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.
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.