June 9, 2020
The Complete Guide to Exploring Andalusia: All you Need to Know Before you Travel

The Complete Guide to Exploring Andalusia: All you Need to Know Before you Travel

June 9, 2020
Andalusia, Spain
Andalusia is a beautiful region in Southern Spain best known for its dreamy white washed villages and endless beaches. It's the most popular vacation destination in Europe because of its amazing weather, Moorish architecture and heritage and the wide range of leisure options it offers.

If you are planning a trip to Andalusia, or simply looking for inspiration for your next holiday destination, here's a complete guide to exploring stunning Andalusia which includes everything you need to know before you travel, the best things to do plus the latest news about COVID-19 situation and restrictions.
Plaza España, Seville
Plaza España, Seville

Current COVID-19 situation
Recovery from the health crisis is being painful, slow and long. In fact, Spain's lockdown has been the toughest in Europe but fortunately the situation has improved so much that we are almost back to normal. Beaches and many hotels are open. Right now, visitors from European countries are welcome. Regarding other countries, visitors from USA, Russia and Brazil are not allowed in Europe yet.

At the moment, shopping centers, restaurants and cafes are open all over Spain with some restrictions such as capacity limitations and distance between tables. It's mandatory for anyone 6 and older to wear face masks while in public, both indoors and outdoors where it is not possible to maintain interpersonal distance.
Mosque-Cathedral CordobaMosque-cathedral Cordoba

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Weather

This region is extremely hot in summer. In fact, there's a village near Seville called the "frying pan of Andalusia" because temperature gets close to 50ºC in the middle of the day. If you travel during summer months be sure to carry water, sunscreen and a hat. Despite the heat, summer is still peak season in Andalusia.

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Getting Around

There are 5 international airports in Malaga, Seville, Jerez, Almeria and Granada; but if you are traveling from Madrid, the high-speed train AVE to Seville is your best choice. If you prefer to go on a road trip, you can always rent a car.

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Food

Olive oil, ham and olives are everywhere just like the most refreshing and nutritious drinks on Earth: gazpacho and salmorejo. These veggie drinks will be your best ally during scorching summer months. Another Andalusian delicacy you must try is pescaito frito or fried fish.

There's one city in Andalusia famous for free tapas: Granada. In other cities you have to pay for them, you may get for free some chips or olives with your drink but that's it.
Pescaito Frito, Malaga
Malaga
Playa malagueta, Malaga

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Points of Interest

Andalusia is divided in 8 provinces: Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville. Provinces consist of a main city with the same name and surrounding town and villages.

Huelva, Cadiz, Malaga, Granada and Almeria have coastline which includes some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
Read this post with the Best Beaches and the Resorts to Stay In
Melia Atlantico, Huelva
Andalusia

On the contrary, Seville, Jaen and Cordoba are inland and offer a different type of tourism. With an impressive amount of World Heritage Sites, there's a lot of sightseeing to do in these cities. When planning your trip, beware that many monuments are closed on Mondays.
Patio andaluz
El Patio, Flamenco

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Holiday Ideas

Because of its unbeatable geographical features, Andalusia has something for everyone. Let's go through all the areas one by one and see the best things they have to offer:

  • Seville: in my opinion, the most beautiful city in Spain. Plaza de España is one of the main highlights, here you can see the most beautiful range of colorful tiles. Plan your trip to Seville with these guides: what to do and where to eat in Seville.
  • Malaga: best known for its coastal towns like the luxurious Marbella or the charming Nerja where you can find amazing beach resorts. Plan your trip to Malaga and around with these guides
  • Jaen smells of olives. The olive trees that surround the area fill the air with the most delicious aroma. It's probably the least known province in Andalusia but still worth visiting. If you like heritage and fancy staying in a castle, I recommend you book Parador de Jaen for an unforgettable experience.
  • Huelva borders with Portugal so you can get a 2 for 1 if you visit this province. Huelva's strong point are its gorgeous beaches and coastal towns. Plan your tip to Huelva and Portugal with these guides.
  • Granada is a city you have to visit at least once in a lifetime. The Alhambra is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. Nowadays you need to book your ticket online before you go. Get your tickets here
  • Cordoba: best known for one of the most famous monuments all around the world: the mosque cathedral. Check out these guides to plan the perfect trip to Cordoba
  • Cadiz: a favorite summer destination among Spaniards because the beaches in this area are beautiful and go on for miles. You can't miss the charming white washed villages in this area such as Vejer de la Frontera. See more dreamy andalusian villages in this post.
  • Almeria: the desert of Almeria was once the favorite of western movie makers. Nowadays, you must go to visit the stunning natural park of Cabo de Gata. The water that bathes the beaches in this area is the Mediterranean see which makes it much warmer than the rest of Andalusia bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most famous beaches in Almeria is Roquetas de Mar, read more about it here
Seville, calle Sierpes
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have more questions while planning your trip to Andalusia, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.
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