Holidays in
Andalucia

Beaches, traditional culture and iconic cities

Think Spain, think flamenco dancing, sangria and never ending stretches of sun-soaked beaches. You can find all of that and more in Andalucía. This impressive region in southern Spain stretches all the way from Huelva – on the Portuguese border – to Almeria. It boasts more than 800 kilometres of coastline, meaning beaches of all shapes and sizes are on the cards. It’s also home to iconic cities like Seville, Granada and Marbella, as well as the popular beach holiday resorts of the Costa del Sol.

Spain has some of the most varied landscapes in Europe, and it doesn’t get much more varied than Andalucía. Whether you want to tick off wild deserts, sky-scraping mountains, sand-edged coastlines, or tree-blanketed countryside, you’ll be in luck. The region isn’t in short supply of amazing architecture, either – there are whitewashed villages (called pueblos blancos), fairy tale-like palaces and ornately decorated cathedrals.

Andalucía is actually where some of Spain’s most well-known traditions were born. Flamenco music and dancing were developed during the sixteenth century in eastern Andalucía, and since then have become popular across the globe. Be sure to catch a traditional show during your trip. It’s also rumoured to be where bullfighting started. There are a number of famous bullrings in Andalucía – known as Plazas de Toros.

Whichever part of Andalucía you choose for your holiday, you’ll get a taste of Spain at its most authentic. Oh, and plenty of sunshine…

All regions in Andalucia

Costa del Sol

Costa de Almeria

Granada

Seville

Three tips for a top trip

CRUISE THE OPEN ROADAndalucía covers over 800 kilometres of Spain’s famous coastline. If you want to tick off the best beaches in the region, hire a car and explore under your own steam.
ENJOY LONG LUNCHESLunch is the main meal of the day in Andalucía – let the hours melt away as you tuck into local cuisine in the afternoon sun and savour the flavours.
PREPARE TO TEE OFFLooking for the perfect place to practise your swing? Andalucía is Europe’s leading golf destination with immaculate courses set among stunning landscapes.

THE ALHAMBRA PALACE

A tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must. The impressive complex dates back to AD 899 and was once the Medieval residence of the Kings of Granada.

CABO DE GATA

This volcanic national park on the Costa de Almeria is home to the only desert in Spain. You’ll come across beautiful untouched beaches, dramatic cliffs and lofty sand dunes.

THE CITY OF SEVILLE

Seville is the capital of Andalucía and it’s full to the brim with things to see – from palaces and cathedrals to a bull ring and ancient city walls. It’s also where flamenco dancing originated.

Your Andalucia questions, answered

In Andalucía, you’ll find Mediterranean fresh dishes featuring fruit, vegetables, seafood and virgin olive oil. The region’s Moorish heritage means casseroles and stews are also very popular.

Summer in Andalucía is hot and sunny – temperatures don’t drop much below 30 degrees in July and August. Spring and autumn are a tad cooler, and sightseeing spots are quieter. 

In this part of Spain, Castilian is the official language. This is the kind of Spanish that you’ll likely know snippets of – unlike Catalan, which is spoken in places like Valencia and the Balearic Islands.

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