Day Trips with a Difference & a Private Guide
If you’re looking for a day out with a difference during your stay at The Urban Villa boutique hotel, Cris and Kim Travel Designers are just the ticket. Offering a range of unique tours and trips, you’ll discover a very different side of Marbella and further afield.
Tour of the world-famous Alahambra Palace, with the best guides available. Inside the Alhambra, a World Heritage Site, you will find the splendid sights of a network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens. The tour is followed by lunch in one of Granada’s restaurants and during the afternoon you have the choice of taking a flamenco class, visiting the Arab baths, watching artisans making musical instruments and more.
Start the day touring the historic city of Ronda, taking in the gardens, palaces and monuments. Then you will be taken to explore the tunnels under the ancient Roman City of Acinipo, where wine matures in Oak Barrels in perfect conditions. You will participate in a magnificent wine tasting in the company of the vineyard owners, followed by a homemade lunch, overlooking the beautiful Ronda countryside
Join acclaimed photographers Michelle Chaplow or Wayne Chasan on a tour of the region, taking in some of the most picturesque spots – the white villages, Ronda or Tarifa, depending on the day, with lunch included with a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.
Olive oil tasting & show cooking:
A great connoisseur of olive oil will give you an introduction about its production and have the opportunity to sample the different types of olive oil whilst your chef is preparing a “mise en place” of your lunch, based on Andalusian specialties, which you will enjoy after the demonstration.
Among Bulls & Horses:
Venture into the territory of the fighting bulls and learn the secrets of breeding and the selection for the bullring . The fighting bulls with their calves & also pure bred Andalusian horses are grazing free so you will be driven in a 4 x 4 with a private guide to see them at a close distance. To round off the visit an aperitif will be offered with a glass of local wine and Iberico pork products.
Explore Morocco with a private tour guide, getting to know Tangier including a visit to the “Caves of Hercules” and a walking tour to see the Kasbah and its Palace, and the medina. Cost – 95 Euro per person, 15€ confirmation deposit in the hotel & 80€ paid directly to the guide in Tangiers. Price includes; return ferry ticket, private guide and transport in Morocco, entries to the cave and museums and even a camel ride.
The team from The Urban Villa can also organize great inland Andalucia Tours – Visit the beautiful town of Ronda and the pretty white washed villages of Grazalema and Zahara, the Grazalema Natural Park, beautiful lakes and caves in Benaojan including cave paintings and a waterfall pool. Please contact us to arrange one or more tours firstname.lastname@example.org
We would also recommend visiting the following historic towns with or without a guide
Granada was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon. Steeped in history, it is best known for the magnificent Alhambra palace, but beyond this architectural marvel is a youthful, buzzing city with ‘free tapas’ culture, trendy bars and a rich flamenco culture.
Alhambra Palace: Easily Granada’s top attraction, the Alhamabra is as impressive viewed from across the gorge with the white peaks of the Sierra Nevada behind it, as it is up close.
You’ll need to book tickets in advance to get visit the Alhambra, otherwise you may not get in.
Albaicin: The hill facing the Alhambra is the old Moorish Kasbah or “medina”, called the Albaicin, a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed houses with secluded inner gardens, known as “cármenes”.
The Plaza de San Nicolas, at the highest point of the Albaicin, is famous for its magnificent view of the Moorish palace.
The Arab Baths, and the gypsy caves near Sacromonte are also worth a visit.
Cordoba – Once the capital of Al-Andalus, the Moorish kingdom, Cordoba was home to one of the largest mosques in all of Islam. When the city was reconquered by the Christians in the 13th Century, they left the Mezquita standing and built their cathedral in amongst its columns and arches.
Other sights of interest include the Alcazar, built by the Christians in 1328; the Calahorra Fort, which guards the Roman Bridge, and the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum.
Also famed for its flower-filled patios, in early May, homeowners proudly decorate their patios for the city’s “most beautiful courtyard” contest. Cordoba can be reached by car in about 2 hours.
Cadiz – Founded more than three thousand years ago, Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Europe and in the 16th century was the launching pad for voyages to the New World. Indeed, Havana, Cuba is said to be almost a replica of the old city of Cadiz.
Today the old quarter has an air of faded grandeur and is a relaxed place to wander around, visit some of the ancient churches and the camera obscura.
The coast south of Cadiz city, the Costa de la Luz, boasts some of Andalucía’s most impressive beaches. The steady winds blowing in off the Atlantic make these beaches ideal for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. Cadiz is about a 2 ½ hour drive away.
Arguably the most beautiful city in Spain, Seville is a city steeped in history and brimming with architectural wonders. It is also the home of flamenco, bull fighting and several thousand orange trees. In addition to the many monuments and buildings of note, Seville is famous for its lively, joyful atmosphere.
It’s a 2 ½ to 3 hour drive away, so it can be done in a day but giving yourself two days to take in the sights would be more relaxed