Flamenco dancing, bullfighting, sunshine and tapas, Andalusia is famous for many things that have attracted visitors to this unique part of southern Spain for centuries.
Perched at the top of a rocky limestone ridge with stone castle walls adjoining a sheer cliff face that drops to the River Guadalete below, Arcos de la Frontera is hailed as being one of Andalucía’s most dramatically positioned of its Pueblos Blancos – whitewashed villages.
Facing the exhilarating Atlantic Ocean, extending from the renowned surfing haven of Tarifa in the south to the mouth of the mighty Guadiana River, the Costa de la Luz – Coast of Light – has long been a popular family holiday destination.
Andalusia is scattered with mighty sierras, where jagged mountain peaks can be carpeted in snow or take on an arid desert-scape, depending on the season.
El Gastor is a beautiful whitewashed village that sits high on a hillside at the feet of the magnificent mountain range of the Zahara de la Sierra in the Cadiz region of Andalucía.
If you’ve yet to visit Andalucía’s ‘big three’ cities, you’re certainly in for a treat when you do. By ‘big three’ we mean Granada, Cordoba and Seville, three remarkable Spanish cities, laden in extraordinary Moorish architecture, brimming with zest, traditionalism and vivacity and paradisal for culture vultures, foodies, musicians, shopaholics, historians and more.
Etched in history and culture and brimming with stunning architecture, the city of Seville is a fascinating place to visit for all the family. This beguiling city seems to have a fantastic surprise around every corner, including a beautiful green open space known as the Maria Luisa Park.
The traditional and distinct southern region of Andalucía is brimming in wacky, wonderful and thoroughly unique fairs and fiestas all year round. In fact, you don’t have to travel too far or for too long to come across a memorable festival in Andalucía and party amongst the locals.
The shimmering white-washed town of Ronda, stood high on a hillside overlooking a vista of mountains, meadows, and lakes, is a true sight for sore eyes. This ‘pueblo blanco’ – white village – is one of the most celebrated in Andalucía, with good reason.
Set amongst impressive blue hazy mountain ranges, where olive green trees predominate, the white-washed villages of Andalucía stand out from a distance, shimmering in the hot Spanish sun. They appear timeless and, in fact, many of them have changed little over the years. These charming villages may have one or two roads that you can drive a car down, but typically comprise of wonderful mazes of little alleyways that interweave between one another.