Select Málaga Andalucía
Live like a local staying in a stunning private villa–a restored cortijo, or Andalusian farmhouse– in the mountains outside of Málaga. Honestly it's more like a hotel than a villa. The area is the Axarquia and is known for its Mudejar heritage, white villages and Moscatel and Pedro Ximénez wines. Have wine tastings and dinners cooked just for you at the villa. By day walk the hills, visit olive oil producers and vineyards, and learn to cook Andalusian style.
7 days / 6 nights
Trip starts and ends in Málaga
5 nights in the countryside villa-hotel; 1 night Málaga
- Visits to local wineries
- Private chef dinners
- Málaga market shopping and cooking class
- Olive oil tasting: Learn about local olive varieties
- Dinner at Restaurante Dani Garcia in Marbella (2 Michelin stars)
Spain produces the world's majority of olive oil, and most of it comes from Andalucía in southern Spain.
The Axarquia is a little-known area in Málaga, famous for the sweet white wines.
Select Málaga Andalucía
Day 1 – Arrive in Málaga. Transfer to the luxury villa-hotel up in the mountains. Your every need can be met here, and we've designed a private dinner cooked on-site by the chef. You can watch him as he makes traditional Andalusian dishes. Wine pairings and tapas will abound!
Day 2 – Guided tour of the Atarazanas food market with the chef to explore and purchase fresh ingredients for a cooking course later in the day. The visit to Malaga might include churros and hot chocolate before the market, a quick stop at a bodega for a sample of the traditional Malaga wines, a stop at the newly opened Mercado Merced with local gourmet installations and a brief tour of the historic old center of Malaga with a stop for tapas. Back at the hotel the chef demonstrates how to make the perfect paella with the goods purchased at the market earlier.
Day 3 – Wine tasting at a local bodega in Sayalonga (Ariyanas wines), followed by a wine-pairing lunch in Nerja featuring wines from the morning visit. Wine tasting at the smallest winery in Spain which sits at a privileged location with fantastic views of the peak of La Maroma to one side and the Mediterranean Sea to the other, just beyond the village of Canillas de Aceituno. It is the only winery in La Axarquia making a red wine with grapes grown on-site. Private dinner back at the villa-hotel.
Day 4 – Day trip to Granada. Visit the Alhambra with a specialist guide. Tapas tour lunch and a stroll through the traditional Albaicín neighborhood. Return to the villa. Dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 5 – Take a guided hike to a nearby village for lunch. The countryside here is spectacular, offering solitary trails through the mountains passing through Mudejar villages, and occasional glimpses to the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 6 – Check out of the villa. Depending on the season you will visit a local olive oil producer and participate in the olive harvest or visit an organic caviar producer. Tapas tour lunch in Málaga. Tonight you will stay in Málaga and have dinner at Restaurante Dani Garcia (2 Michelin stars).
Day 7 – Transfer to the Malaga airport or train station for your onward journey.
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Customize this trip to match your interests and dates. We can add days and activities, or swap out those tours that interest you less. Call us to talk about your interests.
Extend Your Journey
Spend an extra day in Málaga visiting the museums: Picasso Museum, Thyssen, Pompidou and more!
Spend a couple of days in Sevilla or Jerez soaking up the southern ambiente.