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.

Where to stay around Andalusia?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 31,343 holiday lettings near Andalusia. From 5,667 Houses to 4,247 Villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Andalusia is on HomeAway.

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 travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Málaga: 13,410 holiday homes
  • Marbella: 7,669 holiday homes
  • Benalmádena: 5,367 holiday homes
  • Nerja: 3,657 holiday homes
  • Costa del Sol: 17,902 holiday homes

HomeAway 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:

  • Málaga: 13,410 holiday lettings
  • Marbella: 7,669 holiday lettings
  • Benalmádena: 5,367 holiday lettings
  • Nerja: 3,657 holiday lettings
  • Estepona: 4,777 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): 8,330 self catering accommodations
  • Sevilla Airport (SVQ): 2,002 self catering accommodations
  • Jerez Airport (XRY): 647 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 offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Andalusia. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • La Carihuela: 8,645 holiday rentals
  • Benalmadena Marina: 8,693 holiday rentals
  • Mojacar Beach: 1,257 holiday rentals
  • Burriana Beach: 4,271 holiday rentals
  • Nerja Beach: 2,330 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Andalusia listed on HomeAway 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

Málaga
13,410 holiday rentals
Marbella
7,669 holiday rentals
Benalmádena
5,367 holiday rentals
Nerja
3,657 holiday rentals
Estepona
4,777 holiday rentals
Fuengirola
5,866 holiday rentals
Mijas
6,934 holiday rentals
Torremolinos
5,848 holiday rentals
Mojácar
1,056 holiday rentals
Seville
1,965 holiday rentals
Frigiliana
3,277 holiday rentals
La Duquesa
1,588 holiday rentals
Granada
1,003 holiday rentals
Cádiz
1,172 holiday rentals
Torrox
3,265 holiday rentals
Benalmádena
5,314 holiday rentals
Benahavís
2,699 holiday rentals
Almuñécar
2,994 holiday rentals
Cómpeta
1,023 holiday rentals
Manilva
1,664 holiday rentals