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AndaluciaSpain

Discover a region peppered with architectural treasures and charming towns, which are enriched by a backdrop of rugged mountains and legendary beaches.

Andalucía is Spain’s most southerly region and its dramatic landscapes have witnessed the rise and fall of kingdoms over the centuries. With a beautiful Mediterranean coastline and the Sierra Nevada mountain range setting the scene, Andalucía has some of southern Spain’s most spectacular ancient structures. See colossal cathedrals, hilltop forts, megalithic tombs and historic cobblestone alleys. Explore lively beachfront resorts or find your own secret cove on the broad Andalucian coastline.

With 300 days of annual sunshine, Andalucía has beaches that will allure almost year round. The spectacular sandy strip of Playa Victoria fronts the Atlantic port city of Cádiz, while Marbella has long been the seaside playground of the rich and famous. The region also has a collection of naturist beaches, such as the ever-popular Vera Playa. Find your own beach getaway at one of the numerous pretty bays that are strung along the expansive coastline.

Visit the sprawling city of Malága, which is renowned for its colorful festivals, bustling tapas bars and the unbeatable Costa del Sol. Walk amid ancient history in the city of Granada, where you can find beautifully preserved pockets of medieval Moorish architecture. Wander the streets of Albayzín or explore the 9th-century hilltop citadel of Alhambra.

Visit the city of Seville to see one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals amid its collection of impressive Catholic monuments. More historic relics can be found in Guadix, where houses have been built into its surrounding caves, and Antequera, where you can see 5,000-year-old dolmens.

If you can pull yourself away from the charismatic cities and gorgeous beaches, be sure to check out the hiking trails in the mountain valleys of the Alpujarras or find waterfalls and pinewoods in the enchanting Sierras de Cazorla. The Sierra Nevada range contains Spain’s highest peak and the most southerly ski resort in Europe.

Access this diverse region by flying into the international airports in Malága, Seville or Almería. Local buses and trains make transit within Andalucía easy, however, you may need a car to reach some of the remote mountain regions. With plenty of sunshine, picturesque landscapes, snow-capped mountains and fascinating history, Andalucía will charm in any season.

Popular cities in Andalucia

Plaza de Espana which includes a castle, heritage architecture and night scenes
Seville
Known for Cathedrals, Historical Buildings and Cafes

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Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de España
    Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
    Seville Cathedral
  • Alcazar
    Alcazar
Gibralfaro Castle featuring chateau or palace, a bay or harbor and heritage architecture
Málaga
Known for Dining, Shopping and Beaches

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Reasons to visit

  • Port of Malaga
    Port of Malaga
  • Gibralfaro Castle
    Gibralfaro Castle
  • Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta
    Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta
Granada featuring landscape views, heritage elements and a city
Granada
Known for Historical Buildings, Cathedrals and Castles

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Reasons to visit

  • Alhambra
    Alhambra
  • Granada Cathedral
    Granada Cathedral
  • Science Park
    Science Park
Marbella featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and rugged coastline
Marbella
Known for Dining, Beaches and Relaxing

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Reasons to visit

  • Marbella Old Town
    Marbella Old Town
  • Puerto Banus Marina
    Puerto Banus Marina
  • Puerto Banus Beach
    Puerto Banus Beach
Cordoba showing a garden
Córdoba
Known for Historical Buildings, Cathedrals and Tours

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Reasons to visit

  • Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
    Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
  • Roman Bridge
    Roman Bridge
  • Calleja de las Flores
    Calleja de las Flores
Catedral Nueva
Cadiz
Known for Beaches, Historical Buildings and Sea

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Reasons to visit

  • La Caleta Beach
    La Caleta Beach
  • Cadiz Cathedral
    Cadiz Cathedral
  • Playa de la Victoria
    Playa de la Victoria