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Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

Andalucia

A microcosm of Spain

Andalucia tailor-made holidays

Introduction

With its golden coastline, fabulous food and centuries-spanning architecture, Andalucia has long been a Wexas favourite. Look beyond the white sands of the Costa del Sol to discover a network of great cities that remember a lost civilisation in between their medieval laneways, Roman ruins and postcard-perfect rural setting. Our Spain specialists are on hand to share their knowledge of the region, from the best sightseeing spots to the finest restaurants and accommodation.

All of Spain in a nutshell

All of Spain’s traditional icons can be found in Andalucia. There’s flamenco passion, steely-eyed bullfighters and guitar strains that quiet even the liveliest of tapas bars. And, with near year-round sun, it’s the perfect destination for your very own siesta. And, while the region is host to some of Spain's best beaches, it's also perfectly set up for a self-drive, allowing you to pair a stay on the coast with some of Andalucia's great, cultural wonders.


Nerja, Malaga

Cultural and culinary delights

It’s fair to say, that much of the region’s intrigue is far from homegrown. Although its cathedrals and castles are wonders in their own right, invading Moorish dynasties brought with them – across the Gibraltar Strait – some of the world’s finest examples of Islamic architecture.

The result? An intoxicating blend of North African exoticism, medieval severity and Renaissance grandeur. In fact, the boundaries between each are often uniquely blurred, something best seen in the palace-fortresses of Granada and Málaga along with the mosque-cathedrals of Seville and Córdoba. Stucco minarets have been converted into grand bell towers, imposing citadel walls hide opulent sultan’s quarters and frescoed chapels sit side by side with great prayer halls.


Alhambra, Granada

Even Andalucia’s famous gastronomy is tinged by Islamic Iberia. North African spices fragrance such delights as hearty paellas, grilled seafood and that carnivore’s favourite – jamón ibérico.

Andalucia’s natural wonders

That’s not to say, however, that Andalucia is without its quieter charms. Indeed, a fifth of its land is given over to natural and national parks, with the towering, snow-dusted peaks of the Sierra Nevada – Spain’s highest range – spilling down into great undulations of endless farmland.


Zahara de la Sierra, Andalucia

It all makes for some spectacular drives and hikes, with trails knitting together charming hill towns characterised by their whitewash uniform, pretty Gothic churches and terracotta roofs. Alternatively, explore with the help of the vía verdes, railway lines converted to bike paths.

 

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Special offers in Andalucia

Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

‭Iberian Inspiration‬‬‬

12-day escorted tour from £2,615 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Early booking discount – Save up to £135 pp
Book by: 15 December 2019

On this small-group escorted tour, you'll take in the rich history and diverse cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, all in the company of expert guides. Explore a heady mix of treasures that range from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals and attention-grabbing cuisine

Top itineraries in Andalucia

Parador de Siguenza

Spain’s Paradors

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £375 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Spain's paradors are a network of historic palaces, fortresses and castles converted to luxury hotels. Take a look at our favourite parador itineraries or get in contact to tailor-make your own, with plenty of superb-value offers available.

Alhambra Fortress, Granada

Essential Andalucia‬

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £755 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Complimentary Alhambra & Generalife Tour – Save up to £455 pp
Book by: 31 January 2020

Offering superb value, this weeklong road trip will see you uncovering the Moorish wonders of southern Spain, brought to life with guided tours and stays in superb hotels.

Hospes Palacio de San Esteban, Salamanca, Spain

Ruta de la Plata with Hospes hotels

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £950 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Staying in historic Hospes hotels, you'll following the traditional Ruta de la Plata: the ancient Roman communication road that travels south to north on the west part of Spain, from Seville, passing via Cáceres, to Salamanca.

Mosque-cathedral and Roman bridge, Córdoba

Splendours of Andalucia

6-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,430 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

A self-drive journey through the diverse past and sun-laden present of Andalucia, taking in everything from palace-fortresses to mosque-cathedrals. At each stop, guided touring, a series of curated activities and stays in heritage properties will bring it all to life.

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Top places to stay in Andalucia

Gran Melia Colon, Seville

Gran Meliá Colón, Seville

Contemporary hotel

This Leading Hotel of the World is packed full of contemporary elegance, best found in its designer rooms, superb dining options and sundeck wellness centre with views over the city.

Amistad Cordoba

Amistad Córdoba

Traditional hotel

A pair of Moorish mansions that date back the 18th century, the Amistad Córdoba offers contemporary styling in a heritage setting; it’s found in the centre of the city’s historic Jewish quarter.

Alhambra Palace

Alhambra Palace, Granada

Guide price from £645 pp

Having hosted everyone from Saudi kings to the Dalai Lama, the luxury rooms and Mediterranean restaurant of this historic property are every bit worthy of its palatial moniker.

Al Andalus

Al Andalus, Andalucia & Extremadura

Luxury train

Once the private train of the British royal family, the Al Andalus entertains with gourmet dining, piano-accompanied cocktail evenings and opulent private cabins, complete with private en suites and gilded detailing.

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Where to go in Andalucia

Cadiz

Cadiz

Cadiz is almost entirely surrounded by water, sitting pretty on a peninsula jutting out into a bay. Founded as a trading post by Phoenicians in 1100 BC, Cadiz went on to become important and splendid as the launch point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of America in the 16th century.

Marbella, Spain

Marbella

Andalucia's answer to St Tropez, Marbella is by far the most glitzy seaside town in Spain. This part of the Costa del Sol has long been a golfing and yachting playground for celebrities and the super-rich, with luxury hotels lining the coast.

Malaga, Spain

Málaga

With its superb array of Islamic architecture, Roman ruins and modernist art galleries, the south-coast city of Málaga – the birthplace of one Pablo Picasso – goes far beyond the sun-kissed cliches of its Costa del Sol location.

Courtyard of the Palacio de Carlos V in La Alhambra

Granada

Granada is filled with Moorish architecture, spectacular views and world-class cuisine, its most famous relic perhaps the Alhambra that dominates its skyline along a city hilltop, with winding cobbled streets dotted with tapas bars, Sierra Nevada mountain views and charming mansions.

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When to go to Andalucia

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