Andalucia – the Guadalquivir tour AC2

A circular route in central Andalucia

Based on 14 nights self-drive independent tour in Spain

The Guadalquivir river, into which flowed the riches of the Americas, forms the backbone of this wonderful two week tour of Andalucia.

The circular route heads from chic Málaga and Granada deep inland to Ubeda, before following the river to its mouth at Sanlucar and picking across the Grazalema mountains back to the start.

You’ll find great cities, high Sierra mountains, endless orange and olive groves as well as the legacy of great civilisations from Tartesians to the Moors – the only constant being the famous Andalucian vitality, humour and hospitality!

The full route takes two weeks but you can do as little, or as much, as you like.

Tour Highlights:

  • Malaga – Mediterranean seaside chic
  • Granada´s Alhambra Palace
  • Renaissance gems Ubeda & Beaza
  • Cordoba’s magnificent mezquita
  • Carmona & Sevilla, rich moorish heritage
  • Sanlucar, gateway to Doñana National Park
  • Grazalema, Ronda & the ‘Pueblos Blancos’
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£950 - £1400* per person

* Indicative prices (including car hire – flights not included).

malaga stage

Day 1 & 2 – Malaga

  • Eat, shop or stroll in style in the stylish new port area
  • Thyssen, Pompidou – art galleries galore
  • Tapas bars, street music, Flamenco shows
  • Dip into Axarquia – stunning scenery, pretty villages
  • Visit Antequera, Moorish heritage, unique ‘Torcal’ landscape
Alhambra arches

Day 3 & 4 – Granada

  • The Alhambra Palace – city of the Nasrid Sultans
  • Atmospheric Albaicin with night time views to the Alhambra
  • Cathedral, resting place of the Catholic Kings
  • Wonderful bars, incredible tapas – many free!
  • Take a trip to the Sierra Nevada, mainland Spain’s highest mountains
Ubeda pottery

Days 5 & 6 – Ubeda, Baeza & Cazorla

  • Spain’s finest Renaissance architecture
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003
  • Sierra de Cazorla, Spain’s largest nature reserve
  • Source of the Guadalquivir at the heart of the park
  • Traditional ‘Alferería’ pottery – moorish in origin

Day 7 & 8 – Cordoba 

  • The Great Mosque – western Europe’s largest Islamic building
  • Lose yourself in the Jewish Quarter
  • Marvel at the patios overloaded with potted geraniums
  • Medina Azahara archaeological site of on the outskirts
  • Montilla – Moriles wines – handle with care!
  • Roman ruins of Hispania Ulterior & Baetica
puerta de sevilla carmona

Day 9 & 10 – Sevilla

  • Gateway to the New World & all its riches
  • 3 World Heritage Sites in Sevilla’s Old Town!
  • Colossal Cathedral, Moorish Alcázar Palace & Giralda Tower
  • Carmona, Sevilla in miniature, just half an hour away
  • Thriving Flamenco culture & lively atmosphere of Barrio de la Santa Cruz

Day 11 & 12 – Sanlucar de Barrameda

  • Sanlucar at the mouth of the Guadalquivir
  • Doñana National Park one of Europe’s best bird reserves
  • Cádiz, steeped in history, Europe’s oldest city
  • Jerez; famous sherry wines and dancing horses
  • Moorish pueblos blancos, Véjer, Medina Sidonia Bolonia
ronda staget

Day 13 & 14 – Ronda & the Grazalema mountains

  • Hemingway’s Ronda, the most famous of the ‘Pueblos Blancos’
  • Spain’s oldest bullring
  • Wonderful wildlife and birdwatching in the Sierra de Grazalema & Sierra de las Nieves
  • Pueblos Blancos: Grazalema, Olivera, Arcos de la Frontera, Zahara de la Sierra

What’s included

The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • Guide book and map of Andalucia
  • Instructions to find all accommodation & regional road map

Not included:

  • Flights – but we are able to advise
  • One-way car hire charges, where applicable (see your quote email)
  • The following car hire extras – these can be added at pick-up point
    • extra driver
    • child seats
    • GPS
  • Garage parking where applicable (mostly city stops) – please ask us about parking charges.


Getting there

A point-to-point itinerary, with many flights options from points throughout the UK – a few the best options are:

For Malaga: Easyjet from Stansted, Glasgow, Manchester, Luton + others, Ryanair from Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester + others

For Sevilla: Ryanair from Stansted, Glasgow or Dublin

For Jerez: Ryanair from Stansted

NB: Flights are not included

Getting around

For passengers travelling by air we will include a hire car as part of the package. Normally we include a 4 door economy class car but please let us know if you would like something different.

For those coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle but in either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at each hotel, complete with GPS, as well as a map of the area.

What our clients say

Sevilla Plaza de España lake

From the start the team at Casas were both friendly, efficient and knowledgable, with their excellent advice we had a father and son road trip that was perfect. Interesting, exciting, memorable and well planned with some unusual and delightful hotels we would never have discovered on our own. See full review.

Client 2018

Very friendly, great depth of knowledge about Spain, reasonably priced, helpful developing our tailor made tour route, brilliant app with all the details of our trip in electronic format.

– Client 2018

Just right. The itinerary was thoughtfully put together. Only max of two hours in the car between cities, good small hotels centrally with parking, so no need to use the car on arrival. Add on two nights in the beautiful Andalusian countryside to finish off, and we both enjoyed an excellent holiday. Casas: Personal, efficient and helpful. – See full review.

Cliente 2017

A fantastic and memorable holiday

We had a 2 week holiday in Andalusia staying in 6 areas. Each area had something different and special to offer. We have never been to Spain before but have enjoyed it so much that we will return one day and most probably use Caminos by Casas Cantabricas again. They were excellent.

– Client 2016

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Ronda toros

We have just spent 2 glorious weeks touring Andalucia. It is an area we have wanted to explore since visiting the Alhambra last year, and when we met Andy at the Destinations show in Olympia we decided he had taken all the hard work out of organizing such a trip. We were not disappointed.

– Client 2016

Caminos by Casas Cantabricas have been excellent. Everything had been well thought out when planning our 2 week holiday.

– Client 2016

The choice of hotels was generally excellent, all had character and were so well located for exploring. Staying in such a varied range of hotels all with character and offering a flavour of Spain far removed from the major chains and usual mass market accommodation.

– Client 2016

The general pace was excellent and the point to point instruction useful.

– Client 2016

We were extremely happy with all aspects of the holiday and would thoroughly recommend Casas Cantabricas.

– Client 2016