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Andalucia

The Essence of Spain

Welcome to Andalucia

Immortalised in operas and vividly depicted in 19th-century art and literature, Andalucía often acts as a synonym for Spain as a whole: a sun-dappled, fiesta-loving land of guitar-wielding troubadours, reckless bullfighters, feisty operatic heroines and Roma singers wailing sad laments.

While this simplistic portrait might be outdated, stereotypical and overly romantic, it does carry an element of truth. Andalucía, despite creeping modernisation, remains a spirited and passionate place where the atmosphere sneaks up and envelops you when you least expect it – perhaps as you’re crammed into a buzzing tapas bar or lost in the depths of a flamenco performance.

The Cultural Heart of Spain

Each one preserves extraordinarily brilliant and beautiful monuments, of which the most perfect is Granada’s Alhambra palace, arguably the most sensual building in all of Europe. Seville, not to be outdone, has a fabulously ornamented Alcázar and the grandest of all Gothic cathedrals.

Today, Andalucía’s capital and seat of the region’s autonomous parliament is a vibrant contemporary metropolis that’s impossible to resist. Córdoba’s exquisite Mezquita, the grandest and most beautiful mosque constructed by the Moors, is a landmark building in world architecture and not to be missed.

Things to Do in Andalucia

Seville

The Andalusian capital is full of historical monuments to discover. Whether you’re traveling with friends in the mood to party or looking for a romantic gateway, Seville is the perfect destination to have a good time and enjoy the sun.

Cordoba

Located only 40 min away from Seville by train, Cordoba is a must-see on a trip to Andalucia. Visiting Córdoba in 1 or 2 days is discovering one of the most beautiful old town of Andalusia, as well as prestigious monuments like the mosque-cathedral of Córdoba or the Alcázar.

Granada

Granada also has its own emblematic historical monument: the world-famous Alhambra. This stunning palace and fortress complex is one of the most emblematic monuments of Islamic architecture. After the gardens in the Alcazar of Seville and Cordoba, brace yourself for the spectacular Generalife gardens!

The White Villages

Among all the things to do in Andalucia, you really should do a road trip on the White villages Route. The most famous road of Andalucia will take you to the most beautiful villages and countryside spots. Most of the White Villages, or “Pueblos Blancos”, are located uphill. In the past, that was the best protection against a potential enemy attack!

Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park

Sierra de Grazalema natural park is a great place for hiking. It’s located in Cadiz and Malaga provinces, close to Arcos and Zahara villages. There are many hiking trails in this park, you will need to choose one (or several!) depending on your fitness level, your interest and also the time of the year

Malaga

You’re a culture enthusiast? Then you should definitely go visit Malaga! Beside being a top beach destination in Andalucia, Malaga is also full of interesting cultural sites and museums.

Best Time to Visit Andalucia

Andalusia can be visited all year round, but it is good to know that there are advantages and disadvantages to each season. It all depends on what you want to do when on vacation.

Spring and autumn are great – pleasantly warm for activities, quiet beaches, lovely natural colours, especially February-April floral blooms. Bird migrations in autumn and spring are brilliant for twitchers. The soaring Sierra Nevada range from arid to snowy, depending on season and altitude. The rugged Almeria desert is a great midwinter (or Christmas) getaway – generally sunny, dry and warm by day.

Andalusia can be visited all year round, but it is good to know that there are advantages and disadvantages to each season. It all depends on what you want to do when on vacation.

Spring and autumn are great – pleasantly warm for activities, quiet beaches, lovely natural colours, especially February-April floral blooms. Bird migrations in autumn and spring are brilliant for twitchers. The soaring Sierra Nevada range from arid to snowy, depending on season and altitude. The rugged Almeria desert is a great midwinter (or Christmas) getaway – generally sunny, dry and warm by day.

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