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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
  • seven 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, or through north-east Spain on a Homage to Catalonia. There is so much to enjoy. Read on to discover some of the many highlights...


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.
Discover Segovia on our Classical Cities of Old Castile journey...
...or on the longer Classical Cities of Old Castile with Toledo >

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.
Visit Madrid on our Classical Cities of Old Castile journey...
...or on the longer Classical Cities of Old Castile with Toledo >

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...
Savour tapas and more on our A Trail of Three Cities journey...
...or on the deluxe version, The Splendours of Al-Andalus >

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.
Marvel at the Mezquita on our A Trail of Three Cities journey...
...or on the deluxe version, The Splendours of Al-Andalus >

Where Vultures Soar

Walking in shadows cast by soaring vultures 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.
Explore the sierra on our Andalucia - the Deep South journey >

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.
Unwind by the sea on our Andalucia - the Deep South journey >

Capital of Cava

Just 25 kilometres to the west of Barcelona, as the crow flies, lies one of Europe’s most intriguing and innovative wine regions. D.O. Penedès produces some of Spain’s  finest wines, and the town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, set among rolling vineyards, is the undisputed ‘Capital of Cava’. Besides famous names like Freixenet and Cordoniù, take the opportunity to sample produce from some of the smaller and less-well-known – but innovative and much-admired – makers of this sparkling, champagne-style tipple.
Indulge in wine-tastings on our Homage to Catalonia journey >

The Dalí Triangle

If Cadaqués gains its lustre from the warm Mediterranean light, then it was the artist Salvador Dalí who lent it its sparkle. He spent family holidays here during his youth, and lived much of his life at nearby Port Lligat, where the Dalí House is now a popular museum. A second lasting legacy is the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, an accumulation of his life’s work and the largest Surrealist structure in the world. Completing the ‘triangle’ is the mysterious Castle of Púbol, which Dalí had gifted to his wife and muse, Gala, and where he went to live following her death in 1982. Together, these places tell the story of a truly extraordinary life.
Learn about Dalí on our Homage to Catalonia journey >
To delve deeper and linger longer, we suggest:
Andalucia - the Deep South
20 Feb-30 Jun & 1 Sep-31 Oct 2017
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Journey in SpainAndalucia - the Deep South
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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12 nights, from £995pp
20 Feb-30 Jun &
1 Sep-31 Oct 2017
A Trail of Three Cities
1 Sep-24 Dec 2017 & 2 Jan-30 Apr 2018
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Journey in SpainA Trail of Three Cities
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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6 nights, from £760pp
1 Sep-24 Dec 2017 &
2 Jan-30 Apr 2018
A Trail of Three Cities with Ronda
1 Sep-21 Dec 2017 & 4 Jan-30 Apr 2018
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Journey in SpainA Trail of Three Cities with Ronda
Take a leisurely rail journey linking Seville, Córdoba, Granada and Ronda, with detailed notes for a self-guided walking tour of each.
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8 nights, from £925pp
1 Sep-21 Dec 2017 &
4 Jan-30 Apr 2018
The Splendours of Al-Andalus
1 Sep-23 Dec 2017 & 2 Jan-7 Apr 2018
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Journey in SpainThe Splendours of Al-Andalus
Journey through the past and present of Seville, Córdoba and Granada, travelling by first-class rail and staying in 4 and 5-star hotels.
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6 nights, from £920pp
1 Sep-23 Dec 2017 &
2 Jan-7 Apr 2018
Classical Cities of Old Castile with Toledo
1 Jun-5 Dec 2017 & 3 Jan-30 Apr 2018
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Journey in SpainClassical Cities of Old Castile with Toledo
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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8 nights, from £835pp
1 Jun-5 Dec 2017 &
3 Jan-30 Apr 2018
Classical Cities of Old Castile
1 Jun-5 Dec 2017 & 3 Jan-30 Apr 2018
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Journey in SpainClassical Cities of Old Castile
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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6 nights, from £698pp
1 Jun-5 Dec 2017 &
3 Jan-30 Apr 2018
Homage to Catalonia
1 September-31 October 2017
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Journey in SpainHomage to Catalonia
This journey by car through eastern Catalonia offers great variety: Penedès wine country, biscuit-coloured villages, sumptuous art and excellent food. New.
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12 nights, from £1335pp
1 September-31 October 2017