Andalusia is one of the great regions of Southern Spain, the sun-drenched land is covered with hills, rivers and beautiful landscapes. Famous places such as Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Malaga all exist within its boundaries.Andalusia also has a long and complicated history involving the Moors who built many of the fine buildings in the area. Moorish design and architecture have left a legacy on the land that is rich and beautiful and gives Andalusia a character truly of its own. In this blog we look at some of the very best things to visit in this beautiful part of Spain.
Seville is one of the most marvelous cities in the whole of Spain and this Palace is simply magnificent. The Real Alcazar is a mixture of Mudejar and Christian architecture and is also a UNESCO listed building. The breathtaking palace was originally a fort back in 913, but over the eleven centuries of its existence, it has metamorphosed many times. One of the most dramatic periods was in the 14th Century when King Pedro made the addition of the regal Palacio de Don Pedro, which for many is one of the most sumptuous palaces in Spain. It notably features in the massive TV hit Game of Thrones as a location.
The Mezquita in Cordoba is one of the world’s most beautiful mosques. The interior with its colorful red and white arches is spacious even though many tourists visits this great building. The architecture hints at the opulence of the past and represents a time when Jews, Christians and Muslims lived side by side and shared their diverse cultures.
Catedral de Sevilla and Giralda
If you really want to see Gothic architecture in its magnificent glory, then one of the best places to go is Seville. The stunning cathedral is the largest in Gothic design and the foundations were first laid down in 1434, over what were the remains of a mosque. One of the very best features of the cathedral is the mighty bell tower known as the Giralda. The magnificent building still is adorned by the mosque’s original minaret, and it is so big it also includes the vast resting place of Christopher Columbus with its marvelous golden altarpiece, the Capilla Mayor.
Museo Picasso Malaga
Malaga’s most famous citizen has to be the great artist Pablo Picasso and the museum in the center of Malaga is a must-see for all art fans. The Museo Picasso Malaga took thirty years on the drawing board before its actual construction in 2003. It has over two hundred works of the great master, many donated by the wife of his eldest son Paul, Christine Ruiz-Picasso. It is an encompassing history of Picasso’s works with the only major omission of the blue and rose periods. In part two of our blog on the best things to do and see in Andalusia we visit the Cueva de Nerja, Sacra Capilla de El Salvador and the magnificent fortress in Almeria, the Alcazaba. These magnificent places celebrate the diversity of Andalusia and also its sheer beauty.