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Andalusia

With Moorish architecture, flamenco shows, and more, Spain’s most populous region is a cultural melting pot.

Our most recommended things to do in Andalusia

Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

1. Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

Meet your guide in Plaza del Triunfo and head to the first stop, the Alcázar of Seville. After using the priority entrance to enter the palace, begin your guided tour. Hear about how Moorish and Christian styles were mixed together to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. Discover the Patio de las Doncellas and grand Ambassadors’ Salón, both featured in Game of Thrones. Admire the intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling. Then stroll around the gardens filled with orange trees and peaceful water features.  Next, head to the Cathedral of Seville. On your guided tour, learn about the Cathedral’s important role in the city’s history, and the Islamic, late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences in the architecture.  Marvel at the magnificent 18th-century baroque altarpiece, and the elaborate organ. You can also visit the mausoleum where the remains of Christopher Columbus are laid to rest.  Finally, your guide will lead you to the Moorish Giralda Tower. The call to prayer was announced from this tower when Spain was under Muslim rule. Climb the stairs and admire the spectacular views of Seville from the top of the tower.  Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for.

Seville: Guadalquivir Yacht Tour w/ Drink & Food Options

2. Seville: Guadalquivir Yacht Tour w/ Drink & Food Options

Embark on a picturesque, small-group boat tour with an onboard crew down the Guadalquivir River. Sip on a welcome drink as you admire the views on this relaxing river journey or choose the 2-hour option for a delicious multi-course meal while you sail. Meet at the Nueva York dock, just a few meters from the city center of Seville. After being welcomed by the friendly crew, board the fully-equipped premium yacht to start your journey along the Guadalquivir River. Take in the views of local sites, such as Torre del Oro, the Real Maestranza bullring, and the Puente de Triana, and unwind as you gently sail downstream Enjoy the comfort of air conditioning in summer or heating in winter, as well as a lower deck and spacious sun terrace. There will be music playing, and bar service if you want to buy more drinks. Choose from two different variations: • 1.5-hour cruise with a welcome drink (a pitcher of Rebujito for 2 or a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink). • 2-hour cruise with unlimited Rebujito, wine, beer, or soft drinks. The menu with 6 dishes depends on the time of year: Spring and Summer Menu: • Starter: Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, cheese platter, and crusty bread with duck mousse and duck ham • Main: mushroom risotto, cod in pil-pil sauce, and sirloin steak with whisky • Dessert: ice cream with crunchy chocolate • Glass of cava Fall and Winter Menu: • Starter: Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, cheese platter, and crusty bread with duck mousse and duck ham • Main: chickpeas with tail of bull, cod in pil-pil sauce, and sirloin steak with whisky • Dessert: caramel pannacotta • Glass of cava

Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

3. Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

With your day admission ticket you’ll be able to explore the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Nasrid Palaces. Discover the Nasrid Palaces complex, the residence of the kings of Granada. Explore the Alcazaba, the villa of the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V and the Baths of the Mosque and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Admire the resplendent architectural style of the Alhambra's fortress and palaces. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and a citadel. Originally constructed in 889 A.D. and once home to the Moorish kings and sultans it was also the residence of top government officials, court servants and the royal guard.

Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

4. Granada: Alhambra & Generalife Fast-Track Entry

Discover the impressive architectural feat of Nasrid rulers, the Alhambra. At your own pace, meander through the fascinating gardens of the Alhambra which are filled with fountains, hanging plants and paved pathways. Be privy to the atmosphere of Moorish culture and revel at the vegetation surrounding the fortress. Admire the decadent architecture of the Generalife, the palace opposite the Alhambra, once home to the Granadadine kings. Stroll through to the military area, or Alcazaba and take in the fortified sand-colored turrets. Continue your journey through the complex and encounter the Palace of Charles V, the Bath of the Mosque, and any hidden walkways throughout the gardens.

El Chorro: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Shuttle Bus

5. El Chorro: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Shuttle Bus

Enjoy an enchanting nature and historical hike along El Caminito del Rey (The King's Path) alongside an expert guide. See dramatic landscapes and learn about the history of the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes Canyon. Meet your guide at the Reception of the Hotel La Garganta, at El Chorro gorge. Once the group is formed (max 30 persons per guide), head to the entrance with the shuttle bus with your guide. Cross the 3km-long footbridge built along the walls of the gorge, inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII. Feel a thrill as you reach heights of up to 101 meters and other sections where the width is just 1 meter. Arrive at the south entrance where you parked your car at the end of the walk, and relax at the bar.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

Enter the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, the largest mosque in the Muslim West, and a unique temple in both the Islamic and Christian world. Admire the architectural styles of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, and learn why this house of worship was named a heritage site in 1984. Explore the second largest mosque in the world, spanning 23,400 square meters. Notice the distinct shift in designs, as the Mosque was consecrated as a cathedral nearly 500 years after initial construction. Wander the inner courtyard, Patio de los Naranjos, and feel the serenity from the lovingly-kept greenery. Visit the prayer room, the mihrab, and the Rojiblancos arches. Add an audio guide to learn more about its expansive and turbulent history.

Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

7. Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

Embark on a whale-watching cruise from Tarifa. Go through the Strait of Gibraltar and enjoy the multitude of aquatic species in this international biosphere reserve. Keep an eye out for common, striped, and bottlenose dolphins. Hop aboard in Tarifa and cruise through the Strait of Gibraltar. Take in sweeping views of the coast. Try to spot pilot, fin, and sperm whales as you go along. Watch as these whales play and frolic in their natural environment. Take a whale-watching adventure with a high likelihood of seeing a whale or dolphin. Know that if you don't see any species of cetacean, you will get a second chance. Travel with a company that actively supports sustainable practices. Approach animals with caution to avoid disturbing them. Feel comfortable knowing that this tour provider uses the distance and speeds outlined by Spanish Legislation and the ACCOBAMS regulations.

Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

8. Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Sail on the Catamaran “Magic Vision”, a boat with a Blue Flag sustainability award.  Depart from Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena and sail into the open sea in search of dolphin's in their natural habitat. During your trip you will have plenty of space to sunbathe on the deck or you can stay indoors in the shade. If you like, you can also purchase a drink at the bar or observe the marine fauna trough the underwater views. Once the captain has found the idyllic place for a swim, you can jump into the water to take a refreshing swim if the weather conditions and the captain allows it.

Caminito del Rey: Entry Ticket

9. Caminito del Rey: Entry Ticket

Wander along the 8-kilometer path of the Caminito del Rey in Malaga province with this entry ticket. The path, which was once considered the most dangerous in the world, has now been restored and is completely safe, but retains the 100-meter-high walkways that make it so popular with hikers. Fall in love with the breathtaking cliff faces and the fascinating history of the path. Reach highs of 400 meters above ground and lows of just 10 meters. Watch as the wild waters of the Guadalhorce river rush below you. The path was originally formed as a railway track in the 19th century. Declared by the Junta de Andalucía as a Natural Area in 1989, it had already been classified as a Special Protection Area for Birds in 1987 and, since 2006, it is part of the Andalusia-Morocco Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean. The site has been added to the list of Places of Community Importance in the Mediterranean Biogeographic Region.

Fuengirola: Coastal Cruises with Free Drinks and Snacks

10. Fuengirola: Coastal Cruises with Free Drinks and Snacks

Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise in Fuengirola with complimentary drinks and snacks. Chill out onboard the boat and take in the sun while searching for dolphins playing just outside the bay. Choose to ride in a yacht or motor boat as you soak in the sun on the deck. Make your way to the port of Fuengirola and meet your crew and group for the day. Get settled and relax on board the boat and wave goodbye to the shoreline as you set sail on the Mediterranean Sea. Listen to your captain tell you about the local environment as you tuck into a few snacks and enjoy a drink in the sunshine with picturesque views of the coast. If you're feeling up to it you may even get a chance to cool off with a dip in the crisp, clear waters.

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What people are saying about Andalusia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 148,541 reviews

Excellent, very friendly and on the ball staff. It didn't take long (35mins) before we saw lots of dolphins and we had some time for a swim too. Highly recommended

Very friendly stuff. The trip to Gibraltar went smoothly and we were very happy. Highly recommended!

Great show, very talented people showing us their culture in the most authentic way!

Fun little tour on the river - great way to enjoy a warm summer evening.

It was a great trip with excellent guide. We enjoyed it very much.