Andalucia is world-famous for: bullfighting; climate; flamenco; gastronomy/tapas; fiestas; beaches; diverse geography.
Hotel Mercer, Sevilla (3 nights)
from €320 per night
In a restored 19th-century palace, this is a historic space with sharply-styled interiors and cutting-edge comforts, plus a rooftop terrace with pool and bar.
The Hotel Mercer marries a traditional Andalucian casa palacio – its noble façade and wrought-iron balconies, wonderfully glamorous curved marble staircase, magnificent light-filled patio, grand arches and fountain – with bang-up-to-date European furnishings. With only 12 rooms, service is attentive.
In a quiet street of the riverside Arenal district. You’re a swish of a matador’s cape away from the bullring, with a buzzing bar scene on your doorstep. The cathedral is five minutes’ walk away, as is the shopping area. The street itself is not overly attractive, but it has a pretty square at one end.
Activities for 2 days in Sevilla
A walking tapas tour of Sevilla
A walking tapas tour in Sevilla consists of three stops, a four-hour odyssey through the streets, following the well-worn trail of native food lovers. All of the stops are known for their excellent Spanish tapas.
The evening will culminate in a real gastronomic dinner. It will showcase the extraordinary expertise and traditions that have made Seville one of Europe’s most fascinating cities, a city which revels in its culture, architecture and of course, culinary tradition.
Morning walking tour of Sevilla
The immense Cathedral, officially the biggest in the world (by volume), awe-inspiring in its scale and sheer majesty, stands on the site of the great 12th-century Almohad mosque, with the mosque’s minaret (the Giralda) still towering beside it.
Follow this with a visit to the Alcázar of Seville, one of the most representative monumental complexes in the city, the country and the Mediterranean culture as a whole and the Santa Cruz quarter.
In the early evening, enjoy an authentic Flamenco show (duration 1 hour) where the artists sing “a cappella” and the dancers are at the same level as the audience, whilst you sip on a glass of sherry, wine or cava. The venue also has an interesting Flamenco museum can be visited before the Flamenco show.
Dinner on a private rooftop
The Viscount of Dos Fuentes will welcome you to his home within a neo-baroque building constructed in 1029. The building is located in front of the Cathedral and the Giralda and is considered to offer the most privileged views of Seville. Dinner will be served on the terrace with a specially curated menu.
A morning visit to the palaces of Sevilla
Explore the most important palaces of the city: Palacio de Pilatos and Palacio de Dueñas. A horse-drawn carriage will collect you from the entrance of Dueñas afterwards for a visit to the Plaza de España and the Park of Maria Luisa.
An evening of music at a privately-owned Palace
Cristina Ybarra will welcome you with some Spanish wine and tapas at her Sevillian Palace, located in the Santa Cruz district in the Jewish quarter. From here, you will be led to a very special chamber for an organ recital or opera performance.
Day trip to Cordoba
Upon arrival, you will have a private transfer to the Mezquita where your guide will be waiting for you.
Visit the magnificent Mosque-Cathedral, a symbol of worldly Islamic culture, the streets of the Juderia (Jewish Quarter) and the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, built by Alfonso XI on the remains of Roman and Arab constructions. It’s terraces and gardens, full of fish ponds, fountains and flowers are a pleasure to stroll through.
Your guide will take you to one of the best restaurants in town where you can have a very special Montilla- Moriles sherry tasting. Each wine will be paired with a different “palo” of flamenco (buleria, solea, tango, rumba….) played by a professional flamenco player. Lunch will be served after the tasting and will be based on typical Cordobese specialties.
Finca Cortesin, Casares (5 nights)
from €475 per night
Designed with a nod to the Iberian peninsula’s thrilling history, Finca Cortesin incorporates both Moorish and Castilian elements, and effortlessly manages that hard-to-pull-off trick of being glamorous and comfortable at the same time.
Superbly located in Casares, in the heart of the Andalusian coast line, between Marbella and Sotogrande, Finca Cortesin is a destination for those who like to be kept busy, it wins the facility x-factor hands-down.
In addition to the three pools, there are also paddle tennis courts, a spa, state-of-the-art gym and the beach club is just a kilometre away. Guests can take advantage of their exclusive Sports Card that enables them to easily access watersports activities along the coast, both above and below the waves.
Day trip to Ronda - Journey Time: 1 hour
Guided tour of the city 2h 15min and then lunch and tour to Reservatauro… it’s fun for kids.
Day trip to Granada
Journey Time: 2hrs 20mins
Visit to Fundación Rodriguez Acosta
After lunch at Fundación Rodriguez Acosta you will visit the Fundación “Carmen Blanco.”
Visit to the Alhambra
The sheer red walls of the Alhambra rise from woods of cypress and elm. Inside is one of the most splendid sights in Europe, a network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens. A World Heritage Site and the subject of scores of legends.
Morning visit Albaicin and Sacromonte
Explore these areas on foot, visiting the narrow alleys and walls and the private Casa Morisca, where you will be offered refreshments, before making your way to the Sacromonte of Granada is the gypsy quarter and was the birthplace of flamenco in Andalucia.
Lunch at Juan Rana’s restaurant
Based on the Nasrid legacy gastronomy, the restaurant has sensational views of the Alhambra (lunch a la carte, not included).
Private guided tour of the Perfume Palace
This is an olfactory journey exploring the rarest and most valuable raw materials from around the world, discovering perfumery’s ancestral rituals and know-how.
An evening of music and flamenco
Private dinner in bodega of a restaurant with Andalusian music and Spanish guitarist. After dinner, a private flamenco show with the possibility to interact with the artist.
Day Trip to a Bull and Horse Farm
A visit to an Andalusian bull & horse farm (not private) You would start with a walk discovering the fauna and flora of the Andalusian countryside and will see the bulls with their oxen in freedom.
Then do an exhibition with the animals: the Toro bravo, their cows and their calves and the mares and foals with a performance of Andalusian and classical dressage. Duration 1,5 hours approx.
Then drive to Azahara de los Atunes, as the name says….famous for it’s tuna to have lunch.
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