Introducing holidays to Andalucia
It doesn’t get more typically Spanish than Andalucía. This sun-soaked region, situated on the southern coast of Spain, is filled with whitewashed coastal villages, orange groves, crumbling monuments which have been left behind from Spain’s Moorish past and lively bars complete with sangria, flamenco dancers and Spanish guitar players. A holiday to Andalucía is an incredible way to get an authentic feel for good, old-fashioned Spanish culture and is well suited to families, couples and solo travellers. Here you’ll find rustic gems like the village of Ronda; carved into the top of a rural valley this town overlooks a stunning Spanish valley, filled with flowery fields and vineyards.
Life’s a Beach
Away from the rolling green villages like Ronda, Andalucía is homes to plenty of seafront resorts which are ideal for luxury beach breaks. The resort of El Toyo is a must for water sports fanatics, while the beaches of this coastal town are filled with first rate facilities for diving, sailing, paragliding and jet-skiing.
This rocky region has a rich, exciting heritage spanning back centuries. Andalucía was ruled by the Moors between the 8th and 15th centuries and the mark of this ancient culture can be seen in landmarks all over the area such as the Alhmabra; the 700 year old palace of the Sultan of Granada, the 9th century Mosque of Cordoba and the Alcazar of Seville. Built by medieval Moorish kings, this palace is considered one of Europe’s most exquisite examples of Islamic mudejar architecture. Other breathtaking monuments in Andalucía include the picturesque Plaza de Espana Seville and the Seville Cathedral. This is a grand, medieval basilica which has to be seen to be believed along with its famous bell tower; the Giralda Sevilla. And it’s not just historic buildings which are ripe for exploring in Andalucía; the region is also home to beautiful natural landmarks like Maria Luisa Park and Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park.
Mojacar can be found nestled in the Sierra Cabrera mountain range; this traditional fishing town is dotted with old fashioned white cottages and medieval mountain roads which overlook the ocean. Other fishing villages in Andalucía include Roquetas de Mar, which is famous for its rustic seafood eateries. With villages like this alongside exciting towns and cities, it’s clear to see that Andalucía is a Spanish holiday dream come true.
Festivals and Events
If you’re in love with Spanish culture and are looking to get a taste of authentic Mediterranean coastal living, then there could be no better destination than Andalucía. All of the iconic attractions we associate with Spain can be found in the quaint towns and cities of this region. Bullfighting might no longer be a popular sporting activity for tourists, but the majestic bullrings of Malaga and Ronda are still incredible sights. Festivals are an integral part of Andalucian life, and many towns hold fiestas throughout the summer months. The Jerez Horse Fair, Cadiz Carnival and the Cherry Festival of Alfarnate are fun, exciting choices. And after a long day of culture and activities why not check out a traditional flamenco show? Bars and restaurants across Malaga, Torremolinos and Benalmadena all showcase this traditional dance night after night.