Things to do in
Andalusia

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

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Granada: Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket

1. 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.

El Chorro: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Shuttle Bus

2. 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.

Malaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

3. Malaga: Sunset Catamaran Trip with Glass of Cava

Sail out to sea on a relaxing catamaran ride and take in the views of Malaga's coastline, while the sun slowly disappears behind the mountains. Listen to chill-out music with a glass of wine in hand. Admire the Alboran Sea at sunset as you glide across the waves. Take in the views of Malaga's skyline as the lights come on. Enhance your experience with a glass of cava as you share this moment with someone you love.

Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

4. Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Learn more about the 8th-century caliphate of Abd al-Rahman I on a guided tour the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba with an art historian guide. Hear about the monument's different stages of construction, from the old Basilica of San Vicente, built during the Spanish Visigoth empire through the primitive mosque built by Abd al-Rahman I to rival the great mosques of the East. Explore successive extensions through to the time of Almanzor, ruler of Muslim Iberia under the Umayyad Caliphate of Cordoba. Hear about the Reconquista of Cordoba by the Christian armies of Fernando III, when the mosque was converted into a cathedral. Admire architectural motifs, such as the double arches that gave the building height and were considered revolutionary for their time.

Cordoba's Authentic Patios: 2-Hour Tour with Tickets

5. Cordoba's Authentic Patios: 2-Hour Tour with Tickets

Discover the Cordovan Courtyards, known as patios in Spanish, a main attraction in Cordoba. Learn about the origin of the patios on this 2-hour tour around the Alcazar Viejo neighborhood, and visit the interior of well-preserved houses. Find out more about the Courtyard Festival held in May of each year. Experience the local way of life in this area of the old city. Enter 5 private patios where the owners will tell you about the decorative detail and how they take care of the flowers. The patios were declared a World Heritage tradition by UNESCO in 2012. Although they are beautiful throughout the year, the best time to visit is March, April or May.

Jerez de la Frontera: How the Andalusian Horses Dance

6. Jerez de la Frontera: How the Andalusian Horses Dance

Marvel at the equestrian skills of Spanish horses and riders at a unique "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" ballet at the Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza Del Arte Ecuestre (Foundation Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) in Jerez de la Frontera. Accompanied by quintessential Spanish music and 18th-century style costumes, the choreography uses movements based on classical dressage, Doma Vaquera (country-style riding), and traditional equestrian chores. Each show consists of 6-8 different choreographies, scheduled by the school according to the following repertoire: Doma Vaquera: Doma Vaquera is a Spanish riding discipline, based on traditional cattle herding. The horseman rides his horse around the arena using only one hand, first trotting and later galloping, changing the rhythm and performing pirouettes and arreones (breaking into a gallop). Classical Dressage: See different choreographies, such as “The Colts,” “Airs on Horseback,” “Pas de Deux,” “Passage and Piaffer,” “Domino on Horseback,” “Airs Above the Ground” and “Fantasy.” The horses carry out advanced exercises to classical music. Carriage Driving: Marvel as the horses demonstrate their ability to draw carriages. These horse-drawn carriages were originally used for transport, but are now relegated to sport and exhibitions, using classical harnesses and driven by coachmen who dexterously demonstrate exciting skills. Work in Hand: Admire the skill of a horse that obeys its rider even when the horseman is not in the saddle. They will carry out classical Haute École dressage exercises, such as levades, caprioles, courbettes, piaffe (between pillars), and the Spanish walk. Carrousel: See a group of horses and riders perform advanced equestrian exercises in unison, providing a fitting end to the performance.

Seville: Guadalquivir 1-Hour City Cruise

7. Seville: Guadalquivir 1-Hour City Cruise

Discover the Guadalquivir River, the only navigable river in Spain. Depart from the Dock of the Marqués del Contadero and enjoy a 1-hour river cruise. Look out from the deck of the modern boat and see different parts of the historic and modern Seville. Pass under historic bridges and past the neighborhood of Triana, the pavilions of Expo 92, the Ibero-American exhibition of 29, the towers of the Plaza de España, convents and monasteries. 

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

8. 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

9. 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 activity supports sustainable practices and that has been certified as eco-friendly by a third-party agency. 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.

Royal Alcázar of Seville: Skip-the-Line Ticket

10. Royal Alcázar of Seville: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Originally developed as a fort for the Cordoban governors of Seville in 913, the Royal Alcázar of Seville is an amazing fusion of Christian and Moorish architecture. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and it has been renovated numerous times over the 11 centuries since its creation. Learn about how the Christian king Fernando III moved into the Alcázar when he captured Seville in 1248 and how several monarchs used the palace as their main residence. Also, discover the Alcázar's role as a filming location for the Game of Thrones TV series.

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The Alhambra is always busy, but our bus beat the others, making it better for us. You choose between 4 different pickup locations. The tour company contacted us with the exact pickup time the day before. The drive takes about 3 hours, but the bus has comfortable seats for sleeping and big windows for the views. Halfway through the drive, there's a stop for restrooms and breakfast. After the rest stop, the guide gave us info about Spain and the things we were passing. When we arrived at Alhambra, the bus guide gave us clear directions and her contact info, before sending us with a different guide through the complex. Be sure to ask this guide for a brief history of Granada. At the end of the Alhambra tour, we rejoined our bus guide for 1 hour free time in Albaicin and then a 20 minute guided tour of Albaicin, including the viewpoint for the Alhambra. Then we headed back to Seville. The driver gave us info about the 4 drop-off locations (the same as the pickup), so you can choose

Lovely show at a great location. The artists were superb and the intimate theatre added to the charm. Although it’s popular with tourists, the artists go out of their way to present an authentic Flamenco experience.

Well informed guide. Tour was at just the right pace. Lots to see especially in palace where the decoration was amazing.

Very unique trail and hiking experience! Amazing canyon surroundings and geology.

La visita con Elena fue super! Un lugar super lindo con una guía muy preparada