Andalusia Spain

THE SOUTH OF SPAIN

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Travel to Andalusia in the south of Spain

Andalusia is the Spain of the imagination, the place where a dreamy sun kisses land and where passion, poetry, and drama meet all together. Fearless matadors, fabulous festivals, and foot-stomping flamenco represent this emblematic region.

You can feel here the legacy of the past while wandering through the twisting medieval cobblestone streets, admiring the swirling Arabesque patterns in Islamic architecture or maybe listening for melancholy notes of Gypsy soul in the strumming of Spanish guitar.

We have prepared some tailor-made holidays so you can discover the traditional Andalucia

ANDALUSIA OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Andalusia is a place of contrasts: snowcapped mountains, lush green river valleys, and wild gorges. The scenery provides stunning backdrops for amazing sights. From the glorious cathedral of Seville to the gorgeous Alhambra palace in Granada and the Great Mosque of Córdoba, Andalusia has some of the most thrilling monuments in the world.

A stroll through almost any of Andalusia’s historic towns leads to delightful discoveries of fountain-adorned squares and some whitewashed houses with flower-filled patios.

WHY TAKE A TRIP TO SOUTHERN SPAIN IN ANDALUSIA

Southern Spain is a perfect road trip destination. Most locations in Andalusia are only a 2–4-hour drive apart, but you will never get bored here! The region will capture you with its beauty and pleasant weather all year round.

You will enjoy stunning Moorish architecture, and a rich history of melting cultures. In one small area you will find World Heritage Sites, white-washed villages, and deep-rooted traditions of flamenco and bullfighting.

Escullos Beach in Nijar (Almeria), the south of Spain
The south of Andalusia: El Rocio in Huelva

THINGS TO DO IN SEVILLE

Seville is one of the most important cities in Spain and also the capital of Andalusia. The city’s Roman heritage is obvious and the Muslim one is evident all over the city. During the times of the Spanish Empire when trade and wealth was abundant, the city was given impressive architecture and a beautiful atmosphere.

Must do’s in Seville:

  • Visit the amazing Real Alcazar (used to film some scenes during the 5th season of “Game of Thrones”).
  • Visit the Cathedral (the largest Cathedral in Spain and the largest Gothic church in the world).

  • Take a ride around the Cathedral on a horse-drawn carriage.

  • Walk around the narrow and romantic Santa Cruz neighbourhood.
  • Visit the famous Plaza de España and Parque de Maria Luisa from Seville. Plaza de España was used to film scenes in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Star Wars”.

  • Enjoy a Guadalquivir River cruise and walk along the riverbanks from the Torre del Oro to the Maestranza bullring.

The Alcazar of Seville in Andalusia (Spain)
The Alcazar of Seville in Andalusia (Spain)

BEST THINGS TO DO IN GRANADA

Another jewel in the Andalusian crown is Granada. Settled within a broad, this ancient city is above all known for its association with Moorish Spain, of which the legendary Alhambra palace-fortress remains the most tangible legacy. Surrounded by fragrant gardens, the latter encompasses an entire hilltop complex.

Here you can find stylish Arab-style baths and spas, Moroccan-inspired tetería tearooms and also houses whose private gardens, courtyards and rooftop terraces recall the days when this was the last Moorish capital of Andalusia.

Granada spreads out into an elegant baroque historic center full of grand churches, imposing public buildings and beautiful monuments. In many ways a typically lively and impressive southern Spanish city, Granada is also the official birthplace of the tapa. So, expect many opportunities to enjoy this very social way of dining across the many tapas bars and small restaurants that dot one of Spain’s most visited historic centers.

Here are some ideas of what you can do in Granada:

  • Visit Alhambra
  • Treat yourself to tapas
  • Enjoy some walking tours
  • See Sacromonte
  • Visit Granada Cathedral
  • Go hiking in the Sierra Nevada
  • Savor some flamenco shows

ENJOY A SOUTHERN SPAIN ITINERARY

One way to discover the culture of Andalusia is by exploring the sites which have been awarded as UNESCO World Heritage sites. In Granada, you’ll see the Alhambra palace, the Generalife gardens and the mediaeval Albaicín neighbourhood, in Cordoba, its historic center with the great Mosque, in Seville, the cathedral and the Alcazar palace and many, many more!

You’ll find a variety of natural landscapes which range from the beaches of La Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and Almería to the extensive olive groves of Jaén. Moreover, you can visit the Doñana National Park –also declared a World Heritage Site–, or go skiing in the Sierra Nevada ski resort.

Most visitors center on Seville, Granada and Marbella for traditional tapas, flamenco and controversial bullfighting – but there is so much to discover beyond these magnificent cities in the south of Spain. So, creating a Southern Spain itinerary can be very challenging.

Map of Southern Spain

There are so many interesting things to see in Andalusia that it becomes hard to choose. If you want to see the place for a better decision, take a look at this map of Andalucia.

Location on the map of Andalusia Spain

ANDALUSIA IS A MUST IN THE SOUTH OF SPAIN!

Most of the popular images of Spain come from Southern Spain: flamenco dancers, bullfighters, gazpacho, sangria, and beaches of Costa del Sol. This way Andalusia represents many of the iconic cultural elements that make Spain stand out from the rest of Europe.

From whitewashed mountain villages to flamenco dancing in dive bars, and from world-famous art in Picasso’s birthplace Malaga to the scent of orange blossom in Seville, Andalusia never fails to enchant.

You can visit everything from outstanding monuments to a wide variety of different natural landscapes… and you’ll be part of several unique events and sample a range of delicious gastronomic products. Have you booked your ticket?

OUR EXPERIENCES FOR A TRIP TO ANDALUSIA REGION

Seville Cathedral, Spain

Between the orange-scented courtyards, stunning architecture, and joyful flamenco dancing in cozy plazas after dark, Seville is a dream come true. Visiting Seville is discovering a very rich architectural and historical legacy, but also diving in Spanish culture, with tapas, sangria and flamenco.

Cadiz Beach and Cathedral in Andalusia, Spain