7-day tour of Andalusia
Are you planning a trip to southern Spain for your next holiday? Perhaps you’re wondering what would be the best route? Andalusia is the country’s second largest region –about 600 kilometres from one end to the other– so we recommend at least a week if you want to visit its best-known towns.
Get ready to see stunning white-washed villages, stroll through palaces of Islamic architecture, climb to the tops of cathedrals and fortresses, discover settings from “Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars”, experience the passion of flamenco, try tapas and sherries, and meet people who enjoy life perhaps more than anywhere else on earth. To travel at your own pace, your best bet is to hire a car. An exciting week is waiting for you!
- 1 Malaga
- 2 Ronda
- 3 Jerez de la Frontera
- 4 Cadiz
- 5 Seville
- 6 Cordoba
- 7 The Alhambra in Granada
- 8 Rest of the city of Granada
Today we come to one of this route's highlights. Seville, the capital of Andalusia, boasts several World Heritage Sites and its own exuberant charm, making it one of Spain’s most attractive cities. You can drive there in an hour and a half from Cadiz. We would suggest staying at least two days in Seville, if you can.
The Cathedral, Giralda and Alcázar
The perfect spot to start the day is Plaza del Triunfo. This square is dominated by the Cathedral, one of the largest Christian churches in the world and the burial place of Christopher Columbus. Its famous tower, the Giralda, at nearly 100 metres was once the world’s tallest. The energetic visitor can climb to the top of this, surely the best-known symbol of Seville.Opposite it, the Real Alcázar is a palace complex which was the home of kings and caliphs over the centuries, with dreamlike gardens where you’ll want to linger. If you’re a “Game of Thrones” fan you may be interested to know that you are in the Water Gardens, palace of the rulers of Dorne.
Santa Cruz district and Plaza de España
If it’s lunchtime, Santa Cruz is a great neighbourhood where you can feel the city’s authentic spirit while you eat. Narrow streets, squares where you can sit and rest, bars offering traditional tapas such as gazpacho, papas aliñás, menudo sevillano, huevos a la flamenca, adobo, and more.In the afternoon we suggest a visit to Plaza de España, built for the Iberoamerican Expo of 1929, regarded by many as the most beautiful square they have ever seen. Did you know it’s a setting in a “Star Wars” film? Next to the square is María Luisa Park. Perhaps you’d like to go around the park in a horse-drawn carriage?
Across the river to Triana for dinner
On the bank of the Guadalquivir you’ll find another symbol of Seville: the Torre del Oro, even prettier when floodlit. You could start at Muelle de Nueva York with a cocktail to whet your appetite. From here, a 15 minute stroll takes you to Triana bridge. On the other side is Triana, one of the best-known neighbourhoods of Seville, with a character all its own, and a great place to find a restaurant terrace where you can have dinner while you enjoy the view. Or if you prefer, you could spend the evening going from bar to bar enjoying tapas and drinks until the small hours. By the way, if you’re in Triana in the daytime, take the opportunity to buy a gift or a souvenir in one of its ceramics shops, where you’ll find the Mudejar tiles that decorate much of Seville.Another option before crossing to Triana is to see the sunset from the “Setas de Sevilla”, the mushroom-like project by the architect Jürgen Mayer, a kind of raised space on the world’s largest wooden structure, with great views of the city. It’s a good way to get a feel for the modern side of Seville. After that, you can get back to the traditional side with an evening at a flamenco show.
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