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Things to do in Andalucia

Things to do in  Andalucia

Welcome to Andalucia

Architectural marvels, bright blue oceans, dramatic hills—to visit Andalucia is to just scratch the surface. From the iconic streets of Seville to the historic walls of the Alhambra, Andalucia is packed full of architectural marvels and beautiful landscapes. The region’s arabic history and proximity to the ports of northern Africa give Andalucia a wholly unique feel both culturally and culinarily, with no shortage of things to do for both first-time and repeat visitors.

Top 15 attractions in Andalucia

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Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla)

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Sights across the entire Spanish south have been shaped by centuries of Moorish and Catholic influence, and in few places is this more evident and captivating than at the Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla). This UNESCO World Heritage Site’s sprawling complex is made up of several features; the most picturesque is arguably the Patio de las Doncellas, with its tranquil ponds that reflect the intricate mudéjar plasterwork for which the palace is especially noted.More
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Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada)

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Built on a hill overlooking Granada and set against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada) is a sprawling complex of intricately decorated palaces, pristine gardens, and a once-mighty fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed during the Nasrid Dynasty and later partially destroyed and rebuilt by King Charles V. With its mix of Renaissance and Moorish architecture, the Alhambra Palace is the most sought-after attraction for visitors to Granada, sitting high on most must-see lists for Andalucia and Spain as a whole.More
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Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede)

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The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, built atop the remains of a mosque, the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede) features a spectacular gold altarpiece in its main altar depicting 36 scenes from the life of Christ, as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus, works by Goya and Murillo, and the dramatic Giralda Tower.More
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Generalife Gardens

Generalife Gardens

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The 13th-century Generalife served as a summer retreat for Nasrid kings when they needed a break from palace affairs. From its perch on Cerro del Sol (Hill of the Sun), the series of terraces, promenades, and gardens spread across 74 landscaped acres (30 hectares) of the Alhambra complex afford some of the best views over Granada.More
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Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba)

Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba)

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Originally the site of the Christian Visigoth Church San Vicente dating back to AD 600, the Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba) stands as the city's most proud monument and one of the most exquisite Islamic structures in the Western world. Learn about its rich history while taking in the 850 columns of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite.More
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Plaza de España

Plaza de España

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Designed for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929, Seville’s grandiose Plaza de España is a semicircular public square brimming with brick and tile fountains, canals, and foot bridges, giving it the nickname Venice of Seville. Renaissance and neo-Moorish towers sit at either end of the plaza, which is situated within Maria Luisa Park.More
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El Arenal District

El Arenal District

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Running along the east bank of the Guadalquivir River, El Arenal is part of Seville’s historic old town. As well as hosting upscale residential properties and atmospheric tapas bars, it’s also home to several important city sights, including Spain’s oldest bullring, a celebrated flamenco bar, and a smattering of museums in historic buildings.More
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The Giralda (El Giraldillo)

The Giralda (El Giraldillo)

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There is no more representative symbol of Seville’s layered history than the 322-foot (98-meter) The Giralda (El Giraldillo). The bell tower of the city’s cathedral stands a little apart from the main building; it was once the minaret of a mosque that stood on the site before it was razed to make way for the cathedral.More
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La Malagueta Bullring (Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta)

La Malagueta Bullring (Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta)

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Spanish architect Joaquín Rucoba built Málaga’s neo-Mudéjar bullring in 1874. Entrepreneur and former president of Málaga Football Club, Fernando Puche Dona, owns it today. The arcaded stadium has capacity for 14,000 spectators, with stables and training grounds for the horses, corrals for the bulls, and a mini-hospital.More
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El Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey

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One of Andalucia’s top attractions, El Caminito del Rey is a narrow hiking path known for its nearly 2-mile (3-km) stretch of man-made boardwalks and glass footbridges that hug the sides of sheer cliffs and hang over river gorges. The roughly 3-hour hike takes you on paths 350 feet above the Guadalhorce River, offering stunning views of the Gaitanes Canyon (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes).More
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Hammam Al Ándalus Málaga

Hammam Al Ándalus Málaga

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Just off Martyrs Square, Hammam Al Andalus Malaga Baths is notable for its Moorish-inspired architecture, which encompasses horseshoe arches, colorful tiled walls, and star-shaped skylights. This is one of the few remaining places to experience age-old rituals of purification.More
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz is Seville’s historic Jewish Quarter, a barrio filled with whitewashed buildings and some of the city’s most popular sights, including Giralda, the bell tower of Seville Cathedral, and the Real Alcázar. Meander down streets, stopping in bodegas and art galleries to enjoy the cultural and architectural richness of this barrio.More
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Malaga Alcazaba

Malaga Alcazaba

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One of Málaga’s most popular attractions, the Alcazaba is an atmospheric Moorish palace and fortress with ornamental gardens. Take in panoramic views of the city as you marvel at the ingenious design tricks the Moors used to protect their stronghold.More
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Centre Pompidou Málaga

Centre Pompidou Málaga

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An offshoot of the Parisian art gallery of the same name, the Centre Pompidou Málaga houses over 100 contemporary masterpieces by artists such as Kahlo, Picasso, and Magritte. Here, the exterior is as notable as the interior—Centre Pompidou Málaga is housed within a modernist multicolored greenhouse known as "The Cube."More
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Museo Picasso Málaga

Museo Picasso Málaga

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Museo Picasso Málaga, situated in the city of the master’s birth, showcases a collection of more than 200 pieces donated to the museum by Picasso’s family. While the Blue and Rose periods are missing, the collection highlights the artist’s personal side, with works he painted for his family or kept for himself.More

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Game of Thrones Film Sites in Seville

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Top activities in Andalucia

Granada Day Trip with Alhambra Palace Skip the Line Entrance from Seville
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Cathedral, Alcazar and Giralda Guided Tour (Tickets included &Priority Access)
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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.
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Alhambra and Generalife Small Group Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets
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Alcazar of Seville Early Access English Tour with Optional Cathedral & Giralda
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Alcazar and Cathedral of Seville Tour with Skip the Line Tickets
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Full-Day Tour: Tangier from Seville
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Skip the Line: 1 Hour Flamenco Show Ticket in a Cave-Restaurant in Granada
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour
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Alcazar of Seville Guided Tour with Skip the Line Ticket
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Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Trip from Costa del Sol
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Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces Ticket with Audioguide
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Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, Generalife and Alcazaba Private Tour in Granada
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Granada Day Trip from Seville

Granada Day Trip from Seville

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Recent reviews from experiences in Andalucia

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No regrets.
Henry_C, Sep 2021
Paella Showcooking Experience on a Rooftop
Good English spoken , subtle , humorous, yet plenty of Iberian passion.
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Ronda trip
Vivienne_F, Feb 2020
Ronda Day Tour with Wine Tasting and Optional White Villages from Seville
It is quite a long day, but you do get to see a lot, and the white villages and Ronda do not disappoint.
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The best experience
EninaAyu_A, Oct 2019
Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide
The audio was great, I didn't have to follow tour guides with bad english.
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Thomas O, Oct 2017
Malaga to Granada: skip-the-line at Alhambra & Nasrid Palace - for cruisers only
If you are in Andalucia, you have to visit this place.
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One of the highlights of Andalucia...
Steven C, Mar 2017
Jerez and Cádiz Day Trip from Seville Including Sherry Tasting, Andalusian Horse Show and Ferry Ride
Fascinating city where I got to see the real Spain.
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Granada day trip, the amazing visit to the legendary alhambra palace
hmosli, Dec 2019
Granada Day Trip from Seville
Spain is blessed to preserve such Islamic monuments in Granada and Cordoba and many other places as they ate major touristicattractions.
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our guide Theresa was very...
Michele_M, Oct 2017
Alcazar of Seville Early Access English Tour with Optional Cathedral & Giralda
our guide Theresa was very knowledgable and spoke excellent English.
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Hi. A well worthwhile trip-such a...
Ann D, Nov 2017
Las Alpujarras Full-Day Tour from Granada
A well worthwhile trip-such a stunning area to visit-even though it was raining.
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First of all, the stops we went to...
Nicole O, Mar 2017
White Villages and Ronda Day Tour from Seville
I was on a tour with both English and Spanish speakers and he took the time to both explain things in both languages but also translate so our group could bond and communicate with each other.
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We enjoyed the tour very much. The...
Ned L, May 2016
Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Seville
His English was excellent given that the tour was both in Spanish and English.
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Our tour guide, Luca, was awesome...
Michael V, May 2017
White Villages Guided Day Tour from Seville
During the drive out to the white villages he provided us a wealth of information about each of the towns we were about to visit, as well as telling us about the people and culture of Andalucia.
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A brilliant trip! In fact, the...
Neil P, Jun 2016
Granada Hot-Air Balloon Ride
The balloon team from Gloobo were excellent, and although most on the trip were Spanish, our pilot spoke fair English and took the trouble to include us in everything that was happening.
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It was a huge pity that the weather...
MRSMLGODFREY, May 2013
Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour
At the beginning of the tour we had our doubts because of the large number in the group (30 English speakers) but there was no problem because we had earphones so that we could hear Antonio very clearly all the time.
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Excellent way to see Andalucia more...
Elina K, Aug 2010
Ronda & Setenil from the Costa del Sol
Excellent way to see Andalucia more widely with reasonably price.
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