Andalucia Travel Guide

Andalucia is the most populous region of Spain, home to the important cities of   Granada, Cordoba, Malaga, Cadiz and Seville.

The region is blessed with an enviable climate, great mountain ranges, impressive beaches and is home to Europe’s only true desert.

The area is a major hub for tourism in Spain noted for its first-class beach resorts such as Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

The capital of Andalucia is Seville, full of history and charm, this is where the famous tapa was invented!.




17 Interesting facts about Andalucia

  1. World renowned artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in 1881.
  2. Hollywood actor and heart-throb Antonio Banderas hails from Malaga.
  3. Christopher Columbus sailed from the port of Huelva in 1492 to discover America.
  4. Andalucia is home to the formidable mountain range and popular ski resort - Sierra Nevada.
  5. Andalucia is home to the only dessert iun Europe.



Ronda Gorge Andalucia
Ronda Gorge

The sub-tropical climate of Andalucia has a reputation as being one of the best in Spain. It boasts with mild winters and hot, dry summers with an average temperature of around 24C.

Andalucia is also well known for its many festivals and fiestas including the Seville April Fair, the El Rocio pilgrimage and the Easter holey celebrations of Malaga and Seville.

Top 10 Things To Do In Andalucia

  1. Visit the historic regional capital - Seville.
  2. Explore the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba.
  3. Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada.
  4. Marvel at the hilltop village of Ronda.
  5. Take a road trip to explore the whitewashed villages.
  6. Spend a day at the Grazalema National Park in Cadiz and Malaga.
  7. Visit Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso.
  8. Walk along the spectacular Caminito del Rey ( The Kings Walk ) close to Malaga.
  9. Explore the historic city of Cadiz.
  10. Go wine tasting in Jerez de la Frontera, the home of Sherry.
  11. Visit the stunning Donana National Park.
  12. Spend a day at the chic coastal resort of Marbella.
  13. Go underground and explore the caves at Nerja.
  14. Go hiking within the Cabo de Gata national park, Almeria.
  15. Explore Europe's only dessert at Tabernas, Almeria.
  16. Attend an authentic Flamenco show.
  17. Try a variety of Tapas dishes.

 

Exploring Andalucia

 

Amazing festivals and fiestas

Seville April Festival
Seville April Festival - Andalucia

Andalucia is home to friendly people who are always ready to have a good time. Local festivals are perfect 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

Home to one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world

Seville Cathedral in Andalucia
Seville Cathedral

Seville is home to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea, granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987.

The cathedral was completed in the early sixteenth century and is the burial site of Christopher Columbus.

Stunning beaches

Chipiona Beach in Andalucia
Chipiona Beach

Andalucia is blessed with over 800 kilometers of diverse coastline and many blue flag beaches set in idyllic landscapes, here are some of the best beaches of Andalucia.

» Playa Victoria Beach -  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 a lively atmosphere, Playa Victoria offers tourists a relaxing experience, being not as crowded as other beaches.

» Bolonia Beach - Costa de la Luz

Highly appreciated and famous, Bolonia is the hardest accessible beach in the southernmost 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. Bolonia beach is known for its tranquility and 30 meter high sand dunes.

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

» Cabo de Gata – Almeria

Cabo De Gata Almeria
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.

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

Become part of its bullfighting tradition without harming a bull!

Andalucia Bullfighting Tradition
Ronda Bull Statue

Andalucia was an important centre of bullfighting n Spain with it's history dating back to the Roman era, one of the oldest bullrings can be found in Ronda.

Thankfully the actual act of killing bulls is being banned across the country. However love it or loath its, bullfighting was an important part of Spanish life in Spain in the past and has left many relics and historical sites which are well worth visiting.

Flamingos in their natural habitat at the Donana natural park

Flamingos Donana Park
Flamingos at the Donana Nature Reserve

The Donana Nature Reserve is a unique and beautiful wetlands nature park located in Almonte, Huelva in Southern Spain, some of the vast areas it covers also lies within the provinces of Cadiz and Seville.

Migratory birds including dancing Flamingos, stunning scenery, pine forests and moving sand dunes are just some of the sites and attractions that await visitors to this privileged area of Spain.

Championship golf courses

Santana Golf Holidays
Santana Golf

 

Andalucia is the preferred destination of many thousands of golfers each year.

The area is home to the world-renowned Costa del Sol which boasts more than 60 top class golf courses including Valderrama, Las Brisas, San Roque and  La Reserva.

We can help you plan and book your next golf trip to Andalucia and around Spain.

 

TIP: Book tours in advance: best tours in Andalucia.  Highly recommended is the top reviewed :  Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Guided Tour

Top Andalucia Cities, Towns & Resorts

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Recommended hotels and places to stay in Andalucia

Luxury High-End

For an exceptional stay in luxurious surroundings the Hotel Palacio de Villapanes in Seville is hard to beat. Located close to the Santa Justa station at the top end of the historic city centre this world class hotel is ideal for exploring local attractions such as the Palacio de las Duenas, a 10-minute walk away, as well as the Alcazar and Cathedral. Reviewer Rating: 9.1

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Mid Range

For an exceptional boutique guest house accommodation try the wonderful Jardines De La Reina Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Marbella With its elegant decor and 5 star facilities this is not your straight forward B&B as you can see by the high review rating it regularly receives.  This fine boutique guest house is situated in a tranquil area on the outskirts of Marbella around a 15 minute drive to the world renowned Puerto Banus Marina and Marbella's old townReviewer Rating: 10.0

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Budget Accommodation

Set in the heart of Granada's entertainment district the Hostal Rodri is a firm favorite with budget holiday makers travelers visiting Granada. The ideal location is within a few minutes walk of many of the cities top attractions including the Plaza de la Universidad, the Botanical Gardens and lots of great tapas bars and low cost eateries. Reviewer Rating:  10.0