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 Andalusia in seven days


Andalusia is an essential destination for holidays in Spain. You really have to visit the south, because it’s home to some of the world’s most famous historic sites, a really delicious culinary tradition, unique Arab heritage, picture postcard villages of whitewashed houses, a wealth of shops selling artisan products, and a bustling street life with a cheerful atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.

Andalusia is the second largest region of Spain. It measures 500 kilometres from end to end, so it would be impossible to see everything in a week. But seven days is enough to see many of its most famous cities and other charming places

DAY 2: Granada

Granada is just over 120 kilometres from Malaga. The city has a charm all its own, and also boasts one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating heritage sites: the Alhambra. It’s so spectacular that you will need several hours to visit it.

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Courtyard of the Lions in the Alhambra
Courtyard of the Lions in the Alhambra

The Alhambra

It’s worth getting up early to be among the first visitors of the day to one of the busiest tourist attractions in Spain. The site is a complex of palaces and gardens which once symbolised the wealth and power of the Nasrid dynasty. There is a lot to see, but some of the most famous spots in the Nasrid palaces include the Patio de los Leones (Court of the Lions) and its iconic fountain, the Patio de Comares, the Sala de Dos Hermanas (Hall of the two Sisters), and the Peinador de la Reina (Queen's Robing Room). You can also visit the Palace of Charles V, and the Alcazaba. Remember that there are also tours of the Alhambra by night, and exclusive visits while the site is closed to the public.

A general ticket to the Alhambra also includes a visit to the Generalife palace, the summer residence of the Nasrid Emirs, and its fabulous gardens. A stroll in the gardens, listening to the sound of water and admiring the flowers, is a memorable experience and a treat for all the senses.

Façade of Granada Cathedral
Façade of Granada Cathedral

The historic town centre

The impressive Cathedral is a good starting point for your walk around the centre. Nearby are the Capilla Real (the chapel where the Catholic Monarchs are buried) and the Monastery of San Jerónimo.

You can also visit some of the area’s lively shops, visit the Alcaicería or former silk market, and try some of the city’s famous tapas bars. If you go shopping in Granada, its traditional crafts include embroidered lace shawls (mantillas), fine metalwork, leather goods, and ceramics. It is also known for its street markets and artisan workshops.

San Nicolás viewing point
San Nicolás viewing point

Sunset in the Albaicín district

After lunch, you could have a walk around the Carrera del Darro and Paseo de los Tristes. The Albaicín district is further from the centre, but this area is a must-see. Its narrow streets and traditional houses have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. You will find echoes of Arab architecture at every turn. At the end of your walk there is a final reward: El Mirador de San Nicolás. From here there is a beautiful view of the Alhambra against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s at its best around sunset.

Flamenco show in Sacromonte
Flamenco show in Sacromonte

Dinner and a Flamenco show in Sacromonte

You’ve probably heard of Flamenco, an art form which includes singing and dancing. One of the best places in the world to see a Flamenco show must be this district of Granada. The famous zambras are caves where the shows are staged.