Ronda, Malaga

Ronda, Malaga

photo by Magnus Manske (Flickr Creative Commons)

The Best Motorhome Roadtrips Spain

photo by BK59 (Flickr Creative Commons)Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Malaga Photo by BK59 (Flickr Creative Commons)

How long have you got?  As with much of Europe, Spain has some wonderful cities, towns and villages all filled with beautiful architecture, amazing food and jaw dropping scenery.  You can, if you have enough time, travel the length and breadth of the country, but for those short on time here are a couple of ideas of some shorter itineraries that can be linked together.

Malaga to Granada
Fly into Malaga and collect your motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle and head straight out of the city to the beautiful town of Ronda. The town has the oldest bullring in Spain and a 425 feet deep gorge from which they used to throw priests, so don’t upset anyone.

After spending the night in the comfort of your motorhome rental spend the next day driving through typical pueblo’s blancos or white villages to Jerez, the home of sherry.  Stay for a couple of nights on a site near Seville to explore the area fully.  Sightseeing in Seville can be as hectic or as relaxed as you like, visit the Alcazár and Cathedral, take a promenade around the beautiful Plaza de España or Parque Maria Luisa, enjoy a typical tapas lunch in Barrio Santa Cruz and take a horse drawn carriage tour of the city.  With all that under your belt there’s only one more thing to make your visit to Seville complete, a visit to an evening Flamenco show.

After all that activity take leisurely drive east to the wonderful city of Cordoba.  Cordoba is a maze of tiny streets and squares filled with orange trees, a must for visitors is the Mezquita or Great Mosque built inside the cathedral with its magnificent red and white painted pillars and intricate decoration.  

Take olive oil route or Ruta del Aceite through Jaen with wonderful Mediterranean scenery of olive groves and sunflowers to Granada for a few nights.  This is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities.  Make sure you visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace with its cooling water features and beautiful gardens, in fact everything about this place is beautiful from the building itself to the magnificent views.

Granada (or Malaga) to Madrid
Drive north from Granada (or Malaga) to Cuenca. The grandiose old town of Cuenca is where the Castilian and the Levante regions meet, perhaps collide would be a better description as the town hangs precariously on a limestone cliff.  Visit the old town with its narrow winding streets and visit one of the very tall houses which hang from the cliff edge, or view the beautifully lit houses at night and from a safe distance at the San Pablo promenade.

Move on from Cuenca to the capital of the Moorish Kingdom, Toledo.  Over looking a large gorge the town is surrounded by ramparts has scores of ancient monuments and religious buildings as well as some beautiful squares.

Leave Toledo behind and head for your next stop Segovia.  The upper and lower parts of the town have been linked for over 1,800 years by an aqueduct, a feat of Roman engineering; it is also home to some beautiful architecture such as the Alcazar; a type of castle and the atmospheric Plaza Major.

After visiting some really beautiful towns head for Spain’s capital city Madrid and spend a few days what this wonderful city has to offer visitors.  

The next step would be to travel north up to ‘green Spain’ and for visitors with campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicles the opportunity to stay off the beaten track in the wild country.

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