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Madrid & Southern Spain Road Trip

Experience the warmth, hospitality, and flavors of central & southern Spain on this action-packed self-drive tour. You'll start out in Madrid before driving south to Granada, home of the magnificent Alhambra. There's more to see on the way to Seville with a stop in Cordoba. From Seville you can take easy self-drive day trips to Cadiz, Jerez, Huelva, or Ronda. Along the way, you'll get to experience the tapas culture of Andalusia. Head back to Madrid for the last night of your trip and go out in true Spanish style with a flamenco dinner.

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. This example itinerary can be adjusted and extended in any way you wish.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange additional local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Madrid, Granada, Seville, Madrid tour

2 Nights in Madrid

2 Nights in Madrid

3 days in Madrid
3 days in Madrid

2 Nights in Madrid

The capital, as well as the geographical and cultural center of Spain, Madrid has long enthralled visitors. Since Prince Phillip II made Madrid the capital in the mid 16th century the city has become home to the largest functioning royal palace in Europe, as well as many museums, cafes, parks, universities, and cultural attractions. Although tourism in the city is growing, Spain's many other attractions means the city is able to maintain its authenticity and you'll find local character and charm in each of its different neighborhoods. Madrid is perfectly located as a base for day trips to UNESCO-listed towns in central Spain and well connected for traveling onward to any corner of the country for further exploration.

The capital, as well as the geographical and cultural center of Spain, Madrid has long enthralled visitors. Since Prince Phillip II made Madrid the capital in the mid 16th century the city has become home to the largest functioning royal palace in Europe, as well as many museums, cafes, parks, universities, and cultural attractions. Although tourism in the city is growing, Spain's many other attractions means the city is able to maintain its authenticity and you'll find local character and charm in each of its different neighborhoods. Madrid is perfectly located as a base for day trips to UNESCO-listed towns in central Spain and well connected for traveling onward to any corner of the country for further exploration.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Madrid

We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Madrid's airport and take you to your centrally located accommodation. Duration of the drive is about 30 minutes.

Hit Madrid's Central Hub

Suggestion to explore on your own

On your first night in Madrid, we recommend some centrally located neighborhoods with bistros, restaurants, and bars. Explore the main square, Plaza Mayor then proceed to Puerta del Sol where you simply can't go wrong. It is an iconic place to experience New Year's Eve but also buzzing and vivid year-round. Make sure you get a table at Sobrino de Botín, which is the world's oldest restaurant.

Hit Madrid's Central Hub

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Madrid

Royal Madrid Private Walking Tour

The Madrid of the Austrians

Included in your vacation package price.

The inspiration for this tour derives from the period in the 16-17th century when, under the reign of the Austrian Habsburg Dynasty, Madrid was first elevated to the status of capital of Spain. The 'Austrias', as locals refer to it, is eventually the most central neighborhood with all the major must-see and noteworthy sights of the Spanish capital. Your stroll will pass by the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the Prado, and many other fascinating edifices, churches, green parks, airy squares, broad avenues, and small alleys. By taking this comfortably paced four-hour walking tour, you will learn about the times surrounding the era of Austrians, the formation, further construction, and growth of Madrid's architectural, artistic, and spiritual treasure.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Granada

The road trip begins! After picking up your car you'll head south to Granada. Along the way, a brief detour will take you past the Don Quixote windmills at Consuegra. Allowing time for a short stop at the windmills, the journey should take a little over five hours.

We also offer the following excursions in Madrid

Cooking Class Small Group Experience
Light3 hours
Dinner and Flamenco Show Experience
Light1 hours 15 minutes
Local Food Market & Cooking Class Private Experience
Light4 hours
Local Food Market & Tapas Private Tour
Light4 hours

2 Nights in Granada

2 Nights in Granada

3 days in Granada
3 days in Granada

2 Nights in Granada

Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is one of the most visited cities in Spain. What makes this place so unique is that it was the capital of the Moorish kingdom until it was captured by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. Today you will find a fascinating city, rich in multicultural history - a beautiful reflection of its Arab and Christian past. The Alhambra, a spectacular Arab citadel and palace, is certainly one of the main highlights of Granada but besides seeing this signature sight, you'll also enjoy being in the birthplace of tapas. True to its roots there are still places in Granada where the tapas is free with your drinks. Granada is one of the preferred destinations for European students, giving it a fun, vibrant university city feel. It is also a city with an important artistic energy. Strolling along the streets you will surely come across artisans and musicians showcasing their talents.

Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is one of the most visited cities in Spain. What makes this place so unique is that it was the capital of the Moorish kingdom until it was captured by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. Today you will find a fascinating city, rich in multicultural history - a beautiful reflection of its Arab and Christian past. The Alhambra, a spectacular Arab citadel and palace, is certainly one of the main highlights of Granada but besides seeing this signature sight, you'll also enjoy being in the birthplace of tapas. True to its roots there are still places in Granada where the tapas is free with your drinks. Granada is one of the preferred destinations for European students, giving it a fun, vibrant university city feel. It is also a city with an important artistic energy. Strolling along the streets you will surely come across artisans and musicians showcasing their talents.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Granada

We'll provide directions on how best to reach your accommodation in Granada, and what to do regarding parking.

Albaicin & Sacromonte, Granada's UNESCO Districts Private Walking Tour

Go Local in Albaicín

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Want to feel like a local right from the start? Then your first night should be planned to spend in Albaicín neighborhood. It is a totally distinct world from what Granada generally offers. A quarter used to be populated by Muslims bears the characteristics of Arab architecture. The whitewashed houses near the River Darro, bars and terraces which offer great tapas, drink and a view to the Alhambra which is the best to catch at sunset. Flamenco, the traditional Andalusian dance is performed in many local bars in Albaicin, like La Soleá and Jardines de Zoraya.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Granada

Alhambra Private Tour

Start with the Alhambra

Included in your vacation package price.

No visit to Granada is complete without seeing the Alhambra, a large complex of grandiose palaces and lush gardens, and once a mighty fortress, built during the Nasrid Dynasty. Take advantage of this private 3-hour tour with your local guide and fall in love with this architectural wonder!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Private Tapas Tour in Albaicin

Open your Heart and Mouth

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Delicious Spanish food awaits you to taste in Granada. Some of the lesser known ones is 'sacromonte omlette'. The original ingredients include cooked sliced veal brains and bull's testicles, all diced and finally mixed with beaten eggs. Don't worry, it is not prepared in the traditional way anymore. Typical farmland dishes from the Alpujarras are 'patatas a lo pobre' - slowly fried potatoes with olive oil with peppers and eggs. Make sure to taste local wine! Viticulture is rising but is still based on extremely small size family-run wineries.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Seville

You've marvelled at the Alhambra, and enjoyed tapas in Albacin, now it's time to put Seville's charms to the test. But first, there's a decision to make. You could take the most direct route to Granada, with just a tiny detour you could stop in Antequera, known for its ancient burial mounds, but also its Moorish fortress. Or you could add on 90 minutes of driving, but you'll get to see one of the most interesting sites of Andalusia, La Mezquita in Cordoba. A mosque that was converted into a cathedral. Or more correctly had a Catholic cathedral built inside of it. The day is yours to decide.

3 Nights in Seville

3 Nights in Seville

4 days in Seville
4 days in Seville

3 Nights in Seville

Although it may not be the most famous city in Spain, Seville is considered by many to be the most beautiful. You get a sense of its unique charms as you meander through winding streets surrounded by characteristic white and pipeclay yellow walls of the painted buildings. Due to the hustle and bustle of port activity, 16th century Seville was the richest city in Spain. Goods of all splendor brought from the New World arrived at the feet of awestruck locals. Venture further into the city to marvel at the largest Gothic Temple in the world, Seville Cathedral, or try to imagine the sense of pride and awe felt by locals for hundreds of years as they gazed up at The Giralda Tower. This minaret was built in the Almohad period and was, for centuries, the tallest building in Spain and constructed as part of a Grand Mosque.

Although it may not be the most famous city in Spain, Seville is considered by many to be the most beautiful. You get a sense of its unique charms as you meander through winding streets surrounded by characteristic white and pipeclay yellow walls of the painted buildings. Due to the hustle and bustle of port activity, 16th century Seville was the richest city in Spain. Goods of all splendor brought from the New World arrived at the feet of awestruck locals. Venture further into the city to marvel at the largest Gothic Temple in the world, Seville Cathedral, or try to imagine the sense of pride and awe felt by locals for hundreds of years as they gazed up at The Giralda Tower. This minaret was built in the Almohad period and was, for centuries, the tallest building in Spain and constructed as part of a Grand Mosque.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Seville

We'll provide directions on how best to reach your accommodation in Seville, and what to do regarding parking.

Metropol Parasol

Suggestion to explore on your own

Sounds nice, right? Be shocking, be unorthodox, and put some mind-blowing constructions to the historical center. The Mushrooms of Incarnation as commonly called in Seville are huge gilled mushroom-shaped viewpoints where you can walk up, down, and even on the rooftop! Only half a mile away from the very center of Seville this is a place that you should visit on your first night to catch the sunset. On your way back we bet you won't resist a good cocktail, wine, or beer luring at you around every corner.

Metropol Parasol

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Seville

Road Trip Day Trips from Seville

Suggestion to explore on your own

You'll keep your rental car for one more day as you make the most of Seville's location to see one or more of the surrounding highlights. Head to Jerez de la Frontera to visit the home of sherry, the famous fortified wine. Go just a little further south and you're in Cadiz, an ancient port city. Or pick Ronda, the town perched over a deep gorge. Jamon Iberico lovers might opt for Huelva, the epicenter of production of the finest hams. Whichever you choose we can advise on what to do and see in each spot, and in some, we can set up local guides too upon request. When you get back to Seville you can return your rental car as you won't be needing it any longer.

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Seville

Seville Private Walking Tour

History in Paper and Stone

Included in your vacation package price.

2,200 years of turbulent history made Seville, the capital of Andalusia, a wonderful mix of historic churches and grandiose palaces and Moorish heritage. With our local guide, you will walk the Santa Cruz neighborhood, home to many popular locations, including two UNESCO sites: the Seville Cathedral – the world's largest Gothic cathedral – and the Real Alcázar palace with its stunning gardens, still in use by the Spanish royal family. At the end of the tour, your guide can bring you back to your accommodations, or give you tips for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Tapas in Triana

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Par example. Or in the San Lorenzo neighborhood. Or just around the corner of your hotel. The only thing you must promise to yourself (and your local representative) that you are going to drink a 'cana' of beer. Served chilled, order olives, lupins, and 'gambas' (prawns) to enhance the feeling and the tastes - this will make a good light lunch or afternoon snack. For a more sophisticated dining experience, you should head towards Triana, perhaps on a private food tour where you will learn more about the local neighborhood, the mouth-watering dishes, and its liquid companions.

Local Neighborhood Private Tapas Tour

Local Neighborhood Private Tapas Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Tapas are an integral part of the Spanish culture and finding the best tapas in Seville is almost a local pastime! Join a foodie on a true gourmet experience at local hangouts! Step away from the touristy places and enjoy mouth-watering flavors of traditional tapas accompanied by delicious drinks.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Flamenco & Tapas Private Tour

Flamenco & Tapas Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Seville is one of the cradles of Flamenco dancing and music and you cannot leave the city without getting a taste of it. On this tour your local guide will take you off the beaten track to the small bars in non-touristic areas to see how locals enjoy this music of course with a drink and a tapas.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Madrid by Train

You're leaving Seville behind today and heading to Madrid. We will arrange a transfer to the train station and economy class tickets. There are a few train departures to Madrid daily, so you can choose your preferred departure time. Then just sit back and relax on the 2.5-hour journey. An upgrade to the first class is available for an additional fee.

Madrid by High Speed Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Madrid by Private Transfer with a stop in Cordoba
Madrid by Private Transfer with a stop in Cordoba

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Seville

Bike & Tapas Private Tour
Light4 hours
Cordoba Full Day Private Tour
Light7 hours
Local Food Market & Cooking Class Private Experience
Easy3 hours
Wine, Cheese and Olive Oil Private Tour
Light9 hours

1 Night in Madrid

1 Night in Madrid

2 days in Madrid
2 days in Madrid

1 Night in Madrid

The capital, as well as the geographical and cultural center of Spain, Madrid has long enthralled visitors. Since Prince Phillip II made Madrid the capital in the mid 16th century the city has become home to the largest functioning royal palace in Europe, as well as many museums, cafes, parks, universities, and cultural attractions. Although tourism in the city is growing, Spain's many other attractions means the city is able to maintain its authenticity and you'll find local character and charm in each of its different neighborhoods. Madrid is perfectly located as a base for day trips to UNESCO-listed towns in central Spain and well connected for traveling onward to any corner of the country for further exploration.

The capital, as well as the geographical and cultural center of Spain, Madrid has long enthralled visitors. Since Prince Phillip II made Madrid the capital in the mid 16th century the city has become home to the largest functioning royal palace in Europe, as well as many museums, cafes, parks, universities, and cultural attractions. Although tourism in the city is growing, Spain's many other attractions means the city is able to maintain its authenticity and you'll find local character and charm in each of its different neighborhoods. Madrid is perfectly located as a base for day trips to UNESCO-listed towns in central Spain and well connected for traveling onward to any corner of the country for further exploration.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Madrid

When you arrive at Madrid's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Dinner and Flamenco Show Experience

Catch a Flamenco Performance

Included in your vacation package price.

You really cannot leave Spain without enjoying a fine dinner and a flamenco show in one of the bests “tablaos” of the country. This is one of the places where locals like to spend their evenings enjoying the best singers, dancers and guitar players.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hours 15 minutes

Day 9

Day 9 - Departure Day

The driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the airport for your departing flight. Duration of the drive is about 30 minutes.

We also offer the following excursions in Madrid

Cooking Class Small Group Experience
Light3 hours
Local Food Market & Cooking Class Private Experience
Light4 hours
Local Food Market & Tapas Private Tour
Light4 hours
Private E-bike Tour in Guadarrama National Park
Moderate8 hours
What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Madrid

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Madrid Airport Arrival Transfer
Royal Madrid Private Walking Tour

Granada

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Alhambra Private Tour

Seville

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Seville Private Walking Tour
Seville Railway Station Departure Transfer
Seville - Madrid High Speed Train

Madrid

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Madrid Railway Station Arrival Transfer
Dinner and Flamenco Show Experience
Madrid Airport Departure Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

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