Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

Study Abroad in Granada: Cultural Excursions

Included in your program fee are a range of day trips and a 3-day excursion which will take you outside Granada and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Spain.

Nerja, Costa del Sol (Day trip)

Included in program fee

Visit Nerja, a pretty seaside town on the Costa del Sol, where sandy beaches meet the Mediterranean sea. One of Spain's most popular tourist destinations and where the sun shines almost year round, this stretch of coastline is also a fashionable hang out for international celebrities. Just a short journey from Granada, you will enjoy free time at the beach and to explore Nerja's old town or try some delicious fresh local seafood.

Includes transportation.

Ronda (Spring only, Day trip)

Included in program fee

Visit historic Ronda in the mountains of Málaga province where the old and new town are divided by a 100m deep gorge. Take a guided tour of the 17th century 'Plaza de Toros' - the oldest building in Spain still in use.

Includes transportation, entrances and a local guide.

La Alpujarra (Fall only, Day trip)

Included in program fee

Visit the region of the Granadinan mountain villages known as La Alpujarra which cling to the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, cloven by deep, sheltered valleys and gorges which run down towards the Mediterranean. Hike three of its most beautiful and remarkable villages led by your AIFS staff.

Includes transportation

Gibraltar, Seville, Córdoba (3 Days)

Included in program fee

In Gibraltar you will see the meeting point between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea as well as spectacular views of the coast of North Africa. Your tour of the Rock of Gibraltar includes the Ape den, home of the famous Barbary apes, Europa Point and Lighthouse and St. Michael’s Cave. Seville, the beautiful, colorful capital of Andalucía is where you will spend two nights and have a city tour including the Guadalquivir River and port, the Parque Maria Luisa and Plaza de España. You will visit the cathedral and tomb of Christopher Columbus and the Alcázares Reales palace and gardens. In Córdoba you will enjoy a city tour of the Judería quarter, visit the stunning 10th century mosque La Mezquita (current cathedral) and the 14th century synagogue.

Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinners, transportation and entrances to museums and local guides at all sites.

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 Nights)

Included for students on the AIFS flight package only.

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en-route to Granada. This will allow you to relax, recover from jet lag and get to know your fellow classmates while touring England’s capital.

Take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Have time to explore the city on your own where you can take in the gorgeous parks and gardens, see a play in the West End or shop for vintage clothes at Camden Market.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, sightseeing tour and AIFS Tour Manager.

Optional Excursion to Madrid and Toledo (3 Days – $475)

Visit the charming medieval town of Toledo to see the 13th century cathedral, the church of Santo Tomé to see a masterpiece by El Greco and Santa María la Blanca, a beautiful old synagogue with walls and ceiling of Mudejar architecture at its finest. There is time to visit a sword and damasquinado craftwork factory before continuing on to Madrid, the capital city of Spain.

There, you will visit the Prado Museum, one of the world’s finest art museums. Your guided tour will take in masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya and Murillo. Then visit the Royal Palace and take a panoramic tour of La Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and the Paseo de la Castellana.

On your last day take a morning bike ride through the Retiro park or enjoy free time for shopping before returning to Granada.

Fee includes transportation, hotel accommodation (triple rooms), breakfast, entrances and local guides. A minimum enrollment of 15 students is required for the tour to run.

Optional Excursion to Tangier and Tetouan, Morocco (3 days – $445)

Travel in a fast ferry from Tarifa, Spain to Tangier, Morocco where you will have lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant. Visit the medina and experience the colors, sights and aromas of the souk of Tangier.

On day two after breakfast in the hotel, take a tour of Tetouan including Plaza Moulay El Mehdi, Plaza Hassan I and the Royal Palace. Continue on to the Mellah or Jewish neighborhood and to the medina and souks. You will have free time to sample and shop in the crafts, goods and food markets. Continue on to the mountain town of Chaouen where you will enjoy lunch followed by free time for shopping and bartering and a walking tour of the medina. Dinner in the evening will include a show.

On the last morning, depart Tangier for the lovely white-washed coastal town of Asilah. Visit the city medina and walls, Cape Spartel and the caves of Hercules. Then take a camel ride! There will be free time for lunch before departure by ferry to Tarifa and onwards travel to Granada.

Fee includes transportation, hotel accommodation (triple rooms), breakfasts, most lunches and most dinners, Tour Manager and local guide in English and excursions as described above. Drinks at dinners or lunches, breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day and tips are not included. A minimum enrollment of 15 students is required for the tour to run.

Please note that if you are not a U.S. citizen traveling on an American passport, you may need to arrange a visa to visit Morocco and/or Gibraltar and before traveling to Spain.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.