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Driving from Granada to El Puerto - best route/things to see, etc.

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:26pm
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CynthiaRT

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Hola!

My husband and I are leaving next week for 2-1/2 months in Spain. (We have Feb in El Puerto de Santa Maria 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.

So my question is about the 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  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. (We're planning a daytrip to Ronda during our week on the Costa del Sol.) Thoughts on that hunch welcome!

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!

Cynthia


Posada Alegria

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:57am

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Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:57am

In your case I would take the route along the coast to Gibraltar, Tarifa -> Playa Bolonia with the archeological site Baleo Claudia and for example Conil and Vejer. Arcos de la Frontera and Medina Sidonia you can visit in a daytrip from El Puerto de Santa Maria (30 - 45 minutes driving). Nevertheless, if you want to explore the province of Cadiz, Medina Sidonia would be the most central point to explore. From there you can reach Sevilla, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, Jerez, San Fernando, Chiclana with Playa Barrosa, Conil, Vejer, El Palmar, Tarifa, Gibraltar and the Sierra de Grazalema with Setenil de las Bodegas, Zahara de la Sierra, El Bosque, Grazalema easily. Medina itself is a authentic white village with 3000 years of history, which can be found in many monuments and museums. lt is also called the balcony of Cadiz for its amazing view to the coast and on clear days to Africa.

CynthiaRT

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:57am

CynthiaRT

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Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:57am

Posada Alegria wrote on Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:57am:

In your case I would take the route along the coast to Gibraltar, Tarifa -> Playa Bolonia with the archeological site Baleo Claudia and for example Conil and Vejer. Arcos de la Frontera and Medina Sidonia you can visit in a daytrip from El Puerto de Santa Maria (30 - 45 minutes driving). Never...

...theless, if you want to explore the province of Cadiz, Medina Sidonia would be the most central point to explore. From there you can reach Sevilla, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, Jerez, San Fernando, Chiclana with Playa Barrosa, Conil, Vejer, El Palmar, Tarifa, Gibraltar and the Sierra de Grazalema with Setenil de las Bodegas, Zahara de la Sierra, El Bosque, Grazalema easily. Medina itself is a authentic white village with 3000 years of history, which can be found in many monuments and museums. lt is also called the balcony of Cadiz for its amazing view to the coast and on clear days to Africa.

Thanks! We'll keep these tips in mind!

Roger66

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:21pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:21pm

Hi, I agree with posada alegria.

We live in Benalup so know both routes quite well. The A381 is a good fast route, very nice views of mountains,  but nothing new if you have been to Granada and Ronda. The coast route is slower and longer with good views back to Gibraltar and across to Africa. There is good viewpoint with a venta just as you start the descent to Tarifa. Bologna beach is a bit of a detour, but a lovely beach and extensive roman ruins. From Vejer it is a motorway standard road on to Cádiz and your destination. 

Sue555

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:56pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:56pm

Last September, we drove from Chiclana to Granada with a lunch stop in Ronda.  It was well worth the stop and hope to go back there on our next trip to Spain.

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