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  • 1 Mezquita Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    calle Cardenal Herrero 1 E - 14004 Córdoba

    The architecture of this monument, the only one of its kind in the world, tells a fascinating story. It is living testimony to the Muslim and Christian faiths. The mosque was built from the 8C to the 10C on the site of the Visigothic Church of St Vin..

  • 2 Nasrid palaces Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 18009 Granada

    The Nasrid palaces, which comprise three sections, are the Alhambra's hidden jewel. The south wall of the Golden Room Patio provides a concise summary of Nasrid art. In the Myrtle Courtyard, admire the imposing crenellated Comares Tower, the Barca Ro..

  • 3 Mirador San Nicolás Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Nicolás E - 18010 Granada

    The view from the terrace of the church of San Nicolás is superb: the red and ochre Alhambra stands out on the lush hill opposite, with the snowy slopes of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. To one side, note the city's new mosque and the Centre of Isl..

  • 4 Alhambra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 18009 Granada

    With its fascinating architecture, sumptuous gardens and delightful water features, the Alhambra is the embodiment of refinement, where words fail to do justice to this paradise created by the Nasrid princes as the ultimate expression of a civilisati..

  • Spain's largest nature reserve extends over an area of 214 300 hectares. Its landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. Its villages, its unusual vegetation (one of the most amazing plants is the Cazorla violet), and its fauna (wild boar, deer) all contr..

  • 6 La Giralda Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    E - 41004 Sevilla

    Emblem of Seville; a masterpiece of Almohad art, the minaret (96 m) of the old mosque was built in the12C. In the 16C the Cordovan architect Hernán Ruiz gave it its current appearance of a belfry by adding the bell chamber and four upper rooms and by..

  • 7 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Virgen de los Reyes E - 41004 Sevilla

    "Let us build a church so grand that those who see it will think we are mad": that is what the cathedral chapter decided in 1401 when the mosque had to be knocked down. It is one of the last Spanish Gothic cathedrals and the third largest i..

  • 8 Alcázar : palatial buildings Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Patio de Banderas E - 41004 Sevilla

    Modified and added to over the centuries, these stunning palatial buildings, first built in the 10C, are notable for their architectural diversity. Highlights here include Charles V's room, originally built in the 13C by Alfonso X the Wise; superb 18..

  • 9 Santa Cruz district Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 41004 Sevilla

    This is the heart of Seville: it is impossible not to fall under the spell of this neighbourhood that extends up to the church of Santa María la Blanca, with its winding little roads, picturesque whitewashed houses, secret flower-decked patios and ti..

  • 10 Fine Art Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. del Museo 9 E - 41001 Sevilla

    Set up in the old Merced convent, it is a panorama of Spanish painting from the Golden Age. In room V, a unique setting houses the masterpiece by Zurbarán, The Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas, and an extraordinary collection of works by Murillo, includi..

  • 11 Palacio de Pedro el Cruel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. del Triunfo E - 41004 Sevilla

    Peter the Cruel's palace was built in 1362 by masons from Granada. As a result the decoration is highly influenced by the Alhambra. Notice the sophisticated ornamentation of the Patio de las Donacellas, the Sala del Techo de Carlos V, the Bedroom of ..

  • 12 Granada Charterhouse Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Paseo de la Cartuja 49 49 E - 18009 Granada

    Early 16C Carthusian monastery, its church lavishly decorated with Baroque stucco (1662) and paintings. Of particular note are the Sagrario Chapel, decorated by Francisco Hurtado Izquierdo (18C) and the Sacristy (1727-1764), a masterpiece of Spanish ..

  • 13 Jerez de la Frontera Historic Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - Jerez de la Frontera

    Jerez has an extraordinary architectural heritage. In addition to its incomparable cathedral and castle, there are its Reconquista churches in the medieval town centre. Plaza del Arenal and Plaza de Plateros are good places to pause prior to strollin..

  • 14 Royal Alcazar : Gothic Palace or Charles V's Apartments Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Patio de Banderas E - Sevilla

    The palace is accessed through a Baroque portico at the end of the courtyard. Built by Alfonso X, it was altered in the 18C with the addition of the Great Hall (fine tapestries from the Royal factory in Madrid illustrating the conquest of Tuins in 15..

  • 15 Alcazar Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Patio de Banderas E - 41004 Sevilla

    Laid out over different historical periods and occupying 80% of the surface area of the castle, the gardens are terraced and pride of place is given to water features such as the Pool of Mercury and the gallery of Grotesques (17C), which take up an e..

  • 16 The Campiña Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - Carmona

    The Campiña lies between Seville and Cordoba, an attractively agricultural region of olive groves, wheat fields and vineyards. Its towns bear witness to 3 000 years of history, with some true jewels of bygone ages; the Puerta de Sevilla alcazar and t..

  • 17 Parque Minero de Riotinto Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    E - 21660 Minas de Riotinto

    This mining theme park lies within the town and the surrounding area, and includes a recently built mining and railway museum. The tourist train operating here comprises several old-fashioned carriages. Enjoy unexpectedly beautiful views over this la..

  • 18 Parque Nacional de Doñana Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 21760 Matalascañas

    This national park, one of the largest in Europe, occupies marshland at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river. It has a fragile ecosystem and is an ideal refuge for migratory birds. The park comprises three different areas: the salt marshes (marismas),..

  • 19 Las Marismas del Odiel Natural Site Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 21110 Aljaraque

    The marshland (marisma), situated at the mouth of the River Tinto and River Odiel, is a nature site that has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve. The habitat of swamps and sand, where the water level varies according to the tide (and sometimes re..

  • 20 Parque Natural de la Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 21230 Cortegana

    This magnificent park, dotted with attractive villages and rocky outcrops affording delightful views, extends around the small town of Aracena, in the northern part of Huelva province. Its lush vegetation makes it popular with Andalucians. For more i..

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