If you want to see mountains, deserts and the sea you must do a road trip through Andalusia. We did this trip and we want to share our experience with you! In this article you will see our whole trip of five days in the beginning of December.
Discover more of Spain on a road trip through Andalusia
To rent a car isn’t really expensive in December. The best amount of people to rent a car with is five or ten. Renting a car for a week in December for five persons will cost you around 50 euros. So, 10 euro per person! In the summer this will be way more expensive than in the winter. Don’t worry about the cold because we could even walk around in shorts in December! You will see the amazing weather on the sunny pictures of our road trip through Andalusia.
Day 1: After picking up our cars from the airport in Valencia (you can choose the location for yourself), we drove to Alicante (1,5 hour). We booked a house at 5 to 10 minutes from the city center. Our house had a beautiful view over the mountains and the landscape.
Day 2: After waking up we drove to Elche. Where we visited the Palm Groves (Palmeral) of Elche. The Palm Groves covers over 3.5km2 including 1.5km2 inside the city of Elche. This park is very rare because it counts around 97 different sorts palmtree families over 200.000 palms. This makes the Palm Groves one of the biggest palm gardens of the whole world! After seeing this we went to into the city center of Elche to visit buildings and eat a delicious ice cream. When we were finished we drove to our next house (3,5 hours) where we would sleep the rest of our trip in Almuñécar. We arrived around 9 pm, and gosh, what a house it was. A home cinema, a pool and even a jacuzzi! We found the house easily on Airbnb and it wasn’t that expensive because we were with 10 people. The road trip through Andalusia was for us already a succes with such a nice house.
Day 3: We had to wake up early because we were going to Granada and the Alhambra (1,5 hour). There is a great history behind the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a palace which was built by the Nasrid (the last Moorish Muslim dynasty in Iberia) and Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar which was the first ruler of the emirate of Granada. The palace is a reflection of the Moorish culture, it has a big garden and beautiful inscriptions and vaultings. If you are close to Granada, you should definitely visit it! After the visit to Alhambra we went to the city of Granada. This city isn’t really lively in comparison with the other cities of Spain, but Granada has a beautiful historical look with many old buildings and squares to visit. After a long day of walking nothing is better than to chill in the jacuzzi with a glass of red wine.
Day 4: At day 4 we went to the beautiful Ronda (2 hours). Ronda lays in the province of Malaga an it’s a mountainous area. The city of Ronda has a great atmosphere, the streets are small, the squares are big and outside of Ronda you can see he Puente Nuevo bridge which spans the 120 meter and is with the largest bridge at carries the Guadalevín river. It’s kind of sad we didn’t go to Malaga, but you will overrate how long everything is driving. Especially after a long day of walking you just want to sit in the jacuzzi again.
Day 5: After 4 days of exploring the beauty of Andalusia it was already time to heading home, what would take 5 hours. However, you will not be bored during your return trip, because you drive through the mountains with beautiful fields. On the way back we drove past the Tarbenas desert and made a stop in Murcia.
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