1. Visit Italica, the Birthplace of Hadrian

Ruins of Italica, Seville, Spain

Visit Italica, an ancient Roman city. The birthpace of Hadrian still has well preserved ruins. Continue on to Carmona, a walled city conquered by Romans, and Arabs. The narrow streets are full of religious buildings and splendid palaces. Enjoy a meal in one of these palaces, Casa de Carmona (Plaza de Lasso, Tel. 954 144 151)

2. Boat Ride to Huelva for Gazpacho

Huelva Mosaic, Huelva, Spain

Take a boat ride to Huelva. Relax on the beach. Try the gazpacho. Andalucia Is credited for this creation.

3. Sherry and Andalusian Horses

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Drive to Jerez de la Frontera, or to Sanlucar de Barrameda, the second most important sherry town. Sherry has been produced there for over 3,000 years! The city is also known for its Andalusian horses. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art performs shows regularly. Be sure and get tickets.

4. Shopping in Guadix on your way to Granada

La Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Stop in Guadix, on the way to Granada. This town dates back to Phoenician and Roman times and almost half of the inhabitants of this large town live underground. On to Granada, a World Heritage Site and home to the famous Alhambra, a magnificent Arab palace that is the most important medieval monument in Europe. Stroll through the gardens of Generalife Palace. Take a walking tour, which includes the royal chapel and Cathedral.

5. Explore the “White Villages”

Ronda, Spain

Explore the “White Villages” – Ronda, known for its famous gorge and bullring, and Arcos de la Frontera should not be missed. Caseres is a postcard-perfect city; be sure and have a meal at Restaurant La Terraza.  These towns are perched on high hills. Houses are whitewashed, creating a distinctive panorama. Stop into an olive grove and buy fresh olive oil. Don’t miss Ubrique, famous for its leather factories. The outlets create for Burberry and Mulberry.

6. Tour CordobaMezquita-Catedral, Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba was for a long time the capital of the Islamic world in the west. Visit the Mezquita-Catedral, the mosque-cathedral. Stop into the Patio de los Naranjos. Explore the Jewish Quarter. Spend time in the Great Mosque, one of the great treasures of Islamic art in Spain. Buy gold and silver here, as this is Spain’s leading city for jewelry-making.

7. Explore Jimena de la Frontera

Drive to Jimena de la Frontera to visit the ceramic factory and enormous flower nursery. Continue to Benaojan  through orange groves and cork oak forests. Be sure to try one of their famous chorizos. Spend the afternoon exploring a famous prehistoric cave; Cueva del Gato and Cueva de la Pilata are two in the area.

8. A Day to Relax

Golf Course, Costa del Sol, SPain

Free day to revisit your favorite places or to relax. Go horseback riding, play golf, hike or rent a bike for the day. Have tapas and gazpacho.

9. Bullfighting Fairs

Bullfighting  Costa del Sol, Spain

In summer, Bullfighting Fairs are found throughout Andalucia. Malaga has the famous La Malagueta bullring.

10. The Finest Hams in the World

Iberian Ham, Sierra de Saracena, Spain

Drive to Sierra de Saracena, home to the finest hams in the world . Take a tour and sample the special hams. Have lunch in Aracena, with the finest local produce, including fresh cheese, ham, mushrooms, pork from the Iberian pig, wild asparagus, artichokes etc.

11. A Day at the Beach

Marbella Beach, Costa del Sol, Spain

Spend a day at the beach. La Herradura is a fishing village with beaches not yet discovered by tourists. Or discover Playa de Los Muertos on the Costa de Almeria.

12. Olive Mills & Zahara de la Sierra

Zahara de la Sierra, Costa del Sol, Spain

Andalusia is the world's largest producer of olive oil. The white village of Zahara de la Sierra is home to an olive oil mill dating from 1755. Drive through the province of Jaen to see many different olive mills. Be sure to stop and taste some of the varieties. After an interesting guided tasting move on to one of the oldest wineries in Spain, founded in 1729, to see firsthand the entire process which produces one of the best sweet wines in the world, Pedro Ximenez, king of the Montilla - Moriles Protected Denomination of Origin.

13. The Sights of Seville

Cathedral Entrance of La Giralda, Seville, Spain

Wander through the narrow streets of Seville (see Daytrip Ideas for Seville). The city’s varied religious historical sites make this fascinating city special. See the minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral (one of the largest in Christendom), and the Alcázar Palace. Part of its treasure includes Casa de Pilatos, Torre del Oro, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), and the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain). The  Fería de Abril  is a spectacular week of colorfully costumed residents on equally decorated horses. Be sure to book a year in advance!

Continue exploring Seville and enjoy the tapas and sangria.

Before You Leave

Revisit the places you loved the most or to see something you missed. Reflect on all you've done and save the rest for next time. ¡Hasta pronto!