Andalucia is one of Spain’s most romantic regions. Once the realm of the Al-Andalus Moors, the Spanish Reconquista of the 14th and 15tn centuries gave this area a fairytale feel, full of hilltop fortresses and soaring gothic churches. Now it is a popular holiday region, providing a mix of cultural sights with stunning natural beauty. A region that experiences mild to hot weather year-round, an Andalucian adventure is an excellent idea. 

Where to go
Relive the high point of the Moorish rule at the stunning Alhambra palace. Hike through the gorgeous surrounds of El Torcal de Antequera. Get close to genius at the Museo del Picasso in Malaga. Visit the burial place of Spanish kings at the Royal Chapel of Granada. Ski in the Sierra Nevadas. Golf and swim along the gorgeous Costa del Sol. Take the kids to the Isla Magica theme park. Tour hilltop towns, stopping for tapas or a glass of wine in the sunshine. 

Food & Drink
Southern Spain’s cuisine displays traces of the Iberian Peninsula’s vibrant history. Paella is a gift of the Arabs, who ruled Andalucia for centuries. Pork is a big, big deal here and you will come across it in sausages, ham and other delectable forms. Gazpacho, a cold soup is just the thing to eat on a hot summer’s day. Fresh seafood is also a specialty. To see what the Spanish do with seafood, try La Carbona is Jerez (San Francisco de Paula 2). For more of a classic Andalucian culinary experience, head to the hilltop town of Antequera for the acclaimed Arte de Cozina (Calle Calzada, 27) and its slow food, local produce-based creations. 

Nightlife
The Spanish party into the early hours of the morning, after starting late - it’s a national past-time. As long as you’re here, you might as well join in! If you’re in or near Seville, try the Calle Bettis, El Arenal, Alfalfa and Alameda areas for tapas bars and flamenco spots away from the tourist flow. If in Malaga, try Odisea Wine Bar (Subida Coracha 1) for an intimate, yet stunning showcase of Andalucian wine.

Where to stay
If you’re here for a relaxing break, the Fountainhead Retreat Hotel provides a complete digital detox, allowing guests to enjoy good food, fresh air and tranquillity. Enjoy the amazing views, in-house restaurant and the wide range of spa treatments. For something a little more conventional, The Town House in Marbella enjoys an enviable location in the heart of the old town. Enjoy the stunning views from the rooftop terrace with your morning coffee and easy access to the city’s best restaurants. Finally, the Hotel Castellar near Cadiz provides a blissful break with its ‘child-free’ policy, extensive spa facilities and raw food restaurant. 

How to get there
British Airways, TAP Portugal and Iberia fly direct to Seville from London daily.

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FOUNTAINHEAD RETREAT HOTEL

riogordo, spain

Fountainhead Retreat Hotel is a romantic boutique hotel set in the Andalucian countryside. If you have done the city breaks and fancy a weekend destination with a difference then try this chic retreat, with just 4 suites, an intimate restaurant & spa.

HOTEL CASTELLAR

cádiz, spain

With a 'no children' policy peace and quiet is guaranteed at Hotel Castellar near Cadiz in Andalucia and there are plenty of bespoke experiences and activities to take part in either on your own or with friends.

SHANTI-SOM WELLBEING RETREAT

malaga, spain

Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat is a wellbeing Chic Retreat in southern Spain near Marbella.  Shanti-Som allows guests to retreat, take stock of their life, relax, detox if needed and de-stress in beautiful surroundings.

SIETE BALCONES

cádiz, spain

Petite Andalusian boutique hotel with just 3 rooms set in Vejer de la Frontera, a moorish town rich in history

THE TOWN HOUSE

marbella, málaga, spain

Finally a hip hotel in old town Marbella, The Town House is a contemporary and private boutique hotel. Beautifully designed, the interiors are fresh and cool giving a feeling of space and light.

VALLE DE LUNAS

granada, spain

Valle de Lunas is an adults-only boutique hotel just 30 minutes from Granada, Spain. With just 3 stunning suites this self-catering hip hideaway is a little slice of paradise in the village of Tijola.

VILLA PADIERNA THERMAS HOTEL

carratraca, spain

Just half an hour from the Costa del Sol in the village of Carratraca, Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel is one of our favourite luxury hotels in Spain with one of the best thermal spas in Europe.

ALMOHALLA 51

archidona, spain

With just 5 bedrooms Almohalla 51 is a very charming, new little Chic Retreat in ArchidonaAndalucia.  Filled with character (and wonky beams!) this hideaway will charm the pants off any weary traveller looking for affordable style.

CASA LA SIESTA

cádiz, spain

Casa La Siesta is the most stylish boutique hotel to open near the Spanish village of Vejer de la Frontera just 10 minutes from the beaches of Costa de La Luz. This luxury chic retreat sits amidst 2 acres of beautiful gardens and was voted one of Tatler's 101 best hotels in the world.

CASA OLEA

zamoranos, cordoba, spain

Casa Olea is a small boutique b & b in Andalucia between Cordoba & Granada. Nestled amid ancient olive groves, this 6-room hideaway, also available exclusively, serves great food and is perfectly placed to explore the nearby Moorish sites.

CASA ROMANA HOTEL

seville, spain

This hotel represents the true meaning of boutique hotel with everything in it for sale! Casa Romana Hotel is in the heart of Seville - 2 minutes walk from Plaza el Duque and a few more from the cathedral and art galleries.

CORRAL DEL REY

seville, andalucía, spain

Corral del Rey is new boutique hotel located in the heart of Seville, in the old quarter of Barrio Alfalfa five minutes walk from the Cathedral. Think small, think exclusive, think luxury.

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