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 through Córdoba and Sevilla, south towards Cadiz then picking across the Grazalema mountains and Ronda, 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 & Baeza
  • Cordoba’s magnificent mezquita
  • Carmona & Sevilla, rich moorish heritage
  • Cadiz, white beaches and sherry
  • Grazalema, Ronda & the ‘Pueblos Blancos’
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£1600 p/p

* Indicative mid-season price for 14 nights (including car hire – flights not included) in our suggested hotels.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Day 11 & 12 – Cádiz or Jerez

  • Cádiz, steeped in history, Europe’s oldest city
  • Doñana National Park one of Europe’s best bird reserves
  • Spectacular white beaches
  • Jerez; famous sherry wines and dancing horses
  • Moorish pueblos blancos, Véjer, Medina Sidonia Bolonia
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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
Accommodation options

The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • Guide book of Andalucia
  • Personal Travel App including highlights, weather forecast and restaurant suggestions for all areas en-route
  • Instructions to find all accommodation


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 round itinerary, with many flights options from points throughout the UK – the best options are:

  • From Heathrow: Malaga with BA
  • From Gatwick: Malaga with BA, Vueling, TUI or Whizzair; Sevilla with Easyjet, Vueling or BA
  • From Stansted: Jerez or Sevilla with Ryanair; Malaga with Ryanair or Jet2
  • From Luton: Sevilla with Ryanair; Malaga with Easyjet or Ryanair
  • From Manchester: Sevilla with Ryanair; Malaga with Easyjet, Jet2, TUI or Ryanair
  • From Bristol: Malaga Ryanair or Easyjet
  • From Newcastle: Malaga with Ryanair, Jet2 or TUI
  • From Dublin: Malaga with Ryanair and Aer Lingus
  • From Edinburgh: Sevilla with Ryanair; Malaga with Ryanair
  • Other UK airports available, particularly to Málaga – ask us about these.

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.

AITO reviews

Excellent planning and communication, listened to what we wanted.
Worth every penny...the holiday exceeded expectations. It was not cheap but was excellent value for money with great service...would definitely use them again.

Client 2019

Fascinating and fun

The itinerary was well-planned and the accommodation well-selected. Everything lived up to our high expectations. The itinerary took us to places we wouldn’t have thought of, which added to the whole experience.

Client 2019

Very personable and helpful with telephone enquiries. No hitches at all with the arrangements they made on our behalf. Very pleased with their recommendations.

Client 2019

Touring Andalucia – The tour worked liked clockwork

Client 2019

Casas Cantabricas did an excellent job in planning our trip, and kept us well informed. The Vamos app was great help wish all operators followed suit.

Client 2019

Fantastic bespoke tour of Andalucia you organised for us. Both really delighted with the whole experience.

Your organisation, Vamoos app and advice were invaluable.

Client 2018

We drove about 2300 km in all and loved the experience of the great Spanish roads.

Ronda was magnificent and the royal palace of Alcazar was a nice counterpoint to the beauty of the Alhambra.

Client 2018

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

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

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