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Can Jomil
Costa Brava - Catalunya
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Galazopetra
(Skopelos Town) - Skopelos
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Ronda - Andalucia
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Ronda - Andalucia
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Ouranos
(Skopelos Town) - Skopelos
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Cifre Moll
Mallorca
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La Alegria
Alpujarras, Granada - Andalucia
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El Dolmen de Alaju
Ronda - Andalucia
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El Patio
Ronda - Andalucia
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El Carmen
Andalucia
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Holidays in Andalucía - Area Information


Andalucía Area Information
Andalucía evokes dazzling white towns, ancient cities, imposing mountain peaks, regiments of olive groves, golden sandy beaches, the scent of orange blossom, a temperate climate and the purest light. From the seemingly endless stretches of golden sand that line the undiscovered Costa de la Luz to the unmissable cities that bear witness to 700 years of Moorish influence, the region boasts a wealth of attractions that will not fail to impress.

Hilltop white villages of snaking narrow streets, hidden inner patios of abundant carnation pots, Islamic arches, formal gardens heavy with the scent of jasmine and orange blossom, breathtaking palaces, and above all, a warm, extrovert people who instinctively create an exuberant street life.

The historic hilltop town of Ronda offers the visitor tranquillity, a rich and diverse history and an authentic Andaluz atmosphere. Its eclectic mix of architectural styles stand testament to the diverse peoples that have fought over, occupied or simply visited the town across the centuries. Home to picturesque 'pueblo blanco ' streets, a profusion of wrought iron balconied houses and Spain's oldest and most splendid bullring, the Mercadillo quarter has its own special atmosphere.

Andalucía Area Information
Dividing the old part of the city from the new is a dramatic river gorge, its plunging 90m drop being bridged by the Puente Nuevo from where there are spectacular views. Our houses are scattered across the beautiful Serranía surrounding the town and all are within an easy drive. Further afield through a landscape of craggy forested sierras lies Sevilla, a city that lives life to the full. The luxuriant jungle of botanical gardens that is the Maria Lluisa Park, the once Jewish quarter with its picture book wrought iron clad houses and the vast cathedral are just a few of the good reasons to visit.

Heading west you will find Arcos de la Frontera, an original frontier town from the old Muslim kingdom of Granada, whilst the vineyards and wineries that start in earnest after here leave no doubt that you are entering the world capital of sherry production - Jerez.

The stunning stretch of coastline known as the Costa de la Luz is perhaps Andalucía's best kept secret. This magnificent, unspoilt fringe of golden sand stretches practically unbroken fromthe Portuguese border to the Straits of Gibraltar. Our property selection centres around the pretty white towns of Vejer de la Frontera and Conil de la Frontera. Nearby Cádiz is one of Europe's oldest cities. Now a busy port, it is rich in Moorish style buildings arranged around narrow streets and alleyways that criss-cross the historic peninsula.

Andalucía Area Information
To the east, dramatic scenery is formed by the deeply plunging gorge of El Chorro, which carves its way through breathtakingly pretty valleys of lush wooded slopes. North of here, Córdoba offers the awesome dimensions of the 'Mesquita' or Great Mosque and the myriad of white alleyways and flower filled patios that is its ancient Jewish quarter.

No visit to Andalucía would be complete without witnessing the spectacular sights of historic Granada. Nestling against a stunning backdrop of the often snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the imposing silhouette of its sumptuous Alhambra Palace towers above a delightful and intriguing network of ancient narrow streets that bear witness to the city's Moorish past. A short drive south of here, tucked between the Sierra Nevada and the coast, the delightfully undiscovered Alpujarras is unquestionably picturesque, its valleys and hillsides being dotted with oasis-like white villages and criss-crossed by a network of ancient paths that make this area a delight to discover on foot.

Andalucía Area Information

Climate

Its temperate, almost sub-tropical climate makes Andalucía Spain's kitchen garden, producing an appetising variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and olive oil. Spring arrives early and brings with it warm temperatures, making the months of April and May a pleasant time to visit. Inland, summer temperatures frequently exceed 30°C, whilst sea breezes temper the heat on the Costa de la Luz.

Local Cuisine

Local specialities include scrambled eggs with wild asparagus and various flavourful game dishes. Finish off with 'piñonate' (a sweetmeat of almonds and pine seeds) or the exquisite 'pestinos de almendras' (almond pancakes).

On the coast, tuna is offered in any one of over 1000 different recipes while the 'caldillo de perro' (fish soup) is always delicious. Meals can be complemented by a smooth glass of 'manzanilla' from Sanlucar de Barrameda, perhaps a sherry from Jerez or El Puerto de Santa Maria, or a glass of local wine from Chiclana de la Frontera. The light, white 'Tierra Blanca' is a perfect lunchtime accompaniment.

Barbate Tuna Fair

Once again Barbate hosts its annual feria to mark the beginning of the tuna fishing season. Colourful marquees are dotted along the old harbour serving a tuna based tapa and a drink for just 3 euros. As well as the food stalls there is an artisan market, live music and cooking shows and demonstrations.

Here Come The 3 Kings!

Whatever the size of the village or city there will be some kind of procession on 5th January. The three Kings usually travel around the town on floats late afternoon/early evening throwing sweets and presents into the waiting crowd.

Festival de flamenco Jerez

The flamenco festival in Jerez is one of the most important in the world, with two weeks of phenomenal music and dance from internationally renowned performers. Most of the performances take place in the gypsy quarter of Barrio de Santiago or in the Villamarta Theatre.

Bull run in Vejer and Arcos de la Frontera

Each year at Easter the towns of Vejer, Arcos and Benalup secure the main streets with barriers and screens and release a bull into the main square. In Vejer there is a bull released from La Plazuela at 12pm and a second one at 4pm. Brave (or silly) residents run down the street, hoping to out run the animal.......This year the event takes place on Sunday 5th April.

World Motorcycling Championships Jerez

This is hosted at the F1 Circuit on the outskirts of Jerez, close to the Montecastillo Golf and Country Club. There are also shows and parades down the Avenida Alvaro Domecq in the centre of town. In 2015 the races take place over the weekend of 2nd/3rd May.

Getting there

A wide range of scheduled, charter and 'no frills' flights operate from most regional airports to Málaga, which is 1.5 hours from Ronda, 2 hours from the Alpujarras and 2.5 hours from the Costa de la Luz. Alternatively, Ryanair offer services to Jerez and Sevilla whilst other scheduled flights fly to Málaga, Sevilla and Gibraltar. Another option is the 19½ hour sea crossing to Santander from where a 12 hour drive brings you to your destination.

Andalucia News and Events For Andalucia
Andalucia is the most romantic and evocative region of Spain, a land of rich culture, dramatic scenery and historic cities. Our villas in Andalucia have been handpicked for their charm and individuality. We feature restored farmhouses near Ronda, grand country estates around Seville and whitewashed villas near the pine forests and sand dunes of the Costa de la Luz. We also offer beautiful stone houses in the Alpujarras Mountains, close to both the coast and the city of Granada.

Jerez Horse Fair
Jerez hosts its Horse Fair which has been declared of International Touristic interest. In 2016 the fair begins on Saturday 30th April and finishes a week later. There are over 200 "casetas" full of Jerezanos and visitors alike, wearing traditional short-jacket suits and flamenco dresses, whilst dancing, drinking sherry and eating tapas. By Nicola Renshaw,
Nicola, local representative and area specialist
20/12/2015

Here Come The 3 Kings!
Whatever the size of the village or city there will be some kind of procession on 5th January. The three Kings usually travel around the town on floats late afternoon/early evening throwing sweets and presents into the waiting crowd. By Nicola Renshaw,
Niki, Andalucian representative
24/12/2014

Carnival in Cadiz
Carnival is celebrated before the 40 days of Lent as a way to let loose before the prohibitions of the upcoming religious holidays. Cadiz has the liveliest and most dazzling carnival in Spain, famous for its amusing and creative characters and satirical song groups called chirigotas. It is essential you dress up, you will look the odd one out if you don't! By Nicola Renshaw,
Niki, Andalucian representative
24/12/2014

Festival de flamenco Jerez
The flamenco festival in Jerez is one of the most important in the world, with two weeks of phenomenal music and dance from internationally renowned performers. Most of the performances take place in the gypsy quarter of Barrio de Santiago or in the Villamarta Theatre. By Nicola Renshaw,
Niki, Andalucian representative
24/12/2014