Southern Spain: Granada, Seville & the coast
Take a tapas crawl through Granada, go sherry-tasting in Seville and learn to surf Tarifa’s best beach breaks
Southern Spain: Granada, Seville & the coast
Sample five types of Vino de Jerez during an expert-led sherry tasting
About your trip
Feel the passion of flamenco, sample the tapas of Granada and revel in Andalucía’s Moorish legacy on this eight-day Spanish escapade.
Located at the old frontier between Europe and the Arab world, Andalucía is steeped in Islamic history. Bring the past to life in Granada, as you explore the medieval Alhambra Palace and the labyrinthine streets of the Albaicín neighbourhood. Cycle through the centuries-old streets of sun-baked Seville, with its opulent Moorish architecture. And kick back in the Moroccan-style surf town of Tarifa, with clear views of Africa from its wild, windswept coast.
Along the way, there’ll be tapas crawls and flamenco clubs, sherry tasting and surf lessons. You’ll take a gentle hike through the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada and even have the chance to spot whales on a private wildlife cruise. Over the course of eight days, you’ll unlock the heart and soul of Andalucía’s rich heritage through immersive experiences led by local experts. And you’ll do it all with a group of people just like you, looking to discover the authentic side of Spain.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Local transport
- Max 14 travellers per group
- 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary
- Stay in hand-picked 3-4 star hotels
- Arrival transfer included
- Private minibus
- Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination 30 days before departure OR proof of a negative test within 72 hours of their adventure starting. Flashpackers must also provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 Hola, España
Welcome to Andalucía, a region steeped in culture and tradition, brimming with natural riches. Touching down in Málaga, a private Flash Pack transfer will be waiting to whisk you to Granada, where you’ll be spending your first few days. The final stronghold of the Moorish caliphate, which fell to the Catholics in 1492, nowhere captures the sense of Andalucía’s Nasrid past like this intriguing city. There’ll be time to freshen up and meet your guide before tonight’s welcome activity: an experiential tapas tour, where you’ll sample all kinds of local appetisers from traditional flamenquines (fried ham and cheese rolls) to creamy salmorejo (chilled tomato and garlic soup). A tasty start to your trip.
Day 02 Granada’s Moorish architecture
Today, you’ll be visiting one of Spain’s most iconic sights: the opulent Alhambra Palace. This 13th-century fortress is one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Europe, its walls adorned with intricate tiles and calligraphy. Spend the morning exploring its courtyards and hallways, seeing how the Moors achieved their vision of paradise through the principles of beauty and symmetry. Later, you’ll explore the evocative Albaicín – the city’s medieval Arab Quarter – winding through the whitewashed streets, lined with cute cafes and tapas bars, to the Mirador de San Nicolás for spectacular city views. Finish your evening at an authentic Tablao Flamenco, where you’ll watch a spectacular live performance of this intensely passionate art form.
Day 03 Gentle gorge hiking
Fuel up at breakfast, as today you’re headed for the foothills of the lofty Sierra Nevada – a tranquil region of fertile valleys dotted with wild flowers, almond orchards and olive groves on the range’s southern flanks. From the sleepy riverside village of Monachil, an easy but adventurous trail runs through a dramatic gorge. Negotiating suspension bridges and rocky overhangs, past waterfalls and narrow caves, the trail opens up to an amazing viewpoint over the Andalucían countryside. Enjoy some free time to relax and explore the village, or cool off in one of the swimming holes. Then it’s time to head back to Granada for an evening at leisure, perhaps sampling more local flavours at one of the city’s many restaurants.
Day 04 Seville by bicycle
Goodbye Granada, hello Seville. After breakfast, you’ll hit the road to Andalucía’s charismatic capital. Conjuring up images of flamenco dancing and street parades, stylish shops and crowded bars, it encompasses all the romance and passion of this hot, hedonistic region. With its Moorish and Renaissance architecture – from the Real Alcázar palace to the Catedral de Sevilla – the wealth of culture here is remarkable. Your introduction to the city will be on a guided cycling tour, delving into its citrus-scented backstreets and uncovering some lesser-known spots in the cooler part of the day. As evening falls, join the locals in the bohemian Alameda neighbourhood, a pedestrianised area buzzing with bars, cafes and restaurants.
Day 05 City sights & sherry tasting
Enjoy a free day to explore Seville at your own pace, stopping off in leafy plazas for ice cream and carafes of sangria. Admire the cathedral and its landmark Giralda bell tower, once a great mosque and 12th-century minaret. Pause to admire the exotic royal palace, Real Alcázar, and explore the maze of narrow streets in Seville’s historic centre before making your way to the vibrant district of El Arenal. Here, overlooking the Torre del Oro, you’ll rejoin your group to learn about Andalucía’s famous fortified wine: sherry. During an expert-led tasting, you’ll savour five different samples, discovering how it’s made the traditional way and why it’s the perfect complement to your tapas.
Day 06 Wildlife cruise
It’s time to hit the beach. After breakfast, you’ll leave Seville and start your journey to the wild, undeveloped Costa de la Luz. You’re headed for Tarifa, at the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula where the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet. Just nine miles from Morocco, the laid back surf town has a tangible North African feel, with its walled windswept old town and winding whitewashed streets. It also has some of the region’s longest sandy beaches, making it a hub for watersports. There’s a special afternoon in store, as you’ll be heading out to sea on a private cruise (weather permitting). Accompanied by a marine expert, you’ll scan the waves for pilot whales, fin whales and resident pods of dolphins.
Day 07 Surf lesson & beach time
It’s your final full day and we couldn’t let you leave Tarifa without some dedicated time at the beach. This morning, you’ll don a wetsuit and take a private surf lesson with your group. Led by an expert instructor, you’ll cheer each other on as you master the basics of paddling out, popping up and having fun in the waves. Tired but contented, there’ll be time to chill out on the powder-white sand before setting off on the final leg of your journey back to Málaga. Tonight, you’ll be heading out to a top-notch restaurant for a farewell dinner with your group. It might have only been a week, but you’ve made memories to last a lifetime.
Day 08 Adios, Andalucía
Our Favourite Hotels
Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.
Hotel Reina Cristina
Occupying an ornate former residence where poet Federico García Lorca spent his final days, this old-world hotel is just a stone’s throw from Granada’s grand cathedral. The elegant interiors are brimming with classical character, with Andalucían furnishings and original marble floors.
Abba Sevilla Hotel
Overlooking a bustling square in Seville’s historic centre, Abba Sevilla is a polished, modern hotel full of understated elegance. Cool off in the outdoor plunge pool and soak up the skyline views from the rooftop bar and terrace, particularly atmospheric at sunset.
NH Hotel, Málaga
Cool and contemporary, the riverside NH Málaga is in a prime location within walking distance of the beach. There’s a laid-back Mediterranean restaurant and a gorgeous rooftop pool and terrace, ideal for unwinding with a crisp glass of cava and a balmy sea breeze.
- Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code
Fly in and out of Málaga Airport (AGP).
- What time should my flight arrive? (in time for the welcome meeting)
There will be two group transfers on Day 1 from Málaga Airport to Granada. These will leave at 12pm and 2:30pm, so please ensure your flight arrives in plenty of time.
- What time should my flight depart on the last day?
There are no planned activities on Day 8, so depart at your own leisure after breakfast.
- Are airport transfers included?
Your arrival transfer is included and is private to Flash Pack.
We don’t include departure transfers, but your Pack Leader can help book your transfers the night before if needed. If you and other Flashpackers are getting the same flight, we recommend splitting the taxi journey.
- Are tips included?
Tips are not included in this adventure. Your Pack Leader can advise on suitable amounts to tip local activity guides or services where appropriate, and we will provide a suggested tipping budget closer to your departure date. Please note that all tipping is optional and will depend on what you feel comfortable with.
- Do I need a visa?
You do not need a visa if you’re visiting as a tourist from the EU, UK, USA, Australia or Canada.
Please check with your local consulate/embassy if the country you are travelling from requires a visa.
We recommend that you have at least six months validity remaining on your passport and can show a return ticket.
- What sort of luggage should I bring?
Please be aware that in Granada and Seville, the minibus won’t be able to access some areas of the city so you may need to walk to the hotel with your luggage.
- Will this itinerary change?
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.
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