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
Your best option is to hire a car in Malaga city for the rest of your tour. An hour and a half away is Ronda, one of the most striking and photogenic spots in Andalusia.
Views from a bridge 98 metres up
The shortest route to Ronda is heading north on the A-357 and A-367, but if you like you can take the long way round, first going south for a quick stop in Marbella, famous for its beaches and marinas, its luxury boutiques and its top-class restaurants with chefs of the calibre of Dani García.In Ronda itself, the must-see is the Puente Nuevo bridge over the river Tajo (Tagus), built in 1751-1793 to span a dizzying 98-metre chasm. Do you want more to see in Ronda? Its bullring is one of the oldest in Spain, the Alameda del Tajo is a lovely walk with a great viewing point, and there are the gardens of the Rey Moro Palace, the Arab baths, and more. And of course, going out for tapas in the bars of Ronda is always a pleasure.
Optional afternoon excursion
At nightfall the gentle light in Ronda’s streets creates a very romantic atmosphere, but if you want to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring more places, there are several more picturesque white villages in Cadiz province. For example, Setenil de las Bodegas is just a half-hour drive away, and its mountain setting will surprise you, with the houses nestled into the hollows of the river gorge. It’s a very photogenic spot!Another interesting white village is Arcos de la Frontera, just over an hour from Ronda. Perched on a cliff, its whitewashed houses, narrow winding streets and spectacular views are entirely enchanting. Andalusia in its purest form.
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