Travel to Spain
Fly to Faro, Portugal, where you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel on the beach in Islantilla, on Spain’s Costa de la Luz (120 km).
Introduction to Islantilla (Punta Umbria on selected dates)
After breakfast, depart your hotel for an orientation walking tour of the town centre (distance from hotel 500 m approx.) On this short walking tour you can become familiar its bars, shops and restaurants, as well as activities in the area surrounding your hotel.
You will have the afternoon free to spend at your leisure. This is a great opportunity to try out some of the local tapas bars that you discovered on your morning walk.
Excursion to Niebla
This morning, set off on a guided excursion to Niebla. This town was established during the times of the Moors and retains a very rich historic legacy. Travel back in time, as you admire the town and the preserved medieval walls that surround it. During the excursion, there will also be a visit to a wine museum at Bodegas Andrade, followed by a short walking tour in the vineyards, where you can learn about the ancient art of producing wine. There’s a chance to taste four different wines, including the famous Andalucian Vino de Naranja (orange wine). There will be free time for lunch, before returning to the hotel.
You will have today free to spend as you wish. Why not take a trip along the coast to one of the nearby seaside towns for lunch, or relax on one of the numerous beaches around Islantilla.
Retracing the Steps of Christopher Columbus
Today you will take a full day guided excursion to retrace the steps of Christopher Columbus. Begin with a visit to the nearby Franciscan Monastery of La Rabida, a place that Columbus called home while planning his first voyage to the New World.
Afterwards, continue to the Muelle de las Carabelas (the Quay of the Caravels), where you will witness historical artefacts and discover what life was like on board the ships. Entrances to the monastery & museum are included.
(Renovation work taking place at the Quay of the Caravels is ongoing and expected to finish in June 2017. During this period the Quay of the Caravels is closed to the public and there will be a visit to the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden instead.)
Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to the city of Huelva, where there will be some free time for shopping before returning to your hotel.
Today, you’ll visit Andalucía’s most lively and colourful city, located on the banks of the River Guadalquivir. Seville is famous for flamenco, tapas and a rich cultural and architectural heritage. On your panoramic city tour by coach, you will view highlights such as the San Telmo Palace and Golden Tower. There will also be visit to the beautiful Plaza Espana and the Alcazar (entrance included).
You will have today free to spend at your leisure. Take a stroll on the beach, enjoy a cool drink and a few tapas, and perhaps do some souvenir shopping.
After a full day at leisure you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.