Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Granada

Alhambra

The Alhambra is Granada’s – and Europe’s – love letter to Moorish culture, a place where fountains trickle, leaves rustle, and ancient spirits seem to mysteriously linger. Part palace, part fort, part World Heritage…
Top Choice Fortress in Seville

Alcázar

If heaven really does exist, then let's hope it looks a little bit like the inside of Seville's Alcázar. Built primarily in the 1300s during the so-called 'dark ages' in Europe, the fortress' intricate architecture …
Top Choice Mosque in Córdoba

Mezquita

It’s impossible to overemphasise the beauty of Córdoba’s great mosque, with its remarkably serene (despite tourist crowds) and spacious interior. One of the world's greatest works of Islamic architecture, the Mezqui…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Córdoba

Madinat al-Zahra

Eight kilometres west of Córdoba stands what's left of Madinat al-Zahra, the sumptuous palace-city built by Caliph Abd ar-Rahman III in the 10th century. The complex spills down a hillside with the caliph’s palace (…
Top Choice Fortress in Almería

Alcazaba

A looming fortification with great curtain-like walls rising from the cliffs, the Alcazaba was founded in the mid-10th century and was one of the most powerful Moorish fortresses in Spain. It lacks the intricate dec…
Top Choice Cathedral in Baeza

Catedral de Baeza

As was the case in much of Andalucía, the Reconquista destroyed Baeza's mosque and in its place built a cathedral. This was the first step towards the town’s transformation into a Castilian gem. The cathedral is a s…
Top Choice Fortress in Antequera

Alcazaba

Favoured by the Granada emirs of Islamic times, Antequera’s hilltop Moorish fortress has a fascinating history and covers a massive 62,000 sq metres. The main approach to the hilltop is from Plaza de San Sebastián, …
Top Choice Chapel in Úbeda

Sacra Capilla de El Salvador

The purity of Renaissance lines is best expressed in this famous chapel, built between 1536 and 1559. The first of many works executed in Úbeda by Andrés de Vandelvira, it was commissioned by Francisco de los Cobos …
Top Choice Castle in Jaén

Castillo de Santa Catalina

High above the city, atop cliff-girt Cerro de Santa Catalina, this fortress' near-impregnable position is what made Jaén important during the Muslim and early Reconquista centuries. At the end of the ridge stands a …
Top Choice Cave in Sorbas

Cuevas de Sorbas

These caves, 2km east of the town of Sorbas, are part of the vast network of underground galleries and tunnels of the Sorbas gypsum karst, a geologically unique area created by water eroding a layer of the soft mine…