2 weeks in Andalucia: What to do and see?
Do you want to visit Andalucia in two weeks? Perfect, you’ve come to the right place!
To help you organize your stay, I have prepared a 2-week Andalucia itinerary so that you don’t miss any of the famous cities and unmissable places of interest in this region of Spain.
Also find our selection of the best accommodation for each stage, depending on your budget.
So, here begins our 2 weeks Andalucia itinerary!
Day 1-3: Seville
To visit Andalucia in 14-15 days, I suggest you land in Seville.
You will need to rent a car for the rest of this 2-week Andalucia itinerary, but not necessarily to visit Seville, which is very easy to do on foot or by public transport. You will therefore have the choice between renting it now at the airport or coming back to pick it up the morning of the next stage.
Then reach your hotel by car or bus. Every 1/2 hour, a bus leaves the airport and reaches the city center in 40 minutes for 4€ per trip.
It is now time to begin this two-week stay in Andalucia. I will start by giving you some tips for visiting Seville in 3 days.
Seville is renowned for its emblematic monument: the Cathedral of Our Lady of the See. This is the first place I suggest you discover.
For this, it is better to buy your skip-the-line tickets in advance. You will understand why when you see the line that stretches at all hours of the day in front of the entrance!
2 possibilities of visit are proposed:
- A fast-track ticket to visit the Cathedral and the Giralda.
- A 90-minute guided tour of the monument with a climb to the top of the Giralda.
- A Seville City Pack to visit the cathedral but also the Alcazar of Seville + free use of the tourist bus which stops in front of each attraction.
Another solution, and which does not require a reservation in advance:
First go to the Iglesia Colegial San Salvadore . The ticket sold at the entrance is in fact a combined (and skip-the-line) ticket and allows you to also visit the cathedral! The church is just a 10 minute walk from the cathedral and opens at 11am. Be there then.
You can then enjoy your visit to the interior of the cathedral, which is truly sumptuous, and the Giralda, the top of which offers a panoramic view of Seville.
Then continue your first day in Seville:
- Pass by the Archives of the Indies, in front of the cathedral, to discover the interior. It’s fast but it’s free!
- Stroll through the historic district of Santa Cruz. For a nice view of the cathedral, check out the Plaza del patio de Banderas.
- Have lunch in one of the neighborhood restaurants.
- Go to the Spanish Steps, a must on this 14-day Andalucia itinerary! The place is just huge and beautiful. The architecture is impressive.
- Stroll through Maria Luisa Park, adjacent to the square. It is ideal for finding a little freshness and calm. You can reach Plaza America, at the end of the park. There are 2 museums to see: the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs.
- Tapas and sangria to end the day!
The next day, continuation of this 14-15 day itinerary in Andalucia.
Second day in Seville, we leave for a walk in the city.
First go to the Alcazar of Seville, the second must-see monument!
And of course there are always so many queues to access it, hence the possibility of directly buying your skip-the-line tickets right here or your Seville City Pass.
After this formality, all you have to do is stroll around the palace and gardens. Count one morning for the visit.
After the lunch break, still in the Santa Cruz district, discover the Casa de Pilatos with its large patio and pretty gardens.
Then stroll at your leisure or return to your hotel to enjoy a bit of pool time.
At the end of the day, head to the Metropol Parasol to admire one of the best viewpoints over all of Seville during sunset.
And to finish on a traditional Andalucian note, I suggest you attend a flamenco show. This is the typical activity to do during a 14-day Andalucia itinerary. I recommend the one in the flamenco museum. Tickets are sold here!
Tips for your Andalucia itinerary:
Since this 2-week itinerary in Andalucia also includes a visit to Cordoba and Granada, to save money, you also have the option of taking the Andalucia Pass.
- A skip-the-line ticket to the Alcazar of Seville
- A skip-the-line ticket to the Alhambra in Granada and the Nasrid Palaces
- A guided tour of the Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba
- An audio guide of Seville and Granada to download.
For the third and last day in Seville, finish discovering the essentials:
- Head to the covered market in the Triana district where you will find Iberian cheeses and charcuterie.
- Still in Triana, walk along the river by Calle Betis and contemplate the Torre del Oro.
- Enter the Golden Tower where the naval museum and a panoramic terrace are located.
- Discover the bullring of Seville.
- Visit one or more of the city’s museums or if you’re tired of walking, take a cruise on the Guadalquivir.
- And why not finish with the Spanish Steps at sunset?
For details on places to see in Seville, I invite you to read our article: Visit Seville, the complete guide!
Accommodation in Seville
- Black Swan Hostel : Youth hostel located 10 minutes walk from the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Bed in a very designer and contemporary dormitory from € 17 per night, breakfast included! Most: calm, very friendly staff, free dinners cooked by volunteers. We highly recommend this establishment if you are looking for a hostel.
- Hotel Don Paco : Located in the center of Seville, 10 minutes walk from the Cathedral. Spacious room and comfortable bedding from €60 per night, breakfast at €10. Most: excellent breakfast, calm and the swimming pool on the roof. Our favorite for its price/performance ratio.
- Hotel Fernando III : Located in the historic district of Santa Cruz and therefore close to the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Modern and spacious room from €106 per night, breakfast included. Most: the excellent geographical location, the swimming pool on the roof, the very helpful staff. You are only going to Andalucia for 15 days, so you might as well enjoy the best hotel!
- EME Catedral Hotel: Located right next to Seville Cathedral and the Giralda. Very modern and designer double room from €180 per night, breakfast at €20. Most: the fabulous location, the design of the hotel, the swimming pool with a view of the cathedral, the varied and quality breakfast. Do not hesitate any longer, it is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Seville!
Day 4: Cordoba
Second stage of this 15-16 day Andalucia itinerary, we leave Seville to go to Cordoba, about 1h40 by car.
In Cordoba too, there is a monument to visit absolutely. As famous as the Cathedral or the Alcazar of Seville, it is the famous Mezquita or Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. The interior is truly unique and stunning with its dozens of red and white columns and archways.
Entrance tickets are to be taken at the automatic cash desks (faster than the counter). In addition to visiting the Mezquita, you can also climb the minaret for €2.
If you prefer a guided tour, no problem, you can book it here.
Note that if you have taken the Andalucia Pass which I told you about a little earlier, a guided tour is already included.
After the Mosque-Cathedral, head for one of the city’s two large squares where restaurants are concentrated: Plaza de las Tendillas or Plaza de la Corredera. Very different, I advise you to eat in one of the squares for lunch and the other in the evening.
To digest, nothing like a short stroll along the Guadalquivir river. You will see some interesting historical buildings there including the bridge gate, the Roman bridge and the Calahorra tower (on the other side). It is possible to climb to the top to have a beautiful unobstructed view of Cordoba and the mosque.
Finally, last visit of this day in Cordoba to the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. The place is worth the detour for its sumptuous gardens embellished with patios, flowery alleys and fountains. I found the gardens more beautiful and better maintained than those of the more renowned Alcazar of Seville.
Sleep one night in Cordoba.
To visit Cordoba in 1 day, you will find more information in this article: What to see in Cordoba?
Tips for your Andalucia itinerary:
Fancy a guided tour of the Alcazar to learn all about the history of the place? I recommend you book it here!
Accommodation in Cordoba
- Option Be : Youth hostel located in the Juderia district. Dormitory bed from €22, breakfast included. Only positive points for this brand new hostel: perfect welcome from the staff, comfortable bed, very clean, outdoor swimming pool and ideal location.
- Ayre Hotel Cordoba : Located 10 minutes by car from the center of Cordoba, nestled in the heart of a beautiful garden and quiet. Classically decorated but very spacious room from €61, breakfast €10. The pluses: quiet location, large outdoor swimming pool and free parking. It’s our favorite to get away from the crowds and the city.
- Hotel Boutique Caireles : Located opposite the Mosque of Cordoba, in the heart of the historic district. Modern and bright room from €67, breakfast included. The pluses: the view of the Mezquita from the rooms, the friendliness of the staff who also speak French. My favorite for its unbeatable price/performance ratio!
- Eurostars palace : Located on the paseo de la victoria, 5 minutes walk from the entrance to the Juderia and the Mezquita. Huge and very design room from 110€ night, breakfast in supplement at 14€. Pros: good geographical location, swimming pool on the roof. The best choice in Cordoba if you have no budget restriction!
Day 5-8: Granada and its Surroundings
Today, we are leaving for a new stage of this 2-week Andalucia itinerary.
And I take you to another well-known city in Andalucia: Granada. Well, not right away, because before arriving in Granada at the end of the day, I plan two stops for you in super pleasant villages to visit.
They are both listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites for their Renaissance-style monuments.
We start with Ubeda, 1h30 by car from Cordoba. This authentic little village is very different from the typical Andalucian villages with their white houses.
During your walk, do not miss:
- The Sacred Chapel of the Saviour: a jewel of the Spanish Renaissance
- The Vazquez de Molina palace, now the town hall
- Dean Ortega’s Palace, a 16th century building
- The Collegiate of Santa Maria de los Reales Alcazar
Then get back in the car to reach Baeza, just 8 km away.
On the same principle, take a short walk to discover:
- From Baeza Cathedral
- From Jabalquinto Palace
- From the Church of Saint John the Evangelist
- From the People’s Square
Reach Granada, 1h30 away, at the end of the afternoon.
Today, start your city tour. Just like Seville and Cordoba, Granada also has its emblematic monument: the Alhambra.
To be able to visit it, you must imperatively have reserved your places in advance on the Internet. And when I say in advance, that is to say weeks or even months before depending on the period of your two-week itinerary in Andalucia.
The Alhambra can indeed boast of being the most visited site in Spain, ahead of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. When you buy your tickets, make sure it includes the 3 places to see in the Alhambra:
- The Nasrid Palaces
- The Generalife
- The Alcazaba
It is also possible to visit the Alhambra with a guide. Tickets can be booked directly here.
The Andalucia Pass (click here) which also includes a visit to the Alcazar of Seville and a guided tour of the Mezquita in Cordoba, also offers a skip-the-line ticket to visit the Alhambra in Granada.
Another option to get your Alhambra tickets is to buy the Granada Card. I talk about it in my “Tips for your Andalucia itinerary:” a little later.
Visiting the Alhambra will take you a good morning.
When you leave, I advise you to continue the day with:
- A walk in the Sacromonte, the old gypsy quarter where most of the dwellings are cave dwellings and are now used as halls for flamenco shows.
- The visit of the “Cuevas del Sacromonte” museum to learn more about the history of the district and the inhabitants. Entrance tickets here!
- A walk in the Albayzin district. The historic quarter of Granada, authentic and picturesque.
- Admire the sunset at the San Nicolas viewpoint, for the view of the Alhambra.
- Attend a flamenco show in a famous cuevas or at the Jardines de Zoraya.
Spend a second night in Granada.
The next day, continue the walk through Granada:
- Visit the Basilica of San Juan de Dios and its gilded interior
- Enter the cathedral and the royal chapel
- Lunch break in Bib-Rambla Square, the nerve center of the city from which the shopping streets start
- Shopping at Alcaiceria Market
- Passage through the Arab baths, the best preserved in Andalucia
- Sunset at the San Cristobal or San Miguel viewpoint.
Stay in Granada.
For your 3rd day in Granada, I suggest you get out of the city and spend a “more natural” day.
Head to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, a 50-minute drive from Granada.
In winter (from December to April), you can ski there. And during the other seasons, it is the ideal place for hiking and many other sports activities such as mountain biking, climbing or paragliding.
You can get there on your own by car or enjoy a day trip from Granada, in a 4*4 with a guide who will show you the most beautiful places in the Sierra Nevada!
Details for reservations can be found here!
Return to spend one last night in Granada.
For all the information to visit Granada and its surroundings, do not hesitate to read our article: What to do and see in Granada?
Tips for your Andalucia itinerary:
There is a city pass for visiting Granada: the Granada Card. It is valid for 3 consecutive days.
With this card, you will have access to public transport and above all to several of the city’s unmissable monuments: the Alhambra, the cathedral, the royal chapel as well as the Cartuja monastery or the Science Park.
Accommodation in Granada
- Granada Inn Backpackers: Hostel located 10 minutes from the cathedral and 20 from the Alhambra. Dormitory bed from €16 per night, breakfast included. Most: the beautiful patio, the location, the really nice staff.
- Hotel Universal: Located 400 meters from the Cathedral and 700 meters from the Albayzin district. Comfortable and clean double room from 65€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the friendly staff, the location in the city center, the proximity of shops and restaurants. Excellent value for money for this hotel in Granada!
- Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites: Located on Gran Via Avenue, 200 meters from the Cathedral. Design and modern room from 100€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool on the roof, the design of the rooms, the hearty breakfast.
- Alhambra Palace: This 5-star hotel is located 10 minutes walk from the Alhambra or the Albaicin, next to the Carmen de los Martires garden. Spacious and warm room from €200, breakfast at €19. The pluses: the hotel’s Moorish-inspired decoration, the superb view of the Alhambra from the terrace, the comfort. This is our choice for a romantic stay in Granada.
- Parador de Granada: This luxurious hotel is located within the very walls of the Alhambra! Rooms have a mix of modern and old features, from €420, breakfast €21. The pluses: the exceptional location, the setting, the availability of the staff, the restaurant with a view of the Generalife. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Granada!
Day 9-11: Malaga / Caminito del Rey / Marbella
For the fourth stage of this two-week circuit in Andalucia, discover Malaga and its surroundings.
From Granada, you will take about 1h40 to reach Malaga.
Once there, here is what I advise you to do:
- Start with the Gibralfaro castle which dominates the city and therefore offers beautiful panoramas. Ideal to get an idea of Malaga seen from above!
- Descend to the Alcazaba to stroll through the pretty gardens of this palace-fortress.
- Passage through the Roman theater, right next to the Alcazaba.
- Lunch break
For the afternoon, you can visit one of the city’s 30 museums.
As in Malaga the cultural offer is very developed, you will be spoiled for choice with:
- Picasso’s birthplace (ticket here) where he was born in 1881. You will discover his life there as well as some personal objects.
- The Pablo Picasso museum which has a collection of more than 200 works by the artist
- The Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum and its important collection of Spanish and Andalucian paintings
- The Pompidou Cultural Center, branch of the famous Pompidou Center in Paris
- The Russian Museum in Malaga and a collection of Russian art on display in a former tobacco factory
- The Málaga Museum
- The Flamenco Art Museum
- The Málaga Automobile Museum and its 85 perfectly restored vintage cars
Of course, you won’t be able to visit them all, but there are surely some that correspond to your centers of interest.
Depending on the museum you have chosen, be sure (before or after the visit) to pass by the Cathedral of the Incarnation of Malaga to take a look inside. Also worth doing is the climb to the top of the tower for the 360° panorama of the city.
At the end of the day, if you want to take a break for swimming and sunbathing, Malagueta beach is the most easily accessible.
Stay in Malaga.
Today, second day in Malaga, I leave you the choice between several programs.
If you’re too lazy to take your car, stay in Malaga. You still have to see:
- The Atarazanas market and its good local products
- The Soho district
- The botanical garden of Conception.
If you want to enjoy Andalucian nature and stretch your legs:
- Head to the Montes de Malaga natural park to do some hiking or even mountain biking on the marked trails. It is 25 km north of Malaga.
- The most athletic and thrill-seekers will prefer an outing to the Caminito del Rey, long considered the most dangerous hiking trail in the world! After a total redevelopment, I assure you it’s completely safe, but walking 100 meters high on the sides of cliffs is still impressive!
If you don’t feel like going on your own, you can be accompanied by a guide. However, places must be reserved in advance. Book your guided Caminito hike right here!
Spend another night in Malaga.
The next day, a cool and relaxing program for this 2-week stay in Andalucia: spending a day in Marbella.
You can enjoy the 20 km of beach of the most chic and trendy seaside resort on the Costa del Sol.
Return to spend one last night in Malaga.
If you want to know everything about Malaga and the things to see in and around town, it’s in our article: Visiting Malaga.
Tips for your Andalucia itinerary:
To visit the Alcazaba and the Roman theater, there is also a guided tour that lasts approximately 1h30.
Accommodation in Málaga
- The Lights Hostel: Youth hostel located 400 meters from the cathedral. Bed in dormitory from 20.50€, breakfast at 1.50€. Most: cleanliness, roof terrace, super friendly staff.
- Ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad: Located next to the cathedral and 5 minutes from the Picasso Museum. Modern double room typical of the hotel chain from €65, breakfast at €7.95. Most: the location in the center to visit Malaga on foot, the varied breakfast, the welcoming staff. It is our favorite for its performance / price ratio!
- Barceló Malaga: Located 10 minutes walk from the historic center and 600 meters from the center of contemporary art. Design and comfortable room from 135€ per night, breakfast at 18€. Most: the swimming pool on the roof, the geographical location, the comfort of the beds. This is an excellent hotel to stay in Malaga.
- Gran Hotel Miramar: This 5-star hotel is located 10 meters from La Malagueta beach. It offers very elegant and neatly decorated rooms, from €250 per night, breakfast at €25. Most: the decoration of the hotel and the rooms is really magnificent, the swimming pool, the Spa, the delicious breakfast. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Malaga!
Day 12-13: Ronda / Arcos de la Frontera
And we continue this two-week Andalucia itinerary, heading for the charming village of Ronda.
From Malaga, count a journey time of 1h30.
Ronda being located on a rocky promontory, you can admire pretty views of the surrounding valley. But what makes its reputation is above all its bridge, very photogenic which connects the 2 parts of Ronda.
The village of Ronda is one of the most touristic in Andalucia.
In Ronda, in addition to the bridge, you can discover:
- The bullring, one of the oldest in Spain
- The Mondragon Palace where the Ronda Museum is located
- Plaza Duquesa de Parcent
- The Bandit’s Museum
- Puerta de Almocabar and the walls
- The Moorish King’s Palace and the Mina
- Socorro Square.
All the details about these places to visit can be found in our article: What to see in Ronda?
From Ronda, then go back up by car to take the road of the white villages. As its name suggests, it will take you through pretty villages with facades of whitewashed houses and mostly located on a hill.
If you only have to see one, I advise you to stop at Zahara de la Sierra. It is one of the most typical.
Then join Arcos de la Frontera (1 hour drive), your stopover for the next 2 nights.
The next day, I advise you to go to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, 30 minutes by car from Arcos.
There are several possible entrances with different hiking trail departures.
The village of “El Bosque” is the closest to Arcos. It has a visitor center where you can find out about the paths. Some may be prohibited due to fire hazards.
We chose the “El rio majaceite” trail. It allows you to walk along the river of the same name which is really pleasant, if like us, it is very hot that day. It’s all shaded and you can even dip your feet in to cool off. Allow 4 hours of walking there and back.
After the walk, I recommend that you go for a walk in the village of Arcos. To explore it on foot, follow the “ruta monumental” signs to see the churches and the castle. You will also find several cafes and restaurants.
Spend one last night in Arcos.
Tips for your Andalucia itinerary:
If you have chosen the B&B El Fogon del Duende as your accommodation, eat at the restaurant “La Posada del Duende”, which is only 5 minutes away by car. We found the dishes really good and ate there both nights!
Accommodation in Arcos de la Frontera
- Bed and Breakfast El fogon del Duende : An excellent choice of accommodation located in the countryside, at the foot of the village of Arcos. Spacious double room, well decorated with private terrace from 45€ per night. Most: the adorable owners, the excellent homemade breakfast, the private car park.
- Hotel Los Olivos: Located at the entrance to the old town of Arcos, in an old typical Andalucian house. Comfortable and pleasant double room from 90€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the view from the roof terrace, the breakfast on the patio, the excellent welcome.
- Parador de Arcos de la Frontera: Located in the historic center of Arcos. Quiet and spacious double room from €120 per night, breakfast at €17. Most: the incredible view of the Andalucian countryside, the traditional style of the hotel, the exceptional location.
Day 14: Cadiz
Visiting Andalucia in 15 days also means having time to discover Cadiz.
Cadiz is not often included in a Andalucia itinerary, as it is less popular than Seville, Granada or Cordoba and yet it is a city that is definitely worth a visit. I do not regret at all having integrated it into my holidays in Andalucia.
And from Arcos, the town is only a 45-minute drive away.
The arrival in Cádiz is made through the Constitution Bridge at 185 meters high. The work is really impressive, it is one of the highest maritime bridges in the world!
Here is the itinerary that I suggest to visit Cadiz on foot in 1 day:
- Start with the plaza de San Juan de Dios where the town hall and the church of San Juan de Dios are located. Pedestrianized, you will also find restaurants and not far from there, the tourist office. Convenient to get the map of places to see.
- Passage through the Roman theatre, the largest and oldest discovered in Spain. Free admission!
- Visit the cathedral of Cadiz and climb to the Poniente tower to admire the panorama of the city.
- The Cadiz market for the lunch break
- Ascent to the Tavira tower whose particularity is based on its dark room and the optical lenses allowing you to enjoy a view of the entire bay of Cadiz
- Walk along Campo del Sud to San Sebastian Castle
- Passage in front of the beach of La Caleta to reach the castle of Santa Catalina
- Stroll through Genoves Park and Alameda Apocada Park
- Visit to the Cadiz Museum in Plaza Mina. Free for European citizens.
- The Spanish Steps to conclude this itinerary in Cadiz!
Spend a night in Cadiz.
Do not hesitate to read our article on Cadiz for details of places to visit: What to do in Cadiz?
Tips for your Andalucia itinerary:
In Cadiz, the underground car park located at the port level is the most practical for visiting. It is near the historic center and Plaza de San Juan de Dios.
To get there, after the Constitution bridge, follow Las cortes de Cadiz Avenue and Astilleros Avenue.
Accommodation in Cadiz
Here are the best hotels and hostels to stay in Cádiz, depending on your budget:
- Cadiz Inn Backpackers : Youth hostel located 10 minutes walk from the Cathedral. Bed in dormitory from 14€ per night. The pluses: its furnished roof terrace and the hospitality of the staff.
- Hotel La Catedral : As its name suggests, it is located right next to the Cathedral. Modern and elegant room from €60 per night, breakfast included. The pluses: we really fell in love with the roof terrace with outdoor swimming pool and breathtaking view of the cathedral! It is our favorite for its price-performance ratio.
- Parador de Cadiz : Located in front of the ocean and 5 minutes walk from the beach of La Caleta. Very nice, modern and bright room from €138 per night, breakfast included. The pluses: outdoor swimming pool with a lovely view, quality of service, well-equipped rooms, original and modern architecture. To have a little fun or if you have a substantial travel budget.
Day 15: Return to Seville
And here you are already at the end of this circuit in Andalucia by car!
Today, return to Seville to catch your return flight. From Cadiz, it will take you about 1h20 to reach the airport.
Now you know what to do and see in Andalucia in 15 days!
Tips for your Andalucia itinerary:
Your holidays in Andalucia last 14 days? Delete a day at the Granada or Malaga stage.
For a 16-day itinerary in Andalucia, add a day to discover the Doñana National Park. It is only 50 minutes from Cadiz and it is one of the largest protected areas in Europe.
Do not hesitate to give us your opinions and suggestions on our recommended 14-15 days Andalucia itinerary!
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