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A tour of Andalusia

I have spent a semester in Granada (Spain) for an Erasmus exchange. During these six months, I had plenty of time to travel and discover the beautiful region of Andalusia.

by célia zuninoAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeSpain4 days / January - June 2019

Highs & Lows

The Alhambra of Granada, legacy of the muslim presence from the 8th to the 15th century

Summer is very warm

Itinerary Overview

Granada has amazing vibes. Its architecture, food and people are the legacies of the different cultures that appropriated the city for centuries. Each neighborhood offers a particular atmosphere, from the Realejo full of street art, to the Sacromonte and its "cuevas" where the gypsy live, but also  hippies from many places of the world. The Alhambra is the legacy of the Mulsim which were present in Andalusia from the 8th to the 15th century. This tremendous castle overhangs the city, and you have amazing sights of it while wandering in the Albazin (the Muslim neighborhood).  If you want to have the best experience of Granada, you must absolutely visit it. Inside, you will see beautiful gardens, many rooms with a mix of Muslim and Christian art, and of course, one of the most beautiful views of the city, from the other side (the Albazin looks amazing from this point of view!).

Cordoba is one of the most beautiful places of Andalusia, just located between Sevilla and Granada. One or two days are enough to discover this small city, but don't miss it, especially if you are there in spring, when the patio festival takes place. You will then have the opportunity to see all the patios of the people living here open for visitors, and wandering in the streets will become a great experience. Also a great legacy from the presence of the Muslim, it's a city full of  flowers and orange trees but also a beautiful  architecture that mixes different cultures, such as the Alcazar and the Mezquita-Catedral. This monument is the perfect representation of the cultural mix of Andalusia, with its beautiful red columns from the Muslim, and its golden altar from the Christian, who took it back to make it a cathedral.

If you are traveling through Andalusia, you must not miss Ronda. Its old town is pretty small, but it is a place full of beauty and poetry. When you arrive by bus or by car through the mountains, it strikes you by its particular construction, above a huge cliff. You must not be scared of the void when you cross Its bridge built in rocks, but the view when you get there is really worth it. The observation point offers  impressive sights of nature around the city.  Many poets from all over the world actually got inspired by the romanticism of the place and wrote about this beautiful city while wandering in its street. You can also visit the Plaza de los toros, as this huge arena is one of the oldest in the world, and if you are fond of history, don't miss the museum that comes with it !

  • 3 Nights: Granada
    Amazing vibes, delicious food from the mix of culture and beautiful architecture
  • 1 Night: Córdoba
    Sweet weather, good food, delicious orange blossom smell in the streets
  • Day trip: Ronda
    A small town full of poetry

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have visited other cities such as Cadiz or Almeria, I bet they are worth the detour

  • How was the food?

    Don't forget to enjoy the free tapas of Granada, go to Babel (calle Elvira) for delicious international and veggie tapas

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Take your time to visite all the places of Andalusia and enjoy "la vida tranquila"

  • Packing tips?

    If you travel in winter or spring, take a waterproof coat, Granada can be very rainy (and cold)

  • Transportation Tips?

    The bus services are very easy to use and can take you anywhere in Andalusia, from the beach to the mountain

  • Booking details?

    Hostels are the best way to meet people and share with other travelers