Paradise on Earth: The 7 most beautiful cities in Andalusia, Spain

As we have mentioned many times, Spain is an ideal country for a holiday. Here you can find absolutely all kinds of pleasures (and we mean it!) that only exist in the world. Do you like to study the history and culture of the country? Spain’s rich past has left behind many magnificent sights in the form of museums, theaters, churches, and arenas. Do you like beach holidays? Spain will provide you with hundreds of beautiful clean beaches on the shores of the gentle Mediterranean Sea and the hot sun for a perfect tan. Do you love tasting national cuisine? Spanish cuisine is one of the best in the world. Active recreation? Shopping? A fun nightlife? You will love it. This country will satisfy your every whim. If you want to immerse yourself in a truly heavenly life, we suggest you pack your sunglasses and travel to the most beautiful cities in Andalusia.

Why Andalusia?

Andalusia is the southernmost autonomous region of Spain. In this zone, unique national symbols are manifested most strongly here. Therefore, if you want to go to the most “Spanish” part of Spain, this is the place for you. The famous Spanish flamenco originated here which consists of three components: dance, song, and guitar.

In addition, the climate here is the warmest in Europe, so in search of the eternal sun, you should go here. However, be careful — if you are not used to extreme heat, it is better to come here in the off-season, because it is really hot here in summer. And when we say “hot”, we mean up to +40 ° C (sometimes even more!). Ok, now we will move on to the main part of our article and the list of the most incredibly beautiful cities of Andalusia that you should visit.

1. Beautiful cities in Andalusia: Seville

And the first on our list, of course, is the capital of the province of Andalusia — beautiful Seville. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The historic center of Seville is one of the three largest in Europe (it is second only to the old city of Venice and Genoa). Seville is truly considered one of the most hospitable cities in Europe. Here you can not only admire the extraordinary beauty of the palace architecture but also visit the world’s first entertainment theme park “Magic Island”, which is located in the old part of the city.

2. Beautiful cities in Andalusia: Granada

One of the most beautiful cities not only in Spain but also in Europe is located next to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the highest massif of Spain. Granada is famous for many historical monuments of the Moors era, as well as the Gothic period and Renaissance.

Most tourists come here to see the Alhambra, a masterpiece of Moorish architecture. This architectural ensemble includes a fortress, ancient palaces, and gardens of Muslim rulers. But Granada has prepared a few more surprises for you! Among the main attractions that we recommend visiting are the historic Albayzin district, the monastery of St. Jerome, the observation deck of St. Nicolas.

3. Marbella

The city of Marbella is a luxury resort in Spain, located on the southern coast of the Costa del Sol. This is one of the most expensive and prestigious resorts in Spain. Throughout the year, tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy the favorable climate and views of the mountain ranges and the Mediterranean Sea. The stretch of coast between Marbella and the port of Banus with a length of 6 km is called the Golden Mile – a place of luxurious mansions. The summer palace of the King of Saudi Arabia and the aristocratic village of Nueva Andalusia are also located here. Expensive boutiques of prestigious brands, nightclubs, and yacht parties, the most expensive cars and yachts in the world, chic restaurants — you should definitely go to Marbella for a luxury vacation.

4. Ronda

This is a city that “hovered” over the abyss. It is famous for its beautiful landscapes and a huge number of historical attractions. The Tahoe Chasm divides the city into two parts. Tourists, first of all, go to see the Mondragon Palace with the Ronda City Museum, Arab Baths, the House of Arab Kings. And, of course, the bullfighting arena — one of the largest and oldest in Spain.

An interesting hint: If you are traveling with children, be sure to visit the village of Haskar, located 25 kilometers from Ronda, where the movie “Smurfs 3D” was filmed. As part of the advertising campaign, 175 residential buildings, a church, a town hall, and even tombstones at the local cemetery were painted blue. When the shooting was over, the buildings were planned to return to their usual appearance, but residents opposed it.

5. Beautiful cities in Andalusia: Malaga

Malaga is one of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia and throughout Spain. This is the birthplace of the world-famous artist Pablo Picasso. So this city can also be called the birthplace of Cubism. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, founded by the Phoenicians in the VIII century. It is not surprising that Malaga is an art city where you can visit exhibitions of glass and crystal products, classic cars and modern installations and, of course, works by Picasso. Wander among the banana palms and the beautiful fountains of the Park Alley, and then go to the old town and satisfy your thirst in a Spanish tavern (with the help of the famous cold gazpacho soup).

6. Cordoba

This city carefully preserves the heritage of representatives of many cultures. It stands on the Guadalquivir River, in the heart of Andalusia. Stay here for a few days to see the historic center, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Also, you can look into the famous mosque and visit other places worthy of attention.

A few more famous places of Cordoba: the Museum in the Palace of Viana, the palace city of Medina As-Sahara, the Alcazar Palace, and the Jewish quarter. 

7. Cadiz

One of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean. It is ideal for those who want to combine sightseeing and beach holidays or dream of swimming in the ocean (the season here lasts from May to October). Playa Caleta Beach is located in the Old Town. Playa Santa Maria del Mar, Playa Victoria and Playa Cortadura stretch along the modern quarters for 10 kilometers. The Roman Theater, the Cathedral, the Castle of San Sebastian, and Tavira, one of the 160 towers that protected the medieval city from invasions, also deserve your attention. If you happen to be in Cadiz, be sure to try fortified sherry wine – after all, the birthplace of this drink, the city of Jerez de la Frontera is very close.