusia is just one of the thousands of Spanish words with Arabic roots. Explore the influence of Moorish culture, along with Christian and Jewish influences, on Spanish culture during that time. Examine the legacies of these great cultures through Andalusia’s art, architecture, and cuisine while appreciating the region’s contemporary culture. From the Alhambra and the great mosque in Córdoba to the charming town of Ronda and the cultural center of Seville, embrace the best of Andalusia.

Highlights Include:

  • Antequera: Stay in this classic Andalusian town, crowned by its Alcazaba, a 14th-century Moorish fortress built atop Roman ruins. In the centuries following the Reconquest, Antequera became known for its many churches. Nearby, find Europe’s largest megalithic tomb.​
  • Day Excursions: Admire Granada’s Alhambra, a Moorish fortress with magnificent buildings, fountains, and courtyards. See the beautiful tile work at the Seville’s Plaza de España, and visit the Alcázar and the immense Gothic cathedral.In Córdoba, admire La Mezquita, the great mosque-turned-cathedral. In Málaga, take in the full breadth of native son Pablo Picasso at the Museo Picasso Málaga.
  • Cultural Traditions: Feel the passion of flamenco music and dancing at a special performance, visit a vineyard for a wine tasting, and learn about the traditions of bullfighting.

Itinerary

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

Depart the U.S. for Malaga, Spain via overnight trans-Atlantic air service. After clearing customs at Malaga’s Costa del Sol Airport depart for the short drive to Antequera. Check-in to the Parador de Antequera.

Each traveler will receive a Welcome Kit containing information about Antequera and the Andalusian region. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be on hand to assist you. There’s time to relax and settle in before joining fellow travelers for a Smithsonian Journeys 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 visit the Real Colegiata de Santa Maria la Mayor. Then explore the picturesque cobblestone streets of Antequera, the city of white.

After a lunch of local specialties, visit the Town Hall to see the cloisters and the main salon. This evening is free to walk into town for dinner at one of the lively cafes or you may 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, pools, courtyards, and shady colonnades. Lunch of Mediterranean 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. Gather in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for an informal discussion with the Smithsonian Journeys Expert. This evening, enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Seville

Drive to Seville, the cultural heart of southern Spain. Conquered by the Moors in 712, 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. 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. Return to Antequera late in the day and enjoy a group dinner at the Parador. (B,D)

Day 6 — Ronda

Enjoy a talk on Spain’s bullfighting traditions. Later, 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 an informal discussion about the day’s discoveries. (B,L)

Day 7 — Cordoba

After breakfast, set out for the fascinating city of Cordoba, originally a Roman settlement that 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, and discover the Old Town and Jewish Quarter, designated a World Heritage site.

Lunch is at leisure with time to discover the city on your own before returning to Antequera. This evening, join fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 8 — Antequera / Malaga

A short ride takes you to 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 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 the U.S.

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

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