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30 most beautiful places to visit in Andalusia, Spain

Andalusia is a dream destination in Spain for many travelers! From its glamorous royal palaces to its flowerful whitewashed villages and natural wonders – it has it all! Here are the most beautiful places you should visit in Andalusia, Spain!

We spent more than two months driving around Andalusia and exploring everything this historic and unique region had to offer! Starting from the big cities, and most special hidden villages to underground caves and hiking in the air. Let’s dive in!

In this blog post, you will find all the most beautiful places to visit in Andalusia with descriptions, photos, and locations where they can be found on Google Maps. I’m sure I have covered pretty much everything you might be looking for! Happy exploring!

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1. Montefrío – the village with the most beautiful view!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Montefrío

Montefrío in Granada – one of the villages with the best view in the world! Did you know that National Geographic made a list of villages with the best view in the world and Montefrío village in Granada province in Andalusia was one of them?

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Montefrío
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Montefrío

There is a viewpoint named after National Geographic where you can see the exact view that has captured the world. The village is a true hidden gem in Andalusia with its Iglesia de la Encarnacion being the only completely round church in Spain!

I definitely can’t argue with National Geographic – if they say so then this must be amongst the most beautiful places to visit in Andalusia! However, there is something extra special to this village and we spend quite some time looking at this iconic view!

Location: Montefrío village seen from National Geographic viewpoint

2. Patio de las Comedias in Iznájar – the most flowerful place in Andalusia!

Iznajar village, Cordoba - things to do in the hidden flower village in the mountains of Andalusia, Spain
Iznajar village, Cordoba - things to do in the hidden flower village in the mountains of Andalusia

Iznájar is a small hilltop town in Córdoba province – a typical Andalusian mountaintop town with whitewashed houses and a castle on top. However, it has one of the most beautiful hidden gems in Andalusia right in the heart of it – Patio de las Comedias.

Iznajar village, Cordoba - things to do in the hidden flower village in the mountains of Andalusia
Iznajar village, Cordoba - things to do in the hidden flower village in the mountains of Andalusia

Patio de las Comedias in Iznájar is one of the most beautiful places in Andalusia for sure! It is a small square between buildings that is meticulously decorated with blue flower pots, plants, plates, colorful doors, tables, and chairs as well as a fountain.

There are also a couple more things to do and places to see in Iznájar like the Santiago Apóstol church and Iznájar castle. My favorite places were the impressive viewpoints with stunning views! This definitely is one of my favorite places in Andalusia!

Location: Patio de las Comedias in Iznájar

2. Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda

Best photo spots of Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda, Spain

Puente Nuevo bridge is the essence of Ronda and it sits on the top amongst the best Instagram spots in Ronda and Andalusia. It is one of the most iconic places in the South of Spain! And likely the main reason people travel here from all over the world!

The bridge stretches over a 100-meter-deep gorge – El Tajo – connecting two parts of Ronda town. Ronda was my favorite town in Andalusia, and I’m happy to include this unforgettable view amongst the most beautiful places in Andalusia!

There are multiple viewpoints you can go to get great photos of the Puente Nuevo bridge and the gorge, the river, and the waterfall. However, the Arco del Cristo viewpoint was my favorite of all the best Puente Nuevo bridge photo spots!

From this viewpoint, you can get the best photo of the famous bridge because the bridge and the waterfall are both very well visible. You can easily take a photo of yourself standing in the shot without covering the beautiful view!

Want to walk there? There is a paved pathway with steps leading downhill from the town center (it starts here!) to the viewpoints of Ronda bridge and it is quite easy to get there. Just be careful around the edges of the cliff!

Want to drive there? If you drive a car, I don’t recommend driving to the very bottom of the gorge as you will have to climb a considerable distance uphill to get the best view! It is best to park your car midway (somewhere here) and then walk to the viewpoint.

Location: Arco del Cristo viewpoint

4. Iconic Setenil de las Bodegas cave village

Setenil de las Bodegas Instagram spots - best photo places of the most beautiful and unique spots in the Andalusian village
Calle Cuevas de la Sombra street in Setenil de las Bodegas

It would be hard to find a more unique place than Setenil de las Bodegas village! The most iconic thing about the village is that people here still live in cave houses and work at shops and cafés built under rocks.

Setenil de las Bodegas Instagram spots - best photo places of the most beautiful and unique spots in the Andalusian village
Setenil de las Bodegas Instagram spots - best photo places of the most beautiful and unique spots in the Andalusian village

The most iconic place in Setenil de las Bodegas village is Calle Cuevas de la Sombra (Street of Shadow caves). It is the only street in the village completely covered by rocks and this is where you will get one of the most iconic Instagram spots in Andalusia!

There is only a small part of the street that goes under the rock (like 100 meters or so). So I really recommend walking there and back to see this place from both sides of the street.

If you have more time, there are multiple beautiful photo spots in Setenil de las Bodegas with inspiring inscriptions on the walls. As well as other bucket list things to do in Setenil de las Bodegas including shopping in the deepest cave in the village!

It is truly one of the best places to visit in Andalusia! Located just 1h 30min away from Malaga, this is the perfect day trip destination when visiting Andalusia. Besides it is located just 20 minutes from Ronda so you can visit both places in one day!

Location: Calle Cuevas de la Sombra

5. Marbella – the most beautiful Old Town in Andalusia!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Calle Carmen street
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Marbella sign above Calle Nueva street

Marbella is one of the most famous whitewashed towns in Andalusia and also one of the most beautiful ones. Although it has grown to be quite a big city, the Marbella Old Town is still the same authentic Andalusian town with flower pots and narrow streets!

If you are looking for those Southern vibes in a typical Southern town with white houses, winding cobblestone streets, flower bushes, and plants everywhere, then paying a visit to Marbella is a must.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Colorful doors in Marbella Old Town
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Santo Cristo de Marbella chapel

We spent a couple of days exploring Marbella Old Town. Some of the best places to visit in Marbella include the Plaza de los Naranjos Square, Calle Carmen Street – one of the most beautiful streets in Marbella, and the Santo Cristo de Marbella chapel.

Most beautiful white villages towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella
Calle del Príncipe street
Most beautiful white villages towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella
Calle Caballeros street

Enjoying tapas at El Boqueron or MIA CAFE – Tapas & Bar is definitely amongst the best things to do in Marbella! There are many beautiful spots around Marbella Old Town and countless photo-perfect corners everywhere you look!

Location: Marbella Old Town

6. Castillo de Colomares – the most unique castle in Andalusia!

Castillo de Colomares - hidden gems in Andalusia, Spain

Although it sounds like it is a castle, Castillo de Colomares is actually a monument in a form of a castle dedicated to the life of the explorer Christopher Columbus. It is one of the most unique, but, at the same time, beautiful places in Malaga province.

Castillo de Colomares - hidden gems in Andalusia, Spain
Castillo de Colomares - hidden gems in Andalusia, Spain

What makes it very unusual is that it does look like a centuries-old castle, but it was actually finished in 1994 after a 7-year-long construction. You can visit this beautiful hidden gem in Andalusia for an entrance fee of 3 EUR.

Unique hidden gems in Andalusia - Castillo de Colomares
Unique hidden gems in Andalusia - Castillo de Colomares

This monument was a work of a private artist so you won’t find it in most travel itineraries about the best things to do in Malaga so many tourists, unfortunately, never find out about it.

Besides the beautiful architecture, this monument also houses the smallest church in the world measuring less than 2 square meters! Can you imagine a church that small? I hope you get to visit this place – one of my favorite hidden gems in Andalusia!

Location: Castillo de Colomares

7. The majestic Royal Alcázar of Seville

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Patio de Doncellas

Royal Alcázar of Seville is one of the most beautiful palaces in Andalusia and the crown jewel of Seville. It was built as a house for kings and still is the house of kings – the upper floors of Alcázar still host the royal family when they visit the city of Seville.

Royal Alcázar of Seville is a complex that consists of palaces, patios, courtyards, staterooms, unique bathing rooms, and massive gardens with pathways, ponds, fountains, trees and flowers, benches, pavilions, and even a maze.

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Patio de Doncellas
Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Gardens of the Royal Alcázar

Royal Alcázar of Seville is a must-visit place for any visitor to Seville and is definitely one of the most iconic Instagram spots in Andalusia! It is a prime example of the Mudéjar architectural style in Spain!

Especially such places as Patio de Doncellas, which is the main courtyard in the Alcázar, and Salón de Embajadores feature outstanding ornaments and decors in Mudéjar style. Isn’t it stunning?

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Gardens of the Royal Alcázar
Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Baños de Doña María de Padilla

Royal Alcázar of Seville is full of some of the best Instagram photo spots in Seville. The most famous ones you will find in the main palace courtyard – Patio de Doncellas. It features a beautiful long reflective pool and Mudéjar style archways all around it.

Then definitely take a look at Baños de Doña María de Padilla bathing house with a pool in an arch-shaped room in the basement. Those enlightened arches and the reflection in the water look pretty cool!

And don’t forget to enjoy the gardens with palm trees and decorative trees along the pathways. I recommend coming to Royal Alcázar of Seville for the earliest time in the morning and buying tickets online before!

Location: Royal Alcázar of Seville

8. The impressive Palacio de las Dueñas in Seville

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain

Palacio de las Dueñas in Seville is a 15th-century palace featuring a very rich collection of art pieces from around the world. This massive complex consists of multiple palace buildings, patios, and stunning gardens with blooming trees and water systems.

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain

In my humble opinion, this is one of the most beautiful palaces in Andalusia. The architecture, the gardens, the archways around the patios, fountains, sculptures, and endless rooms full of art pieces make this place a must-visit spot in Seville.

Best Instagram spots in Seville city in Spain
Best Instagram spots in Seville city, Spain

Every corner in the Palacio de las Dueñas complex is so beautiful and well-maintained. Makes it hard to choose my favorite place! But I guess the main patio with yellow arches could be THE ONE.

In the 20th century, this palace became a meeting place for the members of many European royal families and international celebrities like Jacqueline Kennedy, Wallis Simpson, and Grace Kelly.

Best Instagram spots in the incredible city of Seville, Spain
Best Instagram spots in the incredible city of Seville, Spain

Although it is a bit pricey (we paid 12 EUR each) this is one of those places that I felt was absolutely worth the price! We bought tickets on-site right before entering.

The entrance fee includes audioguides so you can find out more about this beautiful place. Make sure to check their website before coming because quite often they close the whole palace for private events.

Location: Palacio de las Dueñas

9. The iconic Plaza de España square in Seville

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain

Although the Royal Alcazar and other palaces in Seville are incredibly majestic and stunning, actually my favorite place in Seville is the well-known Plaza de España square with its pointed towers, arches, colorful tiles, and bridges!

Plaza de España is a landmark square and one of the most beautiful places in Seville and in Andalusia! The best thing about this place is that you can visit Plaza de España square for free!

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain

Plaza de España square was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition that took place in Seville. The square is shaped in a huge half-circle with two massive towers, a water feature and bridges over it, and a long walkway lined with arches.

The square has beautiful architecture and simply stunning ornaments and decorative elements. It features scenic bridges with lanterns, archways, and beautiful ornaments decorated with colorful tiles.

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain

If you are looking for a photo without the crowds I suggest coming here in the morning – at least at 9 AM. We arrived a bit after 8 AM and it was empty, but it does get very crowded during the day.

There are multiple unique and creative photo spots around the Plaza de España square in Seville. I have included all the exact photo locations in my blog post about the best Instagram spots in Seville! Go check it out to find the exact coordinates!

Location: Plaza de España

10. The stunning Casa de Pilatos in Seville

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain

Casa de Pilatos is a 16th-century palace located in the historic part of Seville. The jewel of this place is the main courtyard. It blends together Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance, and Romantic elements through statues, archways, marble, and colorful tiles.

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain

Casa de Pilatos is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Andalusia. As you walk around the patio you will be amazed by the details, the statues, the windows with columns and arches, the colorful tiles creating delicate mosaics, and so on.

Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain
Best Instagram spots in Seville, Spain

There are two gardens in the palace complex. The gardens in private residences were a sign of wealth. And these ones in Casa de Pilatos are truly the oasis of peace.

They are decorated with lush plants, blooming flowers, colorful benches, fountains, flower pots, and trees. Truly beautiful! One of the best places to visit in Seville for sure!

Location: Casa de Pilatos

11. The famous Nasrid palaces in Alhambra, Granada

Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city

What is Alhambra?

Alhambra is arguably the most famous tourist attraction in Granada, Andalusia, and possibly in Spain. It is a massive fortress on a hill in Granada. Inside the citadel, there are multiple palaces and residences built for kings, expansive gardens, and other infrastructure made for Alhambra to be a self-contained city.

Which is the most beautiful place in Alhambra?

Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city
Patio de los Leones inside Nasrid Palaces

The Nasrid palaces – multiple royal palaces built by different Arab kings from the Nasrid dynasty – are the crown jewel of Alhambra. If you don’t visit the Nasrid palaces, then you haven’t seen Alhambra, that is why it is important to buy the right tickets well in advance that include a visit to the palaces!

But in case you don’t have time to explore all parts of Alhambra, then going to the Nasrid palaces is a must! All other parts are a bit less impressive and not so strikingly beautiful. Visits to the Nasrid palaces take place at certain hours so you need to book tickets prior to the specific time you wish to visit.

Which ticket do I need to choose for Alhambra?

There are different parts to visit in Alhambra and there are different tickets available for visitors. To see all of Alhambra in all its glory you would need that General ticket that includes all three parts of Alhambra – the Nasrid palaces, Generalife and Alcazaba.

Book now >>> Alhambra Skip-the-Line Tour with Nasrid Palaces (small group)

There are tickets that don’t include the Nasrid palaces and it is a big NO! Although seeing something in Alhambra is better than nothing, the Nasrid palaces are the central part and the most important part of all places in Alhambra!

Inside Nasrid palaces in Alhambra: Comares Palace

Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city
Patio de los Arrayanes inside the Comares Palace

One of the most beautiful places in the Nasrid palaces is inside the Comares Palace – one of the first palaces you will see during your visit. There is the famous Patio de los Arrayanes – an inner courtyard with a long rectangular reflective pool typical of Moorish architecture.

Back then the courtyard typically was a central space around which other rooms were organized. Somehow we got a beautiful peaceful moment inside the courtyard as we arrived 30 minutes before the opening and were the first in line to enter.

Inside Nasrid palaces in Alhambra: Palace of the Lions

Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city
Patio de los Leones inside Nasrid Palaces

As you walk to the next palace in the Nasrid palace complex you will find yourself inside the Palace of the Lions – one of the most famous palaces in Islamic architecture in the world and, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful places in Andalusia.

Again the central element here is the courtyard – Patio de los Leones or the Courtyard of the Lions. There is a wide rectangular courtyard surrounded by a stunning forest of columns that have these ornately carved decorations and Arabic inscriptions.

In the middle of the courtyard, there is a magnificent marble fountain that is being held by twelve sculpted lions – thus the name of the palace. This whole setting is just breathtaking!

Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city
Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city

However, my favorite spots were those column forests at each end of the Courtyard of the Lions. The ornate carvings are incredible and definitely make this one of the most beautiful palaces in Andalusia!

No wonder Alhambra was amongst the finalists at the New 7 Wonders of the World voting contest! If you ever go to Spain then this is definitely one of the top bucket list places to visit in Granada and in Andalusia!

Inside Nasrid palaces in Alhambra: Partal Palace

Granada, Spain best things to do in the city at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains

The beautiful Partal Palace built in the 14th century is one of the oldest surviving structures in the Alhambra complex. It is another palace built for one of the Nasrid dynasty kings and is the last palace you will see during your visit to the Nasrid palaces in Alhambra.

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It is a beautiful palace with a tower and an arcade and a reflective pool in front of it. The palace offers amazing views through the arched windows where you can see the hills and houses of Granada.

Location: Entrance to the Nastrid PalacesAlhambra Skip-the-Line Tour with Nasrid Palaces

12. The world’s most beautiful sacristy in Granada!

Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city
The sacristy inside Monasterio de la Cartuja de Granada

Discover the most beautiful sacristy in the world inside Monasterio de la Cartuja de Granada – one of the hidden gems in Granada! Located on the outskirts of the center of the city, this monastery is a must-see place in Granada!

Monasterio de la Cartuja de Granada is a place with indescribable beauty. The plain grayish outside walls hide some of the most beautiful things you will ever see! The sacristy left a big impact on me and I will never forget this place!

Granada, Spain best things to do in the city at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains
Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city

The monastery was built in the 16th century and combines many architectural styles. The complex consists of a huge courtyard and many different rooms and halls around the perimeter like the church, the sanctum, the sacristy, and common rooms.

Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city
Granada, Spain - best things to do & most beautiful Instagram spots in the city

However, this place hides one of the most beautiful hidden gems in Andalusia and one of the most beautiful places in Granada – the sacristy. It is considered to be the most beautiful sacristy in the world and I can attest to that.

The paintings inside the dome, the marble, the exquisite carvings, and the bedazzling art is something I will never forget. The famous Nasrid palaces in Alhambra have really serious competition here!

Best things to do in the city of Granada, Spain
Entrance gate to Monasterio de la Cartuja de Granada

You will find a ton of hidden corners and truly beautiful gems in the monastery! Definitely, my favorites among them all were the church and the sacristy. The patio was great too for some fresh air and relaxation. I really hope you get to visit this place!

Location: Monasterio de la Cartuja de Granada

13. The bedazzling Basílica de San Juan de Dios in Granada

Granada, Spain - hidden gems and secrets in Granada
Granada, Spain - hidden gems and secrets in Granada

Basílica de San Juan de Dios is a true hidden gem in Granada. I am definitely not one of those people who always have to visit churches and cathedrals wherever I go, however, sometimes it is worth it and this is one of those times.

This 18th-century Baroque basilica is simply breathtaking. It is as if they tried to compete with the famous Nasrid palaces in Alhambra when they built this place.

Embellished with ornate frescoes, golden altars, and a soaring dome, I was almost blinded by this bedazzling beauty. Definitely one of the most beautiful places in Andalusia!

Granada Spain hidden gems and best secrets in Granada
Granada, Spain - hidden gems and best kept secrets in Granada

There is an entrance fee to see this extraordinary building, but it is so worth it! The best thing is that you can not only visit the big hall of the church but also walk to the secret chambers behind the altar and inside the rooms and halls that are normally reserved for church personnel only.

Granada, Spain - hidden gems and best kept secrets in Granada
Granada, Spain - hidden gems and best kept secrets in Granada

Every room, staircase, and chamber is filled with jaw-dropping Baroque decorations, sculptures, furniture, and art. I thought this would be a relatively quick visit, but this unbelievable beauty left me speechless and unable to take my eyes off the spectacularity of it all.

The visit includes visits to the main hall, behind the main altarpiece, the sacristy, dressing rooms, and side chapels. My favorite spot was up on the upper balcony where you can see everything from above. I definitely recommend stopping here for an hour of your time!

Location: Basílica de San Juan de Dios

14. Córdoba’s famous flower courtyards – Patios de Córdoba!

Ruta de los Patios de Cordoba - best Instagram spots of flower patios in Cordoba, Spain

Córdoba is famous for its beautiful courtyards called ‘patios’. There is a whole festival in May where numerous courtyards compete for the award as the best and most beautiful courtyard in the city. Exploring these flowerful patios is a must-do thing Córdoba!

How to see the best patios in Córdoba?

The fastest and most easiest way to see the most beautiful and awarded patios in Córdoba is to join a guided tour! You will be able to learn more about this beautiful tradition of decorating patios and a local expert will tell you everything there is to know.

Choose one of the tour options below – see which time you prefer and which fits your schedule!

Visit flower patios in Córdoba during the festival!

The festival – La Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba – takes place each year in May (usually at the beginning). Tens of private courtyards participate in the festival and access to all the patios is free of charge.

If you happen to go to Córdoba during the festival, there will be a whole program and map, and timetable for when, where, and how to visit all the patios. You can read more about the festival on their website.

This is definitely the time when everyone shows off as much as possible to get the award. However, this festival attracts a lot of people – the city will be as busy as it gets!

Visit flower patios in Córdoba all year round on your own!

Ruta de los Patios de Cordoba - best Instagram spots of flower patios in Cordoba, Spain
Ruta de los Patios de Cordoba - best Instagram spots of flower patios in Cordoba, Spain

You can also visit the patios all year round on your own. You just need to be able to find them on the map on your own too! Many patios are maintained and remain beautiful throughout the year with spring, summer, and autumn months being the best ones when a lot of different flowers will be in full bloom.

There is a whole list of patios that you can visit either on your own or on a guided tour. Check out this website for more info! There you can download a pdf file with actual tourism information – look for patios in the list and see which ones are available at the time when you are visiting!

Walk Ruta de Patios Córdoba (on your own)!

Ruta de los Patios de Cordoba - best Instagram spots of flower patios in Cordoba, Spain
Ruta de los Patios de Cordoba - best Instagram spots of flower patios in Cordoba, Spain

If you happen to visit Córdoba between February and June then you might want to consider walking Ruta de Patios Córdoba route! Some of the best and most awarded patio owners are collaborating to offer everyone a way to visit the most beautiful patios in Córdoba.

You can buy tickets (they cost 6 EUR per person) and get a map with 5 different patios in Córdoba. With this ticket, you can enter the courtyards during certain hours. You just need to be able to find them on the map (you can see the map on their website, but you will get a paper format at the ticket office)!

Ticket office location: Ruta de Patios Córdoba – ticket office

15. Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

Cordoba, Spain - amazing Instagram spots in Cordoba
Cordoba, Spain - amazing Instagram spots in Cordoba

Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba is a landmark tourist attraction in Andalusia and is one of the main reasons people visit this city. It is a spectacular cathedral that was once a mosque when Córdoba was under Islamic rule.

When the Christian kings conquered the city it was redesigned into a cathedral. The building itself was expanded over the centuries and under different rulers so it is an important historic monument included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Cordoba, Spain - amazing Instagram spots in Cordoba

Although it is now a cathedral, for the most part, it still looks like a mosque. If you want to visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba you have to buy tickets in advance. You can do it online for a certain hour when you wish to come.

I recommend coming in the morning. The lines outside are massive, however, the building is massive too so there is a place for a lot of people. Although we came in the morning there were already about 200 people in line in front of us (but it moved fast).

This is one of the bucket list places to visit in Córdoba and one of the most iconic and beautiful places in Andalusia in terms of architecture – the endless red-and-white striped archways is something you don’t get to see very often.

Location: Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

16. Palacio de Viana and its flowerful courtyards in Córdoba!

Cordoba, Spain - amazing Instagram spots in Cordoba
Córdoba, Spain - best things to do and the best Instagram spots in Córdoba

Palacio de Viana is a stunning Renaissance palace with numerous gardens, patios and courtyards, vibrant flowers and blooming bushes as well as rooms full of art collections and artifacts. Every corner around there was very picturesque and beautiful.

Córdoba, Spain - best things to do and the best Instagram spots in Córdoba
Córdoba, Spain - best things to do and the best Instagram spots in Córdoba

This palace-like house is a real example of how wealthy families lived in Córdoba centuries ago. Every room here is filled with relics and tools that were used in each corresponding room during daily life centuries ago.

Córdoba, Spain - best things to do in Córdoba
Córdoba, Spain - best things to do and the best Instagram spots in Córdoba

But I have to admit that this place is famous for its’ incredible courtyards. There are numerous courtyards and each is unique and well-maintained. There is an entrance fee to see Palacio de Viana, but at certain hours you can visit its courtyards for free.

Palacio de Viana is definitely a must-see tourist attraction in Córdoba! We only had limited time to explore all the rooms and corners, but I was stunned at how beautiful everything was and how big this place was. It felt like a never-ending maze of gardens!

Location: Palacio de Viana

17. The famous hiking trail Caminito del Rey

Best things to do in Andalusia, Spain - Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey is one of the bucket list things to do in Andalusia, Spain. It was once considered one of the most dangerous hikes in the world but since reconstruction a couple of years ago it is now a relatively safe and easy hike!

Best things to do in Andalusia, Spain - Caminito del Rey
Best things to do in Andalusia, Spain - Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey translates as the King’s Little Path – the King of Spain really was here and even crossed one of the bridges! It is a unique walkway pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge. It is one of the most beautiful places in Andalusia!

The hike is about 8 kilometers long from start to finish (there is a 1 to 1.5-kilometer walk from the parking lot to the start of the trail). It goes along a wooden and concrete walkway. The hike offers some of the most scenic views in Andalusia!

Best things to do in Andalusia, Spain - Caminito del Rey
Best things to do in Andalusia, Spain - Caminito del Rey

To walk in complete safety and find out more about the gorge and the iconic hiking route I recommend joining a guided tour. We did this and the guide was really fun and energetic. One of my favorite memories from Andalusia!

Location: Caminito del ReyEntry tickets and shuttle bus

18. Rooftop of the Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga

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One of the symbols of Malaga is the cathedral! It is a landmark building in the city and by being built in the Renaissance architectural style it is one of the most beautiful places in Malaga and also in Andalusia!

Apart from the beautiful architecture, this cathedral also holds a special secret – you can actually climb on the roof of it for some of the most iconic photos and incredible views in Malaga city! Visits to the roof happen in groups at certain times.

You can buy tickets at the cathedral or online where you can see the timetable for the visits. The roof is not easily accessible as you can only get there by ascending ~200 steps through a narrow staircase.

The group is accompanied by two guides who will let you walk around the perimeter of the roof. The views of the city and the port of Malaga are quite magnificent! If you can, go there before sunset when everything is in golden shades and colors!

Location: Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga · Entrance

19. La Concepción – historic botanical garden in Malaga

Hidden gems and unique spots in Malaga, Spain

One of my favorite Instagram spots in Malaga and also one of my favorite places to see Malaga from above is La Concepción. It is a historic botanic garden on the outskirts of Malaga city.

There is an entrance fee of 5.20 EUR to visit this garden and it is open every day except on Mondays. You can visit it for free on Sunday afternoons (read more here). This place was a beautiful estate of an aristocratic family.

The garden is not only full of exotic and unique plants, but also historic buildings and charming corners – waterfalls, sculptures, ponds, gardens, and greenhouses. The most beautiful place in the garden is the historic gazebo with incredible views over Malaga!

Location: Jardín Botánico Histórico – La Concepción · Historic viewpoint

20. Gibralfaro mountain in Malaga

Best Instagram spots in Malaga, Spain

There is only one place in Andalusia where you can get an iconic shot of the typical Spanish bullring from above. And it is from Gibralfaro mountain in Malaga making it one of the most iconic and beautiful places in Andalusia!

Gibralfaro Mountain is one of the best places to go to see Malaga from above. There is a paved path leading uphill the mountain with some benches along the way. And there are a couple of different viewpoints.

Best Instagram spots in Malaga, Spain
Best Instagram spots in Malaga, Spain

On top of the mountain, you will see a castle – Castillo de Gibralfaro. The castle dates back to the 10th century when it was built by the emir Abd al-Raḥmān III who founded the Caliphate of Córdoba – the medieval Islamic kingdom in the territory of Andalusia.

Best rooftops and cool places to see Malaga from above
Castillo de Gibralfaro in Malaga, Spain

You can see prices and visiting hours for the castle here. There is an entrance fee to the castle, but you can visit it on Sunday afternoons for free. You can reach the castle by car, by bus or by taxi. However, I really recommend hiking up there on foot.

Location: Castillo de Gibralfaro · Mirador de Gibralfaro

21. The Balcony of Europe in Nerja

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain
Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain

Nerja is a coastal town in the famous Costa del Sol area in Spain. It is located just a 50-minute drive away from Malaga city and offers more authentic experiences in a more relaxed atmosphere than the big Andalusian cities.

The most famous and beautiful place in Nerja is the so-called Balcony of Europe. It is a viewpoint built above a cliff – a large platform stretching into the sea with some fantastic views over the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains, and the coastline.

What to do in Nerja, Spain

This has to be the busiest place in Nerja as there are benches to sit on, restaurants, ice-cream shops, and a beautiful palm-lined promenade. People just come here to relax and socialize. It is a great place to watch the sunrise and sunset as well!

The Balcony of Europe is the ultimate must-visit spot in Nerja and one of the most popular photo spots in Nerja, so definitely take a photo here! You can get a great shot on the balcony, from the side, or from the beach next to it.

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain

The square on top of the balcony is lined with beautiful white double arches decorated with Andalusian-style blue flower pots with flowers. We came here to watch the sunrise and it was one of my favorite memories from our Andalusian road trip!

Right next to the big square, you will find a small and really short street – Calle Tajillo. It is probably the most flowerful street in Nerja. There are flower pots on the walls, around windows, and on the ground.

Best most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain
Best most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain

Calle Tajillo is very short and it ends with a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the coastline – Mirador de Calle Tajillo! Don’t skip this place! It will only take a couple of minutes for you to visit this spot!

Location: Balcón de EuropaFlower street Calle Tajillo

22. The indescribable Cueva de Nerja

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain

Nerja Cave is probably among the most impressive and beautiful caves I have visited (and I have visited many!). Obviously, it is a popular tourist attraction in Nerja and a must-visit place in Nerja for any visitor to this town and Andalusia!

The entrance to the cave costs 13 EUR and can be bought online for the exact time you wish to visit. It goes like a conveyor belt – you arrive at your designated time, show tickets to the staff and enter the cave.

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain

The cave is pretty huge and full of stalagmites and stalactites. You can get there by taxi, a car, or a special tourist train that goes from Nerja center to the cave and back. This is definitely one of those iconic bucket list places to visit in Andalusia!

Location: Cueva de Nerja

23. Historic center of Frigiliana – the charming whitewashed flower village!

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain
Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain

Frigiliana is considered one of the most beautiful whitewashed villages in Andalusia, Spain. With narrow cobblestone streets, houses, and stairs decorated with flowerpots and plants, this is a charming destination in the South of Spain.

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain
Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain

It is located just a 15-minute drive away from Nerja and is definitely worth a visit! Frigiliana is a typical whitewashed Andalusian village built on a hillside. It is decorated with plants, flower bushes, and all tones of blue and purple doors!

Most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain
Most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain

We spent 3 fantastic days exploring the historic center of Frigiliana. The village has unbeatable views and it is one of my favorite places in Andalusia! Check out the best places to visit in Frigiliana and the most beautiful photo spots in this charming village!

Location: Frigiliana

24. The majestic Catedral de Cádiz!

Cadiz, Spain - best Instagram spots and things to do in Cadiz
View from the Bell Tower of the cathedral

Catedral de Cádiz is amongst the most beautiful buildings in Cádiz and in Andalusia. The construction of the cathedral started in the first half of the 18th century and lasted for more than 100 years. It was built in neoclassical and baroque styles.

At the time of building this cathedral, Cádiz was a booming city and the massive cathedral was built, in part, as a consequence of that – to impress the trading partners (like America) and to present the city as an important, well-off partner.

Cadiz, Spain - best Instagram spots and things to do in Cadiz

Visiting the inside of the cathedral is an extraordinary experience on its own, however, there is more to the cathedral. You can actually climb up to the Bell Tower (or Clock Tower) of the cathedral.

The Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Cádiz was one of my favorite places to visit in Cádiz! Climbing to the tower is included in the entrance fee to the cathedral. First, you visit the cathedral, and then at the exit of the cathedral, there is a door to get to the tower.

Cadiz, Spain - best things to do - Cathedral of Cadiz
Cadiz, Spain - best things to do - Cathedral of Cadiz

The climb is long. There is a continuous incline spiraling upwards until the very top of the tower. There are no stairs, but a flat surface leading up. Once you get to the top there are 360-degree views over the city.

Cadiz, Spain - best Instagram spots and things to do in Cadiz

I really recommend walking up there at full hours when the bells ring. It was loud and it was fun! You can buy entrance tickets at the entrance or online. The same ticket includes a visit to the cathedral, to the crypt underground, and also to the Clock Tower.

Check out seaside views of the Cathedral of Cádiz!

Cadiz, Spain - best Instagram spots and things to do in Cadiz

If you are looking for some iconic views of Cádiz then this is definitely one of those! There are two nice viewpoints at the seaside (locations below).

The best view and photo spot of the cathedral is from the Baluarte de Capuchinos fortress located right next to the seaside promenade. You get a fantastic overlook of the city coastline and the majestic Cathedral of Cádiz.

There is also another viewpoint along the promenade – Mirador El Vendaval – where you can get another great shot of the coastline and the cathedral. However, I could say that this from the Baluarte de Capuchinos fortress was slightly more iconic.

Location: Catedral de CádizBaluarte de CapuchinosMirador El Vendaval

25. Calle Ciegos in Jerez de la Frontera – the most beautiful street in Spain!

Best Instagram photo spots in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

One of the most special and beautiful places in Andalusia is hiding in the heart of Jerez de la Frontera city! There is a street named Calle Ciegos or the Alley of the Blind which is considered one of the most beautiful streets in Spain!

The combination of the narrow and winding cobblestone street, the vine leaf cover above the head, and the view of the cathedral at the end of the street make this an iconic place in Andalusia!

We visited this place in spring when the leaves were not in full bloom yet. However, we got a great view of the cathedral! In a couple of weeks – sometime around May or later – the street will look like a leave-covered tunnel!

Best Instagram photo spots in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Calle Ciegos or the Alley of the Blind in Jerez de la Frontera

This street was once a public street. It was named Calle Ciegos or the Alley of the Blind because this was once a usual gathering place for poor and blind people who would beg for money from churchgoers. The street was a regular route to go to the church.

However, it is not publicly accessible today. After the famous González Byass sherry and wine bodega expanded, the municipality allowed this street to be included in their territory. You can only access it if you go on a tour to González Byass bodegas.

I would guess you can visit this street if you go to the Restaurante Pedro Nolasco restaurant that is located right next to this street. Or if you stay at their hotel – Hotel Bodega Tio Pepe – and ask them to show you this street. It is all part of their territory.

Location: Calle CiegosBodega Tio Pepe

26. Claustros de Santo Domingo in Jerez de la Frontera

Best Instagram photo spots in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Claustros de Santo Domingo is one of my favorite hidden gems in Jerez de la Frontera. The building was a 13th-century cloister built in Gothic and Mudejar styles. This is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Andalusia in terms of architecture!

It is a rather small and simple place – you can only walk around the courtyard and admire the unique doorways and windows, however, if you happen to be in Jerez de la Frontera, then stop by! I don’t think it is worth traveling there specifically to visit this spot.

Today the cloister is the municipal property and holds different exhibitions and other events. The building has opening hours however the entrance to see the building and the inner courtyard is free.

Best Instagram photo spots in Jerez de la Frontera Spain 16
Best Instagram photo spots in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

When we visited there were just a few people inside and I suppose not many tourists would know about this place as it is a bit further away from the heart of the historic center.

It will only take about 10-15 minutes to visit this building as the courtyard is not too big and you can walk around it quite quickly. Definitely pay a visit to see this beautiful architecture if you happen to be nearby! It feels like stepping back in time for sure!

Location: Claustros de Santo Domingo

27. Olvera – the town with the most picturesque views!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Olvera
Olvera – the town with the most picturesque views!

Featuring some jaw-dropping views, Olvera is one of the most beautiful towns in Andalusia with some unmatched picturesque views! It sits on a hilltop with a church and castle standing high above the rest of the village.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Olvera
Calle Calzada street
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Olvera
The landscape of Olvera town

Must-do things in Olvera whitewashed town include exploring the Historic Center of the town and climbing up Calle Calzada street to the scenic Iglesia Mayor Parroquial hilltop church.

The best place to visit – Olvera Castle! The castle was built in the 12th century as part of the defensive system for the Nasrid Kingdom. It sits on a rock at 623 meters above sea level and offers some of the most picturesque views in Andalusia!

If you visit the castle (it has working hours and an entrance fee), there are stone stairs leading up the cliff to the castle and at one point you can get this iconic view of the massive church below you! One of the most iconic Instagram spots in Andalusia!

Location: Olvera

28. Arcos de la Frontera – the most scenic town!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Arcos de la Frontera

Although there are many villages in Andalusia built upon a cliff or a hill, Arcos de la Frontera is somewhat on another level! Standing on the very cliffside on a massive towering cliff this village has some of the most outstanding views!

Plus, there is a scenic river flowing around the village’s cliff from three sides making it one of the most inaccessible villages in Andalusia. Of course, it is easier nowadays with bridges and paved streets, but you still have to climb to get to the best spots.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Arcos de la Frontera
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Arcos de la Frontera

The best places to see in the Arcos de la Frontera include Iglesia de San Pedro church, the photo-perfect Bésame en este Arco white arch, cliffside viewpoints Mirador de Abades and Mirador Plaza del Cabildo, and Basílica de Santa María de la Asunción.

Location: Arcos de la Frontera

29. Gruta de las Maravillas

Hidden gems in Andalusia - Gruta de las Maravillas

Gruta de las Maravillas or the Grotto of Wonders is a spectacular cave complex in the province of Huelva in Andalusia. It is one of the most spectacular hidden gems and beautiful places you will find in Andalusia – especially if you are a cave lover!

Hidden gems in Andalusia - Gruta de las Maravillas
Hidden gems in Andalusia - Gruta de las Maravillas

Visits to Gruta de las Maravillas happen in guided tours. Although the tours are in Spanish, you can get an audioguide in English and follow along. The caves feature massive stalagmites and stalactites as well as small underground lakes.

Location: Gruta de las Maravillas

30. One of the most beautiful cemeteries in Spain at Villaluenga del Rosario!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Villaluenga del Rosario

With a population of less than 500 people, Villaluenga del Rosario is a tiny but very scenic village in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park right down the Navazo Alto mountain. It doesn’t get more authentic than this!

There is a beautiful viewpoint – Mirador Villaluenga del Rosario – right in the heart of the village where you can climb up to see the village from above. On the outskirts of the village, you will find a beautiful hidden gem – the cemetery.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Villaluenga del Rosario
Villaluenga del Rosario cemetery

The unique cemetery was built inside the ruins of a church destroyed by Napoleon’s troops. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Spain, so that is definitely a good reason to stop by this village during your Andalusian road trip!

However, there is another reason to go to Villaluenga del Rosario. This village is the home of the Payoyo cheese! The cheese has received many prestigious awards and is considered a Spanish delicacy.

Payoyo cheese is only made from the milk of goats and sheep that graze in Villaluenga del Rosario and other areas of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park! There is a factory right here in this village where you can buy this exclusive cheese!

Location: Villaluenga del RosarioMirador Villaluenga del RosarioCemetery

Happy exploring!

Andalusia, the Southern region of Spain, is a one-of-a-kind place. It offers the perfect mix of history, architecture, vibrant cities, quiet hidden villages, unique nature, scenic hikes as well as sandy beaches and the perfectly blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

We spent almost 3 months discovering everything Andalusia had to offer starting from world-famous places like Alhambra, we went underground inside Nerja cave, hanged in the air at the Caminito del Rey hike, and picked up our jaws when we saw Ronda bridge.

I hope you enjoy your time in Andalusia as much as we did! And I hope you will get some inspiration from my blog to make your trip even more adventurous, fun, exciting, and unforgettable! Andalusia is definitely worth it!

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Most beautiful places to visit in Andalusia, Spain
Most beautiful places to visit in Andalusia, Spain

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