Moorish and Modern Gardens of Spain

The Generalife courtyard, SPIN: Moorish and Modern Gardens of Spain

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Spend a week soaking in the breathtaking views of Costa Tropical. Feast your eyes on lush subtropical plants, wander through beautiful private estates, and meticulously designed gardens, including Alahambra's iconic Generalife gardens. Get lost in the maze of historic streets in the Albaicín, the oldest Moorish neighbourhood in Granada. We'll wander Almuñécar's castle, take a leisurely stroll through the park, shaded by palm trees, as well as its winding alleys and seafront promenade. From peaceful walks among orange trees and cypress trees to stop vibrant rose gardens, and avocado and cherimoya orchards, we'll experience them all.

Five included excursions
Albaicin (full day)
Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens (full day)
Almunecar and Casa de los Bates (full day)
Architectural gardens (full day)
Malaga gardens (full day)

Set on the pebble and sandy shores of San Cristobal in Almuñécar, Hotel Helios Costa Tropical is an idyllic setting for a relaxed break. It's three-star, but its dedication to service makes this gem a favourite among Saga travellers. Lounge by the heated outdoor pool or surrender to the spa's rejuvenating Jacuzzi featuring sea views. Whether you crave a mid-morning coffee or live music in the evening, the hotel's bar has you covered. Head to the roof terrace, too, for impressive sunset views. Or step outside and take a walk along the seafront promenade and find yourself a quaint cafe to people watch.

Included with every Hosted Holiday

  • Dedicated welcoming host
  • Resort airport transfers
  • Travel insurance and meals


Saga host

Expert host

Expert host talks

Welcome drink

Five included excursions

Half board plus: All breakfasts and dinners

Glass of wine with dinner

A weekly return shuttle service to Nerja or Granada

International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Vueling or British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports

Return transfers direct to your hotel

Minimum 20kg checked luggage, per person


  • 7 nights

  • Almuñécar, Costa Tropical, Spain

  • Multiple

  • Half Board

From £995 per person

Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction if not required

The Generalife courtyard, SPIN: Moorish and Modern Gardens of Spain
The fortress and palace complex Alhambra. Granada. SPIN: Moorish and Modern Gardens of Spain

Holiday details

Food and drink

All meals are buffet-style plus a glass of local wine per person is included with dinner. Complimentary tea and coffee is served in the bar between 4pm and 5pm every afternoon.


A weekly return shuttle service to Nerja or Granada • Organ player twice a week • Flamenco show once a week • Daily entertainment programme • Talk on Spanish culture and customs (fortnightly) • Spanish lessons • Walk to Roman bridge and aqueduct • Orientation walk of Almuñécar including botanical gardens • Beach Yoga • Bike hire (extra charge)


Most of the 232 bedrooms have a balcony with partial sea views. Most rooms have a shower over the bath. Several rooms have walk-in showers (these rooms will be without a sea view).


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Roof terrace garden
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi
  • Treatments (extra charge)

Holiday location

Helios Tropical Map

Local Area

Almuñécar is a picturesque town with jagged coastlines, intoxicating culture and world-class food and drink. Take a stroll to the town centre, where markets await, brimming with spices, olives, dried fruits, and locally made honey and molasses. If you're looking for photo-worthy views of the Mediterranean, head to Nerja and take in the stunning scenery from the clifftop known as the 'Balcony of Europe'.

Included excursions



The first optional excursion of the week features an exploration of the Albaicín, the oldest Moorish quarter in Granada. Situated on a steep hill facing the Alhambra, this is where the Zirid Monarchs first established their court in the 11th century. It’s like stepping back in time as you navigate a maze of narrow streets in search of markets, mosques, and the ancient city gateway. You'll also be invited to enjoy the Mudéjar style gardens of Casa Morisca del Chapiz. In the afternoon, it will be the upper sections of the Albaicín that catch the attention with dramatic views and stolen glimpses into small, secreted gardens adding to the allure of ancient Andalucía.



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