Andalucía

A holiday in Andalucía promises quintessential Spain: Sizzling, sunny weather, sumptuous beaches, whitewash towns and late-night fiestas. Stretching the majority of southern Spain, Andalucía’s area is vast, incorporating eight provinces, two seas, and one mountain range. And with this comes extraordinary diversity.

North Africa lies just a few short few miles away across the Straits of Gibraltar, and its influence is clear; In Seville and Granada, cobble-street villages stand side by side with grand Moorish architecture - the Alhambra Palace in Granada being king of all. Meanwhile, ancient castles, coastal battlefields and Córdoba’s old remains hold the secrets of Andalucía’s long and chequered past, going as far back as Roman times.

If it’s a beach holiday you’re after, Andalucía doesn’t fall short. Lap up the luxury on the Costa del Sol, where the warm Mediterranean Sea ensures a pleasant climate year-round and the rich and famous flock to their super yachts in Marbella. Conversely, the western coast of Andalucía offers a much more authentic and off-the-beaten-track beach experience. With the swell of the Atlantic brushing the shore, the surfing here is phenomenal, and the wide, powder sand beaches frequently feature among the best in the world.

A drive inland reveals rolling countryside and craggy mountainsides. Those after an adventure holiday in Andalucía can try their hands at paragliding, canyoning, hiking, rock climbing or skiing in the Sierra Nevada, while a plethora of picturesque Moorish towns taking the prime position on hilltops are perfect for those after a luxury retreat in traditional Spain.

And no holiday to Andalucía is complete without a party. This is the home of Flamenco, a development of Andalucían and Romani music and dance that has a history going back 3,000 years. With an array of Flamenco festivals and shows happening across the region, this is where to catch the stomping, clapping and strumming performances in their most authentic form. Olé!

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