Andalucia travel advice

Tips from our friends in Andalucia

Party On

Melanie McAnaw from our supplier Headwater highlights partying with the locals in her Andalucia travel advice:

“A local fiesta in a small village is probably the most unique experience you can have in Andalucia. Families from the youngest baby to the oldest grandma congregate in the village squares, celebrating local produce. Food and drink are handed out generously, dancing and merriment is all around, those visiting are invited to join the fun, and after a few glasses of the local wine language is no longer a barrier!”

Rural splendour

Andrew Appleyard, from our supplier Exodus, suggests getting out of the cities in his Andalucia travel advice:
“Everyone always heads to the cities of Andalucia – Cordoba and Granada and Seville – but if you can get into the heartland of Spain and base yourself in a rural community – the Moorish hinterlands – that is beautiful, especially during springtime. Photographically it’s just astounding with the almond blossom and the spring flowers. And the local produce is magnificent. I don’t think anyone realises the incredible abundance of fantastic, organic food.”

Health & safety in Andalucia

Travel safely in Andalucia


  • Cool sea breezes and fresh mountain air can be deceiving. Wear plenty of sunscreen, and keep kids covered. The sun in Andalucia is particularly fierce year-round, so hats, sun screen and sunglasses with UV filters are recommended, especially if traveling in Spain with kids.
  • Carry plenty of water if hiking or cycling – dehydration happens quickly here. Many routes do not have convenience stores or restaurants along the way, so snacks are also advised to keep you going.
  • Tap water is safe to drink, so bring refillable bottles to save money and the environment.


Take note of the universal emergency number: 112. You can also dial 062 for the Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) for mountain rescue services and other accidents.

Most beaches outside of the popular resort areas are unguarded, especially outside of the peak season, although flags are often used to indicate safety. Do not enter the water if there is a red flag, undercurrents can be extremely strong. Keep an eye out for jellyfish as well. The good news is that there are a huge number of blue flag beaches where you can be confident of clean water.

Forest fires are common in summer months. Be extra cautious when using cigarettes and glass bottles, and never leave them behind. Causing a fire is a criminal offence even if unintentional.

Most of Spain is safe with relatively low crime rates. Pickpockets may act in tourist areas though, as with any touristy region. Be careful in bars at night, leave valuables in your hotel and don’t leave wallets or mobile phones on show. Be cautious on beaches too – don’t leave bags unattended while you swim.

Andalucia tips from our travelers

Recommendations from those who have been there

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travelers are often... other travelers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful Andalucia travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your vacation - and the space inside your suitcase.
“Be prepared for the lack of 'los servicios' on the walks (girl thing!). Pack a few cereal bars/oat cakes as back-up's to what’s basically a meat and carbs diet! If you don’t eat red meat, be prepared for Ham being treated as Not Red Meat!” - Ros Perryman

“Book an entrance ticket to the Alhambra on-line well in advance if possible.”Terrie Robinson

“Be prepared for a simple and relaxed pace of life with little compromise to modern tourism.” - Anthony Bullin

“Take day trips early morning or late afternoon as it can get quite hot.” - Caroline O

“January / February is a great time to go. Days warm, cooler early in the morning and evenings so take warm cardigans and slippers!” - Debbie Bayntun-Lees

“There isn't a lot of English spoken in the villages so definitely come with a Spanish dictionary. And in November it is quite warm when walking at times but very cold in the evenings, so definitely pack jumpers and coats.” - Eleanora Newbury

“Take your walking boots - fantastic walking opportunities - you can walk all day without seeing anyone.”Hilary Wight

Photo credits: [Festivals: Victoria Peckham] [tip 1 -plant life : Olga Berrios] [tip 2 - market: Sandra Vallaure] [Helpdesk: Phillip Capper]
Written by Norman Miller
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