The historical diversity and vibrant atmosphere of each city in Southern Spain is unlike any other in the world. No matter where you find yourself in Southern Spain, you’ll be surrounded by buzzing culture and wonderful people. Of course, there is also a quiet and relaxed lifestyle that welcomes those seeking it. So whether you’re wandering Granada or exploring Seville, around each corner of southern Spain there are unforgettable experiences awaiting you.
These top 5 southern Spain destination picks are rich in culture and history and will leave you with a grand passion for Spain and all things Spanish culture.
Seville is Spain’s fourth largest city and exactly what you might imagine a quintessential Spanish town to encompass – from bullfights to flamenco dancing, you’ll find every taste of Spain in Seville. Seville is a historical wonder in itself, boasting the largest old quarter in Europe, the second largest cathedral in the world and Alcazar Palace, comprising leafy patios, graceful arches and beautiful flowing fountains – a visit is a must.
Of course, if it’s typical Spain you’re seeking, take a walk through the cobblestone streets of Barrio de Santa Cruz and stop at one of the many tapas bars for a bite to eat (and perhaps indulge in a glass of wine) along the way!
Granada is recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in southern Spain. Whether it’s adventure, architecture or activity you’re seeking, Granada is where you’ll find it. The city is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which lends itself to some great nearby outdoor activities and tours. The Alhambra Fortress is a must-see in Granada too – with its incredible architecture, recently restored in all its former glory.
If you’re ready to get lost in the narrow ascending streets and the beautiful, medieval-rich history on offer, it’s time to put down your guide book and explore Granada. As with all Spanish towns, the city is filled with plenty of sensational traditional tapas bars and restaurants to keep your tastebuds happy, so don’t forget to take a moment to savour the Andalucian cuisine.
If you’re heading to one of the many beach destinations on the south coast of Spain, chances are you’ll fly into Malaga for the easiest/closest access. Of course, there’s plenty to do in the city of Malaga itself if you’re not looking to head straight to one of the neighbouring beaches.
In the heart of the city you’ll find Malaga’s gothic cathedral, surrounded by narrow streets filled with traditional and modern bars and restaurants, boutiques, churches, lofty apartment buildings, red-tiled roofs and the 11th century Gifralfaro castle. With an abundance of architectural and historical sites to see, the high quality traditional tapas on offer that comes with all Spanish cities and fewer tourists than cities such as Seville and Granada, Malaga might just be the southern Spain destination pick for you.
Did you know? Cadiz is generally considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, founded in about 1100 BC. And it’s this incredible old age that accounts for much of the beauty and complexity of the city. If it’s history, beauty and old architecture you’re hoping to explore on your next holiday, southern Spain’s Cadiz is worth adding to your list.
Thanks to the nearby airports and resorts, of all Spain’s mainland provincial capitals, Alicante is the most influenced by tourism. Nonetheless, the city is a dynamic, vibrant, cultural example of a beautiful Spanish city, complete with a castle, old quarter and long waterfront.
The golden sand, pristine blue waters and beautiful bays serve as a key attraction to those who visit the Alicante region. The magnificent coastline, which stretches some 200kms means there are plenty of horizons to be explored. Of course, if it’s a more upbeat feel you’re looking for on your holiday, the eating scene and nightlife in Alicante is unrivalled too, particularly on weekend nights, which are busy year-round.
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