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Andalusia lies in the south of Spain on the shores of both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. A region of great contrast, there are dramatic often snow-capped mountain ranges and flat plains baking in the sun. Here you can bask on the beach or explore the Sistemas mountains and the Sierra Morena where walking, white water rafting, horse riding, climbing and cycling are very popular.
This is a region rich in Spanish culture where you can enjoy fabulous performances of flamenco dancing and there is still a strong bullfighting tradition in the area. It is a romantic area much enjoyed by young couples and newlyweds, many of whom opt for a secluded Andalusia cottage in the hills near the fabled white villages.
There is much to do and see in the area, however, few sights can compare with the Alhambra in Granada, a palace with fabulous gardens, built by the Moors, dominating the town and overlooking the majestic Sierra Nevada in the distance where El Mulhacen rises to 3,481 metres. To find out more about the Andalusia holiday attractions and useful advice such as why you should pre-book tickets for the Alhambra see our more information section.
There are plenty of events taking place in the Andalusia region throughout the year, most of them repeat around the same time each year, in our information section you can find out more.
The weather in Andalusia is exceptional with near all year round sunshine. For outdoor activities, this is a major attraction and of course for sun lovers in general. Temperatures rise into the thirties centigrade in the main school summer holiday months becoming more clement in the Spring and Autumn whilst remaining beach weather, even at Easter. Lying so close to Africa it is not surprising that the climate here is lovely and warm, indeed the Andalusia weather renders the coastal areas suitable for holidays practically all year round. It's not known as the sun coast or “Costa del Sol” for nothing.
There is a wide range of options for fly-drive holidays to Andalusia. There are direct flights to the International Andalusian airports of Malaga (AGP), Granada (GRX), Cordoba (OBA), Jerez (XRY), Seville (SVQ) and Almeria (LEI). There are numerous low-cost flight options from many regional airports allowing the traveller to Andalusia many convenient options.
Food and drink
Tapas is a great pleasure in Andalusia with superb hams and olives, you can buy them in the local markets. Fresh tomatoes with olive oil, Spanish omelette with potatoes, buy a good paella from the market, the meat is great for a barbeque. Red wine is excellent here and goes with all the food.
Restaurants are nice but perhaps the most enjoyable are the new wave gastronomic tapas with a nice white wine or sangria. Breakfast outdoors in the sun with a fresh pressed orange, homemade marmalades. It's eating out in the warm evenings which is so nice. In places like Cordoba, there is more of an Arabian influence and here you can enjoy the likes of mint tea in the local cafes. Of course, there is often gipsy music played live in bars and restaurants.
Sports and leisure
There are numerous activities in the area which can be enjoyed with freedom due to the excellent climate. Andalusia is great for walking holidays, painting holidays, fishing holidays and especially golf holidays and of course for the less active beach holidays. There are excellent facilities for watersports with lots of jet ski hire along with sailing and windsurfing. Beaches tend to be grey with coarse-grained sand and there is an abundance of restaurants, outdoor cafes and boutiques. Malaga is a beautiful city, Nerja and Marbella are very popular resorts and further west, past the straights of Gibraltar, lies Cadiz. Inland from Cadiz is the lively town of Seville.
Andalucia is two hours ahead of the UK as it lies in the Central European Summer Time Zone (CEST).
Holiday books to read
A really enjoyable holiday book, set in Andalusia, Spain, is Driving over Lemons by Chris Stewart. It recounts in an endearing and amusing fashion his life on a farm in Las Alpujarras.
There are some fantastic shops in Andalusia particularly on the coast around Malaga as well as in Granada and Seville.
Andalusia holiday houses and what to expect
Our vacation properties in Andalusia tend to be charming white painted houses with reasonably sized gardens which are largely child-friendly. Most are set amongst gently rolling hills, they are in peaceful settings where you can relax and enjoy the sun. The villas in Andalusia have an authentic Spanish character and the smaller ones are ideal for a romantic break. For more information consult our experts on Andalusia villas.