TOP 10 things to see and do in Andalucia in campervan

TOP 10 things to see and do in Andalucia in campervan

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TOP 10 things to see and do in Andalucia in campervan

What to see? What to do? Where to sleep? These questions that you ask yourself before leaving for a trip, especially a roadtrip in a converted van. To simplify your life, Vanbreak has gathered for you the TOP 10 things to do and see in Andalusia in a campervan!

This region of southern Spain offers an extremely rich heritage with historical cities such as Seville, Granada or Cordoba. You will have the opportunity to visit museums, have some tapas in the Albaicín district of Granada for example and of course let yourself be bewitched by a Flamenco show in a tavern in Vejer de la Frontera.   

Andalusia also offers an incredible diversity of landscapes with many gorgeous natural parks such as Cazorla or the Sierra de Grazalema, the Tabernas desert with its Western scenery, the Costa de la Luz and its endless white sand beaches such as the playa del Carmen in Zahara de los atunes.  

Finally, for the more intrepid, Andalusia is also a paradise for thrill sports with Tarifa, the Mecca of kite surfing in Europe, surfing courses at El Palmar, paragliding, canyoning in the Rio Verde, hiking, diving in Almuñecar, etc., …. There is definitely something for everyone! Not to mention the world famous via ferrata, the Caminito del Rey, located north of Malaga. 

Follow us for a personalized experience and adapted to each van or camper van that Vanbreak proposes. We present you the top 10 things to do, see, eat and where to sleep in Andalusia. Let’s go!

  • What to do and see:

    A kayak trip in San José with our partner Happy Kayak. There are many agencies of Kayak in La Fabriquilla with the departure of beautiful excursions where it will be also possible to practice snorkeling. The natural park of Cabo de Gata, Nijar offers an exceptional marine fauna, with fins and snorkel it will be possible to easily see many species of fish and marine plants.

    Practice diving with a chance to see shipwrecks, for example, the diving center “Alpha” is based in San Jose.

    Discover the most beautiful beaches of this natural paradise: Monsul, Genoveses, playa de los muertos (further north), etc… all the beaches are beautiful in their own way, it’s up to you to find yours.

    Fort Bravo is a Western village-set in the Tabernas desert with live shows and saloon-style bars. Perfect attraction to visit with your kids and pretend you’re Clint Eastwood.

    Where to sleep:

    The nightspot of La Fabriquilla which is on the road to the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata. La playa del arco, a beautiful and quiet beach, be careful when accessing the beach. The public parking at the entrance of the village La Isleta del Moro with a view on the sea (only authorized during low season). El playazo del Rodalquillar, natural spot with a beautiful beach, it feels like being at the end of the world. Camping La Caleta located in Las Negras.

    Attention, it is forbidden to sleep on the parking lots of the most famous beaches such as the playa of Monsul, Playa de los Genoveses, respect the signs.

  • What to do and see:

    Visit the famous Alhambra Palace (remember to book the visit here: book here). It is preferable to take a whole day to fully enjoy the place. Go down via the Paseo de los Tristes beneath the Alhambra: the walk is really worth it! End the day in the old town of Granada, the Albaicin, to enjoy a view of the palace at sunset and the many viewpoints of the city such as the Mirador de San Nicolas. 

    Take a relaxing break in the Arabian baths of Granada, where you will be served tea in a warm and timeless atmosphere. Then enjoy the numerous tapas bars in the city. The custom in Granada is that you get a free tapas with every drink you buy!

    Wander through the white villages of the Alpujarras Mountains such as Lajaron, Pampaneira or Capileira. Located between the Sierra Nevada National Park and the sea, these charming villages remind us of the Arab influence of the region and the typical architecture of the Alhambra!

    Explore the Gorafe Desert and its multicolored landscapes and discover its megalithic vestiges counting not less than 240 dolmens. A place to discover by bike, by 4×4 (excursions proposed on the spot) or on foot for a breathtaking walk!

    Go hiking in the stunning Sierra Nevada Natural Park or take a break in its ski resort from where you will have a view of the sea from the top of the slopes!

    Where to sleep:

    The traffic in the city of Granada is complicated, so we recommend you find a parking lot outside the city to easily access the historic center by foot.

    The Alto de Viñuelas Campsite offers a breathtaking view of the Sierra Nevada, only 20 minutes from Granada. The parking lot at the entrance of the Alhambra, which will allow you to be on the site of the visit upon awakening, beware it is not free.

    These “night spots” on Park4Night application are ideal for a quiet night near Granada:

    Option 1

    Option 2

    The Camino de Bácor esplanade to wake up with a great view over the Gorafe Desert.

    If you are exploring the white villages of the Alpujarra, the parking lot at the entrance of the village of Bubion on the left next to the restaurant El Teide will offer you a great view over the valley while enjoying the sunset!

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    What to do and see:

    In the city center, many points of interest and monuments are unmissable. Visit the Cathedral of Seville, the largest gothic cathedral in the world, classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO! Climb the incredible 104m high Giralda Tower which offers an incredible view on the city and the surrounding landscapes. Finally, a visit to the Alcazar is a must if you are a fan of Games of Thrones, many scenes were shot there. Don’t forget to reserve tickets for these visits: book here.

    An original trip? Rent bicycles and take a ride along the Rio Guadalquivir, whose banks come alive with flamenco and street music at nightfall. During your walk, take the opportunity to stop at the wonderful Maria Luisa Park.  

    The Plaza de España is another must-see in the city, one of the most beautiful squares in Andalusia! Visit the Casa de Pilatos Palace, dating from the 16th century, a true architectural gem. Finally, don’t miss the “Metropol Parasol” in the Plaza de la Encarnacion, nicknamed “the mushrooms” by the Sevillians: a contemporary structure in the heart of the traditional city.

    End the day by experiencing a Flamenco show in a tablao (flamenco bar), you are in the city of origin of this bewitching dance!

    Where to sleep:

    The Villsom Camping offers quiet and shady places only 30 minutes from the historical center by bus ( bus stop next to the camping).

    The parking lots in the city center are still noisy and often very small. The best thing to do is to leave the city a bit and spend the night at Alcala de Guadaira, only 20 minutes by car from the city center, to enjoy the peace and quiet and the view of the ruins of the old castle of the village. The motorhome area of the port of Gelves along the Guadalquivir, equipped with washing machines and other services, on the banks of the Guadalquivir! The guard will welcome you 24 hours a day for a fee of 15€/night.

    The following nightspot will also be ideal to spend a night in peace not far from the city center: La Rinconada .

  • What to do and see:

    Cádiz is a true treasure, it is the oldest city in Europe where flamenco, Jerez wine, toro bravo and Andalusian horses thrive in its beautiful province. Visit the Cathedral of Cádiz which is beautiful from the outside with its golden dome, and you can climb one of its towers to contemplate the thousand-year-old city. There is also the Tavira tower and its museum, the highest in Cádiz, which offers you a great view. Take a walk along the city walls, discover the Genovés Park with its waterfall and the gardens of the Alameda Apodaca Park, swim in the fresh water of the Caleta beach. You can visit the museum of Cadiz where there is an impressive maquette of the city. At noon, have lunch at the central market with some tapas and fresh seafood to recharge your batteries.

    To the south of Cadiz, we recommend spending a day at the nautical port of Sancti Petri, a unique little fishing village, a natural paradise at the entrance of the tides. Possibility of a kayak trip with our partner Sancti Petri kayak but also a boat trip to see the Fort of Sancti Petri, lost in the middle of the waters. La Casa de Farero, a good fish place to eat.

    In the north of Cadiz, Sanlucar de Barrameda is a very pretty city with the possibility of visiting in 4×4 the National Park of Doñana known for its pink flaments.

    Where to sleep:

    To sleep in the center of Cadiz, the best place is the Parking Campo de las Balas at the end of the peninsula or the Parking San Fernando. But the easiest way is to go to the Playa Las Dunas campsite in Puerto Santa Maria (30 min from the historical center of Cadiz). Sanlucar de Barrameda, Camino de la Reyerta: private parking area at 50m from the beach. Sanlucar de Barrameda, 11 Calle Playa de Zahara, to enjoy the city and beach nearby.

  • What to do and see:

    This mythical route of the so-called “white villages” is located between Cadiz and Malaga, it crosses the gorgeous Natural Park of the Sierra de Grazalema. This region is truly ideal to be discovered in a van. The province of Cadiz is composed of 19 white villages such as Arcos de la Frontera, Grazalema, El Gastor, Setenil de las Bodegas, Ubrique… This road is perfect to discover another facet of Andalusia, 100% authentic and natural. You will also have the opportunity to taste artisanal cheeses, rich local dishes (las migas), the wine of Ronda, and much more… a unique gastronomy of this region. You will enjoy beautiful hikes to digest.

    Where to sleep:

    Algotocin parking lot, A-369. Parking Zahara, CA 9104 in front of the restaurant Al Lago.  Parking Zahara de la Sierra, 7 Avenida Andalucia. Parking Cueva del Gato, 1 Partida Dehesilla.

    Camping San Juan, Jubrique, 15 Diseminado Higueron, in the middle of nature by a river.

  • What to do and see:

    The beautiful Costa de la Luz runs from Huelva to Tarifa and is made up of small, unusual and less well-known villages. Conil de la Frontera is a pleasant white village and very touristy in the summer, it is the perfect place to taste the local tuna specialties. Known especially for its white sandy beaches: playa de los bateles in front of the town, calas de Roche, Playa Fuente del Gallo.

    On the coast towards Tarifa you will find the mythical surf spot El Palmar with its cool “California-like” atmosphere, also known as “Cadizfornia“.  Perfect to spend a day and take a surf lesson with our partner 9 Pies Surf School. With your board under your arm, you will feel as strong as Kelly Slater! To go for a horseback ride you should go to the hipic center in Zahora.

    Caños de Meca is an old hippie village located between Conil de la Frontera and Barbate. It’s a perfect place to spend a day, walk towards the lighthouse of Trafalgar, don’t forget your mask and snorkel to enjoy a swim in its turquoise waters. In the summer you can go to the bar-restaurant La Jaima (parking across the street) and sip an iced Mojito under a huge Berber yurt with a magical view of the sea.  In the direction of Barbate, it is possible to make a beautiful hike in the natural park of La Breña along the cliffs that can reach up to 100m high. El Palomar de la Breña, a secret place to discover… unique and historical site.

    Where to sleep:

    In Conil de la Frontera, the lighthouse of Cabo Roche. Attention it is forbidden to sleep on the coast in El Palmar, prefer the camping El Palmar at 200m from the beach. Caños de Meca: Camping Pinar San José, parking at the entrance on the right of the village in the direction of Barbate. Free parking near Ermita de San Ambrosio in the countryside.

  • What to do and see:

    Tarifa, a city full of history and surprising because of its location just 13 miles away from the Moroccan coast, is the meeting point between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. It is very pleasant to walk in its narrow streets, to discover its local market, the small squares and of course to go shopping. You can visit the castle of Guzman el Bueno which offers a beautiful view of the port and reach the Isla Paloma by taking the dike. The breakfasts at Surla and Café Azul are delicious. There are many good restaurants: El Silo 19 (tapas), Chilimosa (vegetarian), Souk (Moroccan), El Francès (tapas), La Burla (Italian/tapas),…. Night life is also very lively, enjoy it!

    Near Tarifa, in Bolonia, you can visit the archeological site of Baleo Claudia while enjoying an idyllic environment with one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.

    Tarifa is also the European kitesurfing Mecca where you can practice on the beaches of Los Lances and Valdevaqeros. If you want to take lessons, check out our partner Freeride, they speak French. Horseback riding, diving, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, there are many activities possible and of course enjoy the huge beaches of Tarifa.

    Where to sleep:

    Camping Rio Jara, camping Torre de la Pena. Parking chiringuito Volare on the beach of Valdevaqueros (to be preferred in the off season), parking near the beach Punta Paloma, parking at the soccer stadium at the entrance of tarifa, parking at the north entrance of tarifa (near Lidl), parking near the beach Urbanizacion la Marina 30.

    Possibility to sleep in the equestrian center of Elisa in the countryside (20 minutes from Tarifa) in exchange for a 1 hour equestrian activity (between 25 – 35€ depending on the season). Immerse yourself in the heart of the Andalusian countryside in Tahivilla.

    Contact Elisa : 00 33 6 85 95 04 85. Elisa will be able to give you good advice on other activities in the area.

  • What to do and see:

    Stroll through the narrow streets of this fortified city and stop at the Mirador de Ronda, where you can enjoy a 360° view over the valley. Do not miss the majestic New Bridge, an iconic place in the city that links the old town to the new. Stop at the Casa del Jamón to taste delicious cured meats.

    Explore the Wine Route of Andalusia. Visit one or more Bodegas in the surroundings of Ronda, and enjoy a food and wine tasting with a view of the colorful valleys at the end of your visit. Our favorite: Bodega Joaquin Fernandez (ecological production and breathtaking views).

    Take a walk through the village of Setenil de las Bodegas, north of Ronda, built into the rock, one of the most original white villages in Andalusia! Stop for a drink in Calle Cuevas del Sol! If you are traveling with your children, a stop at the turquoise village where the Smurfs movie was filmed is a must, direction Juzcar!

    Make a stopover at the Ruins of Acinipo. This archeological site, 20km from the city, was once the capital of the region and overlooks the magnificent mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema.

    Where to sleep:

    The camper van area in Camping El Sur (Area de Autocaravanas Ronda), 2.5 km from the city, is ideal and managed by lovers of the nomad lifestyle. The parking lot of the Acinipo Ruins, quiet and not very crowded, is the ideal nightspot for waking up in the middle of nature, above the mountains, and having a front row seat to visit the ruins.

    The parking lot in the middle of nature, 10 minutes away from the city center on the A-366 road towards El Burgo.

    The parking lot in the center of Arriate where you can sleep near the Bodegas road but also at the beginning of the hike on the Sendero Arroyo de la Ventilla ( Be careful, it is not accessible on Saturdays from 8am to 3pm in order to give free space for the market).

  • What to do and see:

    Venture into the sensational Andalusian path known mainly for its breathtaking footbridge: The Caminito del Rey. Perched above the Guadalhorce River, this trail has become a real attraction (via-ferrata) not to be missed if you are in the area (remember to book here). Walking around El Chorro lake, many maintained trails are accessible to everyone and are punctuated with spectacular viewpoints. There are also many bike trails around the lake and even in the surrounding area.

    With family, friends or lovers, take advantage of the many water activities offered around the lake: pedal boats, canoeing or even beaches for a refreshing swim. Rather adventurous? Don’t hesitate to take a paragliding jump or a climbing tour. Strong sensations guaranteed!

    Visit the fascinating ruins of Bobastros, an ancient city of the 9th century carved in the rock on the heights of the Mesa de Villaverde. During the visit we will discover many cellars, the most important of that time in Malaga! Finally, if you are a history buff, the prehistoric cave of Ardales, 10 minutes from Lake El Chorro, will fascinate you. There is a 1.5 hour tour adapted to all visitors. More information here.

    Where to sleep:

    You won’t be disappointed at the Casa la Paz camper van area where the owners will give you tips on the best deals in the area! You will have access to the services of the campsite.

    The public parking lot on the shores of Lake El Chrorro, where you will have access to wifi. The esplanade near the viewpoint El Sillon del Rey facing one of the lakes of the Embalse de Guadhalorce is an ideal spot to spend the night in quietness and wake up at the water’s edge.

    This wild parking lot is not easy to get to (winding road) but it guarantees you a breathtaking view of the Guadalhorce valley!

  • What to do and see:

    Full of history, Malaga is the most emblematic city of the Costa del Sol. A multitude of activities and explorations are possible, depending on the desires of each person. Stroll through the narrow streets around the shopping malls where the Spanish way of life is in full swing at all hours!  Taste tapas and typical dishes at La Pecha Taberna. Climb to the top of the Alcazaba (palace-fortress on the side of the Gibralfaro mountain) to enjoy the 360° view of the Málaga valley and the sea on both sides. Have a drink or dinner on the terraces of the Batik Restaurant in front of the Alcazaba at night, the latter is sumptuously illuminated! Relax in the Arab baths of the city and enjoy a massage and tea in the different pools, zen atmosphere guaranteed! Think about booking here.

    Stroll through the streets of the artistic district of Soho where many artists have painted the walls. The new “place to be” in Malaga for a drink! Head to La Fabrica if you’re a fan of good beers.

    Enjoy the famous Espetos (skewers of sardines grilled with barbeucue) on the beach in the Pedregalejjo neighborhood. Enjoy fresh, homemade local dishes in front of Puerto el Candado at the Taberna del puerto.

    Enjoy the city’s artistic legacy and visit the magnificent Picasso Museum, which offers a different collection of the artist’s work than what we are used to seeing, as well as very original temporary exhibitions. The Carmen Thyssen museum is also a must if you want to discover the collections of Spanish paintings from the 19th century.

    Not far from the city center, visit the famous white villages of Andalusia. The most famous in the area are Mijas Pueblo and Frigiliana: timeless places that immerse you in the Andalusian culture!

    Go hiking in the natural park of Torcal d’Antequerra, 1 hour from the city center. Closer to the city, the Parc de los Montes will also allow you to make beautiful hikes accessible to all levels in the heart of the forest!

    Where to sleep:

    The Parking Peñón del Cuervo (Calle Almeria, 55) facing the sea and a few minutes walk from the beach. Ideal for one or more nights, but beware that it is very crowded, so think about anticipating your arrival. The parking lot in front of the sea of the Area Málaga Beach in Cala del Moral, only 10 minutes from downtown Málaga and ideally located to take the road to Nerja or Frigiliana.

    The Torremolinos campsite, where you will find quiet and shady pitches at affordable prices, so that you can enjoy the various facilities. Perfectly located near the beach and restaurants as well as the train stop that takes you to the center of Málaga in 20 minutes.

    On the road to Torcal d’Antequerra, this parking lot offers a fabulous view over the mountains and the sea in the background. Finally, this parking lot is the last spot allowed before entering the Natural Park, no need to say that the view is also breathtaking.

    If you want to visit Mijas Pueblo, be sure to spend the night at this parking lot, located on the road to get there. You will enjoy a view of the white village as well as the sea.

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See you soon under the Andalusian sun!