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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 which includes a castle, heritage architecture and night scenes
Seville
Known for Dining, Cathedrals and Shopping
Romantic Seville is calling! Discover its monuments, cathedral, culture, and more.

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Alcazar
Granada featuring landscape views, heritage elements and a city
Granada
Known for Cathedrals, Castles and Sightseeing
Trip time! Discover the cathedral, monuments, and history in Granada.

Reasons to visit

  • Granada Cathedral
  • Alhambra
  • Calle Gran Via de Colon
Cordoba showing a garden
Córdoba
Known for Cathedrals, Tours and Sightseeing
Get away to Córdoba! Enjoy the history, cathedral, and monuments.

Reasons to visit

  • Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
  • Roman Bridge
  • Calleja de las Flores
Malaga Historic Centre showing heritage architecture, a city and street scenes
Málaga
Known for Dining, Shopping and Ports
Experience the traditional festivals, tapas bars and museums of this modern, sprawling city, where Picasso was born and the beauty of the Costa del Sol awaits.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Malaga
  • Gibralfaro Castle
  • Plaza de la Merced
Marbella featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and rugged coastline
Marbella
Known for Dining, Poolside Bars and Shopping
Visit this upscale stretch of coast to sunbathe, spot celebrities or explore the archaeological heritage of this former Moorish settlement.

Reasons to visit

  • Real Club de Golf Guadalmina
  • Marbella Old Town
  • Puerto Banus Marina
Almeria which includes night scenes and a square or plaza
Almeria
Known for Theaters, Secluded and Monuments
Explore secluded Almeria: its monuments, beaches, zoo, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Alcazaba