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Málaga, Spain Tour

9-Day Málaga Pickleball Trips

TRIP LOCATION:

Málaga, Spain

Includes day trips to:
Granada
Córdoba
Ronda
Seville
Jerez
Cádiz
Gibraltar
Marbella

See full “Add-on Trip” Itinerary

2024 TRIP DATES:

April 25 – May 3, 2024      

With Tour Pros Steve & Jennifer Dawson (more info here)

SOLD OUT

► May 3 - 6 (Add-on Trip)

Southern Spain Experience

SOLD OUT

► May 6 – 14, 2024

October 1 – 9, 2024

► Oct. 9 - 12 (Add-on Trip)

Southern Spain Experience

TRIP PRICE:

Starting at $3,650

Pricing and Payment:

  • Double Room  – $3,650 (per person when sharing a room)
  • Single Room  – $4,350 (solo traveler with private room)
  • Tour Deposit – You can make a 20% initial deposit to reserve a spot on the tour. The initial deposit will be deducted from your grand total (listed above).
  • Final Payment After placing your initial deposit, your full payment is due two months prior to the trip dates.
  • Currency – All prices are in United States dollars (USD)

Cancellation Policy (% of trip price per person that is non-refundable):

  • 91 + Days prior to arrival – Non-refundable portion of the deposit ($200)
  • 61 – 90 Days prior to arrival – 30% of the Total Price
  • 31 – 60 Days prior to arrival – 60% of the Total Price
  • 0 – 31 Days prior to arrival – 100% of the Total Price

Travel Insurance:

We strongly encourage all travelers to invest in travel insurance to both minimize your financial risks of traveling and provide you with peace of mind to fully enjoy the your trip. Travel insurance can provide many helpful resources including refunds or assistance for any of the following situations that may arise before or during a trip:

  • You need to cancel your participation on the tour
  • You need to cancel or change a flight
  • Lost baggage during the trip
  • Stolen items during the trip
  • Medical costs during the trip

If you would like to compare policies here are two well-known travel insurance providers to consider: Travelex Travel Insurance and Travel Guard. You can also use InsureMyTrip.com to compare multiple companies’ plans.

Pickleball Tour Details

What's Included:

  • 8 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 meals
  • 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
  • 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

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.

Brief Itinerary Málaga Tour

Day 1:  Málaga: Arrival, optional afternoon pickleball, reception and dinner

Day 2:  Málaga: Morning pickleball, guided walking tour of Málaga, welcome dinner celebration

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: Day-trip to Ronda, guided tour of Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

Day 6:  Málaga: Morning pickleball, guided tour of Atarazanas Market, dinner under the stars

Day 7:  Córdoba: Day-trip to Cordoba, guided tour of Córdoba and the Cathedral-Mosque

Day 8:  Málaga: Morning pickleball, free time to shop and explore, farewell Fiesta dinner!

Day 9:  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 handpicked restaurant.

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. We Return to Málaga in the evening.
  • Dinner:  On your own

Day 4 – Málaga – 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 visit Málaga’s famous Atarazanas Food Market, located in the heart of Málaga’s city center. We take a 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 or 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:  After breakfast we head north on a 90-minute luxury coach ride to 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.
  • 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 6 – Málaga – Atarazanas Food Market and Plaza del Obispo

  • 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:  Free time to shop, visit a museum, or relax on the beach. 
  • Dinner:  Together outdoors in the lively Plaza del Obispo, next to the Málaga Cathedral

Day 7 – 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 own

Day 8 – 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 9 – 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.

Southern Spain Extension Tour

3-Day Southern Spain Extension Tour

If you would like to broaden your travel experience in Spain, we invite you to extend your stay either before or after the April & May Málaga Pickleball Tours, or after the October Málaga Tour.  On this Extension Tour we will explore several extraordinary cities throughout Southern Spain.

ITINERARY:


Seville
Jeréz
Cádiz
Gibraltar
Marbella

DATES:

► May 3 – 6, 2024      

► October 9 – 12, 2024      

PRICE:

Starting at $1,100

Pricing and Payment:

  • Double Room  – $1,100 (per person)
  • Single Room  – $1,500 (price difference due to single room supplement)
  • Currency – All prices are in United States dollars (USD)
  • ** If participating in the May 6 – 14 Málaga Tour, there is an additional $300 room fee for the night of May 2nd in Málaga due to the morning departure to Seville.

Cancellation Policy (% of trip price per person that is non-refundable):

  • 91 + Days prior to arrival – Non-refundable portion of the deposit ($200)
  • 61 – 90 Days prior to arrival – 30% of the Total Price
  • 31 – 60 Days prior to arrival – 60% of the Total Price
  • 0 – 31 Days prior to arrival – 100% of the Total Price

Travel Insurance:

We strongly encourage all travelers to invest in travel insurance to both minimize your financial risks of traveling and provide you with peace of mind to fully enjoy the your trip. Travel insurance can provide many helpful resources including refunds or assistance for any of the following situations that may arise before or during a trip:

  • You need to cancel your participation on the tour
  • You need to cancel or change a flight
  • Lost baggage during the trip
  • Stolen items during the trip
  • Medical costs during the trip

If you would like to compare policies here are two well-known travel insurance providers to consider: Travelex Travel Insurance and Travel Guard. You can also use InsureMyTrip.com to compare multiple companies’ plans.

Trip Details

What's Included:

  • Professionally guided tours in 5 amazing cities: Seville, Jerez, Cádiz, Gibraltar, and Marbella
  • 3 nights in handpicked 4-star hotels in the historical city center
  • Buffet breakfast every morning
  • 3 gourmet meals
  • Private deluxe motor coach for travel
  • Pickleball with the locals 
  • Guided tours of the Museums and other historical sites (Palaces, Cathedrals, Mosques)
  • Bilingual tour director
  • “Hasta Luego Fiesta” farewell dinner and party

Brief Itinerary Southern Spain Extension Trip

Day 1:  Seville: Morning private luxury coach from Málaga to Seville, guided tour of Seville, pickleball with the locals

Day 2:  Seville, Jerez, and Cádiz: Breakfast in Seville, private coach to Jerez to see the dancing horse show, lunch in Jerez, private coach to Cádiz, tour and dinner in Cádiz

Day 3:  Gibraltar, Marbella, Málaga: Private coach to Gibraltar, tour and lunch in Gibraltar, private coach to Marbella, tour and dinner in Marbella, private coach to Málaga

Day 4:  Málaga: Departures or Start of Málaga Pickleball Tour

Full Itinerary Southern Spain Extension Trip

Day 1 – Seville

  • Morning:  Departure from Málaga in luxury private coach to Seville (2 hours 30 minutes). 
  • Mid-Morning: We take a guided walking tour of “Old Seville”, the capital city of Southern Spain, and home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Founded in the 8th century BC, Seville has become one of the largest historical centers in Europe. We visit the impressive Seville cathedral and Giralda tower. The Seville cathedral has been home to Christian worship since the 13th century when the city was reconquered by the Catholic monarchs from its Muslim rulers. It is also home to the grave of Christopher Columbus. We’ll also visit the spectacular Plaza España. While exploring the city’s winding streets you’ll experience the energetic and charismatic culture of Southern Spain. 
  • Lunch: Together at a handpicked restaurant
  • Afternoon: Free time to wander Seville
  • Evening: Pickleball with the locals
  • Dinner: On your own

Day 2 – Seville, Jerez and Cádiz

  • Breakfast:  At the hotel restaurant
  • Morning:  After breakfast we take a 30-minutes ride to “Jerez de la Frontera”, also known simply as “Jerez”. Founded 3,000 years ago by the Phoenicians as a colony called Xera, Jerez is now a hub of cultural importance in Andalusia. Its name “Jerez”, meaning “sherry”, alludes to its history as the birthplace of the famous white wine. During Christian rule, the Catholic monarchs began the prosperous trade of the city’s titular wine with the English.  We will enjoy Jerez’s impressive equestrian culture and dancing horse show, where riders dressed in 18th-century attire showcase the traditional dancing of Andalusian horses.
  • Lunch:  Together in Jerez at a handpicked restaurant
  • Afternoon: We head 30-minutes south to the seaside city of Cádiz, the oldest city in Europe. We take a guided tour of Cádiz and enjoy the sites and sounds of this historical city. According to legend, the Cádiz was originally founded by Hercules himself around 3,000 years ago. Considered to be one of the oldest settlements in Europe, Cádiz was called Gadir in 1100 BC by the Phoenicians. Surrounded almost entirely by the Atlantic ocean, Cádiz is known for its delicious seafood, meandering streets, sunny beaches, and cheerful locals whose alegrías (flamenco songs) can be heard throughout the city. The impressive Cathedral of Cádiz was commissioned in 1716 but wasn’t finished until 1838, creating a mixture of baroque and neoclassical architectural styles.  
  • Dinner:  On your own

Day 3 – Gibraltar, Marbella, and Málaga

  • Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant
  • Morning:  After breakfast we head 90 minutes east on a private luxury coach to Gibraltar to explore the English territory on a guided tour. Located directly between Europe and Africa, Gibraltar holds an interesting position as a British colony located within Spain. The locals speak both English and Spanish, but Gibraltar been British longer than the United States has been American. Its Palladian architecture differentiates it from the white-walled cities of Southern Spain, showcasing the city’s unique combination of cultures. Often referred to as “The Rock”, the city was first used by the ancient Phoenicians and Carthaginian sea-traders between 800 BC and 200 BC. Later, it was a significant location during the Muslim conquest of Spain and a stronghold during the reign of the Catholic monarchs. British Gibraltar began after the conquest led by Admiral Sir George Rooke in 1704 and the Great Siege of 1779. We’ll learn about the impact Gibraltar has had on world history throughout our guided tour, and we’ll take the 6-minute cable car ride to the top of “the Rock” to experience in the magnificent views, as well as the famous Barbary apes that reside on the Rock.
  • Lunch: On your own in Gibraltar
  • Afternoon: We take a private luxury coach 60 minutes east to the luxurious seaside resort town of Marbella. We take a guided tour of Marbella, often referred to as the “jewel of the Mediterranean”, to enjoy its charming city center and impressive world-class seaport. 
  • Dinner:  Together in a charming handpicked restaurant in a lively plaza 
  • Night: Private luxury coach to Málaga

Day 4 – Málaga

  • Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant, departures

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.