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We will visit the sister cities of New Iberia, Mobile, and Pensacola


Double Occupancy

On June 1, 1778, 16 families from Malaga, Andalusia, Spain boarded the Brig, San Josef, and sailed to New Orleans.
Commanded by Lt.Col. Francisco Bouligny who had arrived in Louisiana in 1769 with Alejandro O'Reilly, with the approval of Governor Bernardo de Gálvez, they founded New Iberia in the Spring of 1779.

Our heritage tour to Malaga, Spain will offer time to research your genealogy.  We will have a paella cooking class and eat Spanish tapas at a local restaurant.
In addition to the Malaguenos focus of the trip, you will enjoy over 2,000 years of Spanish history while visiting some of the most popular tourist attractions of Andalusia, including a beautiful castle, Alhambra, Playa del Sol and the city of Malaga.


  • 7 nights accommodations at Hotel Cortijo Chico in Alhaurín de la Torre 
  • Round trip flight from your nearest airport to Malaga, Spain. 
  • All meals included in the price of the tour.
  • Land transportation by motorcoach.
  • All entrance fees and guided tours included in the program.
  • Tips for the tour guide is included. 
  • One Malaguenos tour director (Jose Manuel Molina from Malaga) and one tour coordinator from Louisiana (Cynthia Seitz) to take care of all your needs.
  • A Paella cooking class.
  • Cities and villages visited:   Alhaurin De La Torre, Ronda, Grenada, Málaga, Macharaviaya, Cadiz and other towns and localities along the way.
  • A trip to the archives to do genealogical research – Please provide the name/names of the ancestors you would like to research.  We cannot make any promises that you what you are looking for, but the research is always fun.


Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Day By Day Itinerary
IMPORTANT:  This is a preliminary itinerary and may be modified at any time before or during the tour due to unforeseen events or to improve or better accommodate the group. 

Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Day 1 - Welcome to Málaga
Arrival at Málaga airport at 06:45. You will be waiting for the baggage for some time.
Then you take the bus to the Hotel Cortijo Chico in Alhaurín de la Torre
8.00 - Hotel check-in.  It's time for breakfast in Spain. We will be having a typical breakfast with coffee and bread with olive oil, or churros with hot chocolate.
10.00 - The bus will take you to Alhaurín de la Torre downtown.
11:00 - Official welcome reception at Alhaurin de la Torre City Hall.
12:00 - City tour to the main attractions including the church and old quarter.
14:00 - Spanish tapas at Casa Peña, the best in town.
17:00 – Arrival at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Day 2 - Day trip to Málaga
10:00 - Visit to the Cathedral of Málaga, including a special guided visit to the Archive.
[If someone is interested in researching their records, a previous registration is required
for another day. Therefore check with our guide about the documents you want to
research, to find out whether they are preserved or not. We regret to inform you that the
access to the archive is not available to handicapped persons because there are 58
steps in the stairs and without lift]. 

12:00 - Visit to the Roman Theatre.
12:30 -Visit to the Aduana Museum.  
13:30 - Lunch at a restaurant in Málaga. Location to be determined.
15:00 - Visit to the Picasso Museum.
17:00 – Back to the bus.Trip to Castle of Gibralfaro. Panoramic view over the city of
18:30 – Arrival at the hotel in Alhaurín de la Torre

Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Day 3- Day trip to Granada 
8:00 – Departure from Alhaurín de la Torre.
8:45 – Short stop in Villanueva del Cauche. A very small and not touristic village
where you will better understand the old Andalusia.
10:00 –Coffee-break in Santa Fe (Granada), in one of the most famous cafés in Spain for its delicious cake called Pius IX.
11:00 – Arrival at Alhambra in Granada.
Visit the Alhambra and the tombs of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain
14:30 – Lunch at Granada. Location to be determined.

Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Day 4  - Day trip to Ronda 
8:00 Departure from Alhaurín to Caminito del Rey, ‘The King Footsteps’, an
awesome pathway and tunnels in a natural park.
9:30 – Stop at Caminito del Rey to take some pictures from the road of this gorgeous
path. We will not walk along because it will take3-4 hours and requires a certain level of
physical effort and skillfulness.
10:15 – Coffee-break at a coffee-bar in Cuevas del Becerro. In a place that only the locals know.
11:15 – Arrival at Ronda. One of the most ancient cities in Andalusia, of Roman origin, with Arabic walls and a bull ring built in 1785. Washington Irving, Orson Welles, and Ernest Hemingway fell in love of this place. We will be visiting the main attractions
such as churches, palaces, the two bridges, and the Arab baths.
13:30 – Lunch at a local restaurant to be determined.
15:00 – The trip continues towards Setenil de las Bodegas, a beautiful ‘pueblo Blanco
” known that way for its white buildings and its dwellings built into rock overhangs above
the river.
15:30 – Arrival to Setenil de las Bodegas. Sight-seeing around the village.
16:30 – Return to Alhaurín de la Torre.
18:00 - Arrival at the hotel for dinner

Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Day 5 - Málaga sight-seeing, Paella Class
9:30 – Departure from Alhaurin de la Torre.
10:00 – Arrival at Málaga. Visit the shrine of Virgin of the Victory.
11:30 – Visit to Picasso house birthplace.
12:00 –Visit the church of Santiago.
13:00 – Paella workshop in Málaga.
16:00 – Free time in Málaga for shopping, etc.
18:00 – Return to the hotel.

Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Day 6  - Day trip to Macharaviaya
10:00 - Independence Day Event in this small village, Bernardo de Gálvez birthplace,

14:00 - Lunch at Macharaviaya or Rincon de la Victoria. Location to be determined.
17:00 -Visit to Rincón de la Victoria and the old military fort of Bezmiliana. Nowadays an exhibition center.
18:00 – Return to the hotel.

Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Day 7 - Trip to Frigiliana and Nerja
9:00 – Departure from Alhaurin de la Torre
10:00 – Arrival at Frigiliana. Visit this Moorish village.
12:30 – Continue to Nerja.
12:45 – Arrival at Nerja.
13:30 – Lunch at a local restaurant to be determined.
15:00    Visit to Nerja including the Balcony of Europe with wide views of the
17:00 – Returning to Alhaurin de la Torre.
18:00 – Arrival at the hotel.

Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Day 8
Departure to the airport. 


Single Occupancy



We have planned every detail so you can travel in a relaxed, joyful and worry-free environment. There will be many special dinners and activities for you to enjoy at a leisurely pace.
We’ve planned this trip for the first week in July in order to celebrate Bernardo De Galvez and our American 4th of July with our cousins in Malaga .
We will stay in one hotel for the length of our stay.
Most mornings we will leave the hotel around 8 :30 AM so you are not too rushed.

   Our Malaguenos Ancestry Tour Guide

    Jose Manuel De Molina

Jose Manuel is an author of books and articles about the History of Malaga as well as a genealogical researcher.  He is a tour guide(Málaga, Spain 1964). Is a historian and a key person in facilitating the twinning cities Alhaurin de la Torre, Málaga, Spain and New Iberia, Louisiana.  New Iberia was founded by Malaguenos in 1779 in Malaga and has led tours many years. He has hosted many groups and individuals interested in their ancestors from Málaga. He has made presentations on the history of the Malaguenos at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and in New Iberia in 2009 and 2012. He is an excellent tour guide and most appropriate to lead our group for the Malaguenos Ancestry Tour.