Andalusia, Spain’s largest region, offers an unparalleled range of options on a South Spain road trip. Its unique history makes it one of the most interesting areas to explore by van.
Not only will you discover stunning Moorish architecture, a fascinating hybrid culture, and rich gastronomy, but also diverse majestic landscapes. From mountains fit for skiing to some of the most gorgeous beaches in Europe, a road trip through Andalusia is a dream for campervan lovers.
This South Spain road trip starts in Seville, its capital, and covers a big chunk of this unique region.
You’ll feel overwhelmed by Alhambra’s beauty in Granada, at bliss exploring Almeria’s unspoiled coast, delighted by the picturesque villages of La Alpujarra, energized by the exciting city of Málaga, and mesmerized by Cádiz´s White Villages.
From Seville, drive your campervan on the A-92 motorway towards Granada. Take a break from the long drive that kicks off your South Spain road trip and stop at Antequera, one of Andalusia’s most important towns.
Admire its historical streets and buildings, and visit the area’s ancient dolmens, a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Resume your Seville road trip and get to Granada, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities. Its location at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and its Islamic heritage makes it one of the most visited places in the country.
The highlight is La Alhambra, the fortress and palace completed in the 14th century by Muslim rulers and one of the symbols of the kingdom of Al Andalus. Do not miss El Generalife, the garden area attached to La Alhambra, and the old narrow streets of Albaicín, Granada’s most interesting neighbourhood.
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Magnificent Muslim fortress and palace.
Wonderful garden attached to La Alhambra.
Granada’s most popular neighbourhood.
The Cathedral and Royal Chapel
Excellent food at family-run restaurant.
Traditional local food with Arabic influence.
Several private parking lots in city center.
Camping Reina Isabel
10 km (~6 miles) south of Granada. Buses to the city.
Almería’s location on the Southeastern end of the Iberian Peninsula makes it one of the driest regions in Europe—it’s also one of its most unique! Several famous movies have been filmed on its arid landscape, like Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, Lawrence of Arabia, Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and even some Game of Thrones episodes.
Except you haven’t come to Almería to shoot a film but to explore its wonderful coast. Sunny days are guaranteed as this area is the only region in mainland Europe with a true hot desert climate.
Head to Spain’s southeastern corner, to Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, and discover a volcanic landscape full of coves, cliffs, and sandy beaches. Do not miss Níjar, a little Moorish village of whitewashed houses and an interesting addition to your South Spain road trip.
Costa de Almería
Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park
Volcanic landscape and sandy beaches.
Moorish village of whitewashed houses.
Oro y Luz
Tradition and innovative fusion cuisine near Níjar.
Good food with great sea views at Cabo de Gata.
Cabo de Gata Motorhome Parking
Great location to explore the area.
Continue your South Spain road trip driving west along the Mediterranean coast. Facing South on the foothills of Sierra Nevada, La Alpujarra is an enchanting little region of small villages boasting incredible scenery, including almond trees and vineyards grown on terraces.
The contrast of the high mountains and the views of the Mediterranean sea makes driving through La Alpujarra an unforgettable experience.
In all, La Alpujarra contains about 50 small villages. Lanjarón, the region’s gate town, and Órgiva, its capital, are both worth a stop.
The whitewashed villages of Cañar, Soportújar, and Carataunas are called El Balcón de La Alpujarra (Alpujarra’s Balcony) for their breathtaking views. Pampaneira, Bubión, and Capileira are also worth visiting.
If you feel adventurous, drive your campervan to Trevélez, one of the highest villages in Western Europe, and savor its famous jamón serrano with a glass of wine.
Lanjarón & Órgiva
La Alpujarra´s main towns.
Balcón de La Alpujarra
Stunning scenery and views.
Highest village in the region. Famous for its cured ham.
Restaurant at garden of Alcadima Hotel.
Traditional local food and tapas in Capileira.
Great location to explore La Alpujarra.
Leave behind the gorgeous landscapes of Almería and La Alpujarra and continue your South Spain road trip with a couple of days of urban excitement. Málaga, Spain’s sixth largest city, has transformed itself into a vibrant city by combining its long history with thriving modernity.
Start exploring Málaga’s rich past at La Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress dating from the 11th century built next to the ancient Roman amphitheatre. Continue with the city’s Renaissance cathedral and Santiago’s church, a great showcase of Málaga’s mixed architecture.
And don’t forget the tapas! With a bustling gastronomic scene, the city offers a fantastic range of bars and top restaurants.
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Alcazaba & Roman Theatre
Impressive Moorish fortress from 11th century.
200 years took to build it on the site of former Mosque.
Several great options for art lovers.
Tapeo de Cervantes
Terrific traditional tapas.
Traditional local food.
Several private parking lots in city center.
Málaga Beach Motorhome Parking
10 km (~6 miles) east of Málaga.
As your campervan enters the last leg of this thrilling South Spain road trip, you start one of the most incredible itineraries you can do in Spain: the White Villages Route.
It contains a total of 19 villages of whitewashed houses, some in stunning natural settings. Like Setenil de las Bodegas, built straight into the bedrock of a narrow river gorge. Or Zahara de la Sierra, it’s ancient castle built atop a craggy rock overlooking the surrounding lake and plains.
Take your pick and you won’t be disappointed.
Some of the villages are inside Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, which contains several hiking routes of extraordinary natural beauty.
Not only will you find rolling green hills, limestone peaks, and gigantic griffon vultures on the final leg of this South Spain road trip, but Grazalema itself is one of the white villages worth checking out.
The White Villages Route
Wonderful hiking options around this typical white village.
Setenil de las Bodegas
Famous for its dwellings built into rocks.
Arcos de la Frontera
Dramatically on top of a rocky limestone ridge.
Meson El Simancon
Traditional local food in Grazalema.
North of Setenil, one of the 19 white villages.
from The White Villages