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On this journey, you will experience the production process and the flavors of the main Spanish products from the Córdoba region. Your palates will be delighted with the taste of the “Jamón Ibérico” from Los Pedroches, the goat cheese and the olive oil from La Subbética, and the unique wines from Montilla- Moriles. Based originally on the Moorish traditions and influences, the Andalusian cuisine has a great variety to offer. Accompanied by local cooking classes, tapas meals, and charming accommodation, this gastronomic journey will be a unique experience for your senses.
During this trip, you will be staying at various accommodations. Three nights will be in Priego and another three nights will be in Cordoba. You will be staying at a three-star or a four-star hotel in a shared double or twin room.
At Just Explore, they understand one of the biggest worries when booking a holiday is the standard for your hotel. That’s why Just Explore only use pre-viewed character hotels with great locations to help you relax and enjoy your stay with them. All the rooms have air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom.
Upon arrival in Malaga, you will meet with your tour leader with whom you will spend the next six days “tasting” Southern Spain. Once you’ve met everyone in your group, your private driver will transfer you all to your luxury family-run accommodation in rural Andalucia.
Casa Olea is located just outside Priego de Córdoba, in the heart of the Subbetica Natural Park. After check-in and getting settled, you will enjoy a lovely welcome dinner. Just Explore has hand-picked a selection of traditional Andalusian dishes by which you will be delighted. Today’s meal includes evening dinner.
Today it’s off to explore the stunning natural park of Sierras Subbeticas and the prettiest white villages of this picturesque area. After enjoying a fresh homemade breakfast, your driver and tour guide will pick you up from Casa Olea to take you to Rute where you will be visiting the famous aniseed liquor factory and museum.
There, you will have the opportunity to sample two of the most emblematic products of the region (anís and brandy). Just Explore will then take you for a scenic drive across the Iznajar Lake where you will be able to take some lovely pictures from the most breath-taking viewpoints.
Towards lunchtime, you would have reached our next destination, the picturesque whitewashed town of Priego, a hidden gem in the Cordoba province. Today, lunch will be at a local restaurant in Priego which only serves local and seasonal products.
The local guide will take you on a short orientation walking tour of approximately two hours around Priego to discover its charming Moorish medina (name as “Barrio de la Villa”) and its impressive Baroque architecture of the palaces and churches within the town center.
After the tour, you will be driven back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the afternoon free to do a short hike or simply relax by the pool. Dinner will be served at the hotel’s restaurant where you will be able to admire the magnificent views of the olive groves and the Subbetica mountains.
During your stay in this picturesque area, you will be exploring some of the more interesting towns which are Rute, Iznajar, Priego and Zuheros. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Today, you will enjoy a beautiful day outdoors exploring the attractive village of Zuheros and hiking the Via Verde railway path!
Your driver and guide will meet you after breakfast to take you for a short hike along the Via Verde. This abandoned railway line was once the main transport route for olive oil between the towns of Jaen and Lucena (56 kilometers). It has now been converted into a popular walking and cycling route.
Today, you will take a leisurely hike along an eight-kilometer path for around two hours, starting at Luque, stopping off at some spectacular viewpoints looking over the olive groves of the Subbetica Natural Park and ending at the picturesque town of Zuheros.
It is a very comfortable, easy, and enjoyable walk. Lunch will be after visiting the charming village of Zuheros and its Moorish castle, it’s time for cheese tasting, seeing as Zuheros is the most popular goat cheese producer of the region. The cheese tasting will be followed by a wine-pairing lunch.
The wines you will try over lunch are mostly organic and will be provided by our local wine producer who is part of the famous Montilla-Moriles wine region known for its varied, flavourful and unique wines. A trip to Zuheros is not complete without admiring the views of the Bailon river and gorge from one of the highest points of the Natural Park.
Once done, you will return to Casa Olea where you can relax and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening before dinner. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
After breakfast and check out, you will start your journey towards Cordoba. Today, you will make a stop on the way to explore a unique area which is off the beaten paths between Granada and Cordoba, the wine region of rolling hills and breath-taking views of Montilla-Moriles.
This exciting tour is designed for curious and adventurous wine-lovers, amateurs, and experts alike! Olive oil, gastronomy, and wine are part of Andalucía’s popular wisdom and with this tour, you will delve into the fascinating world of olive oil and wine.
Your first stop will be a family-run olive oil mill where you will discover the full process of olive oil making. You will enjoy a tour of the family groves and learn about the different characteristics, culinary uses and health benefits of olive oil. After a visit to the mill and the on-site museum you will watch a very interesting short video about oil production.
The experience will be concluded by a tasting of two of their delicious varieties along with freshly baked bread also made by the very same family! The second experience of the day is a visit to a local family-run boutique winery located right in the heart of the of the Sierra de Montilla, a stunning rural landscape with endless vineyards and rolling hills.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a truly passionate viticulturist who will take you to the family vineyards to tell you about the history of this ancestral winery. Next, you will be guided into the wine cellar, named by the family as "Sacristia", a remarkable sacred space where their oldest wines are kept.
On this educational tour, you will learn about the unique grape variety that grows exclusively in Montilla, the popular and worldwide known "Pedro Ximenez". You will also learn about the entire process and aging system of these unique dry and sweet wines, a process that is probably the oldest in Spain.
The visit will end with a delicious tasting session including the five different varieties produced in the area which are Joven, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, and Pedro Ximenez Dulce. Raise your glass for a toast to a great wine experience!
Your olive oil and wine experience will be completed with a lovely pairing lunch at one of the most emblematic taverns in town. After lunch, you will be driven to your quaint accommodation in Córdoba, Alberca Deluxe, a small family-run guest house located in the city center.
Once checked-in, you will have some free time to yourselves, after which your tour guide will take you on a short orientation walk of Cordoba on your way to the restaurant where you will be having dinner tonight. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There's no better way to learn about Cordoban cuisine than by learning to prepare it yourself.
Today you will join the local expert guide to visit the local market (Mercado La Corredera). You will have the opportunity to speak to vendors about their locally sourced products and pick some fresh ingredients that you will use in the cooking class.
Your guide will point out some of his favorite Andalusian specialties and share fascinating stories about the city’s classic dishes. Next, your group will continue to the kitchen of a nearby guest house and restaurant where a talented local chef will guide you through a hands-on cooking experience featuring some of Cordoba's most popular dishes.
The menu will include an appetizer, a main dish, and a delectable dessert. Dishes chosen will vary according to season but could include Salmorejo, Cogollos Al Ajillo, Paella, and Arroz Cordobes. Once everything is prepared, you will all enjoy your creations, perfectly paired with some bottles of Andalusian white and red wines.
Your art historian guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel for an introductory walking tour of approximately two and a half hours to discover the main sites of this Unesco listed city of Cordoba (the mosque/cathedral, the Jewish quarter, the Synagogue, and the Royal Alcazar/palace).
After the guided tour, you can spend a couple of hours resting back at your hotel before getting ready for a traditional tapas dinner within the Jewish quarter. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Half day trip of approximately five hours to Los Pedroches Natural Reserve (1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive from Cordoba) to visit a family-run Iberian pig farm. Your private driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to drive you through the scenic Sierra Morena mountain chain to take you to Los Pedroches.
Today, you will discover the unique landscape of the Spanish "Dehesa" habitat where the black pigs are released and bred in complete freedom from November through March. This is a very exclusive experience for an enjoyable outdoor day including Iberian ham cutting workshop, ham tasting, and homemade lunch of delicious grilled vegetables, fresh salad, local cheese, and traditional dessert.
You will get to know the farmers, its family traditions, and visit the old farmhouse where several family generations have lived in the past few hundred years.
Back in Córdoba, you will have the option to either stay in or indulge in an Arabian bath/spa and massage at the Hamman Al Andalus (please let Just Explore know in advance if you are interested and they will send you further information with options and prices and book an appointment for you around 6 p.m.).
One of the sights you can’t miss when visiting the city of Córdoba is the Royal Stables, home to the Cordoba Equestrian Show. This emblematic and historical building was founded in 1570 by King Felipe II, a great horse lover with the dream of making a pure Spanish thoroughbred.
The structure of the Royal Stables is quite grand, with vaulted ceilings and archways. Once the birthplace of the Andalusian Horse and now an unparalleled setting for this unique equestrian show. This one-hour performance is a chance to marvel at the beauty and magic of these animals showing different disciplines and the extraordinary skills of the riders.
You will enjoy a magic evening which is accompanied by music, lights, and dancing as well as combined with the most majestic horses’ dressage exercises. After the show, you will enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the most emblematic restaurants and Bodegas in Cordoba. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Before heading back to Malaga Airport (AGP), you can enjoy this last morning in Cordoba at your leisure to do some art craft shopping (Cordovan leather and silver) or revisit some of your favorite corners by strolling the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter.
If you wish, you can also visit some interesting museums in town, namely The Viana Palace (a beautiful manor house with stunning courtyards and gardens) Julio Romero Museum (a very interesting local painter's art collection). Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Just Explore hopes you enjoy this fabulous culinary experience with them here in Spain. Hasta pronto! Today’s meal plan includes breakfast.
The above itinerary may change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control. Just Explore will duly advise of any such changes as soon as possible.n whilst you’re exploring at your leisure.
The Sierras Subbéticas is a stunningly beautiful, rugged park located in the heart of Andalucia between the three great cities of Córdoba, Granada, and Sevilla. The park was designated a natural park in 1988.
It is home to one of southern Spain's largest breeding colonies of griffon vultures, as well as around 70 other bird species, like booted, Bonelli's and short-toed eagles. It also has a rich variety of wildflowers. The park comprises 32,056 hectares of largely limestone plateau, from 500 meters to the 1,568 meters peak of La Tiñosa, the highest in Cordoba province.
Zuheros is a stunning Subbética village nestled in a gorge backed by steep rock cliffs. A cluster of white houses tumbles down the hill below a romantic Moorish castle carved directly into the cliff. On the edge of a small square, the archeological museum displays fascinating finds from the Cueva de los Murciélagos (bats cave).
This cave is located in the hills above the village and was first explored in 1938. Nearby Zuheros, there are many scenic walking and cycling routes such as the old olive oil railway trail (Via Verde), with dramatic views of the whole Subbetica landscape.
Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. After it became a Catholic church in 1236, a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century.
During this trip, you will be served six lunches, six dinners, cheese tasting in Zuheros, olive oil, and wine tasting in Montilla, cooking class in Cordoba, and Iberian ham tasting in Los Pedroches.
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