If you’re planning a trip to Spain, make time for Andalusia, the region in the very south of the country. This warm region consists of the 4 cities Malaga, Seville, Cordoba and Grenada in a diamond shape. It’s so easy to travel between these cities by bus, and there is so much to see, so here are 5 sights not to miss:
Picasso Museum- Malaga
Malaga is probably the most overlooked of the Andalusian cities. Although many travelers arrive to the Malaga international airport, they often pass over the city en route to the more popular destinations. But spend a day or 2 here and explore the beaches and extensive Picasso Museum. Admission is free on the last Sunday of the month, and you can see 223 of Picasso’s pieces on display.
Watch a Flamenco Show- Seville
Flamenco is a huge part of the culture all over southern Spain, and Seville is a fantastic place to catch a show. Tablaos are the biggest venues for flamenco shows, entertaining the crowds with extravagantly choreographed dances while dinner and drinks are served. You can also find a more local scene with smaller flamenco shows at the local bars in town.
Explore the Alcazar- Seville
You might not have guessed it, but Europe’s oldest royal residence is found here in Seville in the south of Spain! The gorgeous Alcazar is made up of many buildings and gardens, lush with detailed architecture, sunken ponds and decorative pillars. Wandering through the grounds will take you right back to royal times.
See the Mezquita- Cordoba
A visit to the Mezquita will leave you awe-inspired of the amazing Muslim architecture. The building started here in 600 which makes this mosque nearly a millennium and a half old! The interior of the mosque is filled with red arches, colorful mosaics and richly gilded prayer niches.
Visit the Alhambra- Grenada
A visit to the Alhambra palace through Alhambra Palace Tours is an absolute must while in Andalusia! It was originally built as a fortress in the 9th century and later converted into a palace in the 14th century. Experience the beautiful Muslim art and architecture, gardens and spectacular views. You must book a tour online beforehand, as spots for Alhambra Palace tours book up quickly here.