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Andalusia, Spain: 12 Beautiful Places To Visit In Andalusia (+ Travel Tips)

The Andalusia region is located in the south of Spain and makes up about 17% of the country. Nestled between Portugal and the Mediterranean Sea, this area boasts stunning beaches, dramatic mountain ranges, and historic cities. On top of that, it’s a land of fiery flamenco dancing, ancient Moorish castles, and delicious food. In this travel guide, we share our top 12 places to visit in Andalusia. We'll also share a few travel tips that will help you get around in the region as well as a map with great places to stay, eat, and drink.

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Balcón de Europa, Nerja

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Best Places To Visit In Andalusia, Spain

12. Cádiz

Steeped in history and sunshine, Cádiz shimmers on Andalusia's southwestern tip. Known as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe, this vibrant place boasts a rich past, which is evident in its ancient Roman theater and grand Cathedral. Stroll along the charming promenade for ocean breezes and panoramic views. 

  • Highlights: Mercado Central, Playa de La Caleta, Catedral de la Santa Cruz de Cádiz, Teatro Romano, City Hall

  • Where to stay: Soho Boutique Palillero ($$)

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view of the Catedral de la Santa Cruz

11. Málaga

Located on the southern coast of Spain, Málaga is one of the largest and most accessible cities in Andalusia. Sun-kissed beaches and high-rise hotels line its shores, while the Gibralfaro castle and Alcazaba fortress stand guard on nearby hills. This city boasts a unique charm, blending rich Moorish heritage with a thriving art scene. Explore the Picasso Museum, wander the bustling Atarazanas Market, or get lost in the historic center. Beyond its cultural gems, Malaga offers a taste of authentic Andalusian life, with delicious tapas bars and a friendly local atmosphere.

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Malaga historic center

10. Tarifa

Located on the southernmost tip of mainland Spain, the small town of Tarifa is a haven for water sport enthusiasts and beach lovers. It’s known as Europe's "wind capital," and is ideal for both windsurfing and kitesurfing. But Tarifa's charm lies in its laid-back atmosphere and bohemian vibes. Explore the maze-like old town, unwind in beachfront bars, and take in beautiful sunsets.

9. Caminito del Rey

Clinging to the cliffs of a deep gorge between the towns of Ardales and El Chorro, the Caminito del Rey is a gorgeous walkway. Translated to the “King's Little Path”, this walkway was built in the early 1900s for dam workers. It used to be known as one of the world's most dangerous hikes, but was extensively renovated in 2015, and is now a safe and exciting trail. The entire route winds through cliffs, canyons, and a large valley, making it a scenic adventure. It’s only possible to access the trail if you have tickets, which are usually sold as guided tours. The advantage of having a guide is that you get to learn the history of the trail as well as hear some fun stories and facts. Buy your tickets in advance as tickets sell out quickly! If you don't have a car, it's also possible to do this as a day tour from Málaga.

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Caminito del Rey trail

8. Setenil de las Bodegas

Nestled in the Cádiz province of Andalusia, Setenil de las Bodegas is a village unlike any other. The houses here are built right into the cliffs, with rocky overhangs forming natural roofs and walls. This unique architectural style dates back centuries, when residents sought shelter and cooler temperatures in the caves. Today, Setenil de las Bodegas offers a glimpse into a way of life where nature and man-made structures coexist harmoniously. The best thing to do here is simply stroll through the narrow streets, marveling at the whitewashed houses nestled beneath the rocks. There are also lots of cute places to grab a drink or a bite to eat.

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Setenil de las Bodegas

7. Córdoba

Located in the center of Andalusia, Córdoba has an interesting mix of cultures and architectural wonders. Once the heart of the Islamic Caliphate of Cordoba, the city is famed for its impressive Mosque-Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond the Mezquita, Cordoba enchants visitors with its narrow, flower-filled streets in La Judería, the imposing Alcázar fortress, and the Roman Bridge spanning the Guadalquivir River. Don’t miss the lush courtyards of Palacio de Viana, a true hidden gem of the city.

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View across Roman Bridge

6. Sierra Nevada

Towering over Granada and Almería in eastern Andalusia, the Sierra Nevada boasts the highest mountains in mainland Spain. This majestic range, capped with snow for much of the year, offers a dramatic backdrop to the region and many activity options for outdoor enthusiasts. During the winter months, Europe's southernmost ski resort attracts skiers and snowboarders. And in the warmer months, the mountains transform into a hiker's paradise. We hiked the popular Cahorros de Monachil trail, which is easily accessible from Granada by public transportation.

5. Frigiliana

Frigiliana is a small town tucked into the coastal mountains in southern Andalusia. This whitewashed village, crowned with the title of "prettiest village in Andalusia", is a labyrinth of narrow streets adorned with colorful flowers and ceramic mosaics. Its highlights include getting lost in the alleys, browsing through local crafts shops, and enjoying a refreshing drink or some tapas at a cozy bar. For stunning panoramas, walk up to one of the many viewpoints that sit above the town.

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the cute streets of Frigiliana

4. Seville

As Andalusia’s capital and largest city, Seville is home to a rich history, stunning architecture, and lively culture. Marvel at the immense Seville Cathedral, which is the world's fourth-largest church, get a panoramic view from the Metropol Parasol, or explore the Alcázar palace, a fusion of Moorish and Renaissance architecture. Don’t miss the lush Maria Luisa Park with its grand Plaza de España, an impressive semi-circular open space that was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition.

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View from Metropol Parasol

3. Nerja

Situated on Andalusia’s coastline, Nerja offers a delightful mix of beaches and natural beauty. Sunbathers flock to its shores, with the Balcón de Europa providing stunning sea views. But Nerja boasts more than just beaches. Delve into the fascinating underground world of the Nerja Caves, famous for its spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. This cave stretches for about 5 km or 3.1 mi, and consists of numerous different chambers connected by stairs and walkways.

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2. Ronda

Perched on a hilltop in the Malaga province, Ronda stuns visitors with its dramatic setting. A deep gorge divides the city, with the iconic Puente Nuevo bridge arching over it and connecting the old medieval Ronda with the newer settlements on the other side. This majestic 18th-century structure is Ronda's most famous landmark. The bridge is visible from many viewpoints along the edges of the gorge. Ronda's charm also extends beyond the bridge. Explore the Plaza de Toros, one of Spain's oldest bullrings, wander the Old Town’s cobbled streets, or watch the sunset over the beautiful countryside.

  • Highlights: Puente Nuevo bridge, Arab Baths Archaeological Site, Plaza de Toros, Old Town, Puente Viejo, Arabic Arch viewpoint, Desfiladero del Tajo

  • Where to stay: Apartamento Lauria centro

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Puente Nuevo bridge

1. Granada

Granada is cradled by the Sierra Nevada mountains in eastern Andalucía. This beautiful city has a rich history, relaxed atmosphere, and some of the prettiest cobbled streets in all of Europe. Its star attraction is the Alhambra, an immense palace complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond the Alhambra, you should explore the charming neighborhoods, each with their own unique character. Wander the narrow streets of the Albaicín, which is the old Moorish quarter, and soak in panoramas from one of the many viewpoints. The Sacromonte neighborhood is also a must, famous for its cave dwellings and gypsy history. Granada will blow you away and it’s our favorite city in all of Spain!

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Travel Tips Andalusia

Tip 1. Use the public transportation system

First, make sure to take advantage of the great public transportation system. The main train company in Spain is RENFE, and connects most of the major cities. Buses are another great way to get around Andalucia, particularly for reaching smaller towns and villages that are not well-served by trains. The main bus company in Andalucia is ALSA. It's recommended to book your tickets in advance as prices tend to increase closer to the date of travel.

Tip 2. Get a rental car for more rural areas & mountains

If you want to explore the rural areas or mountains of Andalucia, consider renting a car. Places like the Sierra Nevada, Caminito del Rey, Frigiliana, and Setenil de Bodegas are easier to get to by car. But keep in mind that parking in larger cities can be challenging, so it's important to plan ahead.

Tip 3. Book attractions in advance

Third, we recommend booking your tickets to main popular attractions well in advance. Things like the Caminito del Rey or the Alhambra in Granada tend to fill up quickly, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Tip 4. Be aware of language barriers

While English is commonly spoken in cities and by the younger population, it may be limited in smaller towns. It's beneficial to have at least some basic knowledge of Spanish. If language barriers are a concern, consider downloading the offline Google Translate app to help with communication.

Tip 5. Visit during spring or fall months

Finally, the best time to visit the Andalucia region of Spain is during the spring months of April and May or in the fall months of September and October. During these times, the weather is warm and sunny, but not extremely hot like in the summer months. Keep an eye out for local events and festivals happening during your visit, as Andalucia is known for its vibrant cultural celebrations, like Semana Santa. The spring months can get especially busy because of this!


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