A modern two bedroom apartment in a gated complex with a large private roof terrace overlooking the swimming pools with magnificent country and mountain views and within easy reach of Granada and the Sierra Nevada ski resort. more info...
Andaluc?a is the Spain of legends and post cards: flamenco dancers with their bright, polka-dotted dresses, sun-drenched streets that spring to life after dusk, and Sunday afternoon bullfights held in small, sandy rings. Yet this sprawling region also has a modern face, with a large number of international students and some of Spain's best transportation options.
Sevilla, the region's largest city, is one of the most traditional in Spain. The white-walled houses of the old Jewish quarter are home to tiny bars and restaurants serving sangria, paella and flamenco music, while the city's fine cathedral is one of the largest in the Christian world. Climb to the top of its Giralda (Bell tower) for amazing views.
Come to C?rdoba to see one of the most fascinating monuments in Spain, The Mosque Cathedral. Before the Reconquista, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived here in peace, and Muslim leaders constructed a sprawling, ornate mosque. When the Christians took over centuries later they converted it into a Cathedral, eventually filling the centre of the mosque with typically Catholic altars, chapels and choir stalls. The result is a startling mix of cultures and styles that must be seen to be believed.
Known for its breathtakingly beautiful Alhambra, a masterpiece of Mud?jar architecture, Granada is a smallish city perfect for wandering and getting lost in. It's also a good jumping-off point if you want to head to the Sierra Nevada mountains nearby.
Beach lovers can head to colourful resort cities like C?diz on the Atlantic coast (Costa de la Luz) or M?laga on the Mediterranean coast (Costa del Sol). Both are packed with restaurants, shops and nightlife options.
Southern Spain is more than mild. Shorts and short-sleeves can be worn from March through October, and winter is short and sweet. Spring and fall are the best times to come; the weather is comfortable and the days fairly long. Most Spaniards avoid this region in July and August, when the heat can be simply unbearable at mid-day. If you're in Andaluc?a in summer, you'll immediately understand why the siesta is such a success here.
Flights from the UK take about 2 hours and most head either to Madrid or Sevilla. From Madrid you can take an AVE train down to Sevilla or C?rdoba in just 2 hours.
To explore the smaller towns of Andaluc?a, you'll almost certainly need your own car.
Head to beaches along the Costa de la Luz or the Costa del Sol for prime sun-soaking and swimming. Water sports are popular in nearly all the resorts here; you can rent jet skis, sailboats or snorkel gear. Some places also offer activities like scuba diving and water skiing.
Walkers and bikers can head to the Sierra Nevada, a large mountain range near Granada known for its dry, bald hills. There are 20 other natural parks scattered throughout Andaluc?a, and all of them also have walking paths. These are good areas for bird watching too.