If you’ve spent any time in Seville, you’ll know it’s jam-packed with
an intriguing history and astonishing architecture. But as alluring as the city is, you’d be a fool to neglect some stunning places of interest not far from the Andalucian capital. Here you’ll find 23 of the best day trips from Seville.
If you’re thinking of taking a road trip from Seville, you’ll find an abundance of great places to visit. The places suggested in this article are listed in order of how long they take to drive.
The first section features places less than 1-hour drive from Seville. If you’re happy to drive for a little longer, then there are even more great ideas for day trips from Seville. The following sections are listed as a 1-2 hour drive from Seville. And finally, the furthest destinations are summarised in the bottom section of this article and take more than 2 hours to get there.
Of course, the article features the historical cities of Ronda, and Cordoba as well as the iconic pueblos blancos (white towns) and nearby beaches, but also covers the natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Doñana, and many lesser-visited destinations.
Read on for 23 of the best road trips from Seville.
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Road Trips less than 1 hour from Seville
1. Italica Ruins, Santiponce
- Distance from Seville – 14 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 20 min
If you’re short on time and wondering what to do around Seville for a few hours, then a short road trip out of the city to Santiponce will land you at the Roman archaeological site; the Ruins of Italica.
Ancient Itálica was the first Roman city to be founded on the Iberian Peninsula. The ancient Roman ruins are extensive, with the main pinnacle being the well renovated 25,000-seat amphitheatre. If you’re a bit of a ruin nut, then you’ll enjoy exploring this structure. It’s impressive!
Beyond the amphitheatre, you’ll find the surrounding ruins of the town with its broad, cobbled paved streets, houses, formal buildings and (my personal fave) the baños (bathrooms). Dotted amongst the ruins of the buildings are some immaculately well-restored mosaics. The most impressive ones are from the Casa de Los Pájaros (House of the Birds), Casa del Planetario (House of the Planetarium) and Edificio de Neptuno (Building of the Neptune)
The city of Italica was founded in 206 BC, and, if you’re interested in Roman history, was the birthplace of emperors Trajan and Hadrian. It was a thriving metropolis, with the boom being in the 2nd century, this is where most of the buildings you’ll see today date from. You can book a guided walking tour at the gate if you want to find out more.
While you’re in Santiponce to see the ruins, it’s also worthwhile visiting the nearby Monasterio de San Isidoro del Campo. The monastery features some well-preserved wall motifs as well as some nice architecture and detailing in the Mudejar style.
Note: Because Santiponce is so close to Seville, you could leave the car at home and pick up a bus from either Plaza de Armas or Santa Justa Station (which is the train station). The bus takes about 45 minutes
- Distance from Seville – 34 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 30 min
Another easy Seville day trip by car is Carmona. The town is built on a ridge that overlooks the central plain of Andalusia and offers some great vantage points. If you look to the north you’ll see the Sierra Morena, turn to the south, and you’ll see the peak of San Cristobal.
Carmona itself is a stunningly photogenic town. One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive is the fifteenth-century tower attached to the Church of San Pedro. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were back in Seville. The tower in Carmona is affectionately known as La Giraldilla, meaning “Small Giralda”.
Aside from exploring the pretty town, some of the top sights in Carmona town are the Alcazar de la Puerta de Sevilla, the Archaeological Ensemble of Carmona and the Roman Necropolis. If you have time to venture slightly outside the town, then head up towards Alcazar de Arriba (the Upper Fortress). If you’re here on a clear day, you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views.
3. Parque Nacional de Doñana
- Distance from Seville – 36 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 40 min
In a little over half an hour, you can find yourself in what feels like a million miles from the bustle of the city. Doñana National Park is known for its wetlands which attract migratory birds, as well as freshly scented pine forests and shifting coastal dunes. It covers 543 km2 (209.65 sq mi), of which 135 km2 (52.12 sq mi) are listed as protected areas.
Once inside the park, you’ll find the Palacio del Acebron. The white 20th-century balcony-laden building was a former palace but is now home to the park visitor centre.
Another must-see landmark inside the national park is El Rocío Hermitage, the sanctuary building dates back to the 13th century. The building itself stands proud and if you time your visit when the surrounding plateaus are wet, it looks stunning reflected in the water.
Doñana National Park is famous for its biodiversity and is listed as a UNESCO heritage site because of it. It’s an important ecosystem for European and African migratory birds, which can be seen all year round. If you’re really lucky you might even spot an elusive and endangered Iberian lynx or Spanish imperial eagle.
- Distance from Seville – 87 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 57 min
If you loved the architecture of Seville (let’s face it, who doesn’t!) then you’ll love Ecija, in particular the abundance of historical monuments, particularly in the Baroque and Gothic style packed into this little municipality.
Located less than an hour drive away, this is one of the best places to visit around Seville if you’re wanting to get away from the crowds, yet still, experience some of the typical architecture of the region.
One of the not-to-be-missed attractions here is the ornate Gothic-style Church of Santiago, which dates from the 15th century. Similarly to Seville cathedral and its Giralda, the Church of Santiago has a bell tower. However, in comparison to the Giralda, this one is brightly coloured, with white, red and blue tiles decorating the upper part.
Other stunning historical delights include Benamejí Palace, which is now home to a museum. If you’re interested in seeing one of the most ornately decorated ceilings in the region, then it’s also worth visiting Iglesia del Convento de San Pablo y Santo Domingo
If you do visit Ecija, it’s best to avoid the peak of the summer (July – August) The city has affectionately gained the name La Sartén, “The Frying Pan” as a testament to the excessive summer heat.
- Distance from Seville – 93 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr
The port city of Huelva is located at the mouth of two rivers, the Odiel and Tinto. It offers a good balance of coastal charm and historical old city.
You could spend several hours exploring the old town. Towards the north of the centre, you’ll find Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Cinta chapel, a whitewashed, alcoved building dating from the 15th century. Also, worth a visit is the red-bricked baroque facade of the La Merced Cathedral. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the region, then Huelva Museum is a well-curated, modern museum.
After you’ve had enough of exploring the old town, head to the promenade. Towards the south of the city is the Muelle de Riotinto, a 19th-century pier, which today is only open to pedestrians. You’ll see locals and tourists flock here at sunset, to capture the picturesque views of the sun setting over the horizon.
- Distance from Seville – 88 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr
The historical town of Osuna is often likened to Ecija (which featured further up in this list). The town features an abundance of beautiful baroque palaces, grand mansions, monuments and churches dating from the 16th – 18th centuries. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, then parts of series 5 were shot in the city.
The town museum, Casa de los Hermanos Arjona y Cubas, is a good starting point. The building dates back to the 18th century and housed the Local Agricultural Chamber.
One thing you’ll notice whilst exploring Osuna is the number of buildings that are built in sandstone. The soft stone was quarried just outside the town. Landmarks worth visiting are ornately carved Palacio de Los Cepeda, which features columned patios, and the even more elaborate Palacio de Puente Hermosa, which features intricately twisted pillars decorated with carvings of vine leaves and grapes.
Osuna is a Ducal town, meaning it was ruled by a Duke. The Collegiate Church of Santa María de la Asunción and Pantheon of the Dukes of Osuna perched on top of the hill overlooking the city reflect some of the heavily decorated buildings you can see in the main town and is also worth going to see.
7. El Coto Las Canteras.
- Distance from Seville – 88 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr
Just a stone’s throw from Osuna, El Coto LasCanteras is, in my opinion, worthy of a whole day in itself, but I’m an absolute sucker for ancient monuments.
On the outskirts of the historic quarter of Osuna, you’ll find the cave dwellers’ settlement, necropolis and other archaeological remains (such as a Roman theatre) that date from the Visigoth period around the 7th century B.C.
What’s impressive is that the auditorium is carved into natural sandstone with additional material which was quarried from in the hills above Osuna. The same quarry was used to build many of the city’s iconic buildings during the 16th century.
If you visited Osuna, you might have seen the coat of arms which represents the city. The bears which feature on the coat of arms were alleged to use the ancient city to drink water.
As you enter the auditorium, you’ll see two huge reliefs carved into the rock, they look prehistoric with the style of Turdetan art, which was pre-Roman Iberian style. However, they aren’t quite as ancient as they first appear, and are more modern representations based on symbols found at the nearby necropolis; if you want to see the originals, they are now housed in the Archaeological Museum in Madrid!
The auditorium is impressive and is the largest natural auditorium in Spain. The ceiling is 25 metres high, and the room covers an area of 10,000m2. It can accommodate an impressive 800 people when seated or 1400 standing!
Because of the nature of the porous sandstone, it holds in some moisture keeping the air humid. This means the temperature inside the auditorium is maintained as a pretty much constant temperature of 22 degrees all year. Perfect to escape the heat of the summer! Although this is a great alternative to air conditioning today, historically, this feature made the building the perfect place to store and preserve foods.
8. Jerez de la Frontera
- Distance from Seville – 90 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr
Often just referred to as Jerez, the old quarter surrounding the Moorish fortress, the Alcázar de Jerez, dates back to the 11th century.
Jerez is one of the places near Seville with several claims to fame. First, the city is known for horses, with the famous riding school, The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art residing here. If you’re not into horses, two other notoriety claims are flamenco music and
, the one I’m most interested in; sherry production.
The towns on Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda make up the three corners of Spain’s famous ‘sherry triangle’. The fortified, smooth, dry and sweet wine is synonymous with Andalucia, and can only officially be called ‘Sherry’ if it is produced in the triangle. You’ll find plenty of tours of the vineyards and cellars around here, offering both tasters to try-before-you-buy*.
*being under the influence of alcohol and driving is a criminal offence in Spain. So if you choose a day trip from Seville to try the sherry, make sure there is a designated driver who doesn’t drink. Better still, book onto a tour for the full experience.
Road Trips Between 1 And 2 hours from Seville
9. Arcos de la Frontera
- Distance from Seville – 88 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr 10 min
Located in the province of Cadiz, the picturesque town of Arcos de la Frontera sits on the edge of a breathtaking sheer cliff and is filled with relics from its Arabic heritage, the white villages are one of the most popular Seville day trips to do.
Arcos de la Frontera is one of the most iconic pueblos blancos, the white villages, which are synonymous with southern Spain. The white village sits at the top of the cliff, on the edge, overlooking the surrounding landscape with incredible views from the top. The Río Guadalete flows around three sides of the cliff around the agricultural land and the countryside below.
Although listed as a village, there is still enough to do here to make up a full day, especially if you take your time exploring the pretty whitewashed streets, artisan shops and small tapas bars, be sure to find Mirador de Abades which is one of the most photographed spots here.
Some of the must-see monuments are Basilica de Santa María de la Asunción with parts dating back to the 14th century. It was constructed on top of an Arab mosque. If you’re into castles, then the 11th century Castillo Ducal is worth a visit. It’s perched right on top of the cliff and although you can not go inside, it’s worth it for the views here. Other great views can be seen from Mirador Plaza del Cabildo.
- Distance from Seville – 113 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr 15 min
Mazagón is a low-key resort town, which has a nice balance of excellent beaches but with less development than other seaside towns in the region. It borders the Atlantic Ocean.
The town is fairly small, so you could see the highlights in a couple of hours before hitting the golden sands for the afternoon. In the town, Faro del Picacho Mazagón gives some nice views overlooking the town. The 20-meter high octagonal lighthouse marks the entrance to the port of Huelva s and is open all year round. There are also a few miradors with views out to the sea.
- Distance from Seville – 92 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr 15 min
Despite its small size, Aracena packs quite a small punch. The pretty little town is located in the Huelva province, set within rolling landscapes. If you’re into walking, Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park is a great option too. The town is also the origin of Iberian Jamon, aka Spanish Ham, there’s even also a museum dedicated to it here.
One of the top things to see in Aracena are the caves, known as The Gruta de las Maravillas. The famous cave complex features underground lakes, as well as rock formations of stalactites, stalagmites and columns. Guided tours can be booked to go inside.
In medieval times, Aracena was a fortified town. Outside of the caves, and on top of the hill, you’ll find the Castillo de Aracena which dates back to then. Archaeological remains have been uncovered here which date from the 10th-13th centuries and are evidence of an Al-Andalus town during the Islamic reign. The castle you see today was built on top of the Arabic site, during the mid-13th century and remained a functioning fortress until the early 16th century.
- Distance from Seville – 121 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr 15 min
If you ask anyone what they think when you say the three words, Seville, Spain, Beach, I guarantee they will say Cadiz back. This popular destination is a firm favourite of both locals and tourists.
The ancient port city of Cadiz is one of the best day trips from Seville because it really does have everything. The stunning historical old town boomed in the 16th century due to its proximity to the Atlantic ocean and exploration of the Americas.
It’s home to the Spanish Navy, with over 100 watchtowers in the area. The most iconic is the Torre Tavira. It was built in the 1700s and originally used for spotting ships but today houses a Camara Oscura. Next to the waterfront, you’ll find the 18th-century baroque and neoclassical, Cádiz Cathedral.
If you’re interested in much older monuments then check out the Teatro Romano de Cádiz, the Roman theatre of Cádiz. It was built during the 1st century BC and is said to be one of the largest amphitheatres ever built in the Roman empire. It was discovered in 1980, during excavations and now sits nestled between much more modern buildings.
There are a few beaches in Cadiz, the small but popular La Caleta is located in the historical centre. It does get very busy, especially during the summer. If you’re after more space, then Playa de Santa María del Mar just a short distance from the old town is a better option.
13. Sierra Norte Natural Park
- Distance from Seville – 85 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr 23 min
If you’re looking to truly get away from the city and out into the country, then head to the mountain park. Sierra Norte Natural Park features oak forests, rivers and waterfalls with the odd cave to explore. It is one of Andalucia’s largest protected areas, covering an area of more than 1774 km².
It’s a popular destination for anyone into hiking as well as outdoor adventure sports such as biking and rock climbing.
You could easily spend at least a couple of days here exploring the park. If you only have a day to get a general feel for it, then these are some of the top things to see.
The largest town within the park is Constantina and has a ruined castle and Moorish narrow cobbled streets. Sticking with the ancient monuments, the La Cartuja de Cazalla a monastery build within the remains of a hunting lodge dating from the 1400s is also worth a visit.
If you enjoy chasing waterfalls is more your thing, then the Cascadas de Huéznar is located near to the town of San Nicolás del Puerto.
- Distance from Seville – 141 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr 30 min
You’ll see countless tour shops offering day trips from Seville to Cordoba. Which are fine, if you don’t have a car, however, it’s really easy to do (and with more freedom) to plan your own road trip there.
Although to really do the city justice, you should spend a couple of days here, however, you can see the highlights doing a Cordoba day trip from Seville by setting off early and getting there before the day tour buses do.
Cordoba was an important Roman city, there are still loads of landmarks dating from this time, including the Puente Romano, the Roman Bridge, which crosses the Guadalquivir river.
During the Middle Ages, Cordoba was a major Islamic centre. the UNESCO listed La Mezquita, is an immense mosque-cathedral dating from 784 A.D. It became a Catholic church in 1236, and today features a combination of Islamic, Byzantine and Renaissance architectural styles.
This iconic landmark in Cordoba is a Mosque-Cathedral, everything about the building is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Inside, you’ll see the extensive hall which features the signature red and white bricked arches. These are supported on 856 columns. The building is a mix of Catholic, Cristian, Gothic and of course Islamic influences.
The Alcazar of Cordoba, hisorical centre and Medina Azahara – Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, the latter is located about 10 minute drive from the city are all wothy of time. If you happen to be in Cordoba during May, then your visit will coincide with Fiesta de Los Patios, where flowers adorn every patio in the city, especially around the historical centre and the old Jewish quarter. The intricate facade of the San Sebastian church is just a stone’s throw from the Mezquita, and also worth a look.
15) Grazalema Natural Park
- Distance from Seville – 117 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1hr 38 min
If you’re looking for hiking opportunities, or simply just escaping the cities, then Sierra de Grazalema will tick those boxes. It’s located between the Andalusian provinces of Cadiz and Malaga and is easily accessible by car.
The are is known for Spanish fir trees, which is also the symbol of these mountains. The Grazalema National Park also features stunning Karstic formations, with deep gorges making it an ideal spot for avid hikers. There are also numerous cave systems in the area which host some of the largest underground complexes in Andalucia. Sierra de Grazalema Nature Reserve was granted UNESCO heritage states as an important Biosphere Reserve in 1977.
Part of the reason this area is so green is that it receives the most rainfall in the peninsula, with over 2,000 mm of water a year. Mountains in this park reach heights of between 600 and 1600 metres and are home to narrow valleys, one of the most iconic ones is the “Green Gorge”, where the walls rise up 400 metres from ground level.
This is also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, with ten species of amphibians, 14 reptiles, plus 136 species of birds and 42 species of mammal being sighted in the park. The largest cave system here, called the Hundidero-Gato system is also home to one of the largest colonies of bats in Europe.
- Distance from Seville – 128 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr 40 min
Another great day trip from Seville is to Ronda. This mountaintop city is located in Malaga province and sits dramatically above a deep gorge. The city is split across the two sides of the gorge, El Tajo. One side is the new town, which dates from the 15th century, the other side is the old town which dates back to the Moorish rule.
Ronda’s most iconic landmark is the Puente Nuevo. This is the arched, stone bridge that spans the gorge. There are several lookout points along the bridge, as well as miradors on either side. You can even take the steep walk down the gorge to look up at it.
The town is incredibly quaint, although it does get busy during peak times. After you’ve explored the streets, the gorge walk and miradors, then visit some of the buildings. Ronda’s Mondragón Palace is a great place to start with its typical Andalucian style courtyards. Also, don’t miss the Duchess of Parcent Square, Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, which is thought to be one of the most beautiful squares in the city. If you’re wanting to see one of the oldest structures here, then Puerta de Almocabar and Walls date back to the Moorish time and was once the main entrance to the city.
17. Tavira, Portugal
- Distance from Seville – 174 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1hr 46 min
Want to explore more of the region, how about some Iberian peninsula day trips? Seville is a short drive from the Portuguese border. And the city of Tavira is one of the prettiest along the Algarve coast.
The city straddles over the Gilão River and is connected by the Ponte de Roman (Roman Bridge) and dates back to the 12th century. If you’re interested in nature reserves, the river forms numerous inlets and lagoons which make up Ria Formosa Natural Park. If you head out of the town and towards the salt pans, you might be lucky enough to spot wading birds, including flamingoes and spoonbills. Tavira also boasts some beautiful beaches, such as the long sandy beach on Tavira Island,
Tavira is a Medieval city, with the ruins of Tavira castle standing which overlooks the city below. The gardens inside are well looked after, with plenty of shaded seating, the walls are mostly complete and you can climb up them. Opposite the castle, you’ll see a large white building, this is Santa María do Castelo, it’s here also that you’ll see the camera obscura, housed inside an old water tank. Alternatively, if you’re happy just wandering the pretty streets, then look out for the clusters of small, colourful tiled houses which were once home to local fishermen.
18. El Caminito Del Rey
- Distance from Seville – 155 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 1 hr 50 min
If you’re looking for something to do around Seville to satisfy the adrenalin junkie in you, then head out towards the Caminito del Rey, the King’s path. The Caminito del Rey is an aerial trail, build along the walls of the Gaitanes Gorge.
Although the name gives a bit of an air of mystery and intrigue, with visions of it being some sort of ancient pilgrimage route, the reality is a little less intriguing. It was named after King Alfonso XIII, who in 1921 travelled along the route.
The original trail was built in 1901 and wasn’t much more than slabs of concrete and wooden beams suspended on metal spikes along the cliff-face. Safety was minimal, with the path being no more than the width of a person in some places.
As time passed, the elements made the bridge impassable, and large sections had corroded and collapsed. Over the years, the reputation of the walkway gained the name as being Spains’ most dangerous path. People took on the challenge of passing the walkway in its dilapidated state, with many falling to their deaths. When you walk the Caminito del Rey, you’ll see a memorial plaque for the people who fell to their deaths here.
It was closed to public access for renovations, and then in March 2015, reopened it was opened to the trail that you can walk today. The picturesque walk is about 8km long. Although the walk is safe, if you have a fear of heights I wouldn’t recommend doing this, particularly the swingbridge at the end of the trail is a test for the nerves, even for those not bothered by heights.
Road Trips more than 2 hours from Seville
19. Bolonia Beach
- Distance from Seville – 199 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 2 hr
If you’re looking for one of the most beautiful beaches within driving distance of Seville, then you won’t go far wrong with Bolonia beach.
The rolling, magnificent landscape feels a million miles from civilisation and has a Caribbean feel to it with its fine white sand, bright blue and clear water and a backdrop of sand dunes, grassy banks and the odd Roman ruin.
The beach is clean and wide, and even though a popular destination, it doesn’t feel as crowded as other beaches, mostly, because it’s much more difficult to get to than the likes of Cadiz and Tarifa.
Bologna beach stretches for 4 kilometres long and at nearly 70 meters wide, there is plenty of room to really relax. Part of the reason it’s so clean is that it’s on the borders of El Estrecho Natural Park, which means the area is protected from development and in turn, over-tourism.
Aside from relaxing on the soft sand and swimming in the warm sea, one of the most popular things to do here is to climb the huge sand dunes. The largest of them is Gran Duna (Great Sand Dune) standing at 30 meters high and 200 meters wide. It’s located on the western side of the beach, it was considered a natural monument since 2001
- Distance from Seville – 198 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 2hr 10 min
The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is located on Spain’s south coast. If you’re after a little bit of England during your trip to Spain, then this is the place to go. Expect to see the iconic red letterboxes, pubs selling pints, British high street names such as Marks & Spencer and prices given in great British pounds.
The peninsular is dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge. The British didn’t always own this territory. It was first settled on by the Moors during the Middle Ages and then later, Spain. It was surrendered to the British in 1713.
Considering its size, at just 6.8 km², there are several attractions here to make for a full-day trip from Seville. One of the most popular attractions is the colony of Barbary macaques that reside on the rock. The best place to see them is in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve at the famous Apes’ Den’
Other top things to see in Gibraltar are the spectacular St. Michael’s Cave, the tunnels inside the rock which were used by the British army during WWII, as well as Europa Point.
Parking space is at a premium in Gibraltar, so a good option is to leave the car in Spain, and walk through immigration (note, you WILL need your passport to visit Gibraltar). To get up to the rock, if you’re feeling energetic, you can follow the trail. Otherwise, get a cable car or a taxi. If you want to fast-track you around Gibraltar, several tours will show you all the highlights in a matter of hours, this is the most efficient option if you’re on a tight schedule.
- Distance from Seville – 206 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 2 hr 10 min
Tarifa is located at the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The beach is wide and exposed, which means it can be quite breezy here. Because of this, Tarifa is the country’s hub for wind sports and you’ll see the skies filled with kites and sails.
Aside from the action sports, there are also plenty of things to see in Tarifa including the 10th-century Castillo de Guzmán El Bueno, a Moorish castle. You’ll find it wedged in between the old town and the seafront.
The Old Town of Tarifa is also incredibly photogenic. It’s also got more of a laid-back hippy vibe to it compared to lots of other historical centres in Andalucia. Make sure to spend some time wandering the cute cobbled streets here and stumble across the Plaza de Santa Maria where you’ll find everything from high-end restaurants, to shops selling yin-yang anklets.
If you’re wanting to extend your single-day road trip into a full weekend, you can hop over to Morocco. Tarifa is only a 35-minute ferry ride from Tangier!
- Distance from Seville – 205 km
- Driving Time (approx) -2 hr 15 min
With its 16 sunny beaches on the Mediterranean and a beautiful historical centre, Malaga is a great option for a day trip from Seville. There are also plenty of options for great nightlife here, so you could make a whole weekend of it and stay over.
If you’re interested in delving into history, then Malaga is a city full of relics from bygone times. Highlights include the Alcazaba, which is one of the largest Moorish fortresses in Andalusia! You will also love the Gbralfaro Castle and Roman theatre. If you’re interested in more recent art and culture, then find out about Picasso, and visit the home where he was born.
Malaga is also the best place in Andalucia for shopping, the hub of it along the pedestrian-friendly Marqués de Larios. You’ll find everything in Malaga from high street brands, designer outlets and independently owned boutiques.
23. Alhambra & Granada
- Distance from Seville – 258 km
- Driving Time (approx) – 2hr 34 min
Granada is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is home to the stunning Alhambra – one of Spain’s most visited attractions. The city is scattered with examples of medieval architecture which date back to the Moorish occupation.
Because of the popularity of the Alhambra, tours regularly offer day trips from Seville to Granada, so as you can imagine, to say the city gets busy, is an understatement. If you’re visiting Granada from Seville in a day, set off early to arrive before the day tours do. It’s also advisable to book tickets in advance for the Alhambra, in particular for the Nasrid Palaces.
You could easily spend more than one day in Granada, so if you have the time, opt for this. Aside from the Alhambra complex, there are so many things to see in Granada. Located next to Plaza Nueva you’ll find Granada Cathedral. It’s also worth spending a few hours exploring the old Arab neighbourhood of the Albaicín. The neighbourhood is built on a steep hill, and features tangled winding streets. It has a real bohemian feel about it and today still holds firm to its Arabic routes. At nighttime, you’ll find an abundance of restaurants surrounding the food of this neighbourhood selling delicious Arabic inspired food. The lively place was declared a UNESCO site in 1984.
The palaces and fortress of the Alhambra itself date back to 1238. Despite the complex being gigantic, it gets insanely busy. Your ticket for the Alhambra isn’t just one thing you get entry to, there are different areas and some, like the Nasrid Palaces, you are assigned a time slot to be at each. You will only be able to enter each section once, for example, the Fortress and the Generalife, so make sure you plan your time carefully so you don’t miss out on anything or miss your time slot.
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