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From ornate Moorish splendor to the stunning simplicity of the Pueblos Blancos, Southern Spain offers travelers magnificent architecture, tremendous natural beauty, and a fascinating combination of cultures.

Begin your adventure with three days in Seville. Its fragrant orange blossoms, bougainvillea-draped plazas, and sultry flamenco rhythms make this one of the most romantic, atmospheric cities in the world.

Explore the 14th-century Alcazar with its dazzling ornamentation. Climb the Giralda Tower for spectacular views of the city. And wander the winding alleyways of the Barrio Santa Cruz in search of the perfect tapas.

Visit a sherry bodega and enjoy equestrian artistry in Jerez de la Frontera, en route to Andalusia’s picturesque White Towns. Perched precariously atop craggy mountain cliffs and plunging ravines, these white-washed villages quite literally take your breath away.

Spend two days discovering their charms before heading south to the fabled resorts of the Costa del Sol. Whether you settle in Marbella – the exclusive playground of the rich and famous – or Malaga, you’ll have sand, sea, golf, tennis, endless watersports, and world-class shopping at your fingertips.

And if you’re looking for nightlife, you’ve come to the right place. Some of Europe’s most sophisticated clubs are along this stretch of the Mediterranean.

Once you’ve perfected your short game – or just your tan – drive along the coast to Nerja where you can see Paleolithic cave paintings dating back 25,000 years. Continue on to Granada, the site of one of the world’s most unforgettable places: the Alhambra.

Built as the Muslim manifestation of heaven on earth, the Alhambra is simply dazzling. Stroll the exquisite Generalife gardens with their reflecting pools and sparkling fountains. Decipher the symbolism in the stately Court of the Lions. And marvel at the intricacy of the ornamentation in the Salon of the Ambassadors.

Leave time in Granada to visit the Spanish Renaissance Cathedral and Royal Chapel before shopping for gold and silver jewelry in the Alcaiceria, originally the Moorish silk market.

Andalusia Highlights
Generalife Gardens

Andalusia Travel Tips
Carlos Palace

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