Andalusia is the Southernmost region in mainland Spain, stretching across most of the South coast and boasting a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Accordingly, the province offers some of the best rooftop bars in Europe, from which guests can soak up both the Andalusian sun and incredible views of historic cities in Southern Spain.
Take a look at our list of the very best high-altitude spots to have a drink in Andalusia. But before you travel to Spain, don’t forget to check the ETIAS requirements for Europe! As of 2021, the ETIAS travel authorization will be a requirement to travel to Spain and other Schengen countries.
Cadiz is an ancient port city considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe and is full to the brim with historic architecture. You can get right up close and personal to one of the most impressive at the Hotel la Catedral rooftop terrace, which offers exclusive views over Seville Cathedral and the historic Populo neighborhood.
Hotel guests have access to an additional terrace offering an infinity pool and jacuzzi from which to sit back, relax and take in spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cadiz skyline.
Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the East of Andalusia and offers visitors a range of natural and man-made wonders to explore. First among these is the Alhambra, the ancient Arabic palace complex that towers over the city. If you’re looking for a bar with the best view of the Alhambra, then stop by El Balcón de San Nicolas (St. Nicholas’ Balcony), located just opposite the fortress. Considered the best outdoor space in Granada’s Old Town, this balcony-terrace offers comfy sofas, a full menu of cocktails and tapas, and, of course, the best panoramic views of the Alhambra.
Malaga is known as "the capital of the Costa del Sol", an important Spanish tourist destination that draws around 6 million visitors every year to enjoy its sun and golden Andalusian beaches. After a day catching some rays, there are few better options than to head for a rooftop cocktail at the luxurious AC Hotel Malaga Palacio. The rooftop bar, Àtico, not only offers amazing panoramic views of Malaga and a large rooftop pool, but also a bar and gourmet restaurant that is open all day for lunch, dinner or drinks. Àtico is one of the trendiest spaces in the city, so if you pay a visit, dress classy!
Seville, or as its known in Spanish, Sevilla, is the largest city and capital of Andalusia, located inland along the River Guadalquivir. The most popular tourist attraction in Seville is the bullring, the site of the world-famous Seville fair bullfighting festival. However other attractions include the elaborate tomb of Christopher Columbus inside Seville Cathedral, or the stunning Arabic Alcázar gardens.
After a full day exploring everything Seville has to offer, there’s no better place to unwind than at the Espacio Azahar rooftop bar. Located right in the historic Seville city center, this atmospheric terrace tea-house features immersive African-Arabian decor, live cultural performances and a restaurant serving exotic dishes such as ostrich and kangaroo meat. The rooftop terrace also boasts outdoor jacuzzis so you can relax and take in an Andalusian sunset. It’s no wonder The Guardian newspaper voted the Espacio Azahar one of the very best rooftop bars in Europe.
Now that you know about the best rooftop bars in Andalusia, make sure you comply with ETIAS visa requirements before your trip to the South of Spain!