Andalucia Vacations

This is the Spain from travel agency posters around the world: languid beaches, Moorish architecture, flamenco dancers, medieval cobblestone alleys, balmy late-night dinners. The southernmost region of Spain was under Islamic control for most of the Middle Ages, and the resulting mix of North African, Mediterranean, Arabic and Spanish culture adds ... Read more
to the modern-day allure. The confluence of all things Andalucian starts in Seville, its financial, artistic and cultural capital. Sevilianos congregate at tapas bars dining on jamón ibérico while guitar music wafts late into the night (bars and nightclubs, one of the region's most popular pastimes, often don't even open their doors until midnight). While best known for its culture, the region is surprisingly diverse: head inland for snow-capped peaks in the Sierra Nevada or to the Tabernas Desert (home to many a spaghetti western film location) in arid Almeria. Time your journey well; hotter-than-Hades summers mean many Andalucians vacate the region come late July and August.
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The best months to head to Andalucia are in the fall (October and November) and spring (April and May) when the weather is at its finest. Autumn is typically quieter than spring because of the Semana Santa ... Read more
(Holy Week) and Easter. Summers are swelteringly hot in most areas (97, or 36, in Seville) though the coast and the highlands are a bit more tolerable. Winters are cooler and wet with snow dusting the Sierra Nevada and rain hitting the Sierra de Grazalema; however, other parts of the province are more temperate, and it’s not unusual to see sunbathers and people swimming in the sea in February.

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Milano, Italia

My favorite region in all Europe, Andalusia has it all. Great weather, amazing food, un beatable nightlife, strong traditions. All at cost lower than most of the rest of Spain. Check my guide tapear in Seville https://www.skyscanner.ca/trip/tapear-a-sevilla-claudio-se

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Lived in Andalucia for 5 years and it was home away from home. Excellent beaches and the atmosphere very relax and friendly. Make sure you attention the horse show

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

With amazing history, culture, architecture and, of course, food, this region is a must on any bucket list. The Alhambra is truly a world treasure, and cities like Granada and Seville are famous for a reason. But there are also less known picks like Tarifa to explore.

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Stuttgart, Germany

realy a great place to travel, great landscapes, beautiful citys, a realy long coast with great beaches and very friendly people it is easy to spend a lot of weeks

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Durham, North Carolina, USA

While I lived briefly in the north of Spain, I didn't love it. I did, however, love all my (way too brief) time spent in Andalucia. Moorish architecture, delectable restaurants, raucous atmosphere, fantastic wine, gorgeous beaches. I could have spent weeks in Granada, just meandering the medieval streets.

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Delft

Spain’s most southerly region is the true home of typically Spanish experiences. Bullfighting, tapas, flamenco, the guitar itself, all began in Andalucía and remain deeply embedded here. Other aspects of Spanish life take on their most extreme forms here: Andalucian fiestas are the noisiest and most colourful (can you hack the pace of Seville's Feria de Abril?), Easter processions have more pageantry, the summer heat is more broiling, the people are at their most vivacious, fun-loving and family-oriented. The coastal tourist resorts are the most densely crowded in the whole country, though you may be able to find a beach to yourself along the Costa de Almería if you're lucky.
Andalucía is the proud home of Spain’s most famous building, that bejewelled diadem of Islamic architecture, Granada’s Alhambra, as well as other marvellous relics of medieval Islamic Spain. The region also has a lesser-known but as fabulous heritage of cathedrals, palaces and castles from later eras. Contemporary Andalucía is ever more cosmopolitan and fashionable, with towns and cities like Córdoba, Cádiz and Málaga full of hip boutiques and hip bars, stylish restaurants and pumping nightlife - pulsating with life while maintaining their historic charm.
Andalucía is a land of surprises and contradictions. Away from the mass-tourism resorts you’ll find some of the most pristine beaches in the country, while inland are green hills, white villages, huge nature reserves (one-fifth of Andalucian territory is under environmental protection), and the snowcapped highest mountain range on the Spanish mainland, the Sierra Nevada.
Deeply traditional yet ready to seize the modern world, Andalucians always live life to the full. Few visitors to their land fail to get caught up in the fun.

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San Francisco

I traveled to Andalucia, hitting Sevilla, Cordoba, & Granada in July 2010 with my Dad. It was heaven for him & me. This was once the country of the Moors, who ruled it for 800 years before Isabella & Ferdinand united Spain and kicked out the Moors & their leader Boabdil. Boabdil, when handing the keys of Granada to Isabella had one request: Allow Islam to continue. Isabella of course said yes, then retracted on her word and there was a forced conversion to Catholicism, as she was intensely devout. Take a tour, or eavesdrop on one, in the museums to hear exactly how devout she was.

Granada is beloved by its people & administrators: very clean & safe traffic. I love the Moroccan community here. You'll adore the reminders of the pomegranate all over this city. I stayed at an apartment with a close view of La Alhambra, I could not believe it!

Cordoba deserves more time than Sevilla, to my tastes. The instant I entered the Mezquita, I was awash with tranquility & wonder. The best restaurant I've ever eaten at in Spain was on one of the sides of the Mezquita. I must find the name of it. Order rabo de toro (oxtail), a Cordoba original. It is miles higher than the rabo de toro in other cities.

Whereas I have experienced less-than-stellar moments in other cities in Spain, in Andalucia, the people are wonderfully warm & more humble, the food is delicious and cheaper than in the north, and Moorish architecture is a blessing to experience.

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Almendralejo, Spain

Hey Eric,

If you are looking for a diverse experience in Spain, I recommend Andalucia. Most tourists do not know that Spain is very diverse despite it's size. The majority of people in Cataluña (where Barcelona is located), do not even consider themselves Spanish. The same goes for Pais Vasco. If you want to see Spain as it is "advertised" (i.e, Flamanco, old castles, Moorish influence, Iberian ham, tempranillo wine, and great beaches), Andalucia is your best overall option. As Zora said in an earlier post, make sure to see Granada and Cordoba for their cultural and historical significance. But remember to spoil yourself a little with the beaches of the coast! I recommend Cadiz and Tarifa to avoid loads and loads of tourism.

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Nashua, New Hampshire

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Labro, Italy
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