Andalucia Holidays and Travel Guide

Andalucia is a beautiful province in southern Spain

Malaga - Costa del Sol

Malaga – Capital of the Costa del Sol

 

The autonomous community of Andalucia is the most populous in Spain, and second in size, the region comprising of the provinces of Almeria, Jaen, Granada, Cordoba, Malaga, Cadiz, Seville and Huelva.

It is a major hub for tourism in Spain, noted for its boom in and amenities and mass housing development. The region’s capital is the city of Seville, an internationally renowned metropolis for the true Andalucian traditions and customs, as well as some of its most distinctive attractions, hosting the Expo in 1992.

The climate in Andalucia ranges from alpine in the great mountain ranges, the most notable of which is Sierra Nevada ( the Andalucian paradise for skiing and the southernmost in Europe ) to desert in the eastern part of the province of Almeria (Europe’s only true desert).

Sierra Nevada Granada

Sierra Nevada Granada

The subtropical Mediterranean is located in the south of the province along the Costa del Sol. The climate in Andalucia has a reputation as one of the best in Spain, with mild, slightly wetter winters and hot, dry summers, with temperatures peaking at 44 ºC in the westerly Guadalquivir Valley.

Andalucia has it all – unique wildlife and flora, concentrated in the many protected areas and parks around the region, the most famous of which is Doñana National Park, where the elusive Iberian lynx can be found.

There are too many local hotspots to even begin to describe Andalucia, but no guide would be complete without mentioning the ever-present festivals and fiestas, the most famous being the giant April Fair in Sevilla, the pilgrimage to El Rocio near Huelva in late May, and the Easter celebrations at Malaga and Seville.

Here are the some of the top things to do in Andalucia

You Can Become Part of Its Bullfighting Tradition without Harming a Bull!

Andalucia is an important centre of bullfighting and bull rearing in Spain. The history of these bull related activities in Andalucia dates back to the Roman era and most recently, during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Thankfully the actual act of killing bulls in this way is slowly being banned across the country it was an important cultural activity in Spain in the past and has left some endearing relics, and historical sites which are well worth visiting.

The oldest surviving bullring in Spain is in Andalucia. You can also find the Rutas de Andalucía Taurina, i.e. a tourist route based on the bullfighting history in Andalucia. Bull fighting is an undeniable part of this community’s heritage and an inalienable part of tourism Andalucía.

You can take part in some of its festivals

Festivals in Seville

Andalucia is an extremely festive community in Spain. Here, you will find hospitable people who are always ready to have a good time. The festivals are many and varied and are the perfect place to soak up traditional activates and enjoy the real Spain.

Some of the best-known festivals include the Seville Fair, the Festival of Corpus Christi in Granada, the Malaga August Festival, the Feria de Nuestra Señora de la Salud in Cordoba and  the Feria de San Lucas in Jaen.

These are but a few of the festivals in this great community. You are sure to find an ongoing festival or carnival any time you visit and a visit to this region would not be the same without them. You should join in the fun and make merry.

You can visit the largest gothic cathedral in the world

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

The official name of this cathedral is the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea. It is a Catholic cathedral in Seville and the third-largest church in the world. In 1987, UNESCO registered it as a World Heritage site.

The cathedral reached completion in the early years of the sixteenth century. It immediately surpassed the Hagia Sophia as the world’s largest cathedral. The beauty and splendour of this cathedral will simply amaze you.

It is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus which is another important reason to visit this religious wonder in the South of Spain.

Best beaches in Andalucia

Tarifa Beach

Andalucia is known worldwide as the place where all the wonders and beauties of the earth are in perfect harmony. Blessed with over 800 km of coastline and many outrageous beaches, surrounded by turquoise blue water, the idyllic landscape outlines a paradisical vacation. In the following, here are some of the best and charming beaches of Andalucia.

Playa Victoria, Cadiz

Victoria Beach is located in the province of Cadiz, Andalucia , likened to champagne, because of its champagne-coloured sand, enjoys a large beach, stretching 2 km, being the finest in southern Spain.

Popular for the many water sports, but also for the wide range of restaurants, cafes, bars and lively atmosphere, Playa Victoria offers tourists a relaxing experience, being not as crowded as other beaches.

Bolonia (Costa de la Luz, Cadiz Province)

Highly appreciated and famous, Bolonia is the hardest accessible beach in the southern most province of the Costa de la Luz, but the effort is fully rewarded. Basically, the beach offers three areas to choose from, depending on your tastes.

For adventurous spirits, the south is the paradise of surfers, beating strong winds, while the central part is dedicated to families, with umbrellas and sun beds, the parking being free.

The north of Bolonia is known for more than 30 m high sand dunes, and for its quietness, but also due to the Roman Ruins of Baelo Claudia, where you will discover the mysteries of the ancient practices of this city.

Playa de los Muertos ( The beach of the dead )  Cabo de Gata – Almeria

Playa de los Muertos is part of UNESCO heritage, being declared a Biosphere Reserve. Its hidden bays, coral reefs, pristine beaches, cliffs and ruined castles, make this area one of the most beautiful.

Do not be deceived by the name of the beach, because it will surprise you at the first time. Special and strange at the same time, is the rock formation which is at the end of the beach, resembling a grey mountain, where the overwhelming blue water gently collides.

Play on Championship Golf Courses

Andalucia is the preferred destination of many thousand of golfers each year. This is due to the fact that there are two major regions of Andalucia that offer a superb selection of quality golf courses, mainly the Costa del Sol in the province of Malaga and and the Costa de la Luz in the province of Cadiz.

The Costa del Sol is home to more than 60 top class golf courses including Valderrama, Las Brisas, San Roque Old, La Reserva and Sotogrande.  There are wide selection of golf holiday packages offering value for money golf breaks to all the major golf courses and resorts in Andalicia.

 

Where to stay?

 

muave-arrow-icon    Gran Hotel Guadalpin Puerto Banus  – Marbella

Hotel Guadalpin MarbellaSpain Hotels on Tripadvisor  Located close to Marbella on the Costa Del Sol the Gran Hotel Guadalpin offers  a fantastic beach club and a sunbathing terrace surrounding a large outdoor swimming pool.

For children there is a kid’s club to keep them amused whilst you enjoy a free sauna.

The Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus has a range of places to eat, including seafood, international and Basque restaurants.

The centre and Puerto Banus with its marina and shops is just 15 minutes’ walk away, the centre of Marbella is around 6 km from the hotel.

Check Availability

muave-arrow-icon    Hotel Yaramar    Fuengirola

Hotel Yaramar FuengirolaSpain Hotels on Tripadvisor Located on Fuengirola’s beach front, this hotel boasts fabulous sea views from its outdoor pool, bar-restaurant, bedrooms and even its lifts which spire up impressively from the centre of the hotel.

Play cards or pool in the games room and work out in the gym.

Spend the day on the renowned Los Boliches beach, footsteps away or soak up the sunshine on the nearby golf course or make a day trip to the aqua park only 10 minutes from the Hotel.

Check Availability

muave-arrow-icon  Sunset Beach Club   Benalmadena

Hotel Sunset Beach BenalmdaSpain Hotels on Tripadvisor  This fine hotel features its own beach club, 2 outdoor pools and a fitness centre with sauna and jacuzzi. It has six bars and restaurants, an on-site supermarket and free Wi-Fi.

Free daily activities and entertainment for all ages are offered at the Sunset Beach Club in the summer and live evening entertainment is offered all year round.

A Padi Scuba Diving Centre can be found on site.

Check Availability

 

 

Hotels in Andalucia

⇒ more hotels in Andalucia

Useful websites:

http://www.theguardian.com/   Andalucia guide from the Guardian newspaper.
http://www.andalucia.com/  Andalucia.com