Motril, Spain

Introduction to Motril, Spain

In this fishing and leisure port, tradition and modernity mix perfectly. 

Nestling at the foothills of the Sierra Lujar Mountains, Motril lies at the heart of the Costa Tropical, one of the most lush and productive agricultural areas of Spain. Shore excursions will take you to the Granada, the Alhambra as well as up into the Las Alpujarras Mountains, one of Spain’s most spectacular regions.

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TOUR A - GRANADA OF THE MOORS

Granada was at its peak during the 11th century, when for a while, it became the capital of a small kingdom. On this crusie tour, we shall have an approximate two-hour journey to this beautiful city, which is rich in history.

Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApprox. 7 hours
LimitationLimited capacity: early pre-booking essential
Snack includedSnack included

The city lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the edge of the fertile ‘Vega de Granada’ – the greenest and best stretch of farmland in Andalucia!

Upon arrival in Granada we proceed to the world-famous fortified Alhambra Palace, often referred to as the Red Palace due to its construction from red stone.

The Arabian Palace – the heart of the Alhambra – is divided into three enclosures: one that was dedicated to matters of administration and justice, the Arrayanes Courtyard with the throne room used for official purposes, and the Courtyard of the Lions, which contained the King’s private residence. All three areas are magnificent examples of Arabian architecture.

The Generalife was the summer palace of the Arab Kings. Cypress trees border the pleasant walkways here, which lead to the Yen-Nat-Al-Arif, or ‘Architect’s Garden’. This contains two pavilions separated by the enchanting Acequia Patio. All the buildings are surrounded by magnificent gardens with innumerable fountains and terraces affording lovely views of the Alhambra and Albaicin (the city’s oldest quarter).

We will enjoy lunch in Granada, before making the return journey to our awaiting cruise ship in Motril.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour involves approximately two and a quarter hours of walking over cobbled and uneven ground, with many steps to negotiate. There is a very steep walk uphill to the entrance of the Palace, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests must be agile and be prepared for lots of walking and standing. Lunch includes a glass of mineral water, a cup of coffee or wine. It is NOT possible to remain on the coach or wait at the entrance to the Palace. The Alhambra Palace is perhaps the most visited site in Spain, and because of this, entrance tickets are often scarce. We kindly request that guests pre-book this tour in advance, allowing time for a sufficient number of passes to be obtained.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2012 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES.
 


TOUR B - LAS ALPUJARRAS MOUNTAIN DRIVE

We depart from the port of Motril on our journey to Las Alpujarras, one of Spain’s most spectacular regions where ancient villages cling to mountainsides on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApprox. 6.5 hours
Snack includedSnack included

The Alpujarra is famous throughout Spain due to its unique mini-ecosystem. Its terraced farmlands are constantly watered by the melting snow from above, which makes a high-altitude oasis of greenery standing in dramatic contrast to the arid foothills below. The cultural interest of the region lies in its 50-odd villages, which were the last stronghold of the Spanish Muslims, or Moors.

Before arriving at the village of Pampaneira, which lies approximately 1,500 metres above sea level, we will make a photo stop at Presa de Rules, a huge dam, and pass by the village of Orgiva. The unique village of Pampaneira has retained its traditional Berber architecture – terraced clusters of grey-white box-shaped houses with flat clay roofs – which are still commonly found in the Rif and Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

We then drive to the village of Capileira, situated at the top of the valley. The name is an Arabic derivation of the Latin word for ‘head’ or ‘top’. Here we will see the rocky streets, overhanging passageways and sagging stone houses, which have not been remodelled or prettified for contemporary living.

We then depart to Medina Fondales where we can enjoy lunch before returning to Motril and our awaiting cruise ship.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour involves approximately one and a half hours of walking, some of which will be over cobbled and hilly ground. There will be some steps to negotiate, therefore this cruise tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for guests who suffer from motion sickness due to narrow and winding roads. For reference, toilet facilities are available at our lunch venue. Lunch includes tea or coffee, a glass of mineral water, or wine.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES.


TOUR C - CASA DE LOS BATES & ALMUNECAR

This cruise tour will give us the opportunity to explore a unique 19th century house, Casa De Los Bates, and also the town of Almuñecar at leisure.

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Casa De Los Bates is a unique 19th century house, located in the heart of Granada’s sun-drenched tropical coast in Andalucia. Two splendid and very distinct gardens dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries are authentic jewels to explore.

We shall take a stroll and discover the century old trees and fragrant flowering plants surrounding water fountains that enhance the serenity of the gardens. We can take the time to enjoy refreshments before departing to Almuñecar.

Almuñecar lies in the province of Granada and has a population of around 26,500. The Almuñecar coat of arms, which shows the turbaned heads of three Berber pirates floating in the sea, was granted by King Carlos I in 1526 for having destroyed a Berber raiding force. We shall have some free time here to explore independently, before re-joining our coach and returning to our awaiting cruise ship.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour involves approximately one and a quarter hours of walking in both of the gardens, some of which may be over uneven ground. For reference, we will have approximately one hour of free time in Almuñecar. This cruise tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Any flora seen on the tour is subject to seasonal change.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES.


TOUR E - MAKE YOUR OWN WINE

Departing the quayside, we will enjoy a brief panoramic drive through the Lecrin Valley. Located between the tropical coast and the Alpujarras Mountains, the valley enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with warm summers and mild winters.

Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApprox. 5 Hours
LimitationLimited to 100 Guests
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Departing the quayside, we will enjoy a brief panoramic drive through the Lecrin Valley. Located between the tropical coast and the Alpujarras Mountains, the valley enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with warm summers and mild winters.

Our first stop, is at the village of Velez de Benaudalla, where we shall visit the Nazari Gardens, an exceptional example of Muslim gardens, and one of the few of its kind left in southern Spain. Originally the gardens, also known as the ‘Five Senses Gardens’, were designed to provide men and women with the five most important benefits of life. The first was Spirituality, as the Arabs considered the gardens to be paradise on earth. Aesthetic was the second, as the gardens were viewed as a work of art, stimulating all senses. Other benefits of life included Psychological, as observing the gardens was meant to encourage relaxation, and Scientific and Nutrition – as they were a place for research and aromatic plants and fruit trees.

Following our visit to the gardens, we proceed to the Bodega Señorio de Nevada, located in a valley where the Romans started wine production. Here we will begin our tour of the vineyards, we will have an explanation of the vines, starting from the planting and growing to the harvesting and pruning of the grapes. We shall also visit the drawing room, where we can discover how the grapes are stripped, proofed and pressed, and then it’s onto the barrel room, before we are finally shown the bottling process.

Then we have the chance to prepare our choice of one of four different types of wine! In this part of the tour we will blend, prepare, and discover the basic techniques for conducting a tasting before we taste each of the wines produced by our small group.

After the winning wine has been announced, we then re-board our tour coach for the drive back to our awaiting ship.

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately 50 minutes of walking at Nazari Gardens, and one hour at Bodega Señorio de Nevada, some of which will be over uneven ground, and there will be steps to negotiate at each of the stops. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Toilet facilities are available at both the gardens and the bodega.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2012 CANARIES & MED SEASON.
 


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