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Journeys in SlowMotion in Spain

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  • extraordinarily rich & varied culture
  • magnificent architecture; great food
  • authentic, hand-picked city & rural hotels
  • a choice of journeys by rail or car
  • 7 magnificent cities (with a specially created, self-guided walking tour in each)

 

Spain is a land of almost infinite variety, and, on our SlowMotion journeys through some of its most enticing regions, you can take in some of the country’s true highlights, both on and off the beaten track. If it’s great cities you’re after, then choose between one of our fabulous journeys by rail: The Classical Cities of Old Castile is an unforgettable voyage through central Spain that explores the extraordinary cultural explosion that laid the foundations for the 16th-century Golden Age; while our Trail of Three Cities through Andalucia enables you to savour the sights, sounds and tastes of Seville, Córdoba and Granada as you trace the Moorish influences that helped to shape modern Spain. Alternatively, you could meander by car across The Deep South, enjoying stays at a succession of superbly located rural hotels amid some of Andalucia’s most alluring scenery. There is so much to enjoy.


Awe-Inspiring Segovia

Segovia was once one of the most illustrious cities in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. It is a UNESCO-listed cultural gem that remains delightfully off the tourist radar and richly repays exploration on foot. Wander the medieval back streets, gaze upwards in awe at soaring spires and the astonishing Roman aqueduct, and pay a visit to the ornate Alcázar where the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon came together, giving birth to ‘Spain’ itself. Treat yourselves too, perhaps, to the local delicacy, suckling pig, in one of the many traditional restaurants.

Madrid - Proud Centre of Spain

Madrid is the geographical and cultural beating heart of Spain – the country’s capital since the Golden Age. It’s here that many of Spain’s art treasures have come to rest, but there are also parks, extraordinary food, and some fascinating working neighbourhoods to enjoy. After dark, stumble into an intricately tiled tapas bar, indulge in traditional chocolate con churros, and seek out El Oso y El Madroño at Puerta del Sol. This 20-ton statue of a bear eating the fruit of the Madroño (strawberry tree) is the city’s most potent symbol, evoking a proud history as well as the indomitable spirit of the Madrileños themselves.

El Greco's Toledo

Prosperous Toledo was the capital of the Spanish empire until the mid-16th century – a melting pot of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures that perfectly encapsulates all of Spain’s long and varied history. Cradled in a loop of the Tagus River, Toledo’s striking skyline was most famously captured by El Greco in one of his greatest works. Indeed, the paintings of this Renaissance artist, a champion of the Golden Age and long-time resident, are a highlight of any visit to the city.

Seville Unpeeled

Ah, Sevilla! How we love to stroll the elegant boulevards and riverside promenades by day, pausing in orange-tree-filled plazas and wandering amid the Alcázar’s sumptuous gardens. And then, when night falls, to wander through the lattice-like network of streets within Barrio de Santa Cruz, sashaying from tapas bar to tapas bar, washing down chunks of chorizo and gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) with slugs of cold fino sherry, refreshing enough to penetrate the city’s sultry splendour after dark...

Resplendent Córdoba

Once the capital of the Islamic Empire in the west, with architectural treasures to rival anything in the world, there's far more to Córdoba than meets the eye. Behind the iconic striped arches and marble-and-jasper columns of the magnificent 11th-century Mezquita lies a splendid, 16th-century Renaissance cathedral. Sequestered within the walls of the maze of the Jewish quarter lie exquisite, flower-bedecked courtyard gardens, which each May are opened to the public during the annual Fiesta de los Patios.

Legacy of the Moors

Hotel Casa Morisca, a converted 15th-century mansion with an ornate, balustraded courtyard and mosaic tiling on its walls and floors, simply oozes character from its prime location in the heart of Granada’s medieval Albaicin district. Enjoy drinks on the terrace while gazing across at the incomparable Alhambra, the fortress palace crowning the city that has bewitched kings, warriors and poets for centuries; then climb the streets of neighbouring Sacromonte, the gypsy quarter, for sensational views amid a soundtrack of gently strumming flamenco guitars.

Where Vultures Soar

Walking in shadows cast by vultures soaring on thermal currents might seem more like an African adventure than a Spanish one, but here in the Grazalema Sierra the setting is resolutely Andalucian. The Garganta Verde gorge is home to 200 pairs of Griffon vultures who reside in craggy limestone lairs above deep gullies scented by wild fig and thyme. By contrast, the spring meadows close by are awash with delicate geraniums, iridescent irises and elegant narcissi which attract butterflies and birds, including the delightful hoopoe.

Cabo De Gata

Sun-drenched Cabo de Gata is one the Mediterranean’s last unspoiled regions – an area of stark natural beauty whose landscapes conjure up images more redolent of North Africa than of Europe. Inland, date palm oases stand out against the bare red hills, whose silent valleys hide abandoned farmsteads and ancient waterwheels. Along the coast, white-sand beaches backed by carpets of sea lavender are interspersed with secluded coves, perfect for unwinding and for swimming in the warm, translucent waters.
To delve deeper and linger longer, we suggest:
A Trail of Three Cities
Journey in Spain
Seville, Córdoba & Granada
A beguiling cultural journey, linking three of Spain’s most enigmatic cities – Seville, Córdoba & Granada – by rail, with a self-guided walking tour of each.
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1 Dec-22 Dec 2016 & 2 Jan-31 Oct 2017
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  • 6 nights
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A Trail of Three Cities with Ronda
Journey in Spain
Seville, Córdoba, Granada & Ronda
Take a leisurely rail journey linking three fascinating cities, plus famous Ronda, with detailed notes for a self-guided walking tour of each.
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1 Dec-20 Dec 2016 & 10 Jan-31 Oct 2017
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  • 8 nights
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The Splendours of Al-Andalus
Journey in Spain
Seville, Córdoba & Granada
Journey in real luxury through the past and present of three enigmatic cities, travelling by first-class rail and staying in 4 and 5-star hotels.
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1 Dec 2016-30 Jun 2017 & 1 Sep-31 Oct 2017
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Classical Cities of Old Castile with Toledo
Journey in Spain
The great cities of central Spain
Delve into Spain’s Golden Age as you take a cultural journey by rail among the great cities of Segovia, Salamanca and Madrid.
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3 January-31 October 2017
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Classical Cities of Old Castile
Journey in Spain
Journey through the heart & soul of Spain
Delve into Spain’s Golden Age as you explore Segovia, Salamanca and Madrid with the help of our self-guided walking tours, on a cultural journey by rail.
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3 January-31 October 2017
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Andalucia - the Deep South
Journey in Spain
The timeless landscapes of rural Andalucia.
Discover the variety of southern Spain, from Aracena in the west to Almería in the east, on a driving tour via Grazalema and Las Alpujarras.
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20 Feb-30 Jun & 1 Sep-31 Oct 2017
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