My husband and I are leaving next week for 2-1/2 months in Spain. (We have Feb in El Puerto de Santa Maria/Cadiz and March in Leon. Before El Puerto, we have a week in Benalmadena on the Costa Del Sol. After that, we rent a one-way car to go to Granada for 3 nights, 1/29-2/1 Sat-Mon, then we plan to take 2 days to drive to El Puerto, arriving Wed. 2/2.
Given that we know it will be pretty low-key that week on the Coast, we thought we’d visit Ronda on a day trip. But I’ve also seen in the posts on the Pueblos Blancos – and see from the possible routes on Michelin – that Ronda is an “easy” drive from Granada. My hunch is that it would be better to make it a long daytrip from our stay on the coast, as it seems we’d be giving Ronda short shrift to only “swing through” on the trip to Cadiz. So confirmations/negations of that “hunch” would be welcome!
More importantly, we have other choices to make for that drive. We’d really like to get at least a peek at the Rock of Gibraltar, but from there we have a choice: Take the E5 down to Tarifa, then over to Cadiz on the southernmost route, going through Vejer de la Frontera and Chiclana de la Frontera. OR go a bit north on the A381 through Los Barrios…Alcala de los Galuzes…Medina-Sedonia (all of which look pretty tiny) ending in Jerez de la Frontera before we jog down to El Puerto.
As for picking between these 2 routes, rather than traveling through the Pueblos Blancos, our hunch there is to instead catch the easternmost villages in a sortie of a couple of days once we get to EP. (Opinions on that hunch welcome as well!)
Rick’s got zip in his guidebook on this chunk of Spain, so we’d love to hear from anyone who’s familiar with these two different routes and which would be a better use of our car and time. Must sees? Don’t bothers? Good places to eat/stay overnight?)
Muchas gracias in advance!