Dream Journey for One Week in Andalucia
Andalucia tops the list of dreamy, romantic destinations that everyone should visit once in their lifetime. Its attractions range from beaches that front the Mediterranean and Atlantic shores, Moorish cities, sheer cliffs, fiestas, and flamenco.
If you only have a week to spare, here are some of the highlights of Southern Spain that should not be missed.
Costa Del Sol
A coastal haven situated on the Mediterranean, Costa del Sol or the Sun Coast is an area famous for beautiful golf courses and glamorous beaches.
For example, the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande offers crystal lakes and long fairways against a backdrop of the lovely Andalusian landscape. The San Roque Club lies on the grounds of the summer palace of the Domecq family.
The beaches of Costa del Sol are bathed by the rays of the sun all year round, and they front charming beach towns. Playa del Cañuelo is a quieter beach away from the crowds with a curving shoreline and clear water. It is located in Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo National Park.
A beach town with lots of character and natural beauty is Nerja. It offers dramatic views of the coastline and a great selection of eateries.
Marbella is famous for chic hotels, nightclubs, and bars. Apart from its party atmosphere, Marbella has palm- lined promenades, lovely beaches, and a pretty marina.
An entry point for visits to Andalucia, Malaga is the largest city on the Costa del Sol. It is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Malaga is renowned for its awesome Cruise Port, wellness treatments, Tapas bars, and over 30km of beach. The old town is a charming gem of narrow streets, little boutiques, outdoor cafes and dining terraces.
Whilst in Malaga, visit this Moorish fortress and palace, originally built in the 11th century. This immense structure is spread over a number of hills and commands amazing views of Malaga.
One of the most famous artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was born here, hence there is a museum dedicated to some of his works. This museum presents an overview of his paintings and contains over 200 pieces that catalogue part of his career.
Every visit to Andalucia must include a stopover in Granada. Top on the list of the attractions here is the hilltop citadel of Alhambra. This is a massive complex of walled dreamy palaces, decorative fountains, and a fortress.
The gardens are stunning, and the decorations are sophisticated. Founded by Sultan Muhammad ibn Nasr, this was a true and fortified city that was self-sufficient with mosques, Arab baths, and other amenities. This is a gem of ancient art and a great place to take memorable pictures.
Famous for Flamenco dancing, Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region and a center of rich culture, traditions, and historic monuments. The famous places of interest here include the Seville Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Also to be explored are the Alcazar palace, the bullfighting Museum, and Plaza de Espana, the most famous square in Seville.
World-famous for its beaches, mild climate, gastronomy, and diverse geography, Andalucia is truly a dreamy destination that is just waiting to be explored.