Where to go in Andalucia
List of regions
Cadiz is almost entirely surrounded by water, sitting pretty on a peninsula jutting out into a bay. Founded as a trading post by Phoenicians in 1100 BC, Cadiz went on to become important and splendid as the launch point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of America in the 16th century.
Andalucia's answer to St Tropez, Marbella is by far the most glitzy seaside town in Spain. This part of the Costa del Sol has long been a golfing and yachting playground for celebrities and the super-rich, with luxury hotels lining the coast.
With its superb array of Islamic architecture, Roman ruins and modernist art galleries, the south-coast city of Málaga – the birthplace of one Pablo Picasso – goes far beyond the sun-kissed cliches of its Costa del Sol location.
Granada is filled with Moorish architecture, spectacular views and world-class cuisine, its most famous relic perhaps the Alhambra that dominates its skyline along a city hilltop, with winding cobbled streets dotted with tapas bars, Sierra Nevada mountain views and charming mansions.
The Moors made Cordoba the capital of al-Andalus and it was considered to be one of the great cities of the world for its culture and architecture in the 10th century.