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9 days in andalucia - how to divide and more?

hi, we're 2 couples, going to Andalucia in April. To your opinion and experience:

1. Which places are "must" and how do you recommend to divide the time between them?

2. We'll probabley fly to Malaga. Do you have another idea?

3. Do you suggest visiting Gibraltar?

Thanx a lot,


1 Answer

answered first by
Tiffany from Corvallis

Oh there is so much to see, do, and eat in Andalucía, so I'll give you some minimum times and you can make it work for your personally.

1-3 day in Granada. You absolutely need at least one day in Granada. In one day you can visit the Alhambra and Generalife then walk through the old Moorish center, Albayzin. With a second day, you can enjoy walking around the city more, seeing the Catedral de Granada and exploring the Sacromonte.  Daytrips near Granada:

  1. Lanjaron is the beginning of a beautiful string of white villages, part of the Alpujarra's just south of the city. It's a gorgeous area to drive. Curvy roads make for long days, but the small villages are pretty. This is the best place to shop for Moroccan rugs, pottery, and other treasures. Drive as far as Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira.
  2. There are some lovely places along the coast to visit between Malaga and Granada.  I like the quiet Playa de Cabria. The Playa De Los Cañuelos is beautiful as well.

1-2 days in Cordoba (Spain). Stay in the Judería de Córdoba and explore the Cathedral-Mosque of Córdoba, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. The Sinagoga and Casa de Sefarad are both small, but special places to visit that balances the history there.

2-3 days in Seville.  Very close together, you'll find the Seville Cathedral, the Royal Alcázar of Seville, and the narrow streets of the Juderia, the former Jewish district of Seville. If you start early and plan long days, you can see all three on one day. To relax, stay longer and be more leisurely because Seville really is phenomenally beautiful. See the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Toros de Sevilla. Walk along the river and explore some of the older neighborhoods and parks as time allows.  Daytrips near Seville:

  1. Jerez de la Frontera is known for their sherry wine production. There are many amazing tours of wineries there. I did the one at Bodegas Tio Pepe and really enjoyed it.
  2. Cadiz is an absolutely phenomenal town if you can make time. Spend one long day.

Gibraltar won't take more than a day, but it is interesting. They don't sell water/snacks within the park itself outside the caves, so bring water on hot days. Do be aware of the monkeys. They steal things. If you have time, go. The caves are beautiful and it's interesting historically as well.

Ok... so if you want long fully packed days and want to see as much as humanly possible, fly in to Malaga.

Day 1: Arrive in Malaga early and stop at the Playa de Cabria to relax on the coast and enjoy a meal (there is a restaurant there). Arrive late in Granada and enjoy a nice meal (they begin dinner at 9. 11 is not too late to eat).

Extra day: If your schedule allows, spend a day driving around the mountains visiting the Alpujarran villages before heading to Granada.

Day 2: In Granada, see the Alhambra first, then fill in your day with anything else you want to see/do.

Day 3: Drive to Cordoba and explore everything except for the Cathedral.

Day 4: Visit the Cathedral in Cordoba then drive to Seville.

Day 5: Spend all day in Seville.

Day 6: Drive to Jerez de la Frontera. Do sherry tastings and see a flamenco show. Spend the night here or head to Cadiz.

Day 7: Spend all day in Cadiz.

Day 8: Drive to Gibraltar and spend the day, head back to Malaga stopping along the way as you have time before your flight on Day 9.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Andalucía (attraction)
  2. Granada (city)
  3. Alhambra (attraction)
  4. Generalife (attraction)
  5. Albayzin (attraction)
  6. Catedral de Granada (attraction)
  7. Sacromonte (attraction)
  8. Lanjaron (city)
  9. Pampaneira (attraction)
  10. Bubion (city)
  11. Capileira (attraction)
  12. Malaga (city)
  13. Playa De Los Cañuelos (attraction)
  14. Cordoba (Spain) (city)
  15. Judería de Córdoba (attraction)
  16. Cathedral-Mosque of Córdoba (attraction)
  17. Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (attraction)
  18. Sinagoga (attraction)
  19. Casa de Sefarad (attraction)
  20. Seville (city)
  21. Seville Cathedral (attraction)
  22. Royal Alcázar of Seville (attraction)
  23. Juderia (attraction)
  24. Plaza de España (attraction)
  25. Plaza de Toros de Sevilla (attraction)
  26. Jerez de la Frontera (attraction)
  27. Bodegas Tio Pepe (attraction)
  28. Cadiz (city)
  29. Gibraltar (attraction)
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