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Self Drive Holiday from the Algarve to Andalucia

Southern Portugal & Spain

Best time to travel
Jun – Oct
Ideal length
7 nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€3,769 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Faro and home from Malaga.
  • All private transfers as well as four days’ pre-arranged car rental in a BM2 2 series, or similar.
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in Moncarapacho, Seville and Granada.
  • Tailored experiences in Moncarapacho including a private tour and cookery class as well as a private kayaking experience.
  • Experience the history and culture of Andalusia during privately guided walking tours of Jerez, Ronda and Granada.
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The southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula is renowned for its spectacular coastline and countryside dotted with olive groves, fincas and vineyards. Starting in the Algarve, stay in a boutique farmhouse in Moncarapacho and experience the Algarve’s celebrated beaches and coastal cuisine. As you cross the border into Spain, discover true Andalucia, a land bursting with pride and character. From the beautiful mercados to the royal palaces and alcázars of Moorish Spain, this is a celebration of the marvellous culture that has flourished from its hundreds of years under Moorish rule. One of the most iconic representations of Spain is the traditionally clad caballero and the marvellous Andalusian horse, as they showcase their marvellous skills in regions like Jerez. This suggested itinerary includes just that, as well as walking tours of the dramatic city of Ronda and Granada’s mighty Alhambra.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Faro and on to Moncarapacho.

Upon landing in Faro, privately transfer to your luxury boutique accommodation in Moncarapacho’s countryside. Spend three nights in the beautiful surroundings, lounging by the pool and enjoying alfresco dining and sunset cocktails.

Visit the nearby markets and cook with a local chef.

In the morning, accompany a local chef to the Faro Market to pick up ingredients to make cataplana, a seafood dish typically served in the Algarve. Learn how to create an authentic dish before sitting down and tasting your seafood creation.

Cataplana, Faro
Enjoy a private kayaking excursion in Ria Formosa.

Arguably Portugal’s most celebrated region, experience the Algarve’s diverse beauty on this kayaking excursion in Ria Formosa, a system of barrier islands that connect with the sea. During your free time, why not spend lazy afternoons on one of the sandy beaches nearby.

Ria Formosa
Privately transfer across the border into Seville.

Spend two nights in one of Seville’s most iconic hotels. Spend days wandering through the winding streets lined with fragrant orange trees, beautiful mercados and Moorish palaces. We’ll recommend the best places to enjoy delicious tapas.

Orange Tree
Pick up your pre-arranged rental car and drive to Jerez de la Frontera.

This characterful city is famed for its flamenco, Andalusian horses, and sherry. Explore the beautiful city’s culture and heritage as we’ve arranged a guided tour of Jerez’s cathedral, alcázar, and Old Town.

Jerez de la Frontera
Explore the mountaintop city of Ronda with an expert guide.

Set dramatically above a deep gorge, it is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. The former home of Celts, Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs, your private guide will take you to outstanding landmarks that showcase its impressive history.

Puente Nuevo, Ronda
Next stop is a guided tour of the Moorish city of Granada.

Famed for the mighty Alhambra, Granada is one of the finest examples of Spain’s Moorish influences. During your two night stay, enjoy a privately guided tour of the Alhambra, leaving you plenty of time to explore the rest of the city at your leisure.

Transfer to the international airport.

Drop off your rental car and board your flight home. Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Vila Monte Farm House

Vila Monte’s stylish boutique property lies within a renovated farmhouse in Moncarapacho’s peaceful countryside. A member of Design Hotels, interiors are bohemian in style, with light and bright furnishings.

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Hotel Alfonso XIII

The prestigious landmark Hotel Alfonso XIII occupies an unbeatable location in Seville’s palm-lined quarter of Santa Cruz.

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Hospes Palacio de los Patos

Hospes Palacio de los Patos is an elegant hotel set in a 19th-century palace just outside Granada’s historic centre. Guests will find respite from the sun, with a shaded outdoor pool and plenty of relaxation spaces.

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