Andalusia & Costa del Sol
The region is a cultural treasure trove, where history comes alive. With a rich past, Andalusia was founded by Romans and later ruled by Islamic Moors for over 800 years. The influence of Moorish heritage is evident in the Alcazars, mosques, and whitewashed hilltop towns that grace the region's landscape.
The Alhambra in Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdom, is a mystical and highly visited site in southern Spain. The Mezquita in Cordoba, once a significant mosque, and the city of Cordoba itself, known for its interfaith coexistence in the past, provide fascinating insights into the region's diverse history. Seville, with its striking colonial architecture and grand Gothic Cathedral, is another gem of the south.
The Costa del Sol, along the coastline of the Province of Málaga, showcases a diverse range of landscapes, including beaches, cliffs, estuaries, bays, and dunes. The region is famous for its popular destinations such as Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, and peaceful Casares. With over 325 sunny days a year and a pleasant climate, the Costa del Sol is a dream location for a holiday.
When to visit
The weather in the south is warmer than the north, meaning the only time of the year you really should avoid, are July and August. Seville is the hottest part of Spain, frequently seeing summer temperatures rise to 45 degrees. While the coastal towns of Malaga and Cadiz are cooled by evening sea breezes. October and November are good options and off-season which is a plus if you’re wanting to visit the sights.
Alternatively, March through June are also great months to visit, allowing you to enjoy the buzz of the summer nights while avoiding the summer’s peak. Winter is quiet in comparison but notably warmer than northern Europe.