Andalusia is widely referred to as one of the most beautiful regions of Spain. It’s home to picturesque scenery, from serene beaches to majestic mountain ranges, and impressive architecture, such as market buildings and cathedrals. If you’re planning to visit Spain, here are some of the must-visit spots throughout this stunning region…
The capital of Andalusia is home to awe-inspiring buildings, such as the Plaza de Espana. This semi-circular building mixes styles of architecture from across Spain, and is surrounded by a canal (romantic boats included!). Another must-see is the Metropol Parasol, six giant tree-like constructions rising connected by bridges and rising over the city. The real star, though, is the cathedral, the world’s third-largest, no less… and UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can climb to the top of the Giralda bell tower and enjoy 360-degree views of the city’s skyline… Add to this adorable streets, fragrant with orange blooms in spring, and countless tapas bars: pure happiness.
Known as the home of the Alhambra, a fortress that towers over the rest of the city. Some parts even date as far back as the 9th century. Think exquisite decor, serene patios, reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, and fountains and orchards in the Generalife gardens. No wonder it is a UNESCO gem! You will want to get there early, as there is a set amount of visitors allowed in each day – 3,300 in the morning, and another 3,300 in the afternoon. Don’t miss the rest of the town. Wander through Sacromonte (caves still home to Gipsy families), Carmenes (and it adorable townhouses), Albaicin (the Moorish quarter) and finish at the Mirador San Nicolas, which overlooks the Alhambra palace.
Ronda is one of the most impressive sights in Andalusia. This charming town small on top of a hill is well worth making the journey. The main attraction here is the Puente Nuevo which stretches across a 120-metre-deep valley and connects the new town to the old town. Even though it’s called the “new bridge”, it was built in 1793 and took 34 years to build. If you want to get the best shot, go to the Plaza de Maria Auxiliadora and hike down into the valley… Particularly enchanting at dusk.
The sixth-biggest city in Spain, Malaga’s also one of the oldest cities in the world. It’s home to one of the country’s biggest airports, so if you fly to Andalusia, you’ll probably pass through here. Lots to see there: the Gibralfaro castle, fantastic museums like the Centre Pompidou Malaga or the Picasso Birthplace Museum… but do rent a car (plenty Malaga car hire options available) to experience the Camino del Rey: a walkway suspended some 100 metres above the El Chorro gorge. Trills and mind-wowing views guaranteed!
Andalusia’s an unforgettable place to visit, full of dramatic vistas and incredible white villages. Enough to fill quite a few holidays…