The gorgeous region of Andalusia in southern Spain is home to some of the richest cultural areas in the country, and fascinating cities to visit. You can travel by bus quite cheaply between the four cities, so here is an easy guide to hitting these major cities of Andalusia in just about a week!
Malaga Begin your tour of Andalusia in Malaga, since its airport is a hub for budget airlines. Take in the sunshine and Andalusian culture by exploring the quaint city center and enjoying delicious tapas and sangria at the many cafes lining the streets. Explore the Alcazaba, the thousand-year old fortress overlooking the city (great views from atop the fortress walls!) You can also get in some great beach time as this is the only city of the four located on the coast.
Sevilla Heading north, you’ll enter the lively and bustling Seville, well-known for its excellent flamenco dancing and gorgeous cathedrals. Go out for some paella and venture out to a flamenco show afterwards. The next day, visit the Alcazar- a lavish palace with extravagant architecture and plenty of rooms and lush gardens to explore. Then, see the Cathedral of Seville, which is arguably the largest church in the world. Don’t miss the majestic Plaza de España- where parts of the new Star Wars movies were filmed!
Cordoba The next bus ride will bring you to a more laid-back city, with certainly no less to offer in terms of culture and history. Cordoba is easily walkable and contains some great sites like the Roman Bridge, Jewish Quarter and Museum of Al-Andalus Life. But the biggest attraction in Cordoba is the Mezquita, an incredible mosque-turned-catheral with a seemingly endless forest of Islamic red and white striped columns and arches.
Grenada A spectacular end to a tour of Andalusia, Grenada is a city full of spirit and energy. The obvious don’t-miss sight here is the Alhambra, which you must book in advance online. Visiting this Islamic palace will take most of the day, so reserve time accordingly. In the evening, take advantage of Grenada’s tapas culture- when you go out to a bar, you can eat free tapas with a drink purchase! If you have extra time in Grenada, make sure and relax at the Hamman, a Spanish-style spa complete with hot, cold and warm pools, hot stones and massage.