21285
Spain
Exploring the Hidden White Villages of Spain’s Andalusia
Step off the beaten path to explore Andalusia’s White Villages, where you’ll discover mosques, and monuments, nature parks and olive mills, and revel in the true essence of Spain.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21285RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,699
Flights start at
875
Getting There
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At a Glance

Between the cosmopolitan bustle of Madrid and the glamorous tourist-filled beaches of the Costa Del Sol, the most romantic visions of Spain endure tucked amid the peaks of the Sierras in the hidden “White Villages” of Andalusia. Here, narrow cobblestone streets wind around gleaming whitewashed buildings and flower-filled courtyards. The elegant architecture of the Moors and the ruins of the ancient Romans contrast against boulder-strewn hillsides, prehistoric caves and stands of gnarled oak and olive trees. Today, these villages are still the places of dreamers and poets, where we invite you to experience what many consider to be the true essence of Spain in its people and their way of life.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Extensive walking (2-3 miles on some days, approx. 1-3 hours, at a steady pace). Elevations up to 2,700 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture deep into the Sierras to find centuries-old White Villages and a way of life, still passed down through generations.
  • Learn about the historical city of Cordoba, home to the Great Mosque and a monument to the famous Jewish philosopher Maimonides.
  • Walk in Grazalema's Nature Park, visit a working olive oil mill, and learn about traditional arts & crafts of the White Villages.
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Alexis Kerner
Alexis first came to Sevilla in 1994 and became a permanent Andalusian in 2002. She has explored every corner of Andalusia, finding herself in some very unusual places — from muddy Spanish pig farms to charming local olive mills. Born and raised in New Jersey, Alexis is a graduate in Environmental Studies and Art from Connecticut College. She has works as an Environmental Specialist for the Andalusian regional government and has taught courses for the Andalusian government and the Staten Island Botanical Garden of New York.
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Rocio Murciano
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Judy Cotter
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