Road Trip In Andalusia: A 3 Day Itinerary

Surroundings of Ronda Spain Andalusia

It was a very last-minute decision to go to Andalusia. My parents invited me to join them a couple of days on their 3 week road trip around Spain and Portugal and I didn’t have to think twice about their offer. That’s how I found myself on a plane to Seville mere days after their invitation, exited to be going back to Spain, a country I love and cherish..

I studied in Barcelona in 2008 and learned the language, got to know the people and fell in love with the music and the laidback Spanish lifestyle. Mañana, mañana, no rush…

But I digress. As I was saying, I joined my parents on a 3 day road trip around Andalusia and had an amazing time. In the map below you can see my itinerary and campsites I stayed at.

Day 1: Ronda

From the Netherlands I flew to Seville, my parents picked me up from the airport with their gigantic campervan and we set off to Ronda.

Road Trip In Andalusia With A Campervan

I was very excited to go to Ronda, having seen the amazing pictures from Lauren of Never Ending Footsteps.

Pretty as pictures can be, they can never fully capture an experience. My pictures can’t either, Ronda is simply too spectacular…

I have never seen anything like it!

The steep cliffs and narrow gorge separating one side of the village from the other gave me severe vertigo.

Ronda cliff city Spain Andalusia

Andalusia Ronda cliff city Spain Ronda Andalusia cliff city Spain

It’s a mesmerizing sight at the same time, I couldn’t tear my eyes of the magnificent scene of the river far below and the lovely white houses perched on the edge of the cliffs. Simply stunning!

Besides the spectacular cliffs in the middle of town, Ronda has nice plazas, beautiful (old) buildings and cute narrow streets.

Andalusia Ronda arena bull fighting
Road Trip In Andalusia: A 3 Day Itinerary

Narrow streets of Ronda Andalusia Narrow streets of Ronda Spain

There is an excellent campsite within walking distance of the city center of Ronda, called Camping El Sur.

Day 2: Sierra de Grazalema, El Bosque and Tajo del Aguila

Spanish summers are hot, especially in Andalusia, which is why we started our days early. Driving through the Sierra de Grazalema over a gorgeous road full twists and turns we admired the stunning views and the beautiful cork trees (left picture) and olive trees (right picture).

Cork tree Andalusia Spain Olive tree Andalusia Spain

Along the way to the village of El Bosque we came across a nice little Rural Café, a perfect place for a cup of coffee.

Restaurante Mesón los Alamillos Andalusia Spain

The scenery is truly amazing, I highly recommend driving this route!

Spain Andalusia Sierra de Grazalema Spain Sierra de Grazalema Andalusia

Sierra de Grazalema Spain Andalusia

In El Bosque we planned to do some hiking, but it was the middle of the day and simply too hot to hike. Instead we had lunch at the shaded terrace of a nice little restaurant in the cute streets of this typical Spanish town.

Cafe in El Bosque Spain Andalusia
Cafe in El Bosque Spain Andalusia

Our journey continued over the beautiful road to Algar, to a campsite called Tajo del Aguila. Now, I have stayed at my fair share of beautiful campsites, in both New Zealand as well as Japan, but this campsite has one of the most amazing views I have ever seen…

Tajo del Aguila view Spain Andalusia road trip
Campsite Tajo del Aguila view Spain Andalusia
Sunset Tajo del Aguila Spain Andalusia
Tajo del Aguila sunset view Spain Andalusia

Needless to say I spent the rest of the day enjoying the view while reading a book and drinking sangria. What a life!

Day 3: Arcos de la Frontera and Seville

It was difficult to tear ourselves away from the gorgeous 360-views at Tajo del Aquila campsite, but there was more to explore in amazing Andalusia! And it’s not before long that we find ourselves once again admiring a view to remember: the beautiful village Arcos de la Frontera.

Perched high on a spectacular cliff, the view is breathtaking, both from down below as well as from the top, overlooking the surrounding area.

View Arcos de la Frontera Andalusia Arcos de la Frontera Andalusia Spain

View Arcos de la Frontera Spain Andalusia

The center of Arcos de la Frontera is beautiful too, steep narrow streets, cute cafes and little white houses made me feel like I stepped straight into a fairytale:-).

Arcos de la Frontera Andalusia Spain Arcos de la Frontera Andalusia

After a cup of coffee and a plate of ‘Churros con Chocolate’ it was time to return to my favorite city in Spain: Seville! Yes, I studied in Barcelona and while I love bustling and vibrant Barça, I prefer the wide avenidas and majestic buildings in Seville.

Road Trip In Andalusia: A 3 Day Itinerary
Seville cathedral road trip Andalusia
Plaza Espana Seville Spain
Road Trip In Andalusia: A 3 Day Itinerary

City center Seville Spain Torre Del Oro Seville Spain Andalusia

The food in Seville was excellent as well and it’s a good thing I like walking around as much as eating…

Food in Seville road trip Andalusia Food in Seville road trip Spain Andalusia

Oh beautiful Seville… It was the second time I visited this splendid city and I did not nearly manage to see it all. Well, back once more I guess;-).

Read more about more things to do in Seville

My final night in Spain was spent at a campervan site in the center of the city. It certainly wasn’t a pretty place but it was very functional. There was WiFi, a shower, electricity and most importantly: it was within walking distance of many of the cities sights.

Motorhome parking area de autocaravanas de sevilla

Looing back, I can barely believe I only spent 3 days in Andalusia, considering all the places I visited it seems much longer! But that’s one of the things I love about traveling, experiences intensify because everything is different from what I am used to.

The sounds and smells of a country…

The foreign language and customs…

The food, nature and architecture…

It’s not the same as home, which makes it so intense & interesting!

My 3 day road trip felt like a long holiday, filled with new experiences and fond memories. Si España, me gusta tu!

If you want to read more about Spain, take a look at my photo essay about the Alhambra. Be sure to spend some time in beautiful Granada when you are in the region. And if you love road trips as much as I do, I have an entire category dedicated to the road trips I made! Got a lot of time and looking to explore more of Europe? Check out this awesome 6 week Europe backpacking itinerary by Amy from Two Drifters.

You can download the map with this 3 day road trip itinerary below.

Looking for more travel planning resources? Check out the Phenomenal Globe Travel Planning Library and my Travel Resource page!

Happy travels!

Looking to explore Southern Spain by car or campervan? Check this 3-day road trip itinerary around Andalusia, including highlights like Ronda, Sierra de Grazalema, El Bosque, Arcos de la Frontera & Seville. With downloadable map, highlights and campsites.

Looking to explore Southern Spain by car or campervan? Check this 3-day road trip itinerary around Andalusia, including highlights like Ronda, Sierra de Grazalema, El Bosque, Arcos de la Frontera & Seville. With downloadable map, highlights and campsites.

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6 Comments

  1. July 15, 2016 / 10:51 am

    This is great, Lotte! Andalusia looks really gorgeous.
    For a few weeks now, my dad has been talking about visiting Andalusia on and on. He’s been watching all these YouTube videos (Rick Steves?) about things to see and do in Andalusia, and he’s really excited to go there sometime soon. Now I’m wondering if maybe I’d like to go with him! I’ll show him this itinerary and maybe I can convince him to do it road trip-style. 🙂

    • Lotte
      Author
      July 16, 2016 / 11:11 am

      Thanks Liz! Andalusia is great, you should definitely join your dad on his trip:-).

  2. Daniele Merkov
    November 16, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Me and my friends are planning to go to spain this January. We would love to see some nice beaches with clear water and some stunning scenery. We were thinking Majorca,Ibiza and Canary Island, we are up to some adventures and experience a great nightlife in our travel. I came across this great article too here in https://www.canaryislandsinfo.co.uk/la-gomera/places/ but i wanted to hear your thoughts first. Can anyone suggest any ideas or tips? Any help is kindly appreciated 🙂

    • Lotte
      Author
      November 19, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Hi Daniele,

      Sounds like an excellent plan to escape winter and soak up some sun in Spain! I have only been to Majorca and Fuerteventura, so unfortunately I cannot really give that much advice, especially about nightlife since I’m not really into that.

      Nevertheless, for Majorca I recommend to rent a car and explore the island. Highlights are Cubar Lake, the Cuevas del Drach, Cap de Formentor, Castel d’Alaro and the beach of Port d’Alcudia. Enjoy your trip!

      Lotte

  3. February 28, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Hi Lotte, Thanks for sharing your Andalusia journey. Your pictures are just amazing. After seeing your article I am very curious to see this place. Great share!

    • Lotte
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Hi Blake, thanks for reading my Andalusia post. I have a soft spot for Spain, I love the country, language, music, food and people… Glad you like my pictures and I hope you get to visit this place soon! Lotte

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