Activities and driving routes in Malaga

white-villagesMaybe during your stay in Malaga and the Costa del Sol you would like to do something different and discover the country and interesting places. The andalusian tourist board has prepared several attractive routes you can travel around comfortably by car.

White Villages: This very beautiful route with a great scenic value runs through the mountain ranges of Sierra de Grazalema and Serranía de Ronda and the cork oak forests. You can either combine it with a visit to the cities of Malaga, Seville and Cadiz or relax on the beaches of the Costa de la Luz (Cádiz-Tarifa, Atlantic) or the Costa del Sol (Malaga, Mediterranean Sea).

Especially interesting places along this route are Ronda, Arcos de la Frontera, Castellar de la Frontera and Casares. These “white villages” derive from the fact that their inhabitants frequently whitewash the facades of the houses and are characterized by steep, narrow streets. The majority of these villages are of Moorish origin and conserve some remains of their Arabian past. The extension of the whole route is about 300 km and the required time to enjoy the trip properly is about two or three days. The best seasons are spring, the beginning of summer and autumn. You can combine this route very well with a visit to Gibraltar.

Along the Al-Isidri Route you can discover the interesting landscape from Algeciras to Granada. The cities were respectively the first and the last under the long lasting Arabian influence. The route focuses on the extensive coastline that begins in Gibraltar and ends near the town of Motril, passing along the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical, from where it heads north, through the beautiful valley of Lecrín filled with orange and lemon trees, towards the city Granada in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges.

Interesting places along this route include Estepona, Casares, Marbella, Malaga, Mijas, Nerja, Almuñecar, Salobreña and Durcal. The total amount of kilometers is about 330 km and you need one or two days.

Due to the soft climate, you can travel along the coastal region throughout the year. If you want to take a bath on your way, the best time is between May and September. Spring and autumn are very good seasons to visit the mountainous regions. The Sierra Nevada National Park in winter is very attractive for skiers.

The protected natural spaces are situated close by the route and can be visited separately: The great cork oak forests between the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz; the Natural Park of the Malaga mountain ranges and the National Park of Sierra Nevada with the two highest mountains of the Iberian Peninsula, the Mulhácen (3.482 m) and the Veleta (3.392 m).

The Caliphate Route will take you north to the two most important cities during the Moorish epoch in Spain: Granada and Cordoba. This route shows more than no other the 800 years of Arabian presence in Spain. Between Cordoba, the ancient capital of the caliphate and Granada, the last Nazari Kingdom, extends a landscape with gentle hill slopes full of legendary fortifications, towers and castles of Hispanic-Muslim heritage.

You need about two days for this route, which is about 340 km long and you can choose between a northern route from Granada to Cordoba passing by Bailen and Linares or the southern route close to Antequera, where is the absolutely outstanding rock formation of El Torcal. The best time for travelling is from spring to early summer (March to June) and autumn (September and October).

Raúl G.T

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