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The Best Things to Do in Andalucia

Planning a trip to Andalusia? Look no further! This region in southern Spain offers a rich mix of cultural experiences, historical landmarks, and stunning natural beauty. In ATT Andalusia Travel Tour, we specialise in unique, high-quality tours for small to medium-sized groups, led by local official guides. We offer personalised attention, authentic local experiences, and sustainable tourism that benefits local communities. Considering visiting the south of Spain,  check out our video explaining the 4 reasons to travel with us, our southern Spain tours are tailored to what you need.

Here’s your ultimate guide to the best things to do in Andalusia. Below are some ideas to plan your Southern Spain Trip.

    1. Explore the Alhambra in Granada
    2. Marvel at Seville’s Real Alcazar
    3. Visit the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba
    4. Discover the Beauty of Seville’s Cathedral and Giralda
    5. Explore the Picasso Museum in Malaga
    6. Visit the Nerja Caves
    7. Wander through the Albaicin and San Nicolas Viewpoint
    8. Hike El Caminito del Rey
    9. Stroll through Parque de Maria Luisa in Seville
    10. Visit Granada’s Royal Chapel
    11. Discover the Alcazaba of Malaga
    12. Explore Ronda and Setenil
    13. Visit Cadiz, Puerto de Santa Maria, and their Bodegas
    14. Experience Flamenco in the Sacromonte Caves, Granada
    15. Explore Seville’s Plaza de España

1. Explore the Alhambra in Granada

The Alhambra is Granada’s and Europe’s love letter to Moorish culture. This fortified palace, set against the brooding Sierra Nevada peaks, is a marvel of medieval Islamic, Renaissance Christian, and modern architectural styles. Wander through the opulent Nasrid Palaces, the serene Generalife gardens, and the majestic Alcazaba fortress. Remember to book your tickets well in advance as this is one of the most visited sites in Europe. Here you will find a free guide on how to book your Alhambra tickets; we also recommend checking out our video summarising 4 tips for visiting the Alhambra. Also, if you have additional questions, such as an Alhambra guided tour, reach out to us!

Patio de los arrayanes

The Court of the Myrtles is the central part of the Comares Palace inside the Alhambra

2. Marvel at Seville’s Real Alcazar

A magnificent marriage of Christian and Mudejar architecture, Seville’s Real Alcazar is a breathtaking spectacle. This royal palace complex, originally a Moorish fort, is renowned for its intricate tilework, lush gardens, and historical significance. The site’s extensive gardens were famously featured in the TV series “Game of Thrones.” Take a guided tour to fully appreciate the rich history and stunning artistry of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Seville walking tours are tailored to your needs, contact us for more information.

The Alcazar of Seville, officially called Royal Alcazar of Seville

Royal Alcazar of Seville

3. Visit the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba

It’s impossible to overemphasize the beauty of Cordoba’s great mosque, the Mezquita. This stunning historical complex is a unique blend of Moorish and Christian architecture. Inside, you’ll find an awe-inspiring forest of arches and columns, a serene atmosphere, and a richly decorated mihrab (prayer niche). Don’t miss the chance to check out our Cordoba private tours.

Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba

Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba

4. Discover the Beauty of Seville’s Cathedral and Giralda

Seville’s showpiece church, the Catedral de Sevilla, is awe-inspiring in its scale and majesty. It is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, built over the remnants of a Moorish mosque. The Giralda, originally a minaret, now serves as the cathedral’s bell tower and offers stunning views over the city. The cathedral also houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

5. Explore the Picasso Museum in Malaga

Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, is home to the Museo Picasso Malaga. This unmissable museum is a must for any Andalusian Tour and provides a solid overview of the great master’s work, housed in the stunning Buenavista Palace. The collection spans Picasso’s entire career, offering insights into his development as an artist. This museum is a must-visit for art lovers and those interested in modern art. We do run a Picassian private tour, which also includes a stop at Picasso’s house. For more information about our Malaga walking tour, contact us.

Museo Picasso Malaga

Picasso Museum in Malaga

6. Visit the Nerja Caves

It’s hard to imagine the surreal world that lies beneath the mountain foothills 4 km east of Nerja. The Cuevas de Nerja is a vast cavern system with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. These natural formations create a spectacular underground landscape that is both eerie and beautiful. Guided tours provide insights into the cave’s history and geology, making it a perfect outing for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike. Do not think of tiny little caves, in contrast, they are massive! We usually combine visiting the Nerja Caves with a visit to Nerja Villa, reach out for more information.

The Caves of Nerja are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja

The Caves of Nerja are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja

7. Wander through the Albaicin and San Nicolas Viewpoint

The Albaicin, Granada’s historic Moorish quarter, is a labyrinth of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and hidden plazas. Stroll through this charming neighbourhood to experience the authentic atmosphere of old Granada. Make your way to the San Nicolas Viewpoint for one of the most iconic views in Andalucia: the Alhambra set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains, especially breathtaking at sunset. One of the best places to contemplate Granada and its sunsets, simply amazing.

The Albaicín is Granada's oldest Arab district situated on the hill across from the Alhambra.

San Nicolas viewpoint situated on the hill across from the Alhambra

8. Hike El Caminito del Rey

For adventure seekers, El Caminito del Rey offers a thrilling experience. This scenic trail, which translates to “The King’s Little Pathway,” winds through the heart of Andalucia and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. The path, originally built for workers at the hydroelectric plants in the early 20th century, has been restored and is now a popular attraction for those seeking both adventure and natural beauty. The trail includes guided tours that illuminate the area’s history and geological significance. Trek Caminito del Rey (duration 3h, distance 7- 8 km). The route is spectacular from beginning to end.

Caminito del rey

Caminito del Rey in Malaga

9. Stroll through Parque de Maria Luisa in Seville

A glorious oasis of green, the 34-hectare Parque de Maria Luisa is the perfect place to escape the noise and heat of the city. The park features duck ponds, landscaped gardens, and the magnificent Plaza de España, a blend of Renaissance and Moorish revival styles. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic, a stroll, or simply to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. We tend to combine the visit to the María Luisa Park with Seville’s historic city center and the Alcazar, it cannot get better than this. Remember to reach out if you have questions or need help to plan your trip to Spain.

Parque Maria Luisa

Maria Luisa Park in Seville

10. Visit Granada’s Royal Chapel

The Capilla Real, or Royal Chapel, in Granada, is the final resting place of Spain’s Reyes Catolicos (Catholic Monarchs), Isabel I de Castilla and Fernando II de Aragón. This beautifully decorated chapel, located next to Granada’s cathedral, is a significant historical site and offers a glimpse into Spain’s royal history. The chapel’s ornate interior is well worth a visit. The one day visit to Granada including the Royal Chapel and the Alhambra is our best seller!

Capilla Real Granada

Royal Chapel Granada

11. Discover the Alcazaba of Malaga

The Alcazaba, a historic fortress in Malaga, offers a fascinating glimpse into Moorish architecture and history. Perched on a hill, this palatial fortification provides panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors can explore its well-preserved walls, gardens, and courtyards, and learn about its historical significance as a military and residential complex during the Moorish rule in Andalusia. Contact us to know more about our day trips from Malaga.

Teatro romano de Málaga and Alcazaba

Roman Theatre of Malaga and Alcazaba

12. Explore Ronda and Setenil

Ronda and Setenil are two of Andalusia’s most picturesque white villages. Ronda is famous for its dramatic cliffside location and the Puente Nuevo bridge, which spans the deep El Tajo gorge. Wander through its charming old town and visit the historic bullring. Setenil, on the other hand, is known for its unique houses built into and under massive rock overhangs. These villages offer stunning views, historical sites, and a glimpse into traditional Andalusian life. Usually one of our client’s favourite day trip excursions.

Tajo de Ronda

Ronda and the Puente Nuevo bridge. El Tajo gorge

13. Visit Cadiz, Puerto de Santa Maria, and their Bodegas

Cadiz, one of the oldest cities in Europe, boasts a rich maritime history, beautiful beaches, and a charming old town with narrow streets and plazas. Nearby Puerto de Santa Maria is renowned for its sherry bodegas. Take a tour of these wineries to learn about the sherry-making process and enjoy tastings of this unique Andalusian wine. Both cities offer a delightful blend of history, culture, and culinary delights.

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross over the Waters is a Catholic cathedral in Cádiz

Views from the Cadiz Cathedral

14. Experience Flamenco in the Sacromonte Caves, Granada

For an authentic flamenco experience, head to the Sacromonte caves in Granada. This neighbourhood, perched on a hillside overlooking the Alhambra, is famous for its cave dwellings and vibrant flamenco culture. Many of these caves have been converted into intimate flamenco venues where you can enjoy passionate performances by talented dancers and musicians. It’s an unforgettable way to immerse yourself in Andalusian culture. This is one of the best experiences you can do in Granada, getting inside a cave and listening to flamenco live music.

Granada is one of the main references of flamenco in Spain, specially Sacromonte caves.

Flamenco Show in the Sacromonte caves

15. Explore Seville’s Plaza de España

The stunning Plaza de España in Seville is a must-visit. This grand square, built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, features a mix of Renaissance and Moorish revival architecture. Its curved palace, tiled fountains, and scenic canals make it one of the most picturesque spots in the city. Rowboat rentals are available, offering a unique way to experience this beautiful square. Most of our clients ask for a Seville day trip to Granada, which we can arrange for you.

Plaza Spain Seville

Plaza de España and its buildings were designed for the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929

Andalucia is a region that captures the heart and soul of Spain. Its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes make it an unforgettable destination. Whether you want to explore Andalucia on a Seville day trip to Granada, a Malaga to Granada day tour, or simply arrange an Alhambra guided tour, it is worth discussing how we can help arrange your Andalusian tours.  We are your local partner to fully engage with the Spanish culture and traditions. Plan your trip today and discover the magic of southern Spain! Check out our “4 reasons to travel to Andalusia with us”.

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