This article presents what to do in Andalusia and provide you knowledge about what you simply must see in Andalusia in Spain.
Andalusia is the most populous and the second largest area of the autonomous communities in Spain.
The Great Cathedral and Mosque of Cordoba
The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba (in Spanish: Mezquita–catedral de Córdoba, Mezquita de Córdoba), also called the Mezquita and the Great Mosque of Córdoba.
The Great Mosque of Córdoba is considered to be one of the most accomplished monuments of the Moorish architecture.
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Alhambra in Granada
The Alhambra (Spanish: aˈlambɾa) is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada.
Originally, it was constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid 11th century where the current palace and walls were built. In 1333, it was converted into a royal palace.
The Alhambra is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and many visitors come to Granada just to see Alhambra.
This is without doubt a must see in Andalusia so remember to book your tickets on-line in advance. In high season book months in advance.
Driving in Granada is a nightmare, so I will recommend to leave your car at your hotel (we booked a hotel outside the central part) and take a taxi to Alhambra. (There is a minimum fare to the Alhambra of 3.94€ during the day or 4.92€ at night)
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Granada Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de Granada, Catedral de la Anunciación) is the cathedral in the city of Granada in Spain. It took 181 years to built the cathedral and its considered to be the first Renaissance church in Spain.
The traditional white village of Frigiliana is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, located about 6 km north of Nerja, and almost 71 km east of Málaga. (province of Málaga)
The beautiful old town of Carmona is a town situated in south-western Spain, in the province of Seville, located 33 km north-east of Seville.
Carmona was an important Roman city and shares a similar history to Seville.
Ronda is a city in the Spanish province of Málaga. Located about 100 km west of the city of Málaga.
Main sights in Ronda are the three bridges, Puente Romano (“Roman Bridge”, also known as the Puente San Miguel), Puente Viejo (“Old Bridge”, also known as the Puente Árabe or “Arab Bridge”) and Puente Nuevo (“New Bridge”), span the canyon.
The Puente Nuevo is the tallest of the bridges, towering 120 m (390 ft) above the canyon floor.
Beware that there are a lot of tourists. Preferably after 5 p.m. when the tour coaches have left Ronda.
Seville (Spanish: Sevilla) has a municipal population of about 703,000 registered in 2011. Thus, it is the fourth-largest city in Spain. The city is considered to be around 2,200 years old. It’s old town, is the third largest in Europe with an area of 4 km2 (2 sq mi). The old town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
Read more about theses UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this article.
The small British overseas territory of Gibraltar shares a three-quarter-mile land border with the Andalusian province of Cádiz. So technical it’s not a part of Andalusia in Spain, but I will still recommend you spent the time to visit Gibraltar.
The main attraction is the Rock of Gibraltar. (Elevation 426 m). Most of the Rock’s upper area is covered by a nature reserve, which is home to around 250 Barbary macaques.
Be aware that it can take very long time to cross the border to Gibraltar in both directions. When I was there last time, we waited in line almost 2 hours in and over 1 hour out. You can cross the border easier by foot.
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Cádiz is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in SW Europe. The city is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.
Plaza de España in Seville
The Plaza de España (“Spain Square”, in English) is a plaza located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), in Seville, Spain built in 1928.
The plaza is a massive half circle; the building runs continuously along the outside of the half circle while a large fountain is located in the center.
Real Alcázar de Sevilla and Catedral de Sevilla
The Alcázar of Seville (Spanish “Reales Alcázares de Sevilla” or “Royal Alcazars of Seville”) is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, originally a Moorish fort. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.
Registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Catedral de Sevilla is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in the world.
Catedral de Sevilla, Alcázar palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
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