There’s nothing more inspirational than a great view. Whether you’re looking at mountains, skyscrapers or oceans nothing gets creativity flowing faster than an amazing skyline. To spark your imagination, here are five of possibly the best views in Andalucia.
Best coastal view
A challenge because Andalucia has a long, long coastline with pretty amazing views along most of it. The sandy bay at Bolonia beach in Cadiz was a top contender here, but in the end I’ve gone for Isleta del Moro in Cabo de Gata in Almeria. I could sit for hours gazing at the mountains that back the bay, the bobbing fishing boats and the fish in the transparent sea below.
Best urban view
In the running here is Seville’s river skyline. The view upriver to the Triana bridge over the Guadalquivir and the Torre Pelli in the background provides a great view for reflecting on the mix of the old and the new. I also came close to choosing the rooftops of Almeria with the Moorish castle in the background. But Malaga port with the palm tree-lined boulevard and the brand-new Pompidou Museum beat both of them to it in the contest for my best urban view in Andalucia.
Best romantic view
This one was easy. Maybe because it’s the city where I fell in love with Andalucia (and my husband) but Granada wins hands down in this category. The difficult bit was choosing the most romantic view but there surely aren’t many as wonderful as this one looking across to the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada? In fact, this might be my favourite view. Full stop.
Best mountain vista
Again a challenge. Andalucia’s many mountain ranges have amazing views of the surrounding countryside. But this one in Sierra de las Nieves in Malaga province is one of my favourites. It’s a tough hike but the views are well worth the climb. This is the view west with the white town of Ronda nestling in the dip.
Best river view
Contenders here were the Guadalquivir again – the view across it from the Mosque in Cordoba is pretty spectacular. And a recent discovery for me was the River Trevélez in the Alpujarra in Granada province. The vista up valley towards the highest mountains in Andalucia was quite breathtaking. But in the end I’ve gone for a surprising river view as my favourite. We discovered it the other day – the River Guadalhorce near to where it reaches the sea. This has to be one of the most peaceful river views I’ve seen and you’d never guess that Malaga Airport is literally on its doorstep.
These are my favourites and I’ve probably missed some of the best. What would be your contenders for the best views in Andalucia?