The scenic region is notable for its golden beaches, sunny weather, excellent golf courses, fascinating architecture and historic monuments; not to mention its delicious cuisine and friendly locals, and a road trip across this beautiful region will provide memories to last a lifetime.
The region is dotted with small towns and tiny villages, as well as some major cities – Seville, Malaga and Granada, being the best known, and Córdoba, Jaén, Almeria, Huelva, Cadiz, and Ronda being the other cities in Andalucia.
Once the most deprived region in Spain, Andalucia now flourishes as a result of a buoyant tourism industry, but there is are a wealth of hidden treasures to be discovered by those who get off the main tourist trail and make their own way across beautiful Andalucia.
With its extravagant Moorish palaces, rugged mountains, soft sandy beaches and beautiful fruit groves and idyllic villages, this rural alternative is many people`s idea of the ‘real’ Spain a world away from the high rise hotel resorts that the country has become famous for.
Ideally, visitors should set aside at least a fortnight to make a road trip across Malaga; but time-pressed travellers can take in some of the best of the region in one week.
Starting in Malaga, the main point of entry to Andalucia, a visit to the Picasso Museum is a must. Housed in a historic palace and showcasing some of the lesser-known works of locally-born artist Picasso, the museum is an unmissable starting point.
From here, continue down the coast to the charming seaside town of Nerja and, nearby, the teeny-tiny hillside village of Frigiliani. The picture-perfect village square, historic buildings and a handful of good eating and lodging options make this a great place to stop off for a day or two and soak up the old-time atmosphere with sangria by the square.
From here, head to the city of Almeria, well worth a visit for the Moorish fort of Alcazaba, famous for its enormous walls. In the hills northwest of here are remote village with natural thermal baths!
Don’t miss a visit to the archaeological site of Los Millares – a five-acre plot that is home to the ruins of houses, walls, tombs and battlements, dating from the bronze and stone ages.
If you dare to bare, take time out to visit Vera Playa, on the eastern coast of Almeria, where you`ll find not only five miles of white sand beaches, but also one of Spain’s largest naturist retreats!
For a complete change of pace, the Tabernas desert will have you feeling like you have arrived in the Wild West indeed, many legendary 1960s westerns were filmed here.
Finally, spend at least a couple of days in the city of Granada, with its ancient Moorish palace, excellent tapas and nightly flamenco dancing.
This great Spanish region offers so many points of interest that it’s almost impossible to see everything in one trip, but hiring a car is the ideal way to travel independently and see the best.
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