10 viewpoints that will leave you speechless: the best views in Andalucia
Watch the world from a good viewpoint. When you visit somewhere, one of the pictures you always keep is the panorama, the photo from a vantage point to enjoy that place, urban or natural, which won you over. Andalucia holds, in addition to beautiful cities and landscapes, a number of viewpoints that will give you a different view of the destination you want to see. Pay attention and see these ten Andalusian viewpoints as they will offer you the best souvenir you can take the lands of southern Spain.
1. The Balcony of Europe, Nerja (Malaga)
Nerja is a city in Malaga which is steeped in history, especially that of our distant ancestors. The town has a cave where men lived an estimated 42,000 years ago, so their cave paintings are some of the oldest in the world. But there is a special place that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea where the feeling of freedom washes over you. It’s called the Balcony of Europe and is named after King Alfonso XII who visited the area in 1885 after a disastrous earthquake and was captivated by that stage. He was the monarch who came to this place to check the damage caused by the earthquake and gave it the name it has today because when you were there, it seemed to be followed by Africa, hence the name “Balcony”. A spectacular viewpoint from where you can glimpse the immensity of the sea.
2. Mirador de Mijas (Malaga)
In the white picturesque town of Mijas, its neighbours know its most famous viewpoints as the Wall. This infrastructure was born dates from the Moorish era when foreign peoples that sailed the Mediterranean threatened the peace of the Arab village. The walk through this viewpoint puts the Costa del Sol at your feet and the views are priceless. Walking down this path full of gardens and gullies where waters descend as springs is an exercise in tranquillity which is priceless.
3. Mirador del Estrecho, Tarifa (Cádiz)
Where Europe ends and Africa begins. You can almost reach out and touch the other continent from the mirador del Estrecho in Tarifa. A unique feeling comes over you when you look over the sea and see two different worlds so close together. Do not miss this beautiful image if you visit the province of Cádiz, a memory that will stay with you forever. Only 15 miles separate the coasts and on days when the sky is perfectly clear, you can see from Ceuta to Tangier.
4. El Juanar de Ojén (Malaga)
With spectacular views over the city of Marbella this viewpoint is 900 m high, putting the majestic Mediterranean Sea at our feet. On the mountain to our left, known as the Port of Marbella, we can see a monument to the ibex which is very abundant in this area. For this reason, it is also known as the Mirador of the Ibex. From here, a winding road begins that descends to the spring of Puerto Rico. To our right, the Cruz del Juanar is located and we can access its summit by ascending the winding path from near the viewpoint. An unforgettable outdoor experience with exceptional views.
5. Mirador del Conquero, Huelva
Panoramic view of the city of Huelva and the Natural Park of Marismas del Odiel is the place to get the best taste of the capital of Huelva. El Conquero is one of the most emblematic areas in Huelva, not only due to the presence of numerous hillocks that form its peculiar physiognomy, but also for the wonderful views from a walk around this place. Bring home a unique picture of this Columbian space and experience the wonders offered by this unique view.
6. Viewpoints in El Torcal, Antequera (Malaga)
El Torcal de Antequera has two viewpoints: las Ventanillas and Diego Monea. At both of them, you can enjoy a superb karst landscape that makes up this beautiful Natural Park. Its limestone creates “mushroom” figures on the horizon and its protected vegetation makes this place one of the key spots to visit in the province of Malaga. Furthermore, during the astronomical activities organised, you can see a sky which is full of stars open before you. Feel free to get away to El Torcal and immortalise this exceptional spot.
7. Mirador de Gibralfaro, Malaga
Located on the campus of the Malaga Alcazaba, surrounded by pine trees on Mount Gibralfaro, is this viewpoint that offers stunning views of the city of Malaga. From here you can make out the Malagueta bullring, the Tres Gracias (Three Graces) fountain in the Plaza del General Torrijos, the port, the city hall, the cathedral, the Alcazaba and an unrivalled view. Also in the area are some catering establishments where you can enjoy a coffee while admiring the sea and the town. If you go to the Costa del Sol, this viewpoint will leave you with a different picture of what the city is like.
8. Mirador Salina Dolores in Cádiz
The Salina Dolores viewpoint is a magnificent window to the Bay of Cádiz and is a true reflection of the peculiarities of this beautiful natural park, where the sea and the wind play a leading role. The colours of the white sandy beach and the blue sea contrast with the grey of the muddy areas where typical molluscs inhabit the area, such as sea snails, clams or razor shells. It is a privileged place to spot flamingos, spoonbills and countless birds typical of intertidal areas, and also to enjoy the mosaic of shades of green, grey and orange of the flora in the area. Sunsets and sunrises are the best times to contemplate the beauty of the place.
9. Mirador Puerto del Boyar, Sierra de Grazalema (Cádiz)
Possibly the most important viewpoint in the province of Cádiz. Located in the privileged Sierra de Grazalema, the bird’s-eye views of this natural environment will fill your lungs with clean air. To the right is the Sierra del Pinar where the forest of pines is found, tree species extinct in most parts of the world which survives in these mountains because it is the most important rainy point of the peninsula. To the left, the sierra del Endrinal with its classic Mediterranean vegetation.
10. Mirador del Puente Nuevo in Ronda (Malaga)
The Puente Nuevo de Ronda can be seen in one of the most famous pictures of Spain: a stone arch which appears hold Ronda, divided into two halves by the Guadalevin River, together. However, this is not necessarily why every time people see this monument, their jaws drop with admiration. The first way to appreciate the Puente Nuevo de Ronda in all its splendour is to look from the viewpoints in the Plaza de España or Ernest Hemingway Street, in the new part of town, right at the entrance of the bridge. You need to fight the vertigo you get at the Tajo de Ronda with its fall of almost a hundred metres to the bed of the Guadalevin. A unique sight that you can see if you visit one of the most beautiful cities in Malaga with its rich heritage.
Feel free to look from other perspectives at the cities you visit and come to these ten viewpoints that we recommend. All of them will leave you with a good taste in your mouth of the Andalusian panorama. Sierra and sea at their peak in spectacular destinations at your fingertips.
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