World Heritage Cities, paradisiacal beaches, rich natural surroundings and charming villages are just some of the tourist attractions to see in Andalusia.

Eight provinces with places to suit all tastes. And which, by the way, love to welcome visitors from all over the world. So get your pencil, paper or notepad ready because below we are going to tell you about the most beautiful and extraordinary places to see in Andalusia.

We can assure you that Andalusia is a destination that is not to be missed. And you'll soon realise why.

Let's start the journey!

Almeria, a hidden treasure

Starting this tour in Almería capital. If you like history, its Alcazaba is well worth a visit, as it is the largest Arab fortification in Spain. You can visit the inside and, if you like Game of Thrones, the Torre del Homenaje (keep) is sure to ring a bell.

On the other hand, the Cathedral of the Incarnation is also a must-see. It is a 16th century cathedral-fortress with a Gothic structure and Renaissance façades that can be visited any day of the week.

Now we leave the capital to look for dream beaches such as Cabo de Gata, which offers super beautiful coastal landscapes. Some of the beaches where you can relax in the area are Playa de los Muertos, Playa de los Genoveses and Cala Rajá. In addition, in the Salinas de Cabo de Gata you can observe birds such as flamingos, herons and egrets and enjoy fascinating natural landscapes.

Cádiz, dream beaches to relax on

The places to see in Andalusia can compete with each other. But, if you allow us, for us Cádiz has that special something that you can't find anywhere else.

If you come to relax, among the plans to relax in Cadiz you can sunbathe and swim in beautiful beaches such as Conil de la Frontera, Tarifa and Los Caños de Meca.

But if you prefer a more cultural plan, you can visit the white villages of Cádiz, all of them with a very special rural charm: Zahara de la Sierra, Setenil de las Bodegas, Arcos de la Frontera... and so on, up to 19 more villages.

And for sleeping? Well, you can stay in our houseboats in La Línea de la Concepción , from where you can travel to the rest of the province. There you have the possibility to spend your holidays in a houseboat . Did you know that there are many benefits of contact with water to enjoy during your stay?

 

But if what you are looking for is a total relaxation plan, with the experience Relaxation Retreat , as well as staying in this unique hotel, you can enjoy sweet and savoury snacks and a good whisky on your private terrace while you look out over the Rock of Gibraltar. Can you think of a better plan?

In case you have never lived a similar experience, in this article we will tell you what a flotel is . And if you want to try it, it is just a matter of of clicking and booking your houseboat on the coast of Cadiz.

To finish with the province of Cádiz, you can also spend a day in the capital, where you cannot miss the Cathedral of Cádiz with its immense golden dome, its Roman theatre and the monument to the Constitution of 1812.

Cordoba, a lot of history in a few kilometres

Cordoba, the capital, as well as being declared a World Heritage City, has one of the most visited monuments in Spain: the Mosque-Cathedral. This emblematic building is Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Mudejar in style, and is a must-see in a guide to what to see in Andalusia. We definitely recommend you set aside some time to see it at your leisure.

Once you have marvelled at the mosque, then you can continue your visit with the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Roman Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, the Plaza de Corredera and the rest of the historic centre of Cordoba.

And about 15 minutes away by car, you can visit Medina Azahara, which is no less than the largest archaeological site in Spain where you can see the ruins of the Caliphate of Cordoba.

Granada, beyond the Alhambra

As if Cordoba were not enough, Granada also has one of the most visited monuments in the country and the whole world, the Alhambra. It is one of the best monuments to see in Andalusia, as it is an authentic city built by the Nasrid dynasty of the Kingdom of Granada.

There you can see the Nasrid Palaces, the Palace of Charles V, the Generalife, the Patio de los Leones, the Alcazaba... In short, you will have to set aside several hours to see everything at your leisure, we recommend it!

In the rest of the city you cannot miss the Cathedral, the Mirador de San Nicolás, the Sacromonte quarter or the Royal Chapel, where the Catholic Monarchs are buried.

Talking about the rest of the province, if you like rural areas, La Alpujarra or the Cave Territory in the region of Guadix are the places for you. But be careful, if you prefer the beach, you can go to the Costa Tropical.

Huelva, every getaway is different

The province of Huelva is one of the most beautiful you can see in Andalusia. Although you may be familiar with many of its beaches, one of its hidden treasures is the Gruta de las Maravillas (Cave of Wonders) in Aracena

This cave has six lakes and twelve underground rooms that you can discover along a circular route of one kilometre. It is certainly a visit unlike any other.

You can't miss El Rocío, the famous village in the municipality of Almonte. Its streets are unpaved and there are plenty of horse-drawn carriages, as if it were a western film. Of course, here the Virgen del Rocío is the main protagonist.

Finally, the Doñana Park or the beaches of Matalascañas, Mazagón, Punta Umbría or Islantilla are perfect places if you are in search of nature and sea.

Jaén, two World Heritage Sites in 15 minutes

Did you know that the province of Jaén has two World Heritage Cities? That's right, and what's more, they are just 15 minutes by car from each other. They are Baeza and Úbeda.

In Baeza you can see the city walls, the Puerta de Úbeda, the Cathedral, the Plaza de Santa María and the Palace of Jabalquinto, as well as other parts of the monumental city. In Úbeda, on the other hand, the highlights are the Palace of Vela de los Cobos, the Water Synagogue, the Archaeological Museum, the Church of San Pablo and the Sacred Chapel of the Saviour of the World.

As for the city of Jaén, the Cathedral of the Assumption is one of the great unknowns of Spain, and yet one of the most beautiful churches to see in Andalusia. On the other hand, a visit to the city of Jaén should not miss places of monumental interest such as the Castle of Santa Catalina, the Basilica of San Ildefonso or the Arab baths, which you can visit inside.

Malaga, the heart of the Costa del Sol

The province of Malaga is one of the most complete in Andalusia, which is saying something. First of all, its capital is said to be one of the cities with the highest quality of life in Spain. In addition, in terms of tourism, you can't miss the Alcazaba and the Roman Theatre, Malaga Cathedral and the Plaza de la Constitución, among other very cool places.

If you like picturesque villages, Frigiliana takes the cake, full of whitewashed houses and steep streets that retain the charm of the old. 

Were you surprised by the Gruta de las Maravillas in Lucena? The one in Nerja is not far behind either, 4 kilometres long and with the longest stalactite in the world, 33 metres high. And if you are not satisfied with this incredible landscape, in the Caminito del Rey you can take a route along the walkways that are attached to the walls of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, a plan for the more adventurous!

Although if you prefer a city full of glamour and with plenty of leisure options, Marbella is the place for you. And finally, in the province of Malaga you will not only be amazed by the works of nature, but also by those made by man, such as the New Bridge of Ronda. A place that until 1839 held the title of the highest bridge in the world.

Seville, art and nature alike

Finally, we finish with Seville, the capital of Andalusia. It is one of the cities that we recommend you to visit without fail if you are a lover of art, history and architecture. Moreover, with the advantage that you can visit inside its main monuments. The Real Alcázar of Seville is an extraordinary historical site, but the Cathedral of Seville, the Giralda, the Torre del Oro or the Plaza de España are not far behind either.

And if you are in the mood for an excursion, the Cascadas del Huéznar, the Cerro del Hierro and the Doñana National Park are highly recommended options. What towns do you prefer? Santiponce, Estepa, San Nicolás del Puerto, Carmona or Cazalla de la Sierra are waiting for you.

In short, there is a lot to see in Andalusia and we have tried to summarise it all in these lines. Even so, there are bound to be places we are missing, as it is one of the largest regions in Spain and, as you have already seen, with plenty to enjoy.

 

So pack your bags, you're in for a great trip!

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