Andalusia is the richest region in Spain in terms of places to visit, with Seville, Granada and Cordoba all here. It is the most stereotypically Spanish region, with glorious sunshine most of the year, bullfighting, tapas and flamenco at every turn. If you choose one region to visit in Spain, make this it!
If you're staying in Madrid and would like to sample the best cities in Andalusia, there is a four-day tour that will show you just that.
Read more: Andalusia Tour (from Madrid) (buy direct)
Cities and Towns in AndalusiaMajor cities and towns in Andalusia, in order of 'importance' to the tourist:
- Gibraltar (this last one is not technically in Andalusia, but it is surrounded by it).
For travel details and a suggested itinerary, see this Andalusia Suggested Itinerary.
Andalusia in a Week
If you're pressed for time, one of these Andalusia Guided Tours might be up your street.
- The Alhambra in Granada. The Alhambra is a Moorish fortress complex, with a number of builds of immense beauty and gardens like you won't see anywhere else.
- The Cathedral and Alcazar in Seville. The best sights in Seville and they are side by side. The Cathedral is huge and marries Christian and Moorish designs to spectacular effect.
- The bridge at Ronda. Ronda is built over a ravine and the view from the bridge is exceptional. Getting to Ronda can be quite difficult, so if you're staying on the Costa del Sol, you may want to consider this Guided Tour of Ronda
- The Mosque in Cordoba. The biggest mosque in Spain, it is the highlight of any trip to Cordoba.
- Free tapas in Granada. Granada is famous for its bars, where they serve a morsel of food with every drink.
- Flamenco in Seville, the home of Spain's most distinctive art form. It isn't all about the dancing - the masterful guitar playing and passionate vocals should stir the emotions.
- Sherry in Jerez. Jerez invented sherry and a guided tour of one of the many bodegas (wine cellars) is the single most important thing to do in Andalusia. Read more about Sherry Bodegas in Jerez.
- Bullfighting in Seville. Not to everyone's taste, but worth a look just to see what the fuss is about. See my image gallery to get an idea of what to expect.
- The wine-growing and ham-producing region of Alpujarras. A short drive from Granada, this mountainous collection of villages is perfect for hiking or sampling the best ham in the country.
- Fried fish in Cadiz. The 'gaditanos' (inhabitants of Cadiz) invented fried fish long before the British caught on.
Places to add if you have time
The birthplace of Picasso in Malaga, the monkeys of Gibraltar, the windswept beaches of Tarifa where you can go windsurfing or Whale & Dolphin Watching, the mountain-top town of Vejer de la Frontera, the wildlife of the Coto Doñana National Park, near Huelva.
Multi-Day Tours of AndalusiaAll of these tours depart from Madrid.
- Two-Day Tour from Madrid to Cordoba and Seville (by AVE train) (book direct)
- Three-Day Tour from Madrid to the Costa del Sol (book direct)
- Four-Day Tour of Andalusia (book direct)
- Five-Day Tour of Andalusia (book direct)
Arrival and Departure
Jerez, Seville, Granada and Malaga all have international airports, with budget flights from all over Europe, particularly the UK and Germany. In summer there are limited flights from the US to Malaga.
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Alternatively, the AVE high-speed train from Madrid to Seville takes only two and a half hours.
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Events in AndalusiaFind out what festivals go on in Andalusia: Festivals in Andalusia
Distances Between Cities in Andalusia