This rare excursion is devoted to pleasing the senses, first by meandering through a colorful Muslim garden and then by tasting some exceptional vintages and local tapas at a traditional wine cellar.
Departing from the pier, it's a scenic drive north through the fertile Valley of the Lecrin River. This area in the Granada province was once a Moorish stronghold and their influence is still felt more than 500 years later. In the beautiful village of Velez de Benaudalla, you'll spend a delightful hour exploring the treasured Nazari Gardens, one of the last remaining Muslim gardens in southern Spain. Originally designed to stimulate the five senses, the lush gardens are immensely peaceful. Walking about the grounds, the flowers in full bloom and countless aromas wafting through the air, is often described as a spiritual experience. Be sure to stroll through the iconic stand of cypress trees, which are so tall they dwarf everything below.
Continuing on, you'll drive to the esteemed Bodega Señorio de Nevada for a tour of the historic winery, which is located in a valley where the conquering Romans produced wine centuries ago. During the tasting of tapas and wine that follows your guided tour, you will likely sample vintages produced from Spain's native tempranillo grape. The grape tends to ripen early, a trait reflected in its name, which means "little early one." The resulting wines are usually spicy, aromatic and flavorful. Afterwards, you'll re-board your coach for the leisurely drive back to the pier.