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Top Ten things to do and see in Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow
Photos clockwise - The Alhambra, Zahara de la Sierra, beaches of Conil, Plaza de España in Seville and a plate of delicious tapas. (Click to enlarge). © Michelle Chaplow

Top 10s

Our mission here at Andalucia.com is to bring you the finest of everything the region has to offer, so you can have a truly memorable experience. This series of "Top 10" lists, compiled using the insider knowledge enjoyed only by those who live here and have a in-depth knowledge of its prettiest towns, most buzzing cities and unspoiled countryside, will ensure you get the best out of your holiday in southern Spain. We spotlight the must-sees and can't-misses of all aspects - food, culture, history, festivals, activities and nature - not forgetting one of Andalucia's top attractions: its coastline.

From the most typical and delicious dishes and vintages, to the most colourful and arcane fiestas, to the most dream-like castles and palaces, and of course the best beaches - whether you're wanting to get an all-over tan, build sandcastles, or make some new friends - this is a region bursting with superlatives in every area.



From gastronomy to sport to entertainment, little-known boutique wineries, cutting-edge culinary hotspots, spectacularly-located golf greens, untouched hilltowns, deserted mountain parks, and hidden flamenco clubs, all are waiting to be discovered. Whatever you like to do on holiday, you'll find it here - listed out so you can see which are the top spots.

If you have suggestions for your own favourites in any of these areas, then we'd love to hear from you.

Huelva and its environs is a Mecca for those interested in Christopher Columbus, with a number of significant tourist attractions relating to the famous explorer. Cristóbal Colón (as he is known… More →

The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means "red or crimson castle", perhaps due to the hue of the towers and walls. Created originally for military purposes, the Alhambra was an "… More →

Renting a car is a great way to see Andalucia, from the beaches to cities to mountains, but you need to be careful about your contract.

Muelle de las Carabelas (Warf of the Caravels) is a waterfront exhibition with life-size replicas of Columbus's three ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María, built for the 500th… More →

We've put together a top ten list - if you're short of time in Granada and you can't decide where to go and what to see in this historic city, just follow our tips. Explore the city's rich… More →

Jerez de la Frontera is one of Andalucia’s most delightful small cities. Rich in culture and gastronomy, the Cadiz town is famous for sherry, horses and flamenco.

Not the most beautiful of Andalucia’s provincial capitals, having lost many of its historic buildings in the devastating Lisbon earthquake of 1755, Huelva nevertheless has its own charm. Since… More →

As the capital of Andalucia, Seville has a wealth of history, culture and gastronomy to offer. From Roman and Moorish delights to contemporary architecture and interactive museums, you'll have… More →

Malaga has moved on from being the jumping-off point for holidays in the Costa del Sol. The city’s remarkable renaissance over the past decade has seen its status upped to Andalucia’s cultural… More →

Cadiz is one of Andalucia’s most vibrant yet underrated cities. With a rich history going back millennia, and a charming almost-island old centre, originally fortified, the city is much less… More →

The Jerez Horse Fair, known as the Feria del Caballo, is traditionally held during the first or second week in May. It is an exciting and lively event that brings the entire city to the González… More →

Everyone loves a day on the beach with the kids, but if you fancy a change of scene there's a surprising variety of activities available in Andalucia, from swimming with sea lions to visiting a… More →

Andalucia is world-famous - and justifiably so - for its 800km of coastline: countless spectacular beaches with white sands and crystalline turquoise waters. Whether you want a nudist hangout, a… More →

Huelva's capital city is home to just one beach, El Espigon. It is a relatively young beach, in that it was 'born' after works on the Juan Carlos I dock in the seventies. The 3 kilometre beach is… More →

Andalucia's gastronomy is finally starting to get the adulation it deserves. Of course, those who are familiar with its outstanding piggy, fishy and veggie dishes will already have their own… More →

Our mission here at Andalucia.com is to bring you the finest of everything the region has to offer, so you can have a truly memorable experience. This series of "Top 10" lists, compiled using the… More →

Andalucia has a rich history - the Moors played a huge part, leaving their mark in extraordinary buildings around the region. Columbus sailed from here, and the natural wonders of Andalucia are… More →

Whether you like wine, archaeology or cars; you’re interested in glass, contemporary art or 19th century painting, you’re sure to find at least one museum which will interest you in the city. Most… More →

Granada boasts one of the most magnificently positioned palaces in the world, as wondrous to behold from across the gorge, with the white peaks of the Sierra Nevada glinting behind in the sun, as… More →

May is the best month to visit Cordoba, with its riot of colourful and fragrant celebrations. The floral excitements kick off with the Battle of the Flowers parade, followed by the Cruces de Mayo… More →

The Mezquita (Mosque) dates back to the 10th century when Córdoba reached its zenith under a new emir, Abd ar-Rahman III who was one of the great rulers of Islamic history. At this time Córdoba… More →

Like so many towns in Andalucía the approach to El Puerto de Santa María along the main road is lined with garages, industrial plants and run down buildings. Keep going and cross the River… More →

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