Andalucia tailor-made holidays
Andalucia is southern-most Spain, sun baked and sultry, offering hedonistic pleasures and cultural ones in equal measure. It's possible to ski the Sierra Nevada and swim in the sea on the same day in the province of Granada and spend the next immersed in the fairytale fortress that is the Alhambra, a mix of Moorish and Catholic splendour, just one of the highlights of a stay in the city of Granada.
Then there's hedonism and culture wrapped into one during the legendary fiestas enjoyed in every city here, but perhaps most intensely in Seville and Cadiz. Both cities make super destinations for short - or long - breaks, Seville with its squares filled with orange blossom and streets lined with history; and Cadiz with all the charm of a port city and an intriguing old quarter.
Almost every city here - even the glitzy Costa del Sol playgrounds of Marbella and Malaga - enjoys an enticing old quarter with mazes of narrow winding streets rich in history. Which is no surprise really, as the entire region carries the legacy of layers of occupation over the centuries, and is indelibly stamped with a mixed Moorish and Catholic influence, as encapsulated in the Mezquita, Cordoba's old mosque with a cathedral built right at the heart of it.
Although Andalucia cities are popular for short breaks, there are so many surrounding pleasures to be enjoyed that it's worth incorporating some into a tailor-made tour of the region. Take two or even three cities, add pristine beaches and time to take in some of the splendid inland scenery - hills dotted with charming white villages, vast nature reserves - and you have the ingredients for a holiday full of cerebral culture and sensual indulgence.
Whatever combination of Andalucia you decide to sample, it will be tinged with the sounds of the guitar and flamenco, and the taste of robust intensely flavoursome cuisine. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients, rich local olive oil and deeply savoury ham and pork, fresh seafood and sun-filled tomatoes - to be found everywhere in the form of tapas, an Andalucian invention and speciality.
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This weeklong rail journey will see you travel in royal luxury between Andalucia’s great Moorish cities, returning each evening to the fine dining, piano lounge and opulent cabins of the Al Andalus train.
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Spain's 94 paradors are palaces, fortresses and castles, monasteries, convents and country houses. Our great-value Parador 5 night card includes a six-day stay across the majority of paradors and a 20% discount on meals. To tailor-make your own parador adventure, speak to one of our specialists.
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. Highlights include visits to the palace-fortresses of Seville and Granada along with the Córdoba's cathedral-mosque.
A seven-day self-drive following the La Ruta de la Plata in Spain, staying in historical Hospes hotels
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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.
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.
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.
Where to go in Andalucia
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.
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. There are luxury hotels lining the coast, and at buzzy Puerto Banus, any number of designer s…
Malaga is said to have more museums than any other city in Andalucia. And ever since the opening of a major museum dedicated to Malaga-born Picasso, this lively port city has been enjoying something of a cultural renaissance, but it has long had much to offer.
The Moorish extravaganza that is the Alhambra dominates the skyline of Granada. Sprawling along a hilltop overlooking the city, this fortress and palace is a constant presence, visible from many of Granada's streets and squares, enticing travellers to wind their way up the slopes and enter its wall…
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Andalucia in southern-most Spain is sun-baked and sultry, offering hedonistic and cultural pleasures in equal measure. It's possible to ski the Sierra Nevada and swim in the sea on the same day in the province of Granada and spend the next immersed in the fairytale fortress that is the Alhambra.
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