The sun drenched region of Andalusia is a Spanish paradise with history and tradition flowing from town to town. It embraces the culture that brings flamenco dancing, matadors, tapas and sherry to all of the sunny resorts. You can expect to discover Moorish architecture, historical ruins and spectacular views of the thriving countryside to name but a few things on you 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 who want to come and soak up the laidback Spanish lifestyle.
The sunshine coast in Andalusia is famous for its huge, 800 kilometre stretch of golden sand, creating countless incredible beaches. Whether you want to relax in a palm tree paradise or enjoy thrilling water sports the stunning coast has it all.
Families will enjoy the crystal clear, shallow waters of Playa del Cristo’s Blue Flag beach. There’s a large sweep of soft sand and great amenities around the cove, including a nearby car park, restaurants, cafés and small shops.
Enjoy the palm tree fringed coast in the region’s first ever resort, Torremolinos along the shores of Costa del Sol. Enjoy the variety of water sports, or soak up the sun on the rows of sun loungers. You’ll find a backdrop of 70s style hotel blocks and the beautiful blue waves as your view.
Bolonia in Costa de la Luz is a quieter alternative to Torremolinos. Lush green trees and a grassy bank leads down onto the wide spread of soft sand, making it the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon.
For isolated beauty, visit Playa de los Genoveses for untouched, pristine nature. Magnificent cliffs shelter each end of the curved bay that gently shelves into calm, shallow waters. There’s no frills or amenities here; it’s just you, the sun and the sand.
History and culture
There’s something spectacular about the ancient sites in Andalusia. With so many historical influences, over time the architecture has crumbled creating beautiful ruins from different eras for you to explore. Visit the wondrous mountaintop town of Ronda to see the dramatic gorge that used to separate the new town from the old in the 15th century. Then cross a magnificent multi-arched stone bridge for captivating views across the canyon.
Take a trip to Granada to see the stunning 9th century Alhambra Palace, which was the spectacular residence of kings until the 13th century. And whilst here, be sure to check out the detailed Andalusian and Nasrid styles of Islamic architecture. In Benalmadena Pueblo, the enchanting Colomares Castle stands in honour of explorer Christopher Columbus. The striking fairy tale-like structure was built in 1984 and is home to the smallest church in the world.
There’s a wide choice of evening entertainment in Andalusia, with each resort providing something different. You can expect that the coastal resorts found on the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz host upbeat and vibrant after dark activities and the traditional towns inland to have a calmer, quieter nightlife.
Malaga’s night time atmosphere is both elegant and energetic; there are a lot of options to choose from, so you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes. Have an evening meal in one of the fantastic restaurants then move onto a rustic wine bar to have a drink or two. If you’re wanting something a little more upbeat, dance until dawn in the nightclub district of Plaza de la Merced. Visit the popular 24 Hour Square in Benalmadena for neon lit bars where you can watch live music, enjoy the sports pubs and end up in the vibrant nightclubs.
Seville, Andalusia’s capital, has more traditional evening entertainment with various tapas bars open late and flamenco performances to enjoy. The nightlife is rather laid back, so sip on a delicious cocktail in one of the bars that are near to the picturesque river and enjoy.