Bena Vista is the perfect base from which to explore further afield and visit the “real Spain”, either independently or by joining one of our organised, English speaking excursions. Our region of Andalucía is packed full of delightful towns and cities well worth a visit and all easily accessible. We also offer trips to Tangiers on the African continent. For further information, please contact our office.
The beautiful, historic city of Ronda is approximately 50 kilometres away from Bena Vista (45 minutes by road). It’s 800 metres above sea level and divided by the deep El Tajo Gorge and Rio Guadalevín. The Puente Nuevo (new bridge), which was built in the 18th century, spans the gorge and offers its visitors amazing and dramatic views of the Serranía de Ronda mountain range. Ronda is also home to one of the oldest bullrings in Spain.
Join our excursion and travel by coach to Algeciras and then take the mountain train to Ronda, travelling on the single track line built over 100 years ago. You will see spectacular mountain scenery, traditional white villages and delightful Victorian stations, much of which can only be seen from the train. In Ronda you can explore the old Moorish town and admire the view from the Puente Nuevo, before rejoining the coach for the scenic journey back to the coast.
Granada is one of the most elegant Andalucian cities and is en route to the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Join our excursion which arrives in Granada with time to visit the cathedral and explore the Moroccan shops and old town. The coach will then take you to the amazing Alhambra Palace, the most visited monument in Spain. The official guided tour also includes the beautiful Generalife gardens (entrance fee included in the price).
Cordoba is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Andalucia and is home to the Mezquita, the only Mosque-Cathedral in the world.
Join our excursion which travels through gorgeous mountain scenery, olive groves and the wine growing region, arriving in Cordoba mid morning, giving you five hours to enjoy this lovely city, with its beautiful fountains, Alcazar gardens, Roman baths, and the famous Jewish Quarter.
FUENGIROLA & MIJAS
Fuengirola is a bustling seaside town with lots of shops, a lovely seafront promenade and a very popular zoo (Bioparc Fuengirola).
Join our excursion and spend the morning enjoying the town and famous Tuesday market, one of the largest on the coast. Then rejoin the coach to drive up to the delightful mountain village of Mijas, probably the most famous of the Andalucian white villages. There you will have time to shop and explore the beautiful pueblo, with its narrow streets and breathtaking views.
Our excursion to Jerez encompasses a full day of treats. First of all, enjoy a complete and fascinating tour of the Gonzalez Byass Bodega including a mini train / walking tour of the vineyard, distillery and cellars (with free wine tasting!). Then it’s on to visit the world famous Spanish dancing horses at the Lusitano Horse Show, one of the best equestrian shows you’ll ever get the opportunity to see.
Join our excursion and travel down to Tarifa from where the fast ferry will depart, getting you to North Africa in approximately 40 minutes. The visit will include the Caves of Hercules, followed by a typical Moroccan lunch, a Berber Arabian Fantasia show (which includes belly dancing and horse show) and then a 90 minute accompanied tour of the Medina (old town), souk (shops and market) and Kasbah (fortress).
GIBRALTAR (Don’t forget your passport!)
There’s so much to see in Gibraltar that one excursion just isn’t enough! Choose to:
• Shop for a day and pick up a duty free bargain!
• Take a Rock Tour in the morning (there’s still time for shopping later on!). The mini coach will take you on a fascinating tour of the Rock, stopping at St Michael’s Cave, Upper Rock and the Barbary apes. The driver will drop you off in Main Street, leaving you time to check out the shops and snap up some duty free bargains.
• Board “DOLPHIN WORLD” and see the fun and friendly, wild dolphins in the Bay of Algeciras. The excellent commentary on board will make this a very special adventure for everyone, and there’s even time to visit the shops afterwards.
• Rock the Boat: A tour combining the Rock Tour and a trip on Dolphin World but less time for shopping!
Seville is the beautiful capital city of Andalucía. The coach will briefly tour around the city, incorporating a visit to the majestic Plaza de España, La Giralda (the symbol of Seville) and the largest cathedral in the world. Then explore the city independently (with optional lunch) and perhaps take a cruise on the river or ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
The famous Caves of Nerja are the third most visited tourist site in Spain, famous for their stalactites, stalagmites and the largest column in the world measuring 32 metres in height and located in the “Cataclysmic Hall”. The 4,000 metres of caves were inhabited for over 20,000 years and many artefacts can be seen, including prehistoric paintings, in the museum attached.
Join our excursion and stop en route to the caves for a traditional Spanish mid-morning snack of churros with coffee and hot chocolate. After the caves, the coach will drive you up to the scenic wine-producing mountain village of Competa where, after a short sight-seeing walk, lunch will be provided at a local hotel.
AQUA PARK (From May to October)
The Aqua Park is located on the main dual carriageway (CN340), just outside Fuengirola, approximately 46 kilometres from Bena Vista. It’s a family friendly water park with water rapids, wave machine, water slides and more! If you prefer to visit independently, parking is free and for the smaller children there’s a great water play area just for them.
ANTEQUERA, THE SPANISH LAKES & EL CHORRO GORGE (Seasonal)
Join our excursion and take a morning drive to Antequera, where you can explore the Moorish town with its castle and many churches before the coach takes you on to the splendour of the Spanish Lake District, and the peace and beauty of the Ardales National Park. After lunch, visit the dramatic El Chorro Gorge, returning through Sun Valley.