• Alhambra palace at night, Granada, Spain
  • Cala en Roche, Conil de la Frontera
  • Seville, Plaza de toros, Spain
  • Panorama of Cadiz, Spain
  • New Bridge in Ronda

Andalusia for the indie traveller

Andalusia for the indie traveller: Highlights of southern Spain by car | View itinerary »

Discover magical and mysterious Andalusia by road on this fascinating tour that takes in sugar cube villages, mystical Moorish palaces and beautiful countryside, as well as the authentic gypsy passion and incredible cuisine of southern Spain.

For more information or to talk to a friendly expert who knows the ins and outs of this trip email us.

15 day trip as described, guide price £1,995pp

What’s included

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in a selection of fantastic 4* hotels
  • Buffet style breakfast
  • Economy 4dr car hire for the duration
  • Point to point directions
  • Personalised travel App and e-Document manager
  • All attractions and activities shown in your personalised itinerary
  • Our own personally recommended restaurants guide

What’s not included

  • Flights (can be quoted separately)
  • Travel insurance - we are happy to advise
  • Car hire extras or garage parking

Travel Info

Fly direct to Málaga, Sevilla, Granada or Jerez with EasyJet, Ryanair and others, from most major UK hubs and many regional airports.

Best time to go

We recommend you visit Andalucia in September to June as this is when the climate is cooler and the crowds have dispersed.

Bespoke Service

Let us know your interests, ideal dates and duration, and preferred flights, and we’ll create the perfect Andalucia holiday just for you.



Welcome to Spain. After picking up your hire car from Malaga airport and checking into your hotel you’ll have plenty of free time to start exploring the many attractions and monuments of this incredible Mediterranean city. Don’t miss the medieval hill-top Gibralfaro Castle, the Roman Theatre and, of course, the amazing, Moorish Alcazaba fortress.

Malaga was the birthplace of Picasso, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the city has become a haven for art-lovers. Make sure you leave time for the Museo Picasso, housed in a 16th century palace, and don’t miss the coloured, cuboid Pompidou Centre.

DAYS 2&3

The Alpujarra

Our suggested route meanders along the scenic coastline, allowing you the chance to spend time in some of the quaint seaside villages of this region.

Famed for its tranquil white villages and rolling landscapes, the Alpujarra region still employs many of the farming methods and architectural styles of the Moors.

The area offers a unique trekking experience where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you pass through silent timeless villages and charming countryside. Accommodation is provided at a cosy country inn.

DAYS 4&5


Although Granada’s iconic Alhambra palace complex is undoubtedly the star of the city, there are plenty of other attractions and areas worthy of exploration. Take time to soak up the bohemian atmosphere around the cathedral where cobbled streets open into flower-decked plazas, and fountains decorate hidden squares. Try out the riverfront tapas bars on the Paseo de los Tristes, or indulge in a massage and steam bath at the Arabesque Hammam Al Andalus.

DAYS 6&7


Another fabulous city with a fascinating Moorish legacy, Cordoba is home to the landmark Mezquita, one of the greatest Islamic buildings on the planet. We also recommend other sights as the beautiful Renaissance Palacio de Viana with its dozen garden patios, and the speaking statues of the Calahorra Tower on the Roman Bridge. And when hunger strikes, we’ll point you in the direction of some of our favourite tapas bars and cosy restaurants hidden amongst the overhanging balconies and hidden plazas of the medieval city.

DAYS 8&9


With feisty dancing, the stamping of bull’s hooves and an open passion for anything resembling la fiesta – all under a big blue Spanish sky – you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a city of clichés. But welcome to the real thing.

It’s a compact city best navigated on foot or bike and you can easily cover the main sights in a day, including the Gothic cathedral, the Plaza de España and the Alcazar royal palace (used as a backdrop in Game of Thrones).

The best views of the city used to be from the cathedral bell tower, but nowadays the wooden Metropole Parasol is the most popular viewpoint – and the most eye-catching.

DAY 10


Founded by Phoenicians around 1100 BC, Europe’s oldest inhabited city offers atmospheric cobbled streets, a buzzy local vibe and beautiful beaches, not to mention restaurants serving spectacular seafood. Don’t miss the Roman amphitheatre, panoramic views from the Tavira Tower, and a visit to the Catacombs of Beaterio, part of an incredible 50-km network of ancient passages under the city.

Leave enough time though to take a relaxing stroll through the exotic greenery of the Parque Genovés, then grab an outside table at one of the bayfront tapas bars and watch the sun sink below the horizon.

DAYS 11&12

Costa de la Luz

Drive from Cadiz along the Coast of Light, a sensational stretch of virgin beaches and sun-bleached towns stretching to the Portuguese border on the Atlantic shoreline. Explore coastal villages such as Barbate with its laid-back charm, and hilltop towns like Véjer de la Frontera featuring trendy restaurants and arty boutiques.

Pull over at Playa El Palmar, a white sand beach often named as one of the best beaches in Spain. With no high-rise hotels or brash commercial centres, the beach typifies the unspoilt beauty of this pristine Costa.

DAY 13&14


Journeying across rural Andalucia you’ll see many of Spain’s famous pueblos blancos (white villages), but perhaps none as alluring as Ronda.
Perched at the edge of a plunging gorge, this birthplace of bullfighting is full of pavement cafes, cake shops and snug bars. It’s also home to the iconic Puente Nuevo (new bridge), built in the mid-18th century and spanning rocky outcrops 130 metres above the Guadelevín River.

DAY 15

Return to Malaga

Before returning to Malaga, those with a sense of adventure and yearning for a challenge might want to try hiking the Caminito del Rey walkway suspended along the walls of the El Chorro ravine. It used to be known as the most dangerous path in the world, but thankfully extra support and safety renovations have been added making it perfectly safe, if still not a little terrifying for those who don’t have a head for heights.

Get in touch

We don’t deal in one-size-fits-all holidays. We build amazing journeys tailored just for you. But before we can do that, we need to know about you – what excites you, what are your ‘must-sees’ and ‘must do’s’, and conversely, what do you want to avoid or what makes you feel indifferent. We don’t do indifferent, and neither should you!

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