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Driving From Granada to Cádiz: Interesting Stops Along the Way?


We will be driving from Granada to Cádiz in early May (3 hours & 20 minutes according to google maps). Can anyone tell us what this drive is like (traffic, mountains, easy or difficult roads, etc.)?

Also we would love any recommendations for interesting stops along the way as we will not be in any hurry.

Thank you!

Posted by
3983 posts

Viamichelin is very useful for describing road conditions.
For stops, look at Antequera and Ronda, depending on how much time you have for stopping.

Posted by
529 posts

Yep, I'd also recommend stopping at a pueblo blanco or two. Zahara de la Sierra is also very photogenic and in between the two, worth stopping for some photos and to get a cup of coffee.

Posted by
24920 posts shows three quite-different possible routes. The travel time with no stops, navigational errors, traffice tie-ups, etc., is estimated at 3 hr. 45 min. or more, which may be optimistic. The most central route takes you very near Arcos de la Frontera, which I think would make a nice 90-120 min. stop. Ronda takes considerably longer to appreciate, and it's not on any of the VM proposed routes, so your driving time would increase by more than half an hour if you visited Ronda.

Antequera is near both the northern route and the central route suggested by VM.

If you zoom way in on the VM map, the most scenic roads will be outlined in green.

Posted by
5608 posts

There are a few different options. 1) When leaving Granada you could head directly south to Motril, then head west. 2) Head west from Granada then turn south at Cuesta La Palma, go to Malaga, then head west. 3) Head west from Granada and go all the way to Sevilla, then head south. Places to stop and visit would depend on the route and how much time you have.

As Nick wrote. The drive is easy and the roads will be in good condition. Depending on where you plan to stop you could run into some hilly areas or smaller roads. Once away from major cities traffic will generally be light. Along the Costa Del Sol (Torremolinos, Marbella, Fuengirola, area) you could run into more traffic. Remember to drive at or below the speed limit since there are plenty of traffic cameras.