Costa del Sol & Southern Spain
Southern Spain is where all of the Spanish stereotypes come to life, home to Flamenco, paella and rustic tapas dishes. Travellers interested in history will be enchented by the stories that built the south. Founded by Romans and then ruled by Islamic Moors over 800 years, Andalucia is a living tribute to Moorish heritage with its Alcazars, Mosques and whitewashed hilltop towns, threaded by winding, cobblestone streets.
Well worth a guided visit, is the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdom, the most visited site in southern Spain, the mystical Alhambra in Granada.
Equally as impressive is the Mezquita in Cordoba, once upon a time, a mosque so important it was second only to Mecca. In fact, the whole city of Cordoba was in the 10th century, a city where Jews, Christians and Muslims all lived in peace, sharing knowledge and customs. The other gem of the south is Seville with its striking colonial architecture in the old town and the massive Gothic Cathedral in the town centre.
The Costa del Sol is a region along the coastline of the Province of Málaga that shows a diversity of landscapes: beaches, cliffs, estuaries, bays and dunes.
The famed Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Manilva and peaceful Casares make Costa del Sol a dream location for a holiday with over 325 sunny days a year and a benevolent climate.
The pace of life here is slow, mostly because it’s too hot to be in a hurry! If you enjoy afternoon naps and long evening strolls, look no further – Andalucia is your next destination.
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.