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road trip in andalusia

Gathering ideas for a vacation to spain.
Anyone ever been to al-andalus? do you have any suggestions?
So grenada, cordoba and sevilla are a must, then places at the sea like cadiz and malaga? maybe some places outside cities and natural scenarios.
Some days are to be dedicated to beach/party so if you have suggestions in that department too, shoot
It's a group of young people for 1-2 weeks, fly in, rent car, cheaper is better, relax&nightlife alternated with some serious touring (not chinese bus style), possibly avoid places full of italians (especially terronian families).
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Ronda is worth a visit - spectacular river gorge with three different bridges at different heights from three different millennia (well nearly).

Not been down that way for ~25 years, so probably everywhere else I could remember has changed out of all proportion. But if you get the chance and you're driving in the hills around (late) lunchtime, try and find a roadside restaurant grilling fresh sardines on an open fire, to be served with fresh bread and butter and chilled Rioja (red). Heaven.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Malaga - beautiful city!
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Re: road trip in andalusia

I did this in 2014.
Fly to Seville. Rent a car. Cadiz - Ronda - Granada - Cordoba - Seville. Was a perfect route and great fun.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Did that several times. Andalusia is great and you can really enjoy it.

This was our approach: rent a home with pool around Malaga, rent a car (cheap in spain).
Alternate days with long trips and staying around Malaga. Every other day drive to Sevilla (2hours), Cordoba (1h20m), Granada, Nerja, Ronda.
Be prepared for Granada: book tickets in advance and go early morning to enjoy it before buses loaded with tourists invade Alhambra.
Great food and wine everywhere...not possible to go wrong.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

yeah i thought of that solution with day-trips, it seems feasible as it's all very close, only the atlantic coast is far. thanks for the tip about alhambra.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

And stay away from Granada. Apart from Alhambra there is really not much to get excited about.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Highly recommend the district of Albaycin.....opposite to Alhambra. Narrow streets, old houses and you can indulge in the great tradition and pleasure of "ir de tape y tapas" and discover some flamenco shows (not the ones for tourists). To discover a city it requires a little bit more effort and curiosity to get off the beaten paths.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Full of dog crap and British drugged out hippies who have had tto move away from the coast for lack of funds :-)

Id stay in Malaga.



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Highly recommend the district of Albaycin.....opposite to Alhambra. Narrow streets, old houses and you can indulge in the great tradition and pleasure of "ir de tape y tapas" and discover some flamenco shows (not the ones for tourists). To discover a city it requires a little bit more effort and curiosity to get off the beaten paths.
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Full of dog crap and British drugged out hippies who have had tto move away from the coast for lack of funds :-)
I was talking about Grenada not EF.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Well worth visiting a few of the Pueblos Blancos in the mountains - Arcos (alternative to Ronda and much nicer imo), Grazalema, Verjer, Zahara or the old Castellar for example.

Cadiz is also welll worth a visit.

FWIW I would be pro Granada!
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Alahmbra is fantastic - unless you have just spent 4 weeks in Morocco, and then it looks simply OK. Queues can get pretty bad.

Ronda is one of "the" car company launch locations - and the roads are mean't to be really good fun.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Lots of good suggestions so far, but personally I'd avoid Cordoba, Granada (unless you really want to see the Alhambra, in which case book ahead and get there very early), Ronda (packed with tourists) and the Costa del Sol.

Instead, head to the sherry triangle of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and Puerto de Santa Maria (amazing seafood) and then the Costa de la Luz - although it can get breezy. There's a lovely Parador hotel at Mazagon not far from Huelva with an enormous (maybe 20 miles long) beach in front of it.

Huelva city itself is under rated, it does have a big and ugly industrial port but the old town is nice and the gambas de Huelva are a local delicacy, some of the best prawns in Spain.

From Huelva you can also head inland north towards Estremadura, one of the most undiscovered parts of Spain, but that's probably best saved for another trip!
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Not too far in Almeria is the Yucca City, in the Tabernas Desert. Some famous Spaghetti westerns were shot there and it can be quite a nice day out, if it is not too hot, and if you like westerns ;o)

They also have some daily stunt shows, and it can be quite a bit of fun. After that, head to the beach or to the Sierra Nevada National Park to cool down.

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Lots of good suggestions so far, but personally I'd avoid Cordoba, Granada (unless you really want to see the Alhambra, in which case book ahead and get there very early), Ronda (packed with tourists) and the Costa del Sol.

Instead, head to the sherry triangle of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and Puerto de Santa Maria (amazing seafood) and then the Costa de la Luz - although it can get breezy. There's a lovely Parador hotel at Mazagon not far from Huelva with an enormous (maybe 20 miles long) beach in front of it.

Huelva city itself is under rated, it does have a big and ugly industrial port but the old town is nice and the gambas de Huelva are a local delicacy, some of the best prawns in Spain.

From Huelva you can also head inland north towards Estremadura, one of the most undiscovered parts of Spain, but that's probably best saved for another trip!
I endorse GrumpyGrapefruit's itinery a 101%. Start from Cadiz and head south-ish, taking in GG's suggestions The Costa de Luz (Coast of Light) is particularly beautiful. Bon Vacances!
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Re: road trip in andalusia

I spend a few weekends there each year. Love it!

The summers are HOT, so make sure you have accommodations with working ac. The non-coast cities really start to bake (SEVILLE)!

Wifi is really readily available at bars and cafes. Many places give you free tapas with each beer ordered, so getting drunk can cover some sustenance as well.

Marbella is neat to visit, but more if you like looking at expensive cars and yachts and rubbing elbows with the ultra rich (the ones who make the Swiss look poor :P )

Cadiz is nice, and not too far away is Jerez De La Frontera, the world capital and birthplace of Sherry Wine. A must go if you enjoy fortified wines and brandys!

Cordoba, nice walking city, and very nice mosque.

Malaga has a very nice old city and port, and easy to fly in and out of with easyjet.

Granada--Alhambra, seriously the most impressive palace I've ever seen, but buy your tickets in advance. It's hot, but lots of water fountains throughout the palace grounds.

Last weekend I was in Almeria (great clothing optional beaches ) and San Jose -- very cool coast city with 'the balcony of Europe', would have like to spend more time there.

Finally if you like olives and olive oil Jaen is the 'olive oil' capital of the world!

(If you're looking for a place to stay, I can rent out a brand new flat in the heart of the Old City of Malaga, can sleep up to 6, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen)
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Lots of good suggestions so far, but personally I'd avoid Cordoba, Granada (unless you really want to see the Alhambra, in which case book ahead and get there very early), Ronda (packed with tourists) and the Costa del Sol.
Agree on Ronda but very much not on Cordoba. I know there's a lot of tourism there but a fantastic old town and stunning mosque. Go to the latter early morning (I think 9ish) and you can get in free and find it nearly empty.


First trip I would also make sure to include the Alhambra - but you need to book at least several weeks in advance.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

Do you have photos of your apartment Chemmie, and what is the rent please? Send me a PM if you wish
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Do you have photos of your apartment Chemmie, and what is the rent please? Send me a PM if you wish
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Re: road trip in andalusia

My advice.


Avoid the tourist traps. Go to a village in the hills, find a small family run hotel and settle there for a couple of days. Just stay there, chill out, eat the local food, drink the local wine, sample the local cheese or whatever, and observe and partake in the rhythm of local life. You'll come away knowing far more about Andalusia than any visit to the Alhambra can teach you.
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