Andalusia Holidays

The sun drenched region of Andalusia is a Spanish paradise with history and tradition flowing from town to town. Signs of its culture - flamenco dancing, metadors, tapas and sherry are still present in all of its sunny resorts. 

Discover Moorish architecture, historical ruins and spectacular views of the thriving countryside on your Andalusia holiday. Then there’s the beautiful coast with its stunning Blue Flag beaches and vibrant nightlife. Andalusia is a great destination for families, couples and groups looking to soak up the laidback Spanish lifestyle.
 

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Andalusia is famous for its huge 800 kilometre stretch of golden sand, creating countless incredible beaches. Families will enjoy the crystal clear, shallow waters of Playa del Cristo’s Blue Flag beach. But the palm-fringed coast in the region’s first ever resort, Torremolinos is just as tempting with its watersports and rows of sun loungers. 

Those looking to sightsee will appreciate the many historical influences, over time the architecture has crumbled, creating beautiful ruins from different eras. Visit the mountaintop town of Ronda to see the dramatic gorge that used to separate the new town from the old during the 15th century. Take a trip to Granada and catch a glimpse of the stunning 9th century Alhambra Palace or stop by Benalmadena Pueblo, a Colomares Castle which stands in honour of the explorer Christopher Columbus. 

There’s also a wide choice of evening entertainment in Andalusia, with each resort providing something different. The coastal towns found on the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz host upbeat, after-dark activities and the traditional towns inland have a calmer, evening atmosphere. When the sun goes down Malaga is both elegant and energetic with a great range of restaurants and rustic wine bars. Over in the popular Benalmadena find neon-lit bars and live music. Not forgetting Seville, Andalusia’s capital, where the evening entertainment is more traditional with tapas bars open late and flamenco performances.  

 

Map of Andalusia

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As the southernmost region, Andalusia witnesses 300 days of annual sunshine. It has the hottest and driest summers in the whole of Spain, which is when most people hit the coast for some respite from the scorching heat. By the time winter comes around temperatures are still relatively mild, but your chances of rain are much higher. 

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Malaga Airport (AGP) is not just Andalusia’s main airport, but Spain’s fourth busiest. From here, you can make your way to most of the region’s biggest cities through its fantastic rail and bus connections.

Andalusia is best for...

Sun worshippers: Celebrated for its sun-soaked coastline and comfortable year-round temperatures, this Spanish region has one of the best climates in Europe. And with many of its towns centred around the sea, there’s no better place to catch some rays.

Culture vultures: Andalusia hasn’t lost its traditional Spanish roots. You’ll find everything from old-school tapas bars, classic pueblos blancos and vibrant flamenco shows standing the test of time. 

Foodies: Influenced by various cultures, Andalusia’s dining scene is healthy and hearty at the same time. As the birthplace of tapas, get ready to indulge in some of the most delicious bite-sized dishes. Jamon serrano (cured pork) is a must-try for meat eaters, while patatas bravas is the ultimate vegetarian option.

Fast facts for Andalusia

Language: The official language in Andalusia is Spanish

Currency: The Euro (EUR) is the currency used in Andalusia 

Local time: Andalusia is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The main airport is Malaga Airport (AGP), which is six miles from Malaga City and a short drive to many of the Costa del Sol’s major resorts.  

Flight time from UK: 4 hours

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at Andalucia’s tourism website.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

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Andalusia safety and security

For up-to-date advice on travelling to Andalusia, please visit the FCDO website.

Andalusia weather

Andalusia weather is pleasant throughout the year with the sun constantly shining for an average of 3,000 hours a year. The summer starts in May and ends in September. Temperatures begin at around 24°C and peak at a sweltering 36°C in July and August. You’ll have 12 hours of sunshine a day with less than 5mm of rainfall per month. It’s easy to misjudge how hot it is thanks to a welcoming sea breeze that keeps the coast nice and cool during the hot summer days.

Temperatures in Andalusia drop to 20°C in October, which marks the start of autumn in the region. There’s slightly less sunshine each day, but you’ll still have at least seven hours of a day with just a few rain showers scattered throughout the season.

The weather in Andalusia cools to 11°C and 12°C by the time December arrives. Rainfall increases in winter, which is the wettest season of the year. You can expect around 76mm of rainfall in December that gradually lowers to 59mm by February.

Spring brings warmer weather to the region, with highs of 15°C in March that rises to 20°C in May. A cool breeze is common near the coast, which can cause a slight drop in the average temperature. The water is still too cold to swim in, but it’ll get warmer as the month’s progress and as spring moves into summer.

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