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Spain - Andalusia

from / to Málaga

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Spain - Andalusia

from / to Málaga

8 days / 800 km
Best time to travel: May to June or September to October

This motorhome trip runs through the Andalusian countryside, where you can familiarise yourself with the true soul of the region. Explore the famous cities of Granada, Córdoba, Seville, Ronda, and Jerez de la Frontera. These places combine unique culture with the Arabic and Mediterranean values.

Arrival in Málaga and collection of the camper

The journey begins in Málaga and runs to Seville. Málaga has 570,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in Andalusia and the sixth largest city in Spain. Málaga has one of the largest Spanish airports, a commercial port, and a university. This city, located on Costa del Sol, is one of the most important holiday destinations in Spain.

The Alcazaba of Málaga, a Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century, was constructed on the remains of a Phoenician palace of the Moorish King of Granada. In the 14th century, the place was further expanded. Originally, there was a double wall connecting the palace area of Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro Castle, which was located above the palace itself. At the foot of the Alcazaba, you will find ruins of an amphitheatre dating back to the times of the Roman Empire. Part of this area can be visited by tourists.

The Cathedral of Málaga, which was constructed by the Christian conquerors on the place of a great mosque in 1528, can be found in the city centre near the harbour. It is called La Manquita (“the One-Armed Lady”) and its second tower has never been finished due to lack of money. Additional attractions include the Birth House of Pablo Picasso on Plaza de la Merced and the Museo Picasso Málaga, which stores over 200 works of the painter.

Those who enjoy gardens should pay a visit to Jardín Botánico Histórico la Concepción, a worth-seeing park located in the northern part of the city with 3000 plants and palm trees, or Parque de Málaga, a park with a botanical garden, at their own expense. La Malagueta, with 14,000 seats and a diameter of 50 m, is one of the largest bullrings in Spain.

Highlights & Tips
Sightseeing tour of Málaga
Most of the highlights can be seen by taking the so-called sightseeing buses. In Málaga, there is a bus company, City Sightseeing Worldwide organising such tours. The tour consists of 14 stations which can be covered during a 90-minute ride.

Málaga – Granada

Stage distance: approx. 145 km

Suggested route: Málaga – Villanueva del Trabuco – Granada

Those who would like to make a stopover on their way to Granada can visit the small town of Villanueva del Trabuco with its typical Andalusian white-washed houses. Then, the tour runs back to Granada.

In Granada, you can find one of the largest educational institutions in Spain. There are 240,000 inhabitants who live in the city. There are also 60.000 students attending the University of Granada. In Granada, you will find the Alhambra, a palace with beautiful gardens, and the Arab quarter, Albaicín, which is also worth a visit.

The Alhambra is one of the most impressive examples of Islamic architecture in Spain. The palace complex consists of the Nasrid Palaces, the best-preserved Islamic castle complex from the Middle Ages, an imposing fortress of the Islamic world – the Palace of Emperor Charles V – as well as gardens, numerous Generalife fountains, and a summer palace. You can witness there the impressive Moorish architecture.

Also, take a tour around the picturesque old town of Granada and visit the magnificent cathedral. The funeral chapel is of particular interest. There, you can find the tombs of the Catholic royal couple, Ferdinand and Isabella, who ended the rule of the Moors in Granada in 1492. From the Mirador San Nicolas, you will have an ideal view of Alhambra Palace, Albaicín, the former Moorish residential area and a World Heritage Site, and the Sierra Nevada.

Highlights & Tips
Living caves of Sacromonte
Areas of Granada that are more rural can be found within a few minutes’ walk from Albaicín and only 20 minutes from the centre. Living caves are a special highlight of Sacromonte District with their white-washed entrances. Traditionally, the district located on a hill was home to gitanos, gipsies, and artists. Sacromonte is also famous for flamenco. What is more, you can visit the on-site museum dedicated to cave dwellings.

Granada – Córdoba

Stage distance: approx. 170 km

Suggested route: Granada – Alcaudete – Córdoba

About halfway to Córdoba, you can find Alcaudete with the imposing castle situated on a hill. It will be an ideal stopover. This strategically important castle is of Moorish origin. Today, it is still well-fortified and has a distinctive location in Alcaudete. It is situated against a backdrop of mountains and olive groves.

Córdoba is the third largest city in Andalusia with approximately 330,000 inhabitants. The city is considered a Spanish tourist highlight and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Therefore, the list of attractions is long. The most important building in the city is the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. (Spanish: Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba). Built in 785 as a mosque, the complex has approximately 860 marble columns placed in parallel rows. Owing to such a construction, the edifice is characterised by a special game of light and shadows. The mosque, which today would be the third largest one in the world, was so spacious that a large Renaissance nave was constructed inside it between 1523 and 1757.

The Roman Bridge, also called Puente Viejo, with a direct view of the Mezquita, crosses the Guadalquivir River and has as many as 16 arches. The bridge was completely renewed in the 10th century by the resident Moorish Caliphs. Even after the Reconquista, it still had to be renovated on several occasions. Today, the Torre de la Calahorra, a medieval watchtower, houses the Museum of Roger Garaudy Foundation and deals with the coexistence of different religions during the Caliphate period.

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos is a castle built in the 14th century on the place of an earlier Arab castle. It possesses a beautiful and spacious garden complex which is divided into levels. The Caliphal Baths were constructed in the 10th century and today, they are accessible for tourists as an exhibition. They are located near Alcázar. Palacio de Viana is one of the most historically important places in Córdoba. Today, it houses a museum which creates a beautiful backdrop with its terraces and galleries. Judería is the old town where Jews and Arabs lived in the past. While walking through its narrow streets, you can find a vast gastronomic offer as well as 300 former synagogues of Córdoba.

Highlights & Tips
On a visit to Don Quixote
At Plaza del Potro, named after a fountain with a statue of a foal, you will find the old guest house, Posada del Potro, which comes from the 15th century. It was mentioned in “Don Quixote,” a masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes. Today, the building houses a centre of flamenco culture. Maybe you will be lucky and get to listen to the Andalusian music which matches the backdrop.

Córdoba - Sevilla

Stage distance: approx. 140 km

Suggested route: Córdoba – Carmona – Sevilla

As a stopover on the way to Seville, you can visit the historic town of Carmona with its typical white-washed houses surrounded by city walls that are 3 kilometres long.

With more than 700,000 inhabitants, Sevilla is the capital of Andalusia and the fourth largest city in Spain. Its historic centre with many tapas bars and shops is worth paying a visit. There are beautiful patios decorated with flowers and impossibly narrow alleys, which are only part of the city’s splendour.

During the city tour, you should not miss a visit to the magnificent María Luisa Park and Europe’s third largest cathedral with a bell tower and a former minaret, “La Giralda.” This landmark was part of the powerful Almohad Mosque and is one of the largest Christian buildings today. What is more, Christopher Columbus is buried here.

Plaza del Triunfo takes you to the Royal Castle of Alcázar, a masterpiece of Moorish architecture. Also, consider a stroll through the winding streets of the picturesque Jewish quarter, Barrio de Santa Cruz. Seville offers many interesting places to visit.

Highlights & Tips
Get to know flamenco
In the Museum of Flamenco Dance in Sevilla, you can learn more about the development of the typical Andalusian music.

Sevilla - Arcos de la Frontera

Stage distance: approx. 120 km

Suggested route: Sevilla – Jerez de la Fontera – Arcos de la Frontera

Today, you will travel from Seville to Jerez de la Frontera. The city has over 210.000 inhabitants and can be found close to the Atlantic port of Cádiz. It is famous for its Sherry wine cellars and horse keeping. Jerez de la Frontera is a Spanish Mecca of horse breeding and the location of the Andalusian riding school. The part of the name “de la Frontera,” which stands for “on the border,” identifies the region of Jerez as a contested territory when it comes to the relations between Moors and Christians in the course of city’s history.

In the evening, you can stroll along the streets of the beautiful and historic old town of Arcos de la Frontera.

Highlights & Tips
In the land of Sherry
The ideal geographical location and the calcareous soils create the best possible conditions for the production of the typical Sherry wine. There are several wine cellars which can be visited in the area. You will be able to familiarise yourself with the production process of Sherry wine in Jeréz.

Arcos de la Frontera – Antequera

Stage distance: approx. 150 km

Suggested route: Arcos de la Frontera – Ronda – Antequera

The target of this stage is the city of Ronda, which is regarded as the birthplace of bullfighting. Here, you can find the oldest bullring in Spain. Ronda is one of the largest villages of the ( Pueblos blancos) (White Villages) of Andalusia. The small city is known for its spectacular location on a steep plateau. The entire old town is worth seeing.

From Ronda, the trip goes to Antequera, a historic city which has plenty to offer for culture lovers: from the dolmens dating back to the Bronze Age, to the Roman baths and the Moorish castle, to the palaces and the bullring from the 18th century.

Highlights & Tips
Diverse landscape near Antequera
Fuente de Piedra, the saltwater lagoon, is one of the most beautiful places in the area surrounding Antequera. Pink flamingos nest in this region. El Torcal de Antequera is a popular destination place for nature enthusiasts and climbers. Another interesting highlight is the Lobo Park Antequera, a nature park, where you can admire wild wolves from a close distance.

Antequera – Málaga

Stage distance: approx. 60 km

Suggested route: Antequera – Casabermeja – Málaga

During the last stage, you will travel through Casabermeja to Málaga, the destination point of this trip.