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Andalusia, World Heritage Site

Centuries of history in just 5 days

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With “Andalusia. World Heritage Site” we have designed a cultural route. Though Andalusia has a lot more to offer on cultural grounds, we limited our itinerary to those places which have been classified by the UNESCO as “World Cultural Heritage”. Andalusia is one of the world regions with the highest concentration of places recognized as World Cultural Heritage by this international organization. We have only left two of them out: the Doñana National Park (registered by the UNESCO as Natural Heritage within the World Heritage classification in 1994, and extended in 2005), and the Andalusian part of the “Arte Rupestre del Arco Mediterráneo” (registered in 1998). We will leave the Doñana National Park for our next route, which is devoted to the enjoyment of nature and leisure time. And the “Arte Rupestre del Arco Mediterráneo” could be a route by itself. In Andalusia we can find prehistoric art sites like this one in the provinces of Almería, Jaén and Granada, but these are just a handful of the total number of sites in the Eastern half of Spain.

With 787 km and an estimated road time of 9 hours and 53 minutes, this is a medium-length route. Though the itinerary has been designed to last 5 days, this should be taken just as a minimum-duration reference. Notwithstanding the World Heritage Site status granted to these places by the UNESCO, all these cities are among the most beautiful ones in Spain. Preparing a list of all the places of interest to sightseers would be a never-ending task…

 

1st day: Málaga-Costa del Sol's airport - Seville.

Departure from Málaga’s airport (“Aeropuerto Internacional Pablo Ruiz Picasso”). Though the longest on the route, the journey to Seville is very comfortable, since it is entirely by motorway (217 km - 2 h 30 min).

In 1987, the UNESCO acknowledged the Seville Cathedral, the Alcázar and the “Archivo General de Indias” architectural ensemble, located in downtown Seville. The “Archivo de Indias” (1584 -1598) contains all the documentation related to the old Spanish colonies. The Seville Cathedral, “Santa María de la Sede”, with its tower the “Giralda”, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world (1401-1507). The remains of Christopher Columbus lie in the cathedral. The “Alcázar de Sevilla” (712-720) is an ensemble of palace buildings.

Seville is the capital city of Andalusia and the fourth city of Spain.

Overnight motorhome parking: Public parking (18,00 €/day). GPS coordinates: 37.391800, -5.973600. Google Street View

  • Alcázar de Sevilla
  • Archivo General de Indias
  • Giralda y Catedral de Sevilla
  • Giralda
  • Jardines del Alcázar de Sevilla
  • Patio de las doncellas

 

2nd day: Seville - Córdoba.

Departure from Seville. The journey to Córdoba is entirely by motorway (144 km, 1 h 45 min).

The historical downtown area of Córdoba is so beautiful that the UNESCO classified it entirely as World Heritage Site in 1984. Historical downtown areas are always full of interesting places to visit, and if even if we talked in detail about it we would feel we haven't said enough…

The Mosque Cathedral, the Roman Bridge and the “Torre de la Calahorra”, the Guadalquivir River Walk, the “Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos", the Jewish Quarter, the Synagogue, the Royal Stables and their equestrian show, the Roman Temple, the “Torre de la Malmuerta”, the "Plaza de la Corredera”…

Currently, Córdoba is one of the five cities which have been nominated to be the Cultural Capital City of Europe in 2016.

Overnight motorhome parking: Historical Center Parking (12,60 €/day - 18,70 €/holidays). GPS coordinates: 37.875300, -4.787300. Google Street View

  • Maqsura de la Mezquita-catedral de Córdoba
  • Mezquita-catedral de Córdoba
  • Jardines del Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
  • Muralla de la calle Cairuán y Puerta de Almodóvar
  • Posada del Potro
  • Calleja de las flores

 

3rd day: Córdoba - Úbeda and Baeza.

Departure from Córdoba. The journey to Úbeda is 145 km long. The last 36 km are by road. The journey lasts approximately 1 hour and 54 minutes.

In 2003, the last Andalusian incorporation to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites was confirmed: the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza. Even though Úbeda and Baeza are two separate towns, the fact that they are neighbouring towns just 10 km apart and that their Renaissance architecture is their most remarkable feature causes them to be seen as a whole. The wealth and importance of the Church and the manors of the area in the 15th and 16th centuries can be easily inferred when both towns are visited. Many of their buildings have been classified as National Monuments and are protected by the State.

In Baeza can stay overnight in the parking of the Plaza de Toros. GPS coordinates: 37.993985, -3.461169. Google Street View

  • Antigua Carnicería de Baeza
  • Ayuntamiento de Úbeda
  • Exterior de la Catedral de Baeza
  • Fachada de la Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Úbeda
  • Fachada del Palacio de Jabalquinto de Baeza
  • Iglesia de San Pablo de Úbeda

 

4th day: Úbeda and Baeza - Granada.

Departure from Baeza. The journey is 137 long (the first 25 km are by road, and the rest by motorway) and it lasts approximately 1 hour and 44 minutes.

In 1984, the UNESCO classified the “Alhambra” and the “Generalife” as World Heritage Sites, but the whole area is so beautiful that the UNESCO themselves had to revise that decision. In 1994, the Albaicín Quarter was added to the UNESCO’s list of protected sites.

The “Alhambra” is a palace-citadel of Andalusian origin, a rich complex which includes a palace and a fortress (Alcázar) where the king of the Nazari Kingdom of Granada and his court used to live (1238-1492).

The “Generalife” is located outside the walls of the Alhambra. It was the villa with gardens used by the Muslim kings of Granada as place for rest (1273-1302).

In the Albaicín (or Albayzín) Quarter, tourists can find whitewashed houses on the hill and charming narrow streets. The residents of “Albaicín de la Alhambra” enjoy spectacular views. The viewpoint of San Nicolás (“Mirador de San Nicolás”) is the perfect landscape to enjoy the sunset: at your foot, the Albaicín Quarter; opposite, the magnificent Alhambra; and behind the Alhambra, the snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada… The Albaicín Quarter is the perfect place for sightseeing and have "tapas" (bar snacks).

Overnight motorhome parking: Geysepark parking (15,00 €/day). GPS coordinates: 37.151300, -3.595200. Google Street View

  • Alhambra de Granada
  • El barrio del Albaicín visto desde la Alhambra
  • La Alhambra vista desde los jardines del Generalife
  • Jardines del Generalife
  • Panorámica de los jardines del Generalife
  • Patio de los leones

 

5th day: Granada - Málaga-Costa del Sol's airport.

Departure from Granada. Return to Málaga’s airport (“Aeropuerto Internacional Pablo Ruiz Picasso”). The 133 km journey is entirely by motorway, and it lasts approximately 1 h 40 min.

Even though Málaga is not included in the World Heritage Site route, it has many cultural attractions which could be this route’s “cherry of the cake”. The historical ensemble of the “Alcazaba” and the “Gibralfaro”, the Roman Theatre, the Picasso Museum, the house where Picasso was born, the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Málaga Museum, the Botanical Garden "La Concepción", the Anglican or English Cemetery…

Along our route, there are many other monumental cities and places of interest to visit, and this would enrich our holidays even more. If you have more time available, without leaving your route or straying off it just a bit, you could also visit: Antequera, the Archaeological Ensemble of Itálica (Santiponce), Carmona, Écija, the Museum and Archaeological Ensemble of Medina Azahara (Córdoba), Linares, Jaén or Loja.

  • Jardín Botánico Histórico de La Concepción
  • Mirador del Jardín Botánico Histórico de La Concepción
  • Alcazaba de Málaga
  • Catedral de Málaga
  • Palacio de Buenavista - Museo Picasso
  • Teatro romano y Alcazaba de Málaga

 

If you enjoy this or any other route, tell us your adventures, comments or stories in Caravaning Foro.

 

Note: All photos displayed on this route have been obtained from Wikimedia Commons and are licensed by Creative Commons.

 
Alcázar de Sevilla.
Archivo General de Indias.
Giralda y Catedral de Sevilla.
Giralda.
Jardines del Alcázar de Sevilla.
Patio de las doncellas.
Maqsura de la Mezquita-catedral de Córdoba.
Mezquita-catedral de Córdoba.
Jardines del Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos.
Muralla de la calle Cairuán y Puerta de Almodóvar.
Posada del Potro.
Calleja de las flores.
Antigua Carnicería de Baeza.
Ayuntamiento de Úbeda.
Exterior de la Catedral de Baeza.
Fachada de la Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Úbeda.
Fachada del Palacio de Jabalquinto de Baeza.
Iglesia de San Pablo de Úbeda.
Alhambra de Granada.
El barrio del Albaicín visto desde la Alhambra.
La Alhambra vista desde los jardines del Generalife.
Jardines del Generalife.
Panorámica de los jardines del Generalife.
Patio de los leones.
Jardín Botánico Histórico de La Concepción.
Mirador del Jardín Botánico Histórico de La Concepción.
Alcazaba de Málaga.
Catedral de Málaga.
Palacio de Buenavista - Museo Picasso.
Teatro romano y Alcazaba de Málaga.
Wikimedia Commons official web site.
Creative Commons official web site.
Google Maps: Parking público.
Google Street View: Parking público.
Google Maps: Parking del Centro Histórico.
Google Street View: Parking del Centro Histórico.
Google Maps: Parking Geysepark.
Google Street View: Parking Geysepark.
Google Maps: Plaza de Toros.
Google Street View: Plaza de Toros.
 
 
 
 
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