So, working on the assumption that the largest
number of people end up on the Costa Del Sol, we've
chosen a jaunt out to Granada (along a very circuitous
route) from Malaga, as an example.
Granada and the Sierra Nevadas
From Granada, it's a one hour drive
to the Sierra. You can ski in winter, and in the summer enjoy
balmy days and nights wandering round the ancient Arabic
The towns and cities of this entire South
Eastern region of Spain, Seville, Granada, and Cordoba
were the core of the great Arab power on the peninsular, when
Morocco held sway, from 700 AD to 1500 AD, and there is much
to be discovered throughout the region, many two or three
day trips that can be enjoyed.
But first, let's get to Granada.
From Malaga to Granada - via lots of places
Malaga is a good start for these journeys,
as you can pick up a car from our desk at
Malaga Airport and head out early before the tourist hassle
From Malaga via Ronda and the
Rio Guadalevin muslim relics and villages, you first
take the E15 to Ronda. About an hour out of
Malaga you'll see sign posting for the El Tajo gorge,
worth a look . . . an ancient Moroccan town stands on a high
cliff over a really dizzy drop to the river.
And if you are thinking that Ronda, Seville
and Cadiz are a long way from Granada you're right,
but bear with . . . and all will be revealed.
To Seville! Well, via some other bits, first
After a while in Ronda, and Ronda
could take a lifetime, it is so beautiful and weird, you take
the A382 South West to the frontier towns, so
called because they were the old front line between Islam
You go as far as Jerez de Frontera,
and the country is special, its a national park along the
course of the river and the panoramas are
And now, like some peripatetic worm, we
turn! We turn Northish on the A4 to Seville. And there,
an hour or two or more, later we are . . . in Seville,
Dismount the vehicle, get out your brochures,
load your Euro guns, and get those feet moving! Lots to see
and do. Unless it's afternoon and about 100 degrees in the
water bottle, then sit in the shade, have a yarn with the
locals and drink mint tea. Tomorrow, early, the brochures.
And at last! Granada
North East along route A431 and lunch
in Cordoba, Don't take the expressway (unless you're
very hungry) but instead, but use this old "A" road along
the river. It's a stunner!
Now Cordoba. Brochures, cameras, Euro
guns . . . OK, Fooorward! And don't miss the Mezquita
(what the Spaniards made out of Mesjid, or mosque in Arabic)
. . . it's now a cathedral.
You can get
lost in Cordoba for about half a lifetime, and not regret
it, but it's tomorrow morning already, and we're off! N432,
via Castro and Baena and head for Granada.
Don't forget these are high climbing country
roads and Spain is hot, so be careful checking
your oil and water every morning, and rest the vehicle a bit
here and there.
While driving take it a little easy, don't
push the vehicle, or the road, to their limits.
Camber is not always what you would expect, and road
verges should be regarded with a bit of caution.
But be prepared to be mind blown at the
scenery. Drivers should stop and get an eyeful now and then.
Two and a half hours into it, (with a coffee
stop) there's Granada and here we are. And straight
to the bank, transfer your savings and get your pension forwarded,
the real estate agents are just round the corner!
Along the way you'll find our car hire service
locations at Seville