Winter in Spain: Andalusian Highlights

Savor the wine, sunshine, culture and traditions as you explore Spain’s sun coast — a unique blend of Muslim, Christian and Jewish influences — alongside locals and experts.
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Program No. 22107RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Situated on the subtropical Costa del Sol, Andalusia boasts stunning scenery, captivating history and one of the mildest winters in Europe. Bordered by mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Southern Spain’s culture emerges in elaborate Moorish architecture, lush olive tree groves, fiery Flamenco and savory Spanish cuisine. Soak in history in Granada, Málaga and Alfarnatejo, where you’re invited into the homes of local families for an unforgettable cultural exchange.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one to two miles per day.
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 ...

  • History comes to life during an expert-led excursion to the Moorish Palaces of the ancient Alhambra.
  • Voyage through the breathtaking Andalusian mountains to Alfarnatejo, a small town known for crafting pure olive oil.
  • Live like an Andalusian by sharing a traditional Spanish lunch at the home of a local family.

General Notes

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Winter in Spain: Culture & History Along the Southern Coast" (#22116) for even more learning in Southern Europe! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations.
Featured Expert
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Paula Cristina Afonso Fernandes
Paula Fernandes graduated in 1990 from the New University of Lisbon with a degree in anthropology. She began working as a group leader in Portugal in 1984 and since then has been an educational travel director all over Europe. Road Scholar participants enjoy Paula's in-depth knowledge of the culture, art and history of the Iberian Peninsula, and her excellent leadership skills. Paula currently divides her time between homes in Spain and Portugal and can speak Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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by Catherine Petit
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The Alhambra
by Robert Irwin
Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight.
Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia
by Chris Stewart
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Lonely Planet Andalucia
by Lonely Planet
A comprehensive guide in the hallmark Lonely Planet style.
Andalucia Map 578
by Michelin Travel Publications
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The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
by Maria Rosa Menocal, Harold Bloom (Introduction)
A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492.

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