Overlanding Andalucia, it may be hot, dusty and sometimes a never ending expanse of farmland and olive groves but Andalucia also has some real gems when it comes to overlanding, for these you need to head for the mountains where the the views are quite simply stunning.
If you want to do that whole shooting your feet hanging out the roof tent thing for Instagram then Andalucia is as good a place as any. The terrain is diverse but as with most views it’s the elevation that brings things to life.
Many places will take you to well over 5000ft and are also accessible via rough but tarmac roads. It’s worth planning with the weather in mind for these kinds of trips as there are regular rock falls on these mountain roads, some thing you don’t want to get involved in at any time.
Other than the winter months where some roads are closed these mountain tracks offer an enjoyable overlanding experience, there are usually plenty of places to stop too, good for the driver as they will still need to have their wits about them navigating switchbacks, narrow stretches and the odd oncoming vehicle.
Overlanding Andalucia can see you admiring some of the most beautiful landscapes in Spain, reservoirs and coastline, to natural parks and snow capped mountains even in the summer. Some notable areas are:
- Sierra de Cazorla, Jaén
- Sierra de Grazalema, Cádiz
- La Doñana, Huelva
- Montes de Málaga, Málaga
- Sierra Nevada, Granada
- Sierra de Castril, Granada
- Cabo de Gata, Almería
There are some areas in which to wild camp [as well as camp sites] but even if you are just stopping for the day some of these views make a great location to open out the awning, get the kitchen fired up and chill out for few hours.
Andalucia does not disappoint, if you can take the heat during the Summer the sky is a cloudless clear blue where you can see for miles, Spring and Autumn are also good seasons and the landscape changes again as well as temperatures becoming a bit more comfortable.
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