What to see Andalucia
There is no doubt that a trip to Spain should include Andalusia as one of the regions to visit.
In Andalusia you will find some great tourist attractions, such as the monuments that best reflect the presence of Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula for 800 years.
Among them, especially the Alhambra of Granada and the Mosque of Cordoba.
But in Andalusia you also have a wide variety of landscapes both inland and coastal, with beautiful villages that will call attention to its architecture of white houses.
And also coastal areas that combine beaches of great tourist affluence with other almost semi-virgin beaches.
What to see in Andalusia
Below I will detail the most prominent places you should keep in mind when planning a trip to Andalusia.
This detail is the reflection of our experience of multiple trips to Andalusia, with numerous articles published on the blog.
But we also mention other highlights that we have visited many years ago, but of which we have nothing published because we do not have a more recent experience.
And also other places in Andalusia where we still have not had the opportunity to travel, but we know that it is worth knowing and that we have in the agenda for future trips.
The Alhambra is not only a monument declared World Heritage by Unesco, but above all the great magnet that leads us all to visit the city of Granada.
Located at the top of a hill and leaving the city at its feet, this great palatial complex can be considered one of the best examples of Arab art in the Iberian Peninsula.
The Alhambra houses several palaces with a multitude of rooms full of impressive decorations, including the Nazari palaces and the summer palace of the Generalife.
But Granada is more than the Alhambra, it has several areas that just know the trip justify.
In this respect, the Albaicín neighborhood stands out, with the famous and enchanting enclave of the San Nicolás viewpoint, as well as its steep and charming streets with white houses.
Or the gypsy neighborhood of Sacromonte, a corner where flamenco plays a leading role.
Also worth noting near Granada enclaves such as Sierra Nevada, with the highest peak of the Iberian Peninsula with 3,478 meters high and its popular ski resort.
Or the Sierra de la Alpujarra with beautiful white villages such as Órgiva or Pampaneira; or the town of Guadix with its famous cave-houses.
Here you have all the information about what to see in Granada.
Another Andalusian city that maintains some very important Arab remains is Cordoba, with another impressive monument declared a World Heritage Site.
The old Mosque of Cordoba built between the 8th and 10th centuries is a perfect example of Arab art in Spain and more specifically of the great strength of the Umayyad caliphate.
But Córdoba is much more than its old mosque, a monument that also houses the Christian cathedral.
The narrow streets of white houses of its old Jewish quarter give way to places like the palace of Viana, the Roman bridge, the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or the Royal Stables.
Do not forget in your visit to sign up for a route to visit the colorful flower patios that are presented in the annual contest to choose which is the most beautiful in the whole city.
Near Cordoba, it is also worth visiting the remains of the Arabic palace complex of Medina Azahara.
And among the towns of the province, Priego de Córdoba stands out, with its special location and its castle.
If there is an attractive city to visit in Andalusia, beyond its outstanding monuments, that is Seville.
Of course in the center of the city you have great monuments like its cathedral with the famous tower known as the Giralda, or the Reales Alcázares.
But above all I want to highlight places like the Barrio de Santa Cruz, with its charming corners, or the Maria Luisa Park. with its famous square of Spain.
As well as the Casa Pilatos or the Torre del Oro on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
Among the towns that are worth seeing near Seville include Carmona, with its walled enclosure and the Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro, and Osuna, with its imposing collegiate church.
An Andalusian city that in the last years has had a great tourist development putting in value its historical heritage and culture has been Malaga.
Malaga has become a city of attractive museums, highlighting the Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen and the Pompidou Center.
But its historic center also has interesting monuments that are well worth discovering, such as the castle of Gibralfaro that crowns it on top of a hill.
Or the Alcazaba and its wall, the rediscovered Roman theater or the cathedral known popularly as La Manquita.
In a visit to the city of Malaga you can not stop walking around its central street Larios and its surroundings.
Or go to the popular beach of La Malagueta, where in addition to sunbathing and bathing you can enjoy its restaurants with terraces.
On the other hand, the province of Malaga has become one of the preferred residences for the great European fortunes, with Marbella and its Puerto Banús as the maximum referent.
But there are also other places with great tourist attractions, which deserve to be included in a route by car, such as Nerja, Ronda, Frigiliana, or San Pedro de Alcántara.
Maybe you do not know that Cádiz is the oldest city in the West since its origin goes back to the Phoenician era, more than 3000 years ago.
And because of its location during the 18th century, it had a monopoly on trade with America.
In your visit to the historic center of Cádiz, you will have to walk through the Barrio del Pópulo, the oldest in the city,
Or see the new cathedral and its medieval wall, climb the Torre Tavira to see its curious dark chamber, and enjoy the sunset on the beach of La Caleta.
In addition, some of the most beautiful semi-virgin beaches in Spain are located on the coast of this southern area of Andalusia.
Places like El Puerto de Santa María, Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Barbate, Zahara de los los Atunes or Caños de Meca deserve a visit without a doubt.
And of course also the area of white villages at the top of the mountains.
6.- Other corners of Andalusia
In a trip through Andalusia you should also take into account other corners that we do not yet know, such as Huelva and its province.
There you can find the Doñana National Park, the Riotinto mining park or the beaches of Matalascañas.
Or places where we have not traveled for a long time, such as Jaén, with attractive enclaves such as the Sierra de Cazorla, towns such as Úbeda and Baeza, or the castle of La Mota in Alcalá la Real.
And also Almeria and its province. where highlights the natural park of Cabo de Gata or towns such as Mojácar.
In short, as you can see, Andalusia has so many arguments that justify several trips.
Where are you going to start?