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To the south of the Iberian Peninsula, Andalusia boasts an immense wealth of never-ending beaches. This region blessed by the sun also exudes unparalleled joie de vivre. So come and recharge your batteries in the balmy Andalusian evenings, nibbling on some tapas to the sound of flamenco music, or relaxing in the sun on one of the many fine sand beaches. Or come to admire the grandeur of the Moorish era at the Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita in Córdoba or the Giralda in Seville.
The Costa de la Luz owes its name to the intense quality of the light that bathes the entire coast. A sunshine destination par excellence, tourists from all over the world come to spend relaxing or active seaside holidays here. Full facilities for families, wide beaches and unspoiled sand dunes await holidaymakers here. For culture lovers, an excursion to the magnificent city of Seville is a must. And let’s not forget the famous Xérès, a delicious beverage from the Andalusian lands blessed by the sun.
Stop by one of the many bodegas in the area to learn about the different stages of sherry production and to taste the typical white wine.
Try your hand at kitesurfing or windsurfing in Tarifa, a famous spot with a hippie atmosphere where many schools and rental places have been created. Its location, at the southern end of the European continent, benefits from a strong wind, guaranteed all year round.
The Costa de la Luz has many golf courses. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced golfer, you can easily combine a relaxing stay with improving your swing.
Don't miss a stopover in Tangier, Morocco, located 14 km from the Spanish coast. Dive into the oriental magic of this city, its medina and discover its museum of ancient objects, its port, its kasbah and its bazaars representative of the Arab culture.
Watch a choreographed equestrian art show to the rhythm of lively music. You will be amazed by the skills of these magnificent stallions.
To admire the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, you'll have to go to Seville. This building, a symbol of the city and a World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit.
Enjoy an authentic flamenco show with Andalusian costumes and music, in an exciting atmosphere.
Take your camera to capture the postcard-perfect beauty of the paradisiacal beaches of the Costa de la Luz.
Start your visit to Jerez de la Frontera with its charming old town, before heading to the Alcázar de Jerez, the El Salvador Cathedral and a stop at a wine cellar and the prestigious Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.
Approx. 8 km from the little town of Chiclana, with its 13th century tower and its numerous monuments of great artistic importance, this elegant holiday destination has developed and is equipped with one of the best golf courses in Spain. Hotels, private villas, small bars, restaurants and shopping centres are located right by the natural Playa La Barrosa fine sand beach which stretches over 8 km. Approx. 70 km from Jerez airport.
Rota is located at the northern point of the Bay of Cadiz. The hotels are close to the old town of Rota, with its many historical monuments, its parks and restaurants, bars and shops inviting you to explore. The beaches in Rota and the surrounding area are among the most beautiful and the cleanest in Spain.
This quintessential little Andalusian fishing town, with its charming narrow streets and flower-filled patios, has everything for the holidaymaker: an endless fine sand beach, bars, restaurants and shops.
Isla Canela is located on the Costa de la Luz, approx. 80 km from Faro airport (transfer approx. 1 hour 20 minutes). A new holiday spot with several apartment complexes and some small taverns. Isla Canela is linked to the mainland by a large jetty, and so doesn’t really appear to be an actual island. Just 5 km away lies the quintessential little Spanish town of Ayamonte. Isla Canela offers fabulous beaches and is surrounded by a large nature reserve with a great variety of flora and fauna. Given the proximity to the Portuguese border, guests staying in Costa de la Luz will land at Faro airport in Portugal and leave from there by bus for the transfer to their hotel in Spain.
This excursion is all about flamenco, sherry and Andalusian horses. After a panoramic tour and a walk through the town, you will have free time to explore the centre at your own pace. Then the tour continues with a visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where you will watch a top-level dressage show with Andalusian stallions. Lunch break in the ‘Taberna Flamenca’, an old sherry bodega, in the old town of Jerez (lunch included in the price). After the meal, visit to a traditional bodega.
Total duration approx. 9h30.
This charming little mountain town, one of the best known in Andalusia, presides over this wild and romantic region like an eagle’s nest. The visit begins with a stop at the amphitheatre, the oldest and most famous in the entire region. From here, you will head towards the old town nearby. Afterwards everyone can explore the old town at their own pace. In Grazalema, the rainiest village in the country, you will have the chance to walk around this authentic Andalusian ‘white village’, before continuing the journey towards the high point of the excursion, a pass at approx. 1,200 m offering a fantastic view of the hills and mountains towards the Atlantic.
Total duration approx. 10h30.
Seville is one of the most beautiful jewels, not only in Andalusia, but in all of Spain. Your guide will bring you to two of Seville’s most beautiful squares, as well as the prettiest park in the town, the Maria Luisa park. Afterwards you will have free time to tour the town as you please - the guide can give you recommendations or further information on any aspects you are interested in. The programme continues with the ‘city tour’, the official guided visit, which includes a visit to the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. To conclude the tour, you will explore the Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter of the city, and unquestionably the most charming part of Seville.
Total duration approx. 10h30.
This excursion is a true voyage through time: to an era when Christians, Jews and Muslims not only coexisted peacefully in Andalusia, but worked together to raise the region to its zenith. In the 10th century, Córdoba was the most important city - and also the most beautiful - in Western Europe. La Mezquita, its great Mosque, is also a Cathedral. During the journey of approx. 3 hours to Córdoba, you will pass by several sites of interest in the region. Your tour of the town of Córdoba starts in the Orange Tree Courtyard of the La Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral. Its forest of columns is among the most beautiful in the history of architecture. Afterwards the tour will bring you through the superb maze of the old Jewish quarter with its flower-filled balconies and patios. You will have free time to meander around the town as you please.
Total duration approx. 11 h.
Cadiz is the oldest town in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. Founded by the Phoenicians 3,000 years ago, this city was then occupied by the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths and Muslims, before being recaptured by the King of Castille. During this half-day excursion, you will walk in the footsteps of this rich historical past.
Departing from Chiclana, the journey will take around 30 minutes and will bring you through the Bay of Cadiz with its salt marshes that are home to numerous birds. The visit to Cadiz begins with a panoramic tour along the seafront and around the old town, with commentary on the main points of interest. Beginning from the old market square, the tour on foot includes the historical centre, the new cathedral - emblematic of the city - and the ‘Torre Tavira’ observation tower with Spain’s first Camera Obscura. It is precisely these observation towers that have made the town of Cadiz famous worldwide: their characteristic silhouette was the first thing that voyagers arriving from the sea could make out, allowing the town of Cadiz to be identified from a great distance.
Afterwards you will have free time to explore the town at your leisure. Having said this, your guide is at your disposition for more detailed information on the different sites, including the cathedral and the two bell towers, the archaeological site beside the cathedral, the shopping streets, the flower market, the covered market, the archaeological museum etc. In addition, numerous buildings still bear witness to the town’s economic boom in the 18th century after the transfer of the commercial monopoly with America from Seville to Cadiz. Delve into the unique atmosphere of this incomparable town and soak up its quintessential charm.
Duration of the excursion: approx. 5 h.
Formerly the most cosmopolitan city in Africa, today Tangier is still one of the main gateways to the continent. A town of incredible contrasts and a melting pot of diverse cultures, it is a meeting point between East and West. A short journey will bring you to Tarifa, the southernmost point of Europe located on the narrowest channel between the two continents. Departing from the harbour, a comfortable speedboat makes the crossing to Tangier in just 40 minutes.
Upon arrival, a Moroccan guide will take care of you. On board a Moroccan bus that meets European standards, you will take a panoramic tour of the modern part of the city, passing the palace of the King of Morocco.
The tour of the old town is on foot and includes a visit to a lively market. You will have your midday meal in a quintessential Moroccan restaurant: couscous - the national dish - and mint tea will be on the menu (meal included).
After the meal, the walk will continue through the exotic streets of the old town with the possibility of buying souvenirs in the shops or stalls along the streets (option of paying in Euros).
Duration of the excursion: approx. 11h.
The excursions on offer, as well as their prices and times, may vary depending on the location of the hotel. Excursion prices are provided for information purposes only and may be subject to change. For more information and to book, please contact your local LuxairTours guide.