Ole!
Cultural Immersion and Adventure in Andalucia
July 29- August 12, 2017

Day 1: Owning your Experience,  La Herradura July 29, 2017

Welcome to Spain and to the experiential learning adventure of a lifetime.  Your bilingual guides will meet you at the airport and begin orienting you to the new geography, culture and cuisine, as well as set the tone for students owning their experience with active and engaged learning. Head to La Herradura to get oriented to this small fishing village which will serve as our homebase.  We meet local families and learn about Andalucian culture and history. This evening, enjoy a fabulous introduction to La Herradura with a welcome party in the village center.

Overnight: La Herradura

Day 2: Cultural History of Andalucia, Frigiliana July 30, 2017

Today we explore the village of Frigiliana, perched in the hills overlooking the Mediterranean. This remarkable place has managed to retain all the features of a classical Andalusian settlement: narrow alleys, thick masonry walls, inside patios full of flowers and water.  While here, we learn about the different cultures (Jewish, Christian and Moorish) that coexisted under the moorish kingdom of Al Andalus.  In the afternoon, we hike in and out of this Andalusian village through its still running moorish waterway.

Overnight: La Herradura

Day 3: Cerro Gordo Kayaking, La Herradura July 31, 2017

Today, we explore the incredible marine ecosystem of La Herradura by kayak as we explore around the coves of Cerro Gordo. Discover the hidden coves and sea caves where Phoenician merchants, pirates and smugglers use to thrive.  In the afternoon/evening, we enjoy time with local students from the language school and time to explore the village.

Overnight: La Herradura

Day 4: Cultural Connections: La Herradura August 1, 2017

Today we spend the day in La Herradura, where we will have an intercultural exchange with a local school in the morning.    We use our Spanish skills as we explore town with our new local friends.  This evening, we can walk to the point of Cerro Gordo for spectacular sunset views!

Overnight: La Herradura

Day 5: Environmental Research Workshop, La Herradura August 2, 2017

This morning, we head to Marina del Este for a hands on workshop with a local biologist.  Learn about the ecosystems of the bay and some of the key species that inhabit this area- including jellyfish!  In the afternoon, we put what we have learned in action- we head into the bay for snorkeling and exploring the undersea world.

Overnight: La Herradura

Day 6: Cultural Connections: Almunecar August 3, 2017

Today we visit the nearby Almuñecar Town.  We explore major archaeological and cultural hotspots of this ancient town while learning about its Roman, Phoenician, Muslim and Christian influence.  We use our Spanish skills as we explore markets and the Castillo here in town.

Overnight: La Herradura

Day 7: Alhambra, Granada August 4, 2017

The greatest of Granada’s wonders is the Alhambra, which makes up one of the finest Islamic structures in Europe. It is a splendid sight, with its networks of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens built to resemble the gardens of paradise for the rulers who dwelt there.  We explore the palaces as we learn about the history of Moorish rule in Granada, the conflicts, cohesion, and history of cultural influences.  In the afternoon, we visit the Albayzin, the oldest area of Granada, to explore this beautiful quarter and learn about it’s importance to the culture of Flamenco.  In the late afternoon, we head to La Alpujarra, in the “white villages” of the Sierra Nevada.  Explore our surroundings on an evening hike before we settle into our lodge for the night.

Overnight: Pampaneira

Day 8: Life in the White Villages of the Sierra Nevada: Pampaneira  August 5, 2017

Today we explore these remote villages located on the south facing slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  We enjoy easy hikes around the Poqueira Ravine along the GR7 trails as we learn about the “white villages”.  These villages were the last stronghold of the Spanish Muslims, or Moors. Soon after the Castillians took Granada in 1492, all the city´s Moors were forced to convert to Christianity. Those who refused took to the hills, settling in this remote, inaccessible area. Here we learn about man’s ability to adapt to this environment and, to some extent, adapt this environment to his own needs. You will discover, through hikes, guided visits and gastronomy how, to this day, the different cultures that have ruled the Poqueira ravine remain fused together. In the evening, we head back to La Herradura for dinner.

Overnight: La Herradura 

Day 9: Paella! August 6, 2017

This special day is designed for the students to spend a day with their host family and participate in typical Sunday activities, which will include helping in the elaboration of a typical Sunday lunch dish such as ‘paella’… Spend a full day getting to know local habits and traditions first hand and immersed in Spanish family life. Practice your language skills and exchange traditions from your own family with your new one.

Overnight: La Herradura

Day  10: Visit to Malaga August 7, 2017 

Today we visit the nearby town of Malaga, one of the cultural and economic centers of Andalucia. Visit markets, learn about the history of this city. Enjoy a walking tour and lunch by the beach before we head back to La Herradura.

Overnight: La Herradura 

Day 11: Open day in La Herradura August 8, 2017

Buy a postcard, enjoy a coffee at one of the many seaside cafes, and truly appreciate the new Mediterranean lifestyle you have found. A free afternoon provides students with the opportunity to relax in La Herradura and explore the community at their own pace, using their Spanish to ask questions, buy fruit, or simply say hello to the people they meet along the way.

Explore. Connect. Engage.

Overnight: La Herradura 

Day 12: Hike to Calaisa Cove August 9, 2017

This beautiful hike along the shoreline ends at Calaísa Cove, one of several hidden wonders near La Herradura. Learn about the history, flora and fauna from a local perspective while you explore the various coves that stretch along the natural reserve.

Overnight: La Herradura

Day 13: Canyoning Rio Verde August 10, 2017

Travel down the impressive Río Verde canyon with an expert guide to la Junta de los Ríos, a place of outstanding natural beauty with wonderful river pools and spectacular views. Learn the history of the region while enjoying the warm sun and listening to rushing mountain water. 

Overnight: La Herradura

Day 14: Celebrating Flamenco August 11, 2017

Today we celebrate the vibrant culture and history of flamenco, with dance and guitar workshops. We enjoy a wonderful performance at our farewell party! As we reflect on all we have seen, done, and learned!

Overnight: La Herradura

Day 15: Home with Inspiration! August 12, 2017

We return to Malaga to catch our flight home, with memories of our Andalucian Adventure that will last a lifetime! We hope to inspire all those who travel with us, and hope you have gained a new perspective!

Overnight: Flight Home

Program Cost: $2875 per person, all inclusive land cost :

  • Includes all lodging, meals, activities, in-country transportation, local bi-lingual guides, emergency medical insurance
  • Does not include international flight, gratuities, incidentals, activities not listed in itinerary
  • * Minimum of 5 participants required for program to run