Your best travel to Andalusia, Spain, starts here!

Andalusia is an autonomous community in southern Spain, with an area of about 87,000 square kilometers and a population of around 8.4 million people. It is the second-largest autonomous community in Spain after Castilla y León and the most populous one.

Andalusia is known for its rich cultural heritage, including Moorish architecture, flamenco music and dance, and bullfighting. It is also famous for its beautiful beaches and warm climate, which attracts millions of tourists every year. The region has a diverse geography that includes mountains, forests, deserts, and fertile plains, making it a unique destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and birdwatching. Andalusia is also known for its gastronomy, which is characterized by its use of fresh ingredients, olive oil, and spices. Some of the typical dishes of Andalusia include gazpacho, paella, tortilla española, and fried fish.

Some of the major cities in Andalusia are Seville, Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, and Almeria. These cities are home to some of the most significant historical and cultural sites in Spain, including the Alhambra Palace, the Cathedral of Seville, and the Mezquita in Cordoba.

Overall, Andalusia is a fascinating region of Spain that has a lot to offer visitors in terms of culture, history, natural beauty, and culinary delights.

#1 Start you journey in Sevilla

Seville, or Sevilla in Spanish, is the capital of Andalusia and the fourth largest city in Spain with a population of around 700,000 people. It is a vibrant and historic city known for its rich culture, beautiful architecture, and warm climate.

Seville has a long and fascinating history, having been inhabited by various civilizations over the centuries, including the Romans, the Moors, and the Spanish. This has resulted in a diverse cultural heritage that is evident in the city’s art, architecture, and traditions.

Seville is known for its vibrant culture and traditions. Flamenco, the passionate dance form that originated in Andalusia, is a popular cultural expression in Seville, and there are many flamenco shows and festivals held in the city throughout the year. Seville is also known for its Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations and the Feria de Abril (April Fair), which are both major cultural events that attract visitors from all over the world.

Overall, Seville is a beautiful and fascinating city that offers visitors a unique blend of history, culture, and tradition. Visit this place when in Spain or Europe in general.

5/5 stars for Seville because:
So much to do! You can easily spend a week here!
Contains the true Andalusian culture. Make yourself up for a Siesta!
Amazing food and cheap restaurants
Amazing weather during most of the year
The Alcazar and Plaza de Espana are a must-see
Maximum prices upfront
Amount of days to stay
Accomodation = max. 15 euro a night for a dorm in a hostel
Minimum = 3
Cheap local beer = max. 2.50 euro
Best impression = min. 10 days
When in Seville, I propose you visit:
  1. The Cathedral of Seville: This magnificent Gothic cathedral is one of the largest in the world and is home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus. It is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers stunning views from its bell tower. 
  2. The Alcázar: This beautiful palace complex is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and features a mix of architectural styles, including Moorish and Renaissance. Its stunning gardens and courtyards are also a must-see.
  3. Plaza de España: This stunning square is a must-visit for its beautiful architecture, colorful tiles, and peaceful fountains. It is a popular spot for taking photos and enjoying a leisurely stroll.
  4. Barrio Santa Cruz: This charming neighborhood is known for its narrow streets, white-washed buildings, and quaint squares. It is a great place to explore on foot and get a sense of the city’s history and culture.
  5. Metropol Parasol: This modern wooden structure is located in the old quarter of Seville and is known locally as the “Mushrooms” due to its unique shape. It offers stunning views of the city from its rooftop terrace.
  6. Flamenco shows: Seville is one of the best places in Spain to see authentic flamenco performances. There are many venues throughout the city that offer shows, from small intimate venues to larger theaters.
  7. The Guadalquivir River and its watchtower the Torre del Oro, or “Tower of Gold” in English. It was a 13th-century military watchtower that was used to protect the city from attacks by sea.
  8. Tapas bars: Seville is famous for its tapas culture, and there are many bars and restaurants throughout the city that offer delicious small plates of food. Some of the best places to try tapas in Seville include El Rinconcillo, La Azotea, and Casa Morales.

    These are just a few of the many things to see and do in Seville. Other notable attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Torre del Oro, and the Bullring of the Real Maestranza. Whatever your interests, Seville is a beautiful and fascinating city that offers something for everyone.

Weather conditions of Seville

Seville has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The city enjoys sunshine throughout the year, making it a popular destination for tourists seeking warm weather.

During the summer months, from June to September, temperatures in Seville can reach as high as 40°C (104°F) or more, and humidity can be high, making it feel even hotter. It is important to stay hydrated and avoid spending too much time in direct sunlight during this time of the year.

In contrast, winters in Seville are mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. December and January are the coolest months, with average daytime temperatures around 16°C (61°F). Rainfall is more common in the winter months, with most of the precipitation falling between November and February.

Food in Seville

In terms of food, Seville is famous for its tapas, small plates of food that are perfect for sharing with friends over a glass of wine or beer. Some of the typical tapas in Seville include fried fish, Iberian ham, and spinach with chickpeas. The city is also known for its sweet treats, including the delicious pastries known as pestiños and the refreshing orange wine known as manzanilla.

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Check out the best hostels in Sevilla

My personal recommendation: La Banda Rooftop Hostel

A bit about the Alcazar of Sevilla

The UNCESCO World Heritage Alcazar of Sevilla was originally built as a Moorish fort in the 10th century, but was expanded and renovated over the centuries by various rulers, including Christian monarchs. As a result, the architecture and design of the Alcazar reflects a unique blend of Moorish and Christian styles.

One of the most famous parts of the Alcazar is the Patio de las Doncellas, or “Courtyard of the Maidens,” which features a large reflecting pool surrounded by arched galleries and intricate tilework. Even a small waterfall is floating there! Lastly, the palace contains numerous other courtyards, gardens, and rooms decorated with beautiful tilework, carvings, and paintings.

The Alcazar has served as a filming location for many movies and TV shows, including Game of Thrones and The Kingdom of Heaven. It is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Seville!

Usefull information in Seville
Good tapas prices with the best paella in town
Free breakfast and amazing place to meet new people as a solo traveler or with a group
Best nightclub
Fun and cheap nightclub with a good mix of music (both regaetton and american pop)

A bit about Plaza de España

The Plaza de España is a large public square located in the Parque de María Luisa in Seville, Spain. It was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, a world’s fair held in Seville to showcase the city’s cultural and economic achievements.

The Plaza de España is a beautiful example of Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture, with a semicircular brick building featuring elaborate tilework, towers, and a central fountain. The building encloses a large courtyard that is flanked by a series of tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain. The square also features a canal that runs through the center, which visitors can explore by renting a rowboat.

#2 Learn all about the Islamic background in Cordoba

Cordoba is perhaps the most historical city in whole of Andalusia. This is because the city has a long and complex history, with influences from the Romans, Visigoths, and Muslims. Throughout the years, tt was a major center of Islamic culture and learning during the medieval period. One of Cordoba’s most famous landmarks is the Mezquita-Catedral, also known as the Great Mosque of Cordoba. In addition, Cordoba has a well-preserved old town, which features narrow streets, whitewashed buildings, and charming courtyards filled with flowers and fountains. The city is also known for its culinary traditions, including dishes such as salmorejo (a cold tomato soup) and flamen quines (a type of breaded pork roll).

Overall, Cordoba is a fascinating city with a unique blend of cultures and a rich history that is reflected in its stunning architecture and vibrant atmosphere.

A bit of background information about the Mosque

The Mesquita of Cordoba is a famous landmark located in the city of Cordoba in southern Spain. It has served as both a mosque and a cathedral throughout its history, and this can nowadays still be seen and experienced!

The original structure was built in the 8th century as a mosque by the Umayyad dynasty, and it was expanded several times over the centuries. The mosque was considered one of the most important Islamic structures in the Western world, and it featured a large prayer hall with over 850 columns and horseshoe arches, all made of jasper, marble, and other precious materials.

Nowadays the Mesquita is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction where visitors can admire the unique blend of Islamic and Christian architecture and art. A true must visit!

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On top of the Alhambra in Granada

Granada is a city located in southern Spain and is known for its rich history and culture. It was once the center of the Moorish Kingdom of Granada, and many historic monuments from this era still remain, including the famous Alhambra palace and fortress complex, which is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Spain. Granada is also home to many beautiful gardens and parks, including the Generalife Gardens. The city has a vibrant university culture and is a popular destination for students, making it a lively place with a lively atmosphere and a rich nightlife.

When in Granada, I propose:
The Alhambra in Granada. Truly stunning for your eyes!

The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Spain. It was built by the Moors in the 13th and 14th centuries and is considered one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. The Alhambra is made up of several parts, including the Palace of Charles V, the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife Gardens, and the Alcazaba fortress. The Nasrid Palaces, with their ornate decoration, intricate tile work, and beautiful courtyards, are particularly famous and are considered one of the most important parts of the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts millions of visitors each year. It is known for its stunning architecture, historical significance, and its beautiful location, perched on a hill overlooking the city of Granada.

From the beach to flamenco and bullfights, Malaga offers it

Malaga is a city located in the southern region of Andalusia in Spain, on the Costa del Sol. It is the sixth largest city in Spain and has a population of around 570,000 people in the urban area.

Malaga is known for its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and rich history. It particularly has a rich Moorish and Roman history and is home to numerous historical sites and landmarks, including the Alcazaba, a medieval fortress and palace, and the Roman TheatreMalaga is also the birthplace of the famous painter Pablo Picasso, and his birthplace has been turned into a museum dedicated to his life and works. Besides the Picasso Museum, the city has much more to offer in terms of galleries and museums.

Malaga is a popular tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors every year. Its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and lively nightlife make it a favorite among beachgoers and party lovers. The city also offers excellent dining options, with a variety of traditional Spanish cuisine, as well as international flavors. Overall, Malaga is a charming and lively city with a lot to offer visitors, whether you’re interested in history, art, culture, or just soaking up the sun on the beach.

When in Malaga, I propose to:
  1. Visit the Alcazaba: This historic Moorish castle and palace is one of Malaga’s top attractions. It offers stunning views of the city and the sea.
  2. Explore the Picasso Museum: Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and the museum has an impressive collection of his works, as well as works from other artists.
  3. Relax on the beach: Malaga has beautiful beaches, and they’re perfect for soaking up the sun or taking a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. 
  4. Wander through the old town: Malaga’s old town is full of narrow streets, charming plazas, and historic buildings, and it’s a great place to wander around and explore.
  5. Visit the Roman Theatre: This ancient theatre was discovered in the late 20th century and has been carefully restored. It’s a fascinating glimpse into Malaga’s Roman past.
  6. Take a tapas tour: Malaga is known for its excellent food, and a tapas tour is a great way to sample the local cuisine.
Usefull information in Malaga
Best Tapas Bar in town
Good and large outdoor terras and with a decent price for being in the center of the city.
In the middle of the city. Very clean like a hotel, and quite new so yet unexplored! Therefore you can meet amazing people here.
Best nightclub
Nightclubs in Malaga can be tricky. This one has the best rating on Google maps with over 1500 reviews.

The inlands of Andalusia, hidden gems

Due to all these stunning cities containing so much to do and to offer, the interior lands of Andalusia are often forgotten. Therefore, it is worth mentioning it in this guide because I was lucky enough not to oversee it! The region has a beautiful interior that is definitely worth exploring. One of these is the Sierra Nevada National Park. This national park is home to the highest peak in mainland Spain, Mulhacén, and numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife. It’s a great place to go if you love the outdoors and want to experience some of Spain’s natural beauty.

The mainland of Andalusia also contains beautiful white villages. It is home to many small villages that are known for their white-washed buildings, narrow streets, and picturesque squares. Some of the most famous white villages include Ronda, Mijas, and Frigiliana.

Lastly, the olive groves here are worth mentioning. Andalusia is the world’s largest producer of olive oil, and you’ll see plenty of olive groves as you travel through the region. Many of the olives are harvested by hand, and you may even be able to visit a local producer and see how the oil is made.

Overall, the inlands of Andalusia offer a different perspective on the region and are well worth a visit if you have the time.

The small town of Ronda

Ronda is one of these small, cute towns in the center of the mainland of Andalusia. It is famous for its stunning location on a gorge, which splits the city in two. But the absolute famous landmark in Ronda is the Puente Nuevo. A bridge that spans the Tajo gorge and connects the old and new parts of the city. It’s an impressive feat of engineering and offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Ronda is also known for its bullring, which is one of the oldest and most picturesque in Spain. The bullfighting tradition is deeply ingrained in the culture of Andalusia, and Ronda’s bullring is a great place to learn about this controversial sport. Lastly, the old town of Ronda is a maze of narrow streets, whitewashed buildings, and charming squares. It’s a great place to explore on foot and soak up the atmosphere of this historic city.

Best Airbnb in Andalusia

Ronda is a fantastic place to settle down and go calmly through your days, contrasting with the thriving cities. Check out this crazy beautiful Airbnb next to the bridge. Truly stunning pictures can be made from these terras!


The city of Cadiz

Cadiz is a city that is often forgotten by most travelers. Do propose otherwise, go here! Cadiz is a historic port city located on a narrow peninsula on the southern coast of Spain. The city is home to a mix of styles, including Baroque and Moorish, which reflects the long history that this city actually has. Cadiz as well as the whole Atlantic coastline of Spain, contain beautiful beaches. The city is surrounded by water on three sides, and it is home to several beautiful beaches that are normally only popular with domestic tourists. Some of the most popular beaches include Playa de la Caleta, which is a small, picturesque beach located near the historic center of the city. The other one is called Playa de la Victoria, which is a long, wide beach with plenty of facilities.

In addition to its historic buildings and beaches, Cadiz is also known for its lively cultural scene. The city hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, including the famous Carnaval de Cadiz, which is a colorful and vibrant celebration that takes place in the weeks leading up to Lent.

Overall, Cadiz is a fascinating and beautiful city with plenty of attractions for visitors to enjoy.

Costa de la Luz and Tarifa

The Costa de la Luz, which translates to “Coast of Light,” is a beautiful stretch of coastline that runs along the southern coast of Spain, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The region is known for its stunning beaches and picturesque fishing villages.

The Costa de la Luz is located in the province of Cadiz itself. A popular destination here within the region is Conil de la Frontera, which is famous for its white-washed houses and beautiful beaches. In addition, Costa de la Luz contains beaches like on the picture here. Wide stretches of sand to small, secluded coves. Some of the most popular beaches in the region include Playa de la Barrosa, which is a long, wide beach with plenty of facilities, and Bolonia Beach, which is a smaller, more secluded beach that is popular with surfers.

Costa de la Luz

Tarifa is a town located on the southernmost point of the European mainland, at the southern tip of Spain where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. The town is known for its stunning beaches, world-class windsurfing and kitesurfing, and laid-back, bohemian vibe.

Tarifa has become a mecca for wind and water sports enthusiasts from all over the world, thanks to its consistent winds and ideal conditions for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and other water sports. The town hosts several international competitions each year, including the Windsurfing World Championships and the Kitesurfing World Cup.