Authored by Guy Richardson
Andalucía, in Spain’s south, is the country’s largest autonomous community and is well known as the land of bullfighting, siestas and passionate flamenco dancing. What are the Best places to visit in Andalucia?
For those travellers keen to see more of Andalucía, a rented or borrowed car allows you to reach those authentic, small town destinations without the hassle of trains and regional buses. There are so many little towns to visit, but if you do hire a car, you should definitely visit these five Andalucían gems.
Best accessed by car and rich in traditional Baroque architecture, knowledge of Osuna’s beauty is growing rapidly as word spreads that the Game of Thrones series was partly filmed in the city’s stunning Plaza de Toros.
With a visit to Osuna’s cathedral and main centre completed, with a car you can also visit the ruins on the outskirts of town and get spectacular views of the city below. What are the best roadtrips in Spain?
When you’re hungry, treat yourself to dining in style for lunch or dinner in the majestic 18th century Palacio del Marqués de la Gomera. Osuna is a particularly good destination to overnight, with lovely hotels and restaurants to keep you out and busy. Where to go in Andalucia
Set into the side of a rocky mountain, the picturesque village of Seteníl is a must for those travellers with a car in Andalucía. The village is Andalucían through and through: winding, narrow streets that can often scrape the mirrors on either side of your car, homely tapas fare at the local restaurants and white painted cave-houses set against beautiful mountain slopes.
Don’t let the large, overhanging rock put you off lunch either: grab a seat at one of the local cave-restaurants, order one of the many types of grilled cerdo (pork) and enjoy the unique view. Things to do in Andulucia
If you’re road tripping with the kids (or you’re just a big kid a heart), a visit to the blue village of Júzcar south of Ronda will send you into Smurf overload.
Now you’re probably thinking, aren’t Andalucían villages meant to be white? In 2011, Sony Pictures marketed the Smurf movie by offering to temporarily paint this small village completely in blue. Where is the blue town?
The response amazed locals, and hugely increased visitor numbers, that they voted at a community meeting to keep the blue façade. The village is now inundated every weekend with hordes of families with plenty to do for the kids.
Jerez de la Frontera
Best known for its rich flamenco tradition and extensive range of excellent quality fortified wines (aka sherry), Jerez de la Frontera is a perfect stop on any Andalucían road trip. Best towns in Andalucia
The beautiful baroque Cathedral de San Salvador and lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants around Plaza del Arenal should delay your inevitable final destination: the Jerez sherry bodegas.
Stop at a number of local distillers of quality Jerez, but be warned, you’ll probably want to leave the car overnight to make the very most of it. You can also try a glass or two of Jerez in any of the local restaurants, Pedro Ximenez and Tío Pepe being the most well-known brands among them.
One great drive from Cádiz is the isolated Bolonia beach. A key Roman trading port back in a past life, the village is now a small pueblo only accessible by road. And it’s well worth the visit. What to do in Andalucia
Set against a spectacular backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, you can wander through ruins of the Roman town, including the Roman forum and an incredibly well-preserved Roman theatre. When the hours have passed, stroll down to the popular waterfront cafes and restaurants and sample the fresh seafood delights. Where should I go in Andalucia
Remember, the best thing about road tripping is seeing places at your own pace and on your own terms. As nothing is done in ‘quick time’ in Andalucía, give yourself the freedom and time to really explore this fascinating place in a little more detail.
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Photo credits: Featured photo by Tommie Hansen. Osuna Cathedral by Travel-Ling. Osuna city by Aapo Haapanen. Tapas in Seteníl by Travel-Ling. Street under a rock by Michael Gaylard. Juzcar by Travel-Ling. Jerez by Travel-Ling. Catedral de San Salvador by Tony Bowden.