Vacationing in Andalusia, Spain

Andalusia Travel VacationSpain is generally a rich travel location, filled with centuries of art, culture architecture, and history. No region of Spain offers more to international travelers than the region of Andalusia.

Divided into eight provinces, Andalusia is made up of the sub-regions of Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville. Seville is one of the most popular vacation destinations of Andalusia, but for our travels, we often prefer the more rural villages, countrysides, and cities less-frequented.

Malaga, Spain

Both the City of Malaga, and the Province of Malaga are favorites of many European travelers. The city of Malaga is modern, large, and quite urban; however, the cities parks and coastal views offer enough space to where you will not feel cramped while walking through the city streets and corridors between towering buildings. Malaga is our favorite port in-which to start a vacation to Spain, and its neighboring towns of Ronda and Antequera are stunning examples of centuries old settlements in the area.

Breathtaking View of Ronda, Andalusia, Spain

Breathtaking View of Ronda, Andalusia, Spain

Antequera at dusk. Andalusia, Spain

Antequera at dusk. Andalusia, Spain

Nerja, Spain

Nerja is all-around a good destination for an Andalusian Vacation. Known for both Middle-Age-Era architecture and aqueducts, Nerja is a coastal city that offers sunny beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, some of the best seafood in Spain, and also the Nerja Caves, site of some of the oldest cave paintings in human record.

***Visit Nerja’s many local farming communities that raise mangoes, papayas, and avocados for a tasty day-trip.

Nerja, Spain

Nerja, Spain

Cadiz, Spain

Located on near where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean, Cadiz is a melting pot of Mediterranean and African Cultures. Another of our favorite coastal cities to visit, Cadiz is breathtaking, and offers shopping and dining experiences that are not to be missed.

Cadiz Sights to See:

  • Landward Gate
  • Church of Santa Cruz
  • Church of San Felipe Neri
  • La Santa Cueva, home to several paintings by Goya
  • CÁdiz Carnival
  • Puerto Real
Cadiz cathedral by night

Cadiz cathedral by night

Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz, Spain

There are many more areas of Andalusia to explore, from steep mountaintops to river valleys. When traveling to Andalusia, just remember the interior villages and towns are the truest gems of this land. The perfect Andalusian Vacation should be broken up into 20% big city/tourism, 40% beach and coastal time, and 40% of time spent on the interior, exploring the countryside, villages, and small attractions.

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40 responses to “Vacationing in Andalusia, Spain

  1. LOVE Andalusia. I’ve been thinking about Ronda a lot the last few days. Best meal of my life was in a little diner in Ronda: pan-fried veal with French fries and the jus from the pan. So simple, and yet, absolutely perfect. The town is beautiful, too. Love those bridges! Arcos de la Frontera was fabulous, too. Those sultanas (macaroons) at the Abbey! And the best bocadillo ever! Cordoba, Granada, and Seville are great, too!

  2. Fantastic pictures! I went to Spain so much when I was younger, but only really Catalonia, and so I’ve been so keen to see the south – these pictures make me want to to even more! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Love the pictures and the memories they evoke. We spent time in 1992 in the southern part of Spain. The white villages in the Frontera are fondly remembered, as is Cadiz. Our whole experience there was wonderful. Thank-you for this post.

  4. I have some fond memories of Ronda and Zahara 🙂 Just sad that I somehow missed seeing Ronda & the famous the bridge from below…it looks gorgeous in your photos! Guess that just means I’ll have to go back–and visit Sevilla, Cordoba, Cadiz and Alhambra de Granada as well 🙂

  5. Great article!
    Andalusian people eat a lot of Bacalao – dried salt cod is as popular today in Andalusia as it was generations ago when there was no modern refrigeration.

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