With its ancient cities and deserts, stunning beaches and imposing mountain range, Andalucia is home to one of Europe’s most diverse landscapes. For visitors, what this means is that there’s something for everyone; a fact reflected in the vast number of tourists who flock there each year.
Many will start in Madrid, the capital and geographical centre of Spain, before making their way south to embark on their Andalucian odyssey. With this in mind, we’ve come up with our top three Andalucia tours from Madrid, based on value for money, convenience and customer reviews.
FROM €452 PER PERSON
This four-day guided tour of some of the finest cities Andalusia has to offer introduces visitors to the rich cultural tapestry of the region. The tour starts in Madrid where an air-conditioned vehicle transports you to the Moorish magnificence of Cordoba, where your guide will accompany you around the UNESCO-listed city’s s myriad of impressive monuments. After an overnight stay in Cordoba it’s on to Seville, reputed to be the birthplace of flamenco dancing and home to a magnificent cathedral, where you’ll spend a couple of nights. Next up is Granada, with a tour of the majestic palace complex of Alhambra being a guaranteed highlight. After heading back towards Madrid, you’ll conclude your enriching excursion with a stroll around the medieval walled city of Toledo.
FROM €743 PER PERSON
From beautiful beaches to ancient palaces and eye-catching art, this 8-day tour covers a diverse range of landscapes – both natural and man-made. Starting in the Spanish capital, the tour takes in Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and the Costa del Sol, with a mix of organised visits and unstructured free time to roam at your leisure. Highlights include Granada’s Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, the Alcazar cathedral in Seville, and the Great Mosque and the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba. This tour includes a guide, 7 nights accommodation at 3- and 4-star hotels, meals, transport by luxury coach, select entrance fees and guided visits.
FROM €711 PER PERSON
This tour will take you to some of the most important cities in Andalusia. Spread over six days, you’ll get to explore the regional delights of Caceres, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, the famous Mediterranean city of Marbella, Granada, Toledo and, of course, the Spanish capital of Madrid, where your tour begins. Departing from Madrid, you’ll visit the heritage city of Caceres, a wonderfully preserved walled medieval town, then on to Cordoba with its magnificent Mosque. Next it’s Seville, where you’ll stay for two nights to explore its stunning Moorish architecture. Continuing south, you can enjoy some of the typical white stone-clad towns of Andalusia, stopping in Ronda and Marbella. Then comes the splendour of Granada, where the Alhambra Palace is one of Europe’s most visually impressive monuments. On the way back to Madrid, you’ll round off your tour in the scenic surroundings of Toledo, with its narrow streets and beautiful buildings.