Andalucia has an endless list of things to do, but there are some that have to be experienced at least once in your life. You’ll quickly fall in love with its landscapes, gastronomy, customs and history.
Today, I give you my four must-do’s when visiting the Andalusian region, based on my own 6-day-trip to this enchanting province.
1. Visit the Alhambra in Granada
The Alhambra Palace is thé most visited tourist attraction in all of Spain, attracting millions of visitors per year. Can’t blame them. This beautiful piece of Spanish History has something magical about it. You just have to experience it for yourself. Must see in this complex? The Nasrid Palaces, which in our opinion were the best part of a visit to the Alhambra!
Another must-see in the Alhambra, is the Generalife-garden. Generalife is – in my humble opinion – one of the most beautiful gardens in the whole of Spain. You can’t come to Andalucia and not take a stroll among its beautiful flowers and ponds.
Tip: Buy your entry ticket in advance. Only a limited number of people are allowed in per day, so reserve a ticket to avoid dissappointment at the ticket office.
2. Go snorkeling in ‘El Cañuelo’
Well hidden in the ‘Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo’ Natural Park, is this shingly cove near Nerja. It’s is well off the beaten, more touristy, track, and is honestly a must-see in the region.
You get there on a little bus (2 euros return per adult, free for children) which winds its way down the bay. Quite an adventure to ride this bus, but definitely worth it. The clear water is great for snorkelling AND it has a beautiful beach bar with delicious meals and cocktails.
Adress: Cala del Canuelo, 29780 Nerja
3. Have dinner in one of the local restaurants
Andalusia, being one of the most touristic regions in Spain, is well-known for it’s restaurants with three-courses-for-10-euros meals. Not really a gastronomical experience if you’d ask me, so I suggest you go out of the touristic centre and search for the smaller, more authentic restaurants, where you can taste the real Andalusian specialities. When you spot locals, you know you’re in the right place!
If I may give a reccommendation, try restaurant ‘Avalon’ when you’re visiting the ‘Malaga’-region. During our 6-day-stay, we’ve had dinner there for like four times. And believe me, the Andalusian cuisine is deeeee-licous!
Adress: Hostal Avalon, Punta Lara 22, 29780 Nerja,
4. Spend a day in Malaga
Málaga is a world apart from the touristic ‘buzz’ that is the Costa del Sol. The newly-restored historic centre is ideal for some strolling, and the city is rich in both culinary and cultural hotspots.
Visit the Catheral, climb up to the Alcazaba for a breathtaking view of the city, relive history in the Roman amphitheatre, .. Just let the vibe of the city take you wherever you need to be.