A Week in Andalucia: Which Itinerary for 6, 7 or 8 Days?
You’re planning to go one week in Andalucia (also sometimes spelled “Andalusia” in English) for your next trip? You’re looking for the best itinerary?
Then look no further!
And as always in my travel guides, I will also give you my best tips to make the most out of your stay as well as a list of the best accommodations depending on your budget.
Let’s plan your 6, 7 or 8 days trip to Andalucia!
- A Week in Andalucia: Which Itinerary for 6, 7 or 8 Days?
- 1) Seville (2 days 1/2)
- Where to stay in Seville
- 2) Córdoba (1 day)
- 3) Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera (2 days)
- 4) Cádiz (1 day)
- Budget for a week in Andalucia
- A week in Andalusia: my impressions
- You’re traveling in Andalusia? These articles will help you!
1) Seville (2 days 1/2)
Your 1 week itinerary will begin in Seville, the capital of Andalusia.
To visit the region, you also have the option to land at Malaga Airport, which is also quite well served by international flights. However, if it’s your first time in Andalucia, I highly recommend you to start in Seville.
For the first part of this itinerary, you don’t need to rent a car: it will be absolutely useless in Seville. Save yourself unnecessary rental fees and parking problems. To reach the city centre (as in all major cities), take the bus in front of the airport: there is one every 30 minutes, and the 40-minute ride costs 4€.
Depending on your arrival time, (usually in the early afternoon) the time it takes to catch the bus and get settled in your accommodation, you won’t have much time left to discover the city. The best for this first day is to discover the neighbourhood of your hotel or to enjoy the pool of the hotel (if you are lucky enough to have one, and we highly recommend it!).
After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to start exploring the city!
The first place you should visit is Seville Cathedral, the 3rd largest in the world. As you can guess, it’s very touristic and the waiting line is often more than 1 hour long.
Once you have your ticket, It will take you around 1h30 to 2h to discover the wonders of the cathedral and climb to the top of La Giralda, the bell tower.
As you leave the cathedral, go take a look at the General Archive of the Indies located in front of the Cathedral main gate. The inside of the building is worth a look, the entrance is free and it will only take you 15 minutes.
Before lunch, you should take the time to discover the Santa Cruz district, around the cathedral. It’s the Historical center of Seville. Enjoy the charming pedestrian streets and admire a beautiful view of the cathedral from the plaza del Patio de banderas.
As it’s the touristic area, you will find many bars and restaurants in Santa Cruz. Yes, after this busy morning, it will finally be the (Spanish) time to eat!
So, enjoy a well deserved lunch break and then head to the famous Plaza de España.
You probably have already seen many times as the cover photo of all your Facebook friends who visited Seville. Yet you will be impressed by its beauty and scale. I am saying it over and over again, but this is the most beautiful square I have ever seen in my life.
You can walk around it, admire the azulejos benches representing the Spanish provinces and go up on the terrace to enjoy a view of the entire square.
As it’s usually pretty hot in Andalucia, you will for sure enjoy to take a stroll in the Maria Luisa park, located just in front of the Plaza de España. With its fountains, ponds and shady alleys, it’s the perfect place to cool down and rest a bit.
To end the day, don’t hesitate to walk up to the Plaza America, at the south of the park. There, if you wish, you can visit the Archaeological Museum or the Museum of Popular Arts And Traditions.
Now, it’s probably the time for some tapas accompanied by a good glass of sangria!
For this second day in town, I recommend you to visit the other must-see monument of the city: the Alcázar of Seville. You have probably seen in during your first day, as it’s right next to the Cathedral.
As there is always a long waiting line, the best thing to do is to be there at the opening time or to buy a skip the line ticket on the internet. Once you have your ticket, it’s time to discover this magnificent palace, one of the best example of Mudéjar architecture!
Nowadays, the Alcázar is still the residence of the King of Spain when he comes to Seville. This makes it the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.
In addition to the buildings, you will also be able to access the Alcázar’s gardens. The visit will take you around 2 hours. When you will have finished, it will probably be time for a lunch break.
In the afternoon, you can visit the Casa de Pilatos, also located in the Santa Cruz district. Although a lot smaller than the Alcázar, this palace is worth a look for its beautiful patio and well maintained gardens.
After these 2 visits, you will probably want to do something more relaxing. Here are my suggestions:
- Enjoy a walk around Seville, you can go to the Triana district and walk on the banks of the Guadalquivir river on Calle Betis.
- Go back to the Maria Luisa Park to rest a bit in the shades.
- Take a refreshing break at your hotel’s pool
- And if you are up for another visit, you can go to the Plaza de toros of Seville (Guided visit only)
In the late afternoon, you should really go to the Metropol Parasol. This atypical monument has been criticised quite much for its “rather special” mushrooms inspired architecture, but it’s undoubtedly the best place in town to enjoy the sunset. The 360 panoramic view over the whole city of Seville is really amazing!
The entrance fee is just 3€ and you will get a free glass of wine or soda in the café located at the very top of these giant mushrooms.
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) Córdoba (1 day)
For this third full day of your one week Itinerary in Andalusia, you can choose to stay in Seville if you want to spend a bit more time in the city or go to Córdoba.
It’s what I did during my trip, as Córdoba is easily accessible from Seville by train. It’s the perfect destination for a day trip!
To get there, just take the Seville – Córdoba express train. There are several every day and it only takes 40 minutes. I encourage you to book your tickets in advance on the internet so you can choose your departure times.
In Córdoba you will arrive at the station, located about 15 minutes walking distance from the historic centre.
In the train station there is a small tourist information centre. Perfect to grab a map of the city just when you arrive!
Little anecdote: when I left the station, I took the wrong direction and walked more than half an hour before I noticed something was wrong. So don’t rush and double-check before you start walking!
To reach the Historic center you will pass through a park (the Jardines de la Victoria). It will take you directly to the Almodóvar Gate, the entrance to the Juderia, the historic Jewish quarter of Córdoba.
Head to the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, the most emblematic monument of the city. The inside is very impressive, I really loved the perspective offered by the hundreds of double arches! You can easily spend 1h here.
For lunch, you should go to one of the 2 largest squares in the city: the Plaza de Tendillas or the Plaza de la Corredera. All the cafés, restaurants and ice-cream shops are located there.
In the afternoon, head to the banks of the Guadalquivir until you reach the bridge gate and the Roman bridge. Cross the bridge to reach the Calahorra tower and enjoy a nice view of the river, the mosque and the Alcazar.
If the Calahorra tower is open, you can visit the Al-Andalus Museum inside and climb to the top to enjoy the view over the bridge.
Cross the bridge again to discover the second famous monument of Córdoba: the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. I loved its magnificent gardens, they are very well maintained and thus much more beautiful (in my opinion) than those of the Alcazar of Seville. With its shady alleys, its beautiful fountains and flower beds, it’s the ideal place to relax and take a break.
Depending on your return time, you can then visit one of the other places to see in Córdoba. You will find the complete list of things to do in my article dedicated to Córdoba.
Once you’ve finished, take the train back to Seville for your last night in town.
3) Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera (2 days)
For the 4th day of this 6, 7 or 8 days itinerary in Andalusia, you will need to rent a car. For my trip, I have rented the car at Seville airport. It’s the best option, as it allows you to easily bring the car back to the same place on the day of your departure and thus avoid additional rental fees.
You can also find Rental agencies at the train station or downtown, but it’s less convenient for returning the car before your departure.
Once you will have your car, it’s time to go to the 1st stop of the day: Ronda. From Seville, it will take you around 1h45.
Ronda is one of the most visited villages in Andalusia. The view of (and from!) this town clinging to a rocky cliff carved by the Guadalevin river over the years is breathtaking.
Tourists come here for the many views it offers over the valley and especially for the Puento Nuevo, the spectacular bridge linking the 2 parts of the town. I have to say that it’s pretty impressive and it was the perfect opportunity for me to take some pictures.
Also worth seeing in Ronda:
- The Plaza de Toros de Ronda
- The Palacio de Mondragón
- La puerta de Almocábar
- La Plaza del Socorro
Everything you need to know to plan your visit of Ronda is in my article: What are the best things to do in Ronda?
After visiting Ronda, let’s head to Arcos de la Frontera, one of the white villages of Andalusia.
From Ronda to Arcos, you will take the famous white villages route: it crosses several of these perched villages, easily recognizable with there typical whitewashed houses.
On the road, you can take several breaks to admire them. Personally, I stopped in Zahara de la Sierra, considered as one of the most beautiful. The lake located at the foot of the village really adds to its charms!
I suggest you to drive up to the top of the village to take a walk through its cobbled streets, admire the typical houses and enjoy the view.
From Zahara, you will have to drive for about 1 hours to reach Arcos de la Frontera. During my trip, I chose to go directly to my hotel, located in the countryside, at the foot of Arcos.
I booked on Booking.com at “El Fogón del duende, and I highly recommend you this B&B: it’s very quite, the rooms are large, clean, with air conditioning and well decorated, each with a private terrace. The owners are adorable and serve a great home made breakfast!
Another great thing about it: at only 5 minutes by car, there is a great restaurant with an amazing view on Arcos: “La posada del Duende”.
It’s not too expensive and the food was great, so we went there 2 times!
For your 5th day in Andalucia, let’s do something a bit different: an easy hike in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, located at only 30 minutes from Arcos.
At the beginning of June, many trails were closed due to the very high risk of fire in this area. We chose the “El rio Majaceite” hike, which starts from “El bosque” village.
The hike starts from the information centre, you can’t miss it: when you will arrive, it’s next to the first roundabout, on the right.
This beautiful walk following the Majaceite river takes about 4 hours round trip, and it’s very easy as it’s flat almost all the time. The walk is in the shade and you can swim or at least soak your feet (the water is cold) in the river. I went there on a Sunday, and from what I saw, it’s a very popular place for family picnics.
As you can’t buy anything until you reach the end of the hike, don’t forget to bring drinks and snacks. Even in the shade, it was very very hot.
In the middle of the afternoon, It will be time to drive back to Arcos in order to visit the village. Not many shops were open when I was there as it was Sunday, but there are a few cafés and restaurants at the top of the village. To visit the village on foot, follow the “Ruta del monumento”: it’s the easiest way to see all the must-see monuments of Arcos.
Afterwards, the hard part is to leave the village: the least I can say is that it’s pretty complicated to drive around, with the many one way streets. I must admit that I had a bit of trouble this time, even with a GPS!
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!
4) Cádiz (1 day)
For the 6th day of your itinerary in Andalusia, we will go to Cádiz, located about an hour’s drive away from Arcos de la Frontera.
To arrive in Cádiz, you will need to cross the impressive Puente de la Constitución, one of the highest cross-sea bridges in the world.
When you will arrive in town, the best is to park your car in one of the underground parking lots. I recommend you “Canalejas – Carranza”, located next to the port. You can’t miss it, it’s the first one you’ll see when you get close to the old town.
Start your day by going to the tourist information office to grab a map: it’s located right next to the parking. Here is the full address:
It’s now time to go to the Plaza San Juan de Dios and then reach the Teatro Romano de Cádiz. The entrance is free and the visit rather quick. Then head to the city’s most famous monument: Cadiz Cathedral, with its golden dome. You can even climb to the top of one of its bell towers.
After visiting the Cathedral, I suggest you to go to Cadiz market. If you are a hungry, it’s a great place to get a nice sandwich with fresh ingredients!
The best thing to do now is to go to the waterfront, on the Campo del Sur. Following it will take you straight to San Sebastian Castle, another must-see attraction of Cadiz. Going to this castle located on a small island is a very beautiful stroll by the sea!
If you want to swim, you can go to La Caleta beach, located next to the castle. Here, you can also visit the other fort of Cadiz, the castle of San Catalina.
Let’s continue this visit by going to Genoves Park and Alameda Apocada park. Both are located by the sea, one after the other. There, you can sit on one of the many benches and enjoy the freshness of the fountains.
Finally, go to the Plaza de España of Cádiz and to see its famous Monument to the Constitution of 1812.
Where to stay in Cádiz
- 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!
For this last evening, you can choose to sleep in Cadiz (see the accommodation list above), or choose to spend the night in one of the surrounding villages to get closer to Seville. I decided to sleep in El puerto de Santa Maria, in the “Los Jandalos” apartments and I loved it!
The night was 80€ and we had a very large apartment for 4 people with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms. There is also a swimming pool!
After this last night, it will be time to go back to Seville airport for your return flight.
Budget for a week in Andalucia
To give you an idea of the approximate cost of a week in Andalucia, here is what I spent:
- Accommodation for 2 for one week: 350€
- Transportation for 2 (flight from Geneva + train Seville – Cordoba + car rental): 385€
- Visits for 2: 85€
- Food for 2: 240€
Total for 1 week in Andalusia for 2 people: 1060€
A week in Andalusia: my impressions
From this week in Andalusia, I will particularly remember the world-class historic monuments and the beauty of the landscapes.
In one week, I had plenty of time to explore Seville, Córdoba, some of the white villages and Cádiz. The pace of the trip was just perfect, not too slow, not too fast, and I had the time to see everything I wanted. It was really the perfect Itinerary for 7 days in Andalucia!
Seville was of course amazing (especially the Cathedral and the Plaza de España), and Córdoba, Cádiz and Zahara de la Sierra were the 3 beautiful surprises of this trip.
After this great week, I am pretty sure I will return to Andalucia in order to visit Granada and the Andalusian coast!
And you, what did you plan to visit for your 6, 7 or 8 days itinerary in Andalucia?
Andalusia travel Guides
- Buy the DK Eyewitness Andalusia guide on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk
- Buy the Lonely Planet Andalusia guide on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk
- Buy the Rick Steves Snapshot Andalusia guide on Amazon.com
You’re traveling in Andalusia? These articles will help you!
Discover all my articles about Spain: All my articles to help you plan your trip to Spain are listed there.
- Cadiz: The 12 things you must-see in town!
- Cordoba: Top 15 best things to do and must-see attractions
- Ronda: The 10 best things to do
- Seville: Top 15 best things to do and places to visit
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