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Authentic Andalucia - Exodus Travels
Authentic Andalucia - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Malaga
+8 Destinations
Southern Spain
Ends
Malaga
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Highlights

  • Visit magic cities like Granada or Sevilla
  • Soak in the Andalusian countryside
  • Walk through the olive groves of Algamitas
  • Enjoy delicious tapas with some authentic Spanish wine
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in Malaga! With the discovery tour Authentic Andalucia, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Malaga, Spain and 8 other destinations in Spain. Authentic Andalucia is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • BW
    Written on September 9, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The staff at the Cortijo and Alexi the tour leader went out of their way to help make the tour the success that it was. My only complaint is that the rooms at the Cortijo were unbearably hot at night so sleeping was difficult. Needs air conditioning. Otherwise it was an enjoyable and fun trip.
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  • Authentic Andalucia reviewer 2
    Written on June 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This holiday makes for a relaxing week in stunning surroundings with some excellent walking and delicious food!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The visit to Seville was fantastic. We spent it wandering around the town, visiting the impressive Royal Palace and having a relaxing lunch on one of the shady squares. The walk to and over the Pass of the Doves was for me the highlight of the walks.  What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was excellent. He was friendly and easy going and full of knowledge. He was at all times aware of people's abilities, being attentive and helpful where necessary.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat, and don't forget your swimming things!Is there anything else you would like to add?For this holiday we stayed in the Cortijo Rosario. It is good to stay in one centre, as you don't have any packing and re-packing to do. The Cortijo has very friendly and efficient  staff. We had some very nice food, which was locally sourced and home cooked. On the last night we had a cooking demonstration on how to cook Gazpachio and a Paella and how to make a delicious Sangria. The walks are leisurely and moderate and always end in a local cafe with a nice beer or the superb 'tinto de verano' they serve there. On coming back to the Cortijo, you can fall straight into the swimming pool and cool off!

  • Authentic Andalucia reviewer 3
    Written on May 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Cortijo Rosario is an excellent base from which to explore and be introduced to Andalucia in a group trip. The cortijo is situated half way up a hill overlooking the valley and the village of Algamitas. The accomodation is simple, adequate and spotlessly clean and caters for everything that you may need. The staff from the village are very friendly, approachable and will do everything possible to help. The food is really excellent whilst the bar provides a good range of wines and other drinks for most tastes. If you are trying to diet, forget it!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Whilst the organised day trips are excellent, we find that a 20 minute stroll into the village to wander through the street market and then pop into Remy's bar for a drink is so special. The welcome is something we rarely encounter at home these days and everyone is so courteous and polite. The views from the cortijo of the valley and the hills beyond are great, but a short walk up the track and through the olive groves reveales many more fantastic images of colours, patterns and shades that continually change throughout the day.What did you think of your group leader?The local Alax James is a new leader to Exodus and shows great promise for the future.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just be prepared to have a fantastic trip with plenty to do and see but also with lots of time to relax and be stress free.Is there anything else you would like to add?Algamitas is not a tourist area and on the face of it, there is nothing there. However, once you start looking and thinking about the cortijo, the village and the surrounding area, you realise how much there is to do, see, hear and enjoy during your week.

  • Authentic Andalucia reviewer 4
    Written on May 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Cortijo Rosario is an excellent base from which to explore and be introduced to Andalucia in a group trip. The cortijo is situated half way up a hill overlooking the valley and the village of Algamitas. The accomodation is simple, adequate and spotlessly clean and caters for everything that you may need. The staff from the village are very friendly, approachable and will do everything possible to help. The food is really excellent whilst the bar provides a good range of wines and other drinks for most tastes. If you are trying to diet, forget it!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Whilst the organised day trips are excellent, we find that a 20 minute stroll into the village to wander through the street market and then pop into Remy's bar for a drink is so special. The welcome is something we rarely encounter at home these days and everyone is so courteous and polite. The views from the cortijo of the valley and the hills beyond are great, but a short walk up the track and through the olive groves reveales many more fantastic images of colours, patterns and shades that continually change throughout the day.What did you think of your group leader?The local Alax James is a new leader to Exodus and shows great promise for the future.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just be prepared to have a fantastic trip with plenty to do and see but also with lots of time to relax and be stress free.Is there anything else you would like to add?Algamitas is not a tourist area and on the face of it, there is nothing there. However, once you start looking and thinking about the cortijo, the village and the surrounding area, you realise how much there is to do, see, hear and enjoy during your week.

  • Authentic Andalucia reviewer 5
    Written on July 13, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip, surpassing my expections.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The daytrip to Ronda on the free day (Wednesday)What did you think of your group leader?Alana was a great group leader. Friendly and informative, she made a point of finding out any additional information which she needed to answer our questions. Her briefings were clear and concise and she was very organised and efficient. Thanks Alana!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Try all the activities and excursions, as in different ways, they were all excellent.Is there anything else you would like to add?I had a wonderful week in Andalucia. This trip affords an opportunity to get a real feel for the region and its towns and cities. The Cortijo was a charming, relaxed and comfortable base for the week. It was immaculately clean and expertly run by Nieves. The bedrooms are small though, and I'm glad I booked a twin for single occupancy. The food was excellent. Local produce beautifully cooked by Maria and Rocio and served in spectacular surroundings. I really enjoyed the cooking demonstration on the last evening. Use of the Cortijo bus, expertly diven by Juan, made all excursions easy and pleasurable, without the need to worry about timetables and connections. A great holiday, made even better by the company of a lovely group of people. Thanks all!

  • Authentic Andalucia reviewer 6
    Written on July 13, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip, surpassing my expections.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The daytrip to Ronda on the free day (Wednesday)What did you think of your group leader?Alana was a great group leader. Friendly and informative, she made a point of finding out any additional information which she needed to answer our questions. Her briefings were clear and concise and she was very organised and efficient. Thanks Alana!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Try all the activities and excursions, as in different ways, they were all excellent.Is there anything else you would like to add?I had a wonderful week in Andalucia. This trip affords an opportunity to get a real feel for the region and its towns and cities. The Cortijo was a charming, relaxed and comfortable base for the week. It was immaculately clean and expertly run by Nieves. The bedrooms are small though, and I'm glad I booked a twin for single occupancy. The food was excellent. Local produce beautifully cooked by Maria and Rocio and served in spectacular surroundings. I really enjoyed the cooking demonstration on the last evening. Use of the Cortijo bus, expertly diven by Juan, made all excursions easy and pleasurable, without the need to worry about timetables and connections. A great holiday, made even better by the company of a lovely group of people. Thanks all!

  • Authentic Andalucia reviewer 7
    Written on June 30, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A really different trip altogether, with great surroundings, delicious genuine food, lovely people, both local and fellow travellers and beautiful places to visit.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The times we used to dine outside in the cortijo terrace overlooking that great scenery.What did you think of your group leader?He did not always know answers to questions asked and nearly always referred us back to the Spanish locals who were taking care of the cortijo and our stay! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?To make sure that if they like seeing places, they plan to go for a trip to Granada or Ronda on the free days of the trip, which in our case were Wednesday and Saturday, as there is not much to do at the Cortijo as it is pretty cut off from the big cities.  Algamitas is pretty, but small and there is not much to do there either during the day.Is there anything else you would like to add?It would have been nice if we were taken out to the village more often  during the week after dinner, to get a better feel of the village and its people.All those taking care of us at the cortijo were great people.  They really work hard and do their utmost to make your stay as pleasurable as possible.

  • Authentic Andalucia reviewer 8
    Written on June 30, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A really different trip altogether, with great surroundings, delicious genuine food, lovely people, both local and fellow travellers and beautiful places to visit.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The times we used to dine outside in the cortijo terrace overlooking that great scenery.What did you think of your group leader?He did not always know answers to questions asked and nearly always referred us back to the Spanish locals who were taking care of the cortijo and our stay! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?To make sure that if they like seeing places, they plan to go for a trip to Granada or Ronda on the free days of the trip, which in our case were Wednesday and Saturday, as there is not much to do at the Cortijo as it is pretty cut off from the big cities.  Algamitas is pretty, but small and there is not much to do there either during the day.Is there anything else you would like to add?It would have been nice if we were taken out to the village more often  during the week after dinner, to get a better feel of the village and its people.All those taking care of us at the cortijo were great people.  They really work hard and do their utmost to make your stay as pleasurable as possible.

  • Authentic Andalucia reviewer 9
    Written on June 26, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    The holiday was truly a relaxing one.  I particularly liked the cultural element and I really enjoyed the visits to Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Ronda.  Moreover Exodus leaves you free to explore these cities at your own pace.  The Andaluscia region is full of moorish architecture and it is amazing!  The Cortijo Rosario (residence) was really fantastic and the local cuisine was excellent.  I would surely remember Maria (the famous cook), Rocio, Nieves and Juan. I also appreciated the Spanish lessons, as provided by Isabella.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?As I said earlier...I particularly liked the Moorish influence on this part of Spain.  The remains of Moorish times are breathtaking.  Although our days were full to the brim, I also managed to find time to relax by the pool. What did you think of your group leader?The group leader had a fair knowledge of the historical context.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I would advice potential travellers to avoid mid/end June and July for their travels.  Even at the beginning of June, the heat was starting to get unbearable!!  

  • Authentic Andalucia reviewer 10
    Written on June 26, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    The holiday was truly a relaxing one.  I particularly liked the cultural element and I really enjoyed the visits to Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Ronda.  Moreover Exodus leaves you free to explore these cities at your own pace.  The Andaluscia region is full of moorish architecture and it is amazing!  The Cortijo Rosario (residence) was really fantastic and the local cuisine was excellent.  I would surely remember Maria (the famous cook), Rocio, Nieves and Juan. I also appreciated the Spanish lessons, as provided by Isabella.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?As I said earlier...I particularly liked the Moorish influence on this part of Spain.  The remains of Moorish times are breathtaking.  Although our days were full to the brim, I also managed to find time to relax by the pool. What did you think of your group leader?The group leader had a fair knowledge of the historical context.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I would advice potential travellers to avoid mid/end June and July for their travels.  Even at the beginning of June, the heat was starting to get unbearable!!  

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  1. Day 1: Start Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.
  2. Day 2: Half-day guided walk through nearby hills and olive groves of Algamitas.
  3. Day 3: Marvel at beautiful Moorish and 'Mudejar' architecture and enjoy the gardens of Seville; overnight in Seville.
  4. Day 4: To the white Moorish villages of Andalucia; visit Olvera and Setenil; return to the Cortijo.
  5. Day 5: Free day: explore the countryside around the farmhouse or visit Ronda or Cordoba.
  6. Day 6: Full day in Granada. Morning visit to the Alhambra; afternoon free to explore; overnight in Granada.
  7. Day 7: To the white village of Antequera; short walk in El Torcal Natural Reserve; transfer back to the Cortijo.
  8. Day 8: End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

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Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • January 1, 2017

      Is this tour offered in August?

      Unfortunately this tour is not offered in August.

      If this trip isn't quite what you were looking for, we still have plenty of fantastic tours. Get in contact with us and our customer support team will work on pairing you with the perfect adventure.

    • November 1, 2016

      Is it possible for me to get a room to myself?

      Yes, you'll able to get a room to yourself at an additional charge. However, if you are okay to share a room with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional cost beyond the tour price.

    • August 1, 2016

      How would one get to Cortijo Rosario from Madrid or Malaga?

      Please note the start hotel is difficult to get to by yourself and you should try to meet the group at Malaga airport to take the transfer with them if possible. However, if you are going to take a taxi to the hotel then the cost will be approximately €140 - €150 (payable locally) and can be booked through Exodus prior to departure. Alternatively, the closest train station to the Cortijo is Almargen. From Malaga you need to take a train to Bobadilla and change here to reach Almargen. You can take any train to Bobadilla, however only 3 connect well with the trains to Almargen. From Almargen you will need to take a taxi to the Cortijo (approx €25) or from Bobadilla (€50). Taxis are sometimes difficult to find. If you are having trouble finding one please ask in the nearest bar, or phone the Cortijo, who may be able to arrange a taxi for you.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 649 km.
    • Malaga (Spain)
    • 73 km
    • Algamitas (Spain)
    • 86 km
    • Seville (Spain)
    • 82 km
    • Olvera (Spain)
    • 23 km
    • Ronda (Spain)
    • 132 km
    • Cordoba (Spain)
    • 131 km
    • Granada (Spain)
    • 87 km
    • Antequera (Spain)
    • 6 km
    • Torcal de Antequera NP (Spain)
    • 30 km
    • Malaga (Spain)

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