Southern Spain has long been the destination of choice for those looking to get away on holiday where they can be sure of amazing weather and a mediterranean lifestyle.
The draw of the Costa del Sol is well known to many as the destination of choice, and for good reason. Sweeping beaches, wonderful food, history and culture make it the obvious choice. That is not all Andalucia has to offer, it has so much more.
The city of Malaga offers everything you could want from a holiday
Easily accessible by plane, the sixth largest city not only has its own airport. It is absolutely flooded with history, and has every right to its reputation as an open museum.
Thouse to have been founded some 2,800 years ago it has seen the rise and fall of many civilisations, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moorish and Christian alike. Each have left an imprint on the city that you will see in very few locations across the world.
History and architecture lovers should be sure to visit the Castillo de Gibralfaro, a spectacular Moorish palace dated to the 10th century and the Cathedral of Malaga, a renaissance style cathedral designed by Diego de Siloe built between 1528 and 1782.
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, and the Museo Picasso holds hundreds of his pieces in addition to amazing temporary exhibitions. This is truly a wonderful place for art and culture.
And of course, with being on the Mediterranean Sea, you know that you will find the freshest seafood, served at fantastic Spanish restaurants. You can get a real taste of Spain from some truly talented chefs.
Being situated on the coast, the coastal landscapes of the region are a sight to behold. With the port a few minutes drive from the city centre where you can enjoy the harbour and shopping you can sit and watch the world go by in the sunshine. Or perhaps choose one of the 15 lovely beaches to get some real rest and relaxation.
Explore the wonders of the natural world
There are some spectacular landscapes to be seen across Andalucia, and many within a couple of hours drive from Malaga airport. Simply pick up a car from DELPASO Malaga airport car hire and head out on the road.
One definite stop you should make is to Nerja. The town itself is a picturesque mix of pretty beaches and cobbled streets. But just outside Nerja are the world famous caves. Stretching over 5km it has the world’s oldest stalagmite and Neanderthal cave paintings.
Another must see is the gorge at Ronda. The town is split in half by the Guadalevin River, and you can reach both sides via the Puente Nuevo bridge that stands 100m above the ground. The older part, La Ciudad has amazing moorish architecture.
You can also head to the Caminito Del Rey is you are brave with heights, and take narrow walkway 100m above the ground, complete with glass viewing platforms to look down into the narrow gorge. Booking well in advance is essential.
Discover a new world of Moorish architecture
No trip to Andalucia would be complete without a trip to the world famous Granada. A historic city, the architecture here is quite beautiful. The Alhambra palace is truly a wonder and exquisitely kept.. Also worth a visit is the peculiar cave dwellings of Sacromonte and the Arabic quarter of Albaicin.
In addition the town of Cordoba is only 158 km from Malaga airport. Here you can see a charming mix of Jewish, Christian and Islamic cultures. The Mezquita is a world famous historical mosque-turned cathedral of great beauty and an unusual style. The huge bell tower gives great views across the town. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Andalucia today.