When you take over your Andalusia Travel, think that this region is one of the most important in Spain, with many points of interest and a vast history of conquests and victories.
A Map of Andalusia showing its eight Provinces
Andalucía in Spanish, is the second largest Autonomous Community in Spain, recognized as one of the nationalities of Spain. It is divided into eight provinces, Almeria, Cadiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Málaga and Seville. Its capital is the city of Sevilla (Seville in English).
Andalusia is located on the south of Spain, bordered by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar on the south and the other autonomous regions of Murcia, Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha.
Many articles can be written about Andalusia Travel, here I’ll give you an introduction to the main cities of Andalusia with some of the most important attractions.
The Alhambra of Granada Spain is one of the Top Spanish Attractions
Attractions in the City of Granada
This is one of the top attractions of Andalusia Travel and of Spain as a whole. The Alhambra Granada dates to the days of the Moors ruling over the south of Spain. It name means the Red Castle in Arabic.
This immense palace was the home of the rulers of the Nasrid dynasty during the 14th century. Later in the 15th century when the city was conquered by the Christian Monarchs of Spain, the Spanish King Charles V built his home within the palace.
After the center of government moved to Madrid, the Alhambra was badly abandoned but later refurbished and became one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Inside the visitor will find a maze of courtyards, corridors with arches, fountains and pools all with Islamic decorations.
During summers it almost mandatory to reserve tickets in advance since the demand is extremely high.
This is an open air museum facing the Alhambra across the Darro Valley. The cobblestone streets are surround ded by beautiful mansions with gorgeous gardens.
Near the top of Albayzin is the Plaza del Salvador with the 16th century church built on the site of the Albayzin’s mosque.
Located next to Granada Cathedral this Royal Chapel commissioned by the Catholic Monarch King Ferdinand and his Queen Isabella. It is a Gothic style mausoleum completed in 1521.
Both monarchs are interned here together with their unfortunate daughter Juana la Loca or the Mad and her husband Philip of Flanders.
Palacios Nazaries in the Alhambra complex of Palaces and Gardens
As part of the Alhambra this are these extraordinary palaces with courtyards and rooms all decorated in the Islamic architecture.
It is like reviving history when you enter the palace through its Mexuar (entrance) and enter the room where you were greeted by Emir.
It has been named as one of the most beautiful palaces
in Europe pride of Andalusia Travel.
Located on the Callejon de San Cecilio or San Cecilio alley, it offers an awe inspiring view of Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada. The sunset from this site is out of this world.
The courtyards of the Cathedral former Mosque of Cordoba
Attractions in the City of Cordoba
Anywhere in Andalusia you may see the heritage left by the Moors with their intricate masterpieces that can be seen all over. This former Mosque, was kept like that for its amazing beauty and the new Christian Monarchs just added more rooms to become a mélange of styles such as Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. The now Cordoba Cathedral is must visit.
With courtyards adorned with orange trees and water fountains, it is a peaceful oasis in town. In summer it can be very hot in Cordoba, but when you enter this building the stones of Onix and marble keep the building cool.
It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is considered one of the most striking buildings in the whole of Spain. When your Andalusia Travel takes you this building, it will remind you remind you of the times when Christians, Arabs and Jews lived here peacefully all working the make their city a vibrant multicultural one.
Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic Medieval Church in the world
This is the largest Gothic Medieval Church in the world and the third largest cathedral overall tailing St Peter’s in Rome and St Paul’s in London.
The most popular must-see attraction in Seville is its cathedral. This is the largest Medieval Gothic Structure in the world and the third largest cathedral overall, though much older and only slightly smaller than St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London.
It was a huge mosque until the 12th century And the minaret stays there a as proof and part of the church standing there with the Giralda Bell Tower.
It features the world’s largest altarpiece. Called the “Retablo Mayor” is is located in the main chapel. It contains panels with images of the Old Testament and various Saints.
After visiting the cathedral, climb up to the Giralda Tower for a glimpse of the city of Sevilla.
The Tomb of Christopher Columbus is located as per the Andalusian is located inside the Cathedral. Dating from 1902, this sepulcher has decorations of the four Kingdoms of Spain when America was discovered, Castile, Leon, Aragon and Navarra.
But we have to question ourselves if the bones are really there, because as far as I remember they are interned in Santo Domingo the Capital of the Dominican Republic.
The Alcazar in Seville Spain is one of the largest palaces in the world
Located in Seville is one of the oldest palaces in the world still in use. This palace saw the many cultures that passed through the South of Spain and is a loyal witness of the History of Seville.
This is an immense conglomerate of gardens, buildings and monuments that will sweeten your Andalusia Travel.
Located on the south area of the city this is a large park surrounded by awesome buildings resembling Seville’s long history of Moors and Christians dominating this land
Facing Avenida Isabel la Católica is this Sevillians favorite park surrounded by the most impressive of the buildings built for the 1929 Ibero-American Fair.
Cabo de la Gata, Nijar Natural Park in Almeria Andalusia Spain
Other Andalusia Attractions
This is a nature reserve located at the eastern edge of Andalusia. This a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with a semi arid atmosphere. It is Spain’s largest rock formation and visitors may visit it by hiking on the 20 marked trains.
You’ll be surrounded by a variety of flora and fauna with many species such as flamingos and lizards.
On the south next to the sea, you will find many coral reefs awaiting for those divers among my readers.
Southwest of Ronda or Rhonda is this archaeological site found by coincidence by a family of farmers in 1905.
The caves are a signal of pre-historic life. This impressive cave system dates back to the Paleolithic Period about 25,000 year ago.
The art depicts horses, birds, fish and rabbits created with charcoal, red and yellow ochre, that remain so lucid as they were so many years ago.
Cadiz Spain is the oldest city in Europe
This is the oldest city in Europe and the port is being
made over to become as important as Liverpool or Hamburg. On your Andalusia Travel, a visit to Cadiz is a must.
Located in Cadiz is named by many as the best beach in Andalusia and is totally unspoiled. It has as a backdrop the restored Roman City of Baelo.
Locate on the Province of Jaen is made of of many acres of forests where you lose contact with civilization. It features the remotest Parador in Spain.
For more information visit Andalusia Tourism Office
El Pueblo Blanco, Jimena de la Frontera in Cadiz Spain
Also located in Cadiz, this is called El Pueblo Blanco for its houses perched on the mountain and its flowered balconies.
Another Pueblo Blanco, this one in Malaga Province. The felling of walking around its streets in unique.
In the Province of Malaga, Ronda is a city on the mountain and is nicknamed “La Ciudad Soñada” or the Dream City. It features a beautiful Old Town besides modern amenities.
Located in the Cadiz Province this is the crossroads between Europe and Africa and the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is known as a place for whale watching.
Tour Andalusia Travel will be one of the most remembered trips of your life.
For more information go to Andalusia Tourist Board
Images credits for Andalusia Travel
map by mao06
alhambra by mihael grmek
cordoba cathedral sharon molleus
sevilla cathedral by currimedia
alcazar by poco a poco
cabo la gata by GDFL
jimena frontera by el pantera
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