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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The scenery is truly amazing, I highly recommend driving this route!
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.
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…
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.
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:-).
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.
The food in Seville was excellent as well and it’s a good thing I like walking around as much as eating…
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.
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.