Sunshine on my face; Sangria in my hand in a new city/town every day.
Andalucía is such an underrated tourist destination yet it's the most quintessential part of Spain. Renting a car made the daily journey much more convenient. The road trips were filled with scenic landscapes right out of a movie - one second it‘s mountains in the backdrop and the next it’s driving along the coast of the Mediterranean sea.
Watch the cinematic video below beautifully captured and edited by Jae x
Where to go when in Andalucía:
Costa del Sol:
It's worth an afternoon spent wandering the streets into the heart of the Old Town, appreciating the white-painted houses and balconies bedecked with vibrant flowers. Marbella is known for its beach resorts and shopping if you're looking for a luxury holiday.
The town is divided into Mijas Pueblo (white village) and Mijas Costa (covers resorts along the coast). Mijas Pueblo is one of the most beautiful white villages in Andalucía, tucked on the side of a mountain, four hundred metres above sea level.
The cable car up to the top is a must-do when you're there. If you get claustrophobic, this might not be for you as the cable car only fits two. At the peak of Mount Calamorro, you’ll be rewarded with the view of the entire Mediterranean coastline of Malaga. Check the timings for the falconry exhibition before you go to make the most out of your trip to the top!
There‘s a sense of tranquillity whilst strolling along the cobbled streets of Benahavís. This village town is set between Marbella, Estepona and Ronda; the perfect pit stop for a sangria before making your way to Ronda!
Ronda is the most emblematic of Andalucía's white towns. Be warned that it is a tough drive up with a lot of winding roads; if you get sick easily, there's always the train! Once you're there, the view is absolutely worth it. Watching the sun rays hit at different angles of the mountain and the land below covered with greenery made it the perfect way to end the day. It's such a dreamy experience that I highly recommend!
If you've watched Memories of the Alhambra (K-drama on Netflix starring Hyun Bin and Park Shin Hye), you'll know that Granada is a must-visit, especially the famous Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Top tip: Buy your ticket in advance as there are limited tickets during peak season. You can get your tickets online at https://tickets.alhambra-patronato.es/
We got the Alhambra general tickets which cover entries into Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces and Generalife. Be punctual for your timed entry into Nasrid Palaces as only a limited number of people are allowed in so don't miss your slot!
Castillo de la Frontera
For those of you who love nature and a good hike, there's many national parks in Andalucía such as Alcornocales Nature Park. Castillo de la Frontera is a fortress village perched on a hilltop located in the national park, which is famous for its castle.
Tip: If you're looking to visit Gibraltar after stopping by at this village, remember to bring along your passport as it's a self-governing British Colony!
What’s a trip to the South of Spain without a trip to the beach? Playa del Maro is one of the best beaches in Andalucía. There are many beaches around Nerja but I highly recommend this hidden gem among the Cliffs of Maro.
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