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The amazing Alhambra palace complex in Granada
Caption: The amazing Alhambra palace complex in Granada
Caption: Malaga's Cathedral is famous for its missing tower
Caption: Wine tasting in Ronda, the winery housed in an abandoned monastery
Caption: The Puente Nuevo bridge towering over the gorge in the heart of Ronda
Caption: Flamenco is synonymous with Andalucía
Caption: The beautiful gardens of the Generalife Palace at the Alhambra
Caption: Just a few miles inland from the bustling city of Málaga and the Costa del Sol beaches you find towering mountains and glorious countryside
Caption: The views from Ronda
Caption: Wine tasting in Ronda
Caption: The Alhambra overlooking Granada, Spain

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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility or require a wheelchair/mobility scooter.
Destination: Experience Spain
Member Event
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Flight information: Please arrange your flights to arrive into Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport [AGP] on Day 1 and to depart on Day 7
Pickup location: Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport [AGP]

Overview

Mar 19 - 25, 2023
Oct 31 - Nov 06, 2023

Experience the rich cultural heritage of Andalusia - Flamenco, the Alhambra, Picasso, tapas & more!

Join us on this event to southern Spain's beautiful region of Andalusia! Our Los Amigos Beach Club Resort on the region's Costa del Sol - Sunshine Coast - makes the perfect base from which to discover the best Andalusia has to offer.  Experience the rich and distinct cultural heritage of Andalusia dating back 1000s of years. Explore the beautiful palace and fortress complex of the Alhambra, the very modern Picasso Museum and the spectacular scenery of Ronda. Explore charming local towns, traditional villages and historic homes in the company of an expert local guide, whose knowledge and understanding will bring these locations to life for you.This Member Event will ensure you fall in love with Andalusia and want to return again and again.

Itinerary

PRE-JOURNEY - You may need to depart one day before the tour starts in order to arrive into Malaga Airport on Day 1.

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome to Spain
DAY 2 - Welcome Breakfast, Alfarnatejo & Housewives Lunch
DAY 3 - Ronda & Descalzos Viejos Winery
DAY 4 - Granada & The Alhambra
DAY 5 - Málaga & the Pablo Picasso Museum
DAY 6 - Mijas Pueblo, Andalusian Horse Show & Flamenco Evening
DAY 7 - Adios España!
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DAY 1 - Welcome to Spain

On arrival at Málaga Airport, there will be three complimentary scheduled transfers to the Los Amigos Resort. After collecting your luggage, proceed through to the Arrivals Hall where there will be a representative holding a Diamond Resorts Flag to welcome you and direct you to your transport.

After check-in the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the facilities at the resort.

Accommodation: Los Amigos Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts, Mijas-Costa, Spain 

DAY 2 - Welcome Breakfast, Alfarnatejo & Housewives Lunch

This morning, we will begin our day at the on-site restaurant with a welcome buffet breakfast, giving us an opportunity to meet our fellow members of THE Club® and discuss an overview of the exciting week ahead with our Big Journey Company Tour Director.

For our first excursion we will make our way to the town of Alfarnatejo, admiring the mountainous landscape as we travel. Passing through ancient olive groves we will visit a traditional Oil Mill to learn about the olive press process and, of course, sample the local olive oil with country bread, "Pan Cateto". 

On arrival in Alfarnatejo, we will stroll through the village streets to see the beautiful church and the local cottage museum. A real highlight today is being met by a co-operative of local housewives who take us into their homes for a long lunch that they have prepared. Following family recipes, they will give us an authentic opportunity to taste a variety of typical Spanish dishes from the region. Everyone completes this experience feeling they have made a new friend in their hosts. 

From here we will return to the resort and spend the evening at leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch 
Accommodation: Los Amigos Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts, Mijas-Costa, Spain 

DAY 3 - Ronda & Descalzos Viejos Winery

Today, we head inland to Ronda. This spectacular city is surrounded by lush river valleys and sits above a deep ravine. It is one of the most beautiful and visited cities in Spain and once seen, never forgotten! 

Our first stop is the beautiful setting of the Descalzos Viejos Winery, to soak in the atmosphere of this old monastery and take in the dramatic views. We learn more about the local wine making processes and have a tasting of their wines on the terrace. Today we also enjoy a long, luxurious traditional Spanish tapas lunch. If dessert hasn't arrived, the meal is not over!

Ronda has so much to offer, including the ‘Real Maestranza’ bullring, the oldest and most picturesque in Spain. We will take a guided walking tour to better understand this very Andalusian pastime. We will also have some free time to explore the old town, giving us time to enjoy the dramatic escarpments and views over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.  

Included meals: Lunch 
Accommodation: Los Amigos Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts, Mijas-Costa, Spain 

DAY 4 - Granada & The Alhambra

Today we head out to Granada and explore one of Spain's most famous sites - the World Heritage designated Alhambra. With parts dating back some 1,500 years, the Alhambra is rich historical complex of fortresses, palaces, gardens and religious buildings, set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We will take a guided walking tour through the garden and palaces, whose intricate design is not to be missed! 

The Alhambra is one of Europe's most popular travel destinations and our tickets are for a timed entry, so we fit lunch around the booking we are given. Today is a day for wearing your most comfortable shoes and packing snacks. 

Included meals: Lunch 
Accommodation: Los Amigos Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts, Mijas-Costa, Spain 

DAY 5 - Málaga & the Pablo Picasso Museum

There is a more leisurely start to this morning before we head out to the regional capital Málaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso. We begin our visit to Malaga with a guided walking tour, including the local market and cosmopolitan city avenues. We also enjoy a traditional tapas lunch at a bodega bar, sampling more of the culture and traditions of southern Spain.

After lunch we will visit the Alcazaba, a moorish castle built in the 11th century on a steep hill in the middle of the city. This fort is the best-preserved of its kind in Spain and stands over the even more ancient ruins of a 2,000 year old Roman ampitheatre, which is still used for outdoor performaces today. 

Málaga's Pablo Picasso Museum is the highlight of the day for many visitors. Housed in the Buenavista Palace, here you can contemplate the works of an artist who is attributed with changeing the course of modern art. Walk in guided groups through the rooms and facilities visiting the Collections of Picasso to gain a real understanding of the work of this most famous artist. 

We will head bac to the resort in the arly evening, after some time at leisure spent exploring the Avenues and lanes of Malaga's shopping and historic districts. 

Included meals: Lunch 
Accommodation: Los Amigos Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts, Mijas-Costa, Spain 

DAY 6 - Mijas Pueblo, Andalusian Horse Show & Flamenco Evening

This morning you may wish to stay at the resort, relaxing and enjoying it's facilities. There is also an option to take the shuttle bus to Mijas Pueblo, where it is possible to do some last-minute independent souvenir shopping or sightseeing in this picturesque village. Mijas Pueblo - the original town of Mijas is famed as one of Andalusia's best 'Pueblos Blancos' or white towns. It is easy to see why. Wander the cobbled streets between the whitewashed houses in this picturesque village, or perhaps take a carriage ride or donkey taxi to explore the sights in a more leisurely way.

The shuttle bus will return to the resort at lunch time, to allow some time for packing before heading out for the Farewell evening together. 

This evening, we all visit a typical Andalusian ranch on the coast. Here we enjoy an impressive display of traditional dressage. This evening is a showcase for the traditional Andalusian horses, their impressive training and teamwork with their riders. This night to remember also includes flamenco dancers and an Andalusian BBQ as a great finish to a packed week!

Included meals: Farewell Dinner 
Accommodation: Los Amigos Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts, Mijas-Costa, Spain 

DAY 7 - Adios España!

Sadly, it's the end of our Spanish adventure. There are three scheduled departures from the resort to Málaga Airport.

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What's included

  • 3 scheduled airport shuttle options to the resort from Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport [AGP] on Day 1 and returning on Day 7
    • There will be three scheduled transfers from Málaga Airport to the Los Amigos Resort on Day 1, departing the airport at 11am, 2pm and 6pm.
    • There will be three scheduled transfers from the Los Amigos Resort to Málaga Airport on Day 7, departing the resort at 6am, 10am and 2pm. 
  • Self-catering accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Transportation to and from all the events and activities as detailed in the itinerary
  • All activities, visits, guides and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a Big Journey Company Tour Director 

What's not included

  • International return flights to/from Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport [AGP]
  • Airport transfers outside the tour dates or scheudled times or to/from stations
  • Visas, travel or medical insurance
  • Any COVID tests or related entry & exit requirements
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any food and beverage not detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Any optional activities offered
  • Gratuities

Important information

  • Diamond Resorts Terms Apply
  • There will be three scheduled transfers from Málaga Airport to the Los Amigos Resort on Day 1, departing the airport at 11am, 2pm and 6pm. There will be three scheduled transfers from the Los Amigos Resort to Málaga Airport on Day 7, departing the resort at 6am, 10am and 2pm. Transfers outside of these dates, times or locations must be arranged privately. 
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2:00 - 3:00pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.

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