Spain’s southernmost region has something for every taste in holidays, whether you are young, fit and sports mad, just want to laze on a beach, or see Spain’s rich cultural heritage.
If you are looking for a beach holiday, just turn east after you land at Malaga Airport and find the Costa del Sol.
These beaches are less crowded than those to the west, especially around the beautiful city of Nerja.
Take time away from the beach to visit the prehistoric caves just outside the town.
Some of these caves are natural amphitheatres where concerts are held during the year.
Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella are all the famous tourist spots along the Costa del Sol to the west of Malaga.
For a little more magic, travel further west to the Costa de la Luz that stretches from Cadiz to Tarifa.
This piece of the coast up to the Portuguese border has pristine white sand bordered by a turquoise sea and is backed by pine forests.
The sand dunes and marshland stretch away to pastures and fields of sunflowers.
Enjoy the seafood in the sleepy fishing villages along the coast, visit the Roman city of Bolonia or go windsurfing in the sea off Tarifa.
Towns and cities
Drive or take a bus north from the Cost de la Luz through the cork oak forests, where bulls roam, to Medina Sidonia, probably the oldest town in Europe.
A white city perched at 300 metres, it offers views over the Mediterranean to the Rif Mountains in Morocco. Continue to Seville, Spain’s third largest city with a treasure of Spanish, Moorish and Roman architecture.
Cordoba, just close by, has the famous 8th century mosque that today is a cathedral.
In Granada, the Alhambra Palace and the surrounding Generalife Gardens look magnificent against the backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Wildlife and national parks
Ski in the morning in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and take a dip in the sea in the afternoon.
You will also be able to fit a game of golf in between on Andalucía lush greens.
The coast is just a few hours’ drive away, but you can see a different Andalucía in the Sierra Nevada National Park.
There are lots of opportunities for scenic walks along the ancient paths that connect small villages.
If you travel between September and November, you can forage for wild almonds, walnuts, figs and chestnuts.
Don’t miss the El Lobo Wolf Park near Antequera on your way down to Malaga.
You can even get up close with a wolf and enjoy a barbecue in the sunset and listen to the wolves howling as the sun goes down.Categories: Guides
Localities: Andalucía, Europe, Spain
Travel Themes: Art and Culture, Nature