Spanish Detours

Your Personal Tour of Andalucía Starts Here

Our experience has enabled us to plan an exclusive private tour of Andalucía for you, bursting with memories that will last a lifetime.

Quite simply your holiday with Spanish Detours will be like no other. Our aim is to give you a good overview of Andalucía, its history, it's people and it's culture.

The advantages of choosing to tour Spain with Spanish Detours are:-

  • Individuality of private touring.
  • Exclusive use of a 2 bedroomed, 2 bath-roomed, renovated townhouse situated on the church square in the traditional market town of Riogordo.
  • Full use of an air-conditioned vehicle with Shane and Jess, your tour leaders/drivers.
  • Local official city guides in Córdoba, Seville and Ronda.
  • 24/7 help and assistance of your Spanish-speaking tour leaders.
  • We don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s your holiday.

We want to share with you the stunning cities of Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Malaga, plus Ronda, not only to see the historical sights but also to absorb the Spanish way of life.

We also want to show you the sheer opulence of ancient Moorish palaces and the natural beauty of the mountains, stunning white villages, lakes, national parks and the Mediterranean coastline.

Listed below is a sample itinerary, based upon an 8 day/7 night stay, to show how all this can be achieved:-

Day 1 - Arrive at either Malaga airport or Malaga train station. Transfer to Riogordo and settle into your home for the week. After a brief welcome meeting and familiarisation of the house we will take an orientation tour of Riogordo. The Andalucíans are very welcoming and don’t be surprised if, around town, you are greeted with a cheery "hola" or "buenos dias".

Day 2 - Cordoba. A small city with a big heart, where Maria, your local private guide will take you through La Mezquita, the world’s third largest mosque that has a Cathedral built in its centre and also the Juderia (Jewish quarter) with its maze of narrow alleyways and shops. The atmosphere here with the hubbub of tourists virtually recreates how life was in this part of the city during the 10th century in the medina. Following a tapas lunch, we'll stroll through several historic plazas and return to the vehicle via the Roman bridge.

Day 3 - The Alhambra, the jewel in Spain’s crown. The Moorish palace complex normally takes at least 4 hours to cover with its palaces, fortifications and the Generalife gardens. From here we can either return via Riofrio which specializes in trout dishes, followed by a scenic drive through the mountains, or head into the city of Granada to visit the old Moorish Albaicin quarter, Mirador of San Nicholas and enjoy lunch up there with spectacular views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada.

Day 4 - We'll head up to the national park of El Torcal, one of our favourite places. A limestone plateau set at about 4000 feet where the boulders over millions of years of rain and wind erosion have been chiselled away leaving strange layers of rocks that appear to have been placed on top of each other. From there we can head to Malaga and take a stroll to Malaga's largest daily produce market, El Mercado de Atarazanas, a riot of colour, offering every type of fresh produce that you could ever need, then over to the Antigua Casa de la Guardia, the best place to sample Malaga wines which are served directly from the barrels as they have been since 1840. For lunch we would suggest a hidden gem of La Casa del Perro, which serves anything from small tapas works of art, to a full menu.

After lunch, the Picasso Museum which houses over 150 of his works from throughout his life is also a must see as is the Roman theatre via a meander through Calle Larios.

Day 5 - Seville. A fantastically vibrant city which is the heartbeat of Andalucía. Marta, your local private guide will show you the splendid 15th century Cathedral, the 9th century Real Alcazar royal palace complex which is still used by the Spanish royal family. Situated just along from the Cathedral is a tapas bar which has been run by the same family since 1907 where we can stop for lunch.

During the afternoon we can take a leisurely stroll through the Barrio Santa Cruz, the Gardens of Murillo, past the old Royal Tobacco Factory across to the breathtaking Plaza de España and back to the vehicle.

Day 6 - Frigiliana, an extremely photogenic white town overlooking the Mediterranean will be our first port of call. We can take a slow walk through the narrow streets where we will find various artisan shops, fabulous views and stop for a coffee. From there we'll take a scenic drive along the old coast road to Torre del Mar where you can have freshly barbecued fish on the beach. After lunch we can make our way to the picturesque hilltop Andalucían white town of Comares, which was founded by the Romans and then take the old road back to Riogordo.

Day 7 - Ronda. A town packed full of history and breathtaking views. Jesús, your local private guide will take you on a walking tour across the famous 18th century bridge spanning a stunning 120 metre gorge and into the picturesque historic centre. We can then enjoy lunch in one of Ronda's traditional tapas bars. After lunch you can then visit the oldest and most revered bullring in Spain that has a very informative museum or leave Ronda and visit the unusual cave town of Setenil.

Day 8 - After an action packed holiday it is time to bid a fond farewell and a safe onward journey full of happy memories.

In our opinion the suggested itinerary will show you the very best of what the area has to offer, however should you wish to change anything, also available in our area are the following activities:-

  • Ferias and Fiestas (seasonally)
  • Day trip to Gibraltar
  • Downtime in Riogordo
  • Chill out time on one of the many miles of beaches for which the Costa del Sol is famous
  • National parks
  • Lakes and gorges
  • Caves
  • Gardens

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