Andalusia: A diverse destination in Europe
Andalucia is probably one of the most diverse holiday destinations in Europe: The Mediterranean Costa del Sol attracts visitors with endless beaches and lively resorts, the Atlantic Ocean west of Tarifa, the so-called Costa de la Luz, is a paradise for surfers. Yet Spain’s sunny south has much more to offer than beach resorts: Andalusia, with its historic towns, is a melting pot of orient and occident with a very rich culture. You also can discover lofty heights on the highest peaks of the peninsula in the ski resort of Sierra Nevada.
Costa del Sol: The Sun Paradise
The Costa del Sol, with 160 kilometres of coastline and over 320 sunny days a year, is a real paradise for holidaymakers. Andalusia in the winter may not be suitable for bathing, yet the towns near Marbella and Malaga are very popular for wintering. Torrox, Torremolinos and Fuengirola are just some of the popular resorts appreciated by tourists from around the world. In the hinterland, we find the attractive, typical white villages of southern Spain, that rise like small oases in the arid and mountainous landscape. Anyone with a rental car can discover on the coast beautiful, secluded beach areas.
Sierra Nevada: From the sea to the mountains
A ski vacation in southern Spain seems something paradoxical, but in Sierra Nevada in winter you can combine skiing and beach bathing. From Granada, the road leads up to Sol y Nieve, the resort at 2,500 m altitude in the Sierra Nevada. In summer, the Pico de Veleta, the summit at 3,400 m height, is very popular with cyclists and walkers as Europe’s highest navigable point.
Andalusia cultural cities: Granada, Seville and Cordoba
Until the 15th century, Andalusia was occupied by the Moors: The culture of the Arabs was fortunately not eradicated completely after the re-conquest by the Christians. Wonderful buildings like the Alhambra in Granada and the Caliph palaces in the beautiful cities of Seville and Cordoba have been preserved to this day, along with ancient buildings in Malaga.
As a must-see recommendation, the Alhambra should be visited when coming to Andalusia.