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Destination guide

Andalusia charms everyone who visits

Imagine the sweet smell of orange blossom, the stomping of a flamenco dancer's shoes, passionate strumming by a Spanish guitar player and whitewashed houses glittering under a deep-blue sky. That's Andalusia: passionate, intense and exciting. It doesn't matter whether you're coming on a romantic break with your partner or bringing the kids for some family-fun in the sun, there's always an Andalusia holiday rental that fits the bill. Stone cottages up among the interior olive groves, apartments along the narrow streets or villas big enough for the whole family, next to the sun-drenched shores, are just a few of the possibilities.

History

Centuries of different rulers have all left their mark

It is thought that humans have been living along the Andalusian coast for more than 10,000 years, though it wasn't until the Roman legions arrived, in around 200 BC, that extensive development of the region began. Several centuries later, the Moors conquered the land and changed the culture, landscape and food forever. Arab traders brought spices that were introduced into the cuisine, while exquisite Islamic architecture was erected in the mountains and along the coast. Today, you'll find that Andalusia has a distinct culture that is quite different from the rest of its Spanish neighbours.

Things to do

Historical attractions aplenty near your Andalusia holiday rental

Attractions in Spain don't get more fascinating than those near your Andalusia holiday rental. If you're staying in Granada, it would be unthinkable not to visit to the Moorish palace of Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage monument that towers over the city from its hilltop spot. Then there's the Mezquita, which was once the largest temple in the Islamic world, but was converted into a cathedral. In Almeria, you can see the Moorish walled fortress, while Malaga has several world-class museums, which house everything from Picasso's paintings to classic cars. Alternatively, stay in Jerez de la Frontera and visit the sherry bodegas, to learn about their production and enjoy tastings.

How to get around

Getting around in Andalusia

Most people head to their Andalusia holiday let via one of the main airports in Malaga or Seville, though with so many commercial ports along the coast, it's perfectly possible to arrive by ferry. If you're coming from anywhere else in Spain, the efficient and reliable trains are one of the fastest options. If you're interested in more than just a fly and flop holiday and want to truly explore Andalusia, your best bet is to nab a rental car, which gives you the freedom to come and go as you please, and at your own pace.

Restaurants and bars

You'll eat well at an Andalusia holiday let

Like the rest of Spain, food plays a huge part in the culture, here. With mile upon mile of fishing coastline and year-round sunshine perfect for ripening fruits and vegetables, it's no surprise that the region is blessed with such quality produce. You'll find everything from local tapas bars serving up light bites to fine-dining restaurants with 3-course a la carte meals. Look out for gambas al pil pil, locally-caught prawns cooked in garlic chilli oil, cured jamon, from acorn-fed pigs, and light bowls of salmorejo, a refreshing soup made from little other than vine-ripened tomatoes, with olive oil and salt. For breakfast, you should indulge in churros, spiral-shaped doughnuts served with thick, melted chocolate.

How many holiday rentals are available around Andalusia?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 34,295 holiday lettings around Andalusia. From 4,819 villas to 6,287 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Andalusia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Andalusia. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Marbella: 7,429 holiday homes
  • Mijas: 7,330 holiday homes
  • Benalmádena: 5,840 holiday homes
  • Nerja: 4,006 holiday homes
  • Estepona: 4,920 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Andalusia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Andalusia?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Andalusia with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Marbella: 7,429 holiday lettings
  • Mijas: 7,330 holiday lettings
  • Benalmádena: 5,840 holiday lettings
  • Nerja: 4,006 holiday lettings
  • Estepona: 4,920 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Andalusia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Andalusia are:

  • Malaga Airport (AGP): 9,128 self catering accommodations
  • Sevilla Airport (SVQ): 1,781 self catering accommodations
  • Almeria Airport (LEI): 650 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Andalusia?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Andalusia. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Seville Cathedral: 1,978 holiday rentals
  • Málaga Cathedral: 7,890 holiday rentals
  • Calahonda Beach: 1,164 holiday rentals
  • Playa Macenas Beach & Golf Resort: 66 holiday rentals
  • Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park: 347 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Andalusia listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Andalusia

Marbella
7,429 holiday rentals
Mijas
7,330 holiday rentals
Benalmádena
5,840 holiday rentals
Nerja
4,006 holiday rentals
Estepona
4,920 holiday rentals
Fuengirola
6,072 holiday rentals
Mojácar
1,008 holiday rentals
Frigiliana
3,594 holiday rentals
Almuñécar
3,190 holiday rentals
Manilva
1,788 holiday rentals
Torrox
3,551 holiday rentals
Alhaurín el Grande
605 holiday rentals
Benahavís
2,633 holiday rentals
Málaga
14,307 holiday rentals
Torremolinos
6,507 holiday rentals
Cómpeta
1,236 holiday rentals
Vera
960 holiday rentals
Vélez-Málaga
4,750 holiday rentals
Alhaurín de la Torre
687 holiday rentals
Comares
206 holiday rentals