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AndaluciaSpain

Spain’s most southerly region is a popular vacation spot for its extensive coastline, natural wonders, ancient architecture and hot, dry climate.

With high mountain peaks, miles of beaches and a desert, Andalucía is a region of stark physical contrasts. This natural diversity is matched by its breadth of architectural treasures, from prehistoric structures to Moorish fortresses. Visit ancient cathedrals, castles and palaces, hike through valleys and swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

Andalucía’s cities are filled with a wealth of architectural gems. Go to Guadix to look at its many cave houses and see the megalithic tombs near Antequera. When you are in Seville, tour the cathedral, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Visit Granada for its spectacular Alhambra, a vast Arab fortress that dates back to the 9th century. Look down on the city of Almeria from the Alcazaba, a hilltop Moorish fort.

Every year, millions of tourists head to Andalucía for its beaches. The region basks in the sun’s rays for at least 300 days of the year and so a visit to the seaside isn’t just for the summer. Among the most popular beaches are Playa Victoria in the old port city of Cádiz and the long, sandy stretches of Marbella, a favorite destination of the rich and famous.

Close to the border with Murcia is the naturist beach resort of Vera Playa, which claims to have the only naturist hotel in Spain. If you want to escape the crowds, there are lots of secluded coves all along Andalucía’s large coastline.

The beaches are only one part of the region’s natural charms. Drive through the desert Tabernas, where many westerns were filmed. Trek through the high mountain valleys of the Alpujarras and go skiing in Sierra Nevada, the snowcapped peaks above Granada. Camp under the stars in the Sierras de Cazorla, a vast protected area within Jaen province that encompasses pine forests, mountain ranges, waterfalls and rivers.

There are lots of routes into Andalucía, with many international travelers flying into airports at Malaga, Seville and Almeria. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing vacation of year-round recreational activities and great natural and architectural beauty.

Popular cities in Andalucia

Plaza de Espana which includes street scenes, night scenes and a sunset
Seville
Known for Cathedrals, Historical Buildings and Cafés

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Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de España
    Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
    Seville Cathedral
  • Alcazar
    Alcazar
Gibralfaro Castle which includes a bay or harbour, heritage architecture and château or palace
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
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 showing general coastal views, a coastal town and rocky 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 featuring a park
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