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This Sunny Spanish Region Just Broke Its All-Time Tourism Record

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You’ll struggle to find a traveler who’s never thought about going to Spain – the country is so filled with jaw-dropping sights and unmissable attractions that it’s bound to make it to just about everyone’s travel bucket list.

And at a time when the country as a whole is experiencing an unbelievable surge in visitor numbers, one dreamy region is emerging as Spain’s trendiest, most inviting hotspot.

Seville, Spain

Andalusia, a place that’s home to some of the most gorgeous Spanish cities, including Seville, Granada, Malaga, and Cordoba, just announced an incredible new tourism record – 666,363 international visitors in the month of January alone.

This number marks a 17.39% increase from the same period last year and an all-time high that, even though it sounds hard to beat, will inevitably make place for a new record if people keep coming to Andalusia at these rates all throughout 2024.

But for those who mainly know Spain through bigger hotspots like Madrid or Barcelona, it’s worth answering – why can’t people get enough of this once-overlooked region?

Malagueta beach in Malaga. Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Spain

One Of The Most Attraction-Filled Regions In The World

Remember how I said that Andalusia is home to the likes of Seville, Granada, Malaga, and Cordoba?

Well, if you’ve never been to any of these cities, all you need to know is that each is more fascinating and dumbfoundingly beautiful than the last.

White horse in front of the cathedral and the Giralda of Seville

Seville, the proud capital of the region, is the best modern-day embodiment of the Moorish and Gothic influences that have impacted Spain so heavily throughout the years.

Everything, from the intricately adorned buildings to the fabulously prepared bowls of gazpacho, will leave you stunned.

This is just a small sliver of the iconic Andalucian allure that draws in millions of visitors every year.

And with places like Alhambra, the Royal Alcázar of Seville, and Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba to explore, your itinerary is guaranteed to be jam-packed.

Granada. The fortress and palace complex Alhambra

Now Is The Cheapest Time To Fly To Andalusia

If deciding to finally explore Andalusia is the best travel decision you can make, choosing to do it now is the second best.

According to Skyscanner, April, in particular, is the absolute cheapest time of the year to fly to many of the region’s biggest hotspots.

woman reading on airplane

Below, you’ll find a rough estimate of the average round-trip ticket you can find from the U.S. to the five airports located within Andalusia:

Average Round-Ticket PriceDestination 
$700Seville
$650Malaga
$900Almeria
$700Granada
$800Jerez

While these figures are by no means why you’d consider cheap, they’re still leagues better than the thousands of dollars you’d spend on the same exact tickets during peak season (June – August).

So Much To Do This Time Of Year

If you’re more of a “doer” than a “seer,” I’ve got some good news for you, too.

woman hiking in Spain

Andalusia offers much more than just pretty views; in fact, there’s so much to do around the region this time of year that you won’t even know where to start.

The Holy Week, or Semana Santa, as locals call it, is bound to be one of the biggest events of the year, and it’s quickly approaching, so if you’re lucky enough to visit bigger cities like Seville or Malaga between March 24 and March 31, don’t miss out on the processions.

If big religious events like this aren’t your thing, you can always opt for a Seville food tour, a guided visit to Alhambra and Generalife, or an adrenaline-pumping hike in Caminito Del Rey.

A Gazpacho Bowl Served In A Restaurant In Spain, Southern Europe

A Great Selection Of Hotels That Cater To All Budgets

After a long day of sightseeing and attending fun events like these, you’ll want to rest somewhere clean and comfortable – luckily, there’s no shortage of great places to stay in Andalusia.

Those on a higher budget will fall in love with the incredibly highly reviewed local picks, including Hotel Colón Gran Meliá, Hotel Don Pepe Gran Meliá, and Boutique Hotel Casa del Poeta.

Traditional White Houses Of Triana, A Historical Neighborhood In Seville, Andalusia, Spain

If you’re looking for something more economical instead, look up MB Hostels Premium ECO, Toc Hostel Sevilla, Casa Boutique La Pila del Pato, Black Swan Hostel Sevilla, or Simon Hotel – I can guarantee you’ll find something you like.

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