The Neighbourhoods of Andalucia offer you the essence of each destination. Discover the secrets of Andalucia with us
To find out about the culture and ethos of a city, there is nothing better than examining it area by area. Andalucia has a series of emblematic neighbourhoods which visitors fall in love with, and where you can find the essence of the Andalusian people. The website www.traveler.es has made a list of the 20 most beautiful areas in Spain. We want you to find out about Andalucia, so here are the ten most traditional neighbourhoods in southern Spain. Come to these sites and enjoy your trip in a personalised and special way.
1. Barrio de la Viña in Cádiz
The city of Cádiz reflects a maritime atmosphere that holds the main essence of typical fishing spots. If you are visiting the capital of this province, you should experience first-hand the charm of La Viña. Its streets are filled with joy, and its eighteenth-century buildings and beautiful squares and churches make it unique. The largest party in Cádiz starts here every year: Carnival. This neighbourhood begins in La Palma Street and ends at the Playa de la Caleta. It is a place of pilgrimage for all those looking for the best seafood and fried fish in town. Many traditional national folklore songs compare it to Havana in Cuba as it has a Caribbean vibe in every corner.
2. Santana neighbourhood in Mijas
Mijas is one of the prettiest villages in the province of Malaga characterised, mainly, by its narrow streets with white houses between which pass donkey taxis. It is in the district of Santana in this city in the Costa del Sol where you can find the essence of the people. Plant pots line the facades of buildings and all the neighbours know each other and live together as one big family. Here you can enjoy the purest essence of Andalusia and sit back with a drink and tapas in one of the traditional establishments. It is a luxury which you will never forget.
3. Neighbourhood of Dunas de Artola in Marbella
The neighbourhood Artola Dunes in Marbella is one of the most beautiful in the Costa del Sol It is located next to a dune landscape that bears the same name. These dunes are a small example of what this part of the Andalusian Mediterranean coast once was. Marbella is a city that offers a wide range of different landscapes and it is here where you can spot the Mediterranean Sea from the mobile fossil dunes which form a unique natural area. The dunes are home to a reminder of Roman military defence and architecture, the Torre Ladrones, declared to be of Cultural Interest. Furthermore, in its vicinity are the Port of Cabopino and the nudist beach of the same name.
4. Moorish Quarter of Frigiliana
Frigiliana is one of the most charming towns in southern Spain. It is the cradle of three cultures: Phoenician, Roman and Arab, and it keeps the charm of Andalusia’s historical roots. It is in the Moorish quarter where we can still find the feeling left behind from Al Ándalus. Cobbled narrow streets lined with white houses covered with vegetation are the main picture of this corner of Malaga. The houses are situated on a hillside and so there are a lot of stairs joining places to each other. If you want to experience a peculiar neighbourhood, come to Frigiliana and feel the Arabic essence which still remains in its architecture.
5. Albaicin in Granada
This Granada neighbourhood is considered a World Heritage Site. Its narrow streets hint at its Moorish roots and the cármenes (typical houses of the area) retain the essence of Arab architecture. The gardens are another Moorish legacy of the Albaicin where the Mirador de San Nicolas offers the best views of the Alhambra. This is an unmissable experience if you visit southern Spain, where you can also enjoy a drink to the sound of the classical street guitarists who come together every evening to delight tourists with the liveliest flamenco.
6. San Francisco de Ronda
Ronda is a city that blends tradition with the spectacular landscape known as the Tagus, a huge gorge on which the city sits. If you visit this area, don’t hesitate to come to the neighbourhood of San Francisco, whose name comes from the old Franciscan convent from which only the Gothic-Mudéjar church remains. Passing the Cuesta de las Imágenes is this neighbourhood, from which the Almocábar door and the Arabic wall surrounding Ronda can be observed and which reaches the bridge at the foot of which stand the Arab Baths, one of the best preserved in Spain. It is a pleasure to experience in person the most traditional Andalusian culture and, in turn, enjoy the beautiful views offered by the city.
7. El Palo neighbourhood in Malaga
In the east of Malaga is one of the most traditional neighbourhoods, El Palo. With its sailing origins, here you can enjoy one of the best fried fish in the province. Small wooden boats adorn the beach and this town converses its essence as it was isolated for decades from the urban development that started in the centre of Malaga. Here you will find one of the most emblematic places of the province, the Baños del Carmen, where, at the feet of the Mediterranean, you can have a drink while you watch the sunset from the city of Malaga in the distance.
8. Barrio Alto Marbella
Marbella has an elevated neighbourhood also called San Francisco, as there used to be an old Franciscan convent there. La Ermita del Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz is the most representative symbol of this place and is unmissable if you decide to visit this Marbella neighbourhood. This is one of the oldest areas of a city steeped in history that has witnessed centuries of the Reconquista and centuries after the War of Independence. Marbella has beautiful places to visit and to learn about their neighbourhoods is to know the history of its people and cuisine, based mainly on fish.
9. Queen Victoria of Huelva
The neighbourhood Reina Victoria is a group of houses located in the city of Huelva built in 1916. Located near the centre on a small hill called Cerro de San Cristóbal, there is a group of houses which the construction company named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Although its style is traditionally summarised as English, it is mixed with Andalusian and colonial architecture resulting in a mixture reminiscent of German, Austrian and Dutch constructions. This unique area in Huelva is considered of Cultural Interest and represents a different view of the city.
10. El Mentidero in Cádiz
El Mentidero is one of the most typical neighbourhoods in the city, with beautiful squares and gardens, ideal for relaxing walks. The centre is the Plaza del Mentidero, ideal for walks in the evening or enjoying one of the terraces. Very close to the square and as a kind of terrace over the sea, you will find the magnificent Genoese Park with numerous species of flora from different parts of the world. Pay attention to the curious ways that the trees are pruned. If you are travelling with your children, this neighbourhood is strongly recommended because it offers a play area for them, as well as a waterfall that you can climb to enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay.
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