The magical region of Andalucía, in southern Spain, brings out the adventurous spirit in every visitor who’s looking for sun, sand and culture. The Moorish stronghold, was once a popular gateway for gold exports from Latin America, enriching the coastal ports with fascinating history.
Check out these top cities in Andalucía. If you’re looking for a relaxing summer holiday, with a dash of culture – then this Spanish region has your name on it.
The capital of Andalucía has loads to offer, from architecture to its much hyped stop off on the romantic ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe. Start your Seville holiday by checking out the stunning Plaza de España in the grounds of the Parque de Maria Luisa. This marvellous setting was used as the Naboo backdrop to Stars Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and also for Lawrence of Arabia. If you’re hoping to enjoy some stunning aerial views then why not climb the bell tower of Seville Cathedral? Once back on the ground, head to the tomb of the world’s most famous traveller – Christopher Columbus. After a day of hectic exploring, like Mr Columbus himself, polish off a variety of delectable tapas, washed down with a glass of sangria in the charming Jewish Quarter.
Sunbathe to your heart’s delight on the glorious beaches in Malaga. There are fantastic hotels and restaurants dotted along the beautiful waterfront, the perfect setting to unwind and relax. Test out your Spanish language skills – especially ‘te amo, España.’ If you’re looking for a whirlwind experience, spin your partner at a salsa bar, before heading to somewhere a little more secluded for a cocktail. Satisfy your appetite with Malaga’s famous espetos – sardines skewered on a bamboo stick and grilled over fire. Of course, you’ll need some lemon beers to stir your taste buds beforehand.
Peering down on the city of Granada is the magnificent Alhambra. Showcasing the best of Islamic art, you’ll become amazed, particularly as you lose yourself in the maze, which is found in the fortress quarter. Explore the narrow medieval streets of the Albayzin as you drink a glass (or two) of fine Spanish wine. Give your feet a workout with a spot of flamenco dancing in the Sacramento Caves.
Easily, the biggest attraction to explore in this sleepy city of Cordoba is the Castle of the Christian Monarchs, a perfect illustration of quaint Andalusian architecture. Walk among the water gardens in the hidden courtyards and enter the creepy tower of the Inquisition. Head over the old bridge and check out the dual religious quarter called the Mezquita, a combination of Christian and Muslim cultures. You’ll love the historic UNESCO World Heritage site centre too. Don’t worry there’s always time to sip a Spanish cerveza in the sunny courtyards.
There’s no hiding from the fact that you’ll certainly experience a real adventure, which you won’t forget in a hurry.
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