Andalucia Archaetour II
Day 01 Málaga. Arrival, reception in local airport and transfer to selected hotel. Accommodation (breakfast and local vat included) In the afternoon: Walking tour with english speaking guide to meet most the outstanding monuments and places. Visit to the Roman Theater & the Alcazaba. Vestiges from the Hispania (Roman Spain) and X Century
Day 02 Málaga-Antequera. After breakfast, pick up in Hotel and transfer to Antequera. There will visit the Antequera Dolmens: element to understand the Megalithic period in the Iberian Peninsula and in Europe. The Menga Dolmen was erected around six thousand years ago. It is an enormous corridor sepulcher with an access passage enclosed by ten enormous slabs, five on each side, although it is believed that, originally, there were seven on each side. The passage comes out to the burial chamber which, in turn, is formed by two walls made of seven monoliths on each side and one at the far end. Word Heritage by Unesco
Day 03 Antequera-Setenil de las bodegas-Ronda. After breakfast, visit to Setenil de las Bodegas, on the way to Ronda. Setenil’s unique and extreme urban beauty make it one of the main tourist destinations in the Sierra de Cádiz. The houses, some below rocks and others on top of or even inside the rocks, create different street levels, forming charming nooks and corners such as those in the streets Calle de las Cuevas de la Sombra and Calle de las Cuevas del Sol. The present-day village has its origins in Medieval times and the area today officially referred to as Setenil stands on the ancient Almohad settlement. The castle overlooking the village is a Medieval fortress (14th-15th Centuries), which retains its keep and a well. Its heritage is completed by the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Parish Church, the old Town Hall and the Hermitages of Nuestra Señora del Carmen and San Sebastián. Arrival to Ronda and accommodation.
Day 04 Ronda-Acinipo-Cuevas de la Pileta (Benaoján). Full day tour visiting The yacimiento romano de Acinipo (Roman archaeological site of Acinipo) was traditionally and erroneously called Ronda la Vieja (Old Ronda) due to the belief that this was the first site of the city, a theory that was later proven false. It is 21 kilometres from Ronda on a plateau with an average altitude of 980 metres, and commands extremely broad panoramic views of the region.
According to Pliny and Ptolemy, Acinipo belonged to Celtic Beturia but in Roman times it became one of the main cities of Betica.
Only the theatre has been preserved from the ancient Roman city. It was built in the first century B. C. on uneven ground in the Greek fashion, which is why the cavea is carved out of the rock. After this, will arrive to the second attractive: important monument located in Benaojan, also located underground: the Cueva de la Pileta cave, just 4 km from the town centre. The cave contains archeological remains from the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages, and was declared a National Monument in 1924. In addition to the most important cave paintings of Andalusia, you will discover stunning stalactites and stalagmites in its rooms.
Another cave you can visit in Benaojan is the popular Cueva del Gato, also declared a National Monument. Located near the railway station, this cave is of significant scientific interest because of its complex underground river system.Return to Ronda and Accommodation at hotel.
Day 05 Ronda-Tarifa-Baelo Claudio. After breakfast, transfer to Tarifa. Visit to the Archaeological Site of Baelo Claudia: declared a National Historic Monument. This Roman city-factory is surprising due to its excellent condition. It was important at the time due to its canned and brine foods and was the origin of the garum sauce exported to empire.
In the 3rd century AD there was an earthquake where a small village managed to survive until the beginning of 7th century, when it was finally abandoned. Since then, Baelo Claudia has been uninhabited.
When, in 1917, the first excavations began in the Bolonia area, researchers found the remains of a prosperous city, built according to classical Roman tradition; a perfectly planned and rational urban project.
With the Archaeological Site of Baelo Claudia, the province of Cádiz preserves one of the finest known examples of a Roman town. Some buildings are from the Augustus era, although most were built under the rein of Claudius. Apparently, the historic centre, where the forum and all the administrative organisation buildings are located, was built at the same time , following a perpendicular axis along the coastline. Once the tour end, transfer to Tarifa and accommodation in the selected hotel.
Day 06 Tarifa-Málaga. After breakfast transfer to local airport in Málaga. End of services.