Andalusia is a large region of hills, rivers, and farmland bordering Spain’s southern coast. From the 8th to the 15th century, Andalusia was under Moorish rules, and you can still feel it with its architecture, for example in Granada with the Alhambra Castle. This region is a must do in Spain and is full of beautiful things to do! This is why we have prepared for you the best Andalusia travel guide! Ready? Let’s go!
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1 – Visit Andalusia’s Capital, Seville
Seville is the capital of south of Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Its historical center lorded over by a huge Gothic cathedral, is an intoxicating mix of splendid Mudéjar palaces, baroque churches and winding medieval lanes. Our guide of Seville can tell you all the insights.
2 – Wander the Moorish architecture in Córdoba
Córdoba, famous for its Mosque-Cathedral, is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, where past and modernity blend in together. Cordoba’s period of greatest glory started in the 8th century after the Moorish conquest, when some 300 mosques and innumerable palaces to rival with the magnificent Constantinople.
3 – Discover Moorish history in Granada
Rich in culture and history, Granada is undoubtedly the most worthwhile city in Spain for visitors. In addition to a rich history, the Alhambra and other monuments, a student-driven nightlife, and trekking in the nearby Sierra Nevada, Granada offers a break from the summer heat of other Andalusian cities like Córdoba or Seville. Check our guide of Granada to discover the best things to see.
4 – Taste the traditional Jabugo Ham
Manchado de Jabugo ham’s unique taste comes from the fact that the pigs eat only natural ingredients. The “Jamón de Jabugo” is ham that has been produced and prepared in Jabugo, a village that belongs to the Jamón de Huelva Designation of Origin.
5 – Take a sunbath in Costa de la Luz
The Costa de la Luz is a section of the Andalusian coast in Spain facing the Atlantic; it extends from Tarifa in the south, along with the shores of the Province of Cádiz and the Province of Huelva, to the mouth of the Guadiana River. Really known for its soft light and stretches from the British Territory of Gibraltar. Discover the best things to do in Cádiz and Costa de la Luz with our guide.
6 – Enjoy a birdview in Grazalema National Park
Situated in a high valley over 800m in the Sierra del Endrinal and dominated by the magnificent rocky outcrop known as Peñon Grande, the pretty mountain village of Grazalema is a must popular base for visitors to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. Rising at the feet of the ocean, the gigantic wall dotted with small white villages, firmly receiving the Atlantic storms that make this massif in the rainiest place on the Iberian Peninsula.
7 – Crawl in the constricts Caves of Nerja
In the neighborhood of Granade, the beautiful Caves of Nerja are a chain of huge caves stretching for almost five kilometers and home to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32-meter high column measuring 13 meters by 7 meters at its base. They are a great place to visit on rainy days or when you’re just tired of the beach. The Nerja Caves in Spain are well-maintained, safe and fascinating, the perfect thing for an indoor mom and her kids. You can visit the Caves of Nerja with a day tour from Granada.
8 – See the most beautiful beach at Cabo de Gata
The stark, arid beauty of Cabo de Gata, in Almería, has inspired works by Lorca and the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone. The magnificent Cabo de Gata Natural Park is a real jewel that boasts some of Spain’s most flawless and least crowded beaches.
9 – Go surfing in Cadiz
The Phenicians founded this beautiful small city of Cadiz in 1100 BC. It is indeed considered as the oldest city in Europe. Surrounded almost entirely by water, this charming city and his magical atmosphere are conquering more and more travelers hearts. Perfect weather, great history, delicious food, and gorgeous beaches make Cadiz and his coast one of the best destination of Spain.
10 – Take a stroll in Doñana National Park
The Doñana National Park is vast, almost 110,000 hectares of protected area in the nearby of Seville. The Parque Nacional de Doñana is one of Europe’s most important wetland reserves and a significant site for birdwatching, where more than 500,000 bird species visit every year. Visit Doñana National Park leaving from Seville.
11 – Enjoy the Costa del Sol in Malaga
Málaga is a coastal port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its high-rise hotels jutting up from yellow-sand beaches. Looming over that modern skyline is the city’s two massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish’s rule. If you believe that the Costa del Sol is soulless, you apparently haven’t been to Málaga, full of things to do.
12 – Plan the Last Crusade at the Tabernas Desert
The Tabernas Desert, also known as the Almeira Desert, is one of Spain’s semi-deserts, located within Spain’s southeastern province of Almería. It is Europe’s only desert, a rugged and varied landscape, a perfect holiday destination on the Costa Almeria. This dessert is also the film location to some real classics, including Exodus, Indiana Jones, Lawrence of Arabia and many others.
13 – Go fishing in El Rompido
El Rompido is a coastal borough in the municipality of Cartaya which is situated in the province of Huelva in Andalucía. This fishing town is one of the most tranquil and uncrowded spots on the Costa de la Luz.
14 – Admire the view of Africa from Tarifa
Located at the southernmost point of Europe, Tarifa is the place where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet, which gives it a different climate and character compared to the rest of Andalucía. Just 14 kilometers from Moroccans Coasts, it provides spectacular views of the Rif Mountains. Tarifa is also the perfect place for kitesurfing!
15 – Take a royal stroll on the Kings Pathway
The King’s Pathway, also known as “El Caminito del Rey” is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales in the province of Málaga, Spain. Constructed in the debut of the 20th century to give workers access to two hydroelectric plants, the path was closed in 2000, for more than a decade, after many people died attempting to cross it. The Spanish King Alfonso XIII inaugurated this pathway in 1921, which is why it’s now called “The King’s Little Pathway”. The King himself strolled the length of it to marvel at the breathtaking & scenic landscape. Let’s take the King’s Pathway during your stay in Andalucia!
16 – Wonder a breathtaking view of Ronda
Ronda is one of Andalusia cutest mountain towns, The old and new cities are connected by one of the most famous viaducts in Spain, known as “The New Bridge”. Take a romantic break in Ronda and witness a spectacular setting on the clifftop overlooking the dramatic El Tajo. Apart from the bridge, the new town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
17 – Go hiking in Segura y las villas natural park
The Natural Park Of Segura Y Las Villas is stunning for its sheer, mid-mountain relief. Towering rock walls and deep valleys mix with luxuriant forests of Corsican pine. It is a protected area with the highest number of species, some of which are in danger of extinction, such as the Cazorla geranium.
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