south olé spain tours

Next on the schedule is a visit to the Royal School of Equestrian Art.  See the stables and watch the beautiful dancing horses at their morning training session.  Finish the day with a visit to a local sherry winery and tasting.  

Tour lasts 10 hours and includes transportation, official Cádiz guide, entrance fees, lunch and sherry tasting or boat ride.

The sherry capital of the world was once also a frontier town in the medieval battles between Christians and Moors.  Meet your guide for a walking tour of the fortified walls, medieval churches, palaces and the Jewish Quarters.  Visit the large Arabic fortress that protected the gate to the city.  The small mosque inside was converted to a church when the Christians finally took Jerez.

jerez de la frontera

Climb on narrow pathways high above the river into Desfiladero de Gaitanes, enjoying the views and wildlife along the way. This is an easy 2-3 hour hike.

Tour lasts 8 hours and includes transportation, official Málaga guide, entrance fees and lunch at a countryside inn.

Ride through the heart of Andalucía to El Chorro Gorge and the massive hydroelectric dam. Begin your walk on what was once the service path for the dam works, clinging to the side of the cliffs! Built at the beginning of the 20th century and named for King Alfonzo XIII, the trail was recently renovated to allow hikers access once more.

CAMINITO DEL REY

Continue along through picturesque villages like Bubión, Capileira, Pampaneira, and Portugos.  Depending on the season you might enjoy some snow! Finish the day in Trevélez, the highest village in Spain with a visit to an Iberian ham drying factory and a tasting. Take some time for a hearty mountain lunch at the end of the tour.

Tour lasts 10 hours and includes transportation, official Granada guide, entrance fees, lunch and food tasting.

Ascend into the Alpujarra mountains, half-way between Granada and the Mediterranean.  This entire area was inhabited by the conquered Moors until the mid 1500's, when they were expelled from Spain.  We'll climb the mountain roads up the highest range in Spain to Lanjarón, famous for its springs and thermal spa.  Visit this old establishment and drink the thermal waters.

Alpujarra white villages

Continue north along the coast to Trafalgar cape and lighthouse.  Here the story of Admiral Nelson's last famous battle.  Finish the day inland at a typical Mozarabic village overlooking the coast.  Take some time for lunch on your own.

Tour lasts 10 hours and includes transportation, official Cádiz guide, entrance fees and lunch.

Known for its long, white beaches, natural parks and intense sailing history, the Coast of Light situated on the Atlantic lives up to its name with brilliant, sunny days most of the year.  Our first visit on this South Olé guided tour is Bolonia, to see the ruins of a small Roman fishing village on the ocean. Your guide will explain how "garum" was made, and its importance to the Roman diet.

Costa de la Luz

Travel back over the centuries on a South Olé guided tour to the heart of Southern Spain. Walk Antequera's cobblestone streets as you visit dolmen grave sites, reminiscent of Stonehenge; Roman ruins, the Moorish fortress, Renaissance convents and neoclassical churches.  Take some time for lunch before your afternoon hike.

Just outside Antequera is a large natural park - El Torcal. Follow your guide through the strange rock formations left by the Mediterranean sea ages ago.  You'll see fossils embedded in the stone and prehistoric dwelling places.

Tour lasts 10 hours and includes transportation, official Antequera guide, entrance fees and lunch.

antequera and el torcal


This South Olé tour also includes a visit to Polentinos Palace and St. Vincent's Basilica. You'll have some free time for lunch or shopping.

Tour lasts about 8 hours and includes transportation, official Avila guide and entrance fees.

Avila's protective walls and towers encircling the town date from the 12th century. Take in the view as you follow your guide along the top of the walls. Head into the city center next, to visit Avila's cathedral. This city was the birthplace of Saint Theresa of Jesus and the cathedral has become a place of pilgrimage.

avila

Salamanca

Salamanca is home to the oldest university in Spain dating from the 1100's. Your South Olé guide will meet you at Plaza Mayor, in the center of town to begin your tour at the famous university. Try to find the good-luck frog on the façade! 

On your stroll through the city you'll stop by the New Cathedral and the Old Cathedral as well as Monterrey Palace. Finally, your guide will direct you to the best area for a meal or shopping.

Tour lasts about 10 hours and includes transportation, official Salamanca guide and entrance fees.

Segovia

Later, you'll descend outside the city limits to the castle below, a beautiful 11th century fortress that supposed inspired the design of the Disney castle. Finally your guide will recommend great places for lunch and shopping.

Tour lasts about 8 hours and includes transportation, official Segovia guide and entrance fees.

Segovia, a medieval gem, boasts of a 2000 year-old Roman aqueduct, a Gothic cathedral and a castle. Meet your South Olé guide under the aqueduct (known to still carry water!) and walk up Cervantes Street to the Gothic turrets of the cathedral. Follow your guide through the tangle of narrow streets around Plaza Mayor that make up the Old Town.

You'll also get to see the famous painting by El Greco, "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz." Learn about Judaism, Christianity and Islam living in harmony in Toledo as you end your tour at St. María la Blanca Synagogue or Cristo de la Luz Mosque.

Tour lasts about 8 hours and includes transportation, official Toledo guide and entrance fees.

The ancient capital Toledo is well-preserved and full of cultural wonder. The entire city crowds onto a high, rocky perch protected on three sides by the Tajo River. Your South Olé tour begins at the ancient city gate and continues through the Old Town and Jewish Quarters. Your guide will take you into the Cathedral and San Juan de los Reyes Convent.

Toledo

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madrid of the hapsburgs

A few other stops along the way include the Tower of Lujan, San Miguel Market, Plaza Mayor where bullfights once were held and Plaza de España.

Tour lasts about 2 hours and includes official Madrid guide.

Meet your South Olé guide at Plaza de Oriente, the center of 15th century Madrid. This walking tour will lead you through streets and squares belonging to the times of the Hapsburg royalty. Pass the Royal Palace, Royal Theater and Opera. Your guide will tell you the legends and history of the people and nobility during the Spanish Renaissance.

Discover the Salvador Dalì Museum at Figueres and the magical medieval towns of Girona and Besalù. Your South Olé tour begins with a visit to the surrealist Dalì Museum in Figueres. Then we'll drive to Girona for a walking tour along the river and Roman walls to the Old Town where you'll see it's 11th century cathedral. Enjoy some free time in this city before heading to our final destination of the day.

When you arrive in Besalù, cross the drawbridge under the portcullis into this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. See the town's arch-covered streets, visit a restored Jewish bath from the 12th century and end your tour at the remains of a medieval synagogue.

Tour lasts about 10 hours and includes transportation, official Catalunya guide and entrance fees.

Dalì and medieval villages


Next stop is the quaint seaside village Sitges. This town soaks up more than 300 days of sun per year. Take a stroll through the villages and some free time for lunch on the seafront.

Tour lasts about 8 hours and includes transportation, official Freixenet guide, entrance fees and cava tasting.

This South Olé tour begins with a visit to the Freixenet cava wine cellars. Your local guide will share some history of the family-run business as you descend to the old cellars and discover how cava wine is made, Hop on a small train that will traverse part of the 12 miles of underground tunnels before arriving at the tasting hall. Here your guide will lead you in a sampling of some of Freixenet's best cavas.

Freixenet and sitges


Combine gourmet tapas and Barcelona culture on a lunchtime or evening walking tour of the city's famous tapas bars. Your South Olé guide will meet you at a centrally located plaza to begin the tapas crawl down Las Ramblas. From here visit Boquería food market with a large variety of fruit, vegetables, seafood, cheese and meats on display.

The next stop is at a traditional-style tapas restaurant where your guide will comment briefly on the importance of each tapa served to Spanish cuisine. The final venue of the day is an up-and-coming fusion tapas bar - enjoy more mouthwatering dishes and dessert!

Tour lasts about 2 hours and includes an official Barcelona guide, 8 tapas and 3 drinks per person.

Explore the beauty of Barcelona with South Olé: a complete visit of the exquisite Catalonian city. The guided tour will show you the city's most iconic sights, beginning with a panoramic driving tour of the Passeig de Gracia boulevard, past Parc Güell, both Gaudí houses, las Ramblas and the Born district. 

Stop at the Sagrada Familia and the Gaudí House/Museum to get a better look at the inside of these fabulously designed buildings. Finish the day with a walking tour through the Gothic Quarters.

Tour lasts 4 hours and includes transportation, official Gibraltar Rock Taxi guide, entrance fees. 

barcelona tapas tour


gibraltar


Take a South Olé guided tour across the Spanish border into British territory, where you'll spend sterling, see British bobbies and visit the southernmost point in Europe. Climb to the top of the Rock along narrow lanes in a Rock taxi. You'll see breathtaking views of the Spanish and Moroccan coastlines.  

Up here your guide will show you St. Michael's Caves, the Barbary Apes Den, Great Siege Tunnels and a Moorish Fortress. End the tour with a stroll along Main Street for some duty-free shopping.

Tour lasts 7 hours and includes transportation, official Gibraltar Rock Taxi guide, entrance fees and lunch in the marina.

from Barcelona


barcelona


Málaga


On this South Olé tour of Málaga you'll step inside the city's main attractions with a knowledgeable local guide. We'll start with a visit to the Cathedral of Málaga, nicknamed the One-Armed Lady, because one of the two towers was never finished. Continue to the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress built in the 11th century. Perched on a hill in the middle of town, this is one of the best-preserved citadels in Spain. 

Follow your guide to see the Picasso Birthplace, where the famous artist spent his tender years before moving to Barcelona and later Paris. Finally we'll head over to Larios Street with plenty of recommendations for tapas and shopping along the way.

Tour lasts about 7 hours and includes transportation, an official Málaga guide,  entrance fees and lunch.

Come with South Olé to discover a small corner of Andalucia where traditional village life goes on as it has for thousands of years. We'll drive up the windy mountain roads through protected forests of pine and cork trees. We'll meet the guide in Zahara de la Sierra, birthplace of Arab noblemen, conquistadors and bandits. Your guide will tell you some of the local legends before visiting an olive mill for a tour and olive oil tasting.

Next stop on your tour is the tiny village of Grazalema, a town within a natural park. Since this area is famous for its goat cheese we'll have to stop for a tour and cheese tasting at a local dairy. Finally we'll end the day near Ronda with a tour and wine tasting in the countryside at a regional winery.

Tour lasts about 9 hours and includes transportation, official Cádiz guide, olive oil, cheese and wine tasting lunch.

Once in the Arabic quarters, your guide will continue the tour down the cobblestone streets into the Collegiate Church and the Medieval Palace of Don Bosco. Learn about Moorish customs and the Reconquest by the Catholic Kings.

Tour lasts about 7 hours and includes transportation, official Ronda guide, lunch and entrance fees.

white villages of cadiz


The South Olé tour of Ronda starts in the birthplace of bullfighting. The Ronda bullring has staged some of the most important events in bullfighting history. We'll go inside to step into the matador's shoes. Later stroll along the edge of high cliffs overlooking the fertile countryside. Your guide will lead you across the "New Bridge" built in the 1700's to span the deep gorge between the new and old parts of Ronda.

Ronda


On this South Olé tour you'll discover the history and secrets behind this enchanting, orange tree-dotted city. Sevilla has many impressive monuments dating back over the centuries. The Moors' legacy of architecture includes the Alcázar fortress, and the Giralda bell tower of the gothic cathedral. Visit the cathedral and bell tower first with your guide

before continuing your tour through the narrow streets and tiny squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, Sevilla's historic Jewish ghetto. Follow the city walls to the tour's end at the Tower of Gold beside the Guadalquivir River.

Tour lasts about 10 hours and includes transportation, official Sevilla guide, lunch and entrance fees.

sevilla


This South Olé day tour through the city of Cordoba creates an understanding of how Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together in peace and harmony in the most scientifically advanced European city of the Middle Ages. Your guide will begin the tour inside the mosque, converted into a cathedral after the Reconquest in 1236.

We'll wander the Jewish Quarters, known for their jewelers, strolling among the whitewashed houses and red gardenias so well-known in southern Spanish architecture. End the tour of Córdoba with a visit to one of the few remaining synagogues in Spain.

Tour lasts about 10 hours and includes transportation, official Córdoba guide, lunch and entrance fees.

from costa del sol


córdoba


The fast, modern catamaran ride from Tarifa takes you straight to Tangiers - a remarkable city where you'll experience the magic of Morocco with South Olé Tours. Africa lies just over the Mediterranean, but this exceptional Moroccan jewel feels like a world away! 

Your adventure includes a walking tour of the souk, Medina and Kasbah, a drive along the Atlantic shore to ride camels and visit Hercules' Caves, then back to town in time for lunch and shopping at the bazaar before the return ferry ride.

Tour lasts about 10 hours and includes transportation, ferry ticket, official Tangiers guide and entrance fees.

granada


Discover the last historically Arabic city in Spain with South Olé Tours. We'll go back 900 years to visit the 11th wonder of the world: the Alhambra. Gardens of Paradise, military fortress and the renowned Nasrid Palaces are just some parts of the Alhambra forbidden city that you'll visit on tour.

After your visit to the palaces, meet your driver for a few hours of free time in Granada center. Discover the Albaicín Arabic Quarters, try tapas on Plaza Nueva or shop for souvenirs.

Tour lasts about 10 hours and includes transportation to and from Costa del sol, official Granada guide, lunch and entrance fees.

tangiers


It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.

-Ernest Hemingway