Andalusia is a stunning region in Spain, with charming white-washed towns, breathtaking views and delicious food. Do you want to visit?

This Is Why You Should Visit Andalusia

Andalusia is the second largest autonomous region in Spain, one that I’ve been dying to see properly ever since I caught a glimpse of it a couple of years ago, when I visited Seville for a day. And you know what? It’s awful….ly beautiful! Every day I saw new places that were even more beautiful than the ones from the day before. It helped that I scheduled the trip in such a way that my enthusiasm grew with each day. This is a region that truly has it all: adorable villages, cities with stunning architecture, spectacular views and delicious food. They should really change its name to Wonderlusia. 😉

A fair warning though, you will want to visit Andalusia by the end of the post. Also, you will read a lot of words like amazing, breathtaking, incredible. I’m sorry, but I can’t help it when I’m as excited about a place as my dog is when she hears you talk about chicken.

Its charm lies in adorable towns

Andalusia is a stunning region in Spain, with charming white-washed towns, breathtaking views and delicious food. Do you want to visit?
The pretty Mijas
Why you should visit Andalusia: Setenil de las Bodegas, the people there can literally say they live under a rock
Setenil de las Bodegas, where the people can literally say they live under a rock

Setenil de las Bodegas

Why you should visit Andalusia: the charming Marbella
The charming Marbella

Why you should visit Andalusia: the charming Marbella

Why you should visit Andalusia: the amazing Ronda
Ronda at night

All the towns and villages I’ve seen in Andalusia were simply perfect. I fell in love with the white houses with blue flower pots and colorful ceramic tiles at the entrance. Some people like island hopping, well I would go back to Andalusia for some village hopping, meaning I’d try and see as many as I can, as each one is unique in its own way. I even saw a blue Smurfs village!

But the cities are equally beautiful

Why you should visit Andalusia: Malaga
An early morning in Malaga
Why you should visit Andalusia: Malaga
Malaga from above
Why you should visit Andalusia: Seville
The Old Town of Seville

Why you should visit Andalusia: Seville

I visited Seville a couple of years ago, as a day trip from Portugal and it was one of those cities that I just clicked with. Despite being incredibly hot (especially for September) and feeling heat exhaustion at some point, I loved the city and it’s actually one of my top 10 favorites. Although I haven’t visited it again, the capital of Andalusia deserves its spot on this list. This time however I visited Malaga which sadly didn’t make the same impression on me as Seville. Maybe if I’d seen them in a different order, I would have liked Malaga more. But I’ll talk about this in a future post.

You won’t have a bad meal in Andalusia

Why you should visit Andalusia: the food

Why you should visit Andalusia: the food

On Costa del Sol, Andalusia’s Mediterranean coast, it’s impossible not to hear the word espetos (or maybe espetos de sardinas). Espetos literally means skewers but in Malaga it refers to six sardines on a skewer grilled over a fire, directly on the beach. Seasoned with olive oil and salt, they are simply delicious.

In Cordoba, we took a break from all the fish, to sample other local dishes. I had salmorejo (cold tomato soup with ham – delicious and surprisingly refreshing), flamenquin (a pork meat roll filled with ham – do you see a pattern here?) while dad had rabo de toro or….bull’s tail (which was actually really good).

The views are incredible

Why you should visit Andalusia: Ronda

Why you should visit Andalusia: Ronda
Puente Nuevo, Ronda

Why you should visit Andalusia: the spectacular views

Driving in Andalusia you’ll have breathtaking views everywhere you go. And unlike in Italy, most people are very polite in traffic, you don’t have to worry if you end up on a narrow street. The bad news is that you can’t stop everywhere to take photos, sometimes there is simply nowhere to stop the car, but if I could just sit back and enjoy the view and take a million photos from the car window, you can too! 😀

It has the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe

Why you should visit Andalusia: the Seville Cathedral

Why you should visit Andalusia: the Seville Cathedral

After seeing the gorgeous cathedral in Seville, I thought I wouldn’t find one that I’ll like as much. Well, the Mezquita in Cordoba comes very close. A World Heritage Site, it’s probably the most unique cathedral I’ve ever seen. It’s actually a cathedral inside a mosque! Originally a small temple, when the Muslims conquered Spain, it was divided into two parts, one for Muslims and one for Christians…..until it was demolished to build a grand mosque. But when Cordoba returned to Christianity centuries later, instead of demolishing it, they simply built a Renaissance nave inside it. The result is beautiful and fascinating, it was one of the things I was looking forward the most on my trip to Andalusia.

You can go to the sea and climb a mountain on the same day

Why you should visit Andalusia: Costa del Sol

Why you should visit Andalusia: Castillo Monumento Colomares
Castillo Monumento Colomares, a monument for Christopher Columbus

Granted, I don’t have too many Instagram-worthy pictures from the beach, since I spent most of the time in the water or reading a book under an umbrella. If you’re curious, I was reading The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, a book about the lives of a few teenagers in a small town in Alaska.

On the same day however I took a cable car in Benalmadena to the top of the Calamorro Mountain (a small one at 780 meters, but still a mountain), where I had an amazing view of the coast. After coming down with the cable car, I walked up the hill towards Castillo Monumento Colomares, a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus, resembling a ship. Luckily, I got there in time as it was closing in 10 minutes.


Why you should visit Andalusia: the cats

This one’s just a bonus! I saw so many cats, some of them even let me pet them. ❤

So what are you waiting for, did you buy your plane ticket to Andalusia already? 😉

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  • Ok, I’m incredibly envious right now! I’ve been DYYYYYING to do a huge road trip through Andalusia, hitting up practically all of the same towns you visited!!

    • I hope you get to visit soon, Andalusia is gooooorgeous! I bet it’s even better with all the fall colors 😉

  • so beautiful! #farawayfiles

    • Thank you 🙂

  • Untold Morsels

    Wow Vlad! Amazing photos. The ones of Mijas and Seville are fantastic. We are saving up Andalusia for a road trip at the end of our stay in Europe but I might not be able to wait that long. Thanks for the inspiration and joining us on #FarawayFiles

    • You won’t regret it, Andalusia is super pretty 😀

  • Clare Thomson

    Gorgeous photos. Andalusia is already high up on my wishlist – I hanker after those white villages and towns, and I fell in love with Seville when I visited recently. Thanks so much for fuelling our wanderlust on #FarawayFiles

    • Seeing some of the white villages was my number 1 reason to go to Andalusia, they’re all so pretty!

  • Different Shores

    What a stunning, stunning post – I also love Andalusia, especially Cordoba and Granada. I went to those two in winter and it was lovely and cold but with azure skies – perfection; the time I went to Seville, however, it was 50 degrees – total frying pan! I love your pictures, this is a joy to read #FarawayFiles

    • Sadly I didn’t have time to visit Granada. Next time though!

  • Spain forever has my heart after having lived there during my college abroad program. I agree – there is something really special about Sevilla. It’s beautiful. And fun. I’ll never forget visiting it for the second time during Carnival and what an amazing experience it was. #FarawayFiles

    • I would love to live in Spain for a while, I bet it was wonderful. 🙂

  • HOLY CRAP! First of all, you REALLY have stepped up your photography game!
    Second, I’ve been to Andalusia while living in Spain, but you seem to have traversed so many more off the beaten path, charming, picturesque towns, that I am immensly jealous.

    • THANK YOU, I have been learning and trying to improve my photos and the way I edit them. You should go back again, you would love the countryside. I even saw a farm with horses in Ronda 😉

      • The first time I ever went proper riding was in Portugal, in 2004, so I imagine this would be similar. You know my weakness 🙂
        My challenge with countryside visits is that I am uncomfortable in the car by myself (I prefer company even if I am driving), but I travel mostly solo. Either I need to get a companion or get over my fears…

  • Lucy Dodsworth

    Lots of great memories (and a few more to add to the list for next time!)

    • Your Ronda post was definitely what convinced me to go, my parents had bought tickets for them long before me, but I didn’t know if I could take more days off work, haha.

  • YES! Need to get to this part of Spain. We have been in Madrid and Barcelona and not yet experienced Andalusia. Your swoon worthy imagery has definitely pushed it back up the wish list. Fantastic post and I’m sold. For sure. Thanks for linking with #FarawayFiles and can’t wait to see where you take us this week! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

    • Thanks, Erin! I haven’t been to Madrid, but I went to Barcelona a few times and I absolutely love it, it’s my favorite destination. 😀

  • David Johnston

    Loved Andalusia! So many fantastic places and I really loved Ronda and Seville. Really want to return and see more of it, particularly now Benalmadena and Mijas #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • I missed your beautiful, Vlad. The cathedral of Seville is absolutely astounding. It’s perhaps the most impressive one that I have ever seen. I can still remember it pretty well, although it’s been so long since I went to Seville. Your post reopened my desire to travel to Europe. I love California (it’s 90ºF here today), but there no place like Europe. It’s a pleasure to see you at #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  • Ahila Thillainathan

    Beautiful photos! I would certainly love to visit Mijas and Setenil de las Bodegas!

  • Vlad, your excitement is contagious! And, I can see why! Your pictures are gorgeous. This is why Spain is one of my favorite countries in the world. Haven’t made it to this area yet but it is in the works. Would be nice if you post about your itinerary. It would be good for planning purposes. Glad you had a blast! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • Corinne Vail

    Stunning, beautiful photography. Even though I’ve been to many of these sites, you’re right, I want to go back now!

  • go-indochine

    Incredible landscape. Very inspired for a travel blogger like me. Tks for making this article.

  • Mehreen A

    I’m actually planning a trip to Andalucía so this is perfect! Thanks for the guide – need to add the town under the rock too 🙂

  • Miranda

    There’s only one thing I could say about Andalusia, the views are really Beautiful. I love the scenery from above.