TRIPS TO SPAIN:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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
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.
The Costa de la Luz stretches over the entire Atlantic coast of the Andalusian coastline, from the Gulf of Cadiz to the Strait of Gibraltar. The long beaches are formed by endless dunes, sometimes colored with pine forests. The sand is gilded by considerable annual sunshine and the hotel and tourist infrastructures are well developed.
Cordoba is one of the most amazing and beautiful cities of Andalusia. It stands on of the Rio Guadalquivir. This southern Spanish city was one of the greatest urban centers in the world. Explore its ancient sites and medieval charms with a private guide who is ready to take you on a private Cordoba tour.
Granada is a city full of history. It is the southern Spanish city which is the home of the Alhambra and here you can find a lot of things about the Nasrid dynasty or Charles V of Spain, as well as see such incredible places like the Granada Gardens, the court of lions or the lion fountain.
Malaga is a cultural city that holds art galleries, fashion boutiques and an edgy new creative quarter, all under near-constant sunshine and golden-sand beaches. If that hasn’t convinced you yet, let’s see how we can improve your experience in this city.
This “white village” is one of the most beautiful perched on the edge of a gorge surrounded by hills, whitewashed buildings, orange and olive groves. Ronda is in the south of Spain, about 100 kilometers from the city of Malaga. It will charm you with its narrow streets, an emblematic bridge, houses on the edge of the canyon and much more.
Seeing a live flamenco show is definitely one of the best things to do in Seville. Would you like to join us? Spain is known for its history, delicious tapas and wide variety of beaches. However, this beautiful country is also home to world-class folk music and dance.
Let us take you on a journey into the world of bullfighting. Join an exciting and fascinating trip that revolves around the art of bullfighting and gives you an in-depth understanding of this art. Come and experience the Andalusia countryside life!
The mighty Iberian pig is something of an icon in Spain, with ham being the king of tapas throughout the country and beyond. This tour explores the journey of Iberian ham from farm to table, offering you a fascinating insight and appreciation. On our tour of southern Spain you will discover all about Iberian acorn-fed ham.
Taking a Jerez de la Frontera wine tour is more than just an opportunity to taste these local wines. It is a journey into the history of Andalusia that goes back more than 3000 years and traces the centuries of the many civilizations that occupied this rich land.
The southern Spanish city of Seville will steal your heart with its charming streets, glorious architecture and its traditions. Or maybe you prefer hang out at the tapas bars chatting up friendly folks. And if you have some time, why not soak in the cultural air and learn the flamenco dance? Seville is, after all, one of the greatest sources of flamenco in Spain.
Your visit to Malaga in Andalusia wouldn’t be complete without a side trip to one of the beautiful white villages. The dazzling white villages of Spain along the coastline and in the Sierras are charming and make for a perfect day out.
Cycling in Seville is the best way to cover the whole city in a few hours. Discover the charming spots along the Guadalquivir River on this eco-friendly bike tour of Seville. During the tour, follow your local guide along bike-friendly trails as you enjoy the sights and tranquility of this amazing city away from the typical tourist crowds.
Hiking in Andalusia is definitely worthy of your list of things to do in Spain. We recommend a hiking vacation in Spain to discover the Doñana National Park. With a variety of wonderful scenery including coastal hiking like no other, rivers, ravines, waterfalls and rugged 3,000 meter peaks, a wonderful destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Horses are used in all facets of Andalusian life, and have been since time immemorial. Whether it is for political functions, or for pleasure days at the beach or to take the goats out or parade around town, Spanish Andalusian horses are amazing! Come see for yourself how this animal is the cornerstone of life in southern Spain.
If you’re going to spend a golf vacation in Spain, chances are it’s going to be in Andalusia. It is the region of Spain with the highest average temperature and is one of the world’s top golf destinations. Spain has more than 350 golf courses. Golf is very popular in this country, especially in the south of Spain. Golf on the Costa del Sol is one of the main sporting pastimes. The Costa del Sol is known as the Costa del Golf, and rightly so.
The Alpujarra is a natural paradise formed by a series of picturesque villages of great beauty that extends along the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada to the Mediterranean coast, between the provinces of Granada and Almeria. It is an area of contrasts, with a rugged terrain formed by valleys and ravines.
If you’re looking for Spain itineraries, you might want to consider a visit to Portugal. But we don’t mean the typical means of transportation. You can literally zip-line down from Sanlúcar de Guadiana in Andalusia, Spain, to Alcoutim in Algarve, Portugal, via a steel cable on the world’s only zip line that will take you over an international border.
Spain is an excellent country for hiking, but the Caminito del Rey stands out among all others as an impressive feat. This nearly 8-kilometer trail near Malaga (Andalusia) was once considered one of the most dangerous in the world. Today the entire route has been restored, but one thing has not changed: the unique experience of walking along footbridges suspended more than 100 meters above a sheer cliff.
To show you all the charm and beauty of the capital of Spain from an ecological means of transport: the Segway. Madrid is a special city to travel on a Segway because its streets have ups and downs that are much more accessible when traveling with this transportation.