Andalusia: 3 Days Itinerary - Sigh, Savor, and Seville

Ah, Andalusia! Land of flamenco, endless olive groves, and historic fortresses. Whether you’re here to sip sherry in Seville or explore the mountaintop city of Ronda, 3 days in this southern Spanish jewel will be nothing short of magical. This Andalusia itinerary guides you through a region where history whispers through narrow alleys and sunsets paint the skies daily. Get ready to fall in love with the sultry southern flair of Andalusia!
Pro Tip:Rent a car for easy mobility between cities!

Day 1: Seville - The Heart of Andalusia

Alcazar of Seville

The Alcazar of Seville isn’t just another royal palace; it’s an immersive journey through various epochs and architectural styles. As you wander through the extensive complex, you’ll encounter everything from lush Moorish courtyards filled with intricate tilework to Gothic chambers adorned with colossal chandeliers. The Alcazar also boasts an impressive garden, which provides a tranquil escape from the city’s bustling streets.

  • How to Reach: Conveniently located right in the heart of Seville, it’s just a 10-minute walk from most central hotels.
  • Pro Tip: The lines can be intimidating. Pre-book your tickets online to skip the queue. It’s the first step in making the most out of your Andalusia itinerary.

Cathedral of Seville

Steps away from the Alcazar, the Cathedral of Seville stands as a testament to the grandiosity of Gothic architecture. The Cathedral is enormous, boasting 80 chapels and the longest nave in Spain. But it’s not just size that matters here; it’s also the home to the famous Giralda tower. Once a minaret and now a bell tower, climbing it is an absolute must for panoramic views of the city.

  • How to Reach: A 5-minute walk from the Alcazar makes it easily accessible.
  • Pro Tip: The line for the Giralda can be long. Arrive early or pre-book a skip-the-line ticket to ensure you don’t waste precious time.

Plaza de España

The Plaza de España isn’t just a plaza; it’s a full-fledged experience that captures the essence of Spain. This half-moon shaped wonder is decked out with bridges, a canal, and a monumental building that’s featured in movies like ‘Star Wars.’ The building itself houses government offices, but it’s the external grandeur that captures hearts. The bridges represent the four ancient kingdoms of Spain and are excellent spots for photos.

  • How to Reach: A leisurely 15-minute walk from the Cathedral takes you straight to this architectural marvel.
  • Pro Tip: The boats available for rent offer a unique vantage point. Paddle your way around the canal to fully appreciate the Plaza’s scale and detail.

Flamenco Show

There’s Flamenco, and then there’s Sevillian Flamenco. Seville is considered the birthplace of this art form, and catching a live performance is akin to a cultural baptism. Whether it’s the intricate footwork, the fervent guitar strumming, or the powerful vocals, a Flamenco show in Seville is soul-stirring.

  • How to Reach: The Santa Cruz neighborhood has many reputable venues, just a short walk or cab ride from the plaza.
  • Pro Tip: Ask the locals where they go to watch Flamenco. You’ll get a more authentic experience than the more commercialized shows.

Look at other top 10 things to do in Seville to make your Andalusia vacation even more vibrant.

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Day 2: Córdoba - Where Cultures Mingle

Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

It’s not often you find a Catholic cathedral inside a Moorish mosque, but Córdoba’s Mezquita is precisely that. The arches and pillars here tell stories from different civilizations and religions that span over a millennium. Its uniqueness is unlike any other religious site in Spain.

  • How to Reach: Córdoba is just a high-speed train ride away from Seville, and the Mezquita is a short walk from the train station.
  • Pro Tip: Visiting in the early morning or late afternoon helps you avoid the crowds.

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

This fortress-palace is a tapestry of Roman, Moorish, and Christian history. Wander through the lush gardens and don’t miss the tower climb for an outstanding view of Córdoba.

  • How to Reach: Just 10 minutes on foot from the Mezquita.
  • Pro Tip: The fountains in the gardens make a perfect backdrop for photos. Get your Instagram game on!

Roman Bridge

This ancient bridge offers stunning views of the city, especially during sunset. It’s a peaceful walk where you can contemplate the beauty of Córdoba.

  • How to Reach: Only a 5-minute walk from the Alcázar.
  • Pro Tip: Go during the golden hour for magical photos.

Taberna La Montillana

End your day with some local Andalusian cuisine at Taberna La Montillana. From salmorejo to flamenquín, the flavors are an epic end to your day.

  • How to Reach: A quick 15-minute walk from the Roman Bridge.
  • Pro Tip: Try their award-winning salmorejo; it’s a culinary revelation!


History lovers can take some extra days to explore all the top 10 attractions in Granada and dive into its reach story.

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Day 3: Granada - The Jewel of Andalusia


The Alhambra is the pinnacle of Moorish art and architecture. With its intricate carvings, lush gardens, and sweeping views, you’ll find yourself lost in its grandeur.

  • How to Reach: Granada is around 3 hours from Seville by car. The Alhambra is located atop a hill, accessible by bus or a hearty walk.
  • Pro Tip: Tickets sell out fast. Book months in advance!

Royal Chapel

Just in the heart of Granada, this chapel holds the tombs of Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella.

  • How to Reach: A 20-minute bus ride from the Alhambra.
  • Pro Tip: If you have the Granada Card, the entry to the chapel is included.

Albayzín District

The Albayzín district is a maze of narrow, winding streets and whitewashed houses. This area has a strong Moorish influence and offers great views of the Alhambra.

  • How to Reach: A short 15-minute walk from the Royal Chapel.
  • Pro Tip: Wear comfortable shoes; the cobblestone streets are beautiful but tricky.

Mirador de San Nicolás

End your 3 days in Andalusia at this viewpoint. The panoramic vistas of the Alhambra against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains are unbeatable.

  • How to Reach: A 10-minute walk uphill from the Albayzín.
  • Pro Tip: Go at sunset for a truly jaw-dropping view.


My personal recommendation – stay here for a few more days to visit all the top 10 attractions in Granada for history lovers with the help of our guide.

Best areas to stay and to avoid

Best Areas to Stay in Andalusia

Seville’s Historic Centre

You’re in the heart of it all: cathedrals, plazas, and endless tapas bars. Night or day, there’s always something happening here.

  • Why It’s Good: Convenience is king. You’re close to major attractions like the Alcazar and Seville Cathedral.
  • Pro Tip: Hotels here can be expensive; consider an Airbnb for better deals.

Granada’s Albayzín District

A historical labyrinth of narrow streets and Moorish architecture, staying in the Albayzín is like time-traveling.

  • Why It’s Good: Unbeatable atmosphere and proximity to the Alhambra.
  • Pro Tip: It’s hilly, so pack comfy walking shoes.

Córdoba’s Jewish Quarter

With cobblestone streets, white-washed buildings, and a close-knit community vibe, it’s a lovely area to explore.

  • Why It’s Good: A stone’s throw from the Mezquita and other historical sites.
  • Pro Tip: Try staying in a traditional Andalusian home turned into a boutique hotel for an authentic experience.

Marbella’s Golden Mile

Beach lovers, this one’s for you. Luxurious and lively, it’s perfect for those who want a mix of beach and city life.

  • Why It’s Good: World-class beaches and buzzing nightlife.
  • Pro Tip: Beachfront properties are pricey; look for places a few blocks inland to save.

Málaga’s Soho

Art galleries, trendy cafes, and a youthful vibe make Soho in Málaga a cultural hotspot.

  • Why It’s Good: Proximity to the port and beaches, plenty of art and culture.
  • Pro Tip: Street art is a big deal here; don’t forget your camera.

Areas to Avoid in Andalusia

La Línea de la Concepción

Close to Gibraltar, this area has higher crime rates compared to other Andalusian towns.

  • Why It’s Bad: Safety concerns and less charming compared to nearby places.

Almería’s Industrial Zones

Not the place you want to be for a vacation. It’s far from the main attractions and not very scenic.

  • Why It’s Bad: Unattractive and not tourist-friendly.


Once a charming fishing village, now overrun by tourists and not in a good way.

  • Why It’s Bad: Overcrowded and has lost much of its original charm.

Huelva’s Port Area

Industrial and not particularly tourist-friendly. There’s not much to see or do here.

  • Why It’s Bad: Lack of tourist amenities and attractions.

Cádiz’s Outer Suburbs

While the city center is lovely, the outskirts can be sketchy and are not well-connected.

  • Why It’s Bad: Safety concerns and far from the action.