There are many amazing sites to see across Europe from Rome to London and it is not without reason that tourists and travellers flock to the continent from all corners of the globe to experience its beauty. One area of Europe that is hugely underrated is Andalusia; the region in southern Spain that is also the country’s most traditional and populous province.
While Andalusia has a thriving tourist industry, much of it revolves around beach holidays. Andalusia is so much more than just a coastal destination; it has absolutely everything travellers and tourists look for.
Here is our list of 10 amazing things to do in Andalusia:
1. See the Amazing ‘Puente Nuevo’ Bridge in Ronda
Andalusia is famous for having a beautiful and unique combination of mountains and sea. Ronda is a beautiful small town in the mountains, just an hour’s drive from Malaga. The most striking monument in Ronda is the ‘Puente Nuevo’, which is Spanish for ‘new bridge. It is a huge bridge that was built into the Ronda Gorge in the 18th century and is often ranked as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Ronda is also a great place for traditional Spanish food and wine.
2. Visit Sevilla’s Cathedral and Columbus’ Tomb
Sevilla is the capital of Andalusia and a greta place to soak up all of Spain’s traditions and culture. The palace is definitely a site worth seeing, as is the cathedral that was once a mosque under Arab rule. The most notable thing to see in the cathedral is probably the grave of the world’s most famous explorer, Christopher Columbus.
3. Walk Along the ‘Caminito del Rey’
Just outside the town of Alora, there is a stunning mountain pathway that was made famous in 1925 when the then King of Spain, Alfonso XIII crossed it. A number of fatal accidents in 90s made the government close down the pathway. It was recently reopened after a huge restoration project that allows anyone to walk the pathway and admire the beautiful views of the mountain range. It is now also perfectly safe to go, though you have to book in advance to reserve your entry.
4. Ski in the Sierra Nevada
Where else in the world can you ski in the mountains in the morning and sit by the beach in the afternoon? The Sierra Nevada mountain range offers some of the best skiing in the country. If you go in early spring, you will see people skiing in t-shirts and bikinis.
5. See the Amazing Alhambra in Granada
Granada is another beautiful city in the mountains. It was the last stronghold during the Arab occupation of Spain and the influence of moorish culture is significant. Embedded in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is a beautiful city. The city’s prized jewel is the Alhambra, a stunning palace that is often considered alongside the 7 Wonders of the World. The Alhambra is one of the most stunning monuments in Europe and an absolute must-see in Andalusia.
6. Surf in Cadiz or Tarifa
Andalusia is in the unique position to be able to offer both sea and ocean beaches. If you head to Cadiz or Tarifa in the west of the province, you can take advantage of some amazing surfing. The weather is perfect throughout most of the year and you can be sure to catch some great waves.
7. Live the Highlife in Marbella
If you are into the luxurious travel scene, then Marbella is for you. It is a great city with a beautiful boardwalk with many bars, clubs and restaurants. For the ultimately luxurious experience, go to Puerto Banus, known as the ‘playground of the superrich’. Walking around the port you will get to see a lot of sports cars and yachts.
8. Explore Malaga Province
If you are flying to Southern Spain, chances are you will be flying into Malaga airport. The flights are cheap and the entire province can easily be accessed from the city. If you are already in Malaga, make sure you take advantage of all it has to offer! Malaga itself is home to a number of great sites including the Alcazaba Castle, the Malagueta Beach and the Picasso Museum.
The birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas, Malaga is an authentic Spanish city bursting with culture and a vibrant nightlife. Malaga and neighbouring Torremolinos are popular beach destinations. The area also has a number of great towns to visit including Antequera, which is one of the oldest towns in Spain.
9. Stay at the Beneficio Commune in Alpujarra
This one is for the more alternative backpacker, but it is definitely an experience. The Alpujarra region in the Andalusian mountains is known for being home to many hippy-style communes. The Beneficio commune has been around since the 1970s and it is definitely a great place to get your hippy vibes on.
10. Visit Gibraltar and Climb the Rock
Ever wondered what it would be like if Britain was a warm country? Well, by visiting Gibraltar you can! The city is a British-held territory. You cross a border to get in and they use the Pound rather than the Euro. With its pubs and teahouses, Gibraltar is a lot like getting a glimpse of 1960s England. The Rock of Gibraltar is definitely a site worth seeing. You can get tours to the top where you will be accompanied by monkeys that live on the Rock. If the weather is clear you might even see Morocco across the sea.