🇪🇸 Andalusia: 6-day road trip

🇪🇸 Andalusia: 6-day road trip

Overview

🏆 Best for: Couples or Friends

📆 Duration: 6 days

☀️ Best time to do this: April-June, September-October

💵 Approximate budget per person*

  • Budget: $1500
  • Mid-range: $2500
  • Luxury: $6000

*excluding flights

⏱️ Total driving time: 5 hours

🏁 Total distance: 300km

Trip highlights

Malaga
Malaga
Flamenco show in Seville
Flamenco show in Seville
Ronda
Ronda
Caminito del Rey
Caminito del Rey
Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra
Seville
Seville

Getting there

✈️ Flying

Fly to the Malaga airport.

Don’t worry, there is only one international airport in Malaga. The full name of the airport is Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport.

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Book flights via Skyscanner:

🚆 Train

Arrive at the Malaga María Zambrano train station.

Consider the train if you’re coming from Madrid, Seville, Murcia, Granada, and other neighboring cities. Spain has high-speed trains that are often faster and cheaper than flying.

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Book tickets via Trainline:

Renting a car

You can rent a car directly in the Malaga airport arrivals terminal.

It’s the gateway to all of southern Spain so the navigation in the airport is smooth.

Book a car via Rentcars:

Driving in Spain

🚥 Driving side: Right

🚔 Speed Limits:

  • Urban areas 50 km/h (31 mph)
  • Secondary roads 90 km/h (56 mph)
  • Highways 120 km/h (75 mph)

🍷 Drink Driving Laws:

The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05% and 0.03% for drivers with less than two years of experience. In practise this means, approximately:

  • For men: 70-80 kg (154-176 lbs) this means 2 standard drinks. This means around 2 small beers (330ml) or 2 glasses of wine (150ml) or 2 shots of spirit (30ml)
  • For women: 60-70 kg (132-154 lbs) this means 1.5 standard drinks.

⛽️ Full stations: Plentiful. Take both cash and credit cards.

🅿️ Parking: Parking is usually free in rural areas. In cities use paid garages. Prices are generally reasonable and you will have your car watched over.

🗺️ Navigation: Mobile data coverage is very good in Spain. Using mobile maps is easy.

💵 Toll roads: Some highways require a toll. It’s payable via cash or credit card.

🔐 Traffic safety: 5/5

🚧 Road Quality: Good

Itinerary

Day 1: Malaga

Malaga
Malaga

Getting there

Arrive in Malaga airport and rent a car.

What to do

Alcazaba of Málaga

The Alcazaba of Málaga, a well-preserved 11th-century Moorish fortress, is worth a visit for its remarkable views of the city and the Mediterranean, and as a way to understand the layered history of Andalusia through its architecture.

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Málaga Cathedral

Renaissance-style structure known as "La Manquita" for its unfinished south tower, is worth visiting for its intricate interior, the blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque elements, and the way it encapsulates the region's historical shifts.

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Picasso Museum

Housed in a 16th-century palace, is worth visiting for its extensive collection of Picasso's works (200+), offering insight into his artistic evolution and a deeper understanding of one of the 20th century's most influential artists.

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Where to eat and drink

Michelin guide restaurants

There are 14 Michelin Guide restaurants in and around Malaga. 3 of those with 1 star.

Experience ideas for Malaga

  • Wine and tapas tour
  • Yoga class on the beach
  • Vintage fashion walk
  • City tour with a local
  • Private sailing trip

Accommodation in Malaga

Day 2: Alora and neighboring villages

Alora
Alora

Getting there

It’s around 35 minutes (41 km) by car from Malaga.

What to do

Caminito del Rey

A breathtaking 7.7-kilometer walkway clinging to the steep walls of El Chorro Gorge, is worth visiting for its dramatic views, thrilling experience, and insight into the region's natural beauty and engineering marvels; the hike typically takes 3-4 hours to complete.

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Guadalhorce reservoirs

Known for their clear, turquoise waters and picturesque surroundings, are worth visiting for their natural beauty, opportunities for swimming and kayaking, and the serene environment they offer for outdoor enthusiasts.

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El Torcal de Antequeraa

Known for its unique limestone rock formations and stunning landscapes, is worth visiting for its dramatic natural beauty, opportunities for hiking and wildlife watching.

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Experience ideas for Alora

  • Horseback riding
  • Swimming in the wild lakes
  • Walks in the rural landscape
  • Exploring countless pictures villages during the road

Accommodation in Alora

Day 3: Ronda

Ronda
Ronda

Getting there

It’s around 1 hour and 3 minutes (73 km) by car from Alora.

What to do

El Torcal de Antequeraa

Known for its unique limestone rock f

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Weather in Andalusia year-round

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