Spain 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.
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.
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.
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
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.