Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, is one of the largest cities in Southern Spain. Last summer we flew down to Malaga to attend The Malaga Feria, a carnival like no other. We spent our first two days celebrating with locals, downing sangria by the litre, and devouring all that Malaga has to offer. Once the Feria was over, things quietened a bit. That was when the itchy-feet syndrome (trust us guys, it’s a real thing! 🙂 ) hit us and we began our road trip in real ernest. We rented a Seat Ibiza from the green collection at Hertz in Malaga and drove to a number of gorgeous beaches in Costa Del Sol.
The next day, we took a Day Trip from Malaga. We drove down to one of the most famous buildings in Spain – The Alhambra in Granada. Granada is just 1.5 hours (120 km) away from Malaga but we steered clear of the modern highway and opted for the longer and more scenic route. This route goes through expansive stretches of Spanish hinterland dotted with vineyards, olive groves, and citrus orchards.
If you’re driving down this route, make sure you stop at the li’l village of Riofrio midway between Malaga and Granada. This village is just off the A 92 (Seville – Granada highway). Riofrio is essentially a little hamlet with a few cottages and a gurgling stream. Except it specialises in trout and caviar. Spend a couple of hours walking around the village, exploring its alleys, and watching trout farmers at work. Once you have worked up an appetite, order a trout-based dish at one of the restaurants in Riofrio. We loved the grilled trout and the trout salad. Nom!
We meandered through a number of Andalusian towns and villages before reaching finally reading Granada. As we pulled into Granada’s car park, we gasped at the sight of The Alhambra. The Palace is a feat of Islamic and Moorish architecture and it is tough not to be seduced by it. Vast courtyards, intricate carvings, dozens of fountains, reflecting pools, manicured gardens, and crumbling columns flirt with each other at The Alhambra’s complex.
We spent the next few hours trying to absorb as much as we could. We were completely enamoured by the Nasrid Palaces, the towers, Alcazaba Fortress, and Alhambra’s gardens full of roses and oranges. But our favourite bit was the view from the terrace of The Alhambra – a bird’s eye view of the town of Granada. It’s such a feast for the eyes.
- If you’re driving to Alhambra from Malaga, take the Old Road to Granada instead of the highway – it’s gorgeous!
- Make sure you stop at Riofrio on the way to Granada and try fresh trout/caviar.
- If you’re planning to visit The Alhambra on a day trip from Malaga, book your tickets in advance. Prices vary according to time of day. Read further instructions about booking tickets on Alhambra’s official website
Need more ideas for day trips around Malaga? Don’t forget to read our article on Antequera’s surreal rock formations
Dreaming about an epic road trip in Spain? Here’s our favourite itinerary for a Road Trip in Spain 🙂
Don’t forget to binge on all these amazing dishes while you are in Malaga/Southern Spain
Need some travel fashion inspiration? Here’s what Savi wore to the Alhambra