Virtual tour of 10 days through Andalusia
A tour of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain, is a journey full of culture, history, and natural beauty. My name is Allard and I'm your virtual tour guide. Below I give a possible route description for such a trip:
Arrival at Seville Airport
Day 1-2: Seville
Start your journey in the beautiful city of Seville, where you can easily spend 2-3 days. Visit the famous Seville Cathedral and climb the Giralda tower for a beautiful view of the city. Stroll through the winding streets of the old quarter of Santa Cruz and admire the beautiful squares and gardens, such as Plaza de España and Real Alcázar. Also visit the impressive Metropol Parasol, also known as the 'mushroom', and enjoy the view over the city.
Day 3-4: Ronda
From Seville you can easily travel to Ronda, a picturesque town known for its beautiful views and the impressive Puente Nuevo bridge that spans the gorge over the river El Tajo. Visit the historic center and take a walk along the gorge for spectacular views.
Day 5: Caminito de Rey
The Caminito del Rey, which means "the King's Little Pathway" in Spanish, is a famous and historic walking trail located in the province of Malaga, Andalusia, Spain. The trail was originally built in 1901 to provide access to the hydroelectric power plants in the area, and it is named after King Alfonso XIII, who visited the site in 1921 to inaugurate the new dam. Today, the trail is approximately 7.7 km long and takes around 4-5 hours to complete. It consists of wooden boardwalks and footbridges that are attached to the steep rock faces of the Gaitanes Gorge, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trail reaches a maximum height of 100 meters above the river and is not recommended for those with a fear of heights or mobility issues. The Caminito del Rey is a popular attraction for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Visitors must purchase tickets in advance and are required to wear safety helmets and follow safety guidelines while on the trail. It is a unique and thrilling experience that offers a glimpse into the natural beauty of Andalusia's rugged terrain.
Day 6: Torcal de Antequera
Torcal de Antequera is a unique and stunning natural park located in the province of Malaga, Andalusia, Spain. It is known for its unusual and striking rock formations that were formed over millions of years due to the erosion of limestone. The park covers an area of approximately 17 square kilometers and is situated at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level. It is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including over 100 species of birds, as well as rare and endemic plants that are unique to the area.
Day 7: Málaga
Malaga is a vibrant coastal city with a rich history and culture. Visit the Alcazaba, an 11th century Moorish fortress, and the Picasso Museum, dedicated to the famous artist Pablo Picasso, who was born in Malaga. Take a stroll along the town's lively promenade and enjoy the local cuisine in the many restaurants and bars.
Day 8-9: Granada
Granada is a must-see on any tour of Andalusia for its famous Alhambra, a magnificent 13th-century Moorish palace and fortress. Book tickets in advance to avoid the long queues and take a stroll through the beautiful gardens and palaces. Also explore the historic center of Granada and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the city.
Day 10: Nerja or Torremolinos
End your trip in the charming coastal town of Nerja, known for its beautiful beaches and spectacular caves. Visit the famous Cuevas de Nerja, a network of caves with impressive formations and prehistoric paintings. Relax on the beach and enjoy the local seafood in the many restaurants. You can also choose Torremolinos for your last (beach) day.
Departure: Malaga Airport
This is just one possible itinerary for a tour of Andalusia - there are many more beautiful towns, villages and sights you can add to your itinerary, depending on your interests and time available. Andalusia offers an unforgettable mix of culture, history and nature, and is well worth a visit.