Andalusia

Spain
Jerez de la Frontera

Discover a region peppered with architectural treasures and charming towns, which are enriched by a backdrop of rugged mountains and legendary beaches.

With high mountain peaks, miles of beaches and a desert, Andalucía is a region of stark physical contrasts. This natural diversity is matched by its breadth of architectural treasures, from prehistoric structures to Moorish fortresses. Visit ancient cathedrals, castles and palaces, hike through valleys and swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

Andalucía’s cities are filled with a wealth of architectural gems. Go to Guadix to look at its many cave houses and see the megalithic tombs near Antequera. When you are in Seville, tour the cathedral, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Visit Granada for its spectacular Alhambra, a vast Arab fortress that dates back to the 9th century. Look down on the city of Almeria from the Alcazaba, a hilltop Moorish fort.

Every year, millions of tourists head to Andalucía for its beaches. The region basks in the sun’s rays for at least 300 days of the year and so a visit to the seaside isn’t just for the summer. Among the most popular beaches are Playa Victoria in the old port city of Cádiz and the long, sandy stretches of Marbella, a favorite destination of the rich and famous.

Close to the border with Murcia is the naturist beach resort of Vera Playa, which claims to have the only naturist hotel in Spain. If you want to escape the crowds, there are lots of secluded coves all along Andalucía’s large coastline.

The beaches are only one part of the region’s natural charms. Drive through the desert Tabernas, where many westerns were filmed. Trek through the high mountain valleys of the Alpujarras and go skiing in Sierra Nevada, the snowcapped peaks above Granada. Camp under the stars in the Sierras de Cazorla, a vast protected area within Jaen province that encompasses pine forests, mountain ranges, waterfalls and rivers.

There are lots of routes into Andalucía, with many international travelers flying into airports at Malaga, Seville and Almeria. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing vacation of year-round recreational activities and great natural and architectural beauty.

Popular cities in Andalusia

Plaza de Espana showing night scenes, a sunset and street scenes
Seville
Known for Cathedrals, Historical and Cafes

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Maria Luisa Park
Granada
Granada
Known for Historical, Cathedrals and Castle

Reasons to visit

  • Granada Cathedral
  • Alhambra
  • Calle Gran Via de Colon
Cordoba featuring a park
Córdoba
Known for Historical, Cathedrals and Tours

Reasons to visit

  • Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
  • Roman Bridge
  • Calleja de las Flores
Malaga Historic Centre featuring street scenes, a city and heritage architecture
Málaga
Known for Dining, Shopping and Beach view
In Malaga you will find folklore, energy and all the romance of a flamenco dance during a sultry night. The Phoenicians, Romans, Moors and Christians have all left their traces in this busy metropolis, the sixth largest city in Spain. Enjoy traditional festivals, tapas bars and museums in this modern, vibrant city where the great Picasso was born and once called home.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Malaga
  • Plaza de la Merced
  • Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta
Marbella showing rugged coastline, general coastal views and a coastal town
Marbella
Known for Dining, Beach view and Relaxing
Marbella is a charming resort on the Spanish Riviera where you can enjoy a luxury beach holiday on the Mediterranean, surrounded by history. Marbella is a town of less than 140,000 people, but it attracts nearly 1 million visitors each year, making it a bustling city with a lot of energy. Laze on the beach, go shopping or visit the sights in this charming tourist town on the Costa del Sol.

Reasons to visit

  • Marbella Old Town
  • Real Club de Golf Guadalmina
  • Puerto Banus Marina