Sculpture celebrating the courtyards of Cordoba

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!

The Alhambra in Granada

  • 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

The final city on our tour is Granada, about 200 kilometres from Cordoba. As it is home to one of the world’s most beautiful buildings, the Alhambra, and we want you to have plenty of time to enjoy it, we suggest spending two days in the city.

Discovering the Alhambra

As this site is extremely popular, our first recommendation is to book well in advance. It’s best to allow at least half a day to explore this complex of palaces and gardens, which once symbolised all the power of the Nasrid dynasty. There is a lot to see, with famous spots in the palace complex including the Palace of Charles V, the Courtyard of the Lions and its iconic fountain, the Comares Courtyard, the Sala de Dos Hermanas and the Peinador de la Reina.

The Generalife and its gardens

A general ticket to the Alhambra includes a visit to the Generalife palace, the summer residence of the Nasrid Emirs, and its fabulous gardens. Walking around them is a wonderful sensory experience.If you would like to see the building by night, there are also various night-time tours available, with special lighting.

A relaxing afternoon

After the intense experiences of the morning, it’s time for a quiet drink in the Realejo district, a visit to an Arabic tea room around Calle Calderería Nueva, or a hammam or Arab bath on the site of the originals, with different temperature pools and the option of a massage. It would probably do you good…

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