Sculpture celebrating the courtyards of Cordoba

7-day tour of Andalusia

Are you planning a trip to southern Spain for your next holiday? Perhaps you’re wondering what would be the best route? Andalusia is the country’s second largest region –about 600 kilometres from one end to the other– so we recommend at least a week if you want to visit its best-known towns. 

Get ready to see stunning white-washed villages, stroll through palaces of Islamic architecture, climb to the tops of cathedrals and fortresses, discover settings from “Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars”, experience the passion of flamenco, try tapas and sherries, and meet people who enjoy life perhaps more than anywhere else on earth. To travel at your own pace, your best bet is to hire a car. An exciting week is waiting for you!


  • 1 Malaga
  • 2 Ronda
  • 3 Jerez de la Frontera
  • 4 Cadiz
  • 5 Seville
  • 6 Cordoba
  • 7 The Alhambra in Granada
  • 8 Rest of the city of Granada

We suggest starting your tour in Malaga, in the heart of the Costa del Sol, with plenty of international flights.

A morning in the historic quarter

After a good breakfast on Plaza de la Constitución, your first stop could be the Cathedral-Basilica de la Encarnación, known as “La Manquita” (one-armed) because its tower was never finished. Visitors have the option of seeing the views of the city from its rooftops. After that, you could visit the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba, which was the fortress and palace of the Muslim rulers.In the highest part of this area you’ll see that there is also a castle, Castillo de Gibralfaro, which you can reach on the 35 bus from Alameda Principal. Right next to it is one of the city’s best viewing points, where you can see a good stretch of the coast.

An afternoon of museums and shopping on Calle Larios

At lunch, you could visit one of the city’s most iconic tapas bars, El Pimpi, and try the potato salad, flamenquín ibérico, or pringá, and then spend the rest of the afternoon in one of the city’s museums and art galleries, like the Carmen Thyssen or the Picasso Museum. Did you know Picasso was born in Malaga? You can also visit the house where he was born and other places related to the famous painter.If you feel like shopping, the best spot is Calle Larios, a well-known and very lively street full of shops.

Sunset by the harbour

If the weather is warm, the late afternoon is a great time for a dip on La Malagueta beach. Otherwise, a stroll along Palmeral de las Sorpresas will bring you to a part of the harbour called Muelle Uno. Here you can see the curious cube of colours that is the Centre Pompidou and walk a little further to La Farola, a lighthouse built in 1816. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants here, making it a fun place to end the day, and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

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