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    Andalusia Road Trip Planner & Guide: Sevilla to Cordoba

    Andalusia Road Trip PlannerFrom lively festivals to diverse architecture & cultural history, this Andalusian road trip will leave you breathless. It comes as no surprise that over two million visitors a year vacation here. Stretching across the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Andalusia has played host to numerous empires across the ages that have left beautiful, indelible marks upon the region.

    Branch out from the package tour and explore its whitewashed villages and rich cultural defining traditions--from bullfighting to tapas to flamenco dancing. Andalusia is a captivating and romantic provence you'll be loth to miss out on so book your private rental car in Spain with Auto Europe and prepare to venture on the road trip of a lifetime.

    Road Trip Drive Distance Driving TIme
    Sevilla to Malaga 217.6 km 2 hours 30 minutes
    Malaga to Granada 131.7 km 1 Hour 27 minutes
    Granada to Cordoba 198.4 km 2 hours 6 minutes
    Totals: 547.7 km 6 hours 3 Minutes

    Read on to Drive to Discover Spain's Andalusia Region


    Andalusia Road Trip Day 1: Sevilla to Malaga

    Sevilla, Spain Sevilla, Spain

    Sevilla Events & Attractions:

    In terms of impressive architecture, Sevilla is second to none. Not only is the world's largest cathedral, Seville Cathedral, located in Sevilla, but myriad other architecture wonders. The hardest part of visiting Sevilla is deciding where to go first. With so many incredible attractions at your fingertips, a Sevilla rental car only makes sense.

    • Alcázar: UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 15th century royal court of Fernando and Isabel, originally a medieval Muslim fortress--offering exotic Arabic influenced architecture
    • Seville Cathedral: World's largest Gothic cathedral, multiple cultural influence during the build offers a unique architectural experience--the bell tower (La Giralda) has a Moorish influenced minaret and Renaissance styled top
    • Barrio de Santa Cruz: Medieval Jewish neighborhood, romantic atmosphere
    • Museo del Baile Flamenco: Housed in an 18th century palace, Flamenco history and culture, offers shows in the evenings after closing hours
    • Semana Santa: Easter, Holy week 
    • Feria de Abril: Lively 6 day fair that includes music, dance, traditional costumes, daily bullfights

    Sevilla Restaurants, Bars, and Nightlife:

    Sevilla RestaurantsTraditional of Spain, you can always find tasty tapas (small plates) to sample throughout the night and the riverside district of Triana is an excellent place to visit as it's packed with rustic bistros and tap houses galore. Beyond tapas, another regional specialty not to be missed is the Sherry--a fortified (meaning Brandy is added) wine.

    • Mesón Cinco Jotas: Not-to-miss authentic jamón
    • Extraverde: Locally made cheese
    • Bar Santa Ana: Good for Sports fans, bullfighting décor
    • Bar Bistec: Seafood, (grilled fish, cod fritters, calamari)

    Sevilla Hotels & Lodging:

    • Fontecruz Sevilla: 5-Star Hotel, pricey, centrally located, terraces, elegant décor, views of Sevilla's most popular tourist attractions
    • Gran Melia Colon: 5-Star Hotel, luxury, blends tradition and modern 
    • Barcelo Renacimiento: 5-Star Hotel, lavishly appointed rooms 

    Andalusia Road Trip Day 2: Malaga to Granada

    Malaga, Spain Malaga, Spain

    Malaga Events & Attractions:

    Malaga was founded in the 8th century and while keeping with its roots and plenty of historic Moorish influence, it is also a hotbed for art of every kind (from glass and crystal to classic cars).

    • Alcazaba: 11th century palace and fortress, includes partially excavated Roman amphitheater and the Museo Arqueológico--which houses a collection of artifacts from the site
    • The Castillo de Gibralfaro: Castle ruins and spectacular views
    • Museo Picasso Málaga: Considerable exhibit honoring the artist and his birthplace
    • Costa del Sol: Opulent and extravagant beach resorts, Spain's Riviera strings together Playa de la Malgueta, Playa de Pedregalejo, Playa del Palo

    Malaga Restaurants, Bars, and Nightlife:

    Malaga RestaurantsMalaga plays host to a largely exuberant nightlife and you can easily find your place to party at any of the bars near Plaza de la Merced, Plaza Mitjana and Plaza de Uncibay.

    • La Rebaná: Centrally located, tapas, unique dishes (foie gras with salted nougat)
    • El Tapeo de Cervantes: Fresh dishes (artichoke and goat cheese quiche with basil pesto)
    • Aire Gastrobar: Vast range of Mediterranean fare

    Malaga Hotels & Lodging:

    • Vincci Posada Del Patio: 5-Star Hotel, located in the historic city center, lustrous & modern luxury
    • Cortijo Chico: 4-Star Hotel, 15 kilometers from the city center, tranquil gardens, spacious & bright rooms 
    • Malaga Centro: 4-Star Hotel, centrally located, includes rooftop pool   

    Andalusia Road Trip Day 3: Granada to Cordoba

    Granada, Spain Granada, Spain

    Granada Events & Attractions:

    The ancient Muslim capital of Granada still displays the best of its Islamic influences, evident from the heavy-presence of Moorish architecture, tiled facades, and modern bazaar-style markets.  

    • The Alhambra: Icon of Spain's Moorish occupation, much to explore--the Alcazaba's tower, Charles V's Palace, the Generalife Gardens, Palacios Nazaríes; also offers night time tours
    • Mirador de San Nicolas: Hilltop viewpoints and stunning lookouts
    • Capilla Real: Location of King Fernando and Queen Isabel's burial site
    • Alcaiceria: Reconstruction of an old Moorish bazaar offers an exciting shopping opportunity

    Granada Restaurants, Bars, and Nightlife:

    Granada RestaurantsAmazingly, many of the city's bars still keep to the fading tradition of serving a free tapas plate with the purchase of beer or wine. Plenty of delicious options are available to you as well if you're looking for a more substantial meal, such as at Carmen--a restaurant within one of the Albayzín's magnificent walled gardens overlooking the Alhambra. 

    • Calle Navas: Affords a variety of bar hopping opportunities
    • Restaurante Arrayanes: Moroccan meals with an exciting setting
    • Carmen Mirador de Aixa: Fine dining

    Granada Hotels & Lodging:

    • Fontecruz Granada: 5-Star Hotel, refurbished Renaissance façade with modern interior
    • Vincci Granada: 4-Star Hotel, cozy and affordable, contemporary  
    • Casa Del Capitel Nazari: 3-Star Hotel, 16th century palace, posh Moroccan-style rooms

    Andalusia Road Trip Day 4: Cordoba & Beyond

    Cordoba, Spain Cordoba, Spain

    Cordoba Events & Attractions:

    Welcome to Córdoba, where the central Mezquita represents a unique cultural combination that joins Roman and Visigoth influences with the rich impact of Islamic medieval architecture--like it's Mihrab and Torre del Alminar.

    • Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos: 13th century Christian palace, seat of the infamous Spanish Inquisition
    • Juderia: The town's maze-like Jewish quarter, medieval Sinagoga 
    • Museo Romero de Torres: Few minutes walk from the Mosque/Cathedral, gallery for the works of Julio Romero de Torres
    • Medina Azahara: Just outside the city, 10th century Muslim capital ruins 

    Cordoba Restaurants, Bars, and Nightlife:

    Cordoba RestaurantsInsider's secret: Venture into the Jewish Quarter for the best restaurant values in town.

    • Restaurante El Choto: Grilled meats, offers fixed price as well as tasting menus for any appetite
    • Casa Mazal: Jewish cuisine, modern feel, good for vegetarians
    • Taberna San Miguel El Pisto: Traditional Spanish dining, tapas, old-school ambience

    Cordoba Hotels & Lodging:

    • Hacienda Posada De Vallina: 3-Star Hotel, period furniture immerses you in medieval Córdoba, tucked near the Mezquita 
    • Nh Califa: 3-Star Hotel, business-class accommodations 
    • La Hospedaría de El Churrasco: 3-Star Hotel, close to the Mezquita, peaceful and relaxed

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