Cheap holidays to AndalusiaEmbrace southern Spain
Famed for its Mediterranean sunshine, delicious tapas bars and unique 'Pueblos Blancos', meaning White Towns, Andalusia is an stunning region of southern Spain. With its red hills, glorious weather, and authentic architecture, the region is the epitome of Spanish culture, with superb cuisine, wine, and music closely linked to siestas and relaxation. Located close to Portugal, holidaymakers can venture across the border to explore the neighbouring country, or sample the heady mix of Spanish and African cultures, landscapes, and wondrous sunshine. In cities such as Seville, a plethora of museums, galleries and ornate buildings are easily accessible, and steeped in religious history: they offer holidaymakers an authentic exploration into Jewish quarters, and invite you to marvel at the gorgeous churches.
It is not uncommon for visitors to be offered complimentary tapas in the bars in this region, and coupled with live performances on the streets, holidaymakers with a smaller budget can experience authentic Spanish traditions, culture and cuisine. Whether you choose to retire in a villa in Cordoba, or an apartment in Seville, HomeAway's list of Andalusia rentals ensures you find your ideal accomodation. Recreate a home from home experience as you take your daily siesta, before exploring the narrow and enchanting streets of this magical region.
Top five destinations for cheap holidays to Andalusia
Cheap holidays to Seville
Seville's Cathedral, an examplar of Gothic architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides a striking backdrop for your stay in the region's capital city. Explore the incredible architecture and learn about the city's historical make-up in Santa Cruz, or wander around the narrow, snaking streets of the old Jewish Quarter, sampling delicious tapas in little restaurants. The city is also home to the Museum of Fine Art, the Archaeological Museum, as well as Museum Of Arts And Customs, and holidaymakers can visit the Alcazar, the striking palace of Seville, which continues to inspire painters, photographers and architects. Visit the Torre de Oro, Seville's watchtower, or for a contemporary reflection of the city, visit the Metropol Parasol, an incredible 21st century postmodernist structure.
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Cheap holidays to Competa
Cómpeta, considered one of the grandest examples of a Pueblo Blanco, is a vibrant village with an array of resturants and tapas bars. The village neighbours the National Wildlife Park, and is surrounded by spectacular nautral beauty spots, as well as picturesque valleys. For keen walkers, holidaymakers can enjoy exploring Cómpeta and the surrounding villages in the morning, before exploring the rural setting in early evening, following their afternoon siesta. Holidaymakers can relax on the beach or cool down in the sea at the neighbouring beaches, but also explore nearby locations such as Torre del Mar, Torrox and the Caves of Nerja.
Cheap holidays in Salobrena
Practise your Spanish and sample delicious local cuisine at one of the tapas bars and restaurants in Salobreña. The grandeur of the surrounding mountains and the easily accessible beaches, offer holidaymakers travelling on a budget the opportunity to explore the stunning landscape. Explore the interlinking streets that snake through Salobreña's Old Town, set in the red hills, or follow the path to reach El Castillo De Salobrea, an examplar of Moorish architecture. Visitors can also visit the 'El Peñon', meaning The Rock, located between Playa La Guardia and Playa de la Charca, two of the area's spectacular beaches.
Cheap holidays to Cordoba
Cordoba has numerous historical and religious buildings to explore, and interesting areas to visit, such as the medieval Christian neighbourhood and Jewish Quarter. Notable religious buildings and mesmerising architectural features include the Tower of Calahorra Synagogue, and the Church of San Andrés, as well as the renowned Great Mosque of Cordoba. The Mosque signifies the city's fascinating religious history, functioning once as a Islamic place of worship, and now as a Catholic cathedral. Holidaymakers can also visit the Museum of Fine Art, walk over the spectacular Roman bridge, or visit the palace-town, Medina Azahara, an Arab-Muslim fortress. The city of Cordoba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: its staggering historical and religious history continues to attract holidaymakers every year.
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Cheap holidays to Isla Canela
Separated from the mainland, Isla Canela can be reached by crossing the bridge from Ayamonte. Visitors can take a ferry ride to Portugal, or explore the plethora of beaches scattered along the coastline. Holidaymakers can immerse themselves in the blend of Arabic and Spanish culture, visiting the spectacular beaches, marvelling at the red sunsets, and sampling the unique cuisine flavoured with northern African spices. For proactive travellers, there is also the opportunity to pursue relatively cheap activities such as tennis and fishing in the area.