22 August/September 2017 ; Family Getaways
SPAIN HAS MANY LOCATIONS WORTHY OF A ROAD TRIP, but one of the best is the Andalusia region, especially for those short on time. With a weeklong itinerary, families can cover up to four cities at a brisk
pace, affording them the opportunity to see Moorish architecture and design,
devour tapas and enjoy quality time driving through the Spanish countryside.
How to take family road trip through Andalusia, Spain
by KERYN MEANS
Andalusia, in the south of the Iberian Peninsula, is
an autonomous community in Spain. (It’s kind of like an
independent state; there are 17 autonomous communities
and two autonomous cities in Spain.) A road trip through
the region is ideal throughout the year, as Andalusia’s
capital, Seville, has the highest average temperature
in mainland Spain. While it can get hot in the summer
months, spring and fall are perfect for exploring with
family members who may be more affected by extreme
temperatures, such as young children and grandparents.
The easiest starting point for an Andalusian road trip
is Madrid. Families can fly in to Adolfo Suarez Madrid–
Barajas Airport, recover from jet lag for a day or two, then
hit the road. Let clients know that they can pick up
a vehicle from the airport through most international rental-car agencies, such as Enterprise
Rent-A-Car, Hertz and Europcar, but that
they’ll pay extra for an automatic transmission, as manual is the norm in Europe.
Car seats and booster seats are avail-
able at an added price and should be
reserved in advance. Reserving a GPS
is highly recommended, as well.
(A note about rental cars in Europe:
While it is easy to rent a car as a U.S.
citizen in most European countries,
an international license is sometimes
required. Adults can get an international
license at most AAA locations.
Simply bring a passport
photo and the