Andalucia Beautiful Cities
Surrounded by water, Cadiz has beaches that seem to go on endlessly. With heaps to trigger all of your senses, Cadiz is filled with intriguing sights and is thought to be the place in Europe that has been continuously inhabited, for the longest time. Full of beauty and character, sea port taverns will ignite your curiosity and delicious, freshly caught seafood will delight your palate.
Cadiz Spain top tourist attractions
- Cadiz Cathedral
- Torre de Poniente
- The Roman Theatre
- Peña Flamenca La Perla (Friday nights flamenco)
Cadiz in the media
Unsung cities: Cadiz – a light less ordinary: The Guardian
Cádiz and the Costa de la Luz: where to stay, eat, drink and more: The Guardian
The world’s 20 oldest cities: The Telegraph
Cadiz travel tips: where to go and what to see in 48 hours: The Independent
Travel guide to Cadiz: CN Traveller
Famous for its beautiful patios, filled with wonderful vibrant flowers, Córdoba has been running its Patio Contest, since 1921. In fact, the contest is now UNESCO Heritage of Humanity, and can be enjoyed for around twelve days, in early May. This Córdoban custom began to keep the locals’ homes and patios cooler, in the extremely hot summer weather. It’s a city with an intimate feel that dedicates itself to fun, flowers and flamenco.
With a growing, exciting gastonomic scene, Córdoba is an enchanting city, located on the river Guadalquivir, is dotted with tantalising tapas bars. Many of Córdoba’s most important sights can be explored within walking distance of each other, while you listen to someone playing the Spanish guitar along the way.
Córdoba Spain top tourist attractions
- Córdoba historic centre (UNESCO)
- Córdoba Mezquita
- Jewish Quarter
Córdoba in the media
36 hours in Córdoba: The Telegraph
Córdoba travel tips: where to go and what to see in 48 hours: The Independent
Granada is a beautiful city, buzzing with students and people cramming the bars, every evening to have tapas and drinks. It is still one of the places in Spain, where you are offered tapas for free, when you buy drinks. The more you drink, the better tapas you get!! Of course, it is famous for its UNESCO listed Alhambra, which shouldn’t be missed, but needs to be booked in advance.
Granada is quite possibly the place in Spain where you can most tangibly feel the blend of Spanish and Moorish cultures. Brimming over with culture, this superb city is set against the wonderful mountainous backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada, where you can go skiing in winter.
Granada Spain top tourist attractions
- El Bañuelo
- Royal Chapel of Granada
- Parque de las Ciencias (Science Park)
- Gate of Elvira
- Casa de Zafra
- Sacromonte Abbey
- Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada (Fine Art Museum)
Granada in the media
Travel guide to Granada: CN Traveller
Lorca’s Granada: following in the footsteps of Spain’s murdered poet: The Independent
Why your next city break should be to Granada: The Telegraph
4. Jerez de la Frontera
Quintessentially Andalusian, Jerez de la Frontera is home to flamenco, sherry, beautiful horses and wonderful food and culture. Oozing with history of over three thousand years, the city’s old centre is considered to be a National site of artistic and historic importance. Architecturally, Jerez de la Frontera boasts lovely Andalusian houses and some fine noble palaces. One of its highlights is its Alcazar.
Visiting the city’s wine cellars is a must while there, to understand this part of Jerez de la Frontera’s heritage and the sherry making process. Or if you want to take it to a higher level, you could go along to a sherry cooking class. Your teacher will be Javier Muñoz, the top chef of La Carboná
Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera
If you are someone who happily travels out of the main season, the city’s Flamenco Festival is normally on in late February.
Jerez de la Frontera Spain top tourist attractions
- Plaza del Arenal
- Alcazar de Jerez
- Circuito de Jerez
- Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
Jerez de la Frontera in the media
Jerez: what to see, plus the best music, hotels, restaurants and tapas bars: The Guardian
In Spain’s Jerez de la Frontera, flamenco zambombas make a comeback: El Pais
Best hotels in Jerez de la Frontera: The Telegraph
Although I have no desire to live in a city, as I’m much happier surrounded by olive trees and animals, if I had to choose one, it could easily be Seville; the capital of Andalucia. For me, it was love at first sight, when I visited for the first time, in 2002, in November. I remember the aroma of oranges wafting through the air, and a climate that even at that time of year, was quite different to my hometown of Dublin. The Sevillanos are all about fiestas, flamenco and horses. The city is steeped in magnificent architecture; it is arguably the heart of Andalucia, although there are other city dwellers who may claim this title for their city.
I adore the old quarter of Seville, for me it is like wow, as I turn around another corner, with its remarkable highlights; the Cathedral, Giralda and Alcazar. On top of this, it has such a friendly, safe feeling, with a great atmosphere. Seville is colourful, stylish and vibrant; a place where smart business people are spotted one moment, and the next a funky bohemian. Seville has some super shopping, as well….verging on the dangerous, in my humble opinion!
However, if you don’t like it too hot, Seville is best avoided in July and August. To see Easter Week in Seville is something else, or alternatively, two weeks after Easter, another good time to visit, with often pleasant temperatures and the Seville Fair is taking place. For me, Seville is wonderful any time of year, with the exception of July and August, when even a sun-worshipper like myself, is not enjoying dripping with sweat in the forty plus celsius degrees.
Seville Spain top tourist attractions
- Alcázar of Seville
- Cathedral & Giralda
- Plaza de España
- Maria Luisa Park
- Casa de Pilators
- Metropol Parasol
- General Archive of the Indies
- Palace of the Countess of Lebrija
- La Alameda
- Flamenco Dance Museum
Seville in the media
A weekend break in…Seville: The Telegraph
Seville city guide: what to do plus the best hotels, restaurants and bars
Seville city guide: What to do on a weekend break to the Andalusian capital: The Independent