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!

Rest of the city of Granada

  • 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

Although a visit to the Alhambra is a unique experience, there is plenty more to see in Granada, so we suggest allowing another day to explore the town.

A stroll through the historic quarter

To see Granada’s beautiful historic town centre, a good place to begin is the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel where the Catholic Monarchs are buried. You can continue along Plaza Nueva and the pretty avenue known as “Paseo de los Tristes” (avenue of the sad) because it runs by the cemetery, parallel to the river Darro.For lunch you’ll be spoilt for choice, as Granada is one of Spain’s best towns for tapas, with plenty of good bars. Here are some suggested tapas routes.

Sunset in the Albaicín district

A stroll around the narrow streets and traditional houses of this neighbourhood is enough to show why the Alhambra and the Generalife are a World Heritage Site. This district also offers one of the prettiest viewing points in all of Spain, the Mirador de San Nicolás. Sitting here at sunset, gazing at the Alhambra and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada while the local buskers strum their guitars is a magical moment.

Dinner and a Flamenco show in Sacromonte

The most unusual district in the city is probably Sacromonte, with its unique cave houses. To learn about the culture and way of life of this neighbourhood, so intimately connected to the art of flamenco, you could go to the iconic zambras, caves where flamenco shows are staged. It’s the perfect finishing touch on a journey into the heart of Andalusia.

Travel tips

  • - For a more leisurely journey, we suggest allowing two weeks for touring Andalusia.- If you have time for more, there are many more places in Andalusia you would enjoy, such as the Alcazaba de Almería and Cabo de Gata-Níjar in Almería, the World Heritage Cities of Úbeda and Baeza in Jaén, Doñana National Park in Huelva (and Seville and Cadiz), Itálica in Santiponce (Seville), Medina Azahara in Cordoba, Caminito del Rey in Malaga, etc.- Many Andalusian cities are connected to each other and to Madrid and Barcelona by high-speed train, the AVE. You could also find the Renfe Spain Pass useful if touring by train.- If you don’t want to hire a car, a unique way to explore this part of Spain is on the Al-Andalus train, a luxury hotel on rails.- Even in large towns and cities like Cordoba and Seville, it’s easy to walk from place to place, especially in the old town centres.- Summers in Andalusia can get very hot, so although this trip can be taken any time of year, it’s probably most enjoyable in spring.- If you do travel in summer, we recommend booking your accommodation, tours and tickets to the most famous sights well in advance.- Go here to see other cultural routes around Andalusia.- Share your journey with the hashtag #AndalusiaRoadTrip and tell us how it went!

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