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Recommended attractions in Andalusia


Arcos de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera Tourist Information Office, Plaza del Cabildo, 11630
Phone:  956.70.22.64
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 9AM to 2PM and from 5PM to 7PM; Saturdays from 9AM to 2PM and Sundays from 11AM to 2PM
Web:   www.andalucia.com/province/cadiz/arcos/home.htm

Church of Santa Maria (Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Asuncion), Plaza Cavildo
For great views, climb to the top of the church tower.
You may need to tip the caretaker to do so. Inside the Gothic-Mudejar church are ornately carved choir stalls.
Hours:  Monday through Friday
10AM to 1PM and
4PM to 6:30PM;
Saturdays 10AM
to 2PM; Closed
Sundays
Admission:   1EUR

Clothing Market, Recinto Ferial Park (in lower town
near the bus station)
Hours:  Friday mornings

Produce Market, Across from Hotel El Convento
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday
9:00AM to 2:00PM

Granada
Alcaiceria, next to the Cathedral in the lower city
Once the Moorish silk market, this warren of narrow passageways is a great place for photos, local color, and high-quality crafts and souvenirs.
Hours:  Shops usually open around 9:30AM, close around 1:30PM and then reopen at 4:30PM or 5:00PM for a few hours.

Capilla Real and Granada Cathedral, Plaza de la Lonja
Begun in 1521, the Spanish Renaissance Cathedral is noted for its beautiful altar. The exquisitely ornate Capilla Real, or Royal Chapel, is where the Catholic Monarchs ? Ferdinand and Isabella ? are entombed.
Phone:  958.22.29.59
Hours:  10:30AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM Monday through Saturday; 11AM to 1PM and 4PM to 7PM Sundays during Spring and Summer; 10:30AM to 1PM and 3:30PM to 6PM Monday through Saturday; 11AM to 1PM and 3:30PM to 6PM Sundays during Fall and Winter
Web:   www.capillarealgranada.com/
Admission:   3EUR for the cathedral and 3EUR for the chapel

El Banuelo, Carrera del Darro 31
These 11th-century Moorish baths are the best preserved in Spain.
Phone:  958.22.23.39
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Generalife, The Alhambra
A sublime articulation of the Moorish concept of heaven, here on Earth. Stately courtyards, reflecting pools, and tinkling fountains make the Generalife a great place to escape the Alhambra's crowds. You can buy tickets in advance for an additional fee at this web site.
Phone:  958.22.09.12
Hours:   March through October 8:30AM to 8PM daily, plus lighted visits Tuesday through Saturday from 10PM to 11:30PM; November through February 8:30AM to 6PM daily, plus lighted visits Friday and Saturday from 8PM to 9:30PM
Web:   www.alhambra-patronato.es/
Admission:   10EUR for a combined ticket that includes admission to the Palacio Nazaries and the Generalife Gardens

Granada Tourist Information Office, Coral de Carbon
Phone:  34.958.22.59.90
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9:00AM to 7:00PM; Sunday 10AM to 2PM
Web:   www.andalucia.com/cities/granada.htm

Monasterio Cartuja, Paseo de la Cartuja s/n
The spectacular cupola and Baroque sacristy are highlights of a visit to this monastery begun in 1516.
Phone:  958.16.19.32
Hours:  10AM to 1PM and 4PM to 8PM Monday through Saturday; 10AM to Noon and 4PM to 6PM Sundays; Closes at 6PM in Summer
Admission:   3EUR

The Albaicin
On the hill opposite the Alhambra, the old Moorish quarter of the city is a winding labyrinth of narrow alleyways, whitewashed houses, and hidden gardens.

The Alhambra
With more than 8,000 visitors a day, the Alhambra is one of Europe's most popular destinations. And rightly so. This Moorish palace and its gardens are breathtakingly beautiful. Only a fixed number of tickets are sold each day, so to avoid disappointment, try to be in line when the ticket office opens. Your visit to the Nazaries Palace will be for a specific time. If you request a late afternoon visit, most of the tour groups will be long gone. You can buy tickets in advance for an additional fee at this web site.
Phone:  958.22.09.12
Hours:  March through October 8:30AM to 8PM daily, plus lighted visits Tuesday through Saturday from 10PM to 11:30PM; November through February 8:30AM to 6PM daily, plus lighted visits Friday and Saturday from 8PM to 9:30PM
Web:   www.alhambra-patronato.es/
Admission:   10EUR for a combined ticket that includes admission to the Palacio Nazaries and the Generalife Gardens

Jerez de la Frontera
Gonzalez Byass, Manuel Maria Gonzalez 12
The makers of legendary Tio Pepe, the world's best selling Fino sherry.
Phone:  956.35.70.60
Hours:  English tours are available at 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30 and 5:30 Monday through Saturday; 2PM on Sundays; Reservations are required.
Email:  reservas@gonzalezbyass.es
Web:   www.gonzalezbyass.es
Admission:   7EUR

Harvey's of Bristol, calle Arcos 27
Extremely popular with British travelers, this bodega is famous for its Bristol Cream Sherry.
Phone:  956.34.60.00
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9AM to 1PM
Admission:   3EUR

Jerez de la Frontera Tourist Information Office, Largo, 39
Phone:  956.33.11.50
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 2:00PM and 5:00PM to 7:00PM; Saturdays 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Montecastillo Hotel and Golf Resort, Ctra. de Arcos, km. 9,5, 11406
Designer: Jack Nicklaus, 1992; 18 holes
Phone:  95.615.12.00
Fax:  95.615.12.09
Email:  comercial@montecastillo.com
Web:   www.montecastillo.com
Greens fees:   100EUR

Pedro Domecq, calle San Ildefonso
The oldest of the Jerez sherry houses, Domecq was established in 1730.
Phone:  956.15.15.00
Hours:  Monday through Friday, 9AM to 1PM. Reservations are required.
Admission:   3.61

Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, Avenide Duque de Abrantes, 11407
The rival school in Vienna got their original horses from this region. Even those who aren't interested in horses shouldn't miss this remarkable ballet between horse and rider.
Phone:  95.631.11.11
Hours:  Performance are Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. There are additional shows at noon on Fridays during August. Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday /Friday you can visit the stables between 10AM and 1PM
Web:   www.realescuela.org/default.htm
Admission:   Performances are from 17EUR to 23EUR; Admission to the stables is 6EUR

Sherry Website
A helpful site for visiting the Bodegas. Click on Visitor's Guide in the upper right hand corner.
Web:   www.sherry.org

Williams & Humbert, Ltd., Nuno de Canas 1
Makers of some of the finest sherry in the world, including Dry Sack, and Fino Pando.
Phone:  956.33.13.00
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 3PM; reservations required on weekends; horse exhibition Wednesdays and Fridays at noon, included with admission
Web:   www.williams-humbert.com/
Admission:   4EUR

Wisdom & Warter, Calle Pizarro 7
Makers of sherry, brandy and sherry vinegars since 1854.
Phone:  956.18.43.06
Hours:  Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday at 1:15PM; Thursdays at 11:00AM and 2:00PM. Reservations are not necessary
Web:   www.wisdomwarter.es
Admission:   3EUR

Malaga (Costa del Sol)
Alcazaba, Plaza de la Aduana, Alcazabilla
Ferdinand and Isabella once stayed in this 9th-century Moorish palace. Inside the palace is the Archeological Museum. With its bougainvillea and orange trees, the beautiful grounds offer splendid views of the city and Mediterranean.
Phone:  95.221.60.05
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 8:30AM to 7PM
Admission:   1.80EUR

Malaga Cathedral, Plaza Obispo
Built in 1528, this Renaissance church is today a blend of architectural styles.
Phone:  95.221.59.17
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 10:00AM to 12:45PM and 4:00PM to 6:30PM
Admission:   2EUR

Malaga Tourist Information Office, Pasaje de Chinitas 4
Phone:  95.221.34.45
Hours:  Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 8:30PM; Saturday 10AM to 5PM; Sunday 10AM to 2PM

Museo de Bellas Artes
Works by Picasso, Murillo, and Ribera. Currently being moved to the Palacio de la Aduana, which is under renovation.
Phone:  95.221.83.82

Museo Picasso Malaga, Calle San Augustin 8
Works by Picasso, many donated by his heirs, are housed in this former Moorish Palace.
Phone:  952.12.76.00
Hours:  Tuesday through Thursdays 10AM to 8PM; Fridays and Saturdays 10AM to 9PM; Sundays 10AM to 8PM
Web:   www.museopicassomalaga.org
Admission:   6EUR

Real Club de Campo de Malaga -- Parador Nacional del Golf, Apartado 324, 29080
Designer: Tom Simpson; 18 holes, Par 72
Phone:  95.237.66.77
Fax:  95.237.66.12
Greens fees from:   44EUR

Marbella (Costa del Sol)
Aloha Golf, Nueva Andalucia, 29660
Designer: Javier Arana, 1975; 18 holes, Par 70; One of the nicest courses in the area, Aloha is in the hills above Marbella. Narrow fairways, fast greens and a great place for lunch. Visitors must reserve in advance.
Phone:  95.281.37.50
Fax:  95.281.23.89
Web:   www.clubdegolfaloha.com
Greens fees from:   90EUR

Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), Plaza de lod Naranjos 1
Overlooking Marbella's lovely main square, the city hall has a beautiful Mudejar paneled ceiling.
Phone:  95.276.11.00
Hours:  By appointment

Golf La Dama de Noche, Centro Commercial Plaza, locales 51 y 52 ? Nueva Andalucia, 29660
Designer: Enrique Canales, 1991; 9 holes, Par 36; An infrared lighting system means you can golf here 24 hours a day. Reservations required to play at night.
Phone:  95.281.81.50
Fax:  95.281.70.06
Email:  damanoche@golf-andalucia.net
Greens fees from:   44EUR

Golf Rio Real, Apartado 82, 29660
Designer: Javier Arana, 1965; 18 holes, par 72; The tree-lined fairways in this course east of Marbella are popular among British golfers. Vistors must make reservations in advance.
Phone:  95.276.57.32
Fax:  95.277.21.40
Email:  info@rioreal.com
Web:   www.rioreal.com/
Greens Fees:   45EUR

Marbella Golf & Country Club, Crta. Cádiz-Málaga Km. 188, 29600
Designer: Robert Trent Jones, 1994; 18 holes, Par 71; The olive groves, rolling fairways and beautiful view make this an enjoyable course, but not one of amateurs.
Phone:  95.283.05.00
Fax:  95.283.43.53
Greens fees from:   50EUR

Marbella Tourist Information Office, Glorieta de la Fontanilla, s/n
Phone:  95.277.14.42
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 9PM; Saturdays 10AM to 2PM

Monte Mayor Golf Club, Urb. Los Naranjos Country Club ? Nueva Andalucia, 29660
Designer: Jose Gancedo, 1989; 18 holes, Par 70; One of the toughest courses anywhere, Monte Mayor features long, forced carries to island greens. Lots of water hazards, and you'll pass an 11th-century Moorish fortress as you play. One of the most spectacular courses in Spain. Visitors should reserve in advance.
Phone:  95.211.30.88
Fax:  95.211.30.87
Greens fees from:   68EUR

Real Club de Golf Las Brisas, Apartado 147 ? Nueva Andalucia, 29660
Designer: Robert Trent Jones; 18 holes, Par 72; Twice the site of the World Cup, this course features lots of water and beautiful avenues of eucalyptus, pine, olive, and citrus. If you play, keep an eye out for part time resident Sean Connery.
Phone:  95.281.08.75
Fax:  95.281.55.18
Email:  info@lasbrisasgolf.com
Web:   www.lasbrisasgolf.com
Greens fees from:   150EUR

Santa María Golf & Country Club, Ctra.N-340, km. 192 ? Urb. Elviria, 29600
Designer: Antonio Garcia Garrido; 18 holes, Par 70; A beautiful course with smashing views of the Mediterranean. The 6th hole is one of the most popular on the Costa del Sol.
Phone:  95.283.10.36
Fax:  95.283.47.97
Email:  caddymaster@santamariagolfclub.com
Web:   www.santamariagolf.com
Greens fees from:   34EUR

Nerja
Cuevas de Nerja (Nerja Caves), Cerretera de las Cuevas de Nerja
Many of the vast caverns here are decorated with paleolithic paintings dating back 20,000 years.
Phone:  95.252.95.20
Hours:  10:30AM to 2PM and 4PM to 6:30PM daily; shorter in winter
Web:   www.andalucia.com/nerja/caves.htm
Admission:   5EUR

El Balcon de Europa (Balcony of Europe)
This palm-lined promenade offers outdoor cafes, great people watching, and spectacular panoramas of the beaches below.

Nerja Tourist Information Office, Puerta del Mar 2 (just off the Balcon deEuropa)
Phone:  95.252.15.31
Hours:  Monday through Friday 10AM to 2PM and 4:30PM to 7PM; Saturdays 10AM to 1PM
Web:   www.nerja.org

Ronda de la Frontera
Carrera de Espinel
You'll find everything from tacky souvenirs to top-quality fashion and leather goods on Ronda's pedestrianized shopping street.
Hours:  Most shops open around 9:30AM until 1:30PM or so. Then reopen around 4:30PM for several hours.

Cuevas de la Pileta (Pileta Caves), outside Benaojan
About 16 miles southwest of Ronda, these caves contain many spectacular rock formations and 25,000-year-old paleolithic paintings.
Phone:  95.216.73.43
Hours:  10:00AM to 1:00PM and 4:00PM to 5:00PM daily
Web:   www.cuevadelapileta.org/
Admission:   6.50EUR

Mondragon Palace, El Campillo
This Moorish Palace was largely rebuilt after the Reconquest, but it still contains beautiful Moorish mosaics and plasterwork.
Phone:  95.287.84.50
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 7:00PM; Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Admission:   2EUR

Plaza de Toros/Museo Taurino (Bull Ring and Museum), Calle Virgen de la Paz
Built in the 18th-century, Ronda's bull ring is the oldest in Spain. One of Spain's greatest bullfighters, Pedro Romero, revolutionized the sport here. You can learn all about it at the Museum, reached from inside the ring.
Phone:  95.287.41.32
Hours:  March through October 10AM to 8PM daily; November through February 10AM to 6PM daily
Admission:   5EUR

Punte Nuevo (New Bridge), just of Plaza Espana
Built in the 18th century, Ronda's new bridge spans the 328 ft. deep Tajo Gorge. It's great for photographs and breathtaking views of the gorge and the Serrania de Ronda mountains.

Ronda de la Frontera Tourist Information Office, Plaza Espana
Phone:  95.287.12.72
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 7:30PM; Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 2PM and 3:30PM to 6:30PM
Web:   www.turismoderonda.es

Santa Maria la Mayor Cathedral, Old Town
Built on the remains of a 13th-century mosque ? only a minaret and a prayer niche from the original structure have survived ? the cathedral has some colorful frescoes and a Baroque choir.
Hours:  10AM to 8PM daily; closing at 6PM off season
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Seville
Barrio de Santa Cruz
The old Jewish quarter of the city is today a white-washed maze punctuated by jasmine and bougainvillea. Plan to stroll the winding alleyways and dine in one of the colorful plazas.

Basilica de la Macarena, Calle Macarena s/n
Built in 1949 to house the magnificent Virgen de la Macarena altarpiece, the church is lovely. For an in-depth look at the cult of the Virgin and her jewels, visit the Treasury in the museum.
Phone:  95.490.18.00
Hours:  9AM to 1PM and 5PM to 8PM daily; Treasury is open 9:30AM to 1PM and 5PM to 8PM daily
Admission to the Treasury:   3EUR

Casa de Pilatos, Plaza Pilatos 1
This 16th-century palace was built for the Dukes of Medinaceli. It's Mudejar plasterwork, tiles, and fountains are spectacular.
Phone:  95.422.52.98
Hours:  9AM to 6:30PM daily; closing 1/2 hour earlier off season
Web:   www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/casadepilatos.htm
Admission:   8EUR

Cathedral and Giralda Tower, Plaza de Triunfo, Avenida de la Constitucion
This rather dark church is the largest Gothic building in the world and the third largest Cathedral in Europe. Most striking is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Dozens of priceless objects ? including the most valuable crown in Spain ? are displayed in the treasury. And the dazzling main altar is made from 4,000 pounds of gold. A highlight of any visit here is to climb the Giralda Tower, originally a Moorish minaret dating from the 13th century.
Phone:  95.421.49.71
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11AM to 5PM; Sundays 2:30PM to 6PM
Web:   www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/cathedral.htm
Admission:   7EUR

Club Los Gallos, Plaza de Santa Cruz 11
Top-quality flamenco shows by males and female dancers.
Phone:  95.421.69.81
Hours:  Performances at 9PM and 11:30PM. Reservations recommended
Web:   www.tablaolosgallos.com
Admission:   The 27EUR cover charge includes one drink

El Arenal, calle Rodo 7
Top-quality flamenco shows by males and female dancers.
Phone:  95.421.64.92
Hours:  Performance at 8:30PM and 10:30PM. Reservations recommended
Web:   www.tablaoelarenal.com
Admission:   The 33EUR cover charge includes one drink

El Patio Sevillano, Paseo de Cristobal Colon 11
Flamenco, classical and folkloric Spanish music and dances performed by beautifully costumed dancers.
Phone:  95.421.41.20
Hours:  2 shows nightly at 7:30PM and 10PM
Web:   www.elpatiosevillano.com
Admission:   The 30EUR cover charge includes one drink

Isla Mágica, Isla de la Cartuja
Set in a 500-acre park in the middle of the Guadalquivir River and built for Expo '92, this multi-media complex has a digital planetarium, a recreated 15th-century port, pavilions dedicated to nature and navigation, laser light shows, and an Omnimax theater.
Phone:  90.216.17.16
Hours:  Varies according the season, but typically 11AM to 9PM midweek and 11AM to 11PM or midnight on weekends
Web:   www.islamagica.es
Admission:   23.50EUR

Museo Arqueologico Provincial, Plaza de America s/n
Housed in a pavilion in Maria Luisa Park built for the 1929 Exposition, this museum has many Roman, Visigothic, and Moorish artifacts.
Phone:  95.423.24.01
Hours:  Wednesday through Saturday from 9am to 8pm, Tuesday 3 to 8pm, and Sunday from 9am to 2pm
Web:   www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/archeological.htm
Admission:   2EUR

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares, Plaza de America s/n
This interesting museum offers a little bit of everything ? costumes, saddles, weapons, musical instruments ? pertaining to the history of the area. It is also in a 1929 Exposition pavilion in Maria Luisa Park.
Phone:  95.423.25.76
Hours:  Tuesday 3PM to 8PM, Wednesday through Saturday from 9AM to 8PM, and Sunday from 9AM to 2PM
Web:   www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/artecostum.htm
Admission:   2EUR

Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Sevilla, Plaza del Museo 9
Occupying a convent dating from 1632, this museum houses an impressive collection of Spanish art. Works by El Greco, Zurbaran and Sevilles native son Murillo are on display.
Phone:  95.422.18.29
Hours:  Tuesdays 3PM to 8PM; Wednesday through Saturday 9AM to 8PM; Sundays 9AM to 2PM
Admission:   1.50EUR

Parque de Maria Louisa
This formal private park for the Spanish Royalty was once the grounds of the Palacio de San Telmo. Today, it's a great place to jog, bike, or enjoy the pavilions built for the 1929 Exposition, many of which house museums today.
Web:   www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/marialuisapark.htm

Reales Alcazares, Plaza de Triunfo s/n
This magnificent palace complex was built for Pedro the Cruel by Mudejar craftsmen. The tile, plaster, and woodwork here are as fine as any in existence. This is truly one of Spain's outstanding attractions.
Phone:  95.450.23.23
Hours:  October through March, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30AM to 6PM; Sundays 9:30AM to 1:30PM; April through September, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30AM to 8:00PM; Sundays 9:30AM to 5PM
Web:   www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/alcazar.htm
Admission:   5EUR

Seville Tourist Information Office, Avenida de la Constitucion 21B
Phone:  95.422.14.04
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9AM to 7PM; Sundays from 10AM to 2PM

Teatro de la Maestranza, Paseo de Colon 22
Seville's Opera House stages jazz, classical music, and zarzuelas (Spanish operettas) in addition to opera.
Phone:  95.422.33.44
Hours:  The box office in front of the theater is open from 10AM to 2PM and from 5PM to 8PM daily.
Web:   www.teatromaestranza.com/situacion.html

Torre del Oro, Paseo de Cristobal Colon
This 12-sided tower, originally covered in gold tiles, now houses a naval museum.
Phone:  95.422.24.19
Hours:  Tuesday through Friday 10AM to 2PM; Saturday and Sundays 11AM to 2PM
Admission:   1EUR