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Cheap flights to Andalucía

Madrid and Barcelona may take the centre stage in Spanish tourism, but it is Andalucia with its colourful heritage which largely defines the national identity. The flamenco, bullfighting, and some Moorish-inspired architectural designs originated from this autonomous part of Spain. This territory is divided into eight provinces with Seville as the capital. Cities, especially Cadiz, Cordoba, and Granada, feature famous landmarks that attract various travellers around the world. 

 

Travellers going to Andalucia will learn that its name came from the Arabic word 'Al-Andalus' which means 'land of the Vandals.' This shows that the Moors are not the only ones who occupied this region in the Iberian Peninsula. Various ancient civilisations such as the Carthaginians, Greeks, and Byzantines have lived here before the Moors came, who were then followed by the Castilians and other people from the northern regions of Spain during the Reconquista, the time when the Spanish recovered the region from Moorish hold. This history makes Andalucia one of the intriguing areas in the country.

 

What to see & do

Seville, the capital city of Andalucia, features some of the best-known landmarks in Spain. There is the Alcazar, which was built by the Moors in the 14th century. One can find here the Apartments of Charles V, one of the oldest of the rooms in this august establishment. Other rooms in this building to visit include the Court of the Maids of Honour, the gardens, and the Hall of Ambassadors. Around the Alameda de Hercules is another old building to see. The statues of Hercules and Julius Caesar can be found in the Roman temple here set up back in 1574.

 

After exploring around Seville, there is Granada to add to the list. The Old Town and the Albaicin are some of the highlights here, due to the traditional feel that one associates with the city due to the presence of finely built landmarks such as the Cathedral, known as Spain's most beautiful church, designed in Renaissance style. Alhambra Hill is another destination to look forward to, due to the presence of former grand structures such as the Alhambra Palace and the Palacio de Carlos V. The Architect's Garden is also a place to look forward to, as this park is great for strolling while looking at the well-tended flowerbeds, grottoes, terraces, and hedges. 

 

Cordoba is another beautiful city to explore. It has the Mezquita that was once the second-largest mosque in the Islamic world. Stripey brick arches can be found in its main hall, which demonstrates the artistry of the Moors. There is also the Museo Romero de Torres which displays 19th-century Andalucian art. Madinat al-Zahra can be seen here with its floral blooms from oleanders to roses. Those who have not gotten enough of flowers can move on to Jardin Botanico, which is especially beautiful in spring and summer when the flowers thrive. A

shady arboretum is also located here, where a native Andalucian tree called pinsapo is grown. Visitors exploring the area will additionally see a rose garden and two museums such as the Museum of Palaeobotany and the Museum of Ethnobotany. 

 

How to get around within Andalucia

Buses make the most reliable mode of public transport in Andalucia. One can buy here a 10-ticket card, which is reasonably affordable for travellers staying for a short while. Travelling between cities is also manageable due to the number of intercity buses plying the routes to various provinces in the region. Those who would like to ride the train to far-off destinations can also be accommodated. Seville, Cordoba, and Malaga are connected by AVE, a train service. Travellers can also think about driving themselves with a car rental. This option is not recommended, however, when one will be in Andalucia for three days at the most.

 

How to get there

Travellers planning a vacation in Andalucia can schedule flights going to San Pablo Airport, sometimes known as Seville Airport. Airlines serving here include Air Berlin, Air Europa, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Iberia, Iberia Express, Lufthansa, Ryanair, SmartWings, SunExpress, TAP Portugal, Transavia.com, Transavia.com France, Volotea, and Vueling.

Flights to Andalucía

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