In Octubre 2015, we had the opportunity to drive a Volkswagen T4 California Exclv. around Andalucía, in response to the invitation of Flamenco Campers.

Our experience will be narrated as follows:

  • In the first part of the tour, after our arrival in Málaga, we will set off for Cádiz.
  • The second part will lead us to the higlights of Córdoba and Granada.
  • In part 3 we will explain all the details about accommodation.

    So, let’s get started! An amazing tour through the highways and byways of Andalucía is expecting us!

As the distance between Dortmund and Andalucía is about 2,000 km, the journey began on a Ryanair flight. Since we had booked in advance, the flight was not only reasonably priced but also quite convenient as boarding directly from our hometown.

Apart from the expected narrow seating, the flight became a really pleasant experience, and we landed in Málaga on time.

Once we have taken our luggage (15 kg for two persons!), we had time to familiarise ourselves with Málaga’s high temperature before Gonzalo, the owner of Flamenco Campers, rushed to greet us joyfully.

After several emails and a face-to-face encounter at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, I had the chance to see him again in the south of Spain. It only took us 10 minutes to reach the base of Flamenco Campers, where “Lola” welcomed us warmly.

Why we decided to choose this model precisely? We’ll let you know in an upcoming article.

Gonzalo supplied us with a variety of accessories like camping chairs and guidebooks and he also asked us about our plans and interests. Based on this information, we worked together to develop the most suitable measures to cope with along a 9-day tour.

There were a good number of tips on the route and campsites to be taken into account. As we could manage with very small luggage, we thanked Gonzalo for having kept all the rest of our massive packing inside their wardrobes.

We were anxious to get on route with Lola and, after a couple of attempts to command the gears, brakes and steering of our new vehicle, we finally set off.

The first stop was however very close: at a Lidl, to store supplies!

We reached quickly the coastal highway and crossed over Marbella. We had heard about the swanky Puerto Banús Marina and so, we decided that such an impressive port would have been worth a visit.

Anyway, we turned eastwards behind Marbella heading for a 70-kilometre-long winding road and after so much steering and switching task, Lola and I became an inseparable team.

Shortly before nightfall, we reached the campsite of Ronda. Ronda City, highly recommended and appraised by every person we met, lived up to our highest expectations. Full of excitement, we got ready to taste the first tapas.

The next morning, we were on our walk into town, which took us about 20 minutes. We passed through the city wall and then we went uphill towards the city centre.

At first sight, Ronda looked like a fascinating old city on the slope of a hill but then, when we reached the “New Bridge” (‘Puente Viejo’, built at the end of the 18th century), we could understand why so many visitors from all over the world come and see this typical Andalusian city.

The town lies at 723 metres above sea level. The Moorish-influenced old town is situated on a round precipitous rocky plateau. The modern district and the old town are separated by a 100-metre-depth canyon.

Although the bridge, its main attraction, invites to take photos from all posible imaginable angles, you can also discover plenty of other fascinating places: architecturally charming squares, churches, narrow streets, restaurants, cafes and typical shops.

Should not go unmentioned the bullring (“Plaza de Toros”) built between 1779 and 1785, where bullfighting rules emerged and whose arena can be visited for a small admission fee.