2 weeks in Andalucia: Which Itinerary for 14, 15 or 16 Days?
You’re going on a trip to Andalucia (sometimes also spelled “Andalusia” in English)? You’re looking for the best 2 weeks itinerary?
Then look no further!
In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared for you this 2 weeks itinerary in Andalucia. In this detailed guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about the best places to visit in this beautiful Spanish region.
In addition to the must-see attractions and activities, I will also give you all my best tips as well as my selection of the best accommodation depending on your budget for each city.
So, how to spend 2 weeks in Andalucia?
Let’s find out!
- 2 weeks in Andalucia: Which Itinerary for 14, 15 or 16 Days?
- 1) Seville (3 days)
- 2) Cordoba (1 day)
- 3) Granada and its surroundings (4 days)
- 4) Malaga / Caminito del Rey / Marbella (3 days)
- 5) Ronda / Arcos de la Frontera (2 days)
- 6) Cadiz (1 day)
- 7 ) Back to Seville (1 day)
- You’re traveling in Andalusia? These articles will help you!
1) Seville (3 days)
To visit Andalucia in 14-15 days, the best is to land in Seville.
You don’t really need a car to visit Seville, as it’s very easy to visit the city on foot or with public transports.
However, you will need to rent a car for the 2nd stage of this 2 weeks itinerary in Andalucia, when you will go to Cordoba.
So you have 2 choices:
- Directly rent a car at the airport when you will arrive
- Rent a car before going to Cordoba, in the morning. Get it at the airport, it’s cheaper and a lot more convenient for when you will take your plane back home.
In any case, I recommend using Rentalcars.com for your car rental in Andalucia. It’s the website, i always use it for the 3 following reasons:
- It’s easy to get the best price for your car rental, you can compare prices between all the car rental agencies in Seville.
- They offer a “full protection” insurance: you will get fully refunded if the car gets stolen or in case of any damage.
- Cancelling or modifying your booking is free and very simple to do.
Oh, and last but not least, they offer the “best price guarantee”. If you find the same car cheaper elsewhere, they will refund you the difference!
Click the button below to compare car rental prices in Andalucia:
Then reach your hotel by car or by bus. There is a bus every 30min, and going from the airport to the city center takes about 40min. It costs 4€.
It’s now time to start your two weeks in Andalucia. First of all, I’m going to give you a few tips to visit Seville in 3 days.
One of the best places to visit in Seville is the famous Seville Cathedral. You should go there first.
For this attraction, it’s better to buy skip the line tickets in advance. You’ll understand why it was a good idea to purchase them when you’ll see the huge waiting line at the entrance!
There are 2 kinds of visits available:
- A standard skip the line ticket to visit the cathedral and the Giralda.
- A 90min guided tour of the monument + access to the top of the Giralda.
There is also a 3rd option that doesn’t require any early booking:
You can go first to the Iglesia Colegial San Salvadore (Church of the Divine Savior in English). There, you can buy a combined ticket (also skip the line) that allows you to also visit the cathedral! The church is located only 10min walking from the cathedral and it opens at 11:00. Be there at that time.
Then you’ll be able to enjoy the visit of the stunning Seville Cathedral and Giralda. If you go to the top, you’ll love the very nice scenic view over Seville.
Then, for the rest of your first day in Seville:
- Go to the General Archive of the Indies, located right next to the cathedral. It’s a quick visit but it’s free!
- Take a walk in Santa Cruz neighborhood, the historical district. For a great view over the cathedral, go to the Plaza patio de Banderas.
- Have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area.
- Then head to Plaza de España. It’s an absolute must-see in Andalucia for your 14 days road trip! This square is huge and really stunning, with a very impressive architecture.
- Go for a stroll in Maria Luisa park, located next to the square. It’s a great spot to get some fresh air and calm. You can also go to Plaza America, at the edge of the park. There are 2 museums there: the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of popular Arts and Traditions.
- To end the day, enjoy some tapas and sangria!
After a good night’s sleep, let’s continue this 14-15 days Andalucia itinerary.
For this second day in Seville, let’s start with a stroll in the city.
Head first to the Alcazar of Seville, the second must see monument of the city.
There too, the waiting line is always very long, so you should book your skip the line tickets in advance here. Once you’ve done that, just go wander around in the palace and the gardens. Allow one morning for this visit.
After your lunch break, stay in the Santa Cruz district and go visit the Casa de Pilatos, with its large patio and beautiful gardens.
Then you can keep wandering around the city, or go back to your hotel and enjoy the pool for a bit.
At the end of the day, head to the Metropol Parasol to enjoy one of the best scenic view over Seville and look at the sunset.
Finish your day with a touch of Andalusian folklore and go see a flamenco show! it’s a typical activity to do during a 2 weeks trip to Andalucia. I recommend the show at the Museum of Flamenco Dance. You need to Book your tickets here.
For this 3rd and last day in Seville, here are the places you should visit:
- Head to Triana covered market to try Spanish cured meats and cheeses.
- Still in Triana, walk along the river by the Calle Betis and go towards the Torre del Oro.
- If you want, visit the Torre del Oro, where the Maritime Museum is located. There is also a panoramic terrace.
- Discover Seville Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza (the bullfighting arena)
- Visit one of more museums, or if you are tired of walking, go on a boat tour on the Guadalquivir.
- And why not enjoy the sunset at the Plaza de España?
If you’re going to Seville and want more info about the city, you should read my detailed article: The 15 Best Things to do in Seville.
Where to stay in Seville
- Black Swan Hostel: Youth hostel located within 10 minutes walking distance from the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Very stylish and contemporary dormitory bed from 17€ per night, breakfast included! Strong points: the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly staff, the free dinners cooked by volunteers. This is the best choice if you are looking for a youth hostel.
- Hotel Don Paco: Located in the centre of Seville, at 10 minutes on foot from the Cathedral. Spacious room and comfortable bedding from 60€ per night, breakfast at 10€. Strong points: excellent breakfast, the peaceful atmosphere and the swimming pool on the roof. My favorite in Seville for its great value for money!
- Hotel Fernando III: Located in the historic district of Santa Cruz and therefore close to the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Modern and spacious room from 106€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the excellent location, the pool on the roof, the very helpful staff.
- EME Catedral Hotel: Located right next to the Cathedral and the Giralda. Very modern double room from 180€ per night, breakfast at 20€. Strong points: The best location in town, the hotel design, the swimming pool with the view on the Cathedral, the amazing breakfast, the very helpful staff. Don’t hesitate, it’s the best luxury hotel in town!
2) Cordoba (1 day)
The second stage of your 2 weeks itinerary in Andalucia will take you to Cordoba, about 1h40 driving from Seville.
The famous Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is for sure the city’s must see attraction. The interior is truly unique and surprising with dozens of red and white columns and arcades.
You can get your tickets at the automatic machines (it’s quicker than at the front desk). If you want, you can also buy a ticket to go up the minaret for an extra 2€.
If you prefer a guided tour, no worries you can book one here!
After the Mosque-Cathedral, head to one of the 2 biggest squares in the city, where many restaurants are located: La Plaza de las Tendillas and La Plaza de la Corredera. They are different from one another so I suggest that you eat at one for lunch and at the other one for dinner.
Then go for a short walk along the Guadalquivir. You’ll see interesting historic buildings such as the Puerta del Puente, the Roman bridge and the Calahorra tower (on the other bank). It’s possible to go up the tower to enjoy a nice view over Cordoba and the Mosque-Cathedral.
Your last visit in Cordoboa will be the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. The place is worth stopping by for its nice gardens, flowered alleys, and fountains. I personally found them way more beautiful and better maintained than the ones in the Alcazar of Seville.
Spend the night in Cordoba.
If you want more info about how to visit Cordoba in 1 day, you can read my article: The 10 best places to visit in Cordoba.
Where to stay in Cordoba
- Option Be: Hostel located in the district of Judería. Bed in dormitory from 22€, breakfast included. The positive aspects of this brand new hostel: perfect staff welcome, comfortable bed, very clean, outdoor pool and great location.
- Ayre Hotel Cordoba: Located within a 10 minute drive from the center of Cordoba, at the center of a beautiful and quiet garden. Room with classic decoration but very spacious from 61€, breakfast 10€. The best: quiet location, large outdoor pool and free parking. We love to be far from the crowds and the city.
- Hotel Boutique Caireles: Located in front of the Mosque of Cordoba, right in the historic district. Modern and bright room from 67€ breakfast included. The best: the view of the Mezquita from the rooms, the kindness of the staff who also speaks French. My favorite for its great value for money!
- Eurostars palace: Located on the paseo de la victoria, within a 5 minute walk from the entrance of Judería and Mezquita. Huge room and very good design from 110€ per night, breakfast at 14€. The best: good geographical location, swimming pool on the roof. The best choice in Cordoba for an affordable luxury stay!
3) Granada and its surroundings (4 days)
New day, new city!
For the 3rd stage of your 2 weeks road trip in Andalucia, you will go to another famous city: Granada.
Well, not right now:
Before getting to Granada at the end of the day, you will stop twice on the way to visit lovely villages. With their renaissance style buildings, these 2 villages are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Let’s start with Ubeda, 1.5 hour driving from Cordoba. This authentic village is very different from other typical Andalusian villages.
Here are the best places to see in Ubeda:
- Holy Chapel of El Salvador, a jewel of Spanish Renaissance architecture
- Vazquez de Molina palace, today used as the city hall
- Dean Ortega Palace, a building from the 16th century
- The Basilica de Santa Maria de los Reales Alcazares.
After visiting Ubeda, get back in your car and go to Baeza, only 8 kilometers away.
In Baeza you shouldn’t miss:
- Baeza cathedral
- Palacio de Jabalquinto
- Church of St. John the Evangelist
- Plaza del Populo
By the end of the afternoon, head to Granada, 1.5 hours away.
Today let’s start visiting the city. Just like Seville and Cordoba, Granada also has its emblematic attraction: the Alhambra.
You must book your entrance tickets in advance to visit the site. And when I say in advance, I mean weeks or even months in advance, depending on the time of the year you go on your two weeks trip to Andalucia.
In fact, the Alhambra is Spain’s most visited site. Yes, there are more tourists visiting the Alhambra than the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona!
When you book your tickets, make sure they include the 3 parts of the Alhambra:
- The Nasrid palaces
- The Generalife
- The Alcazaba
For sure, the best is to visit the Alhambra with a guide. You need to book your guided visit (including entrance tickets) here.
Another option to book tickets for the Alhambra is to buy the Granada Card. I will give you more details about it in my “Voyages Tips Advice” below.
Allow a full morning to visit the Alhambra.
After you’re done, you should continue your day with:
- A walk in the Sacromonte, the old Gipsy neighborhood with its troglodytes houses. Today, they often hosts flamenco shows.
- A visit to the “Cuevas del Sacromonte” museum to learn more about the history of the neighborhood and its population. Book your tickets here!
- A stroll in Albaicin neighborhood, the historic district of Granada, an authentic and charming area.
- Watch the sunset at the mirador de San Nicolas and enjoy a great view over the Alhambra.
- Go to a flamenco show in a renown cuevas or at the Jardinos de Zoraya.
Spend a second night in Granada.
The day after, keep exploring Granada:
- Visit the Basilica of San Juan de Dios and its golden interior
- Go inside the cathedral and the royal chapel
- Have lunch on plaza Bib-Rambla, the main square of the city, where all the commercial streets start from
- Go shopping at Alcaiceria market
- Stop by the ancient Arab baths, the best preserved of Andalucia
- Watch the sunset from the mirador de San Cristobal or the mirador de San Miguel
Spend a 3rd night in Granada.
For your 3rd day in Granada, I recommend going out of the city to spend a day in nature.
So head to the Sierra Nevada mountains, 50 min driving from Granada.
In winter (December-April) you can ski there. During the rest of the year, it’s a great place for hiking and other outdoor activities such as mountain biking, climbing or paragliding.
You can go there by your own means with your car, or go on a day-tour departing from Granada, in a 4WD vehicle and with a guide. He will show you the most beautiful spots of the Sierra Nevada.
For more information and to book your day-tour, click here!
Go back to Granada and spend one last night there.
If you need more information to plan your trip to Granada, you can read my detailed article: The 15 best things to do in Granada.
Where to stay in Granada
- Granada Inn Backpackers: Hostel located 10min away from the Cathedral and 20min from the Alhambra. One bed in a dorm starting from 16€ per night, breakfast included. Best features: the beautiful patio, the location, the very friendly staff.
- Hotel Universal: Located 400m from the Cathedral and 700m from the Albaicin neighborhood. Clean and comfortable double room starting from 65€ per night, breakfast included. What I loved: the friendly staff, the central location close to stores and restaurants. It’s my favorite hotel in Granada for its amazing value for money!
- Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites: Located on Gran Via avenue, 200m away from the Cathedral. Design and modern room starting from 100€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the rooftop pool, the rooms decoration, the generous breakfast.
- Alhambra Palace: This 5 stars hotel is located 10min walking from the Alhambra or the Albaicin neighborhood, next to the Carmen de Los Martires garden. Cozy and spacious room starting from 200€, with an additional breakfast for 19€. Its best features: the Moorish-inspired decoration, the splendid view over the Alhambra from the terrace, the overall comfort. It’s my favorite hotel for a romantic gateway in Granada!
- Parador de Granada: This luxury hotel is located within the Alhambra itself! The rooms are a mix of modern design with touches of antiques elements, starting from 420€ per night, with an additional breakfast for 21€. What I loved: The exceptional location, the overall atmosphere, very helpful staff, the restaurant with a view over the Generalife. This is the best hotel for a luxury stay in Granada!
4) Malaga / Caminito del Rey / Marbella (3 days)
For the fourth part of this two weeks Andalucia itinerary, it’s time to discover Malaga and its surroundings.
Malaga is located about 1h40 away from Granada.
Once you get there, here are the best things to do in Malaga:
- Start with the Castillo de Gibralfaro. It dominates the city and offers an amazing bird’s-eye view of Malaga!
- Go down to the Alcazaba to walk around the lovely gardens of this palatial fortification.
- Stop by the Roman theater, located right next to the Alcazaba.
- Lunch break
In the afternoon, you can visit one of the 30 museums of the city.
From a culture point of view, Malaga has a lot to offer:
- Picasso Birthplace Museum (get you tickets here): where he was born in 1881. You’ll learn more about his life and will see some of his personal belongings.
- Picasso Museum with more than 200 artworks from the artist
- Carmen Thyssen Museum with its extensive collection of Spanish and Andalusian paintings
- Centre Pompidou Malaga, is a branch of the famous Centre Pompidou in Paris
- Russian Art Museum offers a collection of Russian art pieces in an old tobacco factory
- Museo de Malaga
- Flamenco Art Museum
- Automobile Museum Malaga and its 85 perfectly renovated vintage cars.
Of course, it’s not possible to visit them all, but you will for sure find 1 or 2 that will match your interests!
Depending on the museum you chose to visit, don’t forget to stop by (before or after the museum) Malaga cathedral to see its interior. You can also go to the top of the tower and enjoy a 360° scenic view.
At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a beach break, head to Malagueta beach, the most easily accessible one.
Spend the night in Malaga.
On this second day in Malaga, you have 2 different options for today’s program.
If you don’t feel like driving anywhere, stay in Malaga. Here are the places you can visit:
- Atarazanas market and its local delicacies
- Soho neighborhood
- La Concepcion Botanical Garden.
If you want to enjoy Andalucian nature and hike a bit:
- Go to Montes de Malaga Nature park for hiking or even mountain biking on marked paths. It’s located 25km North of Malaga.
- If you’re a bit more adventurous, you should go to the Caminito del Rey Path. For a long time, it was considered to be the most dangerous hiking path in the world! After a lot of upgrades and rearrangements, it’s now totally safe, but hiking at 100 meter above the ground right along the cliffs is still really impressive.
It’s possible to visit the Caminito del Rey with a professionnal guide, however, you’ll have to book your tickets quite early in advance. The full day guided tour needs to be booked here.
Spend another night in Malaga.
The day after, let’s have a chill day during this 2 weeks trip to Andalucia and spend it in Marbella.
You can enjoy 20km of beaches in the most chic and trendy coastal resorts of the Costa del Sol.
Go back to spend one last night in Malaga.
For more information about Malaga and its surroundings, you should read my detailed guide: The 15 best things to do in Malaga.
Where to stay in Malaga
- The Lights Hostel: This hostel located 400 meters from the cathedral. A bed in a dorm starts from 20.50€/night with a breakfast at 1.50€. Strong points: clean, nice rooftop, very friendly staff.
- Ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad: Located next to the cathedral and 5 min from the Picasso museum. Modern double room (typical style of this hotel chain) starting from 65€/night, breakfast for an additional 7.95€. Its best features: very central location to visit Malaga on foot, many breakfast options. friendly staff. It’s my favorite hotel for its exceptional value for money!
- Barceló Malaga: located 10 min walking from the historic quarter and 600 meters from the Center for Contemporary Art. Comfortable and design room starting from 135€/night, breakfast for an additional 18€. Best features: Rooftop pool, location, beds are very comfortable. It’s a great place to stay in Malaga.
- Gran Hotel Miramar: This 5 stars hotel is located 10 meters away from the Malagueta beach. Very elegant and beautifully decorated room, starting from 250€/night, breakfast for an additional 25€. Its best features: the decoration of the hotel and the rooms is truly stunning, the pool, the Spa, the breakfast is delicious. The best choice for a luxury stay in Malaga!
5) Ronda / Arcos de la Frontera (2 days)
Let’s now go to the charming village of Ronda, 1.5 hours drive from Malaga.
Ronda is located on a promontory rock so it offers lovely scenic views over the surroundings. The village is mostly famous for its very photogenic bridge that connects the two parts of the town.
It’s one of the most touristic village in Andalucia.
Beside the bridge, here are the other places to see in Ronda:
- The bullfighting arena, one of the oldest in Spain
- Mondragon palace where the Ronda’s municipal museum is located
- Plaza Duquesa de Parcent
- The bandit museum
- Puerta de Almocabar and its defensive walls
- La Casa del Rey Moro and the Mina of Agua
- Plaza del Socorro.
You can find detailed information about Ronda in my article: The 10 best things to do in Ronda.
Then go back to your car and head to Andalucia white villages route. As the name suggests, you’ll cross several villages with whitewashed houses, very often built on mountainsides.
In my opinion, if you only have the time to stop by one, it should be Zahara de la Sierra. It’s the nicest and most typical!
Then reach Arcos de la Frontera (1 hour away driving), your stopover for the next 2 nights.
The day after, you should go to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural park, only 30min driving away from Arcos.
There are multiple entrances to the site with many hiking path departure points.
The closest one from Arcos is located in “El Bosque” village. There is a visitor center to get more information about hiking paths. You should first go there, as some paths may be closed to the public dute to fire hazard.
During my 2 weeks trip in Andalucia, I did the “El Rio majaceite” hike. The path goes along the river (of the same name), which is very pleasant on a warm day. There’s lots of shade along the way and you can even dip your feet in water to cool off. Allow 4 hours walking for the round trip.
After the walk, I recommend stopping by the village of Arcos de la Frontera. To visit it on foot, follow the “ruta monumental” signs and you’ll see churches and the castle. You’ll also find several coffee shops and restaurants.
Sleep for one last night in Arcos.
Where to stay in Arcos de la Frontera
- Bed and Breakfast El fogon del Duende: An excellent choice of accommodation in Arcos. Double room from 45€. per night. The best budget choice!
- Hôtel Los Olivos: Located in Arcos historic center, in typically Andalusian house. Comfortable double room from 90€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the view from the rooftop terrace, the breakfast and the very kind staff.
- Parador de Arcos de la Frontera: Also located in Arcos historic center, large and quite double room from 120€ per night, breakfast at 17€. Strong points: the great view on the the Andalusian countryside, the traditional house, the best location. Looking for a more high-end place to stay in Arcos? This is the best hotel!
6) Cadiz (1 day)
If you visit Andalucia in 14-15 days, you will have time to explore Cadiz.
Cadiz is not often included in a trip to Andalucia because it’s less popular than Seville, Granada or Cordoba and yet, this city is really worth stopping by. It was the good surprise of my trip to Andalucia.
The great thing is that from Arcos, it’s only 45 min driving away.
You’ll arrive in Cadiz by passing through the Constitución de 1812 Bridge, which is 185 meters high. It’s one of the highest maritime bridge in the world, needless to say it’s very impressive!
Here is my recommended itinerary for 1 day in Cadiz:
- Start at plaza de San Juan de Dios, where the city hall and the San Juan de Dios church are located. It’s a pedestrian square where you’ll find restaurants and the tourist office is not far from there either. It should be your first stop to get a map of the city!
- Pass by the Roman theater, the biggest and oldest one discovered in Spain. Entrance is free!
- Visit Cadiz cathedral and go up the Poniente tower to enjoy the scenic view over the city.
- Head to Cadiz market for your lunch break.
- Go up the Tavira tower, the room equipped with a set of optical lenses and mirrors allows you to enjoy the view over the whole Cadiz bay.
- Go on a walk along Campo del Sud until the San Sebastian castle
- Pass by Caleta beach to reach Santa Catalina castle
- Go on a stroll in Genoves park and Alameda Apocada park
- Visit the Cadiz museum on plaza Mina. It’s free for all European citizens.
- Plaza de España will be the last stop of your visit of Cadiz!
Spend one night in Cadiz.
Don’t hesitate to read my detailed article about Cadiz for more information about the city: The 12 best things to do in Cadiz
Where to stay in Cadiz
- Cadiz Inn Backpackers: Hostel located 10 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral. Bed in dormitory from 14 € per night. strong points: its roof terrace and the staff welcoming.
- Hotel La Catedral: As the name suggests, it’s located right next to the Cathedral. Modern and elegant room from 60 € per night, including breakfast. I have a big crush for the rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool and breathtaking views of the cathedral! This is my favorite in Cadiz for its great value for money!
- Parador de Cadiz: Located in front of the ocean and 5 minutes’ walk from the beach of La Caleta. Very nice modern and bright room from 138 € per night, breakfast included. Strong points: outdoor pool with nice views, quality of service, well-equipped rooms, original and modern architecture. It’s the best hotel in town, perfect for a luxury stay in Cadiz!
7 ) Back to Seville (1 day)
Here we are! It’s already the end of this 2 weeks Andalucia road trip.
Now you know the best places to visit for your 15 days in Andalucia!
If you have any question to plan your 14-15-16 days Andalucia itinerary, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.
Andalusia travel Guides
- Buy the DK Eyewitness Andalusia guide on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk
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- Buy the Rick Steves Snapshot Andalusia guide on Amazon.com
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- Cadiz: The 12 things you must-see in town!
- Cordoba: Top 15 best things to do and must-see attractions
- Granada: Top 15 best things to do
- Malaga: The 15 best places to visit
- Ronda: The 10 best things to do
- Seville: Top 15 best things to do and places to visit