Spend a week driving through Andalusia on this seven-day itinerary, starting in Seville. Explore the city's monuments, tapas, and flamenco, then head south to Cádiz, one of the world's oldest cities. Your next stop is the whitewashed Ronda set atop a dramatic gorge, and you'll end your trip in Granada in the Albacín district and at the Alhambra.


  • Enjoy delicious tapas and a flamenco show in historic Seville
  • Pamper yourself at an ancient Arab bath spa
  • Go wine tasting and sip regional sherry in Cádiz
  • Take a walk through Granada's Alhambra palaces with a private guide

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Seville, Private Tapas & Flamenco Experience Seville
Day 2 Cathedral & Alcázar, Guadalquivir River Cruise, Ancient Baths Seville
Day 3 Drive to Cádiz, History, Culture, & Wine Tasting Cádiz
Day 4 Drive to Ronda, Private Walk Ronda
Day 5 Drive to Granada, Evening Stroll in the Albaicín District Granada
Day 6 Private Visit to the Alhambra & Generalife Gardens Granada
Day 7 Depart Granada  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Seville, Private Tapas & Flamenco Experience

Private Tapas & Flamenco Experience
Enjoy an intimate tapas and flamenco experience

Welcome to Spain and the historic capital of Andalusia, Seville. After transferring from the airport to your accommodation with a private driver, you'll have time to settle in before enjoying your first evening in the city. Then, enjoy a cultural experience with a local private guide, combining tapas and flamenco in Seville. You'll stroll through one of the city's charming neighborhoods, watch an authentic flamenco performance and taste traditional tapas and wine. This activity allows you to dig deep into Spanish culture from the very start.

Flamenco was born in Andalusia, so Seville's historic Jewish Quarter and Triana districts are excellent places to experience a genuine show that locals love. You'll start by strolling through one of the neighborhoods, learning about architecture and history from the Romans, Arabs, Christians, Muslims, and more, ending at an authentic theater for your flamenco show. Afterward, enjoy a typical Spanish evening with new friends, conversation, tapas, and wine at two family-run taverns.

Day 2: Cathedral & Alcázar, Guadalquivir River Cruise, Ancient Baths

The courtyard of the Alcázar of Seville
The courtyard of the Alcázar of Seville

In the morning, join a private guide and visit Seville's most important monuments: Seville Cathedral and the Royal Alcázar. You'll skip the long lines and enjoy a personalized experience starting at the cathedral (the world's largest Gothic cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). You can climb the bell tower, La Giralda, for incredible city views. Then make your way to the Alcázar, a royal palace replacing the original Moorish fortress and offering one of Spain's best examples of Mudejar architecture.

After visiting these two monuments, relax with a cruise along the Guadalquivir River, a unique experience that lets you view the city and its monuments from a different perspective. The river played a leading role in many historical moments, including when Ferdinand Magellan sailed his ships from the city on his first trip around the world in 1519. The cruise starts just north of the Puente de los Remedios near Plaza de España, and the boat offers bar service.
To finish your second day in Spain, pamper yourself at an ancient baths spa, a relaxing experience inspired by Roman, Greek, and Ottoman bathing traditions. Purifying, relaxing, and rejuvenating spa experiences are a central part of Spain's history. You can partake in this traditional ritual with a water circuit and sensory experience, soaking in several pools of various temperatures, relaxing in an aromatherapy room, and enjoying an exfoliation, body mask, and massage. 

Day 3: Drive to Cádiz, History, Culture & Wine Tasting

Maritime walkway in Cadiz
Wine tasting in Cádiz

Today you'll start your road trip through Andalusia. Your first step is picking up your rental car; then, you'll drive to the historic coastal city of Cádiz, which takes about 1.5 hours. Break up the trip with a stop in the Moorish town of Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its Sherry wine production. It's also home to the Royal Equestrian Academy, one of the premier riding schools in the country. The horse-racing culture in this region runs deep and dates back to the earliest days of Muslim rule in Spain. You could also stop at a vineyard for the ultimate Sherry experience. Read more about a road trip from Seville to Cádiz here

After settling into your accommodation, enjoy a culture and history walk in Cádiz. This city is the world's oldest still-inhabited city, and your guide will share all the historical details and colorful architecture that tell its unique story. Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, and Arabs all settled in this region, primarily thanks to its proximity to the sea. Stop to admire the city's parks, markets, monuments, and more, then end your stroll at a local tavern to taste a few wine varietals. 
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Day 4: Drive to Ronda, Private Walk

Ronda, Spain
Views of the El Tajo Gorge and Ronda atop it

Today you'll drive from Cádiz to the hills of Ronda, one of the most popular stops on Spain's famed Route of the White Villages. The journey takes about two hours, but you might want to make a few stops. This area has many historical influences, including Roman, Visigoth, and Berber, resulting in unique elements like cavelike homes and rock paintings. Consider visiting Arcos de la Frontera, Zahara de la Sierra, Olvera, and/or Setenil de las Bodegas. All are on the way to Ronda and offer a lot of history. Learn more about what stops to make on a road trip from Cádiz to Ronda here.

After settling into your accommodation, you'll enjoy a walk through Ronda with a local guide. Start in one of the city's oldest and most traditional neighborhoods and listen to your guide share the history of the Arabic center that once stood here. You'll visit the preserved 13th- and 14th-century Arab Baths and traverse the famous bridges that crisscross El Tajo Gorge, including Puente Nuevo, the city's most famous site.

Day 5: Drive to Granada, Evening Stroll in the Albaicín District

Stroll through Albacín's streets at dusk
Stroll through Albacín's streets at dusk

Today you'll make the journey from Ronda to Granada. The drive usually takes two hours, though you'll want to stop in Antequera, a Spanish-Baroque city. This charming town is called the "Heart of Andalusia" since it sits in the center of several regions. You can visit the Iglesia del Carmen, the Convento de Belén, the Moorish Alcazaba, and the numerous viewpoints (Cerro de San Cristóbal is one of the best). Or you can enjoy some hiking options along the way. Read more about a road trip from Ronda to Granada here

Then, after dropping off your rental car and settling into your accommodation, spend the evening with a local guide and stroll through the historic Albaicín district, Granada's former Moorish quarter. Your guide will show how this medieval Islamic city-within-a-city has kept its identity in the modern age, explaining its social history and character. You'll stop at five different viewpoints (many with vistas of the Alhambra), admire churches, enjoy the cobbled streets, and end with a drink and tapas with your guide.

Day 6: Private Experience in the Alhambra & Generalife Gardens

The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
The palace at the Generalife Gardens

Your final full day in Spain is about Granada, once the capital of Al-Andalus (the Iberian Peninsula under Muslim rule). You'll learn about this history with a visit to the Alhambra and its Generalife Gardens fortress dating to the ninth century, though the Nasrid Dynasty rebuilt it in the 14th century. It was an essential Moorish palace until after the Christian reconquest when the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella took control. 

The palaces you can see are the Palacio Real ("Royal Palace"), Palacio de Comares ("Palace of Ceremonial Rooms"), and Palacio de los Leones ("Palace of the Lions," the Sultan's private quarters), each with a traditional courtyard. The oldest part of the palaces is the Mexuar, once used as a courtroom and then a chapel. You'll also view the Patio de los Arrayanes ("Court of Myrtles"), the Sala de los Embajadores ("Hall of the Ambassadors"), and the stunning Sala de las dos Hermanas ("Hall of the Two Sisters").

End your visit in the Generalife Gardens, famous for its 13th-century Palacio del Generalife, the summer palace of Moorish kings, with its flower- and fountain-lined pond. You also can't miss the Patio de los Cipreses ("Patio of the Cypresses") and Patio de la Acequia ("Patio of the Irrigation Ditch") with their fragrant orange trees and rose garden.

Day 7: Depart Granada

Views of the Alhambra palaces in Granada

It's time to say goodbye to Spain! A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Granada and transfer you to Granada International Airport (GRX).

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Map of Self-Drive Andalusia: Seville, Cádiz, Ronda & Granada - 7 Days
Map of Self-Drive Andalusia: Seville, Cádiz, Ronda & Granada - 7 Days