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Welcome to Andalucia

Architectural marvels, bright blue oceans, dramatic hills—to visit Andalucia is to just scratch the surface. From the iconic streets of Seville to the historic walls of the Alhambra, Andalucia is packed full of architectural marvels and beautiful landscapes. The region’s arabic history and proximity to the ports of northern Africa give Andalucia a wholly unique feel both culturally and culinarily, with no shortage of things to do for both first-time and repeat visitors.

Top 10 attractions in Andalucia

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La Caleta Beach

La Caleta Beach

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Given that Cadiz is almost entirely surrounded by water, the desire to hit thebeach is bound to strike you at some point. When this happens, your go-to destination will be La Caleta, the only proper beach in old town. It’s an isolated shoreline that cozies up along the western side of the city, nestled inside a natural harbor once used by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans.Though it’s Cadiz’s shortest sandy shore, it ticks all the beach boxes, offering soft golden sands and calm waters, as well as amenities including lifeguards and showers. Perhaps best of all is that the beach is western facing, which means it’s the perfect spot in town to catch a dreamy Spanish sunset. While there, spy some of La Caleta’s notable sights, including the impossible-to-miss crescent-shaped Balneario de Nuestra Señora de la Palma y del Real, a 1920s spa whose gazebo-tipped arms reach out across the shore. It’s not the only impressive structure here, either, as the beach is bookended to the north and south by two fortresses, San Sebastian and Santa Catalina.More
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Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

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Sights across the entire Spanish south have been shaped by centuries of Moorish and Catholic influence, and in few places is this more evident and captivating than at the Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla). This UNESCO World Heritage Site’s sprawling complex is made up of several features; the most picturesque is arguably the Patio de las Doncellas, with its tranquil ponds that reflect the intricate mudéjar plasterwork for which the palace is especially noted.More
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Roman Theatre of Cádiz (Teatro Romano de Cádiz)

Roman Theatre of Cádiz (Teatro Romano de Cádiz)

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Wandering the miniature streets of Cádiz’s El Populo neighorbood, it would be easy to never realize that tucked behind the seemingly old buildings is a much, much older structure: the world’s second largest Roman theater. In fact, no one realized this until 1980, when a fire prompted the ancient theater’s discovery.The Roman Theatre of Cádiz (Teatro Romano de Cádiz), which was likely built during the 1st century BC, fit some 20,000 spectators in its day. Since then, it was built over by a fortress, and later by more recent buildings, hence why it has since remained so very secret. Fortunately, part of the theater has now been excavated, with certain portions, including an interpretation center, open to the public. Though it is still being excavated, much of theater will remain unearthed given the buildings that sit atop it.More
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Tabernas Desert (Desierto de Tabernas)

Tabernas Desert (Desierto de Tabernas)

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With its arid ravines and purpose-built film villages, the Tabernas Desert (Desierto de Tabernas) is one of Almeria’s more offbeat natural attractions that’s ideal for families. Famed for being the backdrop to several Hollywood-produced spaghetti westerns, here you can visit one of the several Western theme parks or tackle one of the many hiking trails.More
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Generalife Gardens

Generalife Gardens

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The 13th-century Generalife served as a summer retreat for Nasrid kings when they needed a break from palace affairs. From its perch on Cerro del Sol (Hill of the Sun), the series of terraces, promenades, and gardens spread across 74 landscaped acres (30 hectares) of the Alhambra complex afford some of the best views over Granada.More
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Museo Picasso Málaga

Museo Picasso Málaga

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Museo Picasso Málaga, situated in the city of the master’s birth, showcases a collection of more than 200 pieces donated to the museum by Picasso’s family. While the Blue and Rose periods are missing, the collection highlights the artist’s personal side, with works he painted for his family or kept for himself.More
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Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba)

Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba)

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Originally the site of the Christian Visigoth Church San Vicente dating back to AD 600, the Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba) stands as the city's most proud monument and one of the most exquisite Islamic structures in the Western world. Learn about its rich history while taking in the 850 columns of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite.More
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Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

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Built on a hill overlooking Granada and set against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada) is a sprawling complex of intricately decorated palaces, pristine gardens, and a once-mighty fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed during the Nasrid Dynasty and later partially destroyed and rebuilt by King Charles V. With its mix of Renaissance and Moorish architecture, the Alhambra Palace is the most sought-after attraction for visitors to Granada, sitting high on most must-see lists for Andalucia and Spain as a whole.More
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Ronda

Ronda

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Perched on El Tajo canyon, Ronda is set on one of Spain’s most dramatic landscapes and possesses a rich history documented by ancient rock paintings, towering stone bridges, and 14th-century ruins. Today, the city’s dramatic cliffs, local wineries, and rustic charm make it an ideal mountain getaway or day trip destination.More
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Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

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The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, built atop the remains of a mosque, the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede) features a spectacular gold altarpiece in its main altar depicting 36 scenes from the life of Christ, as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus, works by Goya and Murillo, and the dramatic Giralda Tower.More

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Gibraltar Day Trip from Seville

Gibraltar Day Trip from Seville

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Recent reviews from experiences in Andalucia

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Ronda trip
Vivienne_F, Feb 2020
Ronda Day Trip: Wine Tasting, Bullfighting Ring and Optional White Villages
It is quite a long day, but you do get to see a lot, and the white villages and Ronda do not disappoint.
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The best experience
Enina295, Oct 2019
Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide
The audio was great, I didn't have to follow tour guides with bad english.
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If you are in Andalucia, you have to...
Thomas O, Oct 2017
Malaga to Granada: skip-the-line at Alhambra & Nasrid Palace - for cruisers only
If you are in Andalucia, you have to visit this place.
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One of the highlights of Andalucia...
Steven C, Mar 2017
Jerez and Cádiz Day Trip from Seville Including Sherry Tasting, Andalusian Horse Show and Ferry Ride
Fascinating city where I got to see the real Spain.
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Granada day trip, the amazing visit to the legendary alhambra palace
hmosli, Dec 2019
Granada Day Trip from Seville
Spain is blessed to preserve such Islamic monuments in Granada and Cordoba and many other places as they ate major touristicattractions.
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our guide Theresa was very...
mhmyrah, Oct 2017
Alcazar of Seville Early Access with Optional Seville Cathedral
our guide Theresa was very knowledgable and spoke excellent English.
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Hi. A well worthwhile trip-such a...
Ann D, Nov 2017
Las Alpujarras Full-Day Tour from Granada
A well worthwhile trip-such a stunning area to visit-even though it was raining.
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We enjoyed the tour very much. The...
Ned L, May 2016
Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Seville
His English was excellent given that the tour was both in Spanish and English.
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First of all, the stops we went to...
Nicole O, Mar 2017
White Villages and Ronda Day Tour from Seville
I was on a tour with both English and Spanish speakers and he took the time to both explain things in both languages but also translate so our group could bond and communicate with each other.
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A brilliant trip! In fact, the...
Neil P, Jun 2016
Granada Hot-Air Balloon Ride
The balloon team from Gloobo were excellent, and although most on the trip were Spanish, our pilot spoke fair English and took the trouble to include us in everything that was happening.
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Our tour guide, Luca, was awesome...
Michael V, May 2017
White Villages Guided Day Tour from Seville
During the drive out to the white villages he provided us a wealth of information about each of the towns we were about to visit, as well as telling us about the people and culture of Andalucia.
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It was a huge pity that the weather...
MRSMLGODFREY, May 2013
Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour
At the beginning of the tour we had our doubts because of the large number in the group (30 English speakers) but there was no problem because we had earphones so that we could hear Antonio very clearly all the time.
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Excellent way to see Andalucia more...
Elina K, Aug 2010
Ronda & Setenil from the Costa del Sol
Excellent way to see Andalucia more widely with reasonably price.
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