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Andalusia - memorable places

I'll be traveling to Seville, Granada, Córdoba, and Málaga in February. I can look up the "top sites", but wanted to hear from others about places that they enjoyed that might not necessarily be in a guidebook. Can be a particular street you liked walking down, cafe, lookout, etc etc.

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Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla and Basílica de San Juan de Dios in Granada.

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For Seville, I suspect many of these actually are in guidebooks, but they might be considered lesser known

  • Casa de Pilatos
  • Parque de María Luisa -- don't just stop at the famous Plaza Espana, but explore the whole park and its great architecture
  • Bar Estrella, classic restaurant and bar from the 1930s
  • Abantal, one Michelin star restaurant and definitely worth it
  • Italica -- fantastic Roman ruins site just outside town
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I especially remember the two beautiful churches in the hilltop town of Arcos de la Frontera -- Santa Maria on the main square and San Pedro beyond it. Another less-known standout for me was the Archives of the Indies in Sevilla, near the cathedral. In 2019 it had a fascinating exhibit about Magellan's circumnavigation 500 years before. Worth checking out to see what they have on display when you visit.

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I agree with History Traveler about Casa di Pilatos (a hidden gem) and Parque de Maria Luisa. Also, in Seville, If you enjoy markets, I recommend having lunch or dinner at Mercado de Triana in Triana or across the river from Triana at Mercado Barranca.

In Cordoba I can recommend Palacio de Viana, which may be in guidebooks, but is a lesser known site and certainly less crowded than the more well-known sites. Also, in Cordoba, we enjoyed having dinner at Mercado Victoria. It's quieter and less crowded than Mercado San Miguel in Madrid. There are numerous food stalls from different countries, not just Spanish, such as Syrian, Japanese, etc., and plenty of tables for dining. All the markets that I recommend have dining areas, indoors and outdoors.

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The most memorable experiences of our September trip to Andalucia were hiking the El Caminito del Rey, the rooftop tour of Seville Cathedral, and the Mezquita. That said, the following were exceptional:
Malaga - Dynamit for dinner; La Pecha for local standup tapas bar
Cordoba - Ermita de la Candelaria for dinner
Arriate, near Ronda - Taberna Malacana

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Thank you everyone! I'm adding all of your suggestions to my googledoc file :)

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Flamenco performance at the Flamenco museum in Seville.
Las Alpujarras villages and hiking near Granada (villages of Capilliera and Bubion)