Competa (half day)
On this half-day excursion, you climb into the Sierra Almijara mountains to the attractive village of Competa. Here you visit a wine bodega and enjoy typical tapas, with an opportunity to sample Muscatel wine.
Gibraltar (full day)
The British Crown Colony of Gibraltar is a vast rock measuring 4½ by 1½ kilometres, with its highest point towering 423 metres above the Mediterranean. In Antiquity it constituted one of the legendary ‘Pillars of Hercules’, together with the rock of Abyla, on the North African coast 25 kilometres away. Gibraltar has been a British territory since 1704, and its familiar shops, red post boxes and policemen’s helmets form a strange sight in the south of Spain.
Drive along the coast to Gibraltar for a tour of the rock by minibus. Entrance to St Michael’s Cave, about 300 metres above sea level, is included, and you will also see the famous Barbary Apes, the last wild apes in Europe. You can also shop for bargains in Main Street.
You must bring your passport. There can be delays when crossing the border between Spain and Gibraltar, and bags may be inspected.
Granada (full day)
Nestling below the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is one of the loveliest cities in Spain. It was the last Moorish city to fall to the Christians, in 1492, and its most famous monument is the Alhambra, the magnificent former Royal Palace and fortress.
This excursion consists of a guided tour of the Alhambra and the spectacular Generalife gardens, with a local guide. View the Hall of the Ambassadors, with its magnificent cedarwood ceiling, and admire the beautiful Patio of the Lions, an arcaded courtyard with an ancient Moorish stone basin at its centre, supported by 12 stone lions.
Please note that this excursion involves quite extensive walking, including numerous flights of stone steps.
Entrance tickets to the Alhambra are strictly limited and may not always be available. If you are interested in booking this excursion, please advise your Saga representative as early as possible.
Ronda (full day)
Originally a Roman and then a Moorish stronghold, Ronda was captured from the Moors in 1485 and refounded by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella.
The city is divided by the dramatic ‘El Tajo’ Gorge. With its narrow streets, Ronda is best explored on foot. The energetic may like to walk down from the Plaza del Campanillo to the river, for panoramic views of the city and its old and new bridges.