Explore with us the romantic side of Andalucía, where hippies, gitanos, romantics and bohemians pioneered. We dive into the Sierras of Grazalema, take you along the old Moorish white villages in the west, visit the rebellious city of Cádiz, wander through the medieval alleys of Tarifa and sail out (if the weather permits) with a private boat to spot whales and dolphins. We end this tour in Ronda, the most romantic city in Andalucía. A wonderful trip for romantic souls.
The Bohemian Trail
June 7 - June 12, 2020
6 days - 5 nights
Price per person: 1190 euros
Still 7 places available
The Bohemian Trail is a very special journey across the western part of Andalucía, during which we take you to a region where hippies, gitanos, romantics and bohemians pioneered (and maybe still do). We dive straight into the splendid beauty of Sierra of Grazalema, in the 19th century these rugged mountains were the scene of robbers (bandoleros) and take you to some of the most picturesque Moorish white villages that lasted the longest during the reconquista due to their dramatic location. We visit Cádiz, the oldest and most rebellious city in Europe. Its inhabitants, the Gaditanos, have always had something contrary and during an original tapas tour you learn why. We make (if the weather permits by ferry) the crossing to El Puerto de Santa María where we visit a small family bodega and Bertrand, a true dandy initiates us into the secrets of the sherry. In Tarifa we set (again weather permitting) sail with a private boat to spot whales and dolphins off the coast of Morocco. We end this tour with a visit to the wonderfully beautiful Ronda, a true source of inspiration for numerous romantic writers and poets.
Day by day
Pick up at the airport of Málaga at 10 am or at the Plaza de la Merced in the center of Málaga at 10.30 am.
From Málaga we drive to the most peculiar of all white villages, Setenil de las Bodegas, where we literally eat under an immense overhanging rock. After lunch we drive through the beautiful green natural park of the Sierra de Grazalema. We walk through the spectacular Garganta Verde, a spectacular mountain gorge with natural baths, and visit one of the most beautiful white villages of Andalucía: the impressively situated Zahara de la Sierra that seems to be adorned like an eagle's nest in the Sierras.
In the evening you are free to get to know Zahara de la Sierra or Grazalema (depending on where we are staying) or to rest from the walk in the hotel or on a terrace.
Accommodation: Zahara de la Sierra or Grazalema.
After breakfast we continue to Grazalema, the village that gave its name to the mountain range. After a walk in the village, we have lunch in a 100-year-old restaurant where adventurous and travel-loving chef Nene is in charge and where we can taste the local specialties.
In the afternoon we explore Ubrique where the old craft of leather processing is kept alive.
We take our time to stroll through the narrow and crooked streets of these ancient Moorish villages, to admire the local crafts and architecture. We end our day in the iconic white village of Arcos de la Frontera, which is sometimes called the Gateway to the Pueblos Blancos.
In the evening you are free to discover the old part of Arcos yourself and to try the tapas in the atmospheric bars near the Plaza del Cabildo.
Accommodation: Arcos de la Frontera
After breakfast we drive to Cádiz, the oldest city in Europe and the port from where the ships departed that left for the New World. Today, after years of sleep, Cádiz is rebuilt and a young, hip city with beautiful historic buildings, beautiful beaches and a lively hip culinary scene where the old tradition of tapa is revived. We take the ferry (weather permitting, otherwise we take our minibus) across the bay of Cádiz to the charming town of El Puerta de Santa Maria where we taste sherry in a small family bodega that makes top sherries. Our friend Bertrand introduces us to the secrets of the sherry world and lets us taste the 6 very best sherries.
In the evening you are free to explore Cádiz on your own, sunbathe on the beach, shop or have a drink on a terrace.
After breakfast we drive east and make a coffee break in Vejer de la Frontera, a beautiful white village on the Costa de la Luz. The rest of the day we immerse ourselves in surf vibrations, because we are going to Tarifa: home of surfer dudes and girls. This is the paradise for wind and kite surfers who come from all over the world during the surfing season. Fortunately it is a lot quieter out of season and we can enjoy walks along the miles of sandy beaches or stroll through the beautiful old town of Tarifa. Our word 'rate' has its roots in this town: taxes were levied on the goods that arrived from Africa. If the weather is good, you'll see Morocco very clearly across the street from here. And hopefully that will be fine again, because then we can go into the sea with Salva's zodiac to spot dolphins and whales that have their habitat here in the Strait of Gibraltar. But don't worry: if the sea is too turbulent, we will visit the beautiful ancient Roman ruins of Bolonia, on the most beautiful beach, near Tarifa.
In the evening you are free, for example, to go to the beach, wander through the medieval alleys of Tarifa or shop in the many boho boutiques.
Today we are going to Ronda, for many this may be the highlight of this trip. This spectacularly located pearl is small and compact enough to discover on foot. The rich Ronda used to be a magnet for romantic souls and robbers (Ronda even has a Museo de Bandoleros!) This city was a goldmine of inspiration for writers such as Reiner Maria Rilke, Alexandre Dumas and Ernest Hemingway. It was founded in the 9th century BC, making Ronda one of Spain's oldest cities. We walk through the spectacular Tajo that splits the city in half, visit the Puente Viejo and Puente Áabe and the well-preserved Baños Árabes and - whoever wants - descends the 300 with us via the mysterious Casa del Rey Moro (an old water mine) down stairs to a hidden lagoon in the river. We have lunch at our favorite restaurant, where our Basque friend Guillermo only works with fresh ingredients and turned the local tapas into an art.
In the evening you are free and you will have enough free time, for example, to visit the Plaza de Toros (according to many the most beautiful bullfighting arena in Spain), where Hemingway spent his Spanish days (of which he wrote his torero novel Death in the Afternoon), one of the many museums of Ronda or simply pick a terrace on the Plaza de España (which is featured in For Whom the Bell Tolls by - again - Hemingway) to enjoy the vibe of Ronda.
Breakfast and transfer from Ronda to the airport or to your hotel in Málaga in case you want to enjoy Andalusia for a little longer.
Price: 1190 euros pp (based on a shared double or twin bedroom)
Included are transportation per minibus, lodging, breakfasts and lunches. Dinners are not included. Evenings are free to spend. Single supplement: 125 euros.
We stay in comfortable hotels or hostals, and where possible in historic buildings or on unique locations. All transfers, overnight stays, breakfasts and lunches included.
The trip is guided by Alain and / or Jakobien. Transfers by minibus.
Limited group: max 7 participants
NB The program can always be adjusted slightly for practical reasons or in function of the ever-changing opening times in Spain.