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Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip Itinerary For 10 Days

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Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip Itinerary For 10 Days

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Southern Spain offers some of the Spain’s highlights that every visitor has to experience. Andalusia is one of the larger regions in Spain, covering most of southern Spain. 

From sun-kissed beaches and vibrant culture and festivals to mouthwatering cuisine, and diverse landscape, this place offers some of the most notable attractions. And of course, how can we forget that it’s also the land of the enthralling flamenco and bullfighting.

I’m sure you are tempted to apply for a Schengen visa after reading this. Take this southern Spain road trip itinerary for your visit and see the highlights.

Before we get round to our southern Spain itinerary for 10 days, let’s check out the fun and interesting facts about Andalusia, its region, and cities.



Overview Of The Southern Spain Itinerary For 10 Days

  1. DAY: Sevilla
  2. DAY: Olive oil farm near Sevilla
  3. DAY: Sevilla ⇒ Córdoba
  4. DAY: Córdoba ⇒ Granada
  5. DAY: Granada
  6. DAY: Granada ⇒ Málaga
  7. DAY: Day trips from Málaga (Caminito del Rey, Marbella, Ronda)
  8. DAY: Málaga ⇒ Tarifa
  9. DAY: Tarifa ⇒ Cádiz
  10. DAY: Cádiz



Interesting Facts About Andalusia

Spain is divided into so-called autonomous communities (small states). Each of them has a separate politics and its own regime. Altogether, there are 17 autonomous communities in entire Spain.

Andalusia is one of them, and it is the second-largest community by area in Spain (after Castile and Leon). It’s also quite different from the rest of Spain, thanks to its diverse cultures, architecture, and unique art.

Andalusia is one of the most beautiful communities in Spain and deserves special attention. I would love you to see its beauty, and that’s why I’ve designed this unique southern Spain itinerary for 10 days for you. So take it, immerse into the culture, and enjoy the highlights of Andalusia.

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 Map of Spain and the location of the autonomous community, Andalusia

Interesting Facts About Andalusia

  1. Has the second-highest life expectancy in the world after Japan.
  2. Is home to the largest arid desert in Europe called Tabernas.
  3. The Mulhacen part of Sierra Nevada Mountain range is the highest peak of mainland Spain. It is situated in the province of Granada and lies at 3478 meters above sea level.
  4. The cities of Sevilla, Granada, and Córdoba make the Golden Triangle in Andalusia.
  5. You can reach Morocco from Andalusia by ferry in only 70 minutes.
  6. Tarifa is a surfer’s and windsurfer’s paradise.
  7. The Málaga airport has the lowest rates for car hire in Europe.
  8. With more than 110 golf courses, it has the highest concentration of golf courses in all of Europe.


Interesting Facts: History

  1. The name Andalusia is derived from the Arabic name Al-Andalus; territory under Muslim control in the Iberian Peninsula. Andalusia was under Moorish rule for close to 800 years.
  2. Christopher Columbus departed for America from Huelva city.


Interesting Facts: Food & Drinks

  1. Is the largest producer of Olive oil in the world. Jaen is the olive oil producing capital of Spain.
  2. It is the birthplace of ‘Tapas,’ which means cover or a lid in the local language. These are small snacks with drinks even today.
  3. One of the most favorite wine, Sherry, is made with white grapes that locals grow near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia. In fact, the word Sherry is an anglicized version of the word Jerez.
  4. Chestnut is the traditional crop in the region.
  5. Jabugo is known for producing the best quality ham.
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Me visiting Córdoba, being fascinated by orange trees: Southern Spain itinerary for 10 days


Interesting Facts: Famous Personalities

  1. The world-renowned Spanish painter Pablo Picasso was a native of Málaga.
  2. Antonia Bandera, the famous Hollywood actor, is a native of Andalusia.


Interesting Facts: Culture of Andalusia

  1. It’s also the birthplace of the famous art and dance form Flamenco.
  2. The Osborne Bull is well-known as the symbol of Spanish culture. Bullfighting is a very popular sport in the region. There are more than 70 bullrings here, and the most important one is in Sevilla Real Maestranza.
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Semana Santa Sevilla, Spain



Ultimate Southern Spain Itinerary For 10 Days

Let’s get round to our southern Spain itinerary for 10 days. We’ll start in the beautiful city of Sevilla packed with historical monuments and cultural events.

For this road trip, I highly recommend you rent a car after Sevilla. It’ll be much easier for you to get to other destinations. Buses and trains run in between the places, but it would slow your journey significantly. So rent a car in Sevilla, and make an unforgettable road trip through Andalusia.




Welcome to Sevilla, one of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia and entire Spain. We’ll start our southern Spain road trip itinerary here. But before anything else, I’ll leave you some time to relax after your journey, get into your hotel, and get the first insights into the city.

In the evening, you walk alongside the River Guadalquivir and even hop on a cruise as your first activity in Sevilla. If not, just chill and go to a tapas bar. You’re in the birthplace of tapas.


Where to stay in Sevilla: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation

For accommodation tips in Sevilla, check out my Spain itinerary that includes 4 hotels, where you can stay overnight.




Hands down one of the most famous cities in the country, Sevilla is brimming with cobblestone pathways, bustling neighborhoods, lively festivals, distinctive local culture, elegant plazas, and the beautiful flamenco dance.

It’s the capital city of Andalusia and the largest in the region. Today, we’ll explore some famous attractions, including the Cathedral of Sevilla, the Alcazar (Moorish Castle), the Barrio Santa Cruz, and the marvelous city square Plaza de España.


Sightseeing in Sevilla

  • Cathedral of Sevilla – see the tomb of Christoph Colombus.
  • Giralda Tower with stunning views of the city
  • Alcazar (Moorish Castle) – nowadays used by the Spanish Royal family.
  • Barrio Santa Cruz (Jewish Quarter) – get lost in the little streets, check out some shops, and have a good coffee.
  • Plaza España (Spanish Square) – one of the most spectacular squares in Spain, featuring different regions of Spain in the form of azulejos (typical ceramics with tiles)
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Spanish Square, Seville: Southern Spain itinerary for 10 days

Sevilla is the birthplace of tapas, so in between your sightseeing, you need to sit down in one of the bars and enjoy some tapas experience.

Tapas – means to ‘cover or to top.’ Sevilla’s legend says that tapas were created when Sevillans took a slice of bread topped with ham and put it onto their glass of wine or any other drink to prevent flies from dipping into it. That is how tapas culture started here in Sevilla and was spread to other parts of Spain.


Book Attractions in Advance + Skip-the-Line Tickets

I always tell my readers that they should book attractions such as Alcazar, Cathedral de Sevilla, and Giralda in advance. This is because these places are very popular among visitors, and there are usually long queues.

To avoid wasting your time in a queue, I recommend you book skip-the-line tickets for the following attractions in Sevilla.

I personally love doing guided tours in such cities packed with history and culture. In Sevilla, I recommend you do the following guided tour with all the skip-the-line tickets for the top 3 attractions already included:




Book COMBO TICKET with all 3 excursions


In case you don’t want to do a guided tour and want to visit only one of two of these attractions, you can book the following skip-the-line tickets:




Cathedral + Giralda Skip-the-Line Ticket

Royal Alcazar Skip-the-Line Ticket




How would it be being in Andalucia and not visiting one of the amazing olive oil farms out here?

This itinerary won’t let you leave Andalusia without having a proper experience on an olive farm, seeing and learning how olive oil is produced, and tasting some of the best samples of olive oil in the world.

In the end, Andalusia is the largest producer of olive oil globally, so it’s time to experience olive oil production in reality.

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Olive Oil Farm: Southern Spain itinerary for 10 days


Experience Andalucian Olive Oil Farm & Olive Oil Tasting

Today, you’ll enjoy a day trip from Sevilla, taking you to an authentic olive oil farm located 20 minutes away. They’ll pick you up from your accommodation in the morning.

The owner of the farm will explain to you everything about growing olives and producing olive oil. After, you’ll visit their factory and see how they produce the oil in a traditional Andalusian way. In addition, you’ll taste various types of olive oil, including sweet, spicy, and bitter flavours with local bread.

In the afternoon, they’ll drive you back to Sevilla, where you can spend the rest of the day exploring the city.




Book Your Olive Oil Farm Experience




It’s time to set off for our big southern Spain adventure. We’ll drive to another city, Córdoba. If you still haven’t rented a car, you can do so today in the morning.

Distance Sevilla ⇒ Córdoba: 1 hour and 40 minutes (by car)


Córdoba has a rich history as many kingdoms occupied it in the past. It has many photographic spots and Insta-worthy places due to its beautiful streets with colorful flowers and pots.

A key highlight of this place is the UNESCO World Heritage site Mezquita of Córdoba, also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba. This imposing structure symbolizes Muslim architecture with Byzantine-style mosaics, a gilded prayer nook, impressive domes, marble columns, and arches. The Jewish Quarter and Puente Romano (an ancient Roman bridge) are other highlights of this place.


Sightseeing in Córdoba

  • Mezquita of Córdoba – Great Mosque of Córdoba
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Puente Romano – ancient Roman bridge
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Córdoba: Southern Spain itinerary for 10 days

Check-in to your accommodation and head to the Jewish Quarter for some good lunch and coffee. After, explore the ancient Roman bridge and stroll through the city’s tiny streets.


Where to stay in Córdoba: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation







Today, we’ll visit one of the most famous and important landmarks of Andalusian and Spanish history, the Great Mosque of Córdoba.


The Great Mosque of Córdoba

Would you believe me that the mosque’s official name is actually Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption? Confused? Don’t worry, I was too. That’s because this mosque reflects many religious changes that happened in Córdoba over the past centuries.

This monument was initially built as a Catholic church until, in the 700s, the Moors conquered the city and occupied it for a long time. Back then, the complex was divided into Muslim and Christian parts. Soon, Muslims built the Great Mosque, which became one of the biggest buildings in the Islamic world.

In 1236, thanks to the Reconquista, Christians defeated the Muslim rule over Córdoba, and the building converted into a Roman Catholic Church.

Nowadays, you can admire its stunning arches and the entire complex with a park and courtyard.


Book Skip-the-Line Tickets

As with Giralda and Cathedral of Sevilla, I suggest you book skip-the-line tickets to visit the Great Mosque of Córdoba. When I visited Córdoba for the first time, I didn’t get inside, because of the lack of tickets and huge queues. So save your time and book the tickets now to avoid any trouble during your road trip.




Great Mosque Skip-the-Line Ticket + Guided Tour


In the evening, pack your bags and make the way down to Granada. Check-in to your accommodation, and you can try to get some free tapas in a local bar. That’s what Granada is famous for. Other than that, have a good sleep and tomorrow, we’ll explore this exciting city.

Distance Córdoba ⇒ Granada: 2 hours and 15 minutes (by car)


Where to stay in Granada: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation

For accommodation tips in Granada, check out my Spain itinerary that includes 4 hotels, where you can stay overnight.




Granada has a great blend of ancient and modern attractions, making it a complete family-friendly destination. Well-known for the magnificent Alhambra, incredible tapas culture, fascinating history, and delightful neighborhoods. 

Granada is one of the most visited places in Spain. A few things that must surely make to your itinerary are the UNESCO-listed Albaicín neighborhood, the exotic cave dwellings of Sacromonte, the Granada Cathedral, and the traditional Arab quarter. You can see a lot of Moorish, Jewish, Christian, and Roman influences in the city.


Sightseeing in Granada

  • Alhambra
  • Cathedral of Granada
  • Royal Chapel – burial places of Spanish Monarchs, Queen Isabella I. and King Ferdinand (who started Reconquista against the Muslim rule in Spain)
  • Alcaiceria – the Great Bazaar of Granada
  • Albaicín –  Arab Quarter
  • Sacromonte – the best place to see a flamenco show
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Granada, Alhambra, Spain


Visit Alhambra In The Morning

Today, I recommend you start your sightseeing with the most popular site of all time: Alhambra.

Again, you’ll need to plan ahead as getting tickets for Alhambra is not possible on the spot. They are usually fully booked even 3 months in advance.

This is one of the most important attractions on our southern Spain itinerary in 10 days. Therefore, I highly recommend you book the skip-the-line tickets before your trip.


Skip-the-Line Tickets for Alhambra




Alhambra Tickets With Guided Tour


So the program for today is to first visit Alhambra in the morning. Go as soon as possible to avoid the crowds. After, have a good lunch in a tapas bar.

In the afternoon, check out other sites such as the CathedralSacromonteAlbaicín neighborhood, get lost in the Great Bazaar (Alcaiceria), and walk up to the Mirador de San Nicolas (viewpoint) for the best sunset views and spectacular views of Alhambra.


Flamenco Show In The Evening

Granada is the birthplace of flamenco. The best place to see it is the Sacromonte neighborhood, which is home to gypsies. Thanks to them, it became the best place to see an authentic flamenco show. This is one of the best flamenco shows you can get in Granada, so check it out:




Flamenco Show in Sacromonte




Good morning to Granada. Have some nice breakfast and pack your bags because another destination awaits us for today. We’re heading to Málaga.

Distance Granada ⇒ Málaga: 1 hour and 40 minutes (by car)


The second-largest city in Andalucia is well known for its bevy of resorts and spotless beaches. While most tourists flock to Málaga for sun, sand, and surf, it is also home to major historical sites. These include the Alcazaba Moorish palace, the remarkable Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, the Roman Amphitheatre, and Málaga’s Picasso Museum, which are a delight to art and history buffs.

If you are a foodie, stop by the Atarazanas market for fresh local produce and yummy snacks, and explore their tapas bars and fresco-dining terraces. You can also sign up for a food tour.

And the good thing? Here in Málaga, you don’t have to care about skip-the-line tickets anymore. Instead, you can buy admissions for any of these attractions easily on the spot.


Sightseeing in Málaga

  • Castilo de Gibralfaro
  • Alcazaba Moorish Palace
  • Málaga Cathedral
  • Roman Theatre
  • Ataranzas Market
  • Picasso Museum
  • Picasso’s house


Enjoy your time in Málaga visiting some or all of the sites from the list above. Don’t forget to check out Picasso’s house and museum and get the best views of the city from the Castilo de Gibralfaro.

Málaga is a great place for day trips around Andalusia, so you can stay in the same accommodation for a few nights now. Tomorrow, you can choose to make some of the best day trips from Málaga. Whether you like adrenaline, history, or just relaxing, there is something for you.

Malaga Spain Travel Guide
Málaga City: Southern Spain itinerary for 10 days


Where to stay in Málaga: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation

For accommodation tips in Málaga, check out my Spain itinerary. It includes my top tips for accommodation, fancier hotels right next to the beach, or city hotels to be closer to the sightseeing points.




Today, I’ve got some exciting day trips from Málaga for you. Choose on based on your interests and feelings. If you like to do more, just extend your road trip and add one more day trip to your itinerary.


1. Caminito Del Rey

The first day trip I have for you is the amazing and thrilling pathway, Caminito del Rey. It’s located in the Gorge Desfiladero, just 40 minutes drive from Málaga. This pathway was built to provide access to the hydroelectric plant on the Gorge.

Nowadays, it’s a famous attraction known as the Caminito del Rey: The king’s little pathway. It is 7.7km long, and you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Gorge and surrounding nature.

You’ll need to book tickets in advance. I recommend you join an organized tour from Get Your Guide. They have awesome tours, and you don’t have to think about getting there. They’ll also provide you with equipment on the spot. Just take some snacks with you.

Caminito del Rey
Caminito del Rey, Spain





Caminito del Rey – Guided Day Trip from Málaga


2. Marbella

The elegant town of Marbella is your second option for a day trip. It boasts pristine beachestrendy boutiques, high-end restaurants, and lively nightclubs. The majestic Sierra-Nevada mountains form a stunning background for this coastal town.

Marbella is one of Spain’s most famous beach resorts. It’s mainly known for its glitzy and glamorous beach parties. However, there is another less-explored artistic side to this lovely town that is fun to visit too. Head to the Old Town (Casco Antiguo), where you can see peaceful courtyards, winding cobblestone lanes, historic churches, sidewalk cafés, and excellent boutiques.

So if you like to explore another beautiful town in southern Spain and need some relaxation on one of the most beautiful beaches, this day trip is for you.


3. Ronda

Ronda’s dramatic location has attracted millions of visitors every year. Perched on both sides of the El Tajo Gorge in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park, this picturesque historic town has inspired several writers and poets.

Ronda is mainly known for inventing modern bullfighting and the iconic Puente Nuevo bridge. It’s one of the most visited in Andalucia. The city has two areas- the old one has many Islamic landmarks such as The Moorish Palace and the Arab Baths. In contrast, the new area is the hub for shopping and dining.

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Ronda, A Perfect Day Trip from Málaga: Southern Spain itinerary for 10 days




Ronda – Guided Day Trip from Málaga


These are the 3 day trips you can make from Málaga. As I mentioned above, you can do more of them and extend your southern Spain itinerary for 10 days. Why not see all of it since you’re in Andalusia.




Let’s head to the surfers’ paradise. Even if you’re not a surfer or a windsurfer, you’ll absolutely love Tarifa. Not to mention that it’s one of the most southern points of entire Europe and you can already see Morocco, Africa from it.

So pack your bags, and let’s drive down south to explore another beautiful Andalusian place.

Distance Málaga ⇒ Tarifa: 2 hours (by car)


Tarifa is the European capital of kite-surfing. It also has a great beach to chill on, and its perfect coffee culture and tiny little streets will be a great point to take some time off road-tripping for now.

Its laid-back atmosphere will give you the time to relax and prepare for the rest of our southern Spain itinerary.


Sightseeing in Tarifa

  • Moorish fort – the first place from where the Moorish invasion started
  • beach
  • kite-surfing
  • Tarifa centre
  • great nightlife

Take your time to relax, drink a good cup of coffee, and head to a tapas bar for dinner. Enjoy your time in Tarifa.

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Tarifa, Spain


Where to stay in Tarifa: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation






As our last destination on this southern Spain itinerary, we’ll explore Europe’s oldest inhabited city, Cádiz. In the morning, drive from Tarifa and check in to your accommodation in Cádiz. After, get round to exploring.

Distance Tarifa ⇒ Cádiz: 1 hour & 20 minutes (by car)


Cádiz is Europe’s oldest inhabited city and is famous for its white houses surrounded by sea. Tourists often overlook this coastal city for more popular cities in the region. Still, a trip here is worth your time.

This charming city is located on the Atlantic Ocean and offers splendid beachesdelicious foodmajestic castles, and fabulous beaches. Don’t miss out on sweeping views of the city from the top of the Tavira Tower. Another highlight is the La Caleta beach, famous for the castle of San Sebastián on the left and the castle of Santa Catalina on the right.


Sightseeing in Cádiz

  • Cathedral of Cádiz
  • Roman Theatre
  • Plaza de San Juan de Dios
  • Tavira Tower
  • Cádiz Market
  • San Sebastian Castle
  • Santa Catalina Castle
  • La Caleta Beach
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Exploreing Cádiz with my friends: Southern Spain itinerary for 10 days


Where to stay in Cádiz: My TOP TIPS for Accommodation






Today marks the last day of our southern Spain itinerary for 10 days. Enjoy the last moment in Cádiz before making your way back to Sevilla, where we started our road trip.

Distance Cádiz ⇒ Sevilla: 1 hour & 30 minutes (by car)


This is my southern Spain itinerary for you guys. Feel free to extend it if you need more time in one of the cities or make more day trips from Málaga. Hope you’ll have a wonderful time in southern Spain.

Andalusia was the poorest region in Spain before. Still, now it has emerged as one of the major tourist destinations in the country. So enjoy it to the fullest.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or doubts.



Budget You’ll Need To Visit Andalusia

Like any holiday, a trip to Spain depends on what kind of holiday you want, what type of accommodation you book, whether you want to eat at local eateries or fine-dining restaurants, and how much in advance you plan it.

Usually, a week-long vacation to Andalucia costs approximately 800-900$ per person for basic accommodation, food, entertainment, etc. It may go upwards based on the season, flight, food, drinks, and the likes and if you want more comfort and luxury.

If you are traveling with kids, the flight, hotel accommodation, etc., may be more economical due to sharing rooms and cheaper flight tickets. On average, you must be ready to spend around 100-150$ per person per day at least for a decent holiday.

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Me and my friend road tripping Andalusia, Plaza España, Sevilla, Spain



More Tips For Spain Travel

If you like more inspiration for your Spain trips, check out my other articles about Spain and the top places to see in my Spain section. Read about the top 8 road trip from Barcelona or get my Barcelona itinerary that will show you the highlights of this wonderful city in 3 days.

Don’t forget to check out the top 6 Spanish celebrations you shouldn’t miss on your itinerary. Perhaps some of these festivals take place when you are visiting Sevilla or Córdoba. So don’t miss them and learn more about these festivals.

If you like to explore more of Spain, get my Spain itinerary for 14 days, including many places from this itinerary and other major cities and attractions. Last but not least, check out my Spain Travel Guide with the most beautiful places you shouldn’t miss when visiting the country.

Southern Spain is also a great destination to visit in November. If you plan your vacation for November, check out the best places to visit in Europe in November.

Do you have more time to travel? Visit Portugal with my Portugal road trip itinerary for 10 days. Or simply use the second half of this itinerary and explore Algarve region, southern Portugal with its beautiful beaches and stunning rock formations. Get ideas in my Portugal road trip itinerary. If you are visiting Portugal in October, check out the best things you can do there. 


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