Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available Until October 019

The whitewashed villages of Andalucia have long entranced visitors; and the charm remains to this day. On this holiday you will not just see some of these iconic landscapes, you will spend a week in white-painted Mijas itself. From Mijas there are guided visits to the timeless old UNESCO city of Cordoba, with its Mezquita church, and to Picasso’s home city of Malaga. All these remarkable sights are bathed in the year-round warmth of the Andalucian sunshine!

Price Includes

  • 7 nights half board in Mijas
  • Excursion to Cordoba with guided tour of the Mezquita
  • Circular Andalucian tour featuring some of the ‘White Villages’
  • Orientation walk in Mijas
  • Visit to Malaga with orientation drive and walking tour through the historic centre
  • Return flights with coach transfers

Itinerary

Day One: Direct flight to Malaga, transfer (approx. 30 minutes) to your hotel in Mijas for seven nights half board accommodation.

Although only a few kilometres from the hustle and bustle of the seaside towns of the Costa del Sol, Mijas Pueblo has managed to retain a good deal of its Andalucian character. From the slopes of its sierra, pretty white-painted Mijas looks down imperiously over the resorts of Fuengirola and Benalmadena and, up in the hills, on a clear day you can see as far as Gibraltar and Africa! The old village plazas are difficult to resist – whether it’s a drink with some tapas, browsing artists’ studios and craft shops or visiting one of the museums. The Local History Museum is well worth a visit, as is the Contemporary Arts Centre which has works by Picasso, Dali and Miro.

Days Two to Seven: In Mijas with a short, guided orientation walk and three included excursions.

Cordoba: Just over two hours away is Cordoba, one of the not-to-be-missed sights of Andalucia. There will be a walking tour of the historic city where, 1000 years ago, Jews, Arabs and Christians lived side by side in harmony. You will see a statue of Maimonides, who carried out the first recorded cataract operation – in the 12th century, and whose technique is apparently not very different from the modern one! Above all, though, you will visit the world-famous Mezquita (entrance fee included) with an expert guide. The church/mosque was founded in 785 by Abd ar-Rahman I, and then adapted and adopted by the Christian Kings of Spain – who built a cathedral inside it! You will also have free time for lunch and sightseeing before returning to Mijas. 235 miles today, mainly dual carriageway.

Malaga: In recent years Picasso’s birthplace of Malaga has undergone a major facelift. You travel up the coast to this fine city with scenic sea views, before reaching the city centre. There you have a walking tour of the centre, with included entrance to the house on Plaza de la Merced where, on 25th October 1881, the city’s most famous son, Pablo Picasso, was born. The city now has a score of museums including the Museo Carmen Thijssen, the Picasso Museum, and the Pompidou Centre (yes, there is one here as well as in Paris!). In the old centre you will find the city’s impressive cathedral, pleasant pedestrian shopping streets and lots of tapas bars offering reasonably-priced lunches. Shoppers may make for the El Corte Ingles department store, or the new Muelle Uno (Pier One) complex in the revitalised port area. You will have free time for lunch, and to take in the attractions of your choice before you return to Mijas. 50 miles today.

The White Villages: Your third included excursion is a circular trip through the Sierra landscapes of the Andalucian countryside. You start by heading south, passing close to Marbella before stopping in Ojen, which is famed for its aniseed liqueur. Like Cordoba, its church is built on a mosque and the belfry used to be a minaret. From Ojen you continue to Monda. There was a Roman settlement here, and the locals claim that in 45BC Caesar won a final battle nearby. The town fell to the Christians in 1485, and the old hilltop fortress was destroyed in an Arab uprising in the 16th century. The third white village is Alhaurin el Grande. 50 miles today.

An optional excursion, to historic Antequera and the astonishing limestone formations of El Torcal may also be available.

Day Eight: Free time until your transfer to the airport for your return flight.

A Walking Holiday in this area is also available. Details elsewhere on our website and in our Walking Holidays brochure.

Your Hotel

Hotel TRH ****, Mijas

This hotel enjoys an excellent location close to town (5 minutes’ walk away), but set amid palms and pines in the rolling landscapes of the Sierra as well. Built in Andalucian style, the hotel has a bar, buffet restaurant, outdoor pool and spacious gardens and terraces. Rooms have bath/shower, wc, satellite TV, direct dial phone, safety deposit box, internet connection and hairdryer. Superior rooms are available at a supplement. (www.trhhoteles.com)

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