Spain Organised Trips

Cordoba Discovery Walk

With four World Heritage Sites to its name and a history that stretches back more than 2,000 years, Cordoba is an enchanting destination for a cultural break. Uncover the secrets of some of its most celebrated sights on a private two-hour walking tour with an official local guide. You’ll begin at the building that’s become a symbol of the city, the Mezquita or Mosque-Cathedral. Here, as you wander through the various sections, from the earliest part of the mosque with its distinctive horseshoe arches to the cathedral’s 16th-century courtyard of orange trees, you’ll come to understand something of Cordoba’s fascinating past. From here you’ll head to another World Heritage Site, the Jewish quarter, a labyrinth of atmospheric alleyways where you’ll stop to visit the 14th-century synagogue and El Zoko, a 16th-century manor house that’s now a delightful craft market.

• Departs Monday to Friday
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Discover Gran Canaria by Jeep

Enjoy a fun-filled adventure on a 4x4 safari through the island’s varied landscapes, from lush valleys to dramatic rocky plains. The action-packed itinerary includes the hamlet of Fataga, with its narrow cobbled streets lined by small whitewashed houses, set in a palm-forested ravine. From here, you’ll venture on to dirt tracks to explore this dramatic setting further, and visit other wild gorges nearby that normal vehicles can’t reach, giving you a unique perspective on Gran Canaria’s geography. You’ll pause for lunch at a typical Canarian restaurant and stop at an aloe vera plantation where you’ll tour the fields of spiky plants and learn how they’re processed to create a host of different products.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Duration:

Enjoy a fun-filled adventure on a 4x4 safari through the island’s varied landscapes, from lush valleys to dramatic rocky plains. The action-packed itinerary includes the hamlet of Fataga, with its narrow cobbled streets lined by small whitewashed houses, set in a palm-forested ravine. From here, you’ll venture on to dirt tracks to explore this dramatic setting further, and visit other wild gorges nearby that normal vehicles can’t reach, giving you a unique perspective on Gran Canaria’s geography. You’ll pause for lunch at a typical Canarian restaurant and stop at an aloe vera plantation where you’ll tour the fields of spiky plants and learn how they’re processed to create a host of different products.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Fuerteventura Catamaran Cruise

Spend a fun day out on the water on a sleek catamaran that’s a perfect base for all manner of appealing activities for adults and children. Once Catlanza leaves port, you can take to the nets, feeling the spray from the waves and keeping an eye out for flying fish and dolphins. As you glide through the water, you’ll be able to lend the crew a helping hand with some simple tasks, learn some useful sailors’ knots or relax with a spot of mindfulness yoga. At Papagayo, the boat anchors in a sheltered bay where you can whizz down the slide into the sea to swim, snorkel and maybe hand-feed some of the inquisitive local fish. Back on board, it’s time for a simple but delicious home-cooked lunch, with plenty of time to talk over the morning’s adventures. Afterwards, you’ll be able to try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking before your return to port.

• Departs Tuesday and Friday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Water, juices, wine, beer and cava are included.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 10.30am
End time: 3pm

Fuerteventura Deluxe Catamaran Cruise

Explore Fuerteventura’s majestic coastline aboard a state-of-the-art lagoon-style catamaran that’s unique to the island. Sailing within metres of the coast, you’ll be blessed with close-up views of volcanic landscapes and pretty-as-a-picture beaches, with the chance of seeing dolphins and whales along the way. You’ll pause for a refreshing swim in one of the more sheltered bays, with a mouth-watering freshly prepared lunch of seasonal salads, smoked salmon, grilled prawns and grilled steak back on the boat to follow. Spend the rest of the afternoon on deck with a chilled beer or glass of cava, enjoying everything from the warm wind in your hair to the stunning scenery; with a maximum of 12 passengers, there’s plenty of space to stretch out and relax

• Departs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Water, juices, wine, beer and cava are included.

Duration:

Full day

Fuerteventura Jeep Exploration

Enjoy a highlight-filled Jeep adventure that combines well-known sights and hidden gems. The first destination is Corralejo National Park near the northern tip of Fuerteventura, an extraordinary landscape of towering sand dunes. From here, you’ll head inland towards Lajares, heading off-road en route to get a closer look at the starkly beautiful Bayuyo volcano with its twin craters. On arrival in Lajares, there’s time to explore the traditional craft shops of this sleepy Canarian village before continuing on to El Cotillo, a seaside town with some of the best beaches in Europe. You’ll be able to swim in one of its sheltered coves before checking out the Torre del Tostón, built to defend the coast against pirates. From here, you’ll head past Tindaya, a mountain considered sacred by the island’s pre-colonial population, before finishing with a gentle stroll around charming La Oliva, known for its typical island architecture.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Lunch is not included.

Goat Trekking In Fuerteventura

Explore Fuerteventura’s dramatic west coast in the company of some four-legged friends. Near the village of La Pared, you’ll meet your playful and affectionate animal companions for the day – three goats called Nube, Rayo and Torito, accompanied by their guide – before setting off on a scenic circular trek through extraordinary desert-like landscapes. With the goats running free around you, and fabulous views over Jandia natural park, you’ll learn about the area’s richly varied geology, from volcanic mountains stained with minerals to fossilised dunes of finest sand. About halfway through, you’ll pause for a rustic picnic and a well-earned rest (goats included) before continuing through dried-up riverbeds back to the start point. To round things off in style, there’s a final stop for a reviving coffee overlooking the sea.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The hike is around 6km and rated moderate.

Duration:

Full day

Gran Canaria Dolphin Watch

Take a trip on a modern catamaran that’s been purpose-built for dolphin-watching, with two viewing decks, a glass bottom and specialised sound equipment for listening underwater. Aboard the wonderfully spacious and stable Multiacuatic, you’ll head out to sea to spend a couple of hours looking out for some of the 27 species of cetaceans that have been spotted around the Canary Islands, from resident bottlenose dolphins and short-finned pilot whales to visiting Risso’s dolphins. As you search, the crew of this Blue Badge-holding vessel – awarded to those who have a clear focus on conservation and the safety of marine life – will share their knowledge of these enchanting creatures with you, adding to the experience. Afterwards, you’ll head closer to the shore for a refreshing swim, the perfect way to round your marine adventure.

• Departs Tuesday and Thursday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 10.30am
End time: 1.30pm

Horse riding in Maspalomas

Experience the vast volcanic landscapes of southern Gran Canaria in a different way, from the back of a well-school horse. At this highly regarded family-run riding school in El Salobre, just outside Maspalomas, you’ll be teamed up with a suitable mount, whether you’re a complete novice or an experienced equestrian. Then, after a safety briefing, you’ll head out with your qualified guide for a two-hour ride along quiet trails through an arid landscape of mountains, gorges, cacti and exotic plants that’s exactly like something out of a Wild West film. Feeling like a modern-day cowboy, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the fantastic views over the sea and the sand dunes of Maspalomas as Cumbre, Shiraz, Chester or one of their stablemates carries you smoothly along the 8km circular route.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Riders should be at least 5 years old and weigh less than 150kg.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 10am or 4pm
End time: Midday or 6pm

Kestrel Canyon Hike

Spend a fascinating day exploring the lush landscapes of Gran Canaria’s remote north-east. Thanks to a quirk of geology – the particular minerals in the lava of long-ago eruptions – rare plants thrive here, creating a unique ecosystem. As you hike through the ravine, you’ll follow a stream that flows all year round, keeping the humidity high and helping to sustain the jungle-like vegetation. Small animals such as rabbits and lizards abound here, which naturally attracts birds of prey, including hawks and buzzards as well as kestrels. After a picnic where you’ll find the lizards will happily eat bits of your sandwich from your fingers, you’ll continue to the village of Guayadeque, where you’ll be able to explore some old cave houses and taste a variety of the typical products of the area, such as the local sweet wine.

• Departs Wednesday and Saturday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The walk covers 7km and is rated difficulty level 1.5. Suitable hiking boots are essential; hiking poles, water and a sandwich are provided.

Duration:

Full day

Roque Nublo Hike

Roque Nublo, ‘the rock in the clouds’, was a sacred place in ancient times and remains a symbol of Gran Canaria and a popular goal for walkers. Your hike begins to the west of this 80m-high volcanic outcrop, where you’ll pick up an ancient trail that meanders upward through pine forests, past long-solidified lava flows and strange stone columns. Along the way, you’ll learn about the herbs and medicinal plants that grow beside the path while enjoying the fresh clear air and the rugged mountain scenery. Arriving at the 1750m-high plateau on which Roque Nublo seems to sit, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Teide on the neighbouring island of Tenerife, before pausing for a well-earned rest and a relaxed picnic, giving you time to soak up the unique atmosphere of this pre-colonial religious site. From here, you’ll descend to the village of Ayacata, set in an ancient crater, where the hike ends.

• Departs Tuesday
• Operates year round
• Group departures

Good to know
The walk covers 7km and is rated difficulty level 2. Suitable hiking boots are essential; hiking poles, water and a sandwich are provided.

Duration:

Full day

Tapas Tour of Fuerteventura

Take your taste buds on a culinary journey in southern Fuerteventura. On this full-day adventure, you’ll visit three small farms to learn about three quintessential island products and the story behind them. You’ll begin at a cactus grower, where prickly pears – otherwise known as nopal or Barbary figs – are harvested to make juice, spicy mojo sauces and jams, all of which you’ll be able to sample. From here, you’ll move on to another finca to discover the secret of top-quality organic olive oil and test your palate with a guided tasting. The third destination is a long-established family-owned goat farm, where the rich milk is used to make various cheeses according to a traditional recipe. You’ll be offered several types to try, along with a glass of red wine and a slice or two of the strangely delicious Canarian gofio bread.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The tour includes around 2km of walking, so comfortable footwear is recommended.

Duration:

Full day

Volcano Hike & Wine Tasting

Spend the morning immersed in a fascinating volcanic landscape before heading to a nearby farm and winery to experience another side of Fuerteventuran life. The day begins with a hike on and around La Gairía, a relatively young volcanic cone and natural monument in the heart of the island. Spotting features such as lava streams and pyroclastic material as you walk, you’ll head a quarter of the way up the mountain to admire the views over the island, before descending to the finca at the foot of the volcano. Your guided tour will take you all over the farm, where you’ll visit the vineyards and olive groves, admire the quaint farm buildings and enjoy a wine tasting. Having worked up quite an appetite, you’ll appreciate even more the rustic picnic of typical Canarian ingredients – bread, goats cheese, tomatoes and olive oil – that brings the outing to a close.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The hike is 3 to 4 miles and rated moderate. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are advised.

Duration:

Full day

Walk Through The History Of Seville

Seville’s magnificent royal palace complex, the Real Alcázar, is a microcosm of the city’s rich history. Beginning life as first a fort and then an Arab palace before becoming a residence for the Christian kings after the Reconquest, it’s a glorious melting pot of different architectural styles. On this private guided visit, you’ll explore inside and out, through lavishly decorated rooms such as the 16th-century Salón de Los Tapices – named after its massive tapestries – and ornate Mudéjar patios. More recently, the Real Alcázar and other spots in Seville became the kingdom of Dorne in Game of Thrones, and fans have the chance to visit the various locations in the palace and the cobbled streets beyond and hear anecdotes about the filming. If that’s not your thing, the guide will tailor your walk through the historic quarter to your particular interests, whether you’re fascinated by local crafts or have a taste for tapas.

• Departs Monday to Friday
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You will need to bring your passport as identification.

Duration:

2½ hours

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