Plaza de Espana, Sevilla, Spain


The Spanish region of Andalucia is rich in contrast and home to everything that is quintessentially Spanish.

Andalucia conjures up images of colourful fiestas, passionate flamenco dancers, tapas and chilled sherry, clear blue skies and glorious sunshine. Its coastline of golden sands boasts more than 3,000 hours of sunshine every year.

Andalucia is located in Southern Spain fringed by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco.


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Holy Week Festival, Seville, Spain

Easter Carnival

Visit during Easter to see extraordinary processions of masked penitents and carnival-style floats.

View from La Giralda Tower, Seville, Spain

Giralda Tower

Climb the Giralda Tower for magnificent views of the city.

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Alhambra Gardens

Explore the magical palaces and gardens of the Alhambra in Granada.

Arcos de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Nr Seville, Spain

Stay in Andalucia

Stay in one of the many pretty white villages that dot Andalucia.

Spanish Tapas, The Basque Country, Spain

Sample local cuisine

Enjoy local tapas dishes with some of Seville’s locals.

Cape of Trafalgar, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Spain

Costa de la Luz Beaches

Sunbathe or surf on the Atlantic beaches of the Costa de la Luz.

Arcos de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Nr Seville, Spain
Seville, Spain
Alhambra from Albaicin in Granada, Andalusia, Spain
The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain

Historical Andalucia

Successive invaders have left their mark on Andalucia, most notably the Moors who ruled here for almost eight centuries. The monuments left in their wake represent some of Spain’s greatest architectural heritage. The Alhambra, described as ‘the most sensual building in Europe’, is a definite must see. While the Mezquita, Cordobas’ great mosque, Seville’s Royal Palace and La Giralda, the tower adjoining the city’s huge Gothic cathedral, are examples of the architectural brilliance of the North African conquerors.

Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Granada Cathedral, Granada, Nicaragua
Granada, Nicaragua
Alhambra from Albaicin in Granada, Andalusia, Spain
The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Pintxos, Wine tasting, Basque Region, Spain
Fresh market, Spain
Spanish Tapas, The Basque Country, Spain
The Basque Country, Spain

Must-do moments

  • Explore the magical palaces and gardens of the Alhambra in Granada
  • Stay in one of the many pretty white villages that dot the Andalucian countryside
  • Sunbathe or surf on the Atlantic beaches near Tarifa
  • While away an afternoon in Seville sharing tapas with the locals
  • Head inland for some wonderful walking opportunities
  • Travel in April and visit Seville’s ‘Feria’ for a taste of real Spanish culture


Plaza de España, Seville, Spain
Plaza de España, Seville, Spain
Reales Alcazares Gardens, Seville, Spain
Seville, Spain
Cathedral La Giralda, Sevilla, Spain
Seville, Spain


Seville or Sevilla as the locals know it is a captivating city by day and tremendously atmospheric at night. Whether visiting some of the cities historical monuments and grand palaces or just sitting in a bar with a selection of tapas, sipping a cold glass of sangria and watching the world go by, this is a city with a large array on offer for travellers. The old Jewish quarter, Barrio Santa Cruz, is a myriad of cobbled backstreets, lined with traditional tapas bars and restaurants often opening out onto a small plaza draped with colourful bougainvillaea where locals come to sit under the shade of an orange tree.

The area is also home to one of our favourite boutique hotels, Hacienda de San Rafael. Located about forty minutes’ drive from the city centre, it makes a perfect base for your holiday from which to explore all the Seville has to offer along with the many local olive groves, vineyards, beaches and villages in the area.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Corral del Rey £££££

  • Spain
  • City

Originally a 17th Century casa palacio, this 300-year-old building is now a boutique hotel that has been meticulously restored and converted. The 17 rooms and suites offer chic accommodation that fuses contemporary with Moorish design. Many original features of the building have been preserved including marble columns and carved wooden beams. The entire city can be viewed from the poolside rooftop.

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Hacienda de San Rafael £££££

  • Spain
  • Boutique

Hacienda de San Rafael was formally an olive farm and has now been renovated and converted into a small and intimate hotel. The eleven duplex rooms are situated around a bougainvillaea filled courtyard, each with its own veranda and the interior décor combines fabrics, antiques and artefacts sourced on the owner’s extensive travels to Asia and India. The Hacienda also has three casitas offering the ultimate in rustic chic. They lie in a private garden with a shared infinity pool.

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Hotel Alhambra Palace £££££

  • Spain

Hotel Alhambra Palace dominates the hillside of Sabika, a lofty position with great views overlooking the city of Granada.Being just a stroll away from the Alhambra Palace and Gardens makes for a perfect base. With an old-world feel and traditional Moorish architecture, it oozes charm.

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