Holidays to Andalucia are all about traditional towns, great nightlife and a second-to-none beach scene. No wonder this slice of Spain is so popular.
Open-all-hours beach resorts and sleepy, whitewashed villages. Cutting-edge restaurants and backstreet tapas bars. When it comes to mixing old and new, Andalucia’s got it just right. It’s got all the mod cons, but without losing the Spanish charm that made it so popular in the first place.
Hit the beach
You’re spoilt for choice on the beach front. The Costa del Sol serves up super-sized sweeps of sand, while Costa Almeria and Costa de la Luz are all empty stretches and rugged coves.
If you’re looking to party all night, you can’t go wrong with the Costa del Sol’s bars and clubs. The big cities like Seville get pretty lively, too. And if you fancy a low-key evening, that’s covered in places like Nerja and Islantilla.
Shop ‘til you drop
Shopping in Andalucia runs the gamut from traditional handicrafts to designer handbags. Browse the boutiques in Marbella, or wander through the weekly markets in Estepona and Fuengirola.
Golfers have got it good here – courses are ten-a-penny in these parts. The course at Club de Golf Valderrama takes top billing, while Istantilla Golf Club comes complete with sea views.
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Costa Del Sol
The Costa del Sol is sandwiched between Malaga and Gibraltar – just about as low as you can go in Spain. This means you can rely on the sun to show its face 320 days a year. After all, it’s not called the Sunshine Coast for nothing. And it’s probably one of the biggest reasons so many British ex-pats have set up shop on its shores.
Costa De Almeria
There’s a beach for every occasion here, veering from tourist-heavy stretches to little-known fishing villages. Roquetas de Mar lines up a restaurant-furnished belt of golden sand, and gets the cream of the package holiday crop. Among the dinkier options is Agua Amarga, where a mob of whitewashed apartments huddle around a picturesque patch of sand. The whole region’s one of the sunniest in Europe, too, so scorching days are a given.
Costa De La Luz
The Costa de la Luz starts at Spain’s tip and runs all the way to the Portuguese border. Basically, find the Costa del Sol on a map, then skirt over to the opposite coast. Saying that, it’s a totally different kettle of fish. There’s a big chunk of coastline to brag about, but this place is savvy – it shuns the limelight to keep things nice and quiet.
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