10 Days in Andalucia: The Ultimate Andalucia Road Trip Itinerary

Plaza Espana in Seville is one of the best places to visit in Southern Spain

The perfect Andalucia road trip for 10 days in Andalucia in southern Spain: where to go in Andalucia, what to see in Andalucia in 10 days & how to go around Andalucia in 10 days.

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If you are looking for a well-balanced and not fast packed southern Spain itinerary you have found the right post. While I have spent a month traveling south of Spain, I am aware that many people have only several days of their vacation to spend on a trip. That’s why I have tailored a perfect itinerary for southern Spain for first-time visitors covering the highlights of southern Spain and at the same time giving much time to leisurely enjoy the best of Andalusia.

In this post, you’ll find the perfect Andalucia road trip itinerary regardless of if you are planning to rent a car or to use public transport. The best way to explore the south of Spain is by renting a car as it gives you the freedom to see the countryside at leisure without depending on trains and buses, although the public transport system in Spain is great if you would prefer not to drive.

You can do this Southern Spain trip in 7 days, but I would recommend 10 days in Andalucia. Otherwise, you will be spending time traveling and less enjoying your Southern Spain trip.

For your Andalucia road trip you can rent a car at Malaga airport and follow this Andalucia road trip itinerary:

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ANDALUCIA ROAD TRIP ITINERARY: How to spend awesome 10 days in Andalucia

Alhambra in Granada should be on any southern Spain itinerary
The Alhambra in Granada
Seville Cathedral should be on any southern Spain itinerary
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Ronda is one of the best places to visit in Southern Spain
Ronda in Andalusia

Southern Spain Itinerary 10 days

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This 10 days Andalucia road trip is s round trip starting and finishing in Malaga. The itinerary covers 3 ultimate southern Spain destinations (Seville, Granada, Cordoba), Jerez de la Frontera (the heart of Andalusia),  exquisite and genuine Andalusian ‘pueblos blancos‘ (Iznajar, Arcos de la Frontera, Ubrique), stunning seaside town of Cadiz, spectacular Ronda and Malaga, the capital of Costa del Sol.

Day 1: MALAGA

Start your Andalucia Road Trip in Malaga
Malagueta beach in Malaga in Southern Spain © World Travel Connector

Malaga has the biggest airport in Southern Spain and the 4th busiest airport in Spain (following only Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, Barcelona El Prat Airport, and Palma de Mallorca Airport by traffic). Thus, the best is to start and finish your southern Spain trip in Malaga.

Malaga should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Malaga © World Travel Connector

Things do in Malaga: Start your visit Malaga by having a cup of coffee and glass of fresh juice at Mercado Central de Atarazans before you officially start sightseeing Malaga.  One of the top places to see in Malaga is vibrant Mercado Central de Atarazans.  Another popular place in Malaga for sipping morning coffee is Café Central Málaga. Later you should go up to Castillo Gibralfaro (a hilltop castle) for the spectacular views of Malaga. After admiring Malaga from the hill, head down the hill to Alcazaba (a medieval Moorish palace with amazing sea views). Afterward, plan your visit to Malaga Cathedral (called also One-Arm Lady) and Picasso Museum Malaga. Just to remind you, Malaga is the hometown of Picasso.

Picasso Museum Málaga should be on any southern Spain itinerary
Picasso Museum Málaga © World Travel Connector

At the time you finish visiting the Picasso Museum, lunchtime is already going to be. I would recommend having lunch at iconic El Pimpi tapas bar and afterward have your Spanish siesta. In the late afternoon have some beach time on sandy Malagueta beach. After all, you are on Costa del Sol. Reserve your hot Malaga evening for cocktails, sangria and some of the typical local tapas.

Seafood paella is a popular food in Spain
Seafood paella in Spain

If you wonder what to eat in Spain and you want to eat authentic famous Spanish food on your trip, you should read: Popular Food in Spain You Need to Try

Malaga should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Wall decoration in Malaga © World Travel Connector
El Pimpi in Malaga should be on any southern Spain itinerary
El Pimpi tapas bar in Malaga © World Travel Connector

MALAGA ITINERARY:

Morning: coffee at Mercado Central de Ataranzas, visit Castillo Gibralfaro and Alcazaba, Malaga Cathedral and Picasso Museum

Lunch: El Pimpi & afternoon siesta

Late afternoon: Malaga beach

Evening: cocktails and tapas bars (check out Mañana Cocktail Bar Malaga) or take an Evening Wine and Tapas Tour in Malaga

Where to stay in Malaga

BUDGET: The Lights Hostel, Alcazaba Premium Hostel, Oasis Backpackers’ Hostel Malaga, Malaga Stop Hostel AB

MID-RANGE: Malaga Premium Hotel, Soho Boutique Museo, Hotel Malaga Picasso, Hotel Sercotel Málaga, La Casa Azul B&B + Apartments

UPSCALE: Vincci Selección Posada del Patio, Hotel Palacete de Alamos, Gran Hotel Miramar, Molina Lario, Barceló Malaga 

Day 2: GRANADA

Alhambra in Granada should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
The Alhambra in Granada
Alhambra tips
The Patio of the Lions (Patio de los Leones) is probably the most famous site in Alhambra in Granada © World Travel Connector

On the 2nd day, early in the morning head to Granada. Distance between Malaga and Granada is only about 30 km.

From Malaga to Granada by car:  an hour and 45 min drive.

From Malaga to Granada by bus: There are about 8 daily buses from Malaga to Granada. A one-way Malaga to Granada bus ticket is about 12 €.

From Malaga to Granada by train: If you want to travel more comfortable from Malaga to Granada, you should take Malaga to Granada train. But in that case, you need to go from Malaga to Antequera (about 30 min train ride), and from Antequera to Granada (an hour and a half train ride). A train ride from Malaga to Granada goes from 20 € and up.

Granada should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Donkey in Granada © World Travel Connector
Albaycin in Granada is should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Albaycin, the Old Arab quarter in Granada © World Travel Connector

Main attractions in Granada, Spain: Alhambra Palace (the most visited site in Spain),  Carrera del Darro (the most beautiful street in Granada), Albaicín quarter, Sacromonte (Granada’s gypsy quarter), Granada’s Arabic Baths (Granada’s Banuelo is the oldest surviving Arabic baths in Spain), Granada Cathedral (in Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque style; still not finished)

GRANADA ITINERARY:

Early in the morning: Alhambra (book your ticket in advance! and go early as possible), visit Granada Cathedral (built-in Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque style)

Related read: 15 Essential Tips and Tricks on How to Visit Alhambra Palace

Afternoon: have tapas lunch at Bar Los Diamantes (Granada’s most famous tapas bar for fried fish) at Plaza Nuevosiesta and visit authentic Arabic Baths (Granada’s Banuelos is the oldest surviving Arabic baths in Spain). But if you want to treat yourself with an afternoon spa time in Hammam Al Andalus (in the center of Granada near Plaza Nueva)

Late afternoon: stroll Carrera del Darro (the most beautiful street in Granada) which starts from Plaza Nuevo and goes to the famous Albaicin quarter and head to Albaicin for the sunset.

Evening: go to Sacromonte (Granada’s gypsy quarter) for a flamenco show and dinner

Tip: For roaming Alhambra palace, cobbled stone streets of Granada, and hilly Albaicin, you will need comfortable walking shoes. If traveling in summer, check out my list of top comfort women’s sandals for walking.

Where to stay in Granada: 

BUDGET: Lemon Rock Hostel, White Nest Hostel, Lavadero de la Cruz, Hotel Carlos V

MID-RANGE: Hotel Inglaterra, Apartamentos Turísticos San Pedro, Eurostars Catedral, Palacio Cabrera – Lillo, Suite Balcón de Granada, The Gran Vía Balconies  

UPSCALE: Shine Alcaiceria, Petit Palais 1829, Palacio Cabrera – Lillo, Luxury Alhambra Penthouse Collection, Piso en calle Recogidas (Centro), Casa Miravalle Apartamentos Darro

Day 3: IZNAJAR AND CORDOBA

On the 3rd day, you are heading from Granada to Cordoba with a stop in Iznajar.

Iznajar

Iznajar should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Iznajar in Andalucia © World Travel Connector
Iznajar in Andalucia should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Iznajar is a picturesque white village in Andalusia © World Travel Connector

Iznajar is one of the most beautiful white villages in southern Spain with an outstanding hilltop setting overlooking Iznajar lake. If you want to see an authentic Andalusian village, this is a place to visit.

Iznajar should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Iznajar, a white village in the south of Spain © World Travel Connector

The distance between Granada and Iznajar is about 90 km.

From Granada to Iznajar by car: an hour and 10 min

From Granada to Iznajar by bus: an hour and 30 min from Estación de Autobuses de Granada. A one-way Granada to Iznajar bus ticket goes from 8 € and up.

The next stop on this south of Spain itinerary is Cordoba.

Cordoba

Cordoba is one of the best places to visit in Southern Spain
Cordoba © World Travel Connector
Cordoba is a must on Andalucia road trip
A courtyard in Cordoba © World Travel Connect
A detail in a Cordoba patio © World Travel Connector

After visiting Iznajar head to Cordoba. The distance from Iznajar to Cordoba is about 130 km.

From Iznajar to Cordoba by car: an hour and a half drive

From Iznajar to Cordoba by bus: 2  hour and a half drive. A one-way Iznajar to Cordoba ticket is about 12 €.

In the past Cordoba was the capital of Muslim Spain and the center of medieval Europe. A mix of beautiful setting on the river Guadalquivir and some extraordinary historic treasures gives a special romantic vibe to Cordoba. La Mezquita (the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba) is without any question one of the most fascinating architectural masterpieces in the World.

Main attractions in Cordoba in Spain: Mosque of Cordoba (the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba), Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, Juderia de Cordoba (Jewish Quarter), Puente Romano (the Roman Bridge), Moorish tea rooms (teterías) in Cordoba, los patios de Cordoba (beautiful old-time patios full of flowers and with an old-times vibe)

Cordoba should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Mezquita in Cordoba © World Travel Connector

When you reach Cordoba, most likely noon is already going to be. Check-in at your stay and head to picturesque Old Jewish Quarter (el Barrio de la Juderia de Cordoba) for lunch and stroll around world-famous Corodobese patios and afterward go to Alcazar Palace of Cordoba (one of the primary residential palaces of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon).

Salmorejo is one of the most popular food in Spain
Salmorejo is a typical dish from Cordoba © World Travel Connector

Lunchtime: Juderia de Cordoba (Jewish Quarter), Alcazar of the Christian Monarch (the royal palace of Cordoba)

Afternoon: tea time in a Moorish tea room Salon de Te in Barrio Judería (in the Jewish Quarter) (http://salondetecordoba.es/)

Evening: leisure stroll around romantic Cordoba – walk the Roman Bridge and have dinner

Next day in the morning: visit La Mezquita in Cordoba (it opens at 8.30 am) before you head to Seville

Where to stay in Cordoba:

BUDGET: Mayflowers Hostel, Hotel Riviera, El Antiguo Convento, Hostal Azahar

MID-RANGE: Hospedería del Atalia, Urban Vida Alcázar, La Boutique Puerta Osario, Hacienda Posada de Vallina

UPSCALE: Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba, Hotel Madinat, Patios del Orfebre, Hospes Palacio del Bailio, Casa el Reloj

Day 4-5: SEVILLE

Seville Cathedral should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Seville Cathedral © World Travel Connector
Seville Cathedral should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
View of Seville Cathedral from the Giralda Tower © World Travel Connector
Tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville in southern Spain
Statutes of four kings of four regions of Spain (Castilla, Leon, Navarra, and Aragon) carry the tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral  © World Travel Connector
Plaza de Espana in Seville should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Plaza de Espana in Seville © World Travel Connector

Seville is next stop on this South Spain itinerary. The distance from Cordoba to Seville is about 145 km.

From Cordoba to Seville by car: an hour and 50 min drive.

From Cordoba to Seville by bus: 2 hours and 15 min ride. A one-way Corodab to Seville bus ticket costs about 12 €.

From Cordoba to Seville by train: It is a 45 min train ride. There are about 25 trains a day from Cordoba to Seville. A one-way Cordoba to Seville train ticket goes from 7.50 € to 30 €.

Royal Alcázar of Seville should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Royal Alcázar of Seville © World Travel Connector
Visiting Seville tapas bars should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
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Gold Tower in Seville should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Torre Del Orro and Guadalquivir River in Seville

2 DAYS IN SEVILLE – ITINERARY:

1st day in Seville:

Late morning:  Seville Cathedral (with the tomb of Christopher Columbus and climb to La Giralda tower), El Divino Salvador church, Casa de Pilatos (a palace in Renaissance and Mudèjar style with a collection of azulejos and Goya paintings)

Lunchtime: recommended places to eat in Seville: Cocome (healthy, vegetarian), Al Wadi (Moroccan, vegetarian), Az-Zait (Mediterranean, European, Spanish)

Afternoon: Parque de María Luisa, Plaza de Espana (Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones were filmed there), Museo de Bellas Artes (with a collection of religious art)

Evening: tapas dinner at Santa Cruz quarter and a flamenco show at the Museo del Baile

2nd day in Seville:

Morning: Real Alcazar Palace with gardens (Alcazar Gardens are the Water Gardens of Dorne in Game of Thrones), Hospital los Venerables (a 17th-century baroque building with the Diego Velázquez Center)

Lunchtime

Afternoon: walk Guadalquivir riverfront and climb historic Toro del Oro tower, visit Real Maestranza Bullring, go to the Metropol Parasol for sunset panoramic views of Seville (3 € ticket)

Evening: head to Triana quarter for a leisure walk and have tapas dinner

Royal Alcazar in Seville a must on Andalucia road trip itinerary
Intricate tiles in Alcazar Palace in Seville © World Travel Connector

Where to stay in Seville:

BUDGET: For You Hostel Sevilla, El Viajero en Sevilla, Casa Boutique La Pila del Pato

MID-RANGE: Welldone Metropol, Welldone Antiquarium, Puerta Catedral Indias Lofts, Suites Murillo Catedral, Sevilla Central Suites Apartamentos Puerta Jerez

UPSCALE: Hotel Ateneo Sevilla, Palacio Bucarelli, Hotel Gravina 51, Slow Suites Setas, Hotel Casa Del Poeta

Day 6-7: CADIZ

Cadiz should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Cadiz in Andalucia in the south of Spain
Cadiz should be on any southern Spain itinerary
Cadiz in southern Spain © World Travel Connector

After Seville, Cadiz is coming next in your Andalusia itinerary. The distance from Seville to Cadiz is about 120 km.

From Seville to Cadiz by car:  an hour and 40 min

From Seville to Cadiz by bus: about a 3-hour bus ride. A one-way Seville to Cadiz bust ticket costs about 14 €

From Seville to Cadiz by train: an hour and 40 min. A one-way Seville to Cadiz train ticket goes from 10 € and up

Cadiz is my favorite place in Andalucia. Why? Because of the people. Simple as that. In Cadiz, you will find the friendliest people in southern Spain. More I travel, more places with welcoming and open-hearted people capture my heart. Architectural masterpieces and fascinating nature are always on my itinerary. But what keeps me longer in one place are good-hearted people. And Cadiz is one of the places like that. In Cadiz, you will meet cheerful and easygoing people, smiling, chatting laud, laughing spontaneously and always ready to help a stranger in need. ‘Joie de vivre’ of Cadiz is unparalleled!

But don’t get me wrong, Cadiz is not only about friendly people. Cadiz is also about great beaches and exceptional seafood.

sea urchins are popular seafood in Spain
Delicious sea urchins in Spain © World Travel Connector

Related: Best Seafood in Spain 

If you happen to travel Andalucia in the snails season, you should give a try to caracoles tapas in Cadiz. Most likely you are going to be surprised how tasty they can be. Like I was! You can read more about it here Eating Snails in Spain.

eating caracoles snail tapas
Caracoles tapas © World Travel Connector

Because of friendly people, great food and excellent beaches, I would suggest planning to stay at least 2 days in Cadiz.

Main attractions in Cadiz: Castle of San Sebastián, Santa Catalina Castle, Cádiz Cathedral, Mercado Central, Barrio del Pópulo ( the oldest quarter in Cadiz stretching from the Town Hall to the Cathedral), Torre Tavira (observation tower with great views of Cadiz), first-class seafood restaurants, Blue Flag beaches (Playa La Caleta, Playa De La Cortadura, Playa de la Victoria, Playa de Santa María del Mar)

2 days in Cadiz – itinerary:

1st Day

Morning: visit Cadiz Cathedral, Castle of San Sebastián, Santa Catalina Castle,

Afternoon: walk Cadiz waterfront promenade, head for sunset to Torre Tavira

Evening: Go to La Vina quarter and have dinner at Casa Manteca (my favorite taberna in all Southern Spain for a great atmosphere and excellent food!)

2nd Day:

Morning: Head to Mercado Central to enjoy your breakfast and to hang out with local people

Rest of the day: Beach time and seafood time. Swim, sunbath and eat. You are on vacation in Spain!

Where to stay in Cadiz:

BUDGET: Summer Cádiz, Pensión España, Cadiz Inn Backpackers

MID-RANGE: La Posada del Mercado, Hotel Monte Puertatierra, Apartamentos Tandem Ancha 34

UPSCALE: El Armador Casa Palacio, Piso Calle San Francisco, Casa de La Botánica, Parador de Cádiz 

Day 8: JEREZ, ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA & UBRIQUE

Jerez de la Frontera should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Feria del Caballo in Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia © World Travel Connector
Feria del Caballo in Jerez de la Frontera should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Feria del Caballo in Jerez de la Frontera © World Travel Connector
Feria del Caballo (Horse Fair) in Jerez de la Frontera should be on any southern Spain itinerary
Feria del Caballo (Horse Fair) © World Travel Connector
Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Me at Feria del Caballo in Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia © World Travel Connector

After some seaside time, you are heading to the inland south of Spain. Typical Andalusian white villages are next on your Andalucia itinerary.

Distance from Cadiz to Jerez is about 37 km.

From Cadiz to Jerez by car: about 35 min drive

From Cadiz to Jerez by bus: from an hour up to two-hour bus drive A one-way Cadiz to Jerez bus ticket goes from about 1,5 €.

From Cadiz to Jerez by train: about 35 min train ride. A one-way Cadiz to Jerez train ticket goes from 7 €.

On the 8th day early in the morning, you are heading to the heart of Andalusia: Jerez, Arcos de la Frontera and optionally Ubrique. Andalusia is about sherry, horses, and flamenco. And  Jerez is the true home of sherry wine, Andalusian horses and flamenco. Andalusian horses are one of the most famous equestrian breeds in the world.

Things to do in Jerez: watch equestrian ballet at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, taste authentic sherry in Jerez (from light and dry sherries such as Manzanilla and Fino to as darker and sweeter sherry such as Oloroso), sample wines and popular local tapas in traditional ‘tabancos,  tour the cellars of González Byass or bodega Tío Pepe for authentic sherry tastings, visit the Yeguada de la Cartuja stud farm near Jerez

Morning: take a  2.5-hour tour of sampling wines and popular local tapas in traditional ‘tabancos

Afternoon: watch 90 min equestrian ballet of Andalusian horses

If you’re traveling Andalucia in May, then the Feria del Caballo (the Horse Fair) is a must! There you will have a feeling of stepping back in time and you will see Andalusia at its best: Andalusian women wearing traditional flameco dresses – colorful ‘rajes gitanas’ or ‘gypsy dresses’, flamenco singing and dancing in noisy public ‘casetas’, Andalusian horses parade …

Arcos de la Frontera should be on every Southern Spain itinerary
Arcos de la Frontera is one of the most beautiful white towns in Andalucia

Distance from Jerez to Arcos de la Frontera is 35 km.

From Jerez to Arcos de la Frontera by car: a 30 min drive.

From Jerez to Arcos de la Frontera by bus: about 35 min ride. One bus per hour a day. A one-way bus ticket goes from about 4 €.

From Jerez to Arcos de la Frontera by train: No train line.

Best things do to in Arcos de la Frontera: stroll narrow picturesque streets of this breathtaking Andalusia white town, head to the viewpoint of Mirador of the New rock for striking views, visit Casa del Conde del Aguila built in the late Gotic and Mudejar style.

If you travel by car, I suggest visiting Ubrique also. There’s no direct bus line from Arcos de la Frontera to Ubrique. Ubrique is a typical whitewashed Andalusian town situated in between two nature parks. If you are a nature lover, Ubrique area is a place to see in the south of Spain. If you are traveling by car you can enjoy scenic views on your way from Arcos de la Frontera to Ubrique.

Ubrique is one of the best places to visit in Southern Spain
Ubrique in the south of Spain © World Travel Connector

Distance from Jerez to Arcos de la Frontera to Ubrique is about 43 km

From Jerez to Arcos de la Frontera to Ubrique by car: about 45 min drive.

If you are traveling by bus go straight from Arcos de la Frontera to Ronda and make late check-in in Ronda.

Day 9: RONDA

Ronda should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Ronda in Andalusia
Ronda should be on every southern Spain itinerary

Distance from Arcos de la Frontera to Ronda is about 90 km.

From Arcos de la Frontera to Ronda by car: an hour and 10 min drive.

From Arcos de la Frontera to Ronda by bus: a 2-hour bus ride. A one-way ticket is about 10 €. 2 buses a day run on the route.

Main attractions in Ronda: Puente Nuevo bridge, terraces of Jardines De Cuenca, Plaza Del Toros (Ronda’s bullring), Banos Arabes

The next stop on your Andalucia trip itinerary is Ronda, one of the most spectacular towns in Southern Spain. Ronda might be a small town by size, but the atmosphere is world-class. If you like small towns with a spectacular countryside setting, most likely you will fall in love with Ronda. Ernest Hemingway and Orson Wells did. Even more, cremated remains of Orson Welles and his beloved Paola Mori have dispersed down a well on a small country estate on the outskirts of Ronda.

Bullring in Ronda should be on any Andalucia road trip itinerary
Bullring in Ronda

There is one town that would be better than Aranjuez to see your first bullfight in if you are only going to see one and that is Ronda. That is where you should go if you ever go to Spain on a honeymoon or if you ever bolt with anyone. The entire town and as far as you can see in any direction is romantic background..” – Ernest Hemingway noted about Ronda.

Morning: go for breathtaking views of Puento Nuevo Bridge, head to La Casa del Rey Moro to visit the bottom of El Tajo gorge, walk another two bridges in Ronda – Puente Viejo and Puente Arabe, visit the Mondragón Palace ( a Moorish, Renaissance and Gothic style palace),

Lunchtime: Restaurante Bardal (a Michelin star restaurant)

Afternoon: visit Ronda’s Bullring, stroll the Alameda del Tajo Park just behind the bullring, visit La Casa Del Rey Moro (the House of the Moorish King), go to the Mirador de Ronda (the viewpoint of Ronda) for sunset

Evening: our some of the bodegas  in the countryside around Ronda

Where to stay in Ronda: have your ‘honeymoon’ night in Parador de Ronda with a spectacular location on the edge of the gorge and breathtaking views!!!

DAY 10: MALAGA 

Depending on your flight time, you can go directly to Malaga Airport, stay on the last day in Malaga or even take a day trip from Malaga to Gibraltar.

The distance from Ronda to Malaga is about 103 km.

From Ronda to Malaga by car: an hour and 30 min drive.

From Ronda to Malaga by bus: 3-hour bus ride. A one-way ticket is about 15 €.

From Ronda to Malaga by train: from an hour and a half to a 2-hour ride. A one-way ticket is about 15 €.

MAP OF THE SOUTHERN SPAIN ITINERARY

Andalucia road trip: south of Spain map

BEST TIME TO VISIT SOUTHERN SPAIN 

The best time to visit Andalucia is spring and autumn. In summer months (June, July, August) temperatures in Andalucia go above 40ºC with hardly bearable heats. Pleasant temperatures to travel southern Spain are from February to May. May is a great month to go to Andalucia as some greats festivals happen at that time. And Holy Week in Andalucia is another level.

The best months to take the Andalucia road trip are spring months (March, April, May) and autumn months (September, October, November).

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15 comments

  1. The South of Spain (Malaga) was the first place I ever travelled solo (and thus the place which set me off on my travel habit!), and I often think I should go back and see more of the region. The architecture looks incredible! This looks like a really well-thought out itinerary which covers a lot. Saving your post for the day that I do eventually return!

  2. I love doing a road trip round this region back in 2011 but the only place which I missed out on was Seville (it was the middle of summer and didnt fancy walking around a city in +45 that day!) My favourite Spanish city is Malaga for sure but I did fall in love with Granada and Ronda as well. This post brought back a lot of memories. 🙂

  3. I did a similar trip last fall and LOVED this area of Spain. Def my fav!! I went to Seville, Ronda, Cordoba, and Grenada. Road trippin is so fun. The view are to die for. I need to go back for longer next time and add some of these places. Love all your photos!

  4. Would you believe I’ve been to Spain 9 times but haven’t seen the southern mainland? I’ve been to Madrid, Barcelona and the Canary Islands (which was the target of my trips) but I would love to do your 10 day Andalucia itinerary. The Patio of Lions is gorgeous and I had not heard of it before! Plaza de España in Seville is also a huge bucket list place! Your photos are beautiful! I would also have to take your suggestion of a day trip from Malaga to Gibraltar since I wasn’t able to do one to Gibraltar from Morocco last summer!

  5. Your photos are stunning! I’ve never been to the South of Spain, only Barcelona, but this has definitely made me consider going back just to see all of this! Everything looks fabulous!

  6. Wow! Very nice blog post. Your photos take me back to when I did the same trip back in 2015. I really loved that road trip! I did it it in the opposite direction, Ronda first, and the last destination was Granada. Would love to go back one day!

  7. This definitely covers a lot of ground – sounds like my type of itineary! I still haven’t been to Spain but several of these towns were already on my travel list – this just makes me want to visit them even more! Your pictures are beautiful! That paella looks so good….and I had no idea that they ate snails in Spain! I’ve had them a few other places, but didn’t know the Spanish ate them too.

  8. It’s been a very long time since I visited Spain. Thanks for taking me on this amazing tour with you. Such a beautiful country, and your food photos made my stomach growl with hunger!

  9. Oh my! If I could, I would love to spend an entire month in Southern Spain. I love your itineraries and will definitely book my tickets in advance for Alhambra. I’m an early riser, so will have to go there in the morning and then enjoy your recommendation for tapas for lunch 🙂

  10. LOVE your photos. The seafood paella … lord have mercy, I am drooling on my computer keyboard. Sadly, I have not yet been to Spain. Therese has, but many years ago. We will be passing through this region quickly on our way to Morocco. Clearly we need to plan a visit to the region, and seeing that bridge (Ronda was it?) will be a must. Spectacular.

  11. I am such a quality over quantity person, so always appreciate a great itinerary that focuses on a small area over a decent length of time. I love how unique each of these stops are, and there is something about Cadiz and Ronda that call to me. Really hope to get to these places in person!

  12. The places you have listed about Southern Spain are really beautiful. I am so intrigued by the Alcazar of Seville, Alhambra of Granada, and those beautiful white villages of Cadiz and Arcos de la Frontera. I would love to spend a week here.

  13. Wow great Itinerary shared by i have been spain two times but after read your post i am thinking i have left many things to do & enjoy surely i will add it in my next journey thanks for sharing this lovely images & places with your lovely pics thanks

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