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Wellness and Culinary Tour in the Southern Spain

Taking a break out of your busy life and the daily hustle and bustle to take care of yourself has increasingly become a necessity. Do you suffer from stress? Are you both physically and mentally exhausted and concerned about burning out? Or have you simply put your own health and wellness second to work, family, and responsibilities, and urgently need a complete wellness reboot? If so, this holiday is ideal for you! This six-night itinerary provides fantastic accommodation and a wonderful mix of experiences including outdoor activities, relaxation, and wellness under the Spanish sun!

Highlights

  • Local olive oil production, avocado farms, and boutique wineries
  • Horseback riding or a cycling experience in Axarquia Nature Reserve
  • Locally sourced and produced food, ensuring the freshest produce possible
  • Personalised walks to explore the beautiful countryside and reconnect with nature
  • Complete gastronomic immersion into Mediterranean diet through the included meals
  • 6 nights three or four-star hotels accommodation, as well as all private transfers
  • Morning hike in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, and massage and spa after
  • Guided various wellness techniques (yoga, tai chi, meditation, Pilates)

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: 4-12 participants
Airport transfer included: Seville Airport
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Accommodation

At Just Explore, they understand one of the biggest worries when booking a holiday is the standard for your hotel. That's why they only use previewed character hotels with great locations to help you relax and enjoy your stay with them.

Your accommodation will be made up of 3 and 4-star hotels with double or twin rooms sharing. All of the hotels will be centrally located and will include breakfasts. Your rooms will be equipped with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

Your overnights will go as follow:

3 nights in Vejer de la Frontera

You will be staying at a small luxury boutique hotel set in a restored 16th-century house located right in Vejer de la Frontera's historic old town. From its privileged hilltop position in this picturesque village of the Costa de la Luz, this gem of a hotel offers breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding Andalusian countryside.

During your stay, enjoy a lovely drink on the hotel's stylish roof terrace which features a whirlpool tub and sunbeds. You could also indulge in private relaxing massages or body treatments either in your room or in a rather singular area; a repurposed water cistern that is accessed via a spiral staircase. Yoga sessions are also available.

3 nights in La Viñuela

In La Viñuela you will be staying at one of the most Stylish Boutique Hotels in the Málaga province. You will find yourself in a beautiful natural setting on the shores of the Viñuela reservoir and at the foot of various natural parks and just 15 minutes from the Torre del Mar beaches. During your stay, enjoy its body treatment room, spa, library, two swimming pools, and restaurants.

Program

This holiday is designed to help you reclaim control over your overall physical and mental wellbeing, through a blend of mind and body therapies, gentle physical exercise, and great food and wine, all working in synergy to help you to rest, heal, and recharge.

With this combination of yoga sessions, moderate walking, and fun gastronomic activities, reset your mind, heart, lungs, and palate. So, come and join Just Explore in the sunny Spain to give your health and fitness a real boost. It is guaranteed that your batteries will be fully recharged.

This program is ideal for a small group of friends, families, or a wellness community. The possibilities are endless however, and Just Explore have the flexibility to satisfy every specific need and requirement of each of their guests.

Day 1: Arrival and welcome dinner

  • Meals included: Welcome dinner

Upon arrival in Sevilla, you will be arranged for a private transfer to your hotel in Vejer de la Frontera (approximately 2 hours).

First afternoon and evening is free to get acquainted with this pretty town and the fantastic hotel you will be staying at before heading to restaurant where you will enjoy a delicious Mediterranean welcome dinner (included).

Day 2: The flavours of Andalusia

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
  • Morning: Market tour and cooking class

Just Explore are strong believers that the best way to appreciate the culture of any area is through its gastronomy and wine. Nowhere is this truer than in Southern Spain.

This culinary experience will begin with shopping for supplies in Vejer's local market. Depending on the season, the dishes which you will help prepare and get to savour are likely to include gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), tuna and red pepper salad, gazpacho (melon and mint, traditional tomato or almond and garlic). Fresh boiled octopus and boquerones (anchovies) are also a delicacy of this region as it is close to the sea!

Your passionate guide will help you uncover the secrets for the perfect tortilla (Spanish omelette), introduce you to albondigas (Spanish meatballs) and treat you to a yummy cake for dessert.

Being in the province of Cadiz, this culinary experience would not be complete without sampling the region's specialties, which is why you will enjoy a preserved tuna and sherry tasting!

Based in beautiful Vejer de la Frontera, on the Costa de la Luz in Cadiz Province, Andalusia, this food tour will give you a unique insight into Spanish food culture. During this creative hands-on class using delicious local ingredients, a hint of exotic Moroccan flavours and more than just a splash of

Spanish wine and sherry, you will create authentic Spanish “slow food”. With a relaxed and fun atmosphere, this cooking class is the ideal food experience, even for non-cooks!

Day 3: Relax and reconnect with nature

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Early morning yoga session

Start your day off right by taking the time to work on improving your health, flexibility, and inner wellness. Revitalize your body and mind with this one-hour rejuvenating yoga class led by your hotel's professional yoga instructor with more than 10 years of training in Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, meditation, yoga anatomy, and movement anatomy. Classes have a creative style and focus on Hatha and Vinyasa yoga.

Morning

You will spend a lovely day in the countryside on this truly rural adventure and delightful gastronomic experience. Today, you will be invited to enjoy the quiet, tranquillity of rural Southern Spain and learn about organic farming.

This morning, you will be taken on a beautiful 2-hour drive to the Natural Park of Grazalema to take in and explore the surrounding wilderness and natural beauty of the Andalusian countryside.

La Dehesa Biodinámica is an agro ecological project that brings people closer to biodynamic agriculture and permaculture with the goal of teaching and re-educating people on their eating habits.

With more than 700 hectares of land, the experience in La Dehesa Biodinamica covers different parts:

1. Direct contact with the animals: interacting with the beautiful Lusitano horses, cows, sheep, and goats in the wild and being able to collect the

eggs from the free-range chickens.

2. Enjoying nature and the landscape: the visit is done on an eco-friendly 4x4 car so you can have access to all the areas of the farm

3. Traditional vegetable garden: you will learn how they prepare the garden, create their own compost and biodynamic preparations.

4. Horse dressage (rejoneo): you will admire the strength of the Lusitano horse in the farm's arena showing the different dressage techniques.

5. Farm to the table experience: there is no better way to end this fabulous morning than tasting the fruits of countryside you have just discovered. You will try their olive oil and wine, and will be delighted with a delicious lunch of seasonal and organic products harvested in their garden, paired with organic drinks, water, and homemade bread (yummy and healthy!).

Note: all sorts of food preferences and/or allergies can be accommodated. Please make a request when booking.

After lunch, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Vejer de la Frontera where you will have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy at your leisure before meeting up with your group again for a pleasant dinner (included).

Day 4: A breath of fresh air

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Morning hike in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park

Your private driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to take on a fabulous scenic drive through the Alcornocales Natural Park (approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes).

Once at the starting point of your hiking trail in the pretty white village of Jimena de la Frontera, you will enjoy a moderate walk of approximately 2 hours and a half. This will give you enough time to admire the beautiful surrounding of the natural reserve known and protected for its cork oak trees.

This is indeed a peaceful and virtually untouched corner of Andalusia.

Walk amongst the century old cork trees, breath the fresh air, and enjoy the sounds of this typical Mediterranean forest. After your hike, you will enjoy a lovely outdoor picnic lunch in this gorgeous natural setting (included). You will then head to your next accommodation in La Viñuela (approximately 2.5 hours).

  • Afternoon massage and spa in La Viñuela

After your morning hike, enjoy some well-deserved pampering at your hotel's marvellously relaxing on-location spa and find your inner peace. Start your journey by toning your body with the aromatherapy and contrast showers, then plunge into the hamman, perfect to help release any muscle tension from your hike this morning.

Unwind in the sauna and tubs, both overlooking the beautiful La Viñuela reservoir offering breath-taking views of the natural surroundings. Finally, give free rein to your imagination and all your senses by savouring a delicious tea in the rest area.

This experience is sure to leave you feeling completely serene and calm: a unique and unparalleled unforgettable experience.

Note: please inform your host of any health-related issues: allergies, cardiovascular diseases, pregnancy, etc.

You will then head to your hotel's restaurant for a delicious dinner (included).

Day 5: A little country and a little zen

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

This day of adventure starts with either a horseback riding or a cycling experience in the heart of the Axarquia Nature Reserve. This will be followed with a visit to one of Spain’s most beautiful villages and will end with a relaxing and centring yoga session by the Mediterranean sea. Your private driver picking you up to take you to meet your local guide for the day.

  • Option 1: Horseback riding between mango and avocado trees

Together, you will head to the stables where you will meet horseback riding instructor who will help match you with the perfect horse and will provide helmets.

You will then be taken on a very enjoyable ride experience of approximately 2 hours to discover the Axarquía on horseback! The route will take you through the countryside where you will get to see mango and avocado plantations which are very popular around this area.

  • Option 2: Cycling by the La Viñuela lake

Enjoy a guided mountain bike tour around the La Viñuela Lake. This comfortable ride will follow a 8,5 km (5.28 miles) trail ride which will bring you to the resting area of Las Mayoralas, in Periana, where you will enjoy a short break before heading back.

This route offers spectacular views of the lake, Sierra Tejeda, La Maroma mountain and the white villages surrounding the area. Bike and helmet included.

After your horseback or bike ride, you enjoy a well-deserved drinks and tapas for lunch in a very authentic local bar (included). You will then be transferred to the charming white village of Frigiliana, where you will enjoy a guided walk through the whitewashed narrow streets stopping at the most breathtaking viewpoints.

Here, you will have the opportunity to take pictures of the ocean and the mountains. The guided walk will be followed by some free time to wander around and do some shopping (local wine, leather or ceramics). This fantastic day will be completed with a calming and centring yoga session by the beach.

You will then head back to your hotel for dinner (included).

Day 6: The fruits of the Mediterranean

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fish market visit and Catamaran with paella show cooking

Your private driver will pick you up and will take you to Caleta de Velez, one of the busiest fishing ports on the entire Mediterranean coast of Spain. You will discover how fish prices are allocated and purchased at the local fish market. You will not, however, be able to buy anything since only chefs or licensed vendors are allowed to do so.

Then, it is on to the port for a unique experience on a Catamaran. You'll get to see the beautiful coast of La Axarquía from another perspective, and if you are lucky, you might enjoy the company of dolphins!

In addition to drinks on board, you will have the opportunity to get some snorkeling and swimming in before the paella show cooking begins! After a lovely lunch on board (included), you will be driven back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the afternoon free before meeting up with your group again for your farewell dinner (included).

Day 7: End of your trip

You will be arranged for a private driver to take you to the Malaga airport for your flight home.

Unfortunately all good things must come to and end. Just Explore hope you enjoyed this small group tour with them.

Note:

The above itinerary may change at any time due to circumstances beyond Just Explore's control. You will be duly advised of any such changes as soon as possible.

Location

Andalusia

Andalusia is truly a melting pot of culture where history meets and blends with myth. The cultural influences that have washed over Andalusia since the first paintings were etched on cave walls are many: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, and Vandals. But the most influential of all were unarguably the Moors, who named the region “Al-Andalus” and who’s eighth- century rule left an indelible imprint on the region’s culture and its customs.

The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park

The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in the northeastern part of the province of Cádiz encompasses a complex of mountain ranges. It is a karstic region and contains a number of large limestone caverns, including the Cueva del Gato, the Cueva de la Pileta, and the Garganta Verde.

The Sierra de Grazalema is also home to many colonies of vultures, including a few pairs of Egyptian vultures, a species that is seriously threatened. The natural park was declared a biosphere reserve in 1977.

Alcornocales Natural Park

The vast Alcornocales Natural Park covers 167,767ha from Tarifa in the south to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in the north. It is named after its handsome and beautifully kept cork tree grove, the largest in the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the most important ones in the world. It is the best example of what the densely wooded, primeval Iberian forests may have been like.

The far south of the region is crossed by deep, narrow, humid V-shaped valleys, called canutos, which have been eroded by rivers and provide the ideal habitat for subtropical forests of great ecological value. Today, these forests only exist in Spain and Turkey but they used to grow in many other parts of Europe.

La Vinuela

The charming village of La Vinuela (Little Vineyard) lies amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Andalusia. Close by is the main-made reservoir Lake Vinuela, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the province of Malaga, and which not only serves to irrigate the surrounding land, but is also the perfect place for a picnic and watersports. A great spot to get-away spot, where the only sounds you hear are the calling of the birds and small animals that inhabit the countryside and olive groves.

Axarquía

The Axarquía area is still a breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled region of Malaga. The main attractions are the area's dramatic hill and mountain scenery, its unspoiled, whitewashed villages, and the strong sweet wine that is made from sun-dried grapes. Because of the region's subtropical climate, this is also a region where some of the more tropical fruits, such as mango and kiwi are grown.

Frigiliana

Frigiliana is a maze of cobbled streets, with meticulously maintained whitewashed houses, that provide a stunning contrast against the blue skies and red slate roofs. The colorful plant pots brimming with bougainvillea, lavender, and jasmine all add an extra dash of color to this enchanting scene.

As you wander up the hillside through the pedestrianized cobbled streets, past the white houses with doors painted an array of pastel colors, past tiny nooks and crannies and viewpoints that offer glimpses of the surrounding countryside and the coast below, you can fully understand why Frigiliana is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia. A village that has consistently won awards to that effect. Including being voted as the ‘prettiest village in Andalusia’ by the Spanish tourism authority.

Caleta de Velez

Caleta de Velez is a charming little fishing village to the east of Málaga with a vibrant fish market and harbor; the fish from the region comes from the Alborán Sea, a passage of water between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean rich in plankton. This, together with the high temperature fluctuations of the water, enriches the flavor of the fish caught in the area giving a uniquely distinct taste.

More of an exchange than a market, “la Lonja” as it is known, sees local fisherman unload their daily catches fresh from the sea in separate boxes for display within the exchange. A large screen displays the various lots and the registered buyers make bids from handheld devices until bidding is closed and the money changes hands. Much of the fish purchased here will not even make it to market but will become dinner that same evening in many of the quality seafood restaurants all along the coast of Malaga Province.

Food

This tour includes all breakfasts, five lunches, and six dinners, as well as anything mentioned to be included in the itinerary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

It is highly recommend for you to extend your trip either at the beginning or at the end (or both if possible) to explore and enjoy cities like Seville or Malaga. Just Explore will gladly take care of those travel arrangements and provide a tailor-made itinerary to complete your Spanish adventure.

What's included

  • All private transfers with a luxury AC vehicle with driver for the duration of the tour
  • 6 nights three or four-star accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches (some of them picnic)
  • 6 dinners
  • All drinks during meals and tastings
  • 2 market tours (Vejer and La Caleta)
  • 1 hands-on cooking class
  • 1 show-cooking
  • 1 olive oil and wine tasting
  • Fluent English-speaking tour leader
  • 1 hike
  • 1 horse ride or bike ride
  • 3 yoga sessions (Vejer, La Viñuela, Nerja beach)
  • 1 massage treatment
  • Full support and assistance on hand 24/7
  • Maps, a list of recommended places to visit, bars, and restaurants etc. to help you enjoy the authentic Spain whilst you’re exploring at your leisure

What's not included

  • International air flights
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Meals and drinks, other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Seville Airport (SVQ). Just Explore organize a group transfer from Sevilla airport upon arrival and from your accommodation in La Viñuela to Malaga airport on the departure day.

Airport: Seville Airport Airport transfer included: Seville Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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These dates below are suggestions and can be modified as needed. Please send your inquiry for further information.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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