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Self Drive Holiday to Spain & Portugal

Extremadura, Andalucia & Eastern Algarve

Best time to travel
Apr-Oct
Ideal length
11 nights
Perfect for
Couples
From (incl flights)
€3,099 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Madrid and home from Faro.
  • 8 days’ pre-arranged car rental in Spain and Portugal.
  • 11 nights’ luxury accommodation in Plasencia, Cáceres, Seville and Vila Nova de Cacela.
  • Explore the very best of Extremadura and Eastern Algarve at leisure.
  • Exciting cultural activities including a privately guided tour of Trujillo, a scenic boat ride along Seville’s Guadalquivir River, and a full day tour at the famous Loulé Market.
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Introduction

Experience the timeless charm of medieval cities and time-worn villages as you journey into the heart of Extremadura and the eastern Algarve. On this suggested itinerary, explore some of Spain’s most beautifully preserved historical settlements in Cáceres before setting sights on the vibrant city of Seville. After soaking up the culture and history of southern Spain, spend the remainder of your trip in Portugal’s Algarve. The perfect rural retreat to unwind and relax within the secluded Ria Formosa Natural Park.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Madrid.

We have arranged a luxury car rental for you which can be collected at the airport. Drive to Plasencia, a city known for its medieval walls and old quarter. Enjoy a two night’s stay at a luxury partner property in the city’s historic centre.

Head out and explore the historic town of Trujillo with a local guide.

Learn all about Trujillo’s long history as you visit several important landmarks including the town’s churches, castles, and manor houses centred on the Plaza Mayor. Perhaps you’ll like to pay a visit to the Monfragüe National Park after your tour.

Monfragüe National Park
Drive south to Cáceres, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities.

With narrow cobbled streets that twist and climb among ancient stone walls, Cáceres takes you back in time to the 16th-century. Take in the city’s sights during a two night stay at a luxury hotel is in the UNESCO protected Old Town.

Cáceres
Journey to Seville, a city of art and culture.

Bathed in sunlight, Seville has a charismatic vibe and is bursting with architecture, history, and wonderful food. Spend the next three nights in a former 17th-century palacio, just a short stroll from the Real Alcázar de Seville.

Spend two nights in Seville during your luxury holiday to Spain
Take in the sights and sounds of Seville from the water.

Sail along the famous Guadalquivir River and pass by famous landmarks such as the Torre del Oro. It’s up to you how you enjoy this cruise, whether it’s learning more about the city’s most historical places or just relaxing with a glass of wine.

Sail along the famous Guadalquivir River
Spend a day at the market in Loulé.

The Loulé Municipal Market is set in a magnificent 100-year-old building of neo-Arabic style that comes to life every Saturday. Embark on a guided walking tour of the town and market, visiting important landmarks, artisanal shops and even a cork factory.

Loulé Municipal Market
Cross the Spanish border into Portugal’s Algarve

Enjoy the remainder of your trip in Vila Nova de Cacela, a rural parish town known for its sandy beaches and 18th-century Moorish castle, Fortaleza de Cacela. Rest your head at a secluded retreat within the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

Algarve
Drive to the international airport for your flight home.

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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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Parador de Plasencia

Parador de Plasencia

Situated in Plasencia’s old quarter, the Parador is the perfect base to explore the city’s rich history. This classical hotel is housed in a 15th-century monastery.

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Parador de Caceres

Parador de Caceres

The Parador de Caceres is a Renaissance palace turned luxury hotel. This 14th-century stone mansion is located in the heart of Caceres Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Hotel Corral del Rey Sevilla - Balcony

Hotel Corral del Rey Sevilla

Just a short stroll from the Real Alcázar de Sevilla lies Hotel Corral del Rey. A former 17th century palacio, interiors are luxurious and perfectly represent traditional Mudéjar design.

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Conversas de alpendre

Conversas de Alpendre

Surrounded by a large orchard, Conversas de Alpendre offers a hidden retreat within the Ria Formosa Natural Park. The beautiful rooms are designed in perfect harmony between rusticity and sophistication.

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What people are saying

Aisling and her team are just outstanding at what they do. They have an incredible knowledge of the travel industry and I have had the best experience with OROKO Travel. From the first phone call to enquire about a holiday to the call we received after our holiday, I cannot say enough about this company. They are truly outstanding. I really look forward to working with them again in 2022 and hopefully for many years to come. There is no travel specialists like OROKO. 5 stars, just fantastic!

Sinead & family – Croatia, September 2021

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