Hach Andalusia! You know how to fulfill clichés. White villages and barren landscapes, vibrant cities and beautiful sunsets by the sea, tapas and Tinto de verano. And don’t forget: Holiday flair to the power of a thousand!
Are you planning a road trip through Andalusia and looking for the perfect itinerary? Post in this blog article we present you our route with all stops. It will guide you to all the highlights that there is to see in Andalucia.
We have also included some useful planning tips in this article ) and a map with the most important places on our itinerary, so that you can prepare your Andalusia round trip perfectly.
1. Our route in Andalusia: The most beautiful destinations in two weeks Málaga Our Andalucia itinerary starts in Málaga. The reason: Here is the most important airport in Andalusia and your journey will probably start here. If not – no problem. Our Andalucia route runs in a circle, so you can hop on at any other stop you like.
Málaga is a port city. For a long time it was overshadowed by other tourist destinations in Andalusia, but that was then and now Malaga is very popular. We particularly liked the mix of the sea and the historic old town: First visit Málaga’s winding center with the pretty cathedral and then stroll along the harbour. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
In this blog article you will find our detailed travel tips: Málaga
Our hotel tip for Málaga: Suites Teatro
Recommended stay: 2-3 nights
Ronda The second stop of our journey through Andalusia is Ronda, a Town in the mountainous hinterland. From Málaga you need about 1.5 hours to Ronda. Ronda is in an incredibly spectacular location: the old town of Ronda rises up on a steep rocky plateau. On the photo you can already see the most famous sight of Ronda, the Puente Nuevo. It spans the approximately one hundred meter deep El Tajo Gorge.
Ronda is quite manageable, so that in principle a few hours are enough to see the most important highlights. However, we would recommend you to stay one night and then leave early the next day to have enough time to visit the famous white villages – more on that in a moment.
You can find all tips in our blog article: Ronda Our hotel tip for Ronda: Catalonia Ronda Recommended stay: 1 night
Road of the White Villages Shortly after Ronda starts the Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos, the road of the white villages. It meanders through the spectacular, mountainous hinterland of the province of Cadiz. In total, 14 Villages to the Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos. Because the route heads towards Cádiz (the next destination on our route), it’s a perfect opportunity to visit some of the white villages along the way.
The white villages of Andalucia are true gems. You can usually see them glowing in the barren landscape from afar. Many villages are incredibly spectacular. When you enter the historic town center, it always feels a little as if time has stood still. We really liked Olvera and Zahara de la Sierra, for example.
Recommended stop: To visit during the day on the way from Ronda to Málaga or alternatively 1 night In this blog article we have summarized all travel tips: White Villages Road
Cádiz The next stop on our Andalusia itinerary takes us back to the sea in the coastal city of Cádiz. The old town of Cádiz has a very special location: it is located on one headland and is almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
You would think that Andalusian cities are very similar, but they are not. The old town of Cádiz has an extraordinary, very authentic flair. The chessboard-like old town with the tall houses may seem quite oppressive in some corners, but it gives really great insights into the Andalusian way of life.
And don’t worry: There are also plenty of spacious squares and of course beaches. In Cádiz you can therefore watch wonderfully relaxed sunsets on the beach – pure holiday feeling!
Our travel report with all tips: Cádiz
Our hotel tip for Cádiz: Candelaria 10 Recommended stay: 2 Nights
Seville None Road trip through Andalucia would be complete without a stop in d he capital Seville. Seville is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Spain. The university town is bursting with energy. From Cádiz you can reach Seville in less than 1.5 hours.
In Seville there are sights without end, above all the gigantic cathedral from Seville. Once you stand in front of it, you won’t be able to stop being amazed. You will also find some magnificent, centuries-old city palaces behind hidden walls in Seville. With their beautiful, green courtyards, they are also a highlight of Seville.
Our blog article with all travel tips: Sevilla Our hotel tip for Seville: Palacio Marmoles Recommended stay: 3-4 nights
Córdoba Our itinerary takes us from Seville to Córdoba, a good 1.5 hours by car. Here one building in particular draws everyone’s attention: the monumental Mezquita. It is a mosque-cathedral, so a Christian cathedral, the was built in the middle of a mosque. Sound crazy? It is! Definitely one of our personal highlights in Andalusia.
We were surprised by the lovely old town in Cordoba. With its whitewashed houses and narrow streets, it is in our opinion one of the most beautiful in Andalusia. Córdoba is relatively small, but definitely worth a stopover on your journey through Andalusia!
To the detailed article with all the tips: Córdoba Our hotel tip for Córdoba: Patio del Posadero Recommended stay: 2 nights
Granada The last stop on the Andalusia Route takes us to beautiful Granada. You should plan a good 2 hours for this section of the route. In Granada there is another superlative – and what a superlative: The Alhambra is probably the most important sight in all of Andalusia.
We have rarely been so impressed by a building as by the Alhambra. What has been created here is unprecedented. But we also liked Granada aside from the Alhambra. The old town is really pretty and there are also beautiful vantage points from which you can enjoy a great view of the Alhambra.
Our experience report with all travel tips: Granada Our hotel tip for Granada: Palacio Cabrera Recommended stay: 2-3 nights
Optional: Sierra Nevada National Park If you have more time, we have a little insider tip for you: the Sierra Nevada National Park or the Alpujarras to the south, a mountain region with small white villages. You can get there from Granada in about an hour. In terms of tourism, the villages of the Alpujarras are far less known and less frequented than those in the area of the Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos.
In the Sierra Nevada National Park, among other things, the highest mountain of mainland Spain, the Mulhacén. So if you want to go hiking, you’ve come to the right place. But even if you just want to enjoy the spectacular landscape and the flair of the pretty mountain villages, we can highly recommend this region.
Our blog article with all travel tips: Sierra Nevada National Park
Recommended stay: 2-3 nights
2. More travel tips for your road trip through Andalusia Tip: We always book our rental car here For years we have always booked our rental car with Sunny Cars – including the one for our trip to Andalusia. Sunny Cars is a comparison platform. You will therefore be shown the cheapest offers, book your rental car on the Sunny Cars website and then pick up your car in Spain from a local car rental company. (For us it was Europcar, but that may be different for you.)
Why Sunny Cars? Quite simply: You get here a fully comprehensive insurance. In addition, in the event of damage, Sunny Cars will also reimburse you for the deductible. The driving style of the Spaniards is rather daring (according to the temperament of the people), so a scratch in the car happens really quickly. So it’s really a great relief that you don’t have to pay for any damage.
You can look for cheap rental cars here: Sunny Cars
Which rental car class should I book? The roads in Andalusia are in very good condition, which is why you can basically book any car class and it is more a question of your personal taste. A small car has the advantage that you can get through the sometimes quite narrow streets in the cities and the sometimes cramped underground car parks better. However, we personally wouldn’t drive into most of the historic town centers anyway – no matter how small the car is.
We ourselves chose a mid-range car decided and were very satisfied with our choice. Two arguments speak for a mid-range car: more space (especially for luggage in the trunk) and greater security. In our opinion, larger than middle class doesn’t really make sense.
How much does a rental car cost in Spain? It’s quite cheap to rent a car in Spain. For our rental car we have just Euro per day paid. A small car would have been even cheaper. We have to say that we were traveling in the low season (November). In the high season the prices rise, but not dramatically.
Although plan a certain budget for parking: In the center In many cities you will never find a parking space on the street, so you have to use expensive underground car parks. In some cities you therefore often pay 11 euros per day for parking or even more. D t is very easy to underestimate the cost of parking in Andalusia.
What is the best Season for a round trip through Andalusia? Not recommended: high season in Andalusia Because in Andalusia it’s summer can get unbearably hot, we would personally avoid the months of July and August. For example, the thermometer often rises in Córdoba in midsummer 40 Centigrade. Sightseeing at these temperatures is really no fun.
In addition, Andalusia is becoming more and more popular as a travel destination. In summer, some corners can therefore be described as overrun with tourists . The beaches are then of course a bit more crowded than usual.
Another not insignificant disadvantage: In the summer months the prices for accommodations. Conclusion: It is of course possible to travel to Andalusia in July or August, but we would only recommend it if there is no other way.
Best travel time = low season The best travel time for Andalusia is clearly the low season, although of course there are differences again. For example, while early September can still be incredibly hot and crowded, November can be quite chilly and rainy at times.
If you are flexible, we would recommend booking your Andalucia Travel in October. Then it is usually still very warm and you can usually swim in the sea without any problems.
We ourselves were at the end of November in Andalusia. Unfortunately, we had a bit of bad luck and caught a period in which it rained above average. On nice days it was still tight 20 degrees and sunshine.
travel expenses: price level in Andalusia Andalusia is unfortunately not necessarily a very cheap travel destination. We would classify the price level as slightly lower than in Austria or Germany . Some things (such as fruit and vegetables) are much cheaper in Andalusia, others are quite similar to ours.
What costs a lot of money on a trip through Andalusia are those Entrance fees for sights. Entrance fees are charged in almost every cathedral (not uncommon 10 Euro). And also many other sights such as palaces or castles require very high entrance fees.
Price examples: How much does Andalusia cost…? Entrance to Seville Cathedral: 10 Euro Entrance to Alhambra: 14 Euro Double room in a nice hotel in Seville in low season: from approx. 100 Euro per night (but it is also cheaper) Parking in Malaga for 24 hours (near the center): 22 Euro Dinner for two in a good tapas bar in Seville with drinks: 22 Euro Cortado (similar to an espresso macchiato): 1,20 to 1,50 Euro Breakfast for two in a cafe: 15 Euro
3. Map: Our Andalusia itinerary at a glance So that you can get a better overview of the route, we have drawn our route on this map. The distances between the individual stops are rather manageable – usually you don’t sit in the car longer than 2 hours.
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