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Spain and Portugal Adventure

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Trip Type: Backpacker Tour
Tour Cost: $839US+ (students $809+)
Departs from: Madrid
Duration: 7 days

Tags: $500-$1000 Tours, 4-7 days, Busabout, Escorted Tour, Spain/France/Italy Tours


Gorge yourself on tapas, witness emotive Flamenco in its spiritual home and drink jerez (sherry) at its birthplace. Venture further into Moorish influenced Tarifa and then over into Lagos with its great beaches and awesome night life.

Lose yourself in the cobbled streets of UNESCO-listed Toledo before journeying from the extremes of La Mancha's Tarifa battered plains to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains. Drink mint tea at a local Teteria or meander through the Alhambra and the stunning Generallife gardens. Whatever you choose to do on Busabout's 7 Day Iberian Adventure, you'll leave with memories that won't soon be forgotten.

Day 1: Madrid to Seville
We visit the picturesque town of Cordoba, home to the Mezquita (Mosque). Get blown away with the impressive architecture and beautiful stonework; its red and white striped arches are famed throughout Spain. Then onto Seville. We take you on a short orientation walk to the famous Alcazar Place. Afterwards you will have free time to explore Seville on your own, or join our optional tour to fully appreciate this magnificent city. Make sure you check out the third largest cathedral in the world, the Santa Cruz (Jewish) Quarter and the Plaza España in the Maria Luisa Park.

Seville has its own style of flamenco, 'sevillanas', with the dancing kicking off in local flamenco bars from around midnight. Party until the sun rises on the banks of the Gualdaquivir river, where revellers take advantage of the outdoor bars lining the river banks.

Day 2: Seville to Lagos
Spend your morning checking out the city and grab a bite to eat before we head off to the sun lovers' heaven of Portugal and the coastal, party town of Lagos! Lagos is a heavyweight among fun-loving enthusiasts. It is the hub of nightlife in the Algarve region and its beaches rate among the best on the Iberian Peninsula. After check-in we'll be heading straight into the hustle and bustle of the old town. Many claim Lagos to be the party capital of the Algarve. We'll go to a local restaurant for a great feed before taking you around the various clubs that make up this hedonistic part of Europe!

Day 3: Lagos
Once all the stories from the night before have been told you have the day to explore Lagos at your own pace. For those of you who can't bear to miss out on all that Lagos has to offer, choose from exploring the Algarve grottos by sea-kayak, try your hand at rock-climbing or spend your afternoon surfing the waves. If you'd prefer to chill out and relax, head down to the fine sand of Praia de Batata or meander through the streets of the old town. Tonight is a free night, so either head back to the bars, grab some dinner or relax. Whatever you choose, Lagos will leave a lasting impression and is sure to leave you smiling.

Day 4: Lagos to Tarifa
It's an early start but for very good reason! We're heading down to the southernmost tip of Europe and making our way along the Costa del Sol to Tarifa, a small Spanish town located on the Costa de la Luz, or 'coast of light'. They say it's here that the word 'tariff' first came into use after the local leader started charging ships to use the local port, and it's also where an abundance of activities await. There’s time to check out this quaint town, before getting ready for your optional night trip to Morocco.

This afternoon there’s the option to see Tangier by night. If you would like to add another country to their list then hop on a fast boat to Morocco for a guided tour around Tangier. Not just a new country, but a new continent – welcome to Africa!

For those who can't bear to leave Spain just yet (on a clear day you can still see over the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco), there's always the chance to catch a local bus over to Gibraltar or go whale-watching in the straits themselves. Tarifa's old town is filled with restaurants, shops and bars to visit, meaning you won't be short of things to do that evening either...

Day 5: Tarifa to Granada
We travel through Rhonda, said to be the home of the bullfight and once home to American writer Ernest Hemingway. We arrive into Granada in the late afternoon and after check-in we have an orientation walk through the city. In the evening; we'll go to some of the best local tapas bars. Granada is a student town, so those with the stamina will find plenty of opportunities for partying late into the night!

Day 6: Granada
You have the entire day to explore Granada at your leisure. Be sure not to miss the most famous Moorish relic and most visited sight in Spain, the Alhambra. Marvel at the intricate sculptures and relics carved into the walls (under Islam the artists were not allowed to depict the human form), while not forgetting to look up every so often at the intricately detailed ceiling work. Our optional tour includes entrance fees and a local guide; you also get to skip right past the massive queues that form here every day. This will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip!

If you're a bit hot and bothered after the Alhambra, there's always the chance of plunging into some Moroccan-style baths. Jump in the cold, warm or hot pools, try the flavoured tea, or if you're in real need of some relaxation, have an aromatherapy massage.

It's the last night of our tour so join your Guide and driver for some more great tapas before heading to the Sacromonte Caves later at night to see a live Flamenco show. For those of you that wish to learn the moves, there’s the option to join a Flamenco class before the show.

Day 7: Granada to Madrid
It's time to say farewell to Granada and head back to Madrid, although not without an amazing scenic stop along the route of Don Quixote, the Man from La Mancha! We make a stop at Consuegra where Don Quixote famously tilted at the windmills (he thought they were giants!) overlooking the plains of La Mancha.

After Consuegra, it’s to the Imperial City of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage city. You have a couple of hours to lose yourself in the cobblestone streets and poke your head in the numerous stores filled with hand crafted steel swords and marzipan. Check out Toledo's famous Cathedral featuring significant art works by El Greco. From Toledo it's just a short drive back to Madrid.

Tours leave from Madrid every Friday from June 2 through September 15, 2012.

What's Included

  • 6 nights dorm accommodation
  • Orientation walks in each town
  • Entrance and guide to Alhambra
  • Bodega sherry tasting in Jerez 
  • Modern coach with your very own Busabout Guide and Driver.

Trip Options

Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of Busabout's optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

  • Enjoy Granada Tapas Crawl
  • Sacrament Caves Flamenco show
  • Get scrubbed senseless in Moorish Granada at a traditional Hamman
  • Take a surfing lesson or hire your own board in Lagos or go horse riding on Tarifa beach
  • Explore the grottos of the Algarve coast by sea-kayak or boat
  • Hop over to Tangier in Morocco from Tarifa for the afternoon

Here at Busabout Adventures we've only ever aimed at one thing - to show you around some of our favourite countries sharing a little bit of the passion we have for these destinations. We promise to give you the best possible value-for-money adventures . All our crew have a passion for the land in which they work and have all travelled extensively themselves - so they know how to make your budgets stretch.

The trips and itineraries have been developed by local experts who passionately believe that their trip is the best in the world - it makes for interesting end-of-year parties, but it means you get the best the country has to offer. Check out the Trip Options for full itineraries or keep reading to find out why our trips are so good.

What makes us a little bit special...

We have a lovely team both in the office to help you with enquiries and out there on road, track and sea. Judging by the thank you emails we get they are building themselves a nice reputation for being the independent travel experts - they know you are there for a good time but don't like being herded like cattle: you can still feel like an independant traveller on a tour but only if you are given the time and space to experience things for yourself.

In some destinations we have expert guides from the country you are visiting, on others we have Trip Managers and Drivers who make use of a series of expert Local Guides along the way - either way there will be plenty of opportuntiy for that unique local insight which is so important to travelling.

Our accommodations vary from boat to hotel to tent - not all on the same trip, but with one thing in common: they are the best options available for the budget traveller. Our style of travel suits the independant traveller, so you can be sure that you are likely to have plenty in common with other members of the group before you even meet. We have people from all over the world on our trips: some of which are solo travellers, some couples and sometimes groups of friends.

The group dynamic is different on every trip - but you can be sure that you guides main aim is too build cameraderie and the group-feel. Cooking dinner together overlooking Chefchaoun or lounging on the deck of our sailing boats in Croatia is a sure-fire way to get that bonding going. Not to mention our nights out sampling the local night-life.



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Tour Highlights

  • Journey from the extremes of La Mancha's battered plains to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Guided tour through the Alhambra and the stunning Generalife gardens
  • Taste the delights of Jerez - the home of Sherry
  • Take in the awe-inspiring Mezquita at Cordoba (extra fee)
  • Make the most of the incredible night life in Lagos

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