Andalusia is often called the real Spain because the roots of Spanish culture are most evident here. The following Andalusian cities can be visited in a day trip: Málaga, Granada, Ronda, Seville and Córdoba. Each city has its own character, style and atmosphere. It is also nice to visit Gibraltar!Check out our holiday homes
Malaga is a laid-back city with a nice centre and largely pedestrian area. The upper Gibralfaro Castle is an eye-catcher. If you like museums the Picasso Museum and Carmen Thyssen Museum are a must.
The centre offers many specialty shops and the new Muelle Uno district around the harbor with trendy shops and many restaurants is certainly worth a visit. Malaga's star restaurant is located here as well. You should also visit the market Mercado Atarazanas which has been returned in original condition. The fish stalls there sell the best of two oceans.
In August people party a week long during the great Feria de Málaga with fireworks, dance, food and drinks, traditional Andalusian outfits and horses of course.Ask a question
Granada is unforgettable with its dramatic location, the snow-covered Sierra Nevada in the background and the world famous Alhambra overlooking the town. The Alhambra is a world heritage site and is described as sensational, brilliant, sensual and a wonder of the world. It is absolutely worth a visit. Please make sure to book tickets well in advance through the official Alhambra website.
The town of Ronda is split into two by the deep Tajo gorge up to 120 meters deep. The Puente Nuevo (new bridge) over this gorge is the highlight of Ronda. It connects the market with the the new part of this city.
Also visit the Puente Viejo (old bridge), Cuenca gardens, the historic centre with small white houses, squares and countless narrow streets. Do not forget to enjoy the panoramic views from Mirador de Ronda.
Seville is the capital of Andalusia. This particular town has a beautiful palace named Alcazar with impressive gardens right in the city centre. Nearby you will find the striking Torre del Oro. According to experts the Maria de la Sede cathedral is the largest Gothic church building in the world. The Guadalquivir river cuts through the city and ends in the sea at the largest nature reserve of Europe called Doñana. The Triana district is the area where the cradle of many flamenco artists stood.
Flamenco contains Indian, Jewish, Turkish, Arab, North African and Spanish influences. The music was developed by gypsies before it was finally rooted in Spanish culture. There is much cooperation between musicians from different generations. You might just be an unexpected witness when someone suddenly starts to sing in a village pub.
The enchanting Mezquita, the great mosque of Córdoba, counts more than 850 pillars with red and white arches. Before 1523 the mosque even had 400 pillars more. These were removed to build a church in the middle of the mosque. When the church was finished, Charles V regretted that he had given permission to build it. However, the spell is still there and the building has even become more special.
In addition to the Andalusian cities you can also visit Gibraltar, a piece of English territory. Everything exudes the English atmosphere, such as red telephone boxes, double-decker buses and pubs. The highlights can be found on the Rock of Gibraltar and in the centre. Well worth a visit!Check out our holiday homes