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Málaga, Spain Tour

Málaga Pickleball Trip

TRIP LOCATION:

Málaga, Spain

Includes day trips to:
Granada
Córdoba
Ronda

TRIP DATES:

April 27 – May 4, 2023      BOOK

May 16 – 23, 2023      BOOK

Teaming up with Pickleball Trips
and Scott Moore in May

Sept 28 – Oct 5, 2023      BOOK

TRIP PRICE:

Starting at $3,295

$300 Early Bird Discount

Offer ends 12/31/2022

Where we're going!

The Málaga pickleball trip is based in the city of Málaga which is located on the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Spain. This is an ideal location for a pickleball vacation because of its warm weather, rich culture and history, gastronomy, music, art, festive atmosphere, and its friendly people.

Málaga will be our home base for the pickleball trip. It is a vibrant and historical coastal city that never sleeps. From Málaga we’ll take three incredible day trips, always returning to sleep at our hotel in Málaga. On our day trips we’ll take guided tours of the following cities: Granada (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Córdoba (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Ronda, a spectacular village built on a cliff and dating back to the 6th century BC.

Pickleball is scheduled for at least every other day throughout the tour, and includes both pickleball instruction as well as open play and competition with the locals. Fortunately pickleball continues to grow throughout Spain, offering a unique opportunity to play with the Spaniards on your pickleball vacation.

Pickleball Tour Details

What's Included:

  • 7 nights in a handpicked 4-star hotel (part of the Marriott Group)
  • Access to pickleball courts and locker room facilities
  • Pickleball instruction and participation in all organized pickleball activity
  • Transportation to and from the pickleball sports center (pickleball courts)
  • Buffet breakfast every morning
  • 4 gourmet dinners
  • Private deluxe motor coach for day trip excursions
  • Day trip to Granada
  • Day trip to Córdoba
  • Day trip to Ronda
  • Professionally guided tours in each city we visit
  • Comprehensive tour handbook when you arrive
  • Guided tours of the Museums and other historical sites (Palaces, Cathedrals, Mosques)
  • Bilingual tour director
  • Flamenco performance
  • “Bienvenido” welcome reception
  • “Hasta Luego Fiesta” farewell dinner and party

What's Not Included:

  • Airfare, lunches, half your dinners, tips, drinks, personal spending

Brief Itinerary Málaga Tour

Day 1:  Málaga: Airport transfer to hotel, optional pickleball, reception and dinner

Day 2:  Málaga: Morning pickleball, guided walking tour of Málaga

Day 3:  Granada: Day-trip to Granada, guided tour of Granada and La Alhambra

Day 4:  Málaga: Morning pickleball, afternoon free, dinner and Flamenco show

Day 5:  Ronda: Morning pickleball, half-day-trip to Ronda, guided tour of Ronda

Day 6:  Córdoba: Day-trip to Cordoba, guided tour of Córdoba and the Cathedral-Mosque

Day 7:  Málaga: Morning pickleball, free time to shop and explore, farewell Fiesta dinner!

Day 8:  Málaga: Bus transfer to the airport, departure flight, arrive same day to US or Canada

Full Itinerary Málaga Tour

Day 1 – Welcome to Málaga!

  • Morning:  Arrival to “Malaga-Costa del Sol” Airport. Easy transportation (20 minutes) from the airport to our 4-star Marriott AC Hotel located in the heart of the historic center of Málaga, near the Cathedral and seaport. You can relax at the hotel and nearby cafés, stroll through Málaga Park, or walk along the seaport promenade just outside of the hotel to begin to get to know this picturesque and vibrant city.
  • Lunch:  On your own
  • Afternoon:  Pickleball courts will be available for optional afternoon play. Later, we will get together for a warm and friendly “Bienvenido” Welcome Reception at the hotel.
  • Dinner:  On your own

Day 2 – Tour of Málaga

  • Breakfast:  At the hotel restaurant
  • Morning:  We go to the pickleball courts for three hours of instruction and play.
  • Lunch:  On your own at the hotel or one of many local restaurants.
  • Afternoon:  We explore Málaga by foot with a guided walking tour of “Old Málaga”. We stroll through the city’s historic center to the Obispo Plaza, the Cathedral, the Merced Plaza with Pablo Picasso’s statue and birthplace, the Roman Theater, and the Atarazanas Food Market. We complete our walking tour in the “Plaza de la Constitucion”, a lively historic plaza where events have been held since the 15th century. The plaza is surrounded by windy streets with a wide range of restaurants and “tapas bars” to choose from – and only a 10-minute walk from our hotel. Along the way back to the hotel you can enjoy some of Málaga’s major sights illuminated at night.
  • Dinner:   We will get together for a “Bienvenido” Welcome Dinner in a restaurant a few minutes walking from our hotel.

Day 3 – Granada

  • Breakfast:  At the hotel restaurant
  • Morning: After breakfast we head northeast on a 90-minute luxury coach ride to Granada, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Granada offers spectacular medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation. We begin our tour of the city by exploring Granada’s magnificent palace, the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Alhambra palace/fortress is one of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture and one of the best-preserved palaces of the historic Islamic world, in addition to containing notable examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Its colorful ornate stucco, scalloped filigree windows, exuberant gardens, bubbling fountains, and peaceful pools highlight the splendor of Moorish civilization in the 13th and 14th centuries. Granada is the famous last home of the (Muslim) Moors, who were driven out of Spain and back to Africa in 1492 during the “Reconquista” (the reconquering) of Spain by Spaniards and Christians. Because of its significance in the “Reconquista”, Isabel and Ferdinand, the greatest king and queen of Spain, decided to use Granada as their capital. It was here that they listened to Christopher Columbus’ final pitch for a sea voyage to the Orient and agreed to finance the trip.
  • Lunch:  On your own at a local restaurant. We’ll suggest several options so you can savor the local fare.
  • Afternoon:  Free time to shop and enjoy the winding streets and varied sites on your own. Return to Málaga in the evening.
  • Dinner:  On your own

Day 4 – Málaga – Atarazanas Food Market and Flamenco Show

  • Breakfast:  At the hotel restaurant
  • Morning:  We go to the pickleball courts for three hours of instruction and play.
  • Lunch: After a morning of pickleball we meet our tour guide at Málaga’s famous Atarazanas Food Market, located in the heart of Málaga’s city center. We get a guided tour of this historical and bustling food market as we stroll through the variety of food stands displaying a sumptuous selection of Spanish delicacies. We savor the different food and drink on display and enjoy a fresh lunch “Málaga style”.
  • Afternoon:  At your leisure to explore Málaga, shop, or just relax in a centuries-old square to absorb the charm of this city and its people.
  • Dinner:  Tables are reserved for dinner and a fiery evening of Spanish dance and music! Get ready for throbbing guitars, lamenting solos, colorful dancers and the emotional, rhythmic stomp of flamenco.

Day 5 – Ronda

  • Breakfast:  At the hotel restaurant
  • Morning:  We go to the pickleball courts for three hours of instruction and play.
  • Mid-day: After pickleball we head west on a 90-minute luxury coach ride to Ronda for a half-day excursion.
  • Lunch:  We have lunch together when we arrive in Ronda
  • Afternoon: We take a guided tour of Ronda, a cliffside city with remains of prehistoric settlements. The Celts (6th century BC), Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs all inhabited these lands, which were eventually reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century. We enjoy a guided tour of this mountaintop city that’s set dramatically above a deep canyon “El Tajo” and river “Guadalevín” that separates the city in two. We’ll walk the spectacular stone bridge “Puente Nuevo which was built in the 18th century and offers amazing views from 400 ft above the canyon floor. We’ll explore the Arab baths built in the 13th century and widely regarded as the best-preserved Arabic hammams in Iberia. Ronda is also the birthplace of modern bullfighting. We’ll tour the bullring “Plaza de Toros”, the oldest in Spain, built in 1785 in neoclassical style, and later we’ll visit the bullfighting museum. Both Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles spent many summers in Ronda writing about Ronda’s beauty and famous bullfighting traditions. 
  • Dinner:  On your own in Málaga

Day 6 – Córdoba

  • Breakfast:  At the hotel restaurant
  • Morning: After breakfast we head north on a 90-minute luxury coach ride to Córdoba, a city founded by the Romans in the 2nd century BC, and home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Córdoba has a glorious Roman and Moorish history, once serving as a regional capital for both empires. There we enjoy a guided tour of “La Mezquita”, a 6th-century church that was converted into a mosque in 784 AD after the Moorish conquest. “La Mezquita” was later converted into a cathedral under King Ferdinand III, known as “the Saint”, who reigned in the 13th century. This architectural masterpiece, now known as the Mosque-Cathedral, is remarkably well-preserved with more than 500 columns and overlapping arches creating incredible perspectives and stunning designs. Steps away from “La Mezquita” we’ll stroll through the charming, narrow streets of the old Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch:  On your own at a local restaurant. We’ll suggest several options so you can savor the local fare.
  • Afternoon:  Free time to shop and enjoy the winding streets and varied sites on your own. Return to Málaga in the evening.
  • Dinner:  On your own6

Day 7 – Málaga – “Hasta Luego Fiesta” and Farewell Dinner

  • Breakfast:  At the hotel restaurant
  • Morning:  We go to the pickleball courts for three hours of instruction and play.
  • Lunch:  On your own
  • Afternoon:  On your own to explore, shop, or visit any of the city’s many attractions that may have caught your eye throughout the tour.
  • Dinner:   We get together for the lively “Hasta Luego Fiesta” celebration and farewell dinner.

Day 8 – Málaga – Departure Flights

  • Breakfast:  At the hotel restaurant
  • Morning:  After breakfast, bus transfer to the airport for departure flights. Arrive same day to US or Canada.

Important information about the itinerary: Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and will make every effort to provide equally appealing alternatives when adjustments need to be made. We appreciate your understanding.