Learn about all the stunning places and must-see sights you can check out in Andalusia, from beaches to landmarks and more.
From Alhambra and Mezquita in Cordoba to Ronda and the white villages, Andalusia is one of the most diverse and stunning autonomous regions in Spain. Packed with a sparkling culture full of history, beautiful landscapes, and towns dating back to medieval times, there’s no doubt why a ton of tourists from all over the world choose this place as a holiday getaway. In today’s posts, I’m going to recommend the best sights in Andalusia for you to visit.
Located in the southern side of Spain, the autonomous region of Andalusia comprises 8 different provinces: Cadiz, Huelva, Granada, Almeria, Malaga, Cordoba, Jaén, and Seville.
Doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a hike on the mountain, a walk in a city, or a sunny beach on the beloved Costa del Sol, Andalusia has an interesting place for everyone. Starting from historic cities like Granada or Seville, all the way to the amazing beaches of Malaga and Cadiz, there are endless areas to visit in this mystical region.
Where to start?
The best starting point to visit the top sights in Andalusia is Malaga, its airport (Costa del Sol) is one of the busiest airports in Spain. It’s close to tourist places like Fuengirola and Torremolinos, also, you can access places like Alhambra easily.
One of the biggest draws about this is that you can rent a car Malaga airport, which is one of the best ways to get around in Malaga and Andalucia.
Historic Sites to Visit
Alhambra and Granada, Malaga
There are many interesting sights in Malaga, it’s a city rich in history with an amazing culture. Your first place to check should be one of the most popular landmarks in the area, the Alhambra and Granada, it’s a Moorish Palace and a stunning medieval fortress. The palace’s biggest draw is its green gardens and the Moorish details, the decoration really stands out.
Other great attractions are:
- The Alcazaba Fortress
- The Atarazanas market
- The Roman Theatre
- Gibralfaro Castle
Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
One of the biggest attractions in Cordoba is the Mosque or Mezquita, also called Catedral de Santa María Madre de Dios. It started as a Moorish structure and changed to a cathedral later. It’s well known for its distinguished appearance, with arches colored in red stripes.
Not only that, but after you are done checking out the Mosque you can head to the center of Cordoba, walk around the Jewish Quarter with its small streets, and check out the characteristic patios filled with flowers. Also, you can check out the Roman Bridge.
Other great attractions are:
- Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs
- Plaza de la Corredera
- Palacio de Viana
- Torre De Calahorra
Located on a hilltop lies one of the most antique towns in Spain, La Ronda is surrounded by walls and situated on a plateau. If you are looking for a tranquil history town, there’s no better place. It offers amazing panoramic views of the mountains and the landscapes that surround the city.
Also, from the city you can check out El Tajo (a gorge) and a river called Guadelevin that cross right in the middle separating the old city from the new one, both are connected by a stunning bridge.
Best beaches to visit
One of the beaches in Spain is located in Andalusia, especially Malaga. Welcoming a ton of visitors from all over the world, Playa Malagueta is one of the most visited since it’s the closest to the city, and it’s easy to access. It has an amazing boardwalk or promenade that leads to the beach, making it perfect for a sunny beach day.
If you get hungry, you can head to Paseo del Muelle Dos and have a great lunch or get some drinks at the countless bars and restaurants it offers.
If you’re looking for the best beach in Mijas, there’s no better place than Calahonda. It’s one of the most popular and longest beaches in the area, offering an amazing beach experience with almost 5 km of yellow-sanded and deep blue beach. A place where you restlessly swim or sunbathe. The area is a hub for expats for its prime location, between Fuengirola and Marbella, packed with restaurants and bars without losing the local feeling.
Playa de Bajondillo, Torremolinos
Torremolinos has become the place to go for tourists that are looking for a place to swim, shop, sunbathe, and with great nightlife. It may not have the true sense of Spain, but you can expect countless fun beaches with white sand, clubs, a long promenade filled with palm trees, restaurants, and bars.
The best beach to visit in Torremolinos is Playa el Bajondillo, since it’s the closest to the center of the city. It gets packed with visitors in summer, enjoying the parasol, loungers, and restaurants. The beach offers jet skis, banana boats, and free volleyball courts.