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  • Luxury holidays to Andalucia

    Luxury holidays to Andalucia

    Comprising of eight unique provinces, Andalucia spans west to east from the wetlands and the Atlantic Ocean to the deserts and the popular Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean Sea. Famed as a holiday destination for its indulgent climate and coastal appeal, the region can’t deny its fair share of sun, sea and sand, but what is often neglected to mention is the region’s immense variety. Poised at the southern-most tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Andalucia acts as a gateway between the European and African continents, harbouring a myriad of influences that speak of the layers of civilisation that have roamed and inhabited the land. From the vibrant cities to the tiny white-washed villages, from vast sierras to the extensive coastline, Andalucia is a region of contrasts which promises an authentic luxury holiday.

    Andalucia for the Romans, sherry, art, Moorish Spain, beaches, whitewashed villages, architectural splendours and golf. Visit Andalucia and discover an amazing array of attractions for holidays of all shapes and sizes.

    Here are some ideas around which to base a holiday.
    The Romans in Andalucia
    Combine stays in at the Hotel V in Vejer la Frontera, the Parador in Ronda and the Corral del Rey in Seville and explore the tracks of the Romans in Andalucia.
    Sherry tasting
    Stay at the Villa Jerez and explore the sherry bodegas and visit the Royal School of Equestrian Art. Nearby is Cadiz and the Parque Nacional de Donana, a world heritage site and home of the Iberian Lynx.
    Architectural splendours of Moorish Spain
    Stay in Seville at the Corral del Rey to visit the Alcazar, the Jewish quarter and the Cathedral. Move on to Granada and stay at the Casa Morisca to visit the Alhambra and Generalife and the Albayzin Aran Quarter. Finally round off your holiday with Cordoba and a stay at Las Casas de la Juderia and visit the Mezquita and the Old City.
    The beaches of the Costa del Sol
    Relax at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Estepona or at the Puente Romano for a classic beach holiday on the famous Costa del Sol.
    Malaga – beyond the beach
    Stay at the Molino Lario and explore the interesting town of Malaga, more than just a beach, with the Alcazabar, the Roman theatre, the Picasso museum and the Caminto del Rey gorge walkway.
    Blend of country and quaint cities
    Base yourself at the Hotel Puerta de la Luna in Baeza to discover this World Heritage Site and some of the best Italian Renaissance architecture in Spain. Nearby is the cathedral city of Jaen and walks and castles in the Sierras de Cazorla.
    Golf and beach stay
    Enjoy a leisurely stay at the outstanding Finca Cortesin. Perfect at any time of the year.
    Our luxury, tailor-made holidays to Andalucia in southern Spain include the very best four and five star hotels across the region, including beach resorts, rural hotels and city properties.

    Local highlights of a holiday to Andalucia

    Many of the Andalucia’s cultural highlights can be found in the three Moorish cities of Cordoba, Granada and Seville, all of which are home to a number of excellent luxury hotels. Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former centre of Muslim control during Andalucia’s colonisation by the Islamic Empire. At the city’s heart is the astounding Mezquita de Cordoba, a mediaeval mosque turned Catholic cathedral with endless Moorish arches, columns and glinting tiles of vibrant hues. Other highlights include the fascinating Jewish quarter and Roman ruins galore. Nearer the coast is Granada, where Islamic rule endured the longest and the magical Alhambra remains as a monument to this legacy. A 9th century palace fortress, it guards over the city from an elevated crag amongst vast, aromatic gardens. To the west, on the peaceful plains of River Guadalquivir, Seville quietly awaits discovery along with its three World Heritage Sites: the Alcazar palace, the gothic Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
    Other towns and cities of interest in Andalucia include Jerez de la Frontera, where you can visit the sherry bodegas which make the city famous and watch the dressage displays which are held at The Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art; Cadiz, the oldest city in Europe which is surrounded almost entirely by water; Ronda, a spectacular city which is split in half by a narrow gorge; Malaga, birthplace of Picasso and home to a Museum which displays a collection of his work; the small town of Baeza, where you can find stunning examples of Renaissance architecture; and Almeria, a coastal city which is dominated by the Alcazaba, the largest Moorish fortress in Spain. During your stay in Andalucia make sure to witness the seductive art of flamenco. Alluring, passionate and cathartic, it’s easy to understand how this gypsy tradition has become one of the most familiar emblems of Spanish culture.
    With 800km of coastline, there are plenty of beaches to choose from – facing the Atlantic are the long, sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz, extending south from the Portuguese border to Tarifa; covering the area between Malaga and Gibraltar is the famous Costa del Sol, known for its numerous beach resorts which range from the cheap and cheerful to exclusive luxury; to the south of Granada is the Costa Tropical, a stretch of coast with sandy coves and a pleasant microclimate; and to the east is the more rugged Costa de Almeria. A number of luxury resorts and hotels are located along each of these coastlines.
    Surrounding Granada is the Sierra Nevada, a mountain range where the Spanish mainland’s highest peak can be found and home to white-washed mountain villages. In the far east of Andalucia is the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park, the largest protected area in Spain where you can find hiking trails, mountain villages and many wild animals. Further south is The Cabo de Gata Natural Park, a land and sea reserve near Almeria which is home to unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife. In the west of the region is the Doñana National Park, an extensive area in the delta of the Guadalquivir River which includes marshland and sand dunes and is a breeding ground of the endangered Iberian Lynx.
    Thanks to the region's great variety in landscapes, culture and cuisine, a luxury holiday to Andalucia is sure to be a delightful experience.

    Cuisine of Andalucia
    Cuisine in Andalucia is diverse, varying throughout the region and combining Arabic flavours with more common Mediterranean ingredients such as seafood, olive oil and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. As the birthplace of tapas, Andalucia is an excellent place to try the snacks which are often served free with drinks in Granada. Other Andalucian specialities include Serrano ham from the Sierra Nevada and sherry from Jerez de la Frontera, as well as dishes such as ‘Ajo blanco’ (a white gazpacho), ‘Espetos de sardinas’ (roasted sardines), ‘Huevos a la flamenca’ (baked eggs with vegetables) and ‘Fritura de pescado’ (mixed fried fish).

    Local events  in Andalucia
    There are a huge number of local festivals held in villages, towns and cities throughout Andalucia, many of which have a religious significance.
    5 January: Three Kings parades, February: Shrove Tuesday Carnivals, February: Seville Tapas Fair, February – March: Jerez Flamenco Festival, March/April: Holy week celebrations, April – October: Seville Bullfighting season, April/May: Seville Spring Fair, April/May: Úbeda Classical Music Festival, Mid May: Jerez Horse Fair, June – July: Granada Music & Dance Festival, June - July: Cordoba Guitar Festival, August: Malaga Summer Fair, September: Ronda bullfighting festival, November: Granada Jazz Festival.

    Climate of Andalucia
    Spring and early autumn are generally warm and sunny without the excessive heat of the summer months. Temperatures reach 40 degrees centigrade in July and August with little rain – many locals descend on the beach resorts as temperatures are highest inland. Winter temperatures reach around 20 degrees centigrade along the coast, with cooler temperatures inland. Rainfall varies throughout the region with the highest levels found in the west, and there is often snow in the mountains.

    Getting out and about in Andalucia

    Andalucia is such a diverse region that there is always plenty to do and see. If you wish to combine a holiday in Andalucia with a stay in another region, then you will find the historic regions of Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha to the north, the small coastal region of Murcia to the east, the tiny British territory of Gibraltar at the southern tip and Portugal to the west.

    Travel arrangements

    Andalucia's main airport is in Malaga, served by flights to cities throughout Spain and the rest of Europe by airlines including British Airways. Granada airport is also served by British Airways flights, while low cost carriers have flights to Seville, Almeria and Jerez de la Frontera. There are train stations in all the main towns and cities within Andalucia, with regular services making rail travel a convenient option. Many long distance trains travel to Andalucia, with services to both Barcelona and Madrid running from Malaga and Seville. Car-hire is recommended when travelling outside the principal cities, and is often the easiest way to travel around.

    Two centre recommendations

    A popular multi-centre holiday in Andalucia is to combine the three cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada (easily done by train). For a relaxing holiday you can extend your stay with a few days at a luxury resort in the countryside or on the coast.

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  • Villa Jerez

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    Villa Jerez is a 5 star boutique hotel situated in Jerez de la Frontera on the western coast of Andalucia.

    Molina Lario

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    The four star Molina Lario blends beach and city holidays in cosmopolitan Malaga.

    Corral del Rey - Luxury holidays in Seville

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    Corral del Rey occupies a 17th century Casa Palacio in the historic quarter at the heart of Seville.

    Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    The five-star Finca Cortesin Hotel is an exclusive resort between Marbella and Gibraltar.

    Casa Morisca - Luxury holidays in Granada

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    Casa Morisca is found beneath the watchful gaze of the Alhambra in Granada’s lower Albayzin quarter.

    Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia de Cordoba - Luxury holidays in Cordoba

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    The four-star Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia de Cordoba occupies a charming palace in the Jewish quarter.

    Hotel Puerta de Luna - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    Hotel Puerta de La Luna can be discovered amid the peaceful alleyways of Baeza’s old town in inland Andalucia.

    Hotel V... - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    Within one of Andalucia’s charming whitewashed villages, Hotel V… is a vision of simplicity.

    Kempinski Hotel Bahia

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    Kempinski Hotel Bahia is a luxurious five star hotel on the Costa del Sol near Estepona.

    Parador de Ronda - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    The four-star Parador de Ronda enjoys a spectacularly dramatic location beside the ravine of River Tagus.

    Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    The five-star Hotel Puente Romano occupies a privileged beachside plot between Marbella and Puerto Banus.
  • Tapas and Iberian ham in Andalucia

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    A five night holiday near Seville, where guests can enjoy gastronomic experiences

    The hidden charms of Andalucia

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    Charm & culture in southern Spain

    Family tour of Andalucia

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    Explore the popular Spanish region of Andalucia as a family, visiting Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Madrid.

    Andalucia and Madrid by rail

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    Rail holiday travelling to Madrid, Granada, Cordoba and Seville

    A Grand Tour of Spain

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    Discover the highlights of Spain by car and by rail

    White-Washed Villages of Andalucia

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    Tour the picturesque white-washed villages of Andalucia, staying in inland and coastal hotels.

    From Madrid to Andalucia

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    Travel from Spain's capital down into Andalucia, passing the famous windmills and vineyards.
  • Duque de Najera

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    Duque de Najera is a four-star hotel on the Bay of Cadiz, with a focus on wellbeing.

    Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    The five-star Finca Cortesin Hotel is an exclusive resort between Marbella and Gibraltar.

    Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    The five-star Gran Hotel Estepona & Thalasso Spa is a relaxing beachside hotel on the Costa del Sol.

    Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    The five-star Hotel Puente Romano occupies a privileged beachside plot between Marbella and Puerto Banus.

    Kempinski Hotel Bahia

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    Kempinski Hotel Bahia is a luxurious five star hotel on the Costa del Sol near Estepona.
  • Villa Jerez

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    Villa Jerez is a 5 star boutique hotel situated in Jerez de la Frontera on the western coast of Andalucia.

    Hotel Puerta de Luna - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    Hotel Puerta de La Luna can be discovered amid the peaceful alleyways of Baeza’s old town in inland Andalucia.

    Parador de Ronda - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    The four-star Parador de Ronda enjoys a spectacularly dramatic location beside the ravine of River Tagus.

    Hacienda de San Rafael - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    Experience the charm of rural Andalucia at Hacienda de San Rafael, set on a former olive estate near Seville.

    Hotel V... - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    Within one of Andalucia’s charming whitewashed villages, Hotel V… is a vision of simplicity.
  • Molina Lario

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    The four star Molina Lario blends beach and city holidays in cosmopolitan Malaga.

    Casa Morisca - Luxury holidays in Granada

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    Casa Morisca is found beneath the watchful gaze of the Alhambra in Granada’s lower Albayzin quarter.

    Hospes Palacio de los Patos - Luxury holidays in Granada

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    The five-star Hospes Palacio de los Patos is a vision of 19th century grandeur, located in central Granada.

    Hotel Alhambra Palace - Luxury holidays in Granada

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    Hotel Alhambra Palace is a grand presence in Granada, overlooking city rooftops from its hillside location.

    Corral del Rey - Luxury holidays in Seville

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    Corral del Rey occupies a 17th century Casa Palacio in the historic quarter at the heart of Seville.

    Hotel Alfonso XIII - Luxury holidays in Seville

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    The five-star Hotel Alfonso XIII is an exquisite example of Andalusian architecture and design in Seville.

    Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza - Luxury holidays in Seville

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    The four-star Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is charming hotel amid the romantic streets of Seville.

    Hospes Palacio del Bailio - Luxury holidays in Cordoba

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    Hospes Palacio del Bailio is a five-star property within pretty gardens in the heart of Cordoba in Spain.

    Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia de Cordoba - Luxury holidays in Cordoba

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    The four-star Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia de Cordoba occupies a charming palace in the Jewish quarter.

    Parador de Granada - Luxury holidays in Andalucia

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    The four-star Parador de Granada occupies a privileged location within the walls of Granada’s Alhambra complex
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