A glimpse of Andalucia
Updated: Mar 22, 2021
Welcome to Andalucia, one of Spain's most charming regions with so much to do, see and taste. We got to visit Andalucia as part of our last pro-Covid19 trip, in summer 2019 and still can't get over how beautiful it was. We travelled around by car and got to visit most of the region's major cities, as well as a handful of its picturesque villages and small towns. Thankfully, the weather was on our side but this barely came as a surprise, since summer is obviously the best season for a road trip in southern Europe.
So, if you've been dreaming of your next adventure and are in need of some inspiration, take this post as sign to include Andalucia to your next travel itinerary.
Here are some of our favorite Andalucian villages/towns, which were picked out of many and believe us when we say that it was quite a process.
Setenil de las Bodegas
Our list could start with nothing less impressive than Setenil de las Bodegas. Located somewhere between Seville and Malaga, this town is mostly known for being built under a giant rock. That's right: most of the town's buildings use parts of the rock formations as walls or even ceilings, making Setenil de las Bodegas one of Spain's most unique places to visit. Oh, and don't forget to stop for a panoramic view of the town, on your way to or out of it.
Most probably our personal favorite, but please don't tell the other guys on the list. Frigiliana, is found less than an hour away from Malaga by car, so it's an ideal daytrip destination, especially if you don't have plenty of time to visit Andalucia's countryside but still want to get a glimpse of it. What we loved the most about it, were its cobblestone paved alleys and the colorful flower pots on the houses' walls.
You most probably have already seen pictures of Ronda's bridge on the internet, but as you can imagine seeing it from up close is a whole other level of awe. However, Ronda has much more to offer, being a medium size, rather vibrant town. For many, this is the best place to have a tapas meal, and who are we to doubt them? The town also has a tradition in bullfights, so you can visit the ring if you're a fan (hopefully, you're not!).
Heading all the way down to the South, lays the popular summer resort of Cost del Sol (Coast of the Sun), where Estepona is located. Even though Estepona is rather touristy and can get pretty busy during summer days, you can still enjoy it at its best early in the morning, when everyone's still sleeping or sometime near noon, when the Spanish take their precious siesta breaks.
Make sure to check out our complete 10 day Andalucia road trip itinerary!