Andalusia Cazorla

A Cultural Walking Tour: Cordoba to Granada, the Legacy of al-Andalus

For almost eight centuries, until the fall of Granada in 1492, the Moorish presence in al-Andalus infused the area with civilised and enlightened influences that reverberate still in Europe and further afield in the New World. The legacy of this often Golden Age is clearly visible in the great historic cities of Cordoba and Granada and is still discernible along the ancient paths that link the former capitals.

We begin our exploration in Cordoba, seeing the glorious 8th century Mezquita, with its Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine influences and the controversial cathedral constructed within the original mosque.

We then have two walking days near the less well-known pueblo blanco of Cazorla (Jaen province). From this centre of Spanish olive oil production, we venture into the spectacular Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park. Our final goal is Granada and the Alhambra, sitting above the Darro river and presenting entrancing views from every angle, with a final excursion walking in the untamed Alpujarras on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

HIGHLIGHTS of our Cordoba to Granada walking tour include:

  • Walks (half days) in the inspiring scenery of the Sierras de Cazorla and the Alpujarras
  • Exploring the picturesque ‘white villages’ of Andalusia, with their fountains, churches and flower-filled plazas
  • Discovering the glorious architectural heritage of Cordoba and Granada, based in charming, historic, 4 star hotels
  • A tour of an olive oil mill to complement menus of Andalusian specialities in first class restaurants
  • Guided tours of key historic sites, museums and beautiful formal gardens

Guests’ comments on this trip:

‘Another super trip with a well thought out itinerary, and hotels and restaurants which were full of character. As ever we were well looked after from beginning to end!’

‘Beautiful trip - well balanced between culture and walking. Well planned to finish in Granada. Attention to detail of a high standard.’

‘We were very impressed with the organization and level of service on the tour. Everything was covered. We also liked the balance of country and city activities.’

DAY 1  
D included

After meeting at Malaga airport around midday, we have a two hour transfer by road to the World Heritage city of Cordoba. We enter the city crossing the great Roman bridge built over the Guadalquivir river by the Emperor Augustus. An orientation walk reveals the architectural diversity of this city, once the most splendid of the civilised world. Our hotel is an elegant 4 star conversion of an 18th century palacio in the historic Jewish Quarter. A glass of chilled Fino is possibly de rigueur before dinner in an excellent traditional restaurant. We may sample salmorejo soup and aubergines with cane honey amongst other specialities.

DAY 2 
B, L, D included 

We set off on foot, starting the day with a private guided visit to the Mezquita, a monumental religious complex comprising an 8th century mosque, encapsulating a cathedral commenced in 1236, built on top of a Roman temple and a Visigothic church. Later, we wander through the 14th century Castle and Gardens of Alcázar. After lunch, we visit some of the enchanting patios - courtyard gardens - for which Cordoba is so famous. We may meet some of the homeowners, who lovingly create and maintain them in style dating back to the Roman and Moorish times. 

B, L, D included

Departing after an early breakfast in Cordoba, we drive east, crossing the border into the Jaén province. This is olive oil country par excellence. Our destination today is the white washed town, pueblo blanco, of Cazorla, the gateway to the Sierras de Cazorla Natural Park. This small town is based around three small squares, a very unusual church with a fascinating history and an old Moorish castle. After a tapas lunch in the old square, we have a guided visit to the church, discovering what makes it one of a kind in all of Europe. We enjoy the views from the imposing bell tower and for those who wish, stroll back up the serpentine white streets to our hotel.

B, L included

Today is spent in the Sierras de Cazorla Natural Park. The park is part of the largest protected area in Spain and has been declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Private transport collects Kudus after breakfast and we climb for views of the valleys below and past the source of the Guadalquivir, through forests where deer are a common sight. After an introduction to the park in a ranger visitor centre, we begin our walk along the Rio Borosa, known as the Ruta del Agua. Lunch today is in a country restaurant in the heart of the Natural Park, after which we are returned to Cazorla for a relaxing evening.

DAY 5 
B, L, D included
We reach the edge of Cazorla and the trailhead of an undulating roughly 6 km circular walk crossing ‘Hobbit’ bridges, streams and passing underneath a waterfall. One cannot come to Jaén without learning a little about the liquid gold produced here: the olive oil. Before leaving, we visit a somewhat different olive oil mill where we are educated and served a light lunch with plenty of samples. A 2-hour road transfer takes us to Granada. We start our exploration of the city with the stunning Catedral de la Anunciación, begun in the 16th century after the Moors had been displaced and originally intended as a royal mausoleum. Once settled into our charming boutique hotel, a carefully converted 17th century mansion, we have a short walk through the narrow lanes of the historic quarter of Albaicin to dine in the stylish courtyard setting of a restaurant known for its innovative take on traditional Andalusian cuisine.

B, L, D included

Granada epitomises the splendours of al-Andalus and formed the nucleus of the Moorish Nasrid Kingdom for 200 years. After breakfast, we set off in the footsteps of famed 19th century American author and traveller, Washington Irving, to the site from which this Kingdom was ruled: the magnificent Alhambra. Dedicating the morning to this remarkable architectural complex,we have reserved entrances to both the Alhambra and the Generalife. The Alhambra, arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, is formed of a myriad of towers, gardens, palaces and residences, of which our focus is the most splendid: the 13th century Nasrid Palace. We continue to the Generalife, The Garden of the Builder, to see the famous Patio de la Acequias, the Regal Hall, the gardens and the original Escalera del Agua.

B, L, D included

Today we follow in the footsteps of Gerald Brenan, the British writer and hispanist, heading south from Granada, down the old road towards the Costa Tropical. The destination for today’s outing is a small white washed village in Los Guajares, the home of our guide. This is an opportunity to experience authentic rural village life. We have coffee in a traditional bar followed by a guided stroll through the pueblo. We then set off on a circular forest walk, first climbing before dipping down through olive groves to our lunch in a local restaurant. Back in Granada, we immerse ourselves in a Flamenco Tablao (Stage) before a farewell dinner in an excellent restaurant.

B included

Our visit to Andalusia concludes with an airport transfer to Malaga for early afternoon flights home.

Trip Price, per person sharing:
£2,765.75 until 4th February 2024
£2,840.50 until 4th May 2024
£2,915.25 until 4th August 2024
£2,990 after 4th August 2024
£600 deposit per person
£360 double for single supplement

Please note that the double room for single use supplement is imposed by the hotels and not by Kudu Travel. If you are willing to share but no other suitable guest books on the trip, we regret that the supplement will be payable.

Price includes

  • Accommodation for Days 1 through 8, on a twin shared basis
  • Meals (with wine at dinners and restaurant lunches) as listed in the daily notation
  • Land transportation in a private vehicle as described, except during free periods
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees, except during free periods
  • Ticket for a flamenco show in Granada
  • An olive oil mill visit as described

  • Specialist guiding in Cordoba and Alhambra, plus Kudu Travel tour leader throughout
  • Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff (appreciation for your Kudu tour guide is entirely at your discretion)
Price does not include

  • Flights to and from Malaga, though we can advise on and arrange your journey
  • Trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • Immunisations, prescriptions or other medical requirements
  • Passport, visa and health documentation
  • Personal expenses (laundry, alcohol besides wine with group meals, free time activities, etc.)
  • Transport and transfer of excess baggage
  • Spanish departure tax, if any

On Kudu trips, you will only need money for postcards, presents to take home, the odd G & T or an irresistible ice cream. Festival and opera tickets, museum and gallery entrances, National Park fees, all meals (with a very few exceptions specified in individual itineraries), wine with lunch and dinner, access to specialist books carried by the guides, gratuities for porters and hotel and restaurant staff, boat rides, train trips, internal flights, wine tastings, 4WDs with drivers, the services of skilled local guides and trackers etc are ALL INCLUDED in the cost of your holiday. 

We are confident that, like previous very satisfied guests, you will discover that our tours give you excellent value for money.


  • 2 nights in Cordoba, in an elegant 4 star conversion of an 18C palacio in the historic centre

  • 2 nights in Cazorla, in a 4 star rural hotel

  • 3 nights in Granada, in a charming boutique hotel, a carefully converted 17C mansion

Visa and Health Requirements

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If you are already insured or a non-UK resident, please inform us of your policy at the time of booking.

Size of party 
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 14 guests.