Andalusia

NEED ADVICE?

NEED ADVICE?

Lets us help you find the perfect
place for your holiday
Ask our advice

It is quite difficult to put Andalusia into words; you have to experience and feel it by yourself. You will want to savour every impression, the light and colours and all those scents up to the last second. Andalusia is just so multifaceted: on the one side are black bulls standing motionless in the shimmering heat between old oaks and on the other side noisy tapas bars in the vibrant Salvador quarter of Sevilla, where “boquerones en adobo” are served. But Andalusia can also be the peaceful idyll of a sunny winter’s day in the endless olive groves of Jaén and the stunning majestic splendour of the Alhambra. You need to experience Andalusia with all your senses. The incredible taste of your first slice of Jabugo ham, the coolness of a freshly tapped "caña" in a small village tavern and also the first view of the whitewashed villages on the slopes of Sierra de Grazalema will never be forgotten. Andalusia is endless, and so are the impressions of this country.

Also in this Destination

Places to stay in Andalusia

Choose from a wide choice of boutique hotels in Andalusia, traditional cortijos in white villages and fincas.

History of Andalusia

Various Mediterranean peoples have inhabited Andalusia. The Phoenicians founded Gades (Cádiz) in 1100 B.C and introduced the concept of money. They also greatly influenced the language. After the Phoenicians came the Greeks, the Carthaginians and, of course, the Romans three centuries before Christ, who founded the Bética uniting it to their empire and introducing Latin as the local language. Exports were mainly olive oil, wine and wheat. Two emperors, Trajan and Adrian came from Andalusia. The Vandals arrived in the year 411 and established themselves at the doors of Guadalquivir, naming it: Vandalucía. The history of this region is intimately linked with the Moors (Arabs and Berbers) – who marched through Tarifa at the beginning of the 8th century and established themselves practically throughout the whole peninsula until the Catholic Kings expelled them, at the end of the 15th century. 


Culture, handicrafts and fiestas

As befits such an historical province, Andalusia has a wide range of handicrafts. There are a number of different types of pottery and ceramics: glazed arthenware jugs, jars, the water-cooling botijo, and other vessels still produced by the innumerable potters in the region. Of particular note is the jarra occitana from Purullena (Granada), a jar covered with multifarious decoration consisting of exuberant bunches of flowers. Basket making is also very significant with esparto, willow and palm leaves being used for the purpose.
There are also various examples of the textile-making crafts; indeed, the villages of La Alpujarra (in Villor, Mecina Bombarón, Ugijar and others) make hand-driven looms that are still in use today. The jarapas - blankets made from cloth leftovers are another traditional Andalusian craft. There are also good upholstery and saddlebag workshops in La Alpujarra and Granada, Baza (Granada), Andújar, La Carolina (Jaén), Huelva, Seville. Ubrique (Cádiz) is the main centre for Moroccan leather, the production methods of which are semi-industrialized.
Andalusia is Fiesta country par excellence and the region has a wealth of festivities exuding splendour, gaiety, spirituality and imagination. Indeed, they reflect the vitality and joy of the region. Furthermore, festivities take place over a number of months so the traveller may easily find, or join in, one of these often magical and spectacular events.

Travel inspirations, itineraries and best places to stay

A handpicked selection of elegant and luxurious accommodations. From five-star hotels to beautifully decorated guesthouses in unique surroundings ….
Close your eyes and imagine: just you, the mountains, valleys or the sea. Escape daily routine and enjoy the magic of nature in one of our secluded getaways set in amazing surroundings.
Who says good things must be expensive? We have discovered a number of quaint little hotels and bed & breakfasts that are great value for money without missing out on comfort, service and beauty.
Child friendly hotels and self-catering holiday homes great for children and parents alike. Let your kids enjoy nature and local traditions in the company of others with lots of unique things to do …
Traditional dishes prepared with fresh local produce, lovingly prepared comfort food in a rustic setting or fine dining in an elegant environment, everyone has his preferences …
Take part of the laid back village life, stroll along cobblestone streets, dine in small traditional restaurants and smile at the locals on the main square.
There are so many beautiful wine regions that it is hard to make a choice. Besides the Chianti in Italy, Burgundy in France, the Douro in Portugal or La Rioja in Spain there are endless more …
Feel like going out somewhere different and exciting, dining in that hip new restaurant or just to enjoy a different culture? Then it´s time for a city break. Here are some great places to start.
From recycling and conserving energy to caring for the local wildlife and using sustainable construction materials, these beautiful lodgings worldwide are doing their part to protect the environment
Are you looking for the best places to de-stress, relax and to escape your hectic daily life? Our handpicked collection of accommodations and hotels will definitely let you recharge and revitalize.
Tie the knot in one of our secret places and make your special day one to remember. A cosy castle, manor house, or overlooking the Mediterranean sea, we have a small sample of venues here.
Some accommodations go the extra mile, they are not only offering a place to stay, they offer a whole social experience - a space with soul, shaped by uniqueness, creativity and a special vibe, where people are able to connect with like-minded traveller.