7 days in southern spain included seeing the floats at easter

The Ultimate Southern Spain Itinerary 7 Days

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Andalusia is a region that immediately springs to mind when people think of quintessential Spain. Hot weather. Flamenco dancers. White-washed villages. Palm trees. Intricate Moorish architecture. Orange trees.

Andalusia is, without a doubt, vibrant and rich and beautiful; Andalusia stole my heart and truly made me feel as if I’ve landed in Spain (even more-so than Madrid and Barcelona, even though I love both cities).

Without a doubt, any traveler could easily visit for a month and immerse themselves here; it’s incredible. 

However, not all of us have that amount of time to travel, especially visitors from the United States who get the short end of the stick when it comes to PTO. I get it. And I know a week doesn’t seem to do Andalusia a justice.

Never fear, though!

Having 7 Days in Southern Spain is still a decent amount of time to introduce you to Andalusia’s wondrous gems. You will see the biggest cities and some of the most famous sites in Spain, and feel inspired to return again. 

seville easter floats are amazing

Southern Spain Travel Essentials

Before diving into the details of this itinerary, I wanted to share a few basic essentials with you. You don’t want to miss out on important tips and tricks that will make following this Southern Spain Itinerary in 7 Days much, much easier. 

Afterwards, I will break down you visit each day and even include a couple accommodation ideas.

Southern Spain Itinerary 7 Days is always sunny and warm

How to Get Around Andalusia 

Andalusia is remarkably connected with public transportation. Larger cities, such as Seville and Granada, are all linked to the AVE trains. AVE trains are high-speed trains that make travel between Spanish cities manageable and simple, and save you a ton of time. 

Be aware, though, that you will want to book high-speed train tickets well in advance. On holidays, seats do sell out and it’s better to have an itinerary that’s a little rigid instead of being stranded at the train station until the next morning.

Purchase tickets online and save them to your phone. Print extra copies to be safe.

Spain’s train stations also require travelers to go through security, similar to the airport, so make sure you allow ample time to board your train.

7 days in southern spain tip: don't skip jerez
Cool Alleyways Provide Shade in Summer.

In addition, southern Spain has plenty of buses too. The bus ride between Seville and Jerez, for example, was a quick and comfortable ride. Like the trains, you will want to book tickets on the buses in advance to ensure that you have a seat.

Of course, you’re also welcome to rent a car since many of the smaller villages are only accessible with your own vehicle. However, I wanted to write an itinerary that was easy to do using the public transportation system, since not everyone is confident driving overseas. 

All in all, plan smartly and you will have no issues exploring southern Spain.

southern spain for a week means visiting the flowers in cordoba

What to Pack for Southern Spain

  • Andalucia Lonely Planet Guide: There are enough attractions in Southern Spain to fill a novel. This guide to Andalusia will help ensure you see everything in your itinerary.
  • Pacsafe Crossbody Bag: Violent crime is low in Andalusia, but pickpockets do target tourists. I personally felt very safe, but if you’re an anxious traveler, wear a crossbody bag with anti-theft protection to put your mind at ease.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: It’s essential to stay hydrated on a trip to Southern Spain. So don’t forget a light-weight and reusable water bottle on your trip! In addition, restaurants are required to give free tap water if you request it, so don’t be afraid to ask. 
  • Spanish Phrasebook: While English is spoken here, you’ll have even better luck if you know a little bit of Spanish. Practice your Spanish skills with this phrasebook prior to your trip
  • Sunglasses: Don’t let the sun hurt your eyes! Bring fun sunglasses on your travels to Spain.
  • Travel Insurance: Always purchase travel insurance for overseas trips. You never know if your flight be canceled out of Seville, haha. I love World Nomads and use them for all my trips. 
  • Wide-brimmed Hat: I can’t emphasize enough how hot this part of Spain is. To protect yourself and keep cool, you will want to bring a wide-brimmed hat. 
Southern Spain Itinerary 7 Days Tip: Don't Skip Cordoba's Patios
Patios of Cordoba Are a Must-See!

Is 7 Days in Southern Spain Enough?

Ehhhh, not really.

Due to the nature of this itinerary, I skipped over the coastal cities such as Malaga and Cadiz, and wasn’t able to include the smaller white villages. I feel like two weeks is a better amount of time to spend in this area.

But you get the time off that you get, right? 

A week is still far better than nothing, and you will have a nice “taste” of Southern Spain to tempt you for your next visit.

Southern Spain Itinerary 7 Days: An Overview

Day Sights
1 Arrival, Seville
2 Seville’s Top Attractions
3 Day Trip to Jerez
4 Granada’s Alhambra
5 Granada In Depth
6 Arrival, Cordoba, Mosque & Cathedral
7 Cordoba Sites

7 days southern spain itinerary: don't miss the alhambra

Southern Spain Itinerary 7 Days: Details 

In this guide, I tried to keep you at a pace where you will see a lot, but still avoid staying in a hotel for one night at a time. Of course, I still left a bit of wiggle room in each day for you to add your own touches to this itinerary.

Happy travels!

with 2 days in seville, enjoy a relaxing stroll around the plaza

Day 1: Arrival in Seville

Welcome to beautiful Seville! With 2 days in Seville, you definitely won’t run out of things to see and do on your trip here; not to mention, as a large city, Seville is the perfect place to start your southern Spain vacation. You’ll have access to a major train station and a reasonably sized airport, so getting around is super easy.  

Once you check into your hotel, head to Barrio de Santa Cruz or the former Jewish quarter of Seville. Santa Cruz is considered the “tourist heart” of Seville, so while it might be crowded, you’ll find a lot of super cute side streets and fun boutiques for shopping. 

Additionally, this neighborhood is home to many fantastic museums. Definitely check them out, especially if you’re experiencing hot weather in Seville.

solo travel andalusia means finding lots of patios
The Patios are Gorgeous in Seville.

For example, while not a “traditional” museum, Indias Archive (Archivo de Indias) holds an extensive collection of documents related to the Spanish colonies in the Americas, and as a result of this history, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. I especially recommend this museum to lovers of history. 

Meanwhile, a traveler who loves dance and culture might be more drawn to Flamenco Dance Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco), which is dedicated to the art of … you guessed it! Flamenco! PS: If you need evening plans, I highly recommend booking a flamenco show. Seville is the birthplace of this passionate style of dance.

Last but not least anyone who loves unique houses and wants to see rich interior decorating and architecture, might opt to go to Casa de Murillo or he former residence of the famous Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

don't skip seville with 12 days in spain

After you’re done museum hopping, you will want to check out Plaza de Espana, which is one of the most impressive squares that I’ve ever seen on my travels around the world.

The square was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, and it showcases a harmonious blend of Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles. And, yeah, the photos don’t do it justice at all. And, depending on the time of year, you might even see a live Flamenco show!

When you arrive, you’ll probably see several tourists enjoying the canal boat rides. These boat rides are well worth your time if you have the extra time and want to witness a unique perspective of the architectural details, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of Plaza de España from a fresh and new angle.

Lastly, the square is positively decorated with with colorful ceramic tile benches, representing different regions of Spain.

don't miss out on the dancers in seville spain

Where to Stay in Seville

royal alcazar is another awesome spot on this 7 days in southern spain itinerary

Day 2: Seville in Depth

Without a doubt, the Royal Alcazar of Seville is one of the gems in this city, and you will easily dedicate your entire morning to exploring the palace rooms, gardens, and courtyards. 

You’re welcome to purchase an audio guide if you wish. Honestly, I don’t focus well enough to truly enjoy audio guides, but for those of you wanting to take your time and soak up history, they can be an excellent value.

a gorgeous stop for solo travel in seville

In the palace rooms, each space is positively adorned with exquisite tilework, intricate carvings, and impressive ceilings. The Palacio de Pedro I is particularly noteworthy for its Mudéjar architecture.

Furthermore, the gardens are just as wonderful as the palace rooms themselves. Stroll through the lush greenery, fountains, and peaceful courtyards in the Patio de las Doncellas and the Gardens of the Alcazar.

Lastly, if you’d rather have the efficiency and knowledge of a small tour, then you might want to look into book this combination tour of both the Alcazar and Cathedral of Seville. The lines to go into the Alcazar can be overwhelming.

falling in love with this alter in seville

Another important attraction is the Cathedral de Seville and La Giralda.

You can easily spend an hour inside the cathedral. For me, the Chapel of the Sacrament stood out the most on my visit. The sheer amount of gold simply blew my mind.

I need to mention that Seville Cathedral is also the final burial place of Christopher Columbus. His tomb is held aloft by four statues representing the kingdoms of Spain. I know. I know.

Obviously, this tomb will stir mixed and uncomfortable feelings, and I don’t want to tell anyone how they should react to it or if they want to see it. There is still plenty to see and admire in the Seville Cathedral even if you skip the tomb.

2 days in seville to see the sights like la giralda tower

After the cathedral, you will also want to check out La Giralda, which is the iconic bell tower. I’m not exaggerating about it being iconic either, haha. La Giralda is an enduring symbol of Seville that dominances the city skyline. 

For breathtaking views, you’ll want to definitely climb La Giralda. You don’t need to fret too much about going to the top either, because, unlike a lot of other European bell towers, La Giralda includes ramps instead of stairs, making it accessible to a wide range of visitors.

You’ll never forget seeing this famous city from a bird’s eye view! 

jerez is a perfect addition to this Southern Spain Itinerary 7 Days

Day 3: Day Trip to Jerez

I highly recommend taking a quick day trip to Jerez after spending some time in Seville. I absolutely loved Jerez. I would actually say that Jerez surprised me because of how much I loved my time here.

It’s only a short bus ride away, too, which makes it an easy day trip! Purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Jerez is the home to both sherry and flamenco. If you’re truly interested in flamenco, you’re in for a real treat coming to Jerez, because the shows here are geared toward tourists and locals (as opposed to just tourists). My personal favorite flamenco show was at Tabanco El Pasaje. It’s well worth it to reserve a table to have a great view of the stage. 

Seriously, I would do the day trip to Jerez just for this flamenco show. It was one of the highlights of my trip.

don't forget to see a flamenco show with 7 days in southern spain
You MUST See Flamenco in Jerez.

Along with flamenco, you don’t want to miss Jerez Cathedral and the Jerez Alcazar. These attractions are super close to each other, so it’s easy to see both of them. In particular, the Alcazar walls offer sweeping views of the city that are just perfect for pictures.

However, if you’re tired of cathedrals and alcazars, Jerez is also home to the famous Tio Pepe winery, which allows tours. Why not sample some of the local wines?

All in all, Jerez is a smaller city that offers visitors a more intimate view of Andalusia.

with 7 days in southern spain, do not miss the Alhambra

Day 4: Arrival in Granada 

Welcome to Granada, which is one of my favorite cities in Southern Spain. Granada is well worth visiting for multiple nights.

Obviously, The Alhambra Palace is the main reason why Granada is worth visiting. Obviously. The Alhambra is one of the most visited sites in all of Spain.

And it’s not overrated. Not in the slightest. The Alhambra lives up to the hype.

Furthermore, you will devote most of the day to visiting the Alhambra. I don’t think it’s one of those attractions that you can visit for an hour and then move on. The Alhambra is truly meant to be savored and admired. You can either take a bus directly to the Alhambra or walk up the hill to the entrance. Either way is honestly fine, although I suggest the bus if it’s very hot or if you have mobility issues.

with 7 days in southern spain, you must see the alhambra

Keep in mind that the Alhambra isn’t an attraction that you can casually show up to. Even if you’re a solo traveler in Granada, planning ahead is VERY important.

For example, you need to bring documentation with you, for example, and your name needs to match the name printed on the ticket for security purposes. 

As a side note, you also need to book tickets for the Alhambra far in advance, and entrance is timed for Nasrid Palaces. I went during Easter Week, and tickets were sold out for the next month. History buffs may enjoy a small group, skip-the-line tour to give additional meaning to the beauty that surrounds them. 

gorgeous Alhambra photo taken with one of my solo travel essentials a sony camera

Where to Stay in Granada

  • Boutique Hotel Luna Granada Centro: I love swanky boutique hotels, and this highly rated one in the center of Granada ticks all the boxes. Especially because they have a resturant and a pool, haha. See prices on Booking.com
  • Hotel Posada del Toro: This gem is located right in Granada’s City Center, and is a super close walk to the stunning cathedral. The price is perfect for a centrally located hotel! See prices on Booking.com and Expedia.com.
  • Oripando Hostel: Granada’s amazing historic Albaicin neighborhood is one of my favorite spots in all of Granada. This highly rated hostel offers sone great views and a pool! Perfect for meeting other travelers too. See prices on Booking.com.
Southern Spain Itinerary 7 Days Tip: Don’t Miss Out on Shopping.

Day 5: Granda in Depth

After the Alhambra, you might think Granada has nothing else to do. Oh, no no no. Granada is such a rich city that you’ll discover plenty of things to do with your second day here.

First and foremost, Granada is a haven for nature lovers.

Granada has several large parks with hiking trails and breathtaking mountain views. However, if you don’t want to hike, you don’t want to miss Mirador de San Nicolás, which is Granada’s most famous viewing point with an excellent vantage point of the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada mountains. Don’t miss this place at sunset. 

You may also want to explore Sacromonte, which is a remarkable neighborhood known for its white-washed caves. Granada’s Sacromonte is very steeped in Roma tradition and as a result, is a wonderful area for music. The combination of nature and city, plus the artistic elements, will blow your mind. 

granada is a city that is also packed with nature

Once you check out Granada’s nature, I suggest exploring the center of Granada, which means stopping at Catedral de Granada. You’ll need to pay to enter the cathedral, which is well worth it. The Baroque interior is breathtaking. 

At the end of the day, go for some drinks and tapas. Granada is one of the few cities in Spain that still embraces the “free tapas” culture. Discover restaurants on your own or book a small group wine and tapas tour to eat your way through the city. 

12 days in spain needs to include cordoba mosque

Day 6: Arrival in Cordoba

Cordoba is one of my favorite cities in all of Spain. I absolutely loved my time here. I cannot recommend it enough. 

Upon arriving in Cordoba, you will want to go and visit the breathtaking Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, which is one of Spain’s most visited attractions. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique architectural hybrid, combing East and West, and a walk through the mosque is a breathtaking experience, because the arches feel endless. It’s easy to spend an hour or more here. 

Like many of the best attractions in Andalusia, tickets can and do sell out, and the lines are notoriously long in peak season. To combat the wait, I recommend purchasing tickets in advance so you’re able to seamlessly able to visit the Mosque-Cathedral. 

exploring the inside of the mosque-cathedral in cordoba

Afterwards, I suggest immersing yourself in Cordoba’s local beauty such as … going to the patios! 

I honestly think the patios make Cordoba special in comparison to other cities in Spain. Cordoba hosts an annual Courtyard Festival and Contest, but you’re still able to see some gorgeous patios other times of the year too! Just pay a small fee, which helps upkeep the patio’s maintenance, and then take photos of the colorful flowers, as you listen to the birds sing and breath in the fresh floral scents permeating the air. 

falling in love with cordoba spain

Where to Stay in Cordoba

7 days in southern spain means going to beautiful cordoba

Day 7: Cordoba & Departure 

Your 7 days in Southern Spain have come to an end! Don’t despair, though. You can always plan a return visit in the future.

If you have time to spare, then I suggest going to The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos.  I mean, you can’t get enough of alcazars in Southern Spain, after all, and this one has a lot of historical significance. 

Cordoba’s Alcazar is gorgeous, especially the gardens with the flowers and pool. These colorful and shaded gardens offer travelers peaceful (and needed) oasis, especially on a hot day. I could easily relax here with a book, haha.

I personally founded Cordoba’s alcazar more relaxed than others in the area, You can purchase tickets across the street or in advance online. 

7 days in southern spain in the spring and seeing flowers in granada

I hope you enjoyed reading all about my itinerary for Spain. I absolutely adore Spain and could keep visiting this magical country again and again and again. Have a great time!