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Tour Andalucía

‘Award Winning’ Small Group & Private Tours

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Beautiful Andalucia is an exceptional place in Europe with breath-taking scenery, wonderful history and distinctive culture. It is a place of legends, ancient civilizations, amazing monuments and great food.

Tour Andalucia take you on a spectacular journey throughout this unique region in small groups, or on a private tour, so you enjoy yourself at a relaxed pace and without being herded in a ridiculously large coach party.

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Andalusia Free tours

Free Tours  Andalusia

How much would you pay for a tour of Andalusia with an accredited local guide?

Well, with our free tours of Andalusia, you get to decide the price at the end of the visit. Let’s take a look…

Forget about Google Maps and let us show you around the city instead!

That way, you won’t waste valuable holiday time trying to figure out where to go.

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With fully licensed guide that live in the area

We’re not just here to wander around – after the tour, you’ll be able to wow your friends with your knowledge of Andalusia.

Perfect for couples, friends, families and solo travellers

We adapt our tours to each group’s needs to make sure everyone has a great time.

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Not sure what free tours are all about?

Let us explain….

When you explore Andalusia with us, you have total freedom to decide how much your tour is worth.

Does this mean that the tours aren’t any good?

Not at all.

Quite this opposite, in fact.

Our team of accredited local guides have put together tour itineraries that cover each city’s must-see attractions to make sure that you don’t spend your holiday wandering around aimlessly.

And what’s the goal?

Our aim is for you to immerse yourself completely in local history, so that by the time the tour finishes you love the city as much as we do!

In fact, we’re so sure that you’re going to love it that we have adopted the free tour model, in which you get to set the price and pay the guide once you finish.

Just one thing, remember to reserve your spots in advance (including any kids) to make sure there is room for everyone

If you’re really stuck on how much you should pay your guide, most of our guests pay between 10€ and 12€ per adult.

when you book one of our free tours of Andalusia, you can be sure of getting a high-quality experience

And much more besides (including our best local tips):

Our tours are suited to all kinds of visito r. They are great fun, and very casual and relaxed. The time will fly by, just you wait!

The guides will go above and beyond to make sure that you finish your tour with a smile .

You get to decide the price at the end of the tour

Free cancellation if you are unable to travel due to the pandemic

Choose a free tour of Andalusia and discover the region at a price that suits you

Historic centre of malaga, granada, albaicin & sacromonte.

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Or visit some of Andalucia’s must-see attractions

Malaga's alcazaba + roman teatre.

  • Malaga Cathedral

Alhambra of Granada

Malaga full tour, malaga private tour.

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By the way, your little ones are more than welcome to join us

So much so that kids under 14 can join our free tours without paying a thing.

Even so, you’ll still need to reserve places for them. And here’s why.

When we have younger visitors, we put on a special tour, just for them.

We know that kids can sometimes get bored with this sort of thing, so we make sure to plan a tour that the whole family can enjoy.

Another thing is that we need to know in advance if you’re planning to bring a baby in a pushchair, so that we can choose a more accessible route.

Meet your friendly hosts:

Andalusia Free Tours is a team of accredited guides, all Andalusia locals. We were born and raised here, we’ve studied the history of our homeland and we can’t wait to show it off to you in all its glory.

We have to admit that the idea of sharing Andalusia with you puts a great big silly grin on our faces.

Tourism is our passion, and we’re passionate about this gorgeous part of the world that we call home.

We have chosen to offer free tours of Andalusia so that we can share our homeland with you no matter your budget.

We know that everyone is desperate to travel, but we also understand that times are tough right now.

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Fancy a chat? Here’s how you can get in touch with Andalusia Free Tours:

You can contact us using any of the following methods

Drop us an email: [email protected]

Send a WhatsApp or give us a call: +34 635 174 602

Or fill out th is contact form

Let’s sum up your free tour of Andalusia:

You’ll explore the city with an accredited guide  who knows the place like the back of their hand and who is more than happy to answer any questions you might have

You’ll learn about local history and have fun at the same time , exploring places you’ve read about in your schoolbooks (and maybe spotted in a movie or two)

If you like, we can also give you  our expert tips  on the best places to visit, or our favourite spots to enjoy Andalusia’s delicious gastronomy

All this, plus a  friendly, relaxed vibe . After all, we’re here to have a good time, right?

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Don’t just take our word for it: here are some thoughts from past visitors to our free tours of Andalusia

Black Beard – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pros: Quality, Responsiveness, Professionalism, Value for money.

I went on the free tour of Malaga with some friends. Our guide was Cristina and she was great. She talked about history, quirky anecdotes… the tour was very relaxed; the 2 hours flew by. We left the city feeling like Malaga locals.

Diego – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pros: Quality, Responsiveness, Professionalism

We had a great time. Cristina is very friendly and professional, she shared lots of stories and curiosities about the city. The tour is comprehensive and entertaining, it doesn’t feel like a dull history class. Watch out, she asks questions 😛 I recommend it 100%.

Jesus Arcas – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Excellent experience! The tour was very entertaining and covered the city’s history and and eccentricities, we had a fantastic morning.

Very professional guide, 100% recommendable.

Marta Alés – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A tour that’s well worth doing. The guide is very professional, and sparks a fascination with the city in each one of her guests.

I highly recommend her for her enjoyable company and her obvious experience.

Join our free tours and discover Malaga’s historic centre

Remember to reserve your spot, free tour of malaga city centre.

On this tour, you’ll discover the must-see attractions of Malaga’s historic city centre.

 Itinerary:

  • Marqués de Larios statue (Calle Larios)
  • Malaga Park
  • Pasaje Chinitas
  • Calle Alcazabilla
  • Plaza de la Merced
  • Iglesia de Santiago
  • Picasso Museum
  • Plaza del Obispo
  • Plaza de la Constitución
  • Calle Larios

1st tour 10:00 

2nd tour 12:30

3rd tour 17:00*

* In April and May the evening tour is at 18:00 and from June to September is at 19:00  to have a cooler visit.

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Important: your guide will be holding a yellow umbrella to make them easy to spot 😉

Or discover malaga’s alcazaba and roman theatre, choose the day and time to suit you (entrance fees included), free tour of malaga’s alcazaba and roman theatre.

A trip through time, from the Roman Empire to the caliphate of Al-Andalus

  •   Roman Theatre

Tickets for Alcazaba are not included.

Price per person is payable directly to the ticket desk at the entrance.

(Adults €3,5 and Child from 6 to 15 years old €1,5)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 10:30

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 12:30

Your free tour of Andalusia starts right here

Relax, we’ll show you the best the city has to offer.

Forget about trawling the internet for ideas and let us do all the work

Discover Andalusia with accredited local guides

You can rest assured that you’ll receive a high-quality experience

Share your tour with whoever you like

With friends, family, as a couple or as a solo traveller looking to meet new people, whatever works for you!

Frequently asked questions

What happens if i can’t travel due to covid-19 restrictions.

Don’t worry, you can send us an email to cancel your tour or move it to another date. You’ll make it here sooner or later!

How many cities do you operate in?

For the moment, our free tours of Andalusia are based around the city of Malaga, but we’re going to expand very soon to Sevilla and Cordoba.

Do the guides receive a salary beyond the tips they get from the free tours?

In the free tour model, guides only receive the tips they earn during the tour – they don’t have a fixed salary. That’s why it’s important for each person to appreciate the work the guides do, within the restrictions of their own budget.

I’m from Malaga myself. I’d like to learn a bit about the history of my city, or come along with a friend who’s here to visit. Do I still have to pay?

Our free tours aren’t just aimed at tourists. Anyone can come along with us to enjoy the city, and the same terms and conditions apply to everyone. What you’re paying for is the guide, and they’re going to do just as good a job whether you’re from Malaga or not.

Can people with mobility issues take part in the tours?

Yes, our tours are accessible for everyone.

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  • Places to visit
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Our capitals

Much more than cities

Province of Almeria

  • Almería y su Entorno
  • Alpujarra Almeriense/Río Nacimiento
  • Cabo de Gata y Níjar
  • Costa de Almería
  • Sierra de los Filabres
  • Sierra de María/Los Velez
  • Valle de Almanzora

Province of Cadiz

  • Costa de la Luz (Cádiz)
  • Campo de Gibraltar/Los Alcornocales
  • Jerez de la Frontera
  • Pueblos Blancos/Sierra de Grazalema

Province of Cordoba

  • Córdoba y su Entorno
  • Córdoba y la Zona del Guadalquivir
  • La Campiña (Córdoba)
  • Alto Guadiato
  • La Subbética
  • Los Pedroches

Province of Granada

  • Altiplano de Granada
  • Costa Tropical y Valle de Lecrín
  • Hoya de Guadix y Marquesado
  • La Vega y la Campana
  • El Poniente Granadino
  • Granada y Sierra Nevada
  • La Alpujarra

Province of Huelva

  • Andévalo y Parque Minero
  • Doñana y Entorno
  • Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche
  • Costa de la Luz (Huelva)
  • Huelva y Lugares Colombinos
  • Niebla y el Condado

Province of Jaen

  • Jaén y Entorno
  • Sierra Morena/Sierras de Andújar y Despeñaperros
  • Sierra Mágina

Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas

  • Úbeda/Baeza
  • Sierra Sur y Campiña de Jaén

Province of Malaga

  • Axarquía/Costa del Sol Oriental
  • Antequera y Entorno
  • Costa del Sol Occidental
  • Málaga y Entorno
  • Serranía de Ronda/Valle del Genal
  • Valle del Guadalhorce

Province of Seville

  • El Aljarafe
  • La Marisma/Bajo Guadalquivir
  • La Vega del Guadalquivir
  • Sevilla y Entorno
  • Sierra Norte

Main attractions

Mezquita de Córdoba

Alcazaba de Málaga

Jaén Cathedral

Cádiz Cathedral

Muelle de las Carabelas

Alcazaba de Almería

Alhambra y Generalife

Andalusia's Natural Treasures

Cerro del Hierro

Duna de Bolonia

Caminito del Rey

Georuta Desierto de Gorafe

La Geoda de Pulpí

Gruta de las Maravillas

Tinto River

Los Alcornocales

Sierra Nevada

Sierras Subbéticas

Torcal de Antequera

Despeñaperros

  • Costa del Sol
  • Costa de la Luz- Cadiz
  • Costa de la Luz-Huelva
  • Costa Tropical
  • Blue Flag beaches
  • Gastronomic Activities
  • Michelin Star

Cultural Tourism

  • Adapted Golf
  • Pitch & Putt

Nature Areas

  • Leisure Parks
  • Health and Beauty

Places of leisure

Offers and Experiences

Astrotourism - Star Tourism

Tourist Routes

Andalucía a caballo

Meetings and congresses

  • Spanish language schools

Cyclotourism

Andalusia made to measure

With the family

Digital and energetic nomad

Andalusia all year round

Summer in Andalusia

Autumn in Andalusia

Christmas in Andalusia

Andalusia in Spring

How to get around in Andalusia

Come by air, by boat or by land

Transport companies in Andalusia

  • Practical information

Where to sleep?

Hotel-Apartment

Housing for tourism purposes

Rural House

Country House Lodge

Rural Resort

Campsites and overnight parking

Youth Hostel

Boarding House

Where to eat ?

  • Restaurants

Gourmet markets

Things to do

Ideas for your trip

Publications and Brochures

City brochures

Coast leaflets

Area brochure

Specialised brochures

Folletos genéricos

Provincial leaflets

Specialised books

What is NAC?

How does NAC work?

How to create offers in NAC ?

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Perfect andalusia road trip: 10 day itinerary.

Perfect Andalusia Road Trip 10 Day Itinerary

It’s my absolute favourite part of Spain, and there’s no doubt that the most southerly region of this country – Andalusia – is a favourite for many other travellers too.

But what’s the best way to take in the diversity and drama of this unique area I hear you cry!

Well the answer is via an Andalusia road trip of course… alternatively known as an Andalucian road trip if you want to spell it the Spanish way!

With a fascinating history that charts the rise of both Moorish and Catholic empires, along with some of the oldest and grandest heritage sites in Europe, one of the strongest cultural identities in Spain, great hiking trails and a whole load of tapas and flamenco thrown in for good measure, not to mention the beautiful beaches – there’s no question Andalusia packs a serious travel punch.

You could easily spend months exploring the region but, as few of us have this much time at our disposal, I’ve compiled this epic 10 day Andalusia road trip itinerary to help you see the best of it care of an easy day by day guide.

Its’ time to get exploring…

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When to Road Trip Andalusia?

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But before we launch into the day to day itinerary for your southern Spanish road trip, it’s worth taking a bit of time first to think about when to plan this adventure for.

And no question in my mind, that the best time to visit Andalusia is either during the spring months of April, May & June or in the autumn months of September and October.

During both these seasons, you’ll experience delightfully warm weather that will allow you to take full advantage of the region’s beauty at its best, without wilting in the summer heat, which regularly sees temperatures in excess of 40 degrees celsius.

Quite simply, sightseeing (or driving for that matter) when it’s this hot is just no fun, so sticking to the months either side of the peak summer is your best bet here.

These so-called “shoulder” months are also likely to be quieter, meaning thinner crowds and better prices, as long as you avoid peak times like Easter or school holidays, so do make sure you check when these dates fall and skip them!

How Long to Road Trip Andalusia For?

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As I mentioned in the intro to this article, you could easily spend months exploring Andalusia and still not see it all, so when I talk about timeframes, I’m aware I need to be realistic and consider the amount of time most people have for their Andalusian road trip.

And for that reason, I’ve settled on 10 days, which you’ll soon discover in more detail care of the day by day itinerary I’ve outlined below.

If you’d rather not hire a car to see Andalusia, then this 10 day guided tour is the perfect alternative. It covers the exact same itinerary but removes the stress of having to drive in a foreign country, which sounds very appealing to me!

That said however, if you did have a bit more time, you could easily extend this itinerary to 14 days by adding on the destinations of Jerez and Cadiz – both historic cities in Andalusia that each deserve at least a day of your time.

And if you’re really keen on the beach and a bit of ritz, then Marbella is a good coastal addition too!

Otherwise, if you’re looking to go the other way and shorten your Andalusia road trip itinerary from 10 to 7 days, I recommend casting your eyes over the itinerary below to see which spots appeal to you the least – you can then shorten your stay in these spots by a night or 2 and clawback 3 days to give you a week’s itinerary instead!

Where to Begin Your Andalusia Road Trip?

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And now it’s time to launch into this southern Spain itinerary and look first at the best place to begin (and likely end) your Andalusia road trip.

And in my opinion, the best place to do that is Malaga… for a number of reasons….

#1 First up, Malaga has some really excellent car hire places that offer some of the best deals going, which makes for a delightfully affordable road trip experience.

Thrifty Car Hire offer some good deals across Spain generally, but it’s Malaga-based Wiber Car Rental who always tend to offer the best prices in my opinion. A smaller, Spanish company, their online booking system is easy and their staff at the depots are always very friendly and speak great English.

#2 The second reason I recommend beginning your Andalusia road trip in Malaga is because this city is easy to get to.

Yes Malaga has both a bus and train station, with regular arrivals from around Andalusia and Spain.

From either the train or the bus station (they are pretty close to each other), it’s then just a quick and easy taxi ride to the city centre – Uber is the cheapest option and fares cost around 7€.

When it comes to booking train and bus journeys to Malaga, I highly recommend Trainline , as they make it easy, quick and simple to compare hundreds of rail and coach journeys to the city from across Spain and Europe.

Otherwise, if you’re arriving into Malaga from further afield, it’s great to know there’s also a good international airport just outside the city with regular flights from London, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, Rome and many other destinations.

As always, I suggest using Skyscanner to find the best flight prices as they include budget airlines in their searches too.

From the airport, it’s then easy to catch a bus or a train to the city centre of Malaga and your accommodation.

#3 And the third reason I recommend beginning your Andalusian road trip in Malaga is because you can’t beat starting and ending a holiday at the coast in my opinion, and this city is the perfect spot for that!

After all, to get the best deal on your hire car it’s likely you’ll need to take it back to the spot you hired it from, and what better place to end up sipping a Tinto Verano and watching the sunset, than over the Mediterranean?!

Day 1-3: Malaga

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Stay: Hotel Palacete de Alamos

So now that we’ve ascertained Malaga is the best place to begin your Andalusian road trip, it makes sense to kick off this itinerary there.

An absolutely delightful city full of history, great museums, fab restaurants and a vibrant, authentic culture (who knew?!), Malaga’s main beach – La Malagueta – is an easy walk from the city centre and the perfect spot to spend your first afternoon / evening after you arrive in the city and check-in to your accommodation. Don’t miss sampling the freshly grilled sardines here or catching the sunset with a cerveza!

Your second (and first full day) in Malaga should then be given over to exploring the historic centre of this city, including its great museums (the Picasso Museum is my fav), the Cathedral, the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle.

For more info about the best attractions in this city (as well as the top places to eat and stay) check out these Malaga articles I wrote…

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And then on your last day here, it’s time to get out and about for the first time and head beyond the city to explore some of the top day trips around Malaga.

For beach lovers, there’s plenty of good options to explore that are accessible by bus (if you haven’t picked up the rental car yet). Check out my top 7 picks here .

Otherwise, for the hikers among you, you can’t miss heading out to trek through the amazing and adrenaline-raising suspended walkway of Caminito Del Rey.

Given the nature of this adventurous hike, only limited numbers are allowed daily. You’ll therefore need to book your tickets weeks (or even months) in advance.

This top-rated tour includes entrance to the walk, as well an English-speaking guide, which comes highly recommended!

Day 4: Ronda

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And now we move onto day 4 of this Andalusian road trip and it’s time to really hit the road!

The first place to head for is the beautiful town of Ronda, which lies about 100km west of Malaga in a drive that will take you around an hour and a half to complete.

Driving is simple, mostly along the A-367 and A-357, but setting off early will get you to Ronda will plenty of time to explore the small historic centre of this charming cobbled town.

While the town is definitely worth some of your time, it’s really the views from Ronda’s famous bridge – el Puente Nuevo – that make this place stand out, and I highly recommend a hike through the lovely landscape here to take in the view of the bridge from loads of different angles… not just the top of it!

Learn more in this post I wrote about the best way to visit Ronda’s bridge and to take in the magnificent views!

After a good day sightseeing and, hopefully hiking, it’s time to chill out with some good tapas and enjoy the lowkey Ronda vibes, especially after all the day-trippers have left.

Day 5-6: Seville

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Stay: Hotel Cetina Sevilla

From Ronda, it’s then time to press on further west to the capital of Andalusia – the elegant and regal city of Seville. Historic and grand, it’s fascinating how different to Malaga it feels!

Learn about the best way to get from Ronda to Seville in this article I wrote and once you arrive into the city, I recommend finding your top Seville Airbnb and dumping the bags first!

After all, Seville is one of Spain’s hottest cities and you do not want to be lugging your stuff around with you!

Once you’re all checked in and refreshed, it’s then time to hit up the Seville streets and get your sightsee game on!

With a day and a half left here, you’ve got enough time to do it all, but don’t miss the Triana district, the Setas de Sevilla or the city’s amazing Cathedral and Giralda Tower.

Learn more about all these places and the best way to get tickets in this post about my 19 fave things to do in Seville .

Day 7: Córdoba

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Then, after a couple of days in Seville, it’s time to continue on your Andalusia road trip to another historic city, this time it’s Córdoba.

Originally a Roman settlement, Córdoba sits on the banks of the river Guadalquivir (the one that also runs through Seville) and is famous for its Mezquita-Cathedral, which is an amazing piece of Moorish architecture that’s now UNESCO-listed.

A former Mosque and now Cathedral it belies much of the history of the region and is a prominent historic attraction across Spain.

Stunningly beautiful, the minaret was converted to a bell tower when the structure became a Christian place of worship in the 13 th century.

I highly recommend taking a guided tour of the Mezquita-Cathedral, so that a) you can really learn about what you are seeing and b) because most guided tours include skip-the-line tickets , which is definitely what you need with only an afternoon here to enjoy it!

Once you’ve finished exploring this icon, you should then have a few hours left to wander the rest of this heritage destination before finding somewhere to stay for the night.

Check out these other top things to do in Cordoba for more ideas.

Day 8-10: Granada

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Stay: Catalonia Granada

And finally we come to the last destination on this Andalusian road trip itinerary and that is the magnificent city of Granada.

Another historic gem, this traveller favourite lies to the southeast of Cordoba and should only take you a little over 2 hours to drive to from there.

When you arrive, check into your Granada Airbnb and spend the rest of the day exploring this gorgeous city including its Cathedral, tapas bars and great sunset lookout.

Get all my top recommendations in this post .

Then on day 2 in Granada, it’s time to tackle the magnificent gem that is the Alhambra – and what a way to round up your time in Andalusia!

Another UNESCO beauty and former palace of the Moorish rulers, you need to allow the best part of a whole day to explore this glorious site in all its splendour.

For more information about what times to visit the Alhambra, the best way to buy tickets and my other hot hacks, check out this article I wrote all about it, otherwise, the only key thing to know is that you just have to go and you have to take your camera!

Alhambra tickets should be bought in advance and should include the Nasrid Palaces.

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And finally, on day 10 of your Andalusia road trip itinerary, you’ll need to head back to Malaga, but not before either a detour to enjoy the beaches and snorkelling opps in Nerja or to the beautiful hills and hiking possibilities of the Sierra Nevada.

Both are easily accessible from Granada and make for a great day trip before you head back to Malaga to return your rental car and finish your magical time in Southern Spain.

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5 Packing Essentials for Andalusian Road Trips

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Travel Money for Andalusia

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When it comes to paying for things in Andalusia, you want to ensure you’re not being charged overseas transaction fees or getting poor exchange rates when using your card abroad, which is why I always take my Wise Card away with me wherever I travel.

The easy way to spend abroad with real exchange rates, no markups, no sneaky transaction fees and a free Euros account, you can use your Wise card just like a debit card in Spain… and it links easily with Google and Apple pay – sold!

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Where to Travel After Andalusia?

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If you still have time for more travelling after Andalusia (and lucky you if so!), then you may want to head Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia – all top destinations within Spain that can easily be reached via car or train.

Check out these articles for some great inspiration…

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Tell me, which is your fav destination on this list?

Or do you have other top Andalusian places to visit? I’d love to hear about them for my next trip!

Just drop them into the comments below if so…

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11 days – Explore Andalucia by car

Explore the best of Andalusia in this itinerary from the historic and cultural cities of Seville, Cordoba, Granada, and Málaga to the famous stretch of the Costa del Sol including the luxurious resort town of Marbella, the white-washed villages of Ronda, Mijas, Casares and Setenil de las Bodegas, the seaside town of Cádiz and the town of Jerez de la Frontera, the home of Flamenco in this itinerary. The freedom of having a car at your disposal lets you discover the lesser known towns and villages and experience the scenic beauty of the real Andalucia.

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Day 1-2: marbella.

Arrive at Málaga airport and transfer to your resort in the seaside town of Marbella , known for the luxurious life style it offers (60 kms/55 mins). Spend the next 2 days relaxing on the beach, exploring its charming old town or visit the famous marina of Puerto Banús (located around 15 mins outside of Marbella town), full of luxury yachts, haute cuisine restaurants and exclusive designer boutiques. Overnight in Marbella.

Day 3: Full day trip to Ronda & Setenil de las Bodegas

Today, after picking up the rent a car, visit the typical Andalucian town of Ronda (64 kms/1 hr 15 mins) and take a walk along its cobbled streets and the stunning New Bridge spanning the El Tajo gorge. Just 5 kms outside the city is the Reservatauro , a breeding farm of fighting bulls and pure Andalusian horses, where you may wish to stop for a guided visit.

Head further north to the striking white town of Setenil de las Bodegas (18 kms/30 mins). Its most unique feature are the homes built into the rock such that it appears like rows of houses supporting the rock from which they have been dug – a sight to capture!  Head back to Marbella (75 kms/1 hr 20 mins). Overnight in Marbella.

Day 4: Full day trip to Costa del Sol beaches & Mijas/Casares

Head out to the famous beach resorts of Benalmadena , Torremolinos , or Estepona that make up the most visited coastline in Spain – the Costa del Sol . Enroute, stop at the quintessentiall Andalucian white village of Mijas (Marbella – Mijas (34 kms/30 min) – Benalmadena (15 kms/25 mins)). Or if headed to Estepona, don’t forget to visit another lovely white village - Casares (Marbella – Estepona (33kms/30mins) – Casares (16 kms/25 mins)). Overnight in Marbella.

Day 5: Marbella – Cádiz

Drive along the coast to Tarifa , the southern most tip of Europe and where the Mediterranean sea meets the Atlantic Ocean (103 kms/1 hr 20 mins). Explore this small Arabic laid-back town with miles of sandy beaches offering excellent whale-watching opportunities. Continue to the ancient port city of Cádiz (104 kms/1.5 hrs). Visit Plaza de San Juan de Dios and El Pópulo, one of the most beautiful old quarters in Andalucia, the colourful Central market and the famous beaches of La Caleta and Victoria. Overnight in Cádiz.

Day 6: Cádiz - Seville

Leave the seaside town of Cadiz and visit Jerez de la Frontera/Jerez (36 kms/30 mins), the home of the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art and Flamenco. Wander the meandering the streets of its Old Town and if visiting on certain days of the week, enjoy the ‘How the Andalusian Horses Dance’ show at the School. Continue to the capital of Andalusia, Seville (92 kms/1 hr 10 mins). In the evening, don’t forget to take in an exhilarating Flamenco performance. Overnight in Seville.

Day 7: Seville

Spend the day exploring Seville . Home to a multitude of cultures over centuries, one can visit its Cathedral and admire its lovely bell tower, the Giralda, or the stunning palace complex of the Reales Alcázares or get lost in the charming Santa Cruz district, a maze of little streets and whitewashed houses. Overnight in Seville.

Day 8: Full day trip to Cordoba

Visit the World Heritage city of Cordoba today (145 kms/1 hr 45 mins). Once the capital of the Umayyad caliphate, Cordoba is home to the stunning Great Mosque of Cordoba. Step back in history, as you walk around the old Jewish quarter, stop for a picture on the Roman bridge, offering splendid views of the city, discover the colourful patios/courtyards full of flowering plants or enjoy an equestrian show at the Royal Stables. Overnight in Seville.   

Day 9: Cordoba – Granada

Drive to Granada , located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and an hour from the sea (208 kms/2 hrs 20 mins). In the evening, visit the gypsy quarter, the Sacramonte district, known for its cave houses and flamenco dancing. Known for the UNESCO World Heritage site of the beautiful Alhambra Palace & Generalife gardens and the Albaicin district, Granada is a rich cultural city with a wonderful and lively atmosphere, full of tapas bars and Arab inspired tea rooms. Overnight in Granada

Day 10: Granada - Málaga

Today, drive to the capital of the Costa del Sol, Málaga , a lovely port city that is brimming with history and culture from the Alcazaba to the Roman theatre and the Picasso museum (124 kms/1 hr 30 mins). Don’t forget to hit the shops offering everything from Andalusian handicrafts to high end fashion and enjoy the lively nightlife the city offers! Overnight in Málaga.

Day 11: Málaga

Drop of the car and take the flight back home from Málaga Airport.

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Marbella Port

Marbella and Costa del Sol

60 kilometres from Malaga is Marbella, one of Spain’s most glamorous and luxurious towns.

New Bridge. Ronda

About 60 kilometres from Marbella, the views of the town’s New Bridge over the Tagus are spectacular.

 Jerez Cathedral

Jerez de la Frontera

170 kilometres from Marbella, the city is famous for the horse shows at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.

Torre del Oro (Seville)

This beautiful city is the capital of Andalusia. You can get there from Madrid in two and a half hours on the AVE high-speed train.

 Great Mosque of Cordoba

It takes just over an hour and a half to reach the city from Madrid in the AVE high-speed train. It is most famous for its Grand Mosque.

View of the Alhambra from San Nicolás

Known for its wealth of cultural activities, its wonderful atmosphere and its most iconic heritage site, the Alhambra.

Aerial view of Malaga

On the Costa del Sol, just three hours from Madrid on the AVE high-speed train.

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  • Isabelle Hoyne
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Pulling together the perfect southern Spain itinerary can be testing – I remember feeling overwhelmed when first sitting down to plan my trip to Andalucia – and you might be feeling this way too. This is a long one, but stick with me and by the end, you’ll know how to craft the perfect Andalucia itinerary!

I close my eyes and I am back there – flashes of orange blossoms, dusty, white towns that teeter on the precipice of yawning gorges, the solitary echo of footsteps on ochre-hued streets at siesta time. 

I taste the salty tang of Manchego cheese as it hits my tongue and squint my eyes in the bleached light of the midday sun, as I am once again immersed in the kaleidoscope of experiences that make up a road trip in Andalucia . 

Andalucia is famous for its shoreline – along its fringes are the beaches of the Costa del Sol, firm-favourite of many a package holiday fan. 

Its gateway is the port city of Malaga, but to step inside the interior of this region is to discover its beating, cultural heart and the very best of Southern Spain.

Our route first took us from the coast to the sweeping arches of the Puente Nuevo at Ronda, and on then to cosmopolitan Seville , capital city of Andalusia.

From here we journeyed our way further through southern Spain to gawp at La Mezquita in Cordoba before finishing at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, racking up our step count at Granada’s Alhambra .

Since initially writing this Andalucia itinerary guide, I’ve spent a number of months living in the marvellous metropolis that is Seville. I’ve fallen even further under Andalusia’s charms and hope to help you do the same through this comprehensive guide.

I understand that time constraints may be different for all readers of this post, and so below, I have outlined a variety of proposed itineraries depending on number of days you have available.

Further on in the post, I lay out my recommendations for each destination mentioned. Happy planning!

Essential links for booking your Andalucia trip

Search for and book flights via  Skyscanner Book your car rental via Rentalcars Make sure to book in advance: ☆ Make sure to book tickets to the Alhambra well in advance, that include entry to the Nasrid Palaces as visitor numbers are limited daily. To get the most from your visit, book a small group guided tour or alternatively, a private tour . ☆ The Seville Super Combi Pass offers a discounted bundle price for access to the Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda Some memorable experiences in Andalucia ☆ Arabian Baths Experience at Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus ☆ VIP early-access Alcazar of Seville tour (** editor’s choice **) ☆ Tastes, Tapas & Traditions of Seville Food Tour (great for foodies – I took this tour & loved it!) ☆ 4-WD Sierra Nevada Safari Tour (Granada) ☆ White Villages from Ronda – Wine & Tapas by E-Bike Recommended hotels : Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria (Ronda hotel with spectacular views) // Soho Boutique Hotel (luxe for less, Seville) // Villa Oniria (boutique beauty I stayed in, Granada) // H10 Palacio Colomera (reasonably priced Cordoba luxury hotel with pool) Best Andalucia vacation rentals : take a look at the most popular apartments & houses

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Andalusia’s history is a long one.

For millennia these lands have attracted a diverse range of people. From early, pre-Christian metalworkers to the Phoenicians, the Romans to the Moors, Andalusia finally found itself in the hands of the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, when it then became the nucleus of Spanish trade with the New World in the 16th century.

Responsible also for the Reconquista , they made it their business to either convert to Christianity or expel from Spain its Muslim and Jewish occupants.  

Each ruling dynasty left its mark on the region. Possibly the most unique and lasting legacy is that of the Moors – in fact, flamenco, one of Andalusia’s most distinct cultural outputs, finds its origins in Arabic roots.

Arabic influence on Andalusian architecture is also extremely distinct in this region, presenting a magical hybrid of Moorish and Spanish qualities (called ‘ Mudejar ’) that won’t be seen anywhere else in the world.

The perfect destination for those looking to immerse themselves in local culture, be wowed by architectural diversity and uniqueness and spend a good deal of time in tapas bars swilling local wine, an Andalucia road trip needs to make its way onto every traveller’s southern Spain itinerary .  

Planning your Andalucia road trip

Before embarking on our Andalusia road trip , it took a little bit of head scratching and quite a bit of research in order to answer all questions and decide on a route and itinerary for the trip. 

Where should I base myself in Andalucia and how much time did I need? Is it safe to self drive in Spain? Is it possible to get around Andalucia by train? You will likely have the same questions, so let me answer these for you below!

As with a lot of destinations, the shoulder months of April/May and September/October make for a great time to visit Andalucia, with average daily temperatures of anywhere between 20-30 degrees celsius (68-86 Fahrenheit).

I’ve visited Seville during May/June and temperatures sat at around 27/28 degrees celsius each day.

I would highly recommend that you avoid visiting at the peak of summer, particularly July and August, as the temperatures in places such as Seville can soar to a blistering 40 degrees celsius (104 fahrenheit) or more.

Bear in mind that the temperatures will vary from place to place – Seville, for example, will be milder than Ronda and Granada.

I spent a week in Andalucia across the New Year period and found it to be an excellent time to visit.

Conditions ranged from ‘short-sleeve weather’ in Seville, to ‘wear a coat weather’ in Granada, but there was sunshine everywhere we went and minimal rain (especially compared to home- Ireland! ) which makes Andalucia a very attractive winter sun destination in Europe.

I looked into buses, trains and hiring a car in Andalucia as a means of completing our southern Spain itinerary. We opted in the end to hire a car. My reasons for this:

Getting around Andalucia by train

Train routes in Andalucia are good, with fast AVE trains linking Malaga, Seville and Cordoba.

They don’t, however, work out very well when trying to incorporate Ronda and any of the White Villages into your itinerary and you have a little less flexibility if you want to venture off the beaten path outside of Andalucia’s larger urban centres.

Price wise too, when I looked at the cost of train tickets for two travellers and compared to hiring a car, there was little in the difference. Weighing it up, it was worth the flexibility of having a car at our disposal for our particular itinerary.

If it makes sense for your itinerary, though, train is still a solid option and you can check times and book tickets here .  

Getting around Andalucia by bus

Travelling around Andalucia by bus is also an option, but not one I opted for. Like the train, you’re tied to bus schedules and bus station drop off/pick up routes.

Personally, too, I just prefer to travel by car (or train), but if you would prefer to travel by bus then you can search for and book your tickets here.

Hiring a car for an Andalusia road trip

If you have decided that hiring a car is a good move for you too, then wonderful – let your Southern Spain road trip begin!

I suggest hiring something that’s not too much on the large side and that is comfortable enough for the longer stretches but small enough to navigate the often minimal spaces of narrow, cobbled city centre streets and car parks. 

I always use rentalcars.com when hiring a car abroad. I like them for the following reasons:

  • You can compare all car rental companies in a given destination. They also have superior filtering options too, so you really can drill down to what you’re looking for – even to the deposit amount and payment type. 
  • All the info you need for your relevant booking can subsequently be found in their convenient app – no print outs necessary.
  • You can often amend/cancel your booking with no additional charges.

Driving in Andalucia during your itinerary for southern Spain- what you need to know

If you’ve ascertained that renting a car is the best way for you to get around Andalucia for your southern Spain itinerary, what else do you need to know?

Road conditions in Andalucia : the conditions of the roads in Andalucia are very good. Much of the road between main cities is motorway and when not, single lanes are wide and easy to navigate.

Driving distances and time : one thing I loved about our itinerary for Southern Spain was that there was never too much driving between locations.

As a rough guide, here is a summary of the time we spent transferring between cities (departing from and arriving to city centre locations in each):

  • Malaga Airport to Ronda: 1 hr 15 mins
  • Ronda to Seville: 1 hr 45 mins
  • Seville to Cordoba: 1 hr 40 mins
  • Cordoba to Granada: 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Granada to Malaga Airport: 1 hr 25 mins

Provided that you leave at a sensible time and aim to arrive at your next stop in the same vein (i.e. not during the middle of rush hour traffic), the times provided by Google Maps between destinations are accurate and can be relied upon.

Parking is often not included in hotel rates, and is usually available at a nearby secure, underground car park.

Rather than source your own car parking (which might end up being far from your accommodation on the outskirts of town), I’d recommend taking the hit on this for peace of mind while driving a rental car in an unknown city.

It usually costs around €25-30 per day.

Is driving in Andalucia easy?

Driving in Andalucia really doesn’t pose too many problems. The roads we encountered were all high quality and we ran into no logistical issues when using Google Maps – once we followed the route provided we ended up where we needed to be.

Cities will be busy – Seville is a little tricky, as you first need to navigate larger intersections as you make your way towards the centre and then narrow streets once you go further in. Granada was much the same, although on a lesser scale.

We got caught out driving into the centre of Cordoba – there is a local access only zone that is controlled by electronic bollards so if your accommodation is in the old centre, arrange entry into the area in advance with your accommodation.

All in all though, a fairly straightforward driving experience as things go.

How long is a piece of string?! The charms of this region are plentiful and far reaching. To really cover a good chunk of the region of Andalucia as opposed to a city or two, then you need at least one week in Andalucia for it to be worth your while.

You want to allow for at least 2-3 days per stop (with a couple of exceptions requiring less time), so keep that in mind when crafting your Andalusia itinerary .

Personally, I spent a week in Andalucia and would have loved to extend my time there by another few days if I could.

I’ve included my 7 day Andalucia itinerary below, along with how I recommend organising your time should you have 10 days to spend in Andalucia. I’ve also included a 14 day Southern Spain itinerary as well.

  • Ronda (2 nights)
  • Seville (2 nights)
  • Cordoba (1 night)
  • Granada (2 nights)

A 7 day Andalucia itinerary allows you to get a real flavour of the region.

You will find yourself on the road at least every second day or so of the trip, but as I’ve mentioned above, journey times between destinations in Andalucia aren’t too long, so this won’t be too arduous. 

If you use the itinerary above in the given order (assuming most will be flying into/out of Malaga airport – so this is your starting point), you will be able to fit in many highlights of the region.

Each of the cities above are key points of interest in Andalusia and they are all also unique to each other, allowing you to uncover much of Andalucia in 7 days .

  • Ronda & the White Villages (3 nights)
  • Seville (3 nights)
  • Malaga (1 night)

10 days in Andalucia will allow you to take some more time to explore the region a little more slowly. Rather than add in additional destinations, I’ve instead expanded on the 7 day itinerary to allow you a better immersion in those places I feel warrant more time. 

I’ve given an additional day in Ronda so you can explore the unique White Villages in the area.

Seville too gets an extra night – I’ve stayed in Seville for a week before and didn’t run out of things to do, so the 10 day Andalucia itinerary above allows a little more time to uncover the delights of my favourite Spanish city. 

Finally, I’ve ended this 10 day Andalucia itinerary in Malaga.

Instead of making your way straight to the airport, take a day to explore Malaga as a variation for this itinerary for southern Spain – perhaps visit an art gallery, admire the orange trees in Plaza de los Naranjos, or take a well earned dip in the Mediterranean Sea! 

  • Granada (3 nights)
  • Nerja (3 nights)

Your two week Andalucia itinerary builds on the 10 day route. Key changes include an additional night in Granada to allow for a day to visit the Sierra Nevada mountains (for skiing in winter or beautiful hikes in summer) and 3 nights in Nerja to slow down, grab a sun lounger and relax on the beach.

Yes, while having 14 days in Andalucia potentially means that you can cram in more destinations and stops, I know from experience that trying to cram in more does not usually result in a superior trip – the opposite.

In fact – so slow down, immerse yourself in each of your stops and don’t come back from your trip more exhausted than when you left for it! 

Trust me, Andalucia is a region that needs to be explored slowly, as much of this journey is about the experience in itself. 

While it wouldn’t be my recommended way to do it, as I prefer the flexibility of having a car, I understand that this might not be practical for everyone. It is definitely possible to undertake the above itineraries by train, with a little tweaking. 

Book your train tickets in advance here , especially if you are travelling during peak times.

You will be able to complete the loop of Malaga-Seville-Cordoba-Granada-Nerja-Malaga by train – the only thing you would miss out on would be overnighting in Ronda.

I really, really, would recommend visiting Ronda if you can (it’s very different to all of the cities), so there is a way to circumnavigate this conundrum by allocating your night in Ronda as an additional night in Seville and undertaking a guided day trip to Ronda and the White Villages from Seville.  

Building your Southern Spain itinerary – places to visit

So now that we’ve covered off where you should go, what is there to see in each of these places?

In this next section, I’m going to touch on some recommendations for each of the destinations that I mentioned on the 7, 10 and 14 day Andalucia itineraries above. 

I’m not going to provide you with one of those “on day 1, go to this place at 9am, followed by the next place at 11.15am” style itineraries – this is a holiday, not a military operation and Andalusia is a place that encourages you to relax!

I think it’s far more enjoyable to have a ‘menu’ of things to do in a place to have at your fingertips, depending on how you feel at the time. Decide on a couple of ‘must-sees’ in advance, book your tickets, and then fit the rest in around those booked activities. 

While known for being the birthplace of modern day bullfighting, Ronda is even more iconic due to its unique situation, perched atop what seems to be the almost bottomless El Tajo gorge, across which the giant arches of the Puente Nuevo stretch, joining the old Moorish town with the ‘new’ town. 

What to see & do in Ronda

Ronda is such a picturesque and inspiring location that merely walking around it was nearly enough to keep me going! However, below are some highlights and ideas of things to see and do in Ronda.

Get acquainted with Ronda

If you’d like to get your bearings and understand the history of the place, which is very interesting, then take a walking tour on your first day. For a history lesson that’s a little more quirky, drop into the Bandit Museum , Spain’s only museum that is dedicated to bandits and highwaymen. 

Visit the Municipal Museum that is housed in Ronda’s Mondragón Palace , with moorish courtyards, stunning gardens and awe-inspiring views.

Located in the old Arabic quarter of San Miguel, pop in to visit the Arabic Baths , which were built in the 13th century and are the best preserved in Spain.

Take in the views & the famous El Tajo Gorge

Examine the star of the show in Ronda, the Puente Nuevo from all angles and at different times of the day to really get a deep sense of appreciation for the feat of engineering that it is.

Hike down the gorge from the Plaza Maria Auxiliadora in town to view the Puente Nuevo from below – just don’t think about the fact that you have to walk back up it afterwards!

Make sure to take some air too at Ronda’s Alameda de Tajo , an elegant outdoor square that leads out towards sweeping views of the El Tajo gorge.

We went for an early morning run along here, and it definitely knocked the cobwebs off!

Get familiar with the surrounding countryside

Visit some more of the famous White Villages , or Pueblos Blancos. Suggestions include Zahara de la Sierra, Setenil de las Bodegas and Grazalema.

Alternatively, you foodies out there might enjoy this alternative White Villages experience – where you take to the countryside on e-bikes and sample wine and cheese as you go!

If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie, want to take in the beautiful scenery and don’t mind getting a bit dirty, then the dramatic surroundings of the El Tajo gorge are the perfect location to do a gorge buggy tour .

Ronda bull ring

While a controversial topic and not a sport that I personally support, Ronda is famous for its bullfighting, making the Plaza dos Toros (or bullring) one of its most popular attractions. 

Where to stay in Ronda

Hotel catalonia reina victoria.

Upon pulling back the curtains and throwing open the doors of our balcony, I knew that I had chosen the right spot to stay in Ronda!

Offering absolutely insane views from the balconies of its rooms, the Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria is a Victorian style hotel that has undergone modern refurbishment.

Complete with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa and those exceptional views to boot, you really can’t go wrong with this one. 

Catalonia Ronda

I agonised between this hotel and Catalonia Reina Victoria. The Catalonia Ronda is located right in the heart of town, just across from the bull ring (Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria is 500m walk from the centre).

Boasting a rooftop pool with views into the bull ring and on towards El Tajo gorge, this is one for those who want to be slap bang in the middle of the action and are looking for a hotel in Ronda town centre.

Ah, Sevilla. This delightful, stylish, historical city is hands down my favourite in Spain and needs to find itself on every Spain travel plan. Whether it’s cultural sights, architecture, cuisine or shopping (or a healthy dose of all four) that you seek, this city really has got it all.

I’ve written all about what to do in Seville in my Seville guide , but here’s a synopsis.

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What to see & do in Seville

EDITOR’S NOTE | TakeWalks , our small-group cultural tour company of choice, have recently launched a range of tours in Seville.

These include an excellent food tour that I’ve taken, and a Seville in a Day Tour with VIP Alcazar Access . I’d highly recommend that you check them out.

Alcázar of Seville

First things first, get yourself to my favourite landmark in Seville, the Alcázar of Seville . Still in use as the King of Spain’s Seville residence, this amazing palace boasts incredible Mudejar architecture and extensive gardens. It was also featured as Dorne in Game of Thrones.

It’s super popular and also sells out early in the day, so book your skip the line tickets here . Once you see the queue that forms as the day progresses, you’ll be happy you’ve bought yours in advance, trust me!

There’s also quite a lot to take in at the Alcazar, so if you’d love to know more about it and haven’t done your reading in advance, then consider taking this small group tour, which has received over 500 5 star reviews from past guests.

If you’re looking for something really special, then consider the TakeWalks VIP early-access tour .

Seville Cathedral & Giralda

Beside the Alcazar, you will find the incredible Seville Cathedral, (which is the 3rd largest church in the whole world !), along with its iconic Giralda, which towers beautifully above the rooftops of Seville.

Again, queues get crazy long, so book a skip the line ticket in advance. When you’re done exploring the cathedral, make sure to climb La Giralda , which is the cathedral’s bell tower, for beautiful views over the city.

TOP TIP | If you plan on visiting both Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcazar, it can work out better for you to purchase a Seville Super Combi Pass . This includes skip-the-line entrance to both these attractions, plus a hop-on/hop-off bus around Seville.

You can also download audio guides for both the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Alternatively, you can book a guided tour that incorporates both the Alcazar and the Cathedral. With them located so closely together, it makes sense to visit them on the same day.

I’ve rounded up the best Seville Cathedral tours in this post – check it out!

Rooftop cocktails

All that touring is thirsty work! For those seeking a more glam viewpoint of Seville Cathedral and La Giralda, head to the rooftop bar of the EME Cathedral Hotel for cocktails. I’d highly recommend visiting at sunset.

Plaza de España & Maria Luisa Park

Another emblematic location in Seville is the expansive, fountain and tile filled Plaza de España . Try go early in the morning if you can to have more of the space to yourself, as it fills up quite quickly throughout the day.

Make sure to visit and take a stroll in the adjoining Maria Luisa Park during your time in Seville.

Explore the neighbourhoods

You could while away hours wandering the cobbled streets of Sevilla, but when you are in town, do make sure to wander through the Santa Cruz , the old Jewish quarter in the historic area around the Cathedral.

Cross the river, too, and explore some of the craft workshops of the Triana area.

Seville is the home of flamenco dancing, so it is a fitting location in which to attend a flamenco show.

This Flamenco show features 15 of Seville’s best flamenco dancers at Seville’s famous Tablao El Arenal, with a choice of three packages – show with drink, show with tapas, or show with dinner. Alternatively, you could consider TakeWalks Tapas Crawl & Flamenco experience .

Metropol Parasol

Finally, Seville is home to the very modern Metropol Parasol installation – evening time makes a great time to view this as the sun sets over Seville. If you visit early in the day, make sure to head underneath to the interior – where you’ll find an authentic food market in full swing.

Where to stay in Seville

Casa romana hotel boutique.

I had a hard time trying to find somewhere that was reasonably priced over the New Year period in Seville, that would also pass muster and my rather picky hotel standards.

Luckily, I happened upon this charming, 4 star boutique hotel after oodles of hours spent searching. 

Rooms are set around a delightful outdoor courtyard (like a Roman villa) that features a lovely, trickling water feature. There is also a rooftop terrace with a hot tub.

The street it is located on is quiet, and its position in the Old Town meant we were 15 minutes away from everything.

Hotel Alfonso XIII

If you want to splash out on a spectacular luxury hotel in Seville, then look no further than the emblematic Hotel Alfonso XIII.

Situated right beside Seville’s Royal Alcazar, the architecture and design of the hotel borrows heavily from its Mudejar-themed neighbour.

Comes with everything that you would expect a hotel of this ilk to offer.

Soho Boutique Villa

Those looking for something a little bit more affordable, but nonetheless luxe, will find that Soho Boutique Villa ticks all their boxes.

This stylish, 3 star boutique hotel features trendy rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and is located too in the old town area of Seville. 

Click here to discover a curated list of Seville holiday apartments

We arrived in Cordoba just as the sun was setting, casting a soft golden haze on the walls of the city as we made our approach from the river. Cordoba is special. For many years preceding the Reconquista, Jews, Muslims and Christains lived peacefully side-by-side. 

An important Roman city too, Cordoba is a melting pot of all these cultures. Famous also for its patios, this is a rather gorgeous and extremely atmospheric city that should not be left off any Andalucia travel itinerary.

What to see & do in Cordoba

Visit the Mosque-Cathedral

Cordoba’s Mosque-Cathedral, or ‘ La Mezquita ’ should be the first port of call when visiting Cordoba. This incredibly unique structure of a cathedral housed within a mosque is famous for its red and white arches.

If you’d like to learn more about the fascinating history of this astounding structure, this guided tour  is extremely well reviewed.

Discover the Jewish Quarter

One area of Cordoba that you need to get lost in is the Jewish quarter, or La Judería. It forms the Old Town of Cordoba and is where you will find most of the city’s main sites. 

A quick stop, but well worth popping into is the Cordoba Synagogue , which is the only existing synagogue in Andalucia. 

The Jewish Quarter is extremely interesting, so if you’d like to learn more, then it might be worth considering a combined Mosque-Cathedral and Jewish Quarter walking tour. This one is extremely well reviewed, and finishes with a tapa and a drink.

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

Another must-see in Cordoba is the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos . Having served as the residence of the Catholic kings, inside it features tranquil, Moorish patios and gardens. Climb the ramparts for views across Cordoba city.

You can book a skip the line ticket and guided tour here . You will also be able to see into the Royal Stables of Cordoba from the ramparts of the Alcazar. This is where the famous breed of Andalusian horses was created. You can visit the stables and also attend a show. 

Sample local dishes

Make sure to try Salmorejo , which is the local speciality of cold tomato soup made with bread, garlic, olive oil and vinegar and then topped with egg and ham. It might sound a little weird, but a friend of mine who lived in Cordoba encouraged me to try it and I can confirm that it is delicious!

Get acquainted with downtown Cordoba & its patios

Make sure to stop off and see some of Cordoba’s Patios! These colourful, flower-filled courtyards are dotted around the city.

Take a stroll through the Plaza de la Corredera . Nearby, you will also be able to observe, towering over the street, the columns of the Roman Temple of Cordoba .

Finally, cross the Guadalquivir River via the Roman Bridge for magnificent views back towards the old town of Seville. This bridge has been standing since before the birth of Christ!

Where to stay in Cordoba

Eurostars conquistador.

This 4 star hotel in Cordoba is where I stayed during my visit and it was absolutely perfect for one night.

Located on the opposite side of the street from the Mezquita, I could see the Mezquita’s beautiful Arabic arches illuminated at all times of the day right from my bed, which was really quite special.

At its centre is a beautiful courtyard, which was a lovely spot to grab a drink in.

Hospes Palacio del Bailio

If you are staying a little longer in Cordoba, or are looking for a luxury hotel in Cordoba, then I would opt for Hospes Palacio del Bailio.

This 5 star hotel with swimming pool is located in a 16th century former palace, with interiors that incorporate a stylish blend of both old and new. It is located in the old town and is only 1 km away from the Mezquita.

H10 Palacio Colomera

This snazzy Cordoba 4 star hotel features an outdoor plunge pool, perfect for those hotter days.

Located in the newer part of town close to the Roman Temple, it is still only 1km away from the Mezquita and the old historic area of Cordoba. 

Granada sits at the foot of the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range and is home to the Alhambra, Spain’s most popular tourist attraction.

As the former capital of Moorish Andalucia, Granada’s Alhambra really is something that needs to be seen to be believed and its presence alone in Granada justifies a visit to the city.

Related reading for Granada |

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  • Visiting the Alhambra: Complete Guide

Where to stay in Granada

What to see & do in granada.

Visit the extraordinary Alhambra

This enormous, hill-top fortress is a complex of palaces, gardens and patios – the highlight for me being the Nasrid Palaces.

There is a daily limit on ticket sales, so where you can, I advise booking your tickets months (or at the very least, weeks) in advance if you plan on going at a popular time. Make sure that you book a ticket that includes the Nasrid Palaces , as these are the first to go.

The Alhambra complex is sprawling and its history comprehensive and interesting, so it is a spot where it’s well worth getting a guide.

This small group tour is extremely well reviewed, or if you’re like me and dawdle a lot to take photos and look at things in detail, perhaps opt for a ticket with audio guide instead, so you can move at your own pace.

TOP TIP | If you forget to book your Alhambra tickets, or book your trip a little closer to the date, then it’s highly likely that Alhambra tickets that include the Nasrid Palaces will be sold our.

Scour any tours that have availability for yours dates and know that if all else fails, you have one last ditch attempt.

Each night at midnight, the official Alhambra website re-releases those tickets that have been returned for the following day (or the same day, technically, if it’s after midnight).

Act really fast the second the clock strikes midnight and you may hopefully be able to secure tickets (I did once, but only by the skin of my teeth!).

Discover Granada’s churches

Visit Granada’s Cathedral and Royal Chapel . The final resting place of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, I underestimated how interesting I would find the Royal Chapel and it was my favourite attraction in Granada after the Alhambra.

If you want to learn more about this powerful couple and their place of rest, you can book a guided tour . If baroque is your thing, then get yourself to the Basilica of San Juan de Dios .

This incredible 18th century church is swathed in gold features and frescos, and is the most important baroque church in Spain. 

Make sure to spend some time exploring the Aladdin’s cave of shops and stalls in the Albaicín district, which is Granada’s former Arabic neighbourhood. Another worthwhile thing to do in Granada is to watch the sunset from one of the mirador.

The most popular one for this is the San Nicolas Mirador , which offers spectacular views of the Alhambra.

For a memorable experience that combines both, this 5* sunset walking tour takes you through both the Albaicín and Sacromonte districts to the San Nicolas Mirador, regaling interesting facts and stories about Granada along the way.

Go shopping

Granada has an absolutely wonderful range of high street fashion stores and make up shops, with multiple Zara stores –  it’s safe to say I squished in an adequate amount of retail therapy when I was there!

Head to Calle Reyes Católicos where you will find the majority of these. There are also two El Corte Inglés in Granada.

Immerse yourself in the tradition of flamenco in Granada

The area of Sacromonte is famous for its flamenco dancing, the venues for which are often set in caves. This show takes place in a cave-restaurant, in one of Granada’s most spectacular venues.

Eat some tapas

In Granada, you get a free glass of wine when you order tapas. If you are a foodie, then this small group food tour will introduce you to Granada’s traditional products and dishes (including tapas), along with some hidden treasures.     

Visit the baths | Pay a visit to Granada’s famous ancient Arab baths, “ El Bañuelo ”. Unfortunately, these are not in use today, but if you fancy trying to Arabic bath experience for yourself to relax after all that sightseeing, you can book a traditional hammam and massage here !

Get out into the Sierra Nevada mountains | Granada is located in the shadows of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains.

Your stop in Granada would be the perfect opportunity to break up all of your city visits with some time spent in the clear mountain air. Depending on your interests, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • 4WD Sierra Nevada Safari tour
  • Sierra Nevada Small Group E-Bike Tour
  • Sunset at 2,500m in Sierra Nevada

Villa Oniria

I loved our hotel in Granada! Situated in the city centre, Villa Oniria is an elegant 4 star hotel situated in a 19th century manor house.

Set around a beautiful Andalusian courtyard, it has a plush, yet relaxed atmosphere. The location is great for exploring all the main sights of Granada. There is also a fantastic restaurant located onsite.

Alhambra Palace

If you’re looking for a 5 star hotel in Granada, I would draw your attention to the Alhambra Palace.

It’s probably a toss up for me between here and the Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula (where the entry level rooms may be a tad more modern than those of the Alhambra Palace’s equivalent), but it’s the location outside the walls of the Alhambra and the expansive views of the city that clinch this for me – I’ll take a Junior Suite with city views, please. 

Should you find yourself with more than 10 days in Andalucia, I’d recommend adding some beach time to your southern Spain trip itinerary. This will allow you a few days to kick up your  feet and relax after all your sightseeing! 

I’d recommend considering the white cobbled streets of the former fishing village of Nerja, an area far quieter than the glitzy beach clubs that run from Marbella to Puerto Banus. Conveniently, it’s just a little over an hour’s drive from Granada too.

If the glitz, glamour and beach clubs of Marbella are more your thing however, there’s nothing wrong with that! I’ve written a roundup of the best holiday villas in Marbella, which you can read here .

What to see & do in Nerja

Get some R&R

Relaxation is the aim of the game here, so get your tanning on (safely!) on one of the beaches of Nerja . Some of Nerja’s most beautiful beaches include Playa Carabeillo, Playa El Chorrillo, Playa El Cañuelo and Playa de Alberquillas. 

Explore the local area

Take a day trip to nearby Frigiliana , which is 6km away. Think pristine white buildings, cobbled streets and cute alleyways. You can also visit Visit the Nerja Caves , which stretch for almost 5km underground and have been in existence for millions of years.

They are also home to the largest stalagmite in the world. Nearby too, is the Acueducto del Águila , or Eagle Aqueduct, a very eye catching, red and yellow coloured feat of engineering located just outside of Nerja. 

Hike some of the local area covering beaches, cliffs and Moorish towers before undertaking a spot of snorkelling. If you’re feeling particularly active, you can walk the Rio Chillar gorge – just prepare to get your feet wet!

Another good hike is Il Cielo – which translates to ‘heaven’ – for breathtaking views of the sea and the expanse of the surrounding countryside. 

Where to stay in Nerja

Hotel balcón de europa .

This beachfront hotel in Nerja is built into the Balcón de Europa rock face, and enjoys direct access to Caletilla Beach.

It features an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant with stunning sea views. Opt for a room with sea views and a balcony to properly enjoy the seafront location.

Boutique holiday rental in Nerja

This nautical themed holiday rental in Nerja features a balcony with sea views, along with a pool and sun loungers.

The house is a mere 200m from the beach and it also takes less than 10 minutes on foot to reach the busy centre and its bars, restaurants and shops.

Known primarily as the gateway to the Costa del Sol when I was growing up, Marbella is in fact a city full of culture and has done a lot to shift this image in recent years.

Yes, there may still exist the dazzling lights of Malaga’s glitzy nightlife, but do remember that this too is the city that gave us Picasso.

Built atop Roman ruins and holding Moorish citadels within its embrace, this impressive city is also worth a stop on a southern Spain travel itinerary. 

What to see & do in Malaga

Stroll around the old town, and take in the Plaza de los Naranjos , a beautiful square in the old town centre that is bursting with orange trees. 

Visit the Alcazaba of Malaga . Built by the Moors in the 11th  to protect against Catholic attackers, its prime position provides magnificent views over the city and coastline. You can book a tour here . 

Visit the Roman Theatre . Having only been rediscovered in the 1950’s, the theatre is located right beside the Alcazaba and is free to visit.  This walking tour includes both the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba.

Continue up the hill past the Alcazaba to Gibralfaro Castle . Built to protect the Alcazaba, this is where you will get the best views of Malaga and can even see as far as the Strait of Gibraltar on a clear day. 

All about the views here, climb the tower of the whopping Malaga Cathedral for 360 degree views of the city!

Take a trip to the Picasso Birthplace Museum , where – you guessed it – was the place that Pablo Picasso grew up! You can book your tickets in advance here . 

Art lovers should also visit the Museo Picasso Málaga , which explores the life and art of the famous painter and includes 200 of his works of art. You can purchase tickets here . 

You can also visit one of Europe’s biggest and best botanical gardens, La Concepción should this tickle your fancy. 

Enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop bar of the La Terraza de la Alcazaba for incredible views of the city, the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle. 

Finally, if you haven’t had enough of eating throughout your Andalusia trip (or want to end your trip with a night of feasting) then I thought that this Malaga evening wine & taps tour looked rather appealing!

Featuring the city’s gourmet highlights, from a classic shop to much loved bars, you’ll taste your way through some of Malaga’s classic foods, from Iberian ham to tapas and wine.

Where to stay in Malaga

Palacio solecio, a small luxury hotel of the world.

A gorgeous, luxury 4 star hotel in the centre of Malaga. The hotel occupies a restored 18th century mansion and is a minute’s walk from Museo Picasso Málaga. 

The building and the rooms of this hotel are truly exquisite, featuring an internal courtyard with marble arches and palms.

Hotel Gran Hotel Miramar GL 

This luxurious, 5 star hotel in Malaga is situated along the seafront, offering glorious views of the ocean from some of its rooms.

A listed building, these walls have hosted many high profile visitors over the years, including Elizabeth Taylor and Ernest Hemmingway. A truly chic affair, with glorious views onto the waterfront.

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Andalusia Itinerary | The Perfect Trip For 1-2 Weeks

What is the best Andalusia itinerary? And what are the best things to do in Andalusia? These are questions we asked ourselves before our first and also our second trip to Andalusia. There are many sights to discover on the coast and in the mountains, which are best approached within 1-2 weeks with a rental car. Our own Andalusia trip was divided into 2 trips. First we spent a few days east of Malaga, then a few weeks later we visited the west of Malaga to Cadiz. With our experiences from these two road trips we have put together an itinerary through Andalusia for 1-2 weeks.

How To Travel in Andalusia?

We took a flight to the largest airport in Andalusia in just under 3 hours. In advance we booked a cheap convertible (I think a convertible is just a huge plus in sunny countries! We have also already in Croatia noticed) and were lucky enough to be upgraded to a BMW M2 convertible with leather seats and sports equipment . These were the best conditions for our Andalusia trip. You have to be lucky in life!

Even though we traveled as a couple from our point of vie Andalusia is one of best places for solo travel in Europe . Europe and especially Spain is very safe for traveling even as a female traveler.

Overnight Stay During an Andalusia Trip

For our Andalusia travel we chose a very special accommodation on our travel route. A lonely, detached house in the middle of the mountains . We didn’t have a real pool and the sea was quite far away, but we had peace, seclusion and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Our muy bueno casa was really all alone on a hill and could only be reached via a bumpy gravel road from the village in the valley.

Down in the village there was only one restaurant and a very small supermarket. But the stay there was pure relaxation. We ate breakfast on our balcony with an unobstructed view to the south, and in the evening we sat in the Hollywood swing on the terrace and looked north. The crickets chirped around us and in the distance a donkey repeatedly loudly spoke up!

Cabrio Andalusien

The way from the highway to the house was also phenomenal. The numerous curves invited to drive fast and even if Sabrina tried to make clear to me with an insistent look that she does not like my driving style, I could not deny myself the one or other fast curve.

When is the Best Time to Travel to Andalusia?

Andalusia can be visited all year round, but especially in the period from November to March you have to expect rain. The best months for an Andalusia trip are between April and June and September to October. During this time the climate is pleasantly warm and not too hot.

How Warm is it in Andalusia?

From November to April the temperatures are around 10-20 degrees, although it can rain more often during this time. May to June and September to October the temperatures are mostly around 15-25 degrees with about 10 hours of sunshine a day. The hottest months are July and August with 20 to over 30 degrees. The heat can be very oppressive during this time.

What are the Most Beautiful Destinations in Andalusia?

Andalusia in the south of Spain has a lot of different sights and highlights to offer. From the small towns with their narrow streets, the national parks with the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and the beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, there are more than enough destinations for a round trip through Andalusia for all interests.

Andalusia Itinerary

The itinerary of our Andalusia road trip can be found here:

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From Malaga, our first stop on our Andalusia trip was the town of Nerja within 1 hour. If you have enough time on your holiday you can also stay in Malaga for a couple of hours or days, as the are a lot of things to do in Malaga . If you want to explore the city of Malage you should definitely check out the best places to stay in Malaga and book yourself a nice hotel. The small coastal town of Nerja is famous among other things for the Balcón de Europa and the beach directly below. We parked in the nearby and eponymous underground garage (Google Maps link ) and walked 10 minutes to the promenade.

Day 1 | Andalusia Destinations: Nerja

Balcón de europe.

The Balcón de Europe is a rocky outcrop overlooking the Playa de la Calahonda beach below, the sea and the coast of Andalusia. While standing on the top of the cliff with the coastal wind blowing through your hair, you are completely captivated by the sight of the cliffs and the rushing sea. Along the Balcon de Europa , the coastal promenade also invites you to take a stroll, which can then be finished in the picturesque old town.

Nerja

Playa de la Calahonda

The old town of Nerja captivates with its narrow streets, houses decorated with flowers, restaurants and tapas bars, which make the Andalusian flair perfect. If you don’t feel like strolling around, you can also spend your time sunbathing on the beach. The beach Playa de la Calahonda can be reached directly from the Balcón de Europa via a small path that winds down along the rock face.

If you don’t turn off to the beach, you can walk along the lower part of the cliff wall and watch the big rocks and the rushing sea. While it is quite crowded at the top of the Balcón de Europa, here you have a bit more peace and quiet to enjoy the intoxicating atmosphere.

Hotel Recommendation in Nerja

Quiet and outside.

Andalusia Itinerary | The Perfect Trip For 1-2 Weeks

Central, cheap and beautiful

Andalusia Itinerary | The Perfect Trip For 1-2 Weeks

Day 2 | Cueva de Nerja stalactite cave

Near Nerja there is also a stalactite cave with extraordinary stalactites and stalagmites, the Cueva de Nerja. Besides the stalactites, the cave is also known for its Stone Age paintings. The cave is located about 6 km inland near the village of Maro. If you are traveling by rental car, you can reach the cave quite quickly. In the summer there are concerts in the cave.

All information about the cave can be found here:  Cueva de Nerja

Nerja is generally suitable as a good starting point on an Andalusia itinerary for further trips to the Sierra Nevada, Granada or the surrounding mountain villages. All destinations can be reached in a maximum of 2 hours by rental car.

Day 3 | River Hike in the Rio Chillar

The next day we wanted to take it a bit slower and didn’t plan so much. Actually only one hike, but it turned out to be one of the most impressive hikes we both have ever done. You walk the whole time on this hike through the Rio Chillar , a river that empties into the sea at Nerja. Most of the time the river is only about ankle deep.

It goes through a fabulously blooming natural scenery past waterfalls and partly even through narrow gorges , which are less than 2 meters wide at the narrowest point and certainly 30-50 meters high. Every now and then there is a deep spot where you can dive completely into the water if it should be too hot during lunchtime. All information about the hike at Rio Chillar can be found here:

Rio Chillar Flusswanderung

Day 4 + 5 | Sierra Nevada

On day 5 of our Andalusia trip we drove to the next destination in southern Spain … the Sierra Nevada. More precisely, to the small mountain village of Pampaneira on the edge of this mountain range.

After about 1 hour drive with the rental car through the beautiful, winding roads of Andalusia with a view of the still snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada , we reached the, inhabited by only about 350 people, mountain village. This village is reasonably touristy, there are some restaurants and cafes and of course the obligatory souvenir stores. The specialty to buy there are hand knotted carpets. You can find them in every store and they are available for little money.

Pampaneira

The houses in the village are terraced and all white. This gives a nice contrast to the surrounding green covered mountains.

Hiking in the Sierra Nevada

The picturesque landscape surrounding the villages is predestined for hiking. Conveniently, the 3 villages of Pampaneira, Capileira and Bubion are connected by hiking trails and are so close to each other that it is possible to visit all the villages in one day on foot . The total walking distance is 11 km and you need about 4 hours. More information with GPS data can be found here:

  • Trekking guide – Hike Pampaneira, Capileira, Bubion

Hotel Recommendation in the Sierra Nevada

Andalusia Itinerary | The Perfect Trip For 1-2 Weeks

Day 6 | Alhambra in Granada

On the next day of the Andalusia trip, we headed to Granada by rental car. Granada is an amazing place and one of the best cities to live in Spain for expats .The Alhambra in Granada is an ancient Moorish fortress and one of the most visited sights in Spain. Tickets must be reserved in advance on the internet and you should look for tickets a few weeks before your planned trip to Andalusia. We bought our tickets about 4 weeks in advance.

Parking at the Alhambra

From one of the numerous paid parking lots (Google Maps link ), which are located south of the Alhambra, you walk about 10 minutes to the entrance of the site. From there it is another 15 minutes to the entrance of the Nasrid Palace, for which you have booked the ticket with a fixed time. So you should make sure to be at the parking lot 30 minutes before. Otherwise it could be tight, because you should be there on time.

Alhambra Drohne

Unfortunately, we didn’t really find the Nazarite Palace itself that impressive . There are of course some cool photo spots and the architecture is also very nice to look at, but for us it was not worth all the stress (to be at the entrance at the exact time to then squeeze with 300 other tourists through the narrow palace). We found strolling through the other areas of the Alhambra (outside the palace) much more pleasant.

The area is very extensive and offers every now and then a great view down on Granada. Unfortunately, we can’t recommend the Nasrid Palace if you are not totally interested in culture. We would not go there again.

Maybe you can visit the Alhambra completely free of charge

On the way back to the parking lot, we left the area through a side entrance that was neither guarded nor otherwise restricted. We could have just walked back in there. This leads us to believe that you can also visit the Alhambra completely free of charge . You can find the entrance  (Puerta de la Justicia ) we are referring to under the following Google Maps link .

Hotel Recommendation in Granada

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Day 7 | Torcal de Antequerra National Park

A short hike in the Torcal del Antequerra Nature Park was supposed to be part of our first Andalusia itinerary. Didn’t work out … nevertheless we don’t want to withhold this tip from you. The nature park captivates by its countless, different rock formations, which meet one on the altogether three footpaths. The trails differ mainly by their length, so that there is something for everyone.

The hiking trails in the Torcal del Antequerra

  • The “green” hiking trail in the Torcal del Antequerra is the shortest hiking trail with a length of about 1.5 hours. It starts on the right side of the visitor center and ends on the left side of the visitor center.
  • The “yellow” hiking trail is with 3 kilometers twice as long as the green one and can be walked within about 2 hours. The start and end points are also next to the visitor center. The yellow trail offers spectacular views all the way to the coast in good weather.
  • Unfortunately, the third hiking trail may only be walked with a guide. The 4.5 km tour is offered on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 am for a fee of 10 Euro.
  • More information in Spanish and English can be found at http://www.torcaldeantequera.com/

As mentioned before, we actually wanted to walk along the yellow or green path… but as it is always the case, you plan in detail and then everything comes differently. We got lost on our route with the rental car and took much longer for grocery shopping than expected. So unfortunately we decided to skip the hike and go directly to our lonely mountain hut in Coripe to spend the evening there.

Andalusia Travel | Itinerary for 1 Week

If you spend only one week in Andalusia you can drive back to Malaga after your visited the National Park Torcal del Antequerra. The driving time is only 1 hour and you are already back at the airport. If you have a few more days, your Andalusia trip continues at day 8. It is best to drive directly to the Caminito del Rey to start your hike the next day.

Hotel Recommendation near the Caminito del Rey

Andalusia Itinerary | The Perfect Trip For 1-2 Weeks

Day 8 | Caminito del Rey

One highlight of our road trip through Andalusia that we were particularly looking forward to was the hike along the Caminito del Rey , the King’s Trail. The hike leads on boardwalks through the canyons of the Garganta del Chorro near Malaga. You can find all the details here in a separate article. But we already want to give you an important hint.

You have to buy the tickets online several weeks in advance. The hike is usually sold out several weeks in advance. Spontaneously drive there and go hiking, unfortunately, is not possible. The Caminito del Rey tickets themselves can be booked online *.

Caminito del Rey

Day 9 | Ronda

On day 9 the Andalusia itinerary leads you to Ronda. Ronda is on of the most beautiful landscapes in Spain. The small town is located at a breathtaking gorge in the province of Malaga, which separates the new and the old town of Ronda. Across the gorge leads the Puente Nuevo, which is the landmark and tourist attraction of Ronda… and that is exactly why it is extremely touristy and crowded here. We were there around 10am and it was already pretty crowded.

It’s best to visit Ronda even earlier in the morning to take in the unique atmosphere. Because apart from the many tourists, the gorge with the stone bridge and its four archways is absolutely worth seeing . Especially in summer, the yellow-brown cliffs of the gorge and the bridge form a perfect contrast to the bright blue sky and thus a great photo spot.

Ronda

Besides this sight, Ronda offers the following highlights:

Cathedral Santa Maria la Mayor

At the town hall square in the old town you will find the cathedral from the 5th century. The cathedral was often rebuilt and partly converted. For example, it was used as a mosque for a while. Nevertheless, the impressive building still has much of the original Gothic style. To visit the cathedral you have to pay an entrance fee of 4 € per person.

The Arab Baths | Baños Arabes

From the shopping street you can reach the Arab baths in about 10 minutes via the Puente Viejo. Since the path runs along the cliffs, you have a great view of the surrounding landscape. The baths, which date back to the 13th century, are located in the San Miguel district. Here you get a good insight into how people recovered hundreds of years ago. To visit the baths you have to pay 3.50 Euro.

  • Tip : Admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. onwards
  • More info: http://www.andalucia.org/

Hotel Recommendation in Ronda

Andalusia Itinerary | The Perfect Trip For 1-2 Weeks

Day 10 | Sierra de Grazalema

Sierra Grazalema Nature Park was definitely one of our highlights of our Andalusia itinerary. We ended up here by chance at a spot on one of the best viewpoints we have ever seen. From the Mirador Puerto de las Palomas , at an elevation of about 1360 meters, we had a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding valleys, mountains and the birds of prey gliding along. And the best part… we were completely alone. On the ride with the rental car to the viewpoint, we only encountered a few motorcyclists.

Grazalema Natural Park

When you park your rental car at the small parking lot of the viewpoint you have to go up the hill through a big iron gate. It looks like private property at first, but you can just walk through the gate and then walk uphill for about 20 minutes. At the top there is a small run-down weather station and a magnificent view of 2 valleys reveals itself.

In addition, we could see an incredible number of eagles soaring through the hot air almost at the same altitude as us. On one side the hill drops flat towards the lake and on the other side there is a steep rocky edge, so that the valley opens up in front of you quite suddenly and impressively. The Sierra de Grazalema is also perfect for a lot of hiking. You can find an overview here:

  • Hiking in the Sierra de Grazalema
  • ️ You can find the viewpoint here on Google Maps

Hotel Recommendation in Cadiz

Andalusia Itinerary | The Perfect Trip For 1-2 Weeks

Day 11 | Cadiz

Cadiz , in southwestern Andalusia, is located on a promontory enclosed by the sea. The combination of the historic old town of the provincial capital, the immediate location by the sea and the sights make Cadiz a great and varied destination for a day trip during an Andalusia itinerary. Which highlights there are to discover in Cadiz you can read in this blogpost:

Cadiz von der Drohne aus

On the way from Cadiz to Tarifa, it’s worth making a stop in Vejer de la Frontera. The small, white town is enthroned with its castle on a 190 m high hill and enchants you already on the approach.

Day 12 | Tarifa

On day 12 of the Andalusia itinerary we visited Tarifa. The coastal town is special for the reason that it is the southernmost tip of Europe and from there you can see as far as Africa. That itself would be a reason to come to Tarifa. But we especially liked the atmosphere there. The place is a mecca for surfers and kitesurfers and that is exactly what you feel when you are there.

The place and the people just exude a relaxed and laid back vibe that you immediately embrace and there are so many great things to do in Tarifa . We were lucky that during our visit there was a street festival and so we could look for small souvenirs at the different booths and in the small stores. The proximity to Morocco has the advantage that you can take a ferry from here. If you have enough time on your Andalusia trip, make a day trip to Morocco . But be sure to bring your passport!

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Another option for a boat trip is the whale and dolphin watching . Due to the high population of whales and dolphins, the is a high chance to see some of these beautiful animals. However, you should take a close look at the ratings of the individual providers to make sure that the whales and dolphins are not hunted.

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Torre de Guadalmesí

Also in Tarifa a little hike should not be missing… and so we decided after a short research to go to the Torre de Guadalmesí. The special thing here is that the tower is located on a former military area and you are warned again and again by signs not to enter the area.

One is warned directly already with the entrance on the area, so that we stopped and asked ourselves “Should we really drive here? Is this really the right way?” After a few minutes, however, a couple of other people came and turned onto the path without thinking twice. That was enough to convince us and we drove on as well. At the end of the road is the tower built in 1588 under King Philip II of Spain in the mouth of the Guadalmesí River.

Around the tower are some ruined houses , perhaps once used by a military task force. The view from the rugged coast to the opposite African continent is fascinating. It seems so close that you almost think you can swim across.

Torre de Guadalmesí

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Day 13 | Andalusia Itinerary  – Los Alconorcales or Marbella

Slowly we are heading back towards Malaga. On the way along the coast you can make 2 stops. On the one hand, the national park Los Alconorcales offers itself for a visit, on the other hand, you could also discover the coastal metropolis Marbella.

Los Alconorcales

The national park Los Alcornocales with its impressive cork oak forests is located directly at the Strait of Gibraltar and is easy to reach via Tarifa. In the nature park there are several hiking trails to discover. Unfortunately, we did not manage to visit Los Alconorcales during our road trip through Andalusia. If you have time for this, you can find a small overview of the possible hiking routes here.

On our way back to Malaga we made a small stopover in Marbella. And what can we say… we didn’t liked it that much. It was very crowded and touristy with huge hotels on the beach. Since we still had some time we strolled along the beach promenade and admired some of the luxurious yachts at the harbor. This one, small stopover in Marbella was enough for us, so we quickly drove on towards Malaga.

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Day 14 | Return to Malaga

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Andalusia Itinerary | Our Conclusion

Whether for two weeks or just a few days, Andalusia is definitely worth a trip. The south of Spain is very diverse and offers many different destinations. Especially nature lovers, hikers or cyclists get their money’s worth here. You should explore Andalusia in any case with a rental car. This way you are flexible and can also stop again and again during the trips to enjoy the breathtaking nature between the individual destinations.

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Tie those hiking boots tight because this adventure through the south of Spain is loaded with highlights. Stay two nights a cave hotel (yes, seriously) and visit a cave museum in Guadix. Indulge in a wine tasting in Competa. Feel the burn and feast your eyes as you cross Sierra de Almijara and Sierra de Huetor. This tour is an adventure for all your senses.

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Day 1 granada/benalúa de guadix.

Arrive in Granada by 4pm to meet your CEO and fellow travellers. From our meeting point at Hotel Plaza Nueva, hop in a private transfer to Benalúa de Guadix. After a short welcome meeting, opt to head out for dinner with the group.

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Day 2 benalúa de guadix.

Walk with the group from the hotel into the surrounding landscape. View the eroded hills dotted with cave dwellings. The hills are quite similar in looks to the ones in the deserts of Arizona. Stop at the viewpoint in Benalua to take in everything before continuing along the ridge with sweeping views across the valley until reaching Guadix. The group will enjoy time for a light lunch on their own in the Guadix historic centre and then be transferred by private vehicle to Cueva Museo for a glimpse of life in a traditional cave dwelling.

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Day 3 benalúa de guadix/canillas de albaida.

On today's hike, travel towards the Sierra de Huetor, a range of rugged hills north of the Sierra Nevada. Trek through forests of pine and take in panoramic views of the mountains. Later, continue to Canillas de Albaida, nestled along the slopes of the Sierra de Almijara.

Day 4 Canillas de Albaida

Today you are going to explore Caminito del Rey, once the world's most hazardous footpath. This almost 8-kilometre path was once considered one of the most dangerous in the world. Today the entire route has been carefully restored, but although it's now much safer, one thing hasn't changed - the unique experience of strolling along walkways hanging over 100 metres up on a sheer cliff face. The views are unforgettable. In 1921, King Alfonso XIII officially opened this feat of engineering, taking the walkway to the Conde de Guadalhorce dam, and since then it has been known as “the King’s little walk” - Caminito del Rey.

Day 5 Canillas de Albaida

Take on the Sierra de Almijara, a range of marble-rich mountains that meander down to the Mediterranean coast. Hike up to the Puerto Blanquillo mountain pass at an altitude of 1.260m before descending to the village of Competa. Enjoy a tasting at a local winery. Walk an ancient path through lush fruit orchards and fields.

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Andalucia road trip - Ultimate 11 day itinerary

There are a lot of great regions and cities to visit around Spain, but there is one that stands out as the perfect destination for the ultimate road trip - Andalucia. The weather, the food and the richness of culture make this Andalucian trip one of our all-time favourites at any time of year , so buckle up and read on to find out exactly where to go, what to do and some insider tips.

This 11 day Andalucia road trip starts in Malaga and covers all of the region's top destinations including Seville, Cordoba and Granada.

Want to see more of Spain? Here's a 2-week Spain road trip down Spain's Mediterranean Coast .

Day 1: Malaga to Mijas - fly into Malaga & visit Mijas

Start your road trip in malaga.

You could really start and end your Andalucia road trip in any of the stops along the way, given the circular nature of our 11-day trip.

Malaga is probably the best choice as it's the easiest destination to fly to (less than three hours from London, with tickets usually reasonably priced) and it allows you a relaxed start and finish on the seaside.

Moreover, you have the benefit of a very short first drive to Mijas, so if you arrive later on in the day, Malaga makes for an ideal start.

Visit the "white village" of Mijas

Mijas is an old traditional Spanish town and is part of the "White villages" dotted around Andalucia. The name implies exactly what it says on the tin: all the houses in town are white and conform to very strict exterior design restrictions.

There are several great places to stay in and around Mijas including some above and below the village.

Our personal favourite is the secluded Guesthouse Montes de Almachada, a five-minute drive downhill.

Mijas Pueblo is a breath of fresh air in a part of the Costa del Sol where large seaside resorts attract the masses. Tucked away in the hills overlooking the coast all the way to Gibraltar, this town is much more popular with local communities than the more touristy resorts of Fuengirola and Torremolinos on the seafront.

There are plenty of different restaurants in Mijas to choose depending on what you're craving.

We would highly recommend El Mirlo Blanco on Calle Cuesta de la Villa: fantastic food cooked and served by local grannies.

Be sure to book ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment!

Have a stroll up and down the narrow streets of Mijas before or after dinner and treat yourself to an aperitif or a digestif at one of the many bars around town; Mijas' best attraction is undoubtedly its relaxed evening atmosphere and positively delicious food.

Blue tables and chairs line the charming streets of Mijas

Day 2: Mijas to Vejer de la Frontera - scenic coastal drive & an evening in Vejer de la Frontera

Morning drive along the costa del sol.

Once you've clambered out of bed and into your car, you have a beautiful coast-side drive to Vejer de la Frontera to look forward to after breakfast.

There are two motorways running along the coast: a free road running closer to the sea, and a toll road slightly higher up in the hills. While the toll road will be slightly quicker, you also get to see a lot less along the way and the free motorway is pretty good.

We would advise you to keep your cash in the pocket so you can spend it on a cerveza (beer) later on!

Once you've passed La Linea and the Gibraltar rock to your left, you will have two choices on your way up to Vejer.

Both have merits, with the E-5 through Algeciras winding along the coast and the A–381 going up into the Parque Natural Los Alcornocales.

The coast-bound road will take you through a lot of windmills and you will get to see the African coast from near Tarifa. The road even allows for "Mirador" stops to let you get out of the car and enjoy the view.

Our preferred route, however, is through the national park. The A-381 is a great fast road and once you come off onto the CA-212, you get to see a number of unspoilt Andalucian villages surrounded by fantastic scenery.

Spend the evening in Vejer de la Frontera

Vejer de la Frontera sits atop a steep hill, with two winding roads making their way to the white washed houses lining its narrow alleyways. This is a sleepy town with incredible views of the surrounding hills and fields.

Spend the afternoon browsing the various family shops in the central streets before heading to dinner at one of a number of great restaurants.

Vejer de la Frontera

Day 3: Vejer de la Frontera to Cadiz to Jerez - drive to Cadiz & explore the city before driving on to Jerez

Driving through andalucia's western province to cadiz.

The drive from Vejer to Cadiz is quite short and takes you along the flat plains of the Cadiz province before making its way through the industrial suburbs of what was once Europe's largest and richest port.

Once you've made it through to the narrow strip of land leading to Cadiz's centre, the scenery quickly changes from shipping yards and distribution warehouses to the yellow stone of a beautiful historic town.

Make your way all the way to the tip of the peninsula and park up at the underground car park just outside the Cathedral.

This fantastic city is somewhat off the beaten track for the tourist masses who prefer to herd along the Costa del Sol with occasional outings to Seville and Cordoba.

This, of course, is fantastic news for the intrepid traveller. The centre is surprisingly quiet, so spend a couple of hours walking around and having lunch.

We recommend visiting the cathedral itself and, knees permitting, climbing up to the top of the Poniente tower for some great views of Cadiz and the surrounding areas.

Once you've made your way back down, be sure to head out to the beach and take a stroll along a man-made path waving through the sea towards an island fortress.

Unfortunately the fortress itself is not open to visitors, but the crashing waves and fresh sea breeze offer a great respite from Andalucia's intense heat.

The imposing Cadiz Cathedral (Catedral de Cadiz) and its distinctive gold dome and bell tower

After lunch, it's time to head back out to the concrete jungle on the outskirts of the city before driving through open countryside en route to Jerez. This is a fairly short drive so don't rush your visit to Cadiz, but do be aware of rush hour traffic hitting the streets after 5pm.

Jerez is a fairly typical city for the region. Though it's not as grand or prominent as some of its better known neighbours, it is another great place to avoid the crowds and sample Jerez's unique delights.

Where to stay in Jerez

The elegant Hotel Jerez & Spa , which is conveniently located right near the Real Escuela, has everything you could possibly want from a relaxing resort, from a lovely and delicious breakfast every morning to the luxurious spa.

You'll feel like you've landed in paradise as you kick back by the outdoor pool with a cocktail in hand. After taste-testing all that sherry, it's the perfect place to unwind and lay your head to rest.

The outdoor pool area at Hotel Jerez & Spa in Andalucia Spain

Day 4: Jerez - tour the Real Escuela & learn about sherry at Sandeman bodegas

Spend a day in jerez: the home of sherry.

Jerez is world-famous for two things: horses and sherry.

So, the two things you need to check out while in Jerez are... that's right... horses and sherry! In that order.

The Real Escuela is the largest and most prominent establishment in rearing and training local horses in Andalucian dressage.

To get a tour including watching horses being trained, rock up to the Escuela for 10am. It'll take several hours and if you can come on a Tuesday or a Thursday, you will get to see a Horse Dancing show at noon as part of your visit.

There are occasional Saturday shows through the year, but these tend to get very busy with locals, so midweek options are the ones to go for.

Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, Jerez, Spain

After you've seen enough prancing Andalucian steeds, it is time to try some local sherry.

There are several places to go – Sandeman bodegas is right next door to the Escuela, Tio Pepe is more centrally located, and there are several others spots dotted around town and in the surrounding countryside.

Sandeman has tours in English starting between 2pm and 2:30pm through the year. With most of the smaller bodegas, you should check availability in advance.

Sherry barrels at Sandeman bodegas, Jerez

Sherry is named after the city of Jerez, where it has been made for thousands of years, there is no place in the world where you can taste so many different vibrant varieties of the Palomino grape drink.

Day 5: Jerez to Seville - explore historic Jerez & drive to Seville

Visit the historic sights of jerez.

Just before you set off on the short drive north to Seville, you can take the opportunity to take a stroll through the centre of Jerez and visit a couple of its historic sights. Two visit–worthy locations are the Jerez cathedral and the local Alcazar.

The Cathedral is similar in style to others in the region but following a recent reconstruction is less opulent than some of its better known neighbours.

For a small fee at the door, you can walk around and soak in the serenity of multiple chapels around the perimeter. With several large churches dotted around town, be sure to go to the right place!

The Alcazar is only a brief walk away and is a typical Andalucian residence of the local ruler.

Built in a mix of Catholic Spanish and Muslim Moorish traditions, the Alcazar includes a large garden complete with ancient baths, several outbuildings and a main house albeit most of this building is not open to the public.

The grounds are surrounded by a tall wall with a number of towers which offer a great view over the city centre.

The Alcazar surrounded by palm trees, Jerez de la Frontera

Drive up to Seville for the night

If an 11 day Andalucia road trip is just not long enough, this is the perfect opportunity to fork out and add in some parts of our Portugal road trip itinerary . Your route will still go right past Seville with the border only about 90 minutes from there.

The road to Seville is fairly short and you should be in the heart of the city within an hour.

We recommend staying somewhere in the southern part of the centre as most of the sights, bars and restaurants are all within short walking distance of the Cathedral.

There are a couple of other busy areas in Seville further north, but given you are only in town for two nights, pick your spot wisely.

One thing Seville is particularly good at is food; there is a good selection along the Calle Mateos Gago and along the streets north of the Cathedral with a range of local cured meats and other dishes on the menu.

Day 6: Seville - visit Seville Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See & Plaza de España

Explore the streets of seville.

Seville is a great city for long walks and there is plenty to see just by roaming the streets, sipping orange juice in a small café and people watching.

There are several sights in the centre of the town which are worth paying a visit to on your travels.

Visit the famous Seville Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See

Paying a visit to the world's largest cathedral is an absolute must.

This is truly one of the greatest examples of Spanish architecture over the centuries. As is common for the region, the building was originally converted from the Almohad Mosque - a process that took some 200 years to finish in the 16th century.

Several reconstructions followed riots and an earthquake with large parts of the cathedral completely restored early in the 20th century.

A 105m-tall tower called the Giralda offers stunning views of the city and you don't have to ascend a single stair to get to the top! This converted minaret was designed so that the climb all the way to the bells at the top could be done on horseback via a sloping walkway.

Seville Cathedral is also the spot where explorer Christopher Columbus - or Cristobal Colon, as he's known in Spanish - is buried in an ornate tomb.

For lunch we would recommend exploring the streets immediately around the Cathedral.

There are several restaurants with tables offering views of the square which serve some local specialities including delicious seafood with black ink pasta.

The beautiful Seville Cathedral, the third largest church in the world

Walk to the Plaza de España

This large square is a little out of the way, situated in a park to the south of the Cathedral, on the other side of the University of Seville. But once you see the beautiful plaza and surrounding moat, you'll know it was worth the walk.

The semicircular construction in the middle of the Parque de María Luisa was built in time for the 1929 World Fair and was designed to symbolise the importance of Spain's regions.

Each province has a small mosaic depicting the local customs and culture with the centre of the square boasting recently renovated fountains.

The main building is not accessible to the public, but you may walk up the grand staircase to take a look from above and take a few snaps.

The rest of the day can be devoted to strolling north past the shopping areas and towards the river.

On your way up, feel free to stop off at the Seville Alcazar fairly close to the Plaza. As you make your way up, you will notice the grand architecture of Seville which is quite distinct from many other Andalucian towns.

Across the river to the north of the centre there is a Theme Park and several quirky neighbourhoods, and there are few better ways to spend your time in Seville than roaming the streets and seeing the different parts effortlessly blend into each other.

The sun sets over Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

Day 7: Seville to Cordoba - drive to Cordoba & explore the Jewish Quarter

Drive from seville to cordoba.

The roads of northern Andalucia are fantastic and very well looked after. They also tend to be very empty - particularly so in the height of the summer - so the drive up to Cordoba should take no time at all.

Hopefully you car's air conditioning works well as Cordoba is the hottest place in Europe!

There are several car parking facilities along the Guadalquivir river but we would encourage you to check whether your hotel has an arrangement with one of these as you can get better rates.

Navigating the narrow streets in the city without a map can be tricky, so arm yourself with a map of the town and go for a stroll.

We would recommend walking along the river and onto the ancient Roman bridge to take in the beautiful views.

Interestingly, Cordoba is a relatively compact town (you can see the boundary and countryside from the very centre) but it certainly has a lot to offer.

One of Europe's oldest and highly regarded academic institutions, Cordoba has been the focal point of Moorish and Catholic culture and studies for centuries.

Stroll through the Juderia (the Jewish Quarter)

The Juderia just off the main square and near the Mezquita is a sprawl of narrow streets with cafés, restaurants and various museums lying along Cordoba's western fortified wall. Here you will find plenty of traditional restaurants well worth a visit for lunch or dinner as well as several quirky museums.

There is a small synagogue built in the Moorish Mudéjar style in the 14th century and a small museum of a typical local house called the Casa Andalusi with a couple of turtles running (much faster than you would think!) around the grounds.

Day 8: Cordoba - the Mezquita Cathedral, the Alcazar, & traditional Spanish food

Visit the mezquita cathedral.

The Mezquita is one of the best-known religious buildings in the world. Its unique mix of traditional Islamic and Catholic styles is owed to a continuous struggle of the two competing religions to adapt the building and tailor it to their own needs and wants.

As the Mosque and Cathedral changed hands, large parts of the original structure were retained and typically expanded to make it more grand and impressive than before.

Rows upon rows of columned space were added over the centuries, while the Mezquita served as the region's main mosque.

At the final takeover of Cordoba by the Spanish, the Mosque was finally converted into a Cathedral and the central part was redesigned into an altar and choir area, but much of the original structure remained, making this structure very unique.

There are different ticket options including the night tour, but visiting during the day is our preferred choice.

The more expensive night visit provides a video about the Mezquita's history, but your visit is constrained by having to walk around in a large group and listen to the tour guide.

In the daylight, you can explore at your own pace, look at different parts you are interested in and take a moment to reflect without being rushed.

Moorish-inspired archways inside the Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain

The Alcazar and evening in Cordoba

The Alcazar is just a short stroll away from the Mezquita, with the main entrance just behind a small orange grove.

This Alcazar is particularly large and opulent, with an incredible garden and fountains.

This Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos was the medieval centre of Cordoba and the place Spanish Kings called their home in the province. The grand compound was used as a prison from 1821 until the 1950s, when it was returned to its former glory and reopened to the public.

Fountain and gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

Have a traditional Spanish dinner

Dinner options in Cordoba are varied and there are some absolutely fantastic restaurants to choose from.

Our personal favourite is the Regadera which we visit every time we find ourselves in Cordoba. The food here is out of this world; try it with a local red wine with a hint of fizz.

Day 9: Cordoba to Granada - drive to Granada & explore by going shopping and having lunch

Drive from cordoba to granada.

9 days into your trip, there is no need to rush; this day's aim is to relax and get across to Granada.

There are several routes you can take on your way down from Cordoba. The fastest route will take you along motorways to Antequera and then along the A-92 to Granada.

Throw in another 20 minutes and you can take the road less travelled along the N-432. Snaking along the hills of the Andalucian plateau, this will certainly offer a much more entertaining drive through small settlements along the way and provide for great views.

Be sure to fuel up before you get going as petrol stations are at a premium on smaller roads.

Arrive in Granada and do some shopping

Granada is yet another striking Andalucian city.

Built in a much more continental style than Cordoba, its narrow one-way central streets can be hard to navigate.

Plan on what you want to do with your car in advance (check whether your hotel provides parking) as space in the city is at a premium; prepare for daily rates to be expensive!

Once you've settled into your hotel, take a stroll along the Calle Reyes Catolicos and the adjoining streets for a bit of shopping.

Lunch can be had at one of the cafés in the Plaza de Bib-Rambla or in the small square behind the Cathedral just off the Calle Pie de la Torre - here crispy pancakes with prawns are delicious!

Take your time to explore the lower parts of Granada as you will have plenty of time in the next two days to make your way further up the river - there are several interesting churches and great tapas on offer.

Wide street lined with old white houses in Granada, Spain

Day 10 - Granada - visit the Alhambra & explore the Albayzin neighbourhood

Visit the incredible alhambra.

The Alhambra is perhaps Spain's best known attraction and sits perched atop a hill overlooking the rest of the city.

Make sure that you book your tickets well in advance as this will save you a lot of time and stress. There are daily limits on the number of visitors and huge queues early in the morning to try and get in.

Travel tip: Get yours online and collect them at one of the machines by the entrance.

There are buses running to the entrance and other ways of getting up to the top, but the best route is up the Cuesta de Goméres through a park.

Treat yourself to a huge ice cream just off the main square at the bottom; a relaxed stroll to the top should take about 20 minutes.

There are several parts of the Alhambra to visit; the extensive gardens towards the back and near the entrance, several buildings in the middle section, the Nasrid Palaces and the towering Alcazaba at the front of the fortress.

The Nasrid Palaces are the only part of the Alhambra where you have a dedicated time slot for your visit assigned on the ticket – be sure to join the queue 25 minutes before this slot.

The Nasrid Palaces are a beautiful set of rooms, fountains and gardens where the visiting royalty would stay during their visit to Malaga. Ornate windows and doorways and preserved beautiful mosaic tiles attract visitors from all over the world.

Make sure you climb the Alcazaba's towers and you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the entire city of Granada and the surrounding countryside. You only get one opportunity to enter the front section so make it count!

Aerial view of Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain with Sierra Nevada mountains in the background, on a sunny day

Discover the Albayzin neighbourhood

Once you have taken in all the sights and delights of the Alhambra and made your way down to the bottom, make your way along the Carrera del Darro.

This is a small road running along the river Darro off the Plaza Nueva. Stray cats have made the river banks their homes and appear to be the second most popular tourist attraction in the city.

Take any of the streets leading uphill and make your way into the Albayzin.

Here you will find narrow streets with low white-washed houses and a unique atmosphere. There are plenty of shops selling goods and clothes you would sooner expect to see in northern Africa, but this is no tourist trap - you will find plenty of locals roaming around the shops.

A view over the district of Albayzin, in Granada, Spain with lots of white and terracotta houses sprawling down the hillside

Spend the rest of the afternoon resting your feet in your hotel room before heading out to any of Granada's myriad of fantastic restaurants.

A good day's walk needs to be rewarded with some local dishes. Strong Arabic influences mean that stews are the order of the day, with cold meat platters to start and various battered seafood options as an alternative. Yum!

Day 11: Granada to Nerja to Malaga - drive to Malaga to end your trip, stopping for an ice cream in Nerja

Have breakfast in granada then continue your andalucia road trip.

There are few things as good at breakfast as fresh blood orange juice. With numerous varieties growing on trees right outside your hotel, it is a sin not to try some first thing in the morning.

Pack your bags into the car and leave it until after lunch, then spend the rest of the morning in Granada before heading off back to the Costa.

Head towards the Granada Cathedral in the old town.

When Granada was recaptured from the Moors in 1492, the Spanish destroyed a large mosque in the middle of the city and set about building a colossal cathedral to reintegrate the city with Catholicism.

This made the cathedral particularly opulent, and the abundance of marble and gold inside makes it an absolute must on your itinerary.

The streets immediately surrounding the cathedral have plenty to look at, from unusual shops and restaurants to large stalls selling spices from every corner of the world.

Looking up at the front of the Granada Cathedral in Spain

The Capilla Real is a church neighbouring the Cathedral that was built before the main cathedral's construction was started. A much more sombre building, it houses several marble tombs of 15th/16th century Spanish Kings.

Arches outside the entrance to the Capilla Real (Royal Chapel) in Granada, Spain

Drive from Granada to Malaga via Nerja

Once again you have a choice of two ways to get down to Malaga.

One takes you along a motorway to Antequera and then down through a tree–lined valley to the Costa's largest city.

A different route will head straight to the sea along the A–44 ending up at Motril. From there, you can take the N–340 along the Costa all the way to Malaga.

There is a toll option running further uphill, but this misses out on all the sights and towns along the way.

Nerja is worth a quick stop for an ice cream break and a stroll along the Balcon de Europa pier if you fancy a break.

Waves crash against the coast in Nerja, Spain

Down in Malaga your trip reaches its end.

If you're not heading straight off on your drive home or for the airport, we recommend stopping in the city centre for a few drinks overlooking the sea.

If you haven't had enough of sight seeing, the Cathedral is worth popping into right in the heart of Malaga's old town and there is a very good Picasso Museum celebrating the city the painter chose to be his home.

Malaga has been much more strongly influenced by development and tourism, which makes the city look very different to the others you will have visited on your trip around Andalucia.

Large streets, a much more European feel and plenty of open space will seem at odds with the Arabic influences of cities further north, but will provide for a refreshing breeze at the end of an action-packed visit to Spain's southern province.

If you've got time, have a walk up Mount Gibralfaro (it's not too strenuous and takes about 25 mins) and admire the panoramic views from the top.

A view of Malaga's port and the high-rises by the water as seen from Mount Gibralfaro

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Andalusia Road Trip: The Best 1-Week Southern Spain Itinerary

An Andalusia road trip (or Andalucia as it’s written in Spanish) is a must-have experience in Spain . I was ecstatic just planning it (well, trip planning always gets me excited), and this region was worth it and did not disappoint.

With such a rich Jewish, Christian, and Muslim history, incredibly beautiful places to see (including cities, villages, and nature), and an enticing atmosphere, it is one of the most interesting and captivating destinations I’ve visited.

Although 7 days in Andalucia are not enough to see everything this region has to offer, you can still experience some of its highlights.

To help you make the most of one of the best road trips in Europe , here is my full 7-day southern Spain road trip itinerary (that you need to steal right now!).

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Traveling to southern Spain? Here is the best Andalucia road trip itinerary that includes travel tips, the best things to do, and most beautiful places in Andalusia Spain!

Table of Contents

ANDALUSIA ROAD TRIP ITINERARY – SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS

Itinerary summary and map.

If you’re wondering how many days you need in Andalucia, know that I could have easily spent a month (or more) in this region.

10-14 days here will be great, but if you only have a week, here’s how you can make the most of it:

Day 1 : Granada (suggested hotel: Casa de Reyes or Smart Suites Albaicin in Granada).

Day 2: Granada (suggested hotel: Cordoba Carpe Diem or Apartamentos Casa del Aceite in Cordoba).

Day 3: Cordoba (suggested hotel: Adriano Boutique or Hotel Fernando III in Seville).

Day 4 : Seville (suggested hotel: Adriano Boutique or Hotel Fernando III in Seville).

Day 5: Seville (suggested hotel: Las Cortes de Cadiz or Casa Palacio Cádiz in Cadiz).

Day 6: Cadiz, Zahara de la Sierra (suggested hotel: Hotel Berlanga or Hotel Colon in Ronda).

Day 7: Ronda, Marbella (suggested hotel: Marbella Inn in Marbella).

Click here to see the MyMaps maps of this route.

Tip: After accessing the map, you can also open it on your Google Maps app. Simply open your app, tap the ‘saved’ icon at the bottom, scroll down and tap the ‘maps’ icon, and choose the MyMaps map you want to see (you can do the same on your computer).

If you want to extend or change this 7-day Andalucia road trip itinerary, you can add 1- 2 days in Malaga , visit many more white-washed villages ( pueblos blancos ), unwind at some beach towns, take a day trip to Gibraltar from Malaga or Seville, visit some national parks, and the list goes on.

Itinerary Highlights – Top Must-Visit Landmarks

You can dive right into this massive itinerary, but if you’re just looking for the highlights, here are a few must-visit attractions that you should book in advance :

Set against the Sierra Nevada mountains, this complex of Moorish palaces and gardens is Granada’s biggest landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I 100% recommend purchasing your ticket in advance as daily visits are limited, whether you want to reserve your spot and visit it on your own or book a guided tour .

Cordoba’s Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral)

This is one of Andalusia’s most recognizable medieval landmarks, thanks to its striped arches. Get your ticket here or book a guided tour.

Seville’s Cathedral, Giralda (Bell Tower), and Alcazar (Palace)

Want to visit the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and the oldest royal palace in Europe that is still in use? Don’t miss these 3 must-see UNESCO sites in southern Spain!

Book a combined guided tour of all three of them or purchase your Alcazar ticket and Cathedral & Giralda ticket to visit them on your own.

Southern Spain Itinerary – Days 1 and 2 – Granada

Granada is an incredible starting point for 1 week in Andalucia. I was inspired to visit it after reading the amazing novel – ‘The Return’ by Victoria Hislop.

The city’s most iconic attraction may be the Alhambra palace complex, but there are plenty of things to do in Granada .

You can feel the Moorish and Christian influence in every corner and aspect, which is exactly what makes Granada so fascinating.

Where to Stay in Granada

We stayed at Hotel Los Jeronimos which had a great location in Granada’s old town and a private parking lot 100 meters (0.06 miles) away.

However, the overall stay was just okay – nothing especially good or bad. So I suggest finding higher-rated accommodation such as:

Casa de Reyes : Offering uniquely decorated standard, superior, and deluxe double rooms, this hotel is centrally located near Granada’s Cathedral. Browse its latest prices here.

Smart Suites Albaicin : Located in the Moorish quarter of Albaicin, this aparthotel offers spacious, modern apartments for up to 7 people, as well as private parking and an open-air restaurant. Check out its latest prices here.

You can browse all the accommodation options in Granada here.

Andalusia road trip itinerary - Views of the Alhambra

What to Do in Granada

If you want to explore Granada with a guide, take this free walking tour .

1. Alhambra

Let’s start with the obvious because this landmark is Granada’s crowning glory.

Depending on what time you’re getting to the city, I recommend dedicating the second day’s morning to visiting it. So what exactly is the Alhambra?

It’s a stunning complex of Moorish palaces and gardens from the 9th, 13th, and 14th centuries that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its captivating history and intricate Arab architecture are what make it one of Spain’s most visited attractions.

On Your Visit, You Can Access Three Areas:

Alcazaba: A military fortress and one of Alhambra’s oldest buildings.

Nasrid Palaces: A complex of three palaces that was the residence of the kings of Granada.

Generalife: A palace and gardens that served as a recreational area.

The Types of Tickets You Can Purchase:

General (recommended): Gives you access to all 3 areas – purchase it here or book a guided tour .

Gardens, Generalife, and Alcazaba: Gives you access to all areas of the complex open to the public, except the Nasrid Palaces – purchase it here or book a guided tour .

A night visit : Browse all night tours here .

Alhambra Experiences : Combines a daytime visit to the Generalife and Alcazaba and a night visit to the Nasrid Palaces.

An Important Tip:

Since the number of visitors is limited to 6000 per day and you need to pick a specific timeslot if you’re not visiting with a guide, I recommend booking your tickets in advance online as soon as you can .

For a slightly less crowded visit, I also recommend booking a morning ticket or tour in the middle of the week.

Alhambra Palace, Andalucia

How to Purchase Your Tickets – Option 1 – Book a Guided Tour:

The first option is to take a guided tour as I did (this is the full tour with the Nasrid Palaces).

It’s about 3 hours long which sounds like a lot, but the complex is so huge that I wish I had a bit more time to wander around freely.

That said, I did enjoy learning about this place from my amazing guide and I truly recommend visiting the Alhambra with a guide.

Read more reviews and purchase your Alhambra guided-tour tickets here.

How to Purchase Your Tickets – Option 2 – An Independent Visit:

If you want to tour the complex on your own , purchase your entry tickets in advance .

You can also buy them at the ticket office at the main entrance or the ticket machines in the city, but I highly recommend an online purchase.

Note that you need to pick a specific time slot for your ticket. That is the time when you need to access the Nasrid Palaces . You can access the other areas with no time limitations.

How to Purchase Your Tickets Option 3 – Granada City Card:

You can also purchase one of several types of Granada City Card. It already includes a visit to the Alhambra (without a guide) as well as other landmarks in the city, so it can be a big money saver.

When purchasing your city card, you’ll also have to pick a time slot to visit the Alhambra. Check what the Granada Card includes, and purchase it here.

Lion Courtyard, the Alhambra

2. San Jeronimo Monastery

This stunning Renaissance monastery was founded by the Spanish monarchs during the reconquest of Granada from the Moors.

Even though I don’t have any religious connection to churches and monasteries, I can’t ignore historical buildings with such unique architecture.

Address:  Rector López Argueta, 9.

Cost: 4 euros.

3. Granada’s Cathedral and Royal Chapel

Dating back to the 16th century, both the Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel are must-see sights in the city.

The Royal Chapel is actually the burial place of the Catholic monarchs who asked to be buried there specifically. Apart from its historical importance, its Gothic-style architecture is also extremely beautiful.

Address:  Gran Via de Colon 5.

Cost: 5 euros including an audio guide.

Want to learn more about the Cathedral and Royal Chapel? Book this guided tour .

Granada-Cathedral

4. Carrera Del Daro and Paseo de Los Tristes

There’s nothing I love more than charming cobbled streets, so it’s clear why I was won over by Carrera del Daro, one of Granada’s oldest and most scenic streets.

It passes alongside the Daro River and some of Granada’s oldest bridges and buildings.

It’s also connected to Paseo de los Tristes, another picturesque street in the city that offers incredible views of the Alhambra.

For pure magic, I highly recommend walking alongside Paseo de los Tristes at night to witness the Alhambra when it’s illuminated.

5. Alcaiceria Bazaar

This is the place to experience some of Granada’s Arab history and do some shopping. It used to be a significantly bigger bazaar where people could buy things like spices and silk.

Nowadays, it’s mostly home to souvenir stalls selling items like clothing, ceramics, lamps, and other knickknacks.

Address:  Alcaiceria, 1.

6. Albayzin and Sacromonte

For me, a huge part of traveling to a city is exploring its different neighborhoods. And if you really want to experience Granada, you have to take some time to wander both Albayzin and Sacromonte.

While Albayzin is the old Arab Quarter where you’ll mostly find narrow streets and mosques, Sacromonte is known for its gypsy caves and diverse ethnic history.

Didn’t I tell you Granada was fascinating?

Want to explore these neighborhoods with a guide? Book this guided walking tour !

You can also book this flamenco show in Sacromonte’s caves .

Albayzin neighborhood from above

7. Highly-Rated Tours in Granada

I love themed tours that uncover a different side of the city, and here are a few highly-rated tours you can take in Granada:

  • FREE walking tour of Granada
  • Granada’s Hammam Al Ándalus ticket

After 2 fantastic days in Granada, we were headed to our hotel in Cordoba .

Southern Spain Itinerary – Day 3 – Cordoba

I have to say that the must-visit Cordoba was one of my top favorite places on this Andalusia travel itinerary.

It’s another city with both Moorish and Christian history, but the highlight for me was exploring its Jewish history. Cordoba was home to a large, thriving Jewish community, and it was incredible to see its preserved heritage.

Where to Stay in Cordoba

My hotel is not available to book at the moment, so check out these highly-rated places instead:

Cordoba Carpe Diem : Offering a central location, private parking, and rooms for up to four people, this hotel gets a score of 9+ in every category, from cleanliness to value for money. Browse its latest prices here.

Apartamentos Casa del Aceite : Housed in an 18th-century building and centrally located in the old town, this hotel offers modern apartments for up to 4 people (some overlook a beautiful patio), nearby parking, and access to a shared roof terrace. See its latest prices here.

Alternatively, browse all the accommodation options in Cordoba here.

A street near the cathedral of Cordoba Spain

What to Do in Cordoba

Since we only had one day, we decided to pass on visiting three main sights – Alcazar of Cordoba , Viana Palace , and Medina Azahara – and focus more on Cordoba’s Jewish landmarks.

To explore this city with a guide, take a free walking tour .

1. Almodovar Gate

This is the only city gate (out of nine) from Moorish times that has survived.

It has gone through several changes and restorations over the years, and today it’s an access point to Cordoba’s gorgeous old Jewish Quarter.

2. Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba)

Showcasing spectacular Islamic architecture, the Mezquita is such a unique building to see.

The iconic red and white striped arches spread all over its interior are what make it such a memorable sight and a Spanish landmark you don’t want to miss.

It’s also impossible to overlook the mosque’s beautiful courtyard, Patio de los Naranjos.

Address:  Cardenal Herrero, 1.

Get your ticket in advance to reserve your spot or book a tour to visit the Mezquita with a guide !

Mezquita of Cordoba, Spain

3. Mercado Victoria

Although it isn’t big, this gourmet food market is a really nice spot to grab a bite in Cordoba. It includes about 20 different food stalls and more than 5 terraces.

Address:  Paseo de la Victoria, 3.

4. Jewish Quarter

Cordoba’s Jewish Quarter is charmingly irresistible – Andalucian white houses flavored with pops of color, cobble-stone streets, colorful flower pots, and an authentic atmosphere.

Take some time and just stroll around the quarter. While sightseeing is nice, the real magic happens when you lose yourself in a maze of beautiful streets and alleyways.

To explore the quarter with a guide, you can take a combined Jewish quarter and Mezquita tour .

5. Calleja de Las Flores

Calleja de las Flores or ‘Alley of the Flowers’ is a picturesque little street in the Jewish Quarter.

Flowers embellish the narrow alley that leads to a small patio, and the patio’s walls and balconies are also decorated with flowers, which makes the whole scenery extra colorful and lively.

Bonus tip: The small patio at the end of Calleja de las Flores is just a taste of what Cordoba’s patios can look like. In May, the festival ‘ Patios de Cordoba ‘ (which is still on my bucket list) takes place. During the festival, the city’s patios come to life, forming giant carpets of flowers and exploding colors all over the city center.

Calleja de las Flores, Cordoba

6. Cordoba Synagogue

The 14th-century Synagogue of Cordoba is one of the best-preserved synagogues in Spain and the only one in Cordoba that has survived complete destruction.

Sadly, during my visit to Cordoba, it was under restoration, so this one is still on my bucket list.

Fun fact: Oddly enough, some of the building’s decorations were influenced by the Mudéjar architectural style which is a cultural mix of Muslim and Christian architecture.

Address: Judios, 20.

Check out this combined tour of the Mezquita, Jewish Quarter, and Synagogue !

7. Casa de Sefarad

In reference to the Jewish diaspora, Sephardic Jews are a Jewish population that lived in the Iberian Peninsula, as opposed to Ashkenazi Jews that lived in eastern and central Europe (I’m half Sephardic and half Ashkenazi).

‘Casa de Sefarad’ is a great place to learn about Sephardic culture and history (yes, even if you’re Jewish like me).

It’s a beautifully designed museum and cultural center located in an old Jewish house in the heart of Cordoba’s Jewish Quarter.

At ‘Casa de Sefarad’ you can explore the different aspects of Sephardic heritage like domestic life, holidays, and music.

Address:  On the corner of Judios Street and Averroes Street.

Casa de Sefarad, Cordoba Spain

8. Rub Maimonides Foot at Plaza de Tiberiades

If you visit ‘Casa de Sefarad,’ you’ll see an exhibition room dedicated to Maimonides.

Maimonides or Moses ben Maimon was a Cordoban philosopher, physician, and rabbi in the Middle Ages. He is also one of the most important and influential people in the history of Judaism.

Head over to Plaza de Tiberiades or Square of Tiberias, and you’ll find a bronze statue of his.

If you’re looking for unusual things to do in Cordoba, try this quirky tradition of rubbing his foot; a story says that if you rub Maimonides’ foot, some of his wisdom will rub off on you.

Address: Judios street next to Cordoba Synagogue.

Maimonides statue in Cordoba Spain

9. Highly-Rated Tours in Cordoba

Here are a few other highly-rated tours you can take in Cordoba:

  • Free tour of Cordoba
  • Wine-tasting evening tour
  • Flower courtyards tour

If you want to change this itinerary a bit, you can also spend 2 days in Cordoba .

We continued our journey and got to our hotel in Seville for 2 nights (you can spend one day in Seville , but I highly suggest dedicating at least two).

Southern Spain Itinerary – Days 4 and 5 – Seville

Have you ever fallen in love with a place even before visiting it? That’s what happened to me with Seville, one of the best cities in Andalucia.

Combining the traditional and the modern so well together, it’s a must-see city that you can also visit as a European weekend getaway.

Where to Stay in Seville

The hotel where we stayed is no longer working. Here are a few highly-rated options to consider instead:

Adriano Boutique : Housed in an 18th-century building, this boutique hotel offers beautiful double rooms, private parking, and a central location near Seville’s cathedral. Read reviews and browse the latest prices.

Hotel Fernando III : This modern 4-star hotel offers double and triple rooms as well as suite-style apartments for 4-6 people, private parking, a highly rated optional breakfast, a great location in Seville’s old town, and much more. Check the latest prices and availability here.

You can also browse other accommodation options in Seville here.

Views over Seville

What to Do in Seville

There’s A LOT to see and experience in Seville, so unfortunately I had to skip out on visiting some landmarks.

These include the Roman ruins of Italica , the 15th-century Palacio de las Dueñas and Casa de Pilatos (two famous palaces in the city), and the Seville Museum of Fine Arts.

To explore this city with a guide, take one (or more) of these free walking tours of Seville .

1. Seville Cathedral and the Giralda

I was in awe when I first saw Seville’s 15th-century cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its size and intricate architectural details are so incredibly impressive that you need a moment to take it all in.

You can also visit the Giralda, the cathedral’s bell tower, and enjoy the views over the city. Fun fact about the Giralda – when it was first built in the Middle Ages, it was the tallest tower in the world!

Address:  Avenida de la Constitución.

To skip the lines, get your ticket here or book a guided tour .

2. Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Can you believe that the Alcazar of Seville is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe? I know I wouldn’t mind living in such a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Site (that was also a Game of Thrones filming location!).

The jaw-dropping Spanish landmark consists of buildings from different eras, so you can see a mix of Moorish, Gothic, and Mudejar styles. Along with the gardens, this complex is HUGE, so take enough time to explore it.

Pro tip: You can also book a combo guided tour to visit the Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda with a guide.

Address: Patio de Banderas.

Since the alcazar has become a major attraction, be sure to get your ticket in advance or  book a guided tour .

For more information, read this guide to visiting Seville’s Alcazar !

Alcazar of Seville, southern Spain

3. Barrio de Triana

Crossing the GuadalquivRiverver, you’ll get to the former gypsy neighborhood.

This neighborhood is not about sightseeing but more about a local vibe, beautiful streets, ceramic shops, tapas bars, and flamenco theatres. You can also take a free walking tour of Triana .

4. Plaza de España

I can promise you that this is one of the most stunning European city squares you’ll ever see in your life. The genius architect who designed it in 1928 mixed several architectural styles to create this mesmerizing complex.

It includes towers, bridges, a fountain, and even a canal (where you can rent a boat and row!). One of my favorite elements about it is the tiled walls that represent Spain’s 48 provinces.

Seriously, this square is so beautiful I almost cried.

Plaza-de-Espana Seville

5. Maria Luisa Park

Plaza de España is actually located in this park, and you should definitely explore more of it.

Apart from trees and flowers, it’s filled with ponds, fountains, decorated benches, and unique buildings, which means that it’s not just another public park.

6. Barrio Santa Cruz

I was excited to know that in the Middle Ages, this neighborhood was Seville’s Jewish quarter and home to a thriving Jewish community.

Currently, it’s a colorful maze of narrow streets and alleys you have to stroll through. It’s also where both the Cathedral and Alcazar are located, and it’s a great place to grab a bite.

To learn more about it, you can also explore it with a guide .

Santa Cruz neighborhood in Seville

7. Cruise on the Guadalquivir River

While I don’t think this one is a must, taking a cruise on the river was a nice evening activity. There was something charming about seeing the city illuminated after the sun had set.

We bought the tickets at our hotel which gave us a small discount, but you can also book them in advance online .

8. Flamenco Show – El Palacio Andaluz

Flamenco (AKA one of the most beautiful traditional Spanish dances ) is one of my favorite things about Spanish culture.

The sound of Spanish guitar and rough singing voice, gorgeous outfits, and dance moves filled with emotions soften my heart every time. And since Flamenco was born in Andalucia, watching a live show in Seville is a must-have experience.

El Palacio Andaluz couldn’t have been a more incredible show, and I will forever remember it. You should know that the prices of flamenco shows in Andalucia usually start at 35-40 euros.

Also, notice that the basic ticket includes the show and a drink, and if you also want to have tapas or dinner, the prices are a lot higher.

We purchased the tickets at our hotel, but you can buy them in advance here or check out other flamenco shows in Seville .

Address:  María Auxiliadora, 18A.

El Palacio Andaluz flamenco venue

9. Metropol Parasol

This multi-functional building is a unique architectural gem that you must visit in Seville. It’s also called ‘Las Setas’ (‘The Mushrooms’) because it looks like it consists of six giant wooden mushrooms.

Inside the building, you’ll find an archaeological museum and a market, but the highlight for me was getting up to the roof terrace and enjoying incredible views of the city.

Address: Plaza de la Encarnación.

Cost:  3 euros to get to the roof terrace.

Metropol-Parasol, Seville

10. Highly-Rated Tours in Seville

Here are a few other highly-rated tours you can take in Seville:

  • Free tour of Seville
  • Free tour of the neighborhood of Triana
  • Free river b a nks tour
  • Triana market tour with tastings
  • Tapas crawl

We continued our journey towards our hotel in Cadiz .

Southern Spain Itinerary – Day 6 – Cadiz and Zahara de la Sierra

When I was planning my Andalucia trip itinerary, it came down to choosing between taking a day trip to Gibraltar or visiting Cadiz.

Honestly, I’m so happy I haven’t missed Cadiz . It is the oldest city in Europe and one of the most charming and full-of-life places I’ve ever visited.

Where to Stay in Cadiz

We stayed at Las Cortes de Cadiz . Although the parking lot near it was a bit challenging to find, I loved the hotel’s location, elegant decor, and staff. Check its latest prices and availability here .

Another highly-rated place to stay in Cadiz is the apartment hotel Casa Palacio Cádiz , but you can browse other accommodation options in Cadiz here.

Things to Do in Cadiz

To wander around Cadiz with a guide, take this free walking tour .

1. Go to the Beach

Unlike other coastal cities and towns in Andalucia, Cadiz sits on the Atlantic Ocean and not on the Mediterranean.

It offers a few beaches for you to enjoy, and the most popular ones are La Caleta and La Victoria. I was more interested in exploring the city itself, so I only took a walk along the coastline.

2. Wander the Streets of El Populo Quarter and Admire the Cathedral

It’s not just another labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys. It’s the oldest neighborhood in Europe!

Visit streets and squares like Plaza San Juan de Dios, Plaza de la Catedral, and Calle Meson, but be sure to take your time and explore the entire quarter.

In Plaza de la Catedral, you can also find Cadiz’s cathedral which took 116 years to build. To learn more about Cadiz, book this medieval tour or this free tour .

South of Spain road trip - a square in Cadiz

3. Mercado Central

Wherever I travel, I always love visiting local markets, so Cadiz’s Central Market had to be on my itinerary.

With a buzzing atmosphere and more than 150 stalls selling fresh produce, to me, it was one of the highlights of Cadiz.

Address:  Plaza de la Libertad.

4. Torre Tavira

For 360° views of Cadiz, head to Torre Tavira, a former watchtower and the highest point in the old city.

One of the biggest attractions it houses is the Camera Obscura which is an optical effect that allows you to see Cadiz and its development in the 21st century.

Currently, you need to reserve your spot in advance . You can also take a guided tour of the tower and the cathedral .

Address:  Marqués del Real Tesoro, 10.

5. Castillo de Santa Catalina

What would the oldest city in Europe be without an old fortress?

The star-shaped Castillo de Santa Catalina was built in the 17th century, and today it’s used for cultural events. It’s also free to visit except for when it hosts an event.

Continue your road trip and get to Zahara de la Sierra .

Zahara de la Sierra

No road trip in Andalucia would be complete without visiting some white-washed villages, one of the region’s most dominant symbols.

You can see some of them while you’re on the road, but you have to give a proper visit to at least one or two.

Zahara de la Sierra is a white-washed village with an extremely picturesque setting. Surrounded by a turquoise lake, it sits on top of a rocky hill where you can also see the remains of a Moorish castle.

Honestly, it doesn’t get more magical than that.

Although the village itself is not big, it has a few main sights like Plaza Mayor, the castle and its lookout tower, and a few churches.

Southern Spain road trip itinerary - Zahara-de-la-Sierra

We continued our journey towards our hotel in Ronda .

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Southern Spain Itinerary – Day 7 – Ronda and Marbella

Where to stay in ronda.

We stayed at Hotel Berlanga , a humble and cozy hotel that made us feel at home and that I absolutely loved. It also has a nice restaurant and offers private parking (at a relatively reasonable price).

Browse prices and availability here or check out another highly rated hotel with private parking and a great location – Hotel Colon . Alternatively, browse other accommodations in Ronda.

Things to Do in Ronda

With picture-perfect and unique views, Ronda has won my heart. As in most Andalucian villages, towns, and cities, you can spend hours just wandering through its old town streets .

However, it’s home to a few sights that will make your jaw drop, so you have to include it on your Andalucia travel itinerary. Learn more about Ronda with this free tour.

houses in Ronda Spain

1. Puerta de Almocabar

Dating back to the 13th century (to the Moorish era) and restructured in the 16th century, this medieval gate was one of the main defensive entrances to the walled city of Ronda, consisting of three gates joined by two semicircular towers.

2. Cuenca Gardens

Terraces of gardens with spectacular views of Ronda and El Tajo gorge? Yes, please! Cuenca is actually Ronda’s twin city, and the gardens are dedicated to it.

Address:  Escolleras, 1.

3. Puente Nuevo

This bridge was built in the 18th century to join the two parts of Ronda separated by the El Tajo gorge.

Crossing the bridge, the views of the gorge and the white houses sitting on the edge of the cliff will take your breath away.

If you feel like doing something a bit more active, you can also walk down into the El Tajo gorge itself.

Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Spain

We continued our journey and got to  Marbella for the last half-day of our Andalusia road trip.

Where to Stay in Marbella

We stayed at the modern Marbella Inn Hotel . It doesn’t have a private parking lot, but we didn’t struggle to find a place to park the car right next to it. It’s very well-located, clean, and comfortable.

Check the hotel’s latest prices and availability here or find another place to stay in Marbella.

Things to Do in Marbella

I added Marbella to my one-week Andalucia itinerary because I was looking for a relaxing way to spend our last half day.

This city is considered a luxurious summer holiday destination, but it has a lot more to it. Take a free walking tour to explore it with a guide.

1. Old Town

You’ve probably already figured out how much I love strolling through old towns, and Marbella’s old quarter was no exception.

With gorgeous squares like Plaza de los Naranjos and charming winding streets, it has to be the city’s most beautiful part.

If you want to explore the old town with a guide, book this tour (that also includes tapas and wine tastings) or take this free tour .

2. Puerto Banus

To experience some of Marbella’s glitz and glamour side, head to Puerto Banus, a luxurious marina near the city.

Apart from strolling next to all the impressive yachts, here you’ll also find boutique shops, restaurants, and bars.

I don’t think Puerto Banus is a must-visit, but it was a nice add-on to this trip. To get there, you’ll need to drive or take a taxi.

3. Paseo Maritimo

Walking alongside Marbella’s promenade as the sun sets is an excellent way to end your trip.

You don’t need much more than sandy beaches, palm trees, cafes, restaurants, and bars to have a relaxing afternoon and evening.

If you’re lucky, you might come across some open-air bars with live music.

Marbella-promenade

If you have more than one week in southern Spain or you want to spend more time in Marbella, here are a few other things you can do .

After our last night in Marbella , we were headed to Malaga to catch our flight back home. You can definitely also spend 1- 3 days in Malaga itself.

Andalucia Road Trip Itinerary – Tips and Notes

Changing this itinerary.

There’s a lot more to see in this region, so here are a few places I wish I could have included in my southern Spain travel itinerary .

If you’re looking to add some active activities, there are plenty of hikes in this area, including the famous Caminito del Rey .

Accommodations

I normally recommend finding accommodation in small villages when going on a road trip like this one. Usually, it’s cheaper and easier to park your car than at a big city hotel’s parking lot.

However, most of our Andalucia road trip itinerary included cities, so we had to stay in most of them and pay for parking.

Note that city hotel parking in southern Spain can cost up to 20 euros per day and can be small and tricky to access.

You can also try to find accommodations on the outskirts of these cities (where hotel parking might be cheaper) and use public transportation to get to the city centers.

Also, know that not every hotel has an elevator, so be sure to check that in advance.

When to Visit

This region is definitely one of the best fall destinations in Europe .

Our south of Spain road trip took place in September when the temperatures were a lot milder than in plain summer and it wasn’t too overcrowded with tourists.

For those reasons, spring would also be a good time to spend a week in Andalucia. With relatively warm temperatures even in winter, some people consider this region a great European winter destination .

One-week Andalucia road trip itinerary - Granada from above

How to Get to Andalucia

We landed in Malaga , picked up our car at the airport, and started our journey towards the first stop, Granada , right away.

We chose to book a flight to Malaga because it was faster and more economical than a flight to Granada.

In addition, it might be easier to find a non-stop flight to Malaga, depending on the city you are flying from.

Getting to both cities by train from Madrid is also possible and might be more convenient. You can compare flight and train rates in one place on Omio (former GoEuro).

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Every great Andalusian road trip begins with a proper car. We found a good car rental deal on Europcar (I started by comparing prices on Rentalcars , and going for manual gear definitely helped save some more money).

Luckily, everything from picking up the car to returning it went smoothly.

Even if you’re not visiting during the high season (summer), be sure to make your reservation a few months in advance. Compare Europcar and other companies’ rates on Rentalcars.com to find the best deal .

In terms of driving, getting inside the city centers of the region’s cities is not the most convenient (as it is in other regions and countries), but other than that, it’s fairly easy to drive around Andalusia.

Important tip: City hotel parking lots are not very spacious, so I wouldn’t recommend renting a big car.

olive trees in southern Spain

Other Tips and Notes

– This Andalusia itinerary includes 7 full days and 7 nights.

– Don’t pay for a hotel breakfast in advance. It can be pretty pricey and not worth it, so be sure to read reviews or check it out when you arrive at your hotel. Instead, you can get coffee, juice, and a croissant or a toast with tomato and olive oil (a Spanish classic) for 2-3 euros at a cafe. 

– Have spare change for toll roads and don’t forget to pack these road trip essentials .

– Here are the best road trip apps that will help you plan the perfect trip.

– For more things to know before planning your trip, check out my 55 Spain travel tips .

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The Ultimate Andalucia Road Trip (Detailed Southern Spain Itinerary!)

Winding streets through whitewashed villages, the clink of tinto verano glasses scraping against tapas plates, sweeping views across gorges, endless sour orange trees, and 700-year-old palaces: these are just a few of the incredible things that you’ll find on an Andalucia road trip.

As Spain’s southernmost region, there are a downright overwhelming number of places to visit in Andalucia, ranging from whitewashed hilltop towns (pueblos blancos) to Mediterranean beaches to snowcapped mountains, and everything in between!

Planning a southern Spain itinerary can be tricky, if for no other reason than that it’s hard to narrow down exactly where to go.

After two long trips spent falling in love with the south of Spain, we’ve put together this road trip itinerary for Andalucia in the hopes that you come away loving it as much as we do (and avoid some mistakes that we learned the hard way).

If you’re ready to soak up the magic of Andalucia, this southern Spain road trip itinerary is for you!

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How We Structured This Southern Spain Itinerary

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kate storm and jeremy storm at the alhambra during an andalucia road trip itinerary

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With a region as large and diverse as Andalucia, narrowing down the best places to visit on a 10 day southern Spain road trip is quite the challenge!

We structured this Andalucia road trip as a loop beginning and ending in Seville, home to one of the largest airports in the region.

Since it’s a loop, you can easily reverse this itinerary if you wish, or start in a different city (such as Malaga).

We designed this southern Spain itinerary around visiting whitewashed villages, historic cities, and stunning landscapes.

It’s a fairly fast-paced itinerary in the sense that it packs a lot in and involves visiting many beautiful towns, but to drive this route straight through without traffic would actually take less than 10 hours.

countryside surrounding ronda spain as seen on a itinerary for southern spain in 10 days

You’ll drive a bit more than that, counting day trips and such, but the bottom line is that it’s a very doable distance in 10 days!

We don’t dedicate much time to the famous Costa del Sol on this travel guide, as this is more of an enjoy-all-the-attractions itinerary rather than a relax-on-the-beach itinerary, but we do include a bit of time to soak up views by the Mediterranean as well.

In addition to the detailed 10 day southern Spain itinerary we’ve outlined here, we’ve also made notes of more incredible places to visit in Andalucia that you can add or swap in, depending on your travel style.

This guide to road tripping Andalucia is quite long, so feel free to use the table of contents above this section to navigate to the most important parts for you if you wish!

kate storm overlooking the smurf village juzcar spain blue village

For most people, of course, taking an Andalucia road trip will require renting a car

We recommend renting a small car through  Discover Cars , which will allow you to compare the prices and inclusions of multiple companies at the same time and choose the best car for you from there.

For the purposes of this southern Spain itinerary, we recommend picking up a car the morning you leave Seville.

There’s no reason to pick one up for your time in the city, as parking it will be a hassle and you won’t need it for exploring Seville.

Check rates and book your rental car today!

ranger stor on a finca overlooking mountains in southern spain road trip

This southern Spain itinerary is specifically designed as a road trip, and we do strongly believe that driving is the best way to visit Andalucia!

From offbeat villages to charming hikes to out-of-the-way beaches, your trip to Andalucia will absolutely be enhanced by having your own set of wheels.

That being said, if you can’t or would rather not drive, you can still cover the vast majority of the sights included on this Andalucia road trip itinerary through a combination of public transportation and guided tours.

view of bell tower from the patio de los naranjos, the starting point to many top cordoba activities

If you’re not planning to drive, we recommend basing yourself in larger cities like Seville, Granada, and Malaga, and taking day trips (independently, guided, or a combination of both) from there.

As much as we love Ronda, we wouldn’t recommend spending more than perhaps one night there without a car.

If you want to structure your itinerary for southern Spain without a car, we highly recommend using Omio to check exact ticket schedules and pricing for trains and buses in Andalucia!

Check schedules and shop train and bus tickets in Andalucia today!

highly decorated center of mosque in cordoba spain

Day 1: Arrive in Seville and start exploring.

Starting your southern Spain travels in Seville means diving right into the heart of Andalucian culture!

Depending on what time your plane lands, kick off your Andalucia vacation with a visit to the Seville Cathedral–once the biggest church in the world–and a climb up its bell tower.

The Giralda (bell tower) not only includes a beautiful view but is part of Andalucian history.

Before the Reconquista (when Christian powers overtook the Moorish kingdom that once ruled this area), this bell tower was the minaret of a mosque on the same site.

When the sun starts to set, head out for tapas and tinto verano (similar to sangria, but less elaborate and beloved by locals).

We don’t recommend picking up your rental car until day 3 of this itinerary–you won’t need it when exploring the heart of Seville.

view of seville cathedral and giralda through sour orange trees part of a 10 days in south of spain itinerary

Where to Stay in Seville, Spain

When deciding where to stay in Seville, location is key as ideally, you’ll want to stay within walking distance of Seville’s best attractions.

We had a fantastic experience at  Petit Palace Puerta de Triana  on our most recent trip to Seville.

The hotel  has a fantastic location (central but also quiet–a far from guaranteed combination in Spain), a delicious breakfast, and comfortable rooms.

Looking for something a bit different?

The incredibly popular Hotel Rey Alfonso X is an excellent choice, and their rooftop views are sublime!

If you’d like to stick to more of a budget, Hotel America Sevilla gets wonderful reviews and doesn’t sacrifice too much in terms of location.

Meanwhile, for the height of luxury, you can’t beat the absolutely stunning Hotel Alfonso XIII !

Check rates & book your stay in Seville today!

Kate Storm standing on a bridge in Seville Spain with her back to the camera--Seville makes an excellent stop on a Europe road trip!

Day 2: Dive into Andalucian culture and history in Seville.

Today, it’s time to explore the rest of the major attractions in Seville!

Be sure to visit the famous Plaza de Espana, wander through the picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz (the former Jewish Quarter), and potentially see a Flamenco show .

Touring the gorgeous Alcazar is also a must: parts of this unique palace were built in the Moorish style, by Islamic craftsmen, for Christian rulers.

The result is a unique and beautiful combination of cultures that brings together several aspects of Andalucian history.

gardens of royal alcazar in seville spain

If you’re interested in experiencing more modern architecture in Seville, the famous Metropol Parasol is a fun spot with great views.

For foodies, we highly recommend taking a food tour in Seville on the first full day of your trip: not only is it incredibly fun, but it will help you know exactly what to order during the rest of your southern Spain itinerary!

And, if you’d like to explore the history of bullfighting in Spain, the Plaza de Toros is one of the most famous bullfighting rings in the world and can be toured (for obvious reasons, we do not recommend attending a fight).

tapas in andalucia spain

Day 3: Explore Cordoba.

Today, pick up your rental car and hit the road to Cordoba!

Lying about 1 hour, 45 minutes northeast of Seville, Cordoba is famous for its incredible Mosque-Cathedral , which is exactly what it sounds like–a cathedral built literally inside a former Moorish mosque.

It’s one of the most unique houses of worship we’ve ever set foot in, and it alone would be worth visiting Cordoba for!

view of cordoba spain and roman bridge from calahorra tower, one of the best things to do in cordoba spain

While Cordoba’s history dates back to the Romans (and you can stroll across the aptly named Roman Bridge while there), its Moorish period is responsible for much of the city’s stunning architecture and fame.

Cordoba peaked in the 10th century, when it was, for a brief moment, the biggest and one of the most powerful cities in the world.

In addition to the Mosque-Cathedral, be sure to explore Cordoba’s many flower-filled patios, check out the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, and visit the winding streets of the Jewish Quarter during your day in Cordoba.

patio in the palacio de viana, one of the best attractions cordoba spain

Where to Stay in Cordoba, Spain

We loved our stay at Hesperia Cordoba !

Set just over the river from Cordoba’s historic center and a very short walk from the Roman Bridge, Hesperia Cordoba features spacious rooms, excellent customer service, and a rooftop with one of the best views in the city.

For those traveling Andalucia on a budget, Cordoba Carpe Diem is a great option in the heart of the city.

And, if you’re looking to stay in a hotel so luxurious that it’s practically a museum, the popular Hospes Palacio del Bailio is the clear winner (it even features actual Roman ruins!).

Check rates & book your stay in Cordoba!

view of cordoba spain and roman bridge from hesperia coroba hotel

Day 4: Make your way to Granada.

Winding roads, stunning hilltop towns, and olive trees as far as the eye can see: these are the views that you’ll enjoy when driving from Cordoba to Granada on your Andalucia road trip!

If you’d like to add an extra stop or two to your morning, the Medina Azahara (a UNESCO World Heritage recognized archaeological site) and the Castle of Almodovar del Rio (a magnificent castle dating to 760 that was a Game of Thrones filming location) are both excellent options.

castle of Almodovar del rio with village visible below

Both places are a bit out of the way, but as the drive between Cordoba and Granada is only about 2.5 hours long, you’ll have plenty of time if you’d like to stop.

Once you get to Granada, settle in and start sightseeing!

Depending on what time you get in, we recommend exploring the picturesque Albayzin (Arab Quarter), climbing up to the Mirador San Nicholas (it’s worth every step!), and enjoying plenty of tapas.

If you have time, consider heading up to Sacromonte to visit the interesting cave museum and to attend an an intimate flamenco show –the neighborhood is famous for them!

kate storm and ranger storm at the mirador san nicholas in granada spain, one of the best places to visit in andalucia

Where to Stay in Granada, Spain

We rented an apartment from Mosaiko Homes in Granada, and could not have had a better experience: the owner was responsive, the apartment fantastic, and the location unbeatable!

Mosaiko Homes is located on a quiet street a short walk from many of Granada’s top sights, offering the combination of a convenient location and a lack of noise at night–two things that can be difficult to find together in Andalucia!

Another excellent option with near-perfect reviews is the incredibly unique Casa de Reyes (that decor!).

For a bit of luxury, the popular Shine Albayzin is not only housed in a 16th-century palace, it overlooks the Alhambra !

Generally speaking, lodging in Granada is much more affordable than in, say, Seville or the resort towns of the Costa del Sol.

If you’re going to splurge on a luxury property during your 10 day southern Spain itinerary, Granada is a fantastic place to do so!

Check rates & book your stay in Granada!

colorful street in albayzin granada, fun stop on a 10 day southern spain road trip itinerary

Day 5: Discover the Alhambra and other Granada gems.

On the fifth day of your road trip in Andalucia, it’s time to visit the region’s top attraction: the Alhambra!

While the Alhambra is most famous for its stunning Nasrid Palaces built by the Moors, there is an overwhelming amount of things to see at this iconic fortress.

From Generalife and its gardens (a summer retreat for the Nasrid dynasty) to the Alcazaba (the oldest portion of the fortress, which dates to the 1200s) and beyond, there are many sides to the Alhambra to visit.

court of the lions in nasrid palaces alhambra spain

General tickets to the Alhambra are competitive and often sell out far in advance (you can check available dates here ), but luckily, organized tours and skip-the-line tickets (which are only slightly more expensive than general tickets) are very easy to come by.

Deciding whether to take a tour of the Alhambra or simply use an audio guide is a personal choice, and both have pros and cons.

We took this popular tour , and while we got frustrated with how much it dragged in certain places, we loved having the context of a live guide–especially in the Nasrid Palaces.

We also loved not having to manage the tightly controlled timed entry system for the Nasrid Palaces ourselves.

view of alhambra from generalife, one of the best things to do southern spain itinerary

Keep in mind that not all Alhambra tickets include entry to the Nasrid Palaces.

Make sure that your ticket does, though, because they are truly the star of the show!

You will likely be exhausted after visiting the Alhambra, which makes this afternoon the perfect time to visit one of Andalucia’s gorgeous hammams.

Hammam Al Andalus is well-known, gorgeous, and accessible to English speakers. We loved our time there!

intricate interior in nasrid palaces alhambra spain

Day 6: Take the scenic route to Malaga (or nearby).

Today, start your morning by enjoying any sightseeing you haven’t had a chance to enjoy in Granada, such as visiting the stunning Granada Cathedral and Royal Crypt.

Depending on what time you get started in the morning and how much time you want to spend on the beach, you can also consider heading 20 minutes outside of Granada to enjoy the popular hanging bridges at Los Cahorros Gorge in Monachil.

From there, it’s time to make your way to the Costa del Sol: no southern Spain itinerary would be complete without soaking up some sun!

We recommend heading toward Malaga via the A-44 to A-7 route–it’s slightly longer than going the A-92 route, but you can’t beat the views driving along the Mediterranean for half the drive!

beach in nerja spain costa del sol road trip

Day 7: Soak up the sun on the Costa del Sol.

There is an endless number of options when it comes to deciding what town to stay in on the Costa del Sol!

Malaga, the biggest city in the region, is perfect for those who want to potentially take an afternoon road trip to a nearby beach but want to dedicate most of their time to culture.

The best things to do in Malaga include visiting the celebrated Picasso Museum, Alcazaba , Roman Theatre, Cathedral, and beyond, which make for a compelling, but not beachy, trip.

kate storm and ranger storm in front of roman theatre malaga spain

If you’re looking for idyllic beaches, Nerja is the place to go (that’s where the above photo was snapped!).

A beautiful resort town with a promenade?

Estepona might be right for you.

No matter where you end up staying, make sure that you spend at least part of the day admiring views of the Mediterranean with a gelato or glass of tinto verano (or both) in hand.

Since you’re visiting via a Costa del Sol road trip, you can also easily stay in one town and squeeze in a quick afternoon visit to another!

palm trees sandy beach and promenade in costal del sol spain itinerary

Day 8: Continue your Andalucia road trip and head to Ronda.

Last but certainly not least, say goodbye to the Costa del Sol and head north again to Ronda , one of our absolute favorite places in Spain.

Situated on a ridge, Ronda features sweeping views, a gorge, an 18th-century bridge that is earnestly referred to as the “New Bridge”, ties to the Lost Generation, and idyllic whitewashed streets–and that’s without even leaving the town center.

Much smaller than Seville or Granada, Ronda is nonetheless well worth savoring.

Once you arrive, start by exploring a few of the best things to do in Ronda, such as visiting the Cuenca Gardens, marveling at Puerto Nuevo (and Puerto Viejo and the Arab Bridge, while you’re at it), and visiting the historic Arab Baths (now a museum, though there is also a functioning hammam in Ronda!).

For sunset, there is absolutely no better place to be than admiring the views of Puerto Nuevo and the surrounding landscape from the Alameda del Tejo!

famous puerto nuevo in ronda spain, one of the best stops on a 10 day andalucia road trip

Where to Stay in Ronda, Spain

We can’t rave about our stay at Catalonia Reina Victoria in Ronda enough–it may just be one of our favorite hotels we’ve ever stayed in!

Unbeatable views over the countryside (we upgraded to a terrace room, which was absolutely worth it), excellent customer service, comfortable rooms, easy parking on site, and walking distance to all the best things to do in Ronda–it’s hard to beat that!

The popular Hotel Montelirio , with views of the Puerto Nuevo, is also a great option.

However, as Ronda is the last stop on your Andalucia road trip and finding parking in the city center is fairly simple, you may want to go the complete opposite route and stay in a country hotel just outside of town!

The beautiful and well-reviewed Hotel Cortijo Las Piletas is located a 15-minute drive from Ronda, offers a pool, gorgeous views, and a bit of peace and quiet to end your trip with.

Check rates & book your stay in Ronda today!

kate storm jeremy storm and ranger storm on a terrace overlooking the countryside ronda spain

Day 9: Explore unique places to visit near Ronda.

In addition to being a fantastic town to visit in its own right, Ronda is also surrounded by excellent day trip options!

Our first choice would undoubtedly be a visit to Setenil de las Bodegas: if you only have time to visit one place outside of Ronda, make it here.

This historic town features many homes and businesses built directly into the surrounding gorge, and the result is one of the most unique towns we have ever laid eyes on!

whitewashed buildings built into gorge in setenil de las bodegas spain, as seen on a south of spain itinerary

Other fun places to visit include Juzcar (also known as Spain’s “Smurf Village”–it is painted entirely blue!), and the Cueva del Gato swimming hole.

If you want a unique perspective on Ronda’s famous Puerto Nuevo, you can also drive to the bottom of the ridge and view it from an entirely different angle (keep in mind that there are some tiny dirt roads involved here, but it is doable).

Looking to ditch the car entirely?

You can find plenty of horseback riding tours in the area!

cueva de gato swimming hole in andalucia spain

Day 10: Head back to Seville and wrap up your 10 day southern Spain itinerary.

It’s time to wrap up your Andalucia road trip!

Today, make your way back to Seville to drop off your rental car and head home.

If you have time for a little extra sightseeing, consider spending the morning visiting any attractions you didn’t get a chance to see in Ronda or Seville.

Or, for an incredibly relaxing end to your 10 days in southern Spain, book yourself a visit to a hammam in either city!

kate storm overlooking the cuenca gardens in ronda spain road trip andalucia

A mere 10 days in Andalucia could never hope to cover every incredible destination that southern Spain has to offer!

If you’re lucky enough to have a longer timeframe to work with, here are a few more places to consider adding to your itinerary for southern Spain, from beach towns to mountainous parks.

Over 3,000 years old and almost entirely surrounded by water, Cadiz is visually stunning and historically fascinating.

It’s fairly small, given that it is physically constrained by its location, but packed with interesting sights, including over 100 watchtowers!

cityscape of cadiz spain from above, a fun stop on an andalucia itinerary

Technically speaking, your Andalucia road trip doesn’t have to only take place in Spain!

Head to Gibraltar to enjoy views from the famous Rock of Gibraltar, check out the resident wild monkeys, and enjoy the excuse to walk (literally) across the border of Spain to the UK.

Don’t forget to pack your passport!

rock of gibraltar on a sunny day

Jerez de la Frontera

A great alternative to cities like Seville, Jerez de la Frontera offers many of the usual Andalucia highlights–Moorish castle, riding school, festivals–but is (slightly) more off the beaten path.

It’s also famous for its sherry production, making it a fun stop for spirit lovers!

Sierra Nevada National Park

Offering skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, and gorgeous mountain views year-round, Sierra Nevada National Park makes an excellent addition to an itinerary for southern Spain for those looking for a place to relax in nature.

Located just east of Granada, Sierra Nevada National Park is easy to add to this itinerary–or, if you’re not much of a beach person, you can even swap the Costa del Sol for some time here!

winding road through sierra nevada mountains in spain

Puerto Banus

Looking for luxurious yachts, high-end nightclubs, and–essentially–the Spanish version of St. Tropez or Monaco?

Head to Puerto Banus, just next door to Marbella, and you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

Start by checking out the Golden Mile!

beach with straw umbrellas on puerto banus spain

Arcos de la Frontera

Surrounded by the Guadalete River on 3 sides and–like Ronda–situated on the edge of a ridge, Arcos de la Frontera is visually stunning and one of the best whitewashed towns (pueblos blancos) to visit in Andalucia.

Don’t miss the views from the Castillo de los Arcos while you’re there!

arcos de la frontera as seen from across the river, one of the best places to visit in andalucia spain

Located at the far southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Tarifa is far enough out of the way that it doesn’t see quite as many visitors as the famous Costa del Sol (among those who aren’t kitesurfing enthusiasts, anyway)–but it’s absolutely worth a visit.

Featuring wide, sandy beaches famous for kitesurfing and a charming whitewashed town center, Tarifa is a laid-back delight.

It also lies a short ferry ride away from Morocco , and you can take a day trip to Tangiers as part of your time there!

bright blue sea with waves in tarifa spain

El Caminito del Rey

With stunning gorge views and adrenaline-inducing heights, El Caminito del Rey is one of the most iconic hikes in Andalucia!

A decade ago, it was often touted as being the most dangerous hike in Spain–or even the world–but it has now been restored to be much more accessible.

… For those of us with a fear of heights, though, it can still pose a mental challenge!

group of people with helmets hiking along a gorge el caminito del rey

Andalucia can be a year-round destination–if you can brave the summer heat, that is.

Southern Spain, particularly cities like Cordoba and Seville, are known for being some of the hottest places in Europe.

Summer temperatures can easily reach 98°F (36°C) in the inland cities, which is why during July and August, you’ll find the crowds down at the Costa del Sol, where the temperatures are milder and there’s the Mediterranean to cool off in.

Ideally, this itinerary for southern Spain is designed for the spring or fall, when temperatures are warm but reasonable, the sun is usually shining, and the flowers are in bloom everywhere you look.

If you’re willing to bundle up a bit, winter can also be a wonderful time to take this Andalucia road trip.

The prices and crowds will both be smaller, and if you’re so inclined, you can even go skiing in Sierra Nevada near Granada–the southernmost ski area in Europe!

colorful patio full of flowers, one of the best places to visit in cordoba spain

Here are a few essentials you should definitely add to your packing list as you prepare for your road trip in Andalucia, Spain!

Travel Insurance  — We don’t ever suggest traveling without travel insurance–anything can happen, and a fast-paced road trip is definitely a case of better safe than sorry.

We use and recommend  Safety Wing  for trips to Spain.

Travel Adaptors for Spain — If you’re coming from outside of Europe, you’ll definitely need adaptors for your electronics.

Hands-Free Phone Mount  — This is especially important if you don’t have a reliable co-pilot: the last thing you want to do is be fumbling with the GPS on your phone during your road trip in Andalucia.

Pack a cell phone holder to attach to the car and you’ll be able to drive much more safely!

view of granada spain from alcazaba, an essential stop on a 10 days in andalucia itinerary

Additional Car Insurance  — Whether you purchase a policy that covers car rental (only some of theirs do, so double-check!), purchase a policy through the rental car company, or something else, be sure you have coverage: it’s worth the peace of mind.

Portable USB Charger  — Don’t stress about your phone dying while you’re spending long days driving from village to village: add a portable charger to your southern Spain packing list.

Swiss Army Knife  — Want to open wine bottles in your hotel room, slice cheese from the market, or cut up that fresh bread from the bakery?

You’ll be so glad you brought a Swiss Army Knife along on your Andalucia vacation!

kate storm overlooking the countryside near ronda spain during a southern spain road trip

Camera  — We absolutely adore our Sony a7R III , but whatever camera you’re comfortable with works.

Just make sure you have something with you to preserve your memories!

Reusable Water Bottle(s)  — Cut down on plastic waste, save money, and make sure you don’t have to stop for water constantly: a reusable water bottle has lots of benefits on a road trip. We personally love and use  these .

Hand Sanitizer  — We carry this everywhere, and have never been sorry to have it floating around in our day bag.

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About Kate Storm

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

6 thoughts on “The Ultimate Andalucia Road Trip (Detailed Southern Spain Itinerary!)”

beautiful, do you sell a map of this

We don’t sell a map or printable version of this itinerary (yet), but you can click on the button at the top right of the map embedded at the bottom of this article and download it to take with you!

This is exactly the trip we plan to take this fall. Thank you for this great guide! Are the places you reccommend to stay pet friendly? It appeared your were travelling with your dog and we are also travrling with ours. Gracias!

Yes, all of the places we mention staying at personally in Andalucia are pet-friendly and Ranger stayed with us at all of them!

I can’t speak to the alternative suggestions provided, as I don’t source pet-friendly hotels specifically for those (very few of our readers travel with their dogs).

Have a wonderful trip!

Hi Kate, It seems finally I have found the perfect road trip for southern Spain. I plan to go early December or maybe in Jan-Feb. I would like to add 3-4 days to the trip. Could you recommend how to do that? Regards, Amitabh

The sky is the limit!

Beyond the destinations I outlined in the “other destinations” section of the post, you could potentially consider adding on a few days in Morocco with a longer timeline.

You can also easily add more days to any of the destinations included in the itinerary. There’s lots of great hiking around Granada, for example, and of course there’s always the option of enjoying even more beach time along the Costa del Sol.

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10-Day Highlights of Andalucia Road Trip Itinerary (With Free Download)

10-Day Highlights of Andalucia Road Trip Itinerary (With Free Download)

When planning a road trip to Southern Spain, the most asked question must be: how much time to spend in Andalucia? How much time to spend in Seville and how long should I stay in Granada? Or how long can I stay at Malaga beach? I had the same questions when I planned my Andalucia travel itinerary and pieced the small bits of information together and came up with my own 10-day Andalucia road trip itinerary.

I want to make planning your Andalucia travels and Southern Spain itinerary easier for you. Therefore, I put together this list of things to do in Andalucia and the main highlights, and how much time it takes to visit the highlights of Andalucia.

I paid for everything in full myself. I was not paid or sponsored. All my opinions and experiences are my own.

Probe around the Globe does use affiliate links. If you decide to follow one of my links and make a purchase, I’ll earn a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you.

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10-Day Southern Spain Road Trip Itinerary around Malaga, Ronda, Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada (with free download)

At the bottom, you can download my free Andalucia road trip itinerary spreadsheet . You can fill in the things that interest you in Andalucia Spain. When you add everything up, you’ll see how much time you need to spend in the different cities of Andalucia Spain.

Impatient? Download the FREE sample itinerary for your Andalucian road trip straight away.

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Andalucia in the South of Spain

Andalucia is the most Southern province of Spain. It consists of 8 smaller regions, each with its own character. It was under Arabic rule by the Moorish kings until 1492. After this, the Catholic monarchs ruled over Andalucia.

The mix of Roman, Moorish and Spanish history, combined with the great food culture and its excellent climate makes this area of Spain so popular with tourists and travelers. What attracts you to travel to Andalucia?

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The average temperature in Andalucia in summer is 36°C (97 °F). These scorching temperatures are not meant to explore cities but April and May are lovely months to visit Andalucia and October and November are very pleasant too.

What to see in Andalusia and what to include in your Southern Spain itinerary?

The beaches of Andalucia draw sun-seekers year-round, especially the Malaga beach, but this Andalusia road trip itinerary is about cultural exploration.

Here is a list of the main Andalucia highlights and the things to do in the Andalucian cities.

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Málaga and Málaga beach

  • Main start and finish of an Andalucia itinerary
  • Malaga airport  is connected with air, rail, and road with Madrid and Barcelona
  • Famous is Malaga beach for sun-seekers
  • White Villages around Malaga
  • Famous “Pueblo Blanco”- White Village of Andalucia
  • Old-stone bridge connecting modern Ronda with historic Ronda

Sevilla Spain

  • Film set for many episodes of Games of Thrones
  • Seville Cathedral and Giralda Bell Tower .
  • Royal Alcázar , the palace of Sevilla
  • Excellent food and tapas culture
  • Mezquita of Cordoba . Mosque turned into Catholic Cathedral
  • Famous Alhambra Castle and Palace in Granada
  • Ancient Arabic neighborhood the Albeyzín

Other places in Andalusia worth your time

The places I didn’t visit (on this trip) but are very much worth your time:

  • The oldest city of Europe: Cádiz
  • Horses and sherry in Jerez de la Fonterra
  • Monkey spotting in British Gibraltar in one day
  • Other white villages of Andalucia

My 10-Day Andalusia Road Trip Itinerary

My road trip through Andalucia was in November and I split my days in half. I drove during siesta time and arrived in my new city early evenings.

This way, I had 1 evening to look around, a full day of exploring, and a morning of wandering around. This worked really well for me.

Below you’ll find the travel itinerary for my 10-day Andalucian road trip cramming in as much as the highlights of Southern Spain as possible.

Map of Andalucia Spain with my road trip Itinerary

Day 1: Start in Malaga

This was my travel day and I arrived late in the evening at Malaga Airport. I picked up my rental car and checked into my Málaga hostel .

The first tapas of my Andalucia travel was an excellent choice.

Day 2: Malaga morning tour

Because I had little time in Malaga, I skipped Malaga beach but joined a Food Tour around Málaga  instead.

In half a day, I learned about Malaga’s history and sampled some delicious wines and foods of the region at the market and in local tapas bars.

I got to see a glimpse of the Picasso Museum and the Cathedral of Malaga. The Alcázaba of Málaga looks really impressive and you can easily spend half a day there.

Total time spent in Malaga: 1 night

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Drive to Ronda

After 2.30 pm, I left Malaga and drove off to Ronda. In the afternoon I settled into my Ronda hotel  and explored the city on foot.

I wanted to see the sunset in the center so I headed for the bridge. It was Friday night and the streets were buzzing with people. I never experienced such an alive and vibrant little village before.

Unfortunately, dark clouds prevented any gorgeous sunset from showing itself, so I went back to the main shopping area.

I was looking for a bathing suit, see my story about the Hammams in Andalucia , and I looked for some souvenirs and delicious tapas dinner.

Day 3: Explore around Ronda

I woke up early to explore more around Ronda because I wanted to see the famous bridge of Ronda from below the canyon.

More things to do in Ronda: explore the bullfighting arena and visit the vineyards of Ronda .

After this, I left for the Pileta Caves .

20 km outside of Ronda, these caves are privately owned property and the tour takes you through history and the earliest cave drawings. Unfortunately there wasn’t a tour available so I continued my road trip.

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Roman Ruins of Acinipo near Ronda

Ronda la Vieja is situated 15 km outside of Ronda and this is the place of the Roman settlement of Acinipo at Ronda.

Does anybody say Roman theater?

It was raining, hailing and even snowing at the top of the sight, but I had fun roaming around the old Roman Ruins of Ronda!

Total time spent in Ronda: 1 night

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Do you like Roman Ruins? Check out my post about the Roman Heritage in Orange, France

I took the touristic route down to Seville and passed many of the white villages of Andalucia on my way. The scenery was amazing with big thunderstorms rolling in, double rainbows crossing the road and no traffic at all.

Because of the bad weather, I didn’t see any opportunities to stop for photos but if you have more time, I can definitely recommend this.

First evening in Seville

After check-in at my Sevilla hostel , I joined another food tour: the Tapas and Wine Tour of Seville!

And boy, did I not regret this!

I sampled some amazing tapas and wine .

I benefited from this immensely for the rest of my trip because I got some really good pointers about tapas in Andalucia and how to order.

Day 4: Explore Seville

Rise and shine! The rain vanished without a trace and sweet Seville saluted me this morning.

I joined a Bike Tour a round Seville to explore some of the major sights of the city.

We explored La Triana, the center of Seville and we went to Plaza España which is the prettiest thing I have ever seen.

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If you like bike tours as much as I do, you might be interested in my  Bike Tour of Rome

After the bike tour in Seville, I had a nice tapas lunch and visited Sevilla Cathedral and the Giralda bell tower .

I watched the sunset at the Setas in Seville (also named the Metropol Parasol). This modern futuristic building had some interesting angles at sunset.

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Day 5: Morning in Seville

This morning, I packed my bags and prepared to leave Seville. I had half a day left and had to make the difficult decision to either go back to the lovely Plaza d’España or explore the Real Alcázar of Seville . I opted for the latter.

The royal castle of Seville is still in use when the king and queen of Spain visit Seville.

The castle is used for many Hollywood movies and TV series and it is absolutely stunning to explore. I might even argue it is as beautiful as the Alhambra in Granada!

Total time spent in Seville: 2 nights

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Stronghold of Carmona

A little later than anticipated, I left Seville behind and headed west towards Cordoba.

I stopped in Carmona, a small stronghold in ancient times.

I wanted to explore the Roman ruins of Itálica outside of Seville (because, hello.. Roman Ruins!!) But they are closed on Monday’s. My luck.

I climbed the fortress of Carmona and had a lovely lunch at the town square before I continued my journey to Cordoba.

After check-in at  my Córdoba hotel , I visited the Hammam of Cordoba and got a massage. After this, I had a lovely tapas dinner with a little too much to drink.

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Day 6: Take in the highlight of Cordoba

I wanted to get up early and see the Mezquita of Cordoba for free (between 8.30 and 9.30 am entree is free .) but I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed. Because I was a bit cold and tired, I slept in.

A little bit later that morning I visited the Mezquita of Cordoba and reserved a spot on the list to climb the bell tower at sunset.

I roamed the streets of the city and returned to climb the bell tower.

The sunset was covered in thick clouds so I decided to head for dinner. Delicious tapas (again) and I sampled some local wines (again.)

Total time spent in Cordoba: 2 nights

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Day 7: Drive to Granada

In the morning, I had another sleep-in session and a very exuberant breakfast. I left for Granada but took a little detour to visit the old sight of Madinat Al-Zahra . This ancient Arab city is now in ruins, but there is still plenty to see for a little half-day trip.

In 2018 it was added by Unesco to their World Heritage listing.

Visit Madinat Al-Zahra Day Trip from Cordoba

I left my car at the museum and took the shuttle bus to the sight. I wondered around and imagined what it would be like to live in this palace city around 1100 AD.

After my visit, I returned to the highway and put the pedal to the metal to reach Granada.

I checked into my Granada hostel  and found my way to the center. I picked up my Granada card at the tourist office and took a crack at conquering Arab neighborhood, Albaycin but I struggled to make it up the hills so I settled for some tea and sweets in a tea house.

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Day 8: Granada, Save the Best for Last

I woke up really early and headed to the Alhambra of Granada. My Granada Card was my entry ticket to visit the Nasrid Palace at 9.00 am and I enjoyed the Alhambra gardens early morning. Was this the highlight of my travel to Andalucia?

I wandered through the palace and took in all the splendor of this magnificent sight. It was pristine and so delicate. It was really early and also really cold, so I settled in a hotel for some tea. I took some time to warm up again before I went back to explore the rest of the Alhambra.

By 2 pm I was absolutely dead tired and I headed back to town for lunch and some much needed siesta time.

At night, I met up with a friend from Seville and we went out for tapas dinner in a local bar . Order one drink, get free tapas with it. Only in Granada.

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Day 9: Explore more of Granada Spain

On the last full day of my Andalucia road trip itinerary, I explored more of Granada. I visited the Cathedral and the Royal Tombs (Capilla Real) which were included in my Granada card.

I also took the tourist train around town to see more of the city (without walking).

In the evening I joined a walking tour of the old town and enjoyed some amazing views of the Alhambra from the Albeycin.

For my last evening in the south of Spain I climbed to the top of the Albeycin for an excellent steak dinner to wrap things up.

Total time spent in Granada: 3 nights

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Day 10: Last day of the Andalucia Road Trip Itinerary

I can’t believe it has already been 10 days in Andalucia!

This morning I packed my bags and enjoyed one last visit at the hammam in Granada and treated myself to a Kessa massage .

I drove back to the coast and explored Malaga’s old castle, ( Castillo de Gibralfaro ).

From here you’ll have beautiful views of the harbor and the city of Malaga and its endless stretches of coastline.

I couldn’t believe it was about time to return my car and fly back home again! I saw so much on my travel through Andalucia.

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Recommended changes for my Andalucia Travels

As you can read above, I had quite a busy schedule and in the end, got a bit tired. Looking back, I could have easily made some changes. Here are my recommendations for the changes on my own Andalucia itinerary:

  • Take more time to stop in the white villages of Andalucia from Ronda to Seville.
  • Stay a day (or two!) longer in Seville.
  • Visit the Roman Ruins of Itálica outside of Seville .
  • Stay a day shorter in Cordoba or visit Cordoba on a (half) day trip . Read my blog why.
  • Can’t get enough? Me neither. I planned the 2nd Tour of Andalucia around Cadiz Province.

I used the Lonely Planet Andalucía Guide Book to read about the history and culture of southern Spain. Pick up a copy of the Lonely Planet Andalucia (Travel Guide) .

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Make your own Andalucia Road Trip Itinerary

If you plan your own Andalusian road trip, I made things easy for you. I put together a spreadsheet with all the mentioned activities and things to see and do in Andalucia. If you put the things you wish to do on your list, my spreadsheet will tell you how much time you need to plan in each city.

This way, you can build your own Andalucia road trip itinerary! You can download my Andalucia travel planner for free with this link  or click the image below.

So, now you know what to see in Andalucia. If you downloaded my FREE sheet to plan your own Andalucia travel planner. All you need to do now is pin the image below to Pinterest or leave a comment and tell me when you’ll go roadtrippin’!

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47 comments.

I find your trip itinerary very helpful and interesting, the only thing that I would find even more helpful would be to add how long it took you driving between the destinations so I can plan accordingly.

Thanks Dean, glad you liked it. I didn’t include that information because it really depends on your driving style and how often you stop for photo options and breaks. I think the longest it took me to drive was maybe 2 or 3 hours. You can use google.maps to see how long it takes to drive from one place to the next and then round up to have an indication.

Hi I have tried to join your mailing list so I can download the itinerary sheet for Portugal and Spain but have not received a link back. Maybe this is because it is a weekend but thought I should pop an email of just in case.

Cheers Paul

Hey Paul. When you sign up, you need to confirm via E-mail and then you receive an automatic message with the link and password. Maybe check your spam filter? I don’t see a succesful sign up yet. Naomi.

Hi Naomi Thanks for the tips and draft itinerary. Unfortunately my wife and I only have a week including flying to and from UK so that arguably leaves 5 complete days but as haven’t booked flights yet (will try for Friday to Friday third week of Oct, it could be more. We would both like to see Alhambra otherwise flexible. Guess we have a dilemma to cut out some things you suggest. Have you a brief itinerary to suggest please? Thanks Kevin

Hi Kevin. Thanks for your message. It really depends what you’d like to see and what interests you most. It you have your own car, I’d suggest a day in Ronda and then focus on Granada and Seville if you like a taste of Andalucian life. I’d focus on max 2 cities for the 5 days, giving you time to see the highlights and enjoy the good food and flow of Andalucia. Let me know if you have more specific questions. Have a great trip!

Cannot wait to get to this part of the world! This post has been so helpful. We are going to start/end in Madrid but I will definitely be able to use all these ideas to create an awesome road trip itinerary. Thank you!

I’m sure you’ll have a great trip Rebecca. Let me know how things turned out!

I enjoyed your Andalusia and Cadiz itinerary. I’m planning to go there next month. I actually have been planning a similar itinerary to yours, but after I read your Cadiz itinerary, I’m contemplating ditching the city (maybe not completely, but just hit the attractions such as Alhambra, Alcazar) and go to the rural/villages side. I love stunning hidden-gems that are less discovered.

As you have done both, I would love to hear your thought on this. I actually would love to stay longer and just explore everything, but sadly it’s not possible.

Hey Olivia. Great plans! I loved Cadiz city though! I visited on a day trip from Jerez and it was amazing. But all comes down to time and money and efficiency. It was very easy for me for my 2nd road trip to focus on the rural side as I’ve already seen Cordoba and Granada. They are quite far from Cadiz. You could plan to stay west of Malaga. So Malaga Ronda Cadiz and Seville for example. It all depends on your interests and time. I travel quite fast so can do a lot in little time but other people might like more time to just be and go to the beach or visit local markets and sleep in.

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The Perfect Andalucia Road Trip: Itinerary, Map & Tips

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South of Spain Road Trip Guide

Andalucia epitomizes southern Spain; vibrant, colorful, and passionate . This ultimate Andalucia road trip itinerary will take you to the major cities and best places to visit, bringing this gorgeous part of Spain alive.

Andalucia is Spain’s most southerly region, heavy with Moorish influence, which is evident in the wonderful food and architecture, beautiful and romantic cities, the passion of flamenco, and its iconic Pueblo Blancos   set amidst stunning landscapes that you won’t want to leave.

We have spent years visiting and traveling in Andalucia, and in this road trip planner, we share travel tips, the best route between towns and cities, things to do and see along the way, side trips, and hotel recommendations to help you plan your perfect road trip through Andalucia.

Andalucia road trip

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Where is Andalucia?

Sometimes called Andalusia (the Anglicised name), Andalucia is the southernmost autonomous community in peninsular Spain. Arguably Spain’s most famous region, Andalucia stretches from the border with Portugal in the west to the border with Murcia in the east, and nearly 300km / 186 miles north into Spain’s mountainous interior.

Andalucia has coasts on both the wild Atlantic, and gentler Mediterranean Sea and enjoys five costas ; Costa del Sol; Costa de la Luz (Huelva and Cadiz); Costa Tropical, and Costa de Almería, and each has its own distinct character.

The lansdacpe of Andalucia Spain with fields of silver-green olive trees and mountains in the background

Getting to Andalucia

Whether you’re taking a road trip to Andalucia in a car, motorcycle, or campervan, self-driving is absolutely the best way to road trip southern Spain.

You can stop whenever you want, try new activities, visit places you see along the route, and have the freedom to change plans at the last minute.

Fly into   Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, the perfect place to start your roadtrip in southern Spain. With direct flights from America, Europe, and the UK, we recommend booking through  Skyscanner  for live deals and the best prices.

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Andalucía Road Trip Map & Itinerary

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  • Andalusia Road Trip Itinerary

Malaga – Marbella – Ronda – Cadiz – Jerez de la Frontera – Seville – Carmona – Ecija – Antequera – Cordoba – Granada – Nerja – Malaga

  • Distance: 1041km
  • Duration: 10-14 days
  • Drive Time: 14 hours

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Southern Spain Road Trip Itinerary

The first stop on this 10-14 day road trip is Malaga. Pick up your rental car or campervan at Malaga Airport and within an hour you’ll be at your hotel or on the road.

Malaga has lots to do  with a lively city centre busy with bars, restaurants, cafes, and people. Don’t be put off by the high-rise buildings and billboards, look beyond and you will find a charming and historic city famous for its warm welcome.

In regal Malaga’s old town, you’ll find La Alcazaba, an ancient fortress dating back to the 700s, as well as the cathedral and several pretty churches. Another must-see is the Mercado de Atarazana , one of the best fresh food markets in Andalucia. Make your way to El Bar de los Pueblos, opposite the market to the left as you face the main entrance, for fantastic and authentic tapas.

Malaga comes to life on the seafront and is a popular place for Malaguenos to go for a stroll after siesta time, which is a fiercely protected custom in the south of Spain. Come to the seafront after 5pm and you’ll find whole families out, enjoying the sunshine and stopping for a beer and tapa along the paseo , even during the Spanish winter .

If you’re feeling energetic after all the eating, then head into the lush hills of the Montes de Malaga to the 10th century Castillo de Gibralfaro , for a great view of the city, port, and coastline. From the Alcazaba, it’s a 30 minute uphill walk – if that’s a bit too energetic, the Malaga hop-on hop-off bus also visits the Castillo .

Malaga is also the perfect base for a day trip to the stunning Caminito del Rey, the once-hidden Gorge of Gaitanes, which is deep in the hinterland. It’s a 50km trip to El Chorro, where the route takes you along suspended walkways through an impossibly narrow gorge – expect fantastic views, fascinating rock formations, and lots of other people!

We highly recommend this Caminito del Rey guided tour from Malaga , where a bus will take you to the start of the hike, and you will learn the real story behind the construction of this great work of engineering from your guide.

If you don’t have much time, here is where you switch up the itinerary and take a Malaga to Seville road trip! From Seville head to Cordoba and then Granada, for a perfect Andalucia itinerary in 7 days.

Our Tip: For real Malaga, head to the Pedregalejo district where you will find freshly caught grilled seafood being served from chiringuitos  on the beach.

  • Where to Stay in Malaga

Upmarket: Vincci Selección Posada del Patio – Booking.com | Agoda

Mid-Range: Molina Lario – Booking.com | Agoda

Budget: Debambú Atarazanas – Booking.com | Agoda

View across the rooftops of Malaga Spain

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2. Marbella

In Marbella, spend a day soaking up the sun on one of the three immaculately kept beaches and enjoying the people-watching. The days of big celebrities here are long gone, but there is still a touch of glitz and glamour to enjoy.

Visit the charming old town and head for Plaza de los Naranjos at the center of the casco antiguo and enjoy a coffee whilst watching the world go by, or head to the artisan boutiques and upmarket shops which surround the pretty square.

Or, if you like things organized for you, enjoy this highly-rated guided walk of Marbella’s historic centre where you get to try traditional tapas, local wine, and olive oils as you go.

If you have a few extra days, add to your Costa del Sol road trip by staying on the coast road and enjoying the pretty towns and beaches, until you reach Estepona. From here you can head north and explore Andalucia off the beaten track, through the stunning Natural Park Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja, to reach Ronda.

Our Tip: For lunch, find  Taberna Casa Curro Marbella  for freshly homemade tapas and fruity Spanish wine.

  • Where to Stay in Marbella

Upmarket: Nobu Hotel Marbella – Booking.com | Agoda

Mid-Range: Amare Beach Hotel – Booking.com | Agoda

Budget: Ona Alanda Club Marbella – Booking.com | Agoda

Paved street lined with white buldings and tropical plants

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The drive from Marbella to Ronda is stunning, one of the best during this road trip in Andalucia. Situated between the natural parks of the Sierra de Grazalema and the Sierra de las Nieves, Ronda sits in a bowl surrounded by dramatic mountains.

As you head to Ronda, take a detour to the blue village of Júzcar , in the Valle del Genal. The village was a pueblo blanco until 2011 when it was asked to paint itself blue to promote The Smurfs movie!

Ronda is divided by the huge 120m deep river gorge of El Tajo, which is spanned by the stunning arched bridge of Puente Nuevo. The bridge is best seen from the beautiful  La Casa del Rey Moro , where you’ll find lush and fragrant gardens and a spectacular view. For a more exciting view, tackle the vertical walls of the Tajo del Ronda using the via Ferrata route with a guide !

Bull-fighting is a divisive sport but a passion of the Spanish people, and the Plaza de Toros bullring in Ronda is architecturally spectacular. It’s interesting to learn the history of the corrida, in the well-laid-out and informative museum.

Understanding the love and admiration Spaniards have for the matadors’ courage and showmanship is key to understanding their love of bullfighting. 

From Ronda, you are perfectly situated to take day trips to the iconic Pueblos Blancos or White Towns in the surrounding mountains, where you’ll find some of the best and most beautiful of the small villages. 

Just north of Ronda are two such white villages: Zahara de la Sierra and Setenil de las Bodegas. Both are worth visiting, and the latter is known for its whitewashed houses built into the surrounding cliffs and that famous image, the one with the huge rock covering half the narrow street and its houses.

Our Tip: For a spectacularly scenic drive from Ronda, set your sat nav for Zahara de la Sierra and then pick up the twisting CA-9104 road to the tiny village of Grazalema, which climbs to the Puerto de Las Palomas (Pass of the Pigeons), at 1180m it’s a spectacular drive and worth the fuel to get there!

From Grazalema, pick up the A-372 across the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park to Arcos de la Frontera, and from there the A-382 and E5 to Cadiz.

  • Where to Stay in Ronda

Upmarket: Molino Del Santo – Booking.com | Agoda

Mid-Range: Catalonia Ronda – Booking.com | Agoda

Budget: Hotel Sierra Hidalga – Booking.com | Agoda

Spanish town perched on a cliff above a gorge and bridge

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The famous faded splendor of the sea city of  Cadiz  is caused by the effect the sea air has on its architecture, leading to the facades of buildings crumbling and bleaching.

This imbues Cadiz with a sombreness that contradicts the true character of the city. In fact, Cadiz is known for its party vibe, especially during carnival, one of the naughtiest in Spain!

Almost completely surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Cadiz is a fabulous city for simply wandering and soaking up the ambiance. Narrow buildings with painted facades, twisting back streets, pretty flower-filled squares, and a few fabulous churches await you.

Take a guided tour of medieval Cadiz , and see all the city’s landmarks, including the Neoclassical and Baroque cathedral and its museum, the Roman theater in the area known as the Pópulo, and structures dating back as far as the Phoenician era.

End the day by watching a perfect sunset from Playa de la Caleta, situated right in the old town.  

Head out for food and you’ll find it’s all about fish!  Whether you fancy picking your fish and having it cooked for you at Mercado Central de Abastos, or you’re looking for a plate of fabulous  fresh tapas for dinner with a fino sherry  or locally caught seafood, you’ll find it in Cadiz. 

  • Where to Stay in Cadiz

Upmarket: Hotel Monte Puertatierra – Booking.com | Agoda

Mid-Range: Hotel Casa de las Cuatro Torres – Booking.com | Agoda

Budget: Casual con Duende – Booking.com | Agoda

Historic buildings of Cadiz at dusk

Costa de la Luz Side Trip

If you have extra time, Cadiz is a wonderful halfway base for a few days. Explore more or take a day trip to the aptly named Costa de la Luz, which extends south to Tarifa, the most southern point of mainland Europe, and north to the port city of Huelva.

Off the beaten path to the south are beautiful beaches dotted with chiringuitos serving locally caught fish, pretty white villages like Vejer de la Frontera, quietly unassuming yet packed with history and architectural gems, and the fabulous Cape Trafalgar, the site of the 1805 naval Battle of Trafalgar, in which the British Royal Navy commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson decisively defeated Napoleon’s combined Spanish and French fleet.

Head north for Christopher Columbus history in La Rábida, where you can see life-sized replicas of the ships he sailed across the Atlantic for the New World (and they are tiny ) and the Monasterio de Santa María de la Rábida, where the explorer stayed as he was preparing for the trip.

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sandy dunes and a white lighthouse backed by the sea

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5. jerez de la frontera.

Jerez de la Frontera has been the home of sherry since the 14th century. The particular local soil, climate, and grape variety combine to create this complex and often delicious fortified wine which can only be produced in the so-called ‘sherry triangle’, which holds the Denominacion de Origin of Jerez y Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

The nearby towns of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María are the other points of the triangle, which is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the majestic Guadalquivir River, and the beautiful Cádiz Sierra mountains.

All sherry is made from three green grapes only: Palomino, Moscatel, and Pedro Ximenez. The wine is aged and blended using a system called solera y criadera , a process for aging liquids by fractional blending so that the finished product is a mixture of ages. There are some sherry bodegas with soleras dating back hundreds of years, so with every sip you’re drinking a little bit of history.

You cannot go to Jerez without  visiting a bodega and taking a tour with a tasting session   at the end to understand how this often misunderstood drink is created. Be prepared though – there are seven types of sherry ranging from the very dry Fino to the sticky sweet Pedro Ximenez, my favorite!

As well as sherry, Jerez is also famous for its flamenco tradition. Flamenco literally means ‘hell-raising’ and when you watch this steamy and seductive dance you’ll understand why!

Considered an art form in Spain, you’ll find flamenco clubs aplenty in the narrow streets of the Barrio de Santiago quarter, but it’s probably easier to book a live flamenco show in advance – instead of getting lost in the narrow twisting alleys looking for a bodega , you’ll have the best seats in town!

  • Where to Stay in Jerez de la Frontera

Upmarket: Hotel Bodega Tio Pepe – Booking.com | Agoda

Mid-Range: Villa Jerez – Booking.com | Agoda

Budget: Suites Alfonso X – Booking.com | Agoda

Large creamy stone church with domed roof and palm trees in the foreground

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The Andalus capital of Seville is a gloriously beautiful city and is just as you expect it to be. Hot, passionate, loud, and colorful, this city is unashamedly flamboyant. And it just happens to be our favorite place in Spain.

In the old town, you’ll find three of Seville’s best attractions; Seville Cathedral in all its Gothic splendor, the imposing Giralda Tower, and the stunning Alcazar. It’s highly recommended to visit all three for a real taste of Seville’s fascinating history .  

The UNESCO Seville Cathedral or Santa Maria de la Sede , occupies the original site of the great Aljama mosque, built in the late 12th century. The only remaining parts are the Patio de Naranjas, the Puerta del Perdon, and the Giralda Belltower which was formerly the minaret.

The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, as well as the world’s third largest church, the spectacular Seville Cathedral, is home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus, who set sail for the New World from Huelva, a city and province of Andalucia that abuts Portugal.

Havana, Cuba, and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic all claim to hold the remains of Cristobal Colon, as he is known in Spain but recent DNA tests proved beyond doubt that this tomb is the final resting place of the great explorer, who died in poverty in Valladolid in 1506.

The Royal Alcazar of Seville is a stunning historic royal palace formerly the site of the Islamic-era citadel of the city, was first constructed in the 10th century and then developed into a larger palace complex by the Abbadid and Almohad dynasties. After the Castilian conquest of the city in 1248, the Alcazar was rebuilt and replaced by new richly decorated Mudéjar-style palaces built by Pedro I during the 1360s.

Just south of here in the Parque de María Luisa is the lively Plaza de España which was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.

With half a mile of tiled fountains and pavilions lushly planted with palms, orange trees, Mediterranean pines, and stylized flower beds, Plaza de Espana is a great place to wander and people-watch, as you take a boat out on the small lake, catch some live flamenco and Spanish guitar, or admire the beautifully tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain.

Right next to the old town, you’ll find the narrow alleys of the Barrio Santa Cruz, the heart of Seville’s lively tapas culture offering some of the best plates in Andalucia. 

Sevillanos eat their tapas standing at the bar with a small beer or sherry but why not take a seat and watch the world go by to make the most of the atmosphere on the streets? Go slowly though, you could easily spend a small fortune on plate after plate of delicious tapas!

In the busy shopping streets of the Centro quarter to the north, you’ll find the contemporary Metropol Parasol, a huge wooden structure that is reported to be the largest in the world. This gorgeous wooden structure is shaped like a fluid parasol and shades much of the square in which it stands.

At the top of the viewing platform, you can admire its form and design whilst enjoying fantastic rooftop views of the Seville city center.

For more travel tips and information check out this  one day in Seville itinerary or book an e-bike tour of Seville with a local guide , it’s a great way to see the city!

Our Tip: There are over 40,000 orange trees lining the streets of Seville, and the frangrance of azahar (orange blossom fills the air in spring. If you visit in winter you’ll see the fruit dropping to the pavements, free for people to pick up. But don’t try eating one, these are sour Seville oranges used to make bitter marmalade and they taste pretty disgusting!

  • Where to Stay in Seville

Upmarket: Hotel Casa Del Poeta – Booking.com | Agoda

Mid-Range: Hotel Rey Alfonso X – Booking.com | Agoda

Budget: Zenit Sevilla – Booking.com | Agoda

Giralda Bell Tower in Seville Spain lit up at night

From Seville, head towards your next stop of Carmona, nestled in the hills and olive groves between Seville and Cordoba, and one of the oldest towns in Europe.

The main attraction is the Roman ruins a short drive west of Carmona. These ancient ruins comprise of a 1st century amphitheater and Roman burial ground, the Necropolis Romana. The Necropolis was discovered and excavated in the 19th century and holds several tombs and family mausoleums from the 1st Century BCE to 2 CE. There is also a small museum on site.

old buildings and Cypress trees in a small square

About 30 minutes after leaving Carmona, stop at the small town of Ecija. This was a Roman city that later became Visigoth and Moorish, before being reconquered by the Castilian king Ferdinand III in 1240, when it became Christian.

Ecija has plenty of monuments of interest such as the Palaces of Benameji, Peñaflor, Valdehermoso, Palma, and Santaella, seven convents dating from the 16th to 18th century, and six churches!

tiled bell tower pictures at the end of a narrow alley of tall buildings

Rich in history and Moorish architecture, Cordoba is an intimate and atmospheric city, most famous for the ancient Mezquita (mosque-cathedral).

La Mezquita is a remarkable building, the result of a mosque built well over a thousand years ago and added to numerous times before being consecrated as a Catholic cathedral in 1248 by the conquistadors who freed Spain from the rule of the Moors in the same year.

The result is an eclectic mix of Moorish and Renaissance architecture that blends to create a cathedral unlike any other in the world and is the one place you must visit in Cordoba.

Take a  Mezquita guided tour with skip-the-line tickets  to fully appreciate the history of this incredible building, and if you can, book a slot to climb the bell tower at sunset, the views are really spectacular.

The gardens of the Alcazar provide contrast and relief from the, at times, overwhelming Mezquita. With sparkling water, tall palms, and cypress trees, this is a perfect spot to stop for an hour or so before taking a stroll across the beautiful Roman Bridge, thought to be built in the 1st or 2nd century, for a fabulous view of the old town. 

Meander through the Jewish quarter where you’ll find narrow lanes and pretty squares. Many of the whitewashed houses are covered in blooms from window boxes filled with colorful trailing geraniums in summer, providing the perfect images of this gorgeous city. 

Our Tip: Don’t go out for dinner until at least 9pm, or you’ll be eating in an empty restaurant with no ambiance at all! Make sure to try a Fitifiti after dinner. A mix of sweet dessert wine like sherry or local montilla mixed with white wine, this is a popular digestif in Cordoba.

  • Where to Stay in Cordoba

Upmarket: Las Casas de la Juderia – Booking.com | Agoda

Mid-Range: Balcón de Córdoba – Booking.com | Agoda

Budget: La Boutique Puerta Osario – Booking.com | Agoda

The Punta Romana and Mezquita of Cordoba lit up at twilight

Jaén Side Trip

Well off the beaten path and a 90 minute long drive from Cordoba, Jaén hosts a cultural heritage and diverse architectural legacy that reflects the coexistence over centuries of three major cultures: Christian, Jewish, and Moorish.

Jaén’s historic Jewish quarter is a tapestry of pretty squares, remarkable historical churches built on top of old mosques, palaces, and Arabian baths, scattered with bars and restaurants. The Cathedral is an architectural jewel of the Spanish Renaissance and the Castillo de Santa Catalina , which overlooks the city and can be seen from anywhere, is another architectural gem that offers extraordinary views of the city and the surrounding areas.

Jaén is perhaps best known as the world capital of olive oil. As the largest producer of this precious liquid gold, the city’s traditional cuisine is always prepared with extra virgin olive oil, and Jaén-style Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed in the restaurants, taverns, and tapas bars of the city.

steep steps lined with colorful houses and a large cathedral int he background

10. Antequera

As you head to Granada, stop in Antequera, deep in the heart of Andalusia, home to over fifty monuments and archaeological sites of extraordinary importance.

The Antequera Dolmens have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of their fine quality and exceptional state of conservation. A fascinating example of megalithic construction, the Menga Dolmen is six thousand years old and is an enormous passage tomb formed by huge slabs of rock that lead to the burial chamber. The Viera Dolmens and El Romeral complete the prehistoric ensemble.

When you visit the Dolmens you can look northeast to the limestone crag of Peña de los Enamorados or Lover’s Rock that resembles a prone fave. Legend has it that two star-crossed lovers ran away together and were chased by Moorish soldiers to the top of the rock, where, rather than renounce their love or be captured, they chose to hurl themselves over the edge holding hands.

Our Tip: Time your visit for 21st June, the summer solstice, when the sun rises over the peak of the Lover’s Rock, and shines directly into the Menga dolmen.

  • Where to Stay in Antequera

Upmarket: Convento la Magdalena Hotel, Torcal de Antequera Natural Park – Booking.com | Agoda

Mid-Range: Parador de Antequera- Booking.com | Agoda

Budget: Los Dólmenes – Booking.com | Agoda

White town in Spain with large rock in the distance

11. Granada

In the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is all about the Alhambra Palace, and is one of Spain’s most romantic cities . This spectacular Moorish palace sits high on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and is the jewel in Andalucia’s crown as well as being one of the most  beautiful places in Spain .

The Alhambra is simply breathtaking in its beauty, with typical Moorish symmetry and beautifully proportioned rooms full of intricate detail and tile work. The Nasrid Palaces of opulent Moorish-style courtyards, reception halls & royal quarters, and the shaded and leafy gardens with running water, secret paths, and beautiful planting to excite the senses, are both must-sees.

Book your Alhambra tickets and guided tour  well in advance (unless you’re  visiting Granada in winter  when everywhere will be a little quieter) as the Alhambra Palace is one of the most popular attractions in the whole of Spain.

Alternatively, get a Granada Card which allows you to book Alhambra tickets in advance and also covers public transport and other important monuments in the city.

One of the best things to do in Granada itself is to visit the medieval Albaicin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander the tangle of streets and alleys, enjoying the gift shops and boutiques.

Head for the Plaza de San Miguel Bajo, a charming tree-lined square before climbing uphill beyond the city walls to the church of San Cristobal for a fantastic view of the Alhambra. 

  • Where to Stay in Granada

Upmarket: Hospes Palacio de los Patos – Booking.com | Agoda

Mid-Range: Hotel Santa Isabel La Real- Booking.com | Agoda

Budget: BiBo Suites San Agustín – Booking.com | Agoda

moorish castle amongst green tress with snow capped mountains behind

If you’re making this a 14 day southern Spain itinerary, then you should have enough time to spend a few days at the beach at the end of your tour of Andalucia.

Make a detour from your Andalucia travel itinerary and take the gorgeous coastal route from Granada to Malaga along the Costa Tropical. Stop at Nerja and Torre del Mar for some of the best beaches in the region and a perfect end to your Andalucia holiday.

sandy beach with rock, clear sea and a white village on the cliffas above

Spanish Road Trip Resources

Here are the websites and services we personally use and recommend for traveling in Spain.

  • Search for affordable flights to Spain with Skyscanner
  • Search for availability and book hotels and accommodation in Spain with Booking.com
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Andalucia Road Trip FAQs

How many days do you need for andalucia.

A 7 day itinerary for southern Spain will allow you to get a taste of a few of the historical cities and spend a few days at the beach.

For a real flavor of the landscape, history, and yes, food, you need to spend at least 10 days in Andalucia. With a few extra days, you can also see some of Andalucia’s hidden gems and secret spots that fewer people visit, giving you a true taste of authentic Andalucia.

What is the best month to visit Andalucia?

Andalucia is best visited outside of the summer months . In June, July, and August the temperatures are fierce and can be really uncomfortable – not the best time for a southern Spain itinerary!

Andalucia is one of the warmest places in mainland Europe in winter , although it won’t be quite warm enough for sea swimming. Evenings will be cooler and you’ll need to pack layers if you’re planning on visiting in winter. There may be snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are both fantastic times to road trip Andalucia. Roads will be quieter, accommodation and flights cheaper, and you’ll still get all the atmosphere and culture of Andalucia, but with fewer people!

Spring , from March onwards, is gorgeous with temperatures warming up and wildflowers appearing everywhere – the perfect time for a Spanish road trip !

If your plan is to hit the beach, May to July is the best time to visit, when you’ll avoid the summer heat and traffic, but still have beautiful warm weather.

Fall , from  September  through to  November  is also a perfect time for an Andalucia roadtrip in Europe’s best winter sun , with the warmth from summer lingering into autumn, but with quieter roads and cities.

Is driving in Andalucia easy?

Car travel in Spain is easy, with a good network of autovias (A) and autopistas (AP). The latter were toll roads until 2020 when many (but not all) became toll-free.

Car rental, fuel, and parking are some of the cheapest in Europe making Spain a really cost-effective place to take a road trip. 

Touring Spain by car in rural and mountainous areas can take longer than you think although the standard of non-motorway roads in rural areas is generally good. Allow time to get off the beaten track and experience the real Spain as you tour this fabulous country.

Whether you’re driving your own vehicle to Spain or you’re in a rental car, follow our driving in Spain tips;

  • You must have at least three months remaining on your passport (issued in the past ten years) at your intended date of departure from Spain.
  • You must have at least 3rd party insurance for your vehicle.
  • Citizens of non-EU third countries may require an IDP, you can check here .
  • You must carry two warning triangles for the front and rear. These warning triangles are now being phased out and from 1st July 2021, a new law requires that a V16 flashing emergency light is used, although both means of advising other traffic will be legal until the end of 2024.
  • You must also carry a reflective jacket (for the driver and all passengers) a spare wheel and the tools to change a wheel or a tire repair kit.  
  • If you wear glasses you must also carry a spare pair in the vehicle.
  • UK cars will need headlight beam converters to be fitted (unless they adjust automatically).
  • The use of winter tires in Spain is regional. Look out for traffic signs indicating that winter tires or snow chains are compulsory where you are.
  • Anything with a screen (television, video, DVD, etc.) that could distract you when driving should be positioned where you can’t see it. This doesn’t apply to a sat nav but you must not touch or program your sat nav unless parked in a safe place.
  • Using radar detection equipment is prohibited under Spanish law and new regulations from January 2021 mean that it will also be illegal to be in possession of such equipment .
  • On roads with single carriageways, the speed limit established may not be exceeded by more than 20km/h when overtaking.

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