I'm planning a family trip (6 people, from 22 to 60), in the area of Andalucia from Sep 30 to October 7.
Landing and flying out of Malaga.
After a bit of research I was thinking about the following itinerary :
Sep 30 - Landing around 19:00 and Spending the night in Malaga.
October 1 - Morning drive to Ronda and spending the night there. Maybe taking the car and driving to some inner villages.
October 2 - Drive to Cadiz and Arcos de la Frontera.
October 3 - Morning drive to Sevilla and spending 2 nights there. (Visiting the Alcazar,Cathedral, Gerald Tower and Barrio Santa cruz and just exploring the city)
October 5 - Morning drive to Granda and spending 2 nights there. (Alhambra, Albayzín, Sacromonte, Alcaiceria)
October 7 - Morning drive to Malaga, but on our way going through some Alpujarran villages, and leave the car at the airport.
Couple of questions :
1. Does this Itinerary make sense ? Would you optimize it somehow ?
2. I'm not exactly sure how to plan October 2-3 and what exactly do to there. Any tips ?
3. Would it make sense to do it by car or by public transportation ?
4. I basically skipped Malaga. Is that fine or am I missing something ?
Of the cities you mention, I've only been to Granada. But I LOVED it. Please make sure you allow enough time at each of the places you listed there. I highly recommend hiring a private guide and taking your time at the Alhambra. In the areas of the Albayzin and Sacromonte, you'll want to take your time and wander through them. That's the charm! We stayed at a B & B in the Albayzin and that was great. My husband and I also visited the Turkish Bath in Granada and loved it. We also went on a day trip to an olive farm and did an olive oil tasting. Great! Just so much to do! Have a blast!
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That's a nice itinerary! We were in the Malaga area a couple of weeks ago and, to get the most out of the region, you will need a car. I think I would do a loop from Malaga to Granada first, maybe diverting to Frigiliana for lunch in El Mirador (views to die for) Grenada is only a little over an hour's drive from Malaga but it's worth spending a night there. I would then go to Cordoba (Spain) and from there on to Seville. Definitely spend at least 2-3 days in Seville. From Seville you could drive to Jerez de la Frontera and spend a night there, Cádiz is close by for a day trip. I would spend the last night in Ronda before driving to the airport in Malaga the journey is about 1 hour 40 mins. Malaga is quite a nice town too with lots of nice restaurants but one night should be enough. There are some nice, unspoilt coastal drives and beaches to the east of Malaga and Nerja which might be worth a night . Weather in early October should be pretty good and quite warm.
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