Detail in Real Alcazar, Seville, Spain

Highlights of Northern Spain and Andalucia



15 Days

Prices Start from

£5,745pp (ex. flights)

Combine the highlights of Northern and Southern Spain in this varied itinerary suggestion. Visit the Basque region, famous for its food, wine and spectacular scenery, with visits to the cultural cities of Salamanca, Cordoba, Granada and Seville.

Providing a balance of fascinating history, unique culture, striking landscapes and delicious cuisine, this holiday idea showcases the best of Spain. Visit the northern coastal cities of San Sebastian and Bilbao and the surrounding Basque region, full of fairy-like villages and modern architectural landmarks. Continue to the southern region of Andalucia, Spain’s cultural heart, home to tapas, flamenco, the Alhambra and the sizzling city of Seville.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Cantabria Coast, The Basque Country, Spain 1

Picturesque Getaria

Explore the old town and port, the graceful beaches and the rolling green hills of the Basque Region.

Pintxos, Wine tasting, Basque Region, Spain 2

A Tasting Tour in San Sebastian

Visit vibrant pintxo bars pairing local wines with bite-size regional specialities.

View from La Giralda Tower, Seville, Spain 3

Explore Seville

The stylish city of Seville is the capital of Andalucia, with an incredibly strong cultural identity.

Alhambra from Albaicin in Granada, Andalusia, Spain 4

Visit the Alhambra

Explore Granada’s incredibly beautiful Alhambra, a UNESCO world heritage site.

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  • Day 1


  • Day 2-3


  • Day 4-5

    San Sebastian

  • Day 6

    La Rioja

  • Day 7


  • Day 8-11


  • Day 12-15


Day 1


Bilbao is famed for its Guggenheim Museum housing prominent modern and contemporary works, but it’s the curvy, titanium-clad building that receives the most attention.

Day 2-3


Getaria is situated on the Bay of Biscay. The combination of the old town and port, the graceful beaches, the ocean and the rolling green hills of the Getariako Txakoli wine region, make this area one of our favourite parts of the Basque Region.

Day 4-5

San Sebastian

San Sebastián is a resort town known for its picturesque bayfront promenade and world-renowned restaurants.

Day 6

La Rioja

La Rioja is a beautiful wine region in the Basque region of Northern Spain characterised by its scenic patchwork of vineyard-covered hills, medieval villages and famous winery hotels.

Day 7


The city’s historic centre has important Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque monuments. The Plaza Mayor, with its galleries and arcades, is particularly impressive.

Day 8-11


Take a guided tour of the stylish and scorching city of Seville, capital of Andalucia. It is the artistic, historic and cultural capital of southern Spain, and is the closest you are likely to get to Andalucia in a nutshell.

Day 12-15


Take a private walking tour of the magnificent Alhambra palace and gardens.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Cantabria Coast, The Basque Country, Spain
Cantabria Coast, The Basque Country
Asturias Coast, The Basque Country, Spain
The Basque Country, Spain
Cantabrian Mountains,Asturias, Spain
The Basque Country, Spain
The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, The Basque Country, Spain 367013576
The Guggenheim Museum
Pintxos, Wine tasting, Basque Region, Spain
Wine tasting
Spanish Tapas, The Basque Country, Spain
The Basque Country, Spain

The Basque Region of Northern Spain

Home to some of the world’s finest food, rugged beaches, mountain walking and avant-garde architecture, this area in northern Spain has something to offer all-year-round. Mountainous national parks and coasts dotted with traditional fishing villages sit proudly aside stylish cities, such as San Sebastian.

Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Nr Seville, Spain
Seville, Spain
Cape of Trafalgar, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Spain
Seville, Spain
Cathedral La Giralda, Sevilla, Spain
Seville, Spain


Andalucia conjures up images of colourful fiestas, passionate flamenco dancers, tapas and chilled sherry, clear blue skies and glorious sunshine. Its coastline of golden sands boasts more than 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. Andalucia is located in Southern Spain fringed by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco. It is also home to some of the most exciting and beautiful cultural monuments that you will find in Spain.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Corral del Rey £££££

  • Spain
  • City

Originally a 17th Century casa palacio, this 300-year-old building is now a boutique hotel that has been meticulously restored and converted. The 17 rooms and suites offer chic accommodation that fuses contemporary with Moorish design. Many original features of the building have been preserved including marble columns and carved wooden beams. The entire city can be viewed from the poolside rooftop.

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Hotel Alhambra Palace £££££

  • Spain

Hotel Alhambra Palace dominates the hillside of Sabika, a lofty position with great views overlooking the city of Granada.Being just a stroll away from the Alhambra Palace and Gardens makes for a perfect base. With an old-world feel and traditional Moorish architecture, it oozes charm.

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Hacienda de San Rafael £££££

  • Spain
  • Boutique

Hacienda de San Rafael was formally an olive farm and has now been renovated and converted into a small and intimate hotel. The eleven duplex rooms are situated around a bougainvillaea filled courtyard, each with its own veranda and the interior décor combines fabrics, antiques and artefacts sourced on the owner’s extensive travels to Asia and India. The Hacienda also has three casitas offering the ultimate in rustic chic. They lie in a private garden with a shared infinity pool.

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Sara in Seville was a great, very good idea to have the bicycle tour!


A well-chosen itinerary; good hotels and a good car made for a thoroughly enjoyable ten days' holiday.


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When to travel

June to September are the warmest and driest months in the Basque region of Spain although with plenty of rain year-round the landscapes are always lush and green. During these months expect temperatures around the mid 20’s making it perfect for relaxing on the beach or doing some walking. Travel outside of July and August to avoid the holiday crowds.

The best time to visit Andalucia is between March and May and September and October. During these months the temperatures are mild, the rush of tourist traffic hasn’t reached summer volume and the hotels tend to offer lower rates. Experience Orthodox Easter,  Semana Santa and Feria de Abril at this time of year. Summers in Andalucia are best avoided as the temperatures often exceed 35 degrees unless you head for the white-washed villages in the hills. The winter months experience rather high rainfall although the temperatures are generally still mild.

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