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The essential places to visit in Andalusia, Spain

Amanda Angus / 08 January 2015

Set in the most southern reaches of Spain, Andalusia is a place of stark geographical contracts - we explain how the regions vary between the vast region

The Alhambra in Spain, with surrounding woodland
The Alhambra in Spain, with surrounding woodland

In Andalusia you'll find an undeniably Spanish region with a very Moorish flavour, a landscape that goes from the alpine peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean, small mountain villages where time seems to stand still and bustling, modern cities like Seville, Granada and Málaga.


Ski in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Discover hidden villages in the Alpujarra region. Explore the last frontier of the Al-Andalus empire in eastern Granada. Stay in caves and experience a troglodyte’s lifestyle. With its delicious cuisine and abundant opportunities for new experiences, excitement and intrepid adventure, Granada is a tourist destination par excellence.


Explore mountain paths among lush Mediterranean vegetation. Contemplate the fighting bulls grazing in pastures dotted with ancient holm oaks. Lose yourself in gently sloping lands with inviting villages. A mosaic of cultures whose roots are buried in the past, the province of Seville – and its eponymous capital – both tempts and tantalizes in true Spanish style.


Whitewashed villages on unspoiled hillsides. Secluded valleys untouched by time. Enchanting forests over which golden eagles soar. And the Costa del Sol, one of Spain’s top international destinations. With its dramatic contrasts and delicious cuisine characterised by simple presentation and exquisite taste, Málaga offers a whole universe of flavour, colour and character.


Bountiful natural landscapes beneath bright blue skies. Rolling hills dotted with startlingly white villages. Sandy beaches backed by pines and juniper trees. Huelva is rich in Spanish tradition, and with a hearty cuisine that takes its inspiration from the mountains and the sea, it’s the perfect destination all year round.

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