The Great Trip to Andalusia, a slow and unhurried journey to savour deeply the 4 most important destinations of the region: Malaga, Seville, Córdoba and Granada. A perfect combination of great food, sun, culture, beach and the flamenco charm of the south of Spain. There's no need to rush anywhere, as they all have so many things to offer.
On this trip you will visit:
- Málaga: the perfect place to soak up the sun on the beach. Besides, the lovely pedestrian streets downtown and the wonderful atmosphere full of young people, bars and good food, will make you want to stay forever.
- Sevilla, the capital of Andalucía has a spectacular historical and cultural heritage and diverse possible plans like enjoying a flamenco show or visiting the essentials such as the Giralda or the Plaza de España.
- Córdoba: the city of the Caliphs. The history of the city will impress you, there's a story behind every corner. If you want to fully experience Córdoba don't miss the Mosque and the Jewish Quarter o Barrio de la Judería, and of course its exquisite cuisine.
- Granada: full of charm and magic. It transports you to a bygone era with quarters like Albahicín, Sacromonte or Realejo and the magnificent Alhambra dominating the city. Get amused by its university environment and try the tapas.
Start your trip! Depending on what time you arrive, you may be able to explore Malaga in depth or simply get your bearings. Take a stroll or go out for dinner and a refreshing drink. You deserve a rest after your travels!
Start your day in Malaga by climbing to the Gibralfaro Castle to enjoy one of the best views of the city and the sea. Afterwards, go down to the Alcazaba, connected to the castle by a wall, and to the ruins of the Roman Theatre. From here you can wander to the city centre and stop in any of the bars to refresh. Walk along Larios street and the surrounding alleys, visit the cathedral, the Atarazanas Market and some of the most important museums, like the Picasso Museum or Thyssen Museum. In the evening, relax on Malagueta beach or take a bus to the small coves of Playa del Palo (Stick Beach), a great place to taste the delicious local speciality of grilled sardines.
Today is your chance to visit the city's many museums. Málaga has more than 25 of them, the most important being the Picasso Museum, Thyssen Museum, Centre Pompidou, Automobile Museum or Flamenco Art Museum. You could also take the opportunity to wander more calmly around the city centre, walking along Granada Street or around Plaza de la Merced, visiting the Cervantes Theatre, the Sacred Heart church or the birthplace of Picasso. It's also worth a trip to see the Alameda/Malaga park, a subtropical botanic garden. Complete your day on one of the nearby beaches, this time in the west at San Andrés beach or Misericordia beach.
If you are an early-bird, then you can watch the sunrise on any of Málaga's beaches. La Malagueta, close to the city centre, is an excellent choice. You could also take a walk around the marina, just next to it.
There are several ways to enjoy the evening in Sevilla. You could go to the city centre to take a look at the cathedral and the famous Giralda bell tower. Another option is to go to the magnificent Plaza de España (Spain Square), in Maria Luisa Park. Alternatively, go to the modern Metropol Parasol, commonly known as 'The Umbrella', where you can find some great bars with the cheapest beers in the city. If you're looking for somewhere to spend a night out, the Arenal and Alameda areas are just a couple of choices.
Start your day by visiting the Royal Alcazars of Sevilla, one of the oldest palaces in Europe, and spend a few hours exploring it. Another must is the cathedral, the largest Gothic church in the world, where you can see the remarkable Giralda tower and the Court of Oranges as well. Cool off by heading to the Santa Cruz quarter and get some tapas and drinks in any of the bars. Spend the evening in the city centre, visiting Plaza Nueva (New Square), where the town hall is and the famous Sierpes Street with its many shops and pastelería. You could also visit the Salvador Church, within the square of the same name, where there are also some lovely places to sit and have something to eat or drink. At night, Sevilla offers a few choices, with areas like Arenal, Santa Cruz, La Alfalfa or Alameda, which are all excellent choices for going out and having some fun.
To really get to grips with the city of Sevilla, spend your second day visiting some of its other famous sites. Visit the General Archive of the Indies, where the exhibits will teach you about the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines. Linger around some of the city centre streets; the area is big enough to show you some hidden treasures that you haven't noticed yet. During the evening, you can go towards the fabled Triana quarter, one of the birthplaces of Flamenco and an authentic, old neighbourhood that is definitely worth a visit for its pure essence of Andalusia.
A pleasant way of spending the morning in Sevilla is to walk or cycle along the Guadalquivir riverbank. You will cross along the Real Maestranza bullring, the third most visited monument in the city, and the Torre del Oro (Gold Tower), which is right next to the Maritime Museum. Carry on to the San Telmo palace and finish your stroll in Maria Luisa Park, where you will find Plaza de España (Spain Square). America Square and the Archaeological Museums are only a short walk from here too.
The most important area in Córdoba is the city centre. A walk around the Judería is essential, with its charming houses and small alleys such as Flores Street or Hoguera Street. Cross the many squares, like Plaza del Potro and Plaza de Capuchinos, and experience the entire city centre. Another must is the Córdoba Mosque, the most famous monument in the city. At sunset go down to the Guadalquivir river and delight in the evening colours over the Roman Bridge. Take the opportunity to taste the tapas and typical local dishes like salmorejo and flamenquines.
If you wake up early then you can visit the magnificent Córdoba Mosque for free (between 8:30 and 9:30, except Sundays). Additional famous attractions include the famous Patios de Córdoba, also free during the Patios Festival in May. For the rest of the year, you can organise a guided tour or visit the 12 patios hidden in the Palacio de Viana, known as the patios museum. To keep on discovering the city, go to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a gothic military building, or splash out and relax in the Arab baths Hammam Al-Andalus. During the evening, there are plenty of options for tapas and drinks.
An evening in Granada offers you a variety of options. The most romantic choice is to walk around the Albayzín neighbourhood, wandering through the small alleys and the whitewashed houses until sunset, when you should head to the San Nicolás lookout where you can admire how the evening colours melt against the Alhambra. If you would prefer a more active alternative, there are plenty of bars in the city where you can enjoy the nightlife and the tapas, in neighbourhoods like Realejo, Navas Street, around the bullring or the banks of the Genil river.
One must-see attraction during your stay in Granada is also one of the most emblematic monuments in Spain: The Alhambra. You can spend a morning or evening on it, and it's recommended that you plan in advance because the daily entrance is limited and tickets run out quickly. The city centre, with the cathedral and the Royal Chapel, is another essential area to see. Also, go to the Albayzín neighbourhood and visit Sacromonte, or relax in some of the Arab baths, like El Bañuelo, from the 11th century. To finish your day, you must try Granada's bars, tapas and nightlife.
Málaga is a lively and active city during the evening. Walk around the city centre in the surroundings of Larios street to enjoy the many shops and bars. If you would like a more relaxed evening, spend it at the city beach, LaMalagueta, and get ready for the night, when the city is brimming with energy.
R.D.L. 1/2007, Ley General para la defensa de los Consumidores y Usuarios. Ley34/2002, Ley de Comercio Electrónico.
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