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Southern Spain Road Trip

Some of the best road trips in Spain trace the country’s southern coastline, passing sleepy fishing villages and bustling tourist resorts. Starting in the party hub of Malaga, you can head east towards the port town of Almeria. It has a strong North African feel, and its impressive stone fortifications date back as far as the 10th century. From here, you can head up the A92 inland, to the Sierra Nevada national park. It is well worth spending at least a few days exploring the hiking trails of this mountainous region, and you can use one of the local villages as your base.

Once you’ve made the most of the Sierra Nevada range, you can check out Granada, which is located in its foothills to the northwest. This beautiful Andalusian city is home to the world-famous Alhambra, which was built during the Moorish occupation in the 1200s. Once a self-contained city separate from Granada, it features grand royal palaces, serene decorative patios, and reflecting pools.

After you visit this architectural wonder, try heading south towards the coast again, and pay a visit to another stunning Moorish building – the Alazacaba, a palace overlooking the sea. From here you can loop back around to Malaga to finish off your southern Spain road trip, or continue southwest towards Gibraltar. And if you have time, check out some of the region’s wonderful country estates, or haciendas.

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La Alhambra, Granada