A full day's drive from Santander, this is the real, sun-baked southern Spain, featuring historic cities, whitewashed villages and miles of popular beaches - plus some hidden gems too.

With over 800km of coastline and more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Andalucia is the place to go for beachlovers. But there is also much more for those looking for some culture and heritage including some remarkable World Heritage sites such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Great Mosque in Cordoba and the Giralda Tower and old town in Seville. The architecture in Andalucia ranges from Moorish and Renaissance to the wide variety of buildings in Baroque designs.

The region is bigger than countries such as Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, and around 18% of the land is covered by protected nature areas including nature reserves and national parks. The peaks of Sierra Nevada are the highest in the Iberian Peninsula, whilst the region also boasts wetlands, dense forests, volcanic deserts and some great unspoilt stretches of coastline.

Andalucians love to celebrate and there are large numbers of fiestas and other festivities, particularly bullfighting, which happens for ¾ of the year, and the annual summer festivities celebrating flamenco. Flamenco music and dancing are part of life in this sun-soaked region.

Try the tastes of Andalucia with a cuisine that merges Mediterranean simplicity with a Moorish influence. Casseroles and stews with vegetables, pulses and meat, game or fish are popular with a great selection of fish in the resorts on the coast. 

Good weather is pretty much guaranteed, and the laid back, welcoming way of life will make you want to stay forever.


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Granada in Andalucia is a stunning city sheltering at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is famous for the Moorish palace of the Alhambra that overlooks the city.

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One of the most visited monuments in all of Spain, the Alhambra is an incredible Moorish palace and fortress that stands on a hilltop overlooking the city of Granada, in the shade of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Built on the site of a mosque after the Reconquista, Granada's cathedral is a stunning example of the architecture of the Spanish Renaissance and is the resting place of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castille.