Activities in Andalucia

Walking the far south

Walking in Spain’s southernmost region combines exotic landscapes and romantic culture with superb food and a warm Andalucian welcome. Stay in friendly fincas along the way – many guesthouses produce their own organic olive oil, wine or fruit; food is fresh and has travelled metres rather than miles.

Las Alpujarras boasts the imposing backdrop of the Sierra Nevada. There are lakes fed by mountain streams, lush valleys, roman ruins and tiny pueblos. Stay in a whitewashed village in Almeria, shopping at the local market and trekking the surreal landscape of the Sierra de los Filabres. Come in spring for wildflower carpets and bird watching. Nearby, the coastal desert of Cabo de Gata has several walking trails through the Nijar National Park, beloved of botanists and photographers.

Trail notes make self guided vacations easy, and many routes start from the front door of your guesthouse – driving is not essential. If you do hire a car, however, you can also enjoy a day at the beach – or at the Alhambra Palace.
Brilliant light and stunning landscapes wait to be captured.

Get creative

Year-round sunshine – ideal in winter when much of Europe is gloomy – makes Andalucia perfect for painters and photographers, even without its stunning diversity of inspirational subjects. Nature offers Spain's highest peaks, rustling pine and oak woods, and deserted beaches backed by Roman ruins or desert vistas. Come March to May for spectacular wild blossom. Come any time for vibrant human life, from dazzling white villages, Moorish palace, fiestas and colourful markets.

Activity vacations

Alongside photography and painting, Andalucia offers activity breaks as different as lynx watching and tango lessons – though they do have one thing in common - both will lift your inner spirits. The Iberian lynx is critically endangered, but can still be seen amid the scrubby grasslands and forests of the Sierra de Andujar. Responsible tourism operators help your luck along by providing trained zoologists and expert guides as you roam the rocky landscape on foot, eyes always peeled.

Try an Andalucia foodie tour, exploring in vivid sensory detail the region’s distinctive cuisine, from the fish markets and tapas bars of Cadiz to local producers of jamon iberico and ‘liquid gold’ – olive oil. Your trip can also be combined with some idyllic trekking, great for working off calories so you can let your appetite go wild. Or go horseriding in the stunning Sierra Nevada National Park, where rugged valleys are home to nimble mountain goats, wildcats and over 60 bird species, including golden eagle, griffin vulture, golden oriole and hoopoe.

Our top Andalucia Vacation

Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain

Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain

Multi-activity Family vacation in the Spanish Lake District

From 396 to607 8 days ex flights
Tailor made:
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Andalucian cuisine is fed by colourful history and nature.

Buen provecho!

Food here blends an ancient Roman troika of olive oil, wine and wheat with a corresponding lip-smacking Moorish trio of saffron, coriander and rice. Peasant influences shine in dishes like quail in gazpacho and hearty empedraillo (white bean stew).
Superb Iberico ham has a wonderful fishy counterpoint in mojama (air-cured tuna). Add delicious sheep and goats cheese, boquerones (pickled anchovies) and amazing shellfish – washed down with varied sherries like fino, manzanilla and oloroso.
Written by Norman Miller
Photo credits: [Page banner: Sean Pavone] [Walking the far south: Ronnie Macdonald] [Get creative : Victoriano Izquierdo] [Buen apetito! : Jay Cross]