Andalusia is the most representative region of Spain. Flamenco, paella, sun, gypsies and intense heat are the masters. Located in the southern part of the country (from its coasts you can in fact see Africa) it is a region rich in wonderful monuments that reflect its historical vicissitudes; in fact, Muslims, Christians and Gypsies passed through here. Many of these monuments are known worldwide and are of such importance that they have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everywhere there is an intriguer combination of styles in which Spanish and Arabic characteristics blend harmoniously with extremely fascinating results.
Here is everything you need to know for organize a trip to Andalusia.
- Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
- Where it is
- 8-day itinerary: Classical Andalusia
- 11 days itinerary: Andalusia in cortijos and country houses
- DIY Andalusia: flights, costs, best time and tips
- User questions and comments
- Request a personalized quote
Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
- Capital: Seville
- Languages: Castilian and Andalusian
- Local currency: euro (€)
- Weather: Mediterranean on the coast; in the Guadalquivir depression where the most interesting tourist sites are located (Seville, Cordoba) the summer is very hot (average of 36 °), while the winter becomes a little colder, especially at night
- Entry requirements: identity card valid for expatriation or a valid passport
- Travel / health insurance: recommended.
Where it is
In southern Spain, Andalusia is spread over an area of 87.597 sq km, equal to approximately 17,3% of the Spanish territory. Throughout its southern half it is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Strait of Gibraltar separates it from Africa while, to the north, the Sierra Morena divides it from the Meseta.
The geographical configuration is one of the elements that gives Andalusia uniqueness. They can be distinguished three large areas, formed by the interaction of different factors that influence the physical environment: the Sierra Morena, the Betic Cordillera and the Betic Depression.
8-day itinerary: Classical Andalusia
- First day: arrival in Malaga. Free time for a first individual discovery of the Andalusian city or the lively and lively Costa del Sol. Hotel accommodation.
- Second day: visit of Ronda, a charming village with white houses famous for El Tajo, the typical winding streets, squares and the oldest bullring in Spain. Stop for a brief overview of Cadiz, an ancient and charming port city located on a small island. Arrival in Seville and overnight.
- Third day: visit of Seville, Plaza de España, the barrio of Santa Cruz; the Cathedral with inside the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the Giralda and the Reales Alcazares, a masterpiece of architecture and the oldest royal house in Spain. In the evening, free dinner or the optional one with a flamenco show. Overnight in Seville.
- Fourth day: arrival in Cordoba, tour of the historic center characterized by twisted streets and white houses with flowered patios, visit of the Mezquita, a wonderful cathedral-mosque supported by 856 granite and marble columns. After lunch, continue to Granada, between the Sierra Nevada and the Vega Valley. Overnight in Granada.
- Fifth day: guided tour of the Alhambra, a fortified palatine city on top of a hill which represents the most famous example of Arab art in Andalusia, the Nazarite palaces and the Generalife with its splendid gardens. In the afternoon, free time for individual strolls in the historic center: Plaza Isabel la Católica, Gran Vía, the Cathedral and the Capilla Real. Optional flamenco show after dinner. Overnight in Granada.
- Sixth day: return to Malaga, guided tour of the Cathedral with the unfinished bell tower and the Picasso Museum. After lunch, free time for shopping or activities of personal interest. Overnight in Malaga.
- Seventh day: relaxing day on the beaches of the Costa del Sol. Alternatively, optional excursion to Gibraltar, a piece of England on the Iberian Peninsula: we admire the landscape of the strait from the fortress, the monument to the columns of Hercules, the caves of San Michele and the famous monkeys. Overnight in Malaga.
- Eighth dayFree time before transfer to Malaga airport according to the return flight time.
How much? Price details
- Price per person starting from: € 1.300,00
- Custom quote: to request a personalized quote
11 days itinerary: Andalusia in cortijos and country houses
- First day: arrival at Malaga airport. Transfer to Albobode, a welcoming refuge in the hinterland of Granada, at the foot of the mountains. Overnight in Albobode.
- Second day: visit of the Alhambra, a fortified palatine city on top of a hill, emblem of Arab art in Andalusia, the Nazarite palaces and the Generalife. In the afternoon, quick tour of the historic center: Plaza Isabel la Católica, Gran Vía, the Cathedral and the Capilla Real. Overnight in Granada.
- Third day: visit of Úbeda and Baeza, charming Renaissance towns, UNESCO World Heritage. The Synagogue of Water is very famous in Baeza. Optional stop in an oil mill for tasting. Continue to Zuheros in time for dinner and overnight.
- Fourth day: visit of Cordoba, historical center (in particular the Juderia, the Jewish quarter with whitewashed courtyards and marvelous flowered patios and the marvelous Mezquita, a mosque built in the eighth century and became a cathedral in the sixteenth century. Overnight in Cordoba.
- Fifth day: stop in Minas de Riotinto, one of the oldest mining districts in the world. Jamón-based lunch in Jabugo. Upon returning to Aracena, walk to the Grutas de las Maravillas, a wonderful system of caves that can be reached from the historic center. Overnight in Aracena.
- Sixth day: visit of Aracena, a small jewel dotted with noble houses, churches and convents. Continue to Utrera where we will visit the most interesting places, including the Castle, the parish of Santiago Maggiore and the Convent of the Immaculate Conception. The town is considered one of the historical cradles of flamenco, as well as having a long tradition of breeding bulls and horses. Overnight in Utrera.
- Seventh day: Seville, visit the Reales Alcazares, the Cathedral with the famous Giralda tower, the lively Triana district and the scenic Plaza de Esapana. Overnight in Seville.
- Eighth day: visit of Cadiz, with its historic center surrounded by the sea and dominated by the dome of the Cathedral; the nearby El Puerto de Santa Maria, full of wonderful monuments such as the Castle of San Marco and the Iglesia Mayor Prioral and stop in Jerez, home of the famous Andalusian horses and sherry. Overnight in Jerez.
- Ninth day: stop in Setenil de las Bodegas, a very particular village, born in the heart and in the shadow of a huge rock. Continue to Ronda, perched on a plateau overlooking the plain below, divided by an impressive split in two parts, El Tajo, joined by the Puente Nuevo. Overnight in Ronda.
- Tenth day: visit of Gibraltar, a "British" corner in Iberian land. In the afternoon, beach life in Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Overnight in Marbella.
- Eleventh dayFree time before transfer to Malaga airport according to the return flight time.
How much? Price details
- Price per person starting from: € 1.600,00
- Custom quote: to request a personalized quote
DIY Andalusia: flights, costs, best time and tips
Le half seasons, especially late spring, are undoubtedly the best time to explore this hot region.
Andalusia is a low-cost destination. Starting from the flights, which are around € 70,00. For accommodations there are accommodations of all types. Everything varies based on multiple factors; first of all, the places chosen to stop. The Costa del Sol is teeming with luxury resort villages; in the main cities there are accommodations of all kinds and in the outlying villages there are simple B & Bs and modest gust-houses. The campsites are very cheap, very numerous in the area by the sea.
The best way to discover the region and be independent is to rent a vehicle (starting from € 96,00 per week). Despite their beauty and importance, the attractions have more than fair entrance costs. Suffice it to mention the case of the Alhambra in Granada whose admission prices start from € 14,00.
NB. Admission to the Alhambra is limited, book your tickets online a few months in advance.
- Minimum period for a tour in Andalusia: 8 days
- Recommended cities for base: Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Cadiz, Malaga
- Getting around: self-driving is the best way to discover the region. However, there are efficient bus and train services that connect the various cities. The most common routes are Seville-Cordoba, Seville-Granada and Cordoba-Granada, in addition to the numerous connections from Seville, Malaga and Cadiz, to the sea. For trains, the Renfe and Cercanías lines are active; the buses are managed by the transport company ALSA
- Flights: the main Andalusian cities are served directly from Italy by the following companies: Vueling, Ryanair, EasyJet, Volotea, Blue Air and Alitalia. In high season prices vary from € 86,00 to over € 400,00.
starting from € 86,00 -
- Accommodations and accommodations: you can find accommodations of all types and prices, from luxury hotels to guest-houses passing through hostels and campsites.
Hotel and b & b starting from € 33,00 per room -