The Andalucia region in southern Spain has something for every holidaymaker. From the long, golden sandy beaches of the Costa del Sol to the spectacular Moorish monuments of Granada and Seville and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Throw in a scattering of stunning Mediterranean fishing villages, cultural imagery of bull fighting, flamenco and sangria, and year-round sunshine, and it is easy to see why an Andalucia 2019 / 2020 holiday should be your top choice. Whether you are a family looking for an enjoyable beach holiday, a couple looking for a romantic Mediterranean city break or fun-seekers looking for water sports and lively clubs on your doorstep, an Andalucia holiday is a must.
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Luscious beaches, historic and modern culture, and picturesque fishing villages are all part of an idyllic Andalucia holiday. Energetic holidaymakers might like to try their hand at some of the more active pursuits like sailing, mountain-biking and trekking. Golfers will be spoilt for choice with four excellent championship courses in the area and the climate is perfect for year-round golfing. For family fun and water activities, head to the aqua park near Vera with its slides and rides, pools and play areas. Kids won‘t want to leave! Or check out the Wild West theme parks in the Tabernas desert where several spaghetti westerns have been filmed.
There are bars, restaurants and beach chiringuitos galore in Andalucia. Due to the high volume of tourists, holidaymakers will find a huge selection of cuisines from around the world. Traditional tapas sit next to seafood, Indian cuisine, Italian pizzas or good old English breakfasts, making eating out ideal for groups and families with different tastes. You will find something to suit even the fussiest of eaters or those on a tight budget in an Andalucia holiday.
Seville is one of the best places to eat and drink in Spain. Traditionally-served sangria is a must on the streets of this sizzling city. With the hottest annual temperatures of any city in Europe, the locals are said to live on the streets of the city and it shows with the range of tasty street food and tapas delights on offer. Specialty pork dishes top the menu and Seville is THE place to try the famous jamon Iberico.
An excellent all-round holiday destination with long stretches of golden sands and heaps of restaurants, bars and beach cafes to choose from, an Andalucia holiday has everything for the family. Beaches are safe and clean, so parents can sit back and relax while children play. Play parks and promenades mean a walk along the beach can often take all day - with regular stop-offs for drinks and snacks always available. As one of the first-established foreign holiday destinations, Andalucia has always catered for children. And with the family at the heart of Spanish life, it is the perfect place for a fun family getaway.
A short taxi ride outside Huelva is the excellent Parque Aquopolis Cartaya water park. Perfect for kids up to 12 years old, this safe and varied water park is a great place for the children to have a run around amongst the slides and pools. Never packed with tourists and not as big as other parks on the Costa Del Sol, this reasonably priced and enjoyable park is great for the little ones.
Action & Adventure
For a variety of action and adventure there is no better place than Andalucia. Water sports are at the centre of the action, as the superb beaches host any number of adventures. You can take to the skies to try parasailing or get a bird’s eye view of the coastline from a hot air balloon. Whale and dolphin expeditions have pick-up points all along the coast, while professional divers will give tuition and arrange excursions to some spectacular dive sites along the coastal area. For those who enjoy a day of exercise, the long, flat coastline offers some of Spain's best cycling and walking. If a day out in the wilderness is what you want, an Andalucia holiday provides stunning mountain scenery as you trek or bike through the mountain villages of the Sierra Nevada.
Andalucia is home to some of Iberia's most captivating nature reserves. The salt marshes, dunes and pine forests between Huelva and Seville is a protected area called Doñana - one of the most biodiverse areas in southern Europe. This important natural resource is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Iberian lynx and home to many species of bird. Almeria is home to gems like Ronda, a gorgeous town set above a valley that is sure to take your breath away. It’s safe to say Andalucia offers the perfect mix of beauty and intrigue.
If you are after a beach holiday, Andalucia boasts numerous beach resorts with large stretches of sandy beaches. With gorgeous sunshine, a variety of water sports and promenades full of beach bars and cafes, Andalucia is ideal for a beach getaway with plenty of charm. From the unspoilt sands of the west near Huelva to the pristine shores around Almeria, beaches are clean and popular. The beach is an integral part of Spanish life and families will find fun can be had all along the seaside with great facilities including bars, playgrounds and sporting areas on most beaches. The long, flat promenades are also a popular part of any Spain holiday. The easy pace of walks along the traffic-free pavements parallel to the beach are an attraction all of their own. In Vera, the sandy beach is perfect for those seeking that all-over tan, and a promenade runs along the beach with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants.
An Andalucia holiday has a rich variety of entertainment at night. Our resorts will give you everything from flamenco shows and casinos to restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and clubs. The beach bars along the Costa Del Sol and Almeria coastline offer lively fun until the early hours with traditional Spanish merriment mixing easily with more modern frolics. Even the newest resorts have a vast array of bars. The coast has a party feel, but for a welcoming and varied mix of nightlife why not try the glorious city of Granada? Bars in Granada are famous for their free tapas. Buy yourself a drink and a snack will follow on the house. As a world-renowned university city, Granada has a vibrant atmosphere for all ages to socialise in.
For stunning views over the Mediterranean from picturesque fishing villages with cobbled lanes to whitewashed houses, nowhere can match the southern coast of Spain for beauty. Restaurants offer dinner by candle-light under the stars, making Andalucia holidays the most romantic in Europe. In the majestic Sierra Cabrera, the mountain village of Mojacar with its tight streets overlooking the sea is a delightful place to spend an evening.
Roquetas de Mar, a fishing village and resort town along the coast, is well-known for idyllic nature reserves ideal for a days' walking. Follow that with an evening of superb seafood restaurants and gorgeous sunset views. In spring and summer, the main street in San José is transformed into an array of colour by artisan market stalls selling hand-made jewellery, leather goods, incense holders and other original trinkets.
An Andalucia holiday has a choice of cultural destinations, with the Andalucian cities of Seville and Granada topping the bill. The Moors crossed into Spain from Morocco and North Africa, occupying Andalucia for over seven centuries. Their legacy is writ large across the region, with staggering monuments, buildings and architecture. None more so than the Alhambra in Granada, an 800-year-old palace and fortress which dominates the skyline of the city. The Moorish structure is a spectacular sight and the classic example of the Arabic architecture which influences the region. At the entrance to the Alhambra sit some beautiful squares full of tasty tapas restaurants and cafes, the perfect way to end a day’s sight-seeing.
Seville is the region’s capital and the fourth biggest city in Spain. It has an outstanding project of modern art, The Metropol Parasol, where the largest timber-framed structure in the world was built to link the most popular tourist areas of the city.