Gems of Southern Spain

Andalucía, Spain’s sunniest region, is any holidaymakers’ dream. Stunning vistas, delectable cuisine and energetic nightlife are just some of the gems you’ll find in each and every foot of Andalucian soil. Originally the great kingdom of Al-Andulus, the region offers a continuing, yet always refreshing reminder of Spain’s Moorish origins. There’s so much to see and do here… where do you start?

Over the next few posts, I’ll be talking about my own visits to some of these unmissable spots, all found in the country’s southernmost state.

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Granada

Home to one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, the awe-inspiring Alhambra Palace, Granada is a beautiful spot for anyone looking for a cheap, yet exotic getaway. With old-timey shops and restaurants throughout, the city’s winding cobbled streets offer an enticing taste of quintessential Spain. Don’t be fooled though; there’s a vibrant and exciting flavour to the city which is not to be missed.

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Córdoba

Another jewel of Andalucía, the historic city of Córdoba plays host to some of the region’s most beautiful architecture. The majestic Mosque in the heart of the city is a must-see, and in the surrounding streets there’s an endless number of lively (and undoubtedly Spanish) bars and restaurants offering delicious dishes at affordable prices. And if all this isn’t enough, try out the amazing Arab Baths in city centre – an incredibly relaxing experience!

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Malaga

Undeniably a city renowned for its party weekends, Malaga offers this and more for anyone who visits its astonishing city centre. A huge Palace stands over its booming centre, looking over the roaring Spanish culture at its finest. Cafés and bars line almost every street, with fascinating art galleries and museums giving an insight into the region’s culture. Of course, a visit to one of Malaga’s many chupeterías (‘shot’ bars) is essential!

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Sevilla

There’s no doubting it; Sevilla is one of the most beautiful of Spain’s modern cities. Bullrings, flamenco shows, sangria – Sevilla has it all in spades. Possibly one of the most ‘Spanish’ cities on this list, a trip here has something for everyone. The Plaza de Espana (pictured above) and the Sevilla Cathedral are some of these wonders. ‘Game Of Thrones’ fans will no doubt want to visit the Alcazar Gardens as well, where sections of the series is filmed. Don’t forget about the nightlife in Sevilla; so many bars in city centre and further out will have someone playing music, continuing well into the night.

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