Adoration 4 Adventure’s highlights of Andalusia, Spain.
The Spanish region of Andalusia stretches along the southern coastline and across the sea from its neighbor, Morocco. This region has a mixture of architecture with Arabic influences from its time under rule by the Moors. It is also the original birthplace of Flamenco, the famous Spanish performance with a combination of guitar, singing, and dancing.
There are so many unique and stunning locations within Andalusia that it can be difficult to narrow it down to just a few. The following are my personal highlights of Andalusia to help you plan your trip to the region.
Granada (2-3 days)
One of the most famous cities in Andalusia, and possibly even Spain, is Granada.
People travel here from all over the world to visit the Alhambra, an Arabic palace, and fortress. Due to its popularity, tickets to the Alhambra need to be purchased months in advance. To buy online, go to Ticketek and avoid illegitimate third-party websites. Alternatively, you can buy tickets for a tour or arrive early (around 6 am) and hope to buy one at the gate. They only sell around 100 per day.
As I visited during the extremely busy time of Semana Santa (Saint Week), the week before the Christian holiday of Easter, there was no chance of getting any tickets at the door. If you are like me and miss out on getting into the Alhambra, don’t despair. You can still see some amazing views of the building by hiking up San Miguel Alto.
Seville (2 days)
If you tell a Spanish person that you are planning a trip to Andalusia, they will warn you about the heat during Summer. And that can’t be truer for Seville.I visited in March and was still affected by the heat, so make sure that you take it easy during your trip. Drink lots of water, stay in the shade, and adopt the Spanish custom of afternoon siestas during the hottest part of the day. Restaurants also close during siesta time (starting around 3:30 pm), so keep that in mind if you are looking for a late lunch.
There are many attractions to visit in Seville, including the Alcazar (Moorish royal palace), Seville Cathedral, and Plaza de Toros. The highlight for me was definitely Plaza de Espana. The plaza has a place to rent boats, gorgeous tile patterns, and wall mosaics for the major cities around Spain.
Cadiz (2 days)
Cadiz is a beach-lovers dream. There are plenty of sites to see in the old town, however, the best thing to do is relax by the beach. Enjoy a drink while sitting in the sun at one of the many seaside restaurants and cafes. For a great meal, head to La Candela or Taberna Casa Manteca. As for nightlife, the Woodstock bar is a popular alternative rock bar.
If you want to extend your time, the towns around Cadiz are supposed to be very nice
Tarifa (2 days)
Tarifa is the city of windsurfing with gusty breezes attracting surfers from all around the world.
From this most southerly point of Europe, you can see Morocco on a clear day. If you have the time and fancy a boat trip, return tickets to Tangier can be purchased for around €70.
My favorite thing to do here was to enjoy long, late lunches. Check out La Francesca, Lola, and Burgato for meals between €15-20 per person. The nightlife here is rumored to be very good during the Summer.
La Linea de la Concepcion (1 day)
Located in the province of Cadiz, La Linea de la Concepcion is the gateway to the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. From this small Spanish city, you can literally walk across the border to Gibraltar. There are many different paths to take up the Rock of Gibraltar and chances are you will see some local wildlife, including the macaques. Walking from the base, you can take a track right to Apes Den and then onto Governor’s Lookout – all totally free.
While in La Linea itself, grab some delicious tapas at La Chimenea. At the end of the meal, you will receive a complimentary drink in a small chocolate cup
Malaga (2-3 days)
If you are flying into Andalusia, chances are you are probably arriving in Malaga. This city is worth 2-3 days exploring on its own from the city center to the surrounding neighborhoods – there are plenty of beaches to be enjoyed.
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