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Experience a Spanish getaway in Andalusia

Immerse yourself in Andalusian culture and heritage in Spain while also indulging in delicious cuisine and unforgettable adventures.

Andalusia is home to a rich cultural history, fiery fiestas, and breathtaking natural vistas where all sorts of travellers can find one-of-a-kind experiences. Even the local events and cuisine are some of the best in the world, offering Spanish flair that’s unique to Andalusia, and you won’t want to miss it.

The cultural heritage of Andalusia is just as rich and diverse as its modern offerings, boasting numerous UNESCO World Heritage destinations and more contemporary experiences available in equal measure. Don’t hesitate to explore the best Andalusia can offer among stunning locations such as Malaga, Granada, Seville, and Cordoba.

Malaga - one of Andalusia's (and the world's) oldest cities

Malaga is a coastal city on the Mediterranean that’s one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, and you’ll find influences here from a variety of cultures and eras. The city dates back thousands of years to the 8th century BCE when it was founded by Phoenicians from Tyre. You can see some relics from that time yourself in the local museums.

If you’re more interested in other activities, you won’t have to look far to find things to do in Malaga. The beach is always a popular spot, and you’ll find more than a dozen available on the city’s southern shore where you can relax in the Mediterranean. Of course, no visit to Malaga would be complete without stopping by Market Hall to taste local, fresh cuisine directly from local vendors.

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Granada – the treasure at the foot of the Sierra Nevada

Granada is a historic city dwarfed by towering peaks where you’ll find a heavy Moorish influence among the local culture and architecture, along with Christian, Jewish, and Romani features as well. In fact, the Alhambra palace is one of the best examples of Moorish architecture in the world, and it’s protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History is just the beginning of what you’ll find in Granada, as this city is home to a thriving culinary scene as well. The Alcaiceria is particularly popular, thanks to the authentic Arabic flavour you’ll find here, especially when it comes to spices. If you’re more interested in shopping for crafts, you’ll find custom-painted ceramics in the Sacromonte quarter with heavy Romani influences in their design and craftsmanship.

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Seville – explore the capital of Andalusia

Seville is the thriving capital of Andalusia that offers an alluring mixture of several architectural styles while embodying some of Andalusia’s most well-preserved traditions. You can explore medieval streets, churches from the baroque period, and Mudejar palaces. The city tends to be more subtle about its offerings, with hidden treasures around every corner, though the massive Gothic cathedral is a notable exception to that trend.

Local traditions are some of the most well-protected in all of Andalusia and Spain beyond, especially when you’re considering Semana Santa and Feria de Abril. Of course, the plaza is a great place to find local food all year long whether it’s tasty tapas in a bar or something more formal that combines contemporary tastes with honoured traditions. Flamenco is extremely popular here, but that should be no surprise given that Seville is where flamenco started.

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Cordoba – the Mecca of the west

Cordoba is a historic city known primarily for its impressive Islamic architecture, and you’ll also find a rich history of art and cultural achievement present around every corner here. One of the crown jewels of this city is La Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, a mosque that’s a UNESCO Heritage Site frequently considered one of the most impressive Islamic buildings in Andalusia, Spain, and the rest of Europe. Moorish architecture and atmosphere are felt throughout the city, even among the old Jewish quarter with its maze of narrow streets and quiet squares adorned with flowers.

The art and gastronomy of Cordoba are legendary, so make sure to sample the local delicacies during your visit. Naranja con Aceite y Bacalao is a common favourite, offering a salt cod with oranges and olive oil. Salmorejo is a hearty tomato soup, while the iconic Pastel Cordobes lets you enjoy a pastry packed with taste and Arabic influences.

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