What to see and experience when you visit Andalucia
Here we have written down a few ideas for what you can see when you go on holidays in Andalusia.
Tips for Trips
If you want to discover a piece of genuine Andalusia, you should travel the route of “Pueblos Blancos” (the white villages).
The town of Ronda is a good starting point. Ronda is famous for its unique location above the Valley of Guadalevín River. From Ronda you can head south on the road C341 towards Gaucín and experience the wild hilly landscapes covered by stone pines. Gaucín is a beautiful mountain village characterized by white houses with red roofs.
After Gaucín the route takes you to the villages of Jimena de la Frontera and Castellar de la Frontera which are located among cork oaks and olive groves.
Landscapes of unique beauty can be explored while driving along the river Guadalhorce. Starting in the village of Mijas, the route guides you through stone pine woods and red rocks to Alhaurín el Grande on the border of Sierra Mijas. Travelling via Cártama and Alora, the route leads you to Antequera, whose art pieces are some of the most precious treasures of Andalusia.
In terms of culture, Andalusia also has a lot to offer. The long and varied history of the region has left traces everywhere. The ancient atmosphere can best be experienced in the old cathedrals, fortresses and museums.
Casa-Museo Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Casa-Museo Pablo Ruiz Picasso is the name of the house in Malaga where the famous artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born. Today, the house functions as a museum in which it is possible to see a collection of original works by Picasso. The exhibition includes: ceramics, drawings and illustrated books. It is also possible to admire works of other artists such as Miró, Bacon, Ernst, Tàpies and Chillida. Altogether, the exhibition counts more than 3,500 pieces of art made by 200 artists. The museum is open all year round (except for Fridays).
Museo de La Alhambra
The Alhambra Museum is located in the Castle of Charles V and hosts fine Spanish-Moorish art works. The Castle itself is an impressive construction inspired by the Italian renaissance. Entering the museum you will find fragments of Islamic art works, finery and everyday items, which have been found and put together during excavation works in Alhambra and the surrounding area. Visitors have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about Islam, the life of Muslims and science. The museum is open all year round (Tuesday-Friday). No entrance fee.
Museo Provincial de Huelva
Entering the museum of the Huelva province, visitors can explore the history of the region. Here you see some of the remarkable archaeological finds of the region. You can also enjoy modern artworks by local contemporary artists of the Huelva province. The museum is located on the street Alameda Syndheim and it is open all year round. No entrance fee.
La Alhambra is a palace with a garden complex built during the 9th century by Moorish rulers. It was the most remarkable political and aristocratic centre of the western Arab world. Alhambra is located on the top of the hill, Assabica, on the south-eastern border of Grenada.
When visiting Alhambra you can walk through square-shaped yards and enjoy the many shady trees. There are also multiple wells and streams. The oldest edifice is Alcazaba, the Moorish fortress. Patio de los Leones (the Lions’ Bailey) is another must-see. La Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is open all year round.
Mezquita de Córdoba
The Mezquita (Spanish for “mosque”) of Córdoba is a beautiful and fascinating building that symbolizes the many religious changes Cordoba has undergone over the centuries.
In 785 a mosque was built on the ruins of a Christian church. This has resulted in the fact that the vast majority of the Mezquita’s art and architecture has been made by Islamic architects. Today, the Mezquita is the cathedral of Cordoba (Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption). If you pay Mezquita de Córdoba a visit, you should also visit the charming orangery (Pation de los Naranjos).
Catedral de Sevilla
The cathedral in Sevilla is the largest Gothic church and the third-largest church in Europe. It is known as Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See). The cathedral serves as the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
The cathedral was built on the ruins of a mosque of which some elements still can be spotted today. Due to several collapses during construction, many different architectural styles are showing. Mudéjar, gothic and baroque styles are combined in a unique way. The cathedral boasts the world’s largest altarpiece in the world. It was the lifetime work of a single craftsman, Pierre Dancart. It is composed of 45 carved scenes from the life of Christ. It is carved in wood and covered with staggering amounts of gold.