Over two million tourists flock to Sevilla in Spain every year to experience the rich cultural heritage and the natural beauty of the region. The lively city of Sevilla captures the essence of the Mediterranean flair. With exciting festivals and inspiring architecture, the heart of Andalusia is the perfect holiday destination for many days of exploring. Discover more of Andalusia's hidden treasures with our guide.
The region spans over the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula with a manifold of Moorish and Roman remnants. The sights of white village buildings, matadors, bull fights and flamenco are what tourists look for in Andalusia, and perhaps they are all able to learn about the region in a short all-inclusive holiday. However, to reach deep into the culture of Andalusia, you will have to get off the beaten track and explore the region on your own.
With a car hire from Auto Europe you will be able to travel anywhere at any time. Change your holiday in Sevilla to a road trip in Andalusia and see all the places you have always wanted to discover. Make the most of your stay in Sevilla and visit all it has to offer from the medieval fortifications to modern flamenco shows. Leave the city behind to explore the rest of the region and drive to the vibrant city of Malaga on the Mediterranean coast, an ideal destination for going to Morocco. Moorish influence is visible not only in the Malagan architecture and cuisine, but the traces of the Berber and Arab people are also found in the local culture and tradition of Granada and Cordoba, other cities on your Andalusian road trip.
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Thanks to a car hire in Sevilla, you will be able to traverse the city comfortably without sticking to public transport timetables and spending your money on bus tickets. Instead, you can entirely focus on your road trip in Sevilla and live every moment of it. Everyone who has been to Sevilla will tell that Alcazar is a must-see place. A Muslim fortress from the Middle Ages, made to the kings court of Fernando and Isabel in the fifteenth century, is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Alcazar, with exotic architecture and moving history, is a true tourist magnet. Most of the the attractions in the city are connected to the religious influences of the past Sevilla, so go on the historic tour through the city and visit the Gothic Sevilla Cathedral, the third largest church in the world, and admire La Giralda minaret. The medieval Barrio Santa Cruz is the historical Jewish district. Take a romantic walk through its narrow and winding streets that will set you in a nostalgic mood.
What else is there, you ask? Andalusia is home to the traditional flamenco dancing and as such has a lot to discover. Pay a visit to the Museo del Baile Flamenco, located in the 18th - century palace and go to the La Carboneria to watch a free flamenco show. Should you be travelling to Sevilla in September, do not miss the opportunity to take part in the annual month-long festival Bienal de Flamenco that flares the city with dance fever and joy. If you are planning to spend your holiday there in spring, there are few festivals worth checking out: Easter parades during Semana Santa and Feria de Abril with music, dancing, traditional costumes and bull fights, taking place a few weeks later
Make it the Spanish way and hop from one bar to another and try out the array of delicious tapas. Head to Mesón Cinco Jotas for an authentic Spanish dinner and try Jamón or the tasty regional cheese in Extraverde. District Triana, at the river port, is famous for numerous old pubs, for example the Santa Ana, with bull fights décor and a friendly atmosphere. Gourmets will be in seven heaven when they get to try the abundance of seafood specialities at Bistec bar, like grilled or baked fish and calamari. No matter what, you should not miss a glass of Cherry! This strong white wine is a regional speciality produced in Jerez de la Frontera, one-hour drive away from Sevilla.
If you are looking for really extravagant accommodation, Fontecruz Sevilla is the right place. This centrally located hotel entices with its elegant interior and breathtaking terrace view over Sevilla's top attractions. Gran Meliá Colón, where modern design meets tradition or the five-star Barceló Renacimiento with classy rooms are your luxurious alternatives. Choose a charming hotel Puerta de Sevilla with azulejos tilework if you are searching for a less expensive option.
The new blends with the old in the traditional Andalusian port city of Malaga. Although the city has changed over the centuries, the Moorish influences are still visible in here. The road trip to Malaga is your prelude to more Moorish sites and the medieval cities that you are going to encounter during your Andalusia journey. Pay a visit to the 11th century Alcazaba fortress and palace, home to partly excavated amphitheatre and Museo Arqueológico with a collection of artefacts and immerse yourself in the past times. Climb the ruins and the walls of the Castillo de Gibralfaro for impressing views over the city. Thanks to its rich art history, Malaga stands out in Andalusia as a cultural hub. Museo Picasso Málaga has a great collection of the city's born artist, Pablo Picasso. You can learn more about the artist's life in Casa Natal de Picasso, where he lived until the age of seven, before his family moved to the north of Spain.
The city has something for everyone. Make use of your car hire in Malaga and head to Parque Natural de los Montes de Málaga, a natural park located northeast of the city and enjoy a relaxing day in the mountain range park with fragrant pine trees. Malaga is also a good starting point to travel to Costa del Sol in the Spanish Riviera, famous for splendid beaches. However, Malaga also has some great beaches to soak up some sun, like Playa de la Malgueta, Playa de Pedregalejo or Playa del Palo. Nightlife scene is brilliant in here as well, try out pubs along Plaza de la Merced, Plaza Mitjana or Plaza de Uncibay and make a great night out in Malaga!
Appetizing tapas are served in the centrally located La Rebaná with minimalistic furnishings and soothing ambience. Here, you have the opportunity to sample such unique creations of the kitchen chef like foie gras with salted nougat. Our next tip is delicious artichoke and goat cheese quiche with basil pesto offered in El Tapeo de Cervantes or try of all kinds of Mediterranean food in Aire Gastrobar. More tasty creations, served with a modern twist are offered in Café de Paris.
A renovated monastery El Riad Andaluz bears the traces of the Moroccan culture and offers unique loggings. Vincci Posada del Patio, set in the historic centre of Malaga, presents top luxury accommodation. A quiet garden and bright rooms of Cortijo Chico are the perfect choice for a relaxing stay. The city centre is only nine and a half mile away, which you can quickly rich with your rental car. For something exceptional book into the four-star Sallas Hotel Málaga Centro in the centre of the city to enjoy a swim in a pool on the top of the hotel's building.
The third day of the journey takes you on the road trip to Granada, the province capital city with notable Islamic influences. The Alhambra, a fortress and palace complex, is one of the best examples of Moorish architecture in the country. The medieval site is Spain's top tourist attraction visited by the thousands of holiday-makers every day. Learn about the city's fascinating history in the museum located in Palacio de Carlos V. Take a walk to the Alcazaba fortress tower for a spectacular view of Alhambra, a perfect spot for your best holiday picture. Stroll through the Generalife Garndens and top your day off with a visit to Palacios Nazaríes, a complex of palaces and a must-see historic site in Granada, looking exceptional during night tours. Not far from Palacios Nazaríes, lies the Albaicín district with narrow streets and Moorish medieval architecture. Walk through the cobbled streets of the district and admire the historical sites and head to the Mirador de San Nicolas for the best view of the city and Sierra Nevada at its backdrop.
Experience a different part of the Spanish history in Capilla Real de Granada, the Royal Chapel of Granada where king Ferdinand, queen Isabella and their daughter are buried. This medieval chapel is set in the heart of Granada, next to the Cathedral. For an authentic shopping experience head to the Alcaiceria, a reconstructed Moorish bazaar set in the narrow streets of the downtown Granada, full of souvenir stalls selling Arabic craftwork.
Many bars in Granada offer you a free plate of tapas when you order beer or a glass of wine. Thanks to this tradition, you can enjoy your drink with a little meal. For a typical Spanish bar-hopping we recommend Calle Navas street. Alternatively, try restaurant Arrayanes with Moroccan cuisine. Book a table at one of Carmen district restaurants for a true gourmet treat. These restaurants are located in the gardens of Albazín, where you can enjoy a delicious Andalusian dinner and a fantastic view of Alhambra. Some of the best examples of Carmen restaurants are Carmen Mirador de Aixa, Carmen de las Tomasas, and Carmen de Aben Humeya
Hotel Case del Capitel Nazarí offers elegant rooms decorated in Moroccan style and takes you back in times to the 16th century. Modern rooms at favourable prices are available at Vincci Granada. The Renaissance front of Fontecruz Granada hides ultramodern décor. However, if you are looking for luxurious accommodation book a room in the old, charming hotel AC Palacio de Santa Paula for a relaxing stay and head to your next adventure in your car hire in Granada in the morning.
During the last day of your road trip in Andalusia you will be driving to Cordoba, a labyrinth-like city that used to be Moorish outpost. The central district Mezquita is home to unique architecture styles that were present in Cordoba throughout the centuries. The archers and columns are the remnants of the Roman and Visigoth influences whereas the rich ornamented Mihrab and Torre del Alminar originally served as a mosque. Other religious sites are also worth a visit, especially Alcázar de los Reyes Christianos, former Christian palace from the 13th century, infamous Spanish inquisition seat. The road trip to Cordoba gives you the opportunity to see the only surviving medieval synagogue in Andalusia, located in Judeira, the Jewish quarter of the city. Cordoba's museums, like Museum de Bellas Artes and Museum Romero de Torres have wonderful collections of paintings and sculptures.
Get some rest with some aromatic tea or try hookah at the renovated Arabic restaurant Bad Hammam Baños Árabes. Hop in your car hire in Cordoba to Medina Azahara, located outside of the city to admire the ruins of the Muslim Palace city from the 10th century. Go on a popular guide tour to make the most of your visit to Medina Azahara.
If you are looking for cheap authentic food, stay away form Mezquita, the centre of Cordoba, which tends to be pricey. Head to the Jewish quarter instead and immerse yourself in the abundance of tastes and flavours. El Choto serves grilled meat dishes and delicious meals for all tastes and ages at affordable prices. More authentic dishes are offered in Casa Mazai, specialising in modern Jewish cuisine, an alternative for vegetarians. Sample traditional Spanish meals, especially tapas, in Taberna San Miguel El Pisto with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
Book a room in Hotel Hacienda Posada de Vallina for a historic accommodation, hidden in the centre of Mezquita. The hotel has a charming flair of the medieval Cordoba and authentic elegant furnishings of the time. La Hospedaría de El Churrasco, set close to Mezqita, offers quiet and comfortable rooms. If you opt for less centrally located accommodation, try Hotel Califa with business class rooms in the modern part of the city.
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