Many of the tourists visiting Spain decide to travel to Andalucía, in the South, as it meets all the topic ideas that foreigners imagine on the country: flamenco, warm weather and dark hair locals. Though there are many charming places such as Cádiz, Málaga, Costa del Sol or Cabo de Gata, our favorites are Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba. Let’s see why.
Sevilla, orange blossom in the air
The city can boast having one of the most extensive historical centers in the continent. Monuments such as the cathedral with the famous tower la Giralda, the Alcazar, a set of magnificent palaces surrounded by a wall, el Archivo de Indias, built to collect all the information on the Spanish colonies. They reflect the rich historical past of Sevilla. But it also has the features of a modern city, especially after the International Exposition held in 1992, the year in which the 5th centenary of the discovery of America was celebrated. Walking near the river Guadalquivir and spending some time in the park Maria Luisa will delight you.
Granada and the Moorish past
Saying Granada is saying La Alhambra. At the feet of the mountains of Sierra Nevada and not far from the coast, Granada shows the Moorish palaces of La Alhambra which daily draw large amounts of visitors. Visit them and you will enjoy real beauty and an unforgettable sunset. Maybe you do not know that the name of the city means pomegranate, which is also one of the symbols of the town as decided by the Catholic Kings centuries ago. You can also see the cathedral, considered the first one in the Renaissance style. Between Spaniards it is known for its excellent tapas. Jamón (ham), chorizo (spicy sausage) can be combined with delicious soups in the frame of a gastronomy influenced by Moorish cooking.
Córdoba, mosque in the heart of Spain
Also bathed by the river Guadalquivir and at the feet of the mountains, this time Sierra Morena, Córdoba is one of the most amazing places you can imagine. Its main attraction in the Medieval mosque built up by the Moorish community transformed over the centuries in cathedral by the Christians. You can also trace back the presence of the Jewish culture in the synagogue. Or travel nearby to the town of Medina Azahara.
One of the most beautiful events in Córdoba is La Fiesta de los Patios, in May, where private courtyards can be visited while they proudly showing their flowers.
In Andalucía you will hardly find people speaking foreign languages, even English, so it is recommended learning Spanish before travelling to be able to communicate with locals.
Photo courtesy of: rubenvike