Andalusia is one of Spain’s most popular destinations full of culture, history, nature and excellent food. From North to South, East to West, the countless number of villages that hide some genuine wonders that travellers can discover on their visit and which form part of the best car routes in Spain. Put your seat belt on and get ready to enjoy all that Andalusia has to offer.
Star gazing route of Sierra Morena
Many centuries ago, this region was a land of outlaws, today, Sierra Morena is one of the best destinations for astronomers and those who love to stargaze.
We will start our route in Linares, a pretty little village in Jaen where each year they ‘light candles for Cástulo’ which is a tribute to the remains of the important Iberian city once there. On the road again and we reach the picturesque village of Montoro in Cordoba and take a stroll through the ragged streets lined with white houses that overlook the Guadalquivir. A mandatory place to stop? The restaurant ‘Belsay’ and its famous ‘Salmorejo Cordobés ‘(Purée consisting of tomato & bread).
And from Córdoba to…Seville, where we can spend the night observing the sky from the Natural Monument ‘Cerro del Hierro’, an ideal place to lose yourself. Located between the towns of San Nicolás del Puerto & Constatina.
Our last stop is the impressive mountain region of Sierra de Aracena with a town of the same name. Time to relax and enjoy the area famous for its typical Spanish Ham ‘Jabugo’.
Route through the white villages of Cádiz
This is possibly one of the most popular routes by car in Andalusia. We start at ‘Setenil de las Bodegas’, a unique village famous because it is built directly into the rock face.
Our next stop? Olvera, another wonderful village of white houses in Cádiz and which has been declared a centre of artistic and historic importance since 1983. A visit is highly recommended at Easter when the locals decorate the streets, houses and balconies.
Zahara de la Sierra and the spectacular Sierra de Grazalema National Park is our next stop. A place of extreme beauty, famous for its flora and fauna; very popular with hiking enthusiasts and an ideal place to enjoy the delicious cuisine of Cádiz.
Our last visit will take us to Arcos de la Frontera, a village that sits on a spectacular sheer cliff and with magnificent observation areas such as the ‘Mirador de la Peña’.
Route along the Andalusian coast.
We could not end our list of the best car routes in Andalusia without taking a trip to some of the world famous and fishing villages. To begin our trip we start in Cabo de Gata, a very special place that you need to spend at least 2 or 3 days to enjoy the many hidden coves in areas such as Arrecife de las Sirenas or Las Salinas.
From here, we continue our route until we reach the tropical coast of Granada. The sand and the warm breeze of the beaches of Salobreña or Calahonda are ideal for a relaxing morning walk. We continue our route with our car rental to Malaga, where we will see the beautiful coastline until we reach Nerja, a small fishing village. We can stop and visit the popular Cueva de Nerja before continuing to Torres del Mar, perfect to feel and enjoy the summer at any one of the many ‘chiringuitos’ (beach bars).
The endless beaches available in Cádiz and its romantic sunsets will bring the finishing touches to this summer car route in Andalusia. Zahara de los Atunes, Caños de Meca, Valedevaqueros, Bolonia…Which one will you choose?