Why Andalusia

  • on the road lover
  • the amazing spanish food
  • backpackers friendly
  • different activities
  • sightseeing
Our itinerary for an on the road trip to Andalusia
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Hello everyone!😁

For my first post, I decided to tell you about the trip my husband (at the time we weren’t even engaged!) and I did back in 2017 to Andalusia-Spain.

In this post, I will quickly tell you about the itinerary and I will write in more depth about every single stop in other posts. So, if you are interested, keep following me 😉

Where to start? Well, first of all, you will need a couple of weeks to follow this itinerary, but maybe if you skip few stops it may give you good advice to plan your own trip even if you have only one week available.

We travelled between August and September, but, if I can give you an advice, I would choose maybe springtime or the end of September or even October as it was extremely hot when we were there!

We choose to do a round trip- from Malaga to Malaga- so it was easier (and cheaper!) to rent a car from Malaga airport, but, if you wish, you can return the car to a different airport/ city, of course for an extra cost! I would recommend you book your car in advance, especially if you go during the high season time.

We choose to start our adventure from Malaga purely because it was the cheaper flight from Manchester 😊

We travelled with big backpacks, as it was easier for us to carry them around as we had many transfers to do.

We also spent most of the nights in hostels, obviously cheaper than hotels, but with an atmosphere completely different 😁 I would definitely recommend you to spend at least one night in a hostel. And, if you are a couple like us, lots of hostels have two beds bedroom (most of them are bunk beds), so you can have a little bit of privacy if you wish 😉

As for food, we always want to try local specialities, so don’t hesitate to try all the different types of paella, sangria and tapas! We used Tripadvisor a lot during the whole travel to find good restaurants and bars.

The last piece of advice, before starting with our itinerary: it seems quite an expensive holiday, but if you start planning (and book!) months in advance it’s not. we started planning/booking during the winter, especially for the flight and the car which is the biggest expenses.


  • 16 days trip
  • on the road- around 1000 km 
  • backpacks 
  • 7 cities- plus few stops 


We landed in Malaga pretty late on Friday evening, so we took a taxi and decided to spend the first night at the Holiday Inn Express next to the airport. We also spent our last night here, as we had an early morning flight back home.

The next morning we took the bus to Malaga city centre, it was around 30/45 minutes trip.

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We spent in total two nights in Malaga.

City Highlights:

  • Cathedral
  • Mercado Central de Atarazanas
  • Playa de la Malagueta
  • Castillo de Gibralfaro
  • Alcazaba
  • Roman Theatre

On Monday morning, we went back to the airport to collect our car and we start driving in direction of NERJA, a lovely little city, where we spent most of the day, before arriving in GRANADA.

View from Castillo de Gibralfaro


We arrived in Granada from Nerja with a short drive of 1 hour and 30 minutes and stayed in total for 3 nights.

City Highlights:

  • Alhambra
  • Cathedral
  • Royal Chapel
  • Albayzin

In 2017 Granada was the only city that served tapas for free with drinks, so if you want to save a little bit of money, you can actually have your lunch drinking a tasty Sangria!

On Thursday we stopped at ANTEQUERA, where we had a little hike and then we drove to CORDOBA.

Alhambra from Calle Mirador de San Nicola


We slept two nights in Cordoba and personally, it’s the city I enjoyed the most.

City Highlights:

  • Mezquita
  • Alcazar
  • Juderia
  • Synagogue

if you have time and you want to relax, I would definitely recommend a little spa break in one of the many Arab spas in Cordoba. We choose to go in the evening and it was worth it 😍.



Well, you can’t go to Andalusia and not seeing this beautiful city! It’s less than two hours drive from Cordoba, so you don’t have any excuses!

Little advice, as I said at the beginning of this post, it was really hot when we were in there, and Seville was the hottest city! We reached more the 40 degrees in the afternoon and it was nearly impossible to stay outside. So you may want to plan your visit to Seville or Andalusia in general, not in the summertime.

City Highlights:


  • Cathedral
  • Plaza de Espana
  • Parque de la Maria Louise
  • Torre del Oro
  • Metropol parasol
  • Alcazar
  • Alameda de Hercules

Plaza de Espana


Before arriving in Cadiz, we spent the morning in EL ROCIO, a small village that is definitely something different and worth a stop (more details will come in my next post).

In Cadiz we decided that it was time for us to relax a little bit, so we just took a small break, visiting the city centre and having few sangrias on the beach. We stayed two night in Cadiz and we spent a further night in ZAHARA DE LOS ATUNES.


Sunset in Zahara de lo Atunes


Gibraltar is not properly Spain, but we decided to go anyway. You’ll need your Passport to enter there, as you’re travelling from Spain to British territory.

We only visited the Top of the rock, the famous promontory where you can spend your day with the monkeys!

Be careful with your backpack or bag, monkeys are really cheeky and always looking for food!

Before arriving at our next destinations, we stopped in JUZCAR, another peculiar place that is definitely worth a visit.


 Ronda was our last city to visit, lots of people don’t stop there, but it was maybe one of my favourites! We stayed for two nights.

City Highlights:

  • Ciudad
  • Plaza de Toros
  • Buenos Arabes
  • Iglesia S.M. la Major

Plaza de Toros



For our last day, before spending our last night in Malaga, we had few options and, in the end, we opted for the zoo in Fuengirola, we really enjoyed it and it may be a good idea if you’re travelling with kids also.

Unfortunately, our on the road travel came to an end, leaving us lots of great memories.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our experience, if you want some more details about our travel in Andalusia, keep following me, few more posts are coming!

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Italian, living in Manchester (UK) I love to travel with my husband and I can't wait to start travelling with my baby girl!

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