Legendary Locations: Andalusia, Spain

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Irina Shayk in 2013 :: Alex Cayley/SI

Day 11: Andalusia, Spain

Traditions die hard in Andalusia, the second-largest autonomous community in Spain, which makes sense when you consider the history contained within its borders. It is home to the Real Maestranza de Caballería, the oldest bullring in the world, situated in Seville, Andalusia's nearly 3,000-year-old capital. It also is the birthplace of flamenco dancing.

In the heart of the old city lies the Gran Meliá Colón, a recently renovated hotel that opened in 1929 and was the favorite haunt of matadors—and Ernest Hemingway, who stayed there after the Spanish Civil War. The Guadalquivir River bisects the city into two districts, each with its own histories and characteristics. While there is plenty to do in Seville, day trips are easy to plan. Cadiz, with its famed white villages, lies on the coast 75 miles south of town.

However you choose to spend your time in the bustling region, one thing is certain. You'll come to understand the allure of one more Spanish tradition: the siesta.

–Janine Berey

Rebecca Shore