Spain small group holiday
Description of Spain small group holiday
You’ll kick off this Spain small group holiday in the buzzing city of Madrid, where you have time to explore the museums and restaurants, before heading to beautiful Granada, which is backed by the Sierra Nevada Mountains and famous for its Moorish architecture. Seville, known for its oranges, tapas and flamenco, comes next. Here you can visit the world's largest Gothic cathedral as well as the grand buildings of Alcazar, a complex of palaces used by both Moorish and Christian rulers.
After all that culture, it’s time for a spell at the beach. You’ll head to the windswept beach town of Tarifa, on the Costa de la Luz, where you can go whale and dolphin watching or just relax on the promenade. Andalusia is next on the agenda, and you’ll visit the towns of Cordoba and Ronda, both full of beautiful architecture, excellent restaurants and lively bars.
Your final stop is the Catalan city of Barcelona, whose museums and galleries, Gothic architecture, foodie scene and non-stop nightlife make it a city you won't forget any time soon.
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1 Reviews of Spain small group holiday
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2015 by Barbara Harrison
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
So many things, but the hike in Ronda what so memorable-- watching the light change with the sun rise, all the fruit trees we strolled through and the stunning view of the walled city. The chance to shop for and make Paella in Valencia was also a huge hit.
Exploring the food and drink in the back alleys of Seville was wonderful too. The
Alhambra was spectacular. Wandering through the orange trees in the gardens of the Moorish palaces was so special.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Travel light; bring comfortable walking sandals...definitely eat and rest when the
locals do to take full advantage of the local color and your time at each stop. Rent the local city bikes - keep moving so you can enjoy all the wonderful food! Eat with the group (my group was small - just 5 of us) so that you can take advantage of a large selection of tapas and get a broader experience. Read up on every city to prioritize what you want to do - you can do a lot in the day and 1/2 you will average at each stop.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We went to and supported local restaurants and took advantage of local tours, so I think so.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Was great! Vivi shared her favorite haunts, gave us the local view and made sure we all had a wonderful time.
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