Here are some ideas around which to base a holiday.The Romans in AndaluciaCombine 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 tastingStay 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 SpainStay 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 SolRelax 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 beachStay 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 citiesBase 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 stayEnjoy 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.
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 AndaluciaCuisine 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 AndaluciaThere 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 AndaluciaSpring 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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