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See These 6 Picturesque Southern Spain Summer Vacation Spots

Check out these stunning things to see in Spain on your next trip

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View of Southern Spanish architecture and the Mediterranean Sea at Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Just about every turn in southern Spain yields an awe-inspiring vista. From cobblestoned towns to idyllic island getaways, the southern coast of Spain and the Canary Islands offer stunning cultural showstoppers and natural wonders for every type of traveler.

Here are some of the most Instagram-worthy highlights to hit during your summer vacation in Spain.

Aerial view of Nerja, Spain, on the Mediterranean coast 

Málaga and Surrounding Areas


Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking through the shallow Rio Chillar, a river that leads to the caves of Nerja, starting in Málaga City.

Bring your waterproof camera gear, and get ready for some of the most spectacular views in the area. Be prepared to walk through ankle-deep water for a four- to six-hour trek next to cavern walls and over pebbled river beds. The stunning photos will be well worth the journey.

Once you reach Nerja, take in architecture influenced by the Romans, Moors and Christians and peppered with modern-day cafés set against the azure blue of the Mediterranean.

Stay at Hilton Garden Inn Malaga for quick access to the best attractions in Nerja.

An empty street of white, stucco buildings with blue plant pots on a sunny day in Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Province of Málaga, Spain 


Take a moment to bask in the beauty of this Andalusían pueblo blanco, a town characterized by the buildings' white-washed walls, Moorish architecture and flower-adorned patios. Thirty kilometers from Málaga city and up a few winding roads, you'll find vistas along every scenic street.

Stroll the old Arab wall and gardens for panoramic views across the Costa del Sol and, on a clear day, across the Mediterranean to Morocco's Rif Mountains. Head to the Cuesta de la Villa to access some of the most jaw-dropping views.

When it's time to rest your weary feet, head to Higueron Hotel Malaga, Curio Collection by Hilton. Relax and unwind at Higueron Spa, and stay close to beautiful beaches for a tranquil reprieve.

View of the Alhambra Fortress, in Alhambra, Granada, Spain 


The Alhambra

Granada, located in Andalucía province, is home to the majestic Alhambra fortress, palaces, courtyards and gardens. Every geometric tile, smooth stucco wall and white-marbled corner holds an ancient tale. Start with a trek up the Torre de Vela, or Candle Tower, where you'll have a virtually unimpeded view of Granada and the Sierra Nevada mountain range.


Above Granada's Medieval Albayzín neighborhood sits the city's Roma quarter, known as Sacromonte. Explore the white-washed caves hollowed into the cliffs and catch a Zambra show — a type of Flamenco. Go at sunset to watch the city below light up in shades of plum, nectarine and rose gold while chords from a Spanish guitar set the mood.

Hand-painted tiles in the Plaza de  España in Seville, Spain 


Seville is hands down one of the top places to visit in Spain. Fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones™" will recognize the Real Alcazar de Seville, which doubles as the seat of the House Martell in Dorne on the beloved show. The 700-year-old palace played the role of Dorne's fabled Water Gardens in the fictional city of Sunspear. The crew filmed in four key areas: the Ambassadors' Hall, Mercury's Pool, the Baths of Maria de Padilla and the gardens.

With its ornate ceramic tiles (or azulejos in Spanish), Arabic architecture and rose and orange blossom-scented green gardens, this area will provide endless opportunities to snap the perfect pics.

Find you home away from home at Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla.

View on the beach and village Morro Jable on Canary Island, Fuerteventura, Spain 

Canary Islands

A Canary Islands vacation is the perfect opportunity to soak up Spain's sun, sand and scenery. On the island of Lanzarote, you can hike the impressive, moonscape-like Timanfaya National Park, take a camel ride among dormant volcanoes or hit Famara's long, sandy beach for some surfing or paddleboarding.

But you'll be missing a modern-day cultural experience if you don't go to the underground cave system made chic by Lanzarote's famous artist, César Manrique, called the Jameos del Agua caves.

This site features a restaurant, pool, auditorium, rock-hewn bar seats and fern-covered walls. Go for the live music and a rotating roster of events, then stay for the ambiance.

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