There is nothing like traveling the mediterranean coast of Southern Europe by road. Calm sunny beaches, seafood, rocky cliffs, small towns and villages built along the coast and has been inhabited for centuries. If you don’t have much time to hit all the spots in Southern Spain you can follow my recommendations on these places. The landscape along the coast is varied and spectacular.
So which places to stop by along the sunny mediterranean coast? Here is what I recommend:
In terms of logistics on how to get around the southern coast of Spain you can look into few options.
- Car rentals (2nd best way to see)
- Public transportation (Higher frequency compared to other options)
- Flying (more expensive but quicker)
- Blabla cars (The best way to see)
You can book a car rental when you are in Seville for as cheap as $25 per day excluding petrol + insurance. Renting a car is the best option if you want to hit as many places as you can along the mediterranean coast like Malaga, Alicante and Tarragona. But of course the budget will be higher if you plan to spend more days on the road.
Public transportation is widely available and comes at a cheaper price. But remember it is a point to point service. Hence it is not easy to stop anywhere to take pictures.
Blabla cars is my recommended option as the overall cost of journey is cheaper compare to the other options. Also you get to meet some interesting locals. They have a lot of interesting stories to share about their region of Spain. Also if they are really generous they will host you in their place.
Seville (3 days)
Seville, the capital of Andulacia is known for the grandiose Alcázar castle complex built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, Plaza de Espana and the aesthetically pleasing sculptural wooden structure Las Setas de Seville (The Parasol in English).
You can check out a live performance of Flamenco music and dance anywhere in Seville. Most places charge you an entrance fee. But for a free live show visit La Carboneria. You just have to order their delicious tapas and wine when you are sitting there for the show.
Granada (3 days)
Granada known for its Moorish palace Alhambra is a small town in the south of Andulacia. Cobblestoned streets, old historic houses and parks fill up the center of the town. I recommend making reservations online in advance to visit Alhambra as the tickets to see the palace gets sold out fast. The best time to visit is in the night time where there are less people and least expensive.
Valencia (2 days)
Valencia is a typical Spanish town on the Mediterranean coast. Best known for its authentic Paella, big open markets, arts and science museum with a cutting edge aquarium, parks and history, Valencia could easily be a two day visit. You can rent their street bikes to go around the city.
Barcelona (6 days)
Without a doubt, Barcelona is one of my top favorite cities in the world. If you are an architecture buff look no further than going to Barcelona. It possess architecture styles of both classic Neo-Gothic and Guadi influenced modernism. If you like to fill your appetite with some tapas then go check out the open food market, La Boqueria. It might be worthwhile to mention the best Science Museum I’ve ever been in Europe – Cosmo Caixa. Don’t forget to check out the Magic fountain show in Plaza Espana.
As Barcelona tourist guide put it, it is a a spectacular display of colour, light, motion, music and water acrobatics. if you mix these elements together in just the right combinations, you end up with pure magic!
If you think I have missed some places in my article, feel free to leave your favorite places down in the comment section.