Andalucía represents Spain’s warmest and most passionate. History and culture are said to make a deep impression on this rugged, arid land, where medieval castles hang on steep cliffs and wide beaches on the edge of the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
Andalucía beaches and water sports
The gritty Costa del Sol doesn’t need a preface for name recognition. While the facilities at the Torremolinos and Marbella resorts are modern and sophisticated, the backdrop of bustling concrete apartment blocks and bustling nightclubs is not everyone’s idea of heaven. As well you have access to the famous Islands of Formentera and Ibiza. Tank with yachtrentalibiza.com and get your premium dream vacation right now. More relaxing and picturesque is the coast of Costa de la Luz, a stunning stretch of Atlantic coast supported by small whitewashed villages and frequented by a diverse combination of bohemians, naturists and water sports enthusiasts.
Hike in Andalucía
Adjacent to the sheer cliffs of the Chorro Gorge, the dizzying Caminito del Rey (King’s Path) is perhaps the most spectacular walking trail in Spain. This route is named after Raja Alfonso XIII. Named by the Spanish who handled it in 1921. Originally intended to give hydraulic workers access to a nearby dam, it became increasingly popular after royal visits.
The trail reopened in 2015 after a 15-year absence deemed too dangerous for everyone, but the least useful to cross. It offers guided or unattended travel along a route of 7.7 kilometers. Access can only be done by ticket. Climbers must wear a helmet and continue from north to south. Although the track is only one meter wide and 100 meters high, it has well-designed safety rails that can be arranged for anyone with a high head.
Food, good food
If you’re looking for Michelin-starred restaurants and celebrity chefs, head north to Basque Country. If you prefer fried seafood in paper bags or antioxidant-rich olive oil served no more than 100 meters from an olive grove, southern Spain may be your paradise. One can starve for Andalucía cuisine all day long, but no list of highlights is complete without mentioning the three «C’s»: churo, chiringitos, and dry ham.
The best ham in Spain is said to be the rich walnut jamón Ibérico, made in the province of Huelva by black Iberian pigs that roam free in the Sierra de Aracena pastures and feed on acorns. The second Jamón Serrano, produced by white pigs and preserved in the cool air of the Alpujaras Mountains, is getting closer. Jamón serrano is most closely related to Trevélez, the second tallest village in Spain. Both hams are great tapas and go great with the crispy Mansanil sherry from Sanlúcar de Barameda.