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Andalusia Travel Guide

Explore Andalusia, Spain's most vibrant region

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Mezquita in Cordoba, Andalusia

Mezquita in Cordoba, Andalusia

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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!

Guided Tours of Andalusia

Andalusia is quite easy to visit by yourself, with good train connections through much of the region and buses where there are no trains. 

But an excellent way to explore Andalusia is by guided tour. There are tours of Andalusia departing from Madrid, Seville and Malaga.

Tour of Andalusia from Malaga
Length: 7 Days
Cities Visited: Granada, Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Ronda 
Read more: Andalusia Tour from Malaga 

Tour of Andalusia from Seville
Length: 
3 Days
Cities Visited: Granada, Cordoba and Seville 
Read more: Andalusia Tour from Seville

Tour of Andalusia from Madrid
Length: 
4 Days
Cities Visited: Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Toledo 
Read more: Andalusia Tour from Madrid 

Cities and Towns in Andalusia

Major cities and towns in Andalusia, in order of 'importance' to the tourist:
  1. Seville
  2. Granada
  3. Ronda
  4. Cordoba
  5. Cadiz
  6. Tarifa
  7. Osuna
  8. Jerez
  9. Malaga
  10. 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

It can't really be done! But if you have to: Seville (2 days) to Cadiz (1 day) to Ronda (1 day) to Granada (2 days) to Cordoba (1 day).

Highlights

  • 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
  • Everyone these days is talking about Osuna, and its use as a filming location in Game of Thrones.
  • 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 Andalusia

All of these tours depart from Madrid.

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 Andalusia

Find out what festivals go on in Andalusia: Festivals in Andalusia

Distances Between Cities in Andalusia

 

  Seville Granada Cadiz Cordoba Almeria
Seville - 264km 129km 150km 422km
Granada 264km - 371km 237km 175km
Cadiz 129km 371km - 263km 461km
Cordoba 150km 237km 263km - 363km
Almeria 422km 175km 461km 363km -

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