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BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SOUTHERN SPAIN-THE ANDALUCIA

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Land of the flamenco dancers, fiery gypsy musicians, modern bull fighting, dazzling Moorish palaces, magnificent cathedral and spectacular white washed hill towns, Andalucia is the dreamland!

Located in Southern Spain, Andalucia is divided into eight provinces, each having the same name as its respective provincial capital city. With its rich culture, timeless beauty, Andalucia is no doubt one of the best travel destinations.

Get ready to discover this list of the best places to visit in Southern Spain.

 

JEREZ- DISCOVER THE WINELANS OF SOUTHERN SPAIN

Located in the south western part of Spain, Jerez is the fifth largest city in Andalusia. Known for its world renowned wine-lands, Jerez offers an experience of the world famous wines and the most spectacular equestrian shows!

Get a glimpse of the past history by strolling through the old city to witness the beauty of the declared Historic-Artistic Monumental Heritage.

Along your way get mesmerised by the gorgeous palaces, majestic churches and unique buildings.

Do not miss the unique show with the best singers and flamenco dancers of the region while you savour the delicious tapas!

Jerez Wine
picture: Luis C.

 

GRANADA-THE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CITY OF ANDALUCIA

Just some 260 km away from Jerez, Granada is the mecca of the Spanish history and culture. You will most likely notice the influence of the Moorish, Roman, and Byzantine civilisations.

As you go on exploring this incredible southern part of Spain, you will find a reflection of the medieval architectures. One such example is the magnificent Alhambra Palace known for its sophisticated designs, surrounded by enchanting gardens and splendid fountains. Its intimate spaces are built at a human scale that visitors find elegant and inviting.

Sitting at the foot of the Peninsula’s highest mountain is the majestic Sierra Nevada which is about 3,478 metres above sea level. If you want some adrenaline rush, then don’t miss to try skiing at the Sierra Nevada Ski Station.

Another highlight of this marvellous city is its local food! Typically influenced by the Arabo-Andalusian cuisine, the gastronomy of Granada reflects a fusion of cultures. Granada is one of the few cities in Spain where the tapas are still complimentary — just order a drink and you’ll be asked what you’d like for your tapa!

Alhambra Palace
Alhambra Palace from Flickr

 

CORDOBA- THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF ANDALUCIA

Cordoba is the cultural capital of Andalucia. Here you will get to experience the medieval town, while you can appreciate the elegant cityscapes as you wander around.

Visit the awe-inspiring Mezquita (mosque-cathedral), undoubtedly you will be dumbfounded by its architectural uniqueness, reflecting the immensity of Islamic worship. While at the same time appreciate the glorious central cathedral, and contemplate a mix of Gothic renaissance, and baroque design styles.

In addition, get enchanted by taking a leisure stroll through the Cordoba’s narrow back street, where you will certainly stumble by the white washed walls, and beautiful patios filled with captivating flowers.

Interestingly, Cordoba hosts the May Crosses Festival also known as Cruces de Mayo, you can enjoy a long procession of flower-covered float, with women in traditional gypsy dresses throwing flowers into the crowd. Also, the event is followed by the famous Patio Contests, and the Spring Feria.

mesquita
credit: Maria Jones

RONDA-WHITE WASHED HILL TOWN OF ANDALUCIA

Located just some 162 km away from Cordoba, Ronda welcomes you by its charming white washed hill town. Away from the hustle and bustle, Ronda is ideal for those looking for a quiet and rejuvenating vacation.

Famous for its amazing gorge bridges which was back then used by the Moors as a great defence, but was then taken later by the Spaniards in 1485. Also, Ronda is the birthplace of bull fighting, you can enjoy this art form at a neo classical bullring such as at the Plaza de Toros.

And if you an adventurous spirit, then you can hike down the gorge, while contemplating the incredible natural sceneries.

Ronda
picture: Celina

SEVILLE-THE METROPOLITAN OF ANDALUCIA

Seville known for its joyous environment, featuring a range of eclectic and absolutely majestic landmarks with mesmerising and intriguing architectures-a blend of the Roman and Moorish culture.

This metropolitan city proudly presents its historical landmarks such as the Alcázar palace, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies, which are classified as the UNESCO World Heritage.

Seville has a population of about 1.5 million, which is considered as one of the largest cities in Spain! It is also recognised as the epicentre of the Spanish Flamenco dance.

Here, you will most likely find a range of hotels, attractions, museums, art galleries, cinemas, clubs, terraces, inns and bars!

Spain
picture: Ashton Drake

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  • Another place that is often missing from Andalucia guides and best places to visit is Ubeda and Baeza, two small villages in Jaen that are Unesco World Heritage sites. There is so much to see in these two villages and makes a great weekend away from the coast.

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