Andalusia, the essence of the south
Diario de un mentiroso
A getaway that takes you through Andalusia’s most spectacular Moorish heritage, its most delicious beaches and gastronomy. Four days when you’ll end up wanting more, but knowing that you’ll get a very powerful pinch of the most wonderful essence of Andalusia.
Andalusia's essence in 4 days
Visit the Córdoba Mosque
Begin your route with a visit to the Córdoba Mosque, one of the most amazing Islamic places in Andalusia that you simply can’t miss.
Schedule your arrival to be there when the Mosque opens. The best option is to leave the car in a paid car park due to the difficulty of parking in Córdoba.
Alcázar de Sevilla and Plaza de España
A visit to Seville without entering its Alcázar is like going to Paris and not going up the Eiffel Tower. After visiting the Alcázar, head towards the beautiful Plaza de España.
I recommend you get the tickets online. The guided tour is not essential.
Don’t forget to ask for a map, because there are places that go unnoticed if you don’t see them on a map.
Afternoon at the Muelle de la sal de Triana
Possibly the most beautiful sunset in Seville with the Triana in front of you, the Triana Bridge lit up... definitely an amazing experience that you should end with a serranito in the Triana neighborhood.
For the serranito, the best thing is to go to the Bar Cibeles II, ask for Juan Carlos and tell him Mentiroso sent you. You’ll see what he tells you.
Visit to Doñana
Leave Seville early, taking into account that it takes 1 hour to get to Doñana from Seville. On arrival, take a 4x4 guided tour of the national park. Afterward, visit the Acebuche, one of the park’s most beautiful walking trails.
Book the 4x4 excursion in advance. Don’t put it off.
Lunch at the Toruño restaurant in Rocío
The Toruño restaurant is possibly the best place to eat in Andalusia. With views of the marshes, you can order anything from the most delicious fish to beef from the marshland. Delicious!
You can also say I sent you and make reservations over the phone. They know me very well and I assure you that you will be treated to extra helpings.
Horseback riding trail on Doñana beach
After having a substantial lunch, take a stroll with ice cream on Matalascañas beach and, after that, go on a beautiful sunset horseback riding trail on one of the most wonderful beaches in Andalusia.
You must book the horseback riding route in advance at Hípica El Pasodoble. Return to Seville to sleep.
Zahara de los Atunes
Leave from Seville. It takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Seville to Zahara de los Atunes, which I think is one of the most wonderful beaches in Andalusia. After Zahara, visit Los Alemanes and walk up to the Camarinal Lighthouse.
Don’t miss going up to the observation point over the Zahara bunker, as well as the Camarinal Lighthouse. Don’t arrive too late, or you won’t find a parking space.
Lunch at Restaurante El Mirlo
This restaurant is a classic, with views of the Mediterranean. Without a doubt, one of the best places to eat in the area. An amazing experience.
Call in advance and make sure you ask for a table with a view.
Relax at the Hammam-Al Ándalus
Take the route from El Mirlo to Granada for 3 hours of awesome roadside views. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and treat yourself to the Hammam Al-Andalus.
Book your appointment in advance. I advise you to call several days ahead because the places are very limited.
Visit to the Alhambra
Visit the Alhambra first thing in the morning until around lunchtime. To avoid getting dizzy or wasting time, I recommend you have lunch at the Parador restaurant in the Alhambra, or have a taxi leave you at the San Nicolás observation point to have lunch at the Juan Ranas restaurant.
Make sure you get the full entrance tickets online for the Alhambra and the palaces. Be careful about this, because if you don’t get the tickets, you’ll leave without seeing the Alhambra.
Albaicín Neighborhood and San Nicolás observation point
Lose yourself in the streets of the Albaicín neighborhood and end at the famous San Nicolás observation point. From there, enjoy one of the most amazing views and afterwards head towards Carmen Victoria, a totally blissful place!
To move through the Albaicín, I recommend you use the Maps.me app.
Ermita San Miguel Alto
To end the afternoon, I recommend you go up here and watch the sunset from one of the most impressive viewpoints you will see on this trip. You’ve done the whole circuit!
After this, you can dine and see a flamenco show at one of the Sacromonte caves.
Before you travel
- Book: check all visits, mainly the Alhambra, and bring the tickets you got online to avoid the lines.
- Map: install the Maps.me app to move around cities without getting lost.
- Shoes: wear good shoes, bring water and always avoid overloading yourself.