Spain

Andalucia – Home to 5 Alluring Destinations!

  Andalucia is the southern most and second largest province in Spain and has coastlines that share both the Mediterranean and Atlantic seas. This area is rich in both culture and beauty. You can begin to understand why this area attracts visitors from far and wide. Our 5 top spots in Andalucia include Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Malaga and Granada. Fantastic places you should see!

Cordoba

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba

Having been both a mosque and a church, it represents a beautiful mix of cultures. With 856 columns and its characteristic arches of alternating red and white colours, it is an absolute marvel to gaze upon. Hundreds of small oil lights hung from the ceiling cast light on over 30 individual chapels. It truly is a place of magnificence.

Beautiful red white arches with candle lit hallways define the cordoba cathedral mosque

Calleja de las Flores 

This a narrow, pretty flower-lined street close to the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba. It is a popular spot and regardless of the season, has flowers in bloom. If this is your thing, then be sure to check the Taberna Los Geranios on the Calle de Comedias and the tribute on the Puerta del Rincon.

Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

This fortress housed Spanish royalty and was headquarters to the Spanish Inquisition tribunals over three centuries. The fortress boasts beautiful gardens and courtyards, so stroll the grounds and keep your eyes open for some beautiful sights.

Green trees surround a pond with many small fountains down its length.

Roman Bridge

Originally built in the 1st century BC, it has only two of the original sixteen arches remaining. It only takes a few minutes to walk across this 250m long bridge and it’s absolutely worth it. Once on the opposite side, you can view the Roman Bridge with Cordoba old town as its backdrop. Just fantastic.

16 stone arches form a bridge which spans a wide green river

Plaza de la Corredera

If you want to see a typical Spanish plaza then this is the place. Located right in the city centre, it is host to many of the town’s festivals.  There are also plenty of cafés to choose from to stop and enjoy a break.

A large plaza with pink surrounding 4 story buildings containing chairs from nearby cafes

Seville

Orange Scented Streets 

Orange trees decorate many of the streets in Seville infusing the air with their pleasant aroma. The fallen oranges give the drab pavement a distinctive splash of colour. It enhances Seville’s magic!

 

 

Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Sede de Sevilla 

This is the largest Christian Gothic cathedral in the world. It houses the remains of several kings and Christopher Columbos. Built over the site of a demolished mosque, it was completed in 1504 but the minaret still stands.

a large ornately ordained church with a minaret

Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla 

Built in the 17th century and taking nearly 100 years to reach completion, this arena has been called one of the most beautiful and elegant in Spain. Free guided tours to the museum inside the arena and into the arena stands are scheduled each Monday afternoon from 15:00 to 19:00 in both Spanish and English. We don’t by any means advocate bullfighting but as in many things, it is interesting to know the history.

Red, white and yellow bull fighting ring. Inside the arena are 3 tiers of seating.

Maria Luisa Park

Originally part of the Palace Royal Gardens, this beautiful urban park has fountains, ponds, monuments and is inhabited by numerous bird species. Unfortunately, when we were visiting recent storm damage had caused a temporary park closure but from the outside, the 80 acres looked spectacular.

Royal Tobacco Factory

This building features an exquisite external façade. It now serves as the main building for the University of Seville, but in the 18th century it was used in the production of snuff (pulverised tobacco leaves producing dust which is inhaled) and for tobacco auctions.

Ornate design on the frontage of a building flying 2 flags
Old Tobacco Factory – now part of the University of Seville

 

Intricate architectural designs on the buildings with green trees around
Random Pretty Seville Sights

Ronda

Puente Neuvo

This 18th century bridge towers 120m above the canyon floor and the Guadalevin River. The bridge has a chamber above the central arch which was allegedly used as a torture chamber whereby people were thrown to the rocks below! You are able to visit this chamber by descending steps close by.

 

Bridge with a 120m drop showing a cascade of water on one side and rounder cliffs on the other side of the bridge

Park Alameda del Tajo

 This quaint botanical garden has statues and different types of trees native to the area. There are great cliff-side views from the nearby viewpoint.

Native green treed park showing storm damage

Plaza des Toros de Ronda

This plaza is the oldest bull-fighting ring in Spain and is situated by the Park Alameda del Tajo.

Bull fighting arena in Ronda. The oldest such complex in Spain. A bull statue is outside the arena.

 Centre of Ronda

There is a one kilometre pedestrian walk area through the city centre past many shops ending at the Park Alameda del Tajo. A pleasant stroll with plenty of cafés to tempt you.

A long tiled pedestrian-only walkway down the middle of Ronda town

Malaga

Castillo de Gibralfaro

 This fortress has two rows of protective walls with multiple towers. It’s a steep walk up the hill to the entry point but it’s worth the short grind to enjoy spectacular views of Malaga.

Tip: There is free entry on a Sunday after 14:00.

View of the harbour and nearby attractions from the castle on the hill above Malaga

Museo Picasso Malaga (MPM)

 The museum houses Pablo Picasso’s paintings, musings and other works show casing his life. There is plenty on show to keep you enthralled.

Tip: Free entry on Sundays for the last 2 hours of opening.

Picasso painting depicting a women with a coffee

 

Pompidou Centre of Malaga

 This art museum hosts modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The building is crowned by a distinctive multi-coloured cube, ‘El Cubo’, and is easily accessed via the pedestrian board-walk along the seafront.

Multi-coloured squares panes of a huge glass cube sitting on one side.

 

Cathedral de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion

This huge cathedral took over 250 years to build with a completion date of 1782. It represents a synthesis of both Gothic and Baroque architecture. Grandiose is not an understatement!

Large ornately designed cathedral with one tower.

El Teatro Romano

This 1st century Roman Theatre lies in the heart of old town Malaga and about 200m from the Cathedral de Santa Maria de la Encarnacion. It is free to visit and you can walk around the site.

Old Roman theatre with seating for thousands of people

Granada

Alhambra 

A palace complex built during the 13th and 14th centuries with a consistent theme of ‘paradise on earth’. It has a rather modest walled exterior but this hides an interior of beautiful, intricately designed and coloured architecture. Part of this complex includes large gardens of fountains, reflecting pools and running water. The Moorish architecture is just exquisite. Read more on this alluring place.

Moorish designs on wall skirting and murals on a wall

Tranquil green surroundings of a reflecting pool and fountain

Moorish palace showing some Moorish wall murals

 

We loved these five Andalucian cities. The good news is that each of these superb locations is within an hour or so driving from the other. Realistically, you could plan to see them all without too much fuss!

If anyone has found other interesting locations in this region we would really like to hear from you. Happy travelling!

Lars

Author: Lars

Being an Australian boy brought up in the country, I learnt at an early age to enjoy the freedom and beauty of nature. Leaving Australia at the age of 20, although I didn’t know it then, would be the beginning of a life of adventure. So join me here on our travels and see the world through my eyes.

2 Comment

  1. I loved driving through the pueblos blancos, white villages perched among the hilltops of Andalucia. What a sight!

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