A Luxury Spanish Honeymoon

Duration 14 days
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A twilight view over Barcelona
Looking over the Penedes wine reguion near Barcelona
Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain
The Alhambra
Hot air ballooning over Granada
With its awe-inspiring architecture, beautiful coastline and some of the world’s best food and wine, Spain is as exciting as it is utterly romantic. Begin in Barcelona, the Catalan capital, before heading to the Basque region and the beautiful coastal city of San Sebastian, via Bilbao and Frank Gehry’s space-age Guggenheim museum. Spanish history comes to life in Southern Andalusia’s majestic cities of Seville, Granada and Cordoba.

Trip highlights

  • Set off on a nighttime sidecar tour of Barcelona
  • Enjoy an exclusive after-hours tour of Gaudí's La Pedrera
  • Indulge on a Pinxtos tour of San Sebastian
  • Tour and taste through La Rioja wineries
  • Enjoy a horse-and-carriage ride through Seville
  • Take to the skies for a hot air balloon ride over Granada

Our bespoke trips include

We design one-of-a-kind journeys incorporating luxury in all its forms. Our bespoke trips include:

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Privately guided tours
  • Private transfers
  • Meticulously selected experiences
  • Expertise and support from your Jacada Concierge
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  • Days 1–4 Barcelona
  • Days 4–6 San Sebastian
  • Days 6–8 La Rioja Wine Region
  • Days 8–11 Seville
  • Days 11–14 Granada
A Luxury Spanish Honeymoon
Price guide
  PP
  • Days 1–4 Barcelona
  • Days 4–6 San Sebastian
  • Days 6–8 La Rioja Wine Region
  • Days 8–11 Seville
  • Days 11–14 Granada

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1–4

Three days in Barcelona

In Spain’s northwestern corner sits the proudly independent comunidad autónoma of Catalonia, with the charismatic city of Barcelona as its capital. One of Europe’s greatest cities, Barcelona has a rich history with architectural treasures dating from Roman temples to winding gothic streets, with Gaudí’s uniquely playful modernism cut with stark millennial flashes of glass and steel. There’s a tangibly buzzing culture in the streets and squares, an inspiration for some of the 20th century’s greatest artists and writers, that makes exploring tucked-away bars, cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries endlessly captivating.

You’ll spend your days marvelling at Gaudí’s eccentric works of art and winding your way through the city’s captivating Gothic Quarter. At night, whizz through the city on an exhilarating sidecar tour that shows off the best of nighttime Barcelona.

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Architecture

Sightseeing

Wine tasting

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After-hours tour of Gaudí's La Pedrera

Enjoy Gaudí’s La Pedrera when everyone else has gone home with an exclusive after hours tour. As well as getting to explore the building you’ll enjoy an audiovisual show with multiple projections in the stairwells, offering an insight into the life and essence of Gaudí’s architecture. The rooftop is home to a collection of sculptures known as ‘soldiers’ and you’ll enjoy looking out over the twinkling city while toasting your tour with a glass of cava.

See the highlights of Barcelona

Begin your private tour at the Citadel Park and the Trionf Arch, where the 1888 World Fair took place, before heading to the bustling Paseo de Gracia. Discover some of Gaudí’s most famous works including Casa Milá, Casa Batlló and the magnificent Sagrada Familia. You’ll also explore the narrow streets of the city’ Gothic Quarter and Parc de Montjuïc in the Sants neighbourhood. This area hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and is now home to museums, gardens and the pretty Magic Fountain.

Sampling cava in the Penedes

Penedès wine region tour

Some of the world’s finest wines and cava are produced in the Penedès region of Catalonia, located between the plains of the Mediterranean coast and the mountains. You’ll visit the Can Ràfols del Caus winery which has its own cellar carved out of the Dolomitic limestone, totally invisible from above ground. Enjoy a wine tasting and a tapas lunch with cava.

Evening sidecar tour

Barcelona is a city that comes alive at night, and you’ll experience the bright lights and the buzz with an evening sidecar tour. Whizz through the streets, taking in sights such as the Columbus Monument, Barceloneta Beach, El Born, Sagrada Familia, Montjuic Hill and much more. The city’s buildings and avenues take on a different personality at night and you’ll enjoy seeing a whole new side to Barcelona.

Tour of the Guggenheim en route to San Sebastian

Fly to Bilbao to see Frank Gehry’s space-age Guggenheim museum. Few fail to be impressed by the Guggenheim’s other-worldly appearance, a silver space-age construction dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The museum is located on a former wharf and made from approximately 33,000 extremely thin titanium sheets – inside is just as impressive with three floors centred around the atrium by means of curved walkways and titanium and glass elevators.

Days 4–6

Two beachfront nights in San Sebastian

The sophisticated and shimmering city of San Sebastian in the north of the country sits at the mouth of the River Urumea, looking out on to the Bay of Biscay, with the natural beauty of Mount Urgull, Mount Ulia, Mount Adarra and Mount Igeldo at its back. Its covetable position has given rise to a lively beachfront that includes Playa de la Concha, renowned as one of the best beaches in Europe, and Playa de la Zurriola, a champion surfing destination. But it’s the city’s fabled elegant architecture, spacious plazas and plentiful green parks that has led to its moniker as the ‘Pearl of Northern Spain’. The Spanish are passionate about their food and nowhere more so than in the north, so dive in and out of San Sebastian’s famous pintxos bars trying a few mouthwatering morsels in each one.

Panoramic view of the city of San Sebastian in Spain

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Pintxos

Kayaking

Slow fishing

A tapas bar in San Sebastian with delicious pintxos on show

A delicious pintxos tour

San Sebastian has every right to be incredibly proud of its culinary heritage, and going out for pintxos is a fun and delicious experience. Pintxos are small morsels of food and people will typically visit three or four bars, sampling a different dish in each place. Originally pintxos were held together by a toothpick but nowadays there are all sorts of variations and they are best enjoyed with a wine, beer or a glass of txakolí – the lightly sparkling wine typical of the Basque country.

Boats mooring in the Spanish port of San Sebastian

Kayaking through La Concha Bay

Take to the turquoise waters of the beautiful La Concha Bay and paddle past Santa Clara Island, the Peine del Viento sculpture by Ondaretta Beach and the port. Your instructor will show you the ropes and guide you through the calm waters so you can relax and enjoy the views of this pretty town from a different and unique angle.

Fishing the Cantabrian Sea

Join a local fishing expert for a day of slow fishing on the Atlantic
Ocean. Your guide, a marine biologist and commercial fisherman, will bring the secrets of the Cantabrian Sea to life. Learn about the practice of selective fishing, local biodiversity and the great oceanic migrations as local culture and nature intertwine.

Days 6–8

Two nights in the heart of La Rioja

Internationally famous for the quality of its produce, the wines that bear its name, La Rioja showcases more than 500 wineries nestled in vast vineyards. While you’re here, you can discover tiny family owned and operated bodegas alongside huge industrial producers. It’s not all vineyards though. La Rioja also presents a beautifully varied landscape of forests, Iberian mountain ranges, lunar-like landscapes and no less than seven rivers which along with their tributaries have carved almost countless valleys and grandiose canyons.

 

Vineyards and mountain views in La Rioja

Winery tours and tasting

Vicente de la Sonsierra in the background in La Rioja

Enjoy a panoramic drive through La Sonsierra, where modern winemaking originated, through quaint villages such as Labastida and Briones en route to Haro. As well as containing many of the region’s legendary bodegas, Haro houses the Museo del Vino de Rioja which chronicles the history, evolution and creation of Spanish wines. It also has a pretty old town with several palaces and every years hosts the Batalla de Vino, where participants douse each other in red wine during a mock battle. The tour finishes in Laguardia where you’ll visit the Casa Primicia winery.

Days 8–11

Three fairy-tale nights in Seville

The jewel in the Moorish Caliphate of Cordoba and the capital of the most powerful Castilian Kingdom, Seville has been left with eye-popping architecture and majestic grace. While Seville reached its peak in the 17th century and then suffered terribly in the Spanish Civil War, today it has resurrected itself as the capital and largest city of Andalusia.

Moorish, Jewish and Christian influences come together in a smorgasbord of architectural wonders including the Royal Alcazar: you’ll need to spend a few days here at least to experience the true essence of Spanish grandeur.

Patio in Royal Alcazars of Seville, Spain

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Sightseeing

Romance

flamenco

tapas

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A walking tour through the city's historic heart

Enjoy a walking tour through Barrio de Santa Cruz, Seville’s oldest quarter, learning about its history from the Roman times right up until the present day. You’ll visit the cathedral which sits on the site of the Great Mosque of the 12th century. The Royal Alcazar was the site of the marriage between Carlos V and Isabel of Portugal and is centred around two courtyards. The pretty gardens reflect the passing of historical periods and are a lush hideaway filled with pomegranate, orange and palm trees.

Horse carriage in Seville

A romantic horse and carriage ride through Seville

Take the pressure off your feet for a while and enjoy a horse and carriage ride through Seville. Admire some of the city’s most famous monuments, buildings and parks including the Palace of Saint Telmo, the former tobacco factory, Maria Luisa Park and the Torre del Oro.

Experience a Flamenco show

Flamenco is the traditional song and dance of Andalusia and was developed over hundreds of years before becoming popular in the 19th century as a form of café entertainment. There are three parts to every flamenco show: ‘grande’ or ‘hondo’ with intense, profound songs; ‘intermedio’; and finally ‘pequeño’, lighthearted songs about love and nature.

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An indulgent tapas walking tour

Spain has an incredibly rich culinary history and is famous for its tapas, bite-sized morsels of delicious food usually enjoyed with a glass or wine or beer. You’ll visit some of the city’s best tapas bars and enjoy dining the way Spaniards have for more than two centuries.

A visit to the mountaintop town of Ronda

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Sat either side of the Taj del Ronda, a narrow gorge more than 150m deep, Ronda is one of Spain’s most dramatic towns. You’ll stop for a visit on your way to Granada. The medieval quarter is located to the south of the river while the more modern town has sprung up to the north. Walk along the 18th century Puente Nuevo bridge which straddles the chasm and offers spectacular views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains and visit beautiful old buildings such as the Church of Santa Maria and the bullring.

 

Days 11–14

Three nights in Granada

Seville’s brooding Andalusian sister, Granada sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Iberian Peninsula’s highest massif. Renowned as the last stronghold of the Moors who were driven out of Western Europe in the 15th century, it’s here that you’ll best discover Andalusia’s splendid Arabic architectural heritage including the beautiful Alhambra Palace.

A view over Granada at sunset

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History

Ballooning

Relaxation

Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens

The lavish Alhambra is Granada’s most visited site. Once a palace and fortress for the city’s Muslim rulers, the Alhambra means ‘red fort’ and is named after the red clay used in its construction in the mid-13th century. The Generalife was the country residence of the Nasrid king and the recreational courtyard and its beautiful gardens sit on the slopes of the Cerro del Sol, offering spectacular views.

Hot air balloon ride over Granada

Take to the skies and enjoying seeing Granada from a truly unique angle. You’ll take off from the Hermitage of San Miguel Alto to the west of the city and fly over the famous Sacromonte and Alzayzín neighbourhoods, the cathedral and the mighty Alhambra. Once you land, you’ll enjoy an informal breakfast in the countryside.

Hammam baths and massage

Head to the Hammam al Andalus, the first Arab baths to reopen in Europe after being closed down in the 16th century. The baths are located at the foot of the Alhambra over the ruins of an original public bath. They feature hot, warm and cool baths which you can dip in and out of, as well as a steam room. You’ll also enjoy a traditional massage using red grape soap and essential oils.

A last stop in Cordoba

Cordoba is perhaps Spain’s most handsome city, an historic centre of culture and lasting testament to a golden age of religious tolerance during its time as a caliphate. King Ferdinand III then claimed the city for Castile during the Spanish Reconquista, bequeathing it its gothic and renaissance finery. On a day trip, you’ll find Cordoba’s grand past beautifully reflected in the city’s magnificent architecture. During your tour, explore the Moorish, Jewish and Christian quarters including the Alcazar with its beautiful gardens. You’ll also discover Roman remains and the famous Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral.

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