The main airports are Seville and Málaga, both of which have flight connections with many European cities. Fast trains are a convenient alternative if you are arriving or already in the capital, with a journey from Madrid to Seville taking 2.5 hours. Once in Andalusia, the most typical mode of transport is by car. Chauffeured or self-driven rentals are available, and the best way to explore and reach the region’s many treasures.
Climate & seasons
Andalusia gets very hot between June and August, especially inland where temperatures reach over 40°C. Considered Europe’s hottest region, coastal cities like Marbella are preferable in the summertime - though they can get crowded. April and May or September to October is pleasantly cooler, less busy and ideal for inland hubs like Córdoba, Granada or Seville. Most places close in the winter, and temperatures drop to about 10°C.
Where to go
If it’s a beach scene you crave, Marbella has the best in the region. However, you may notice the sand isn’t quite as refined as the soft powdery shores across the Indian Ocean, or even Greece. Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga and Seville are all worth a visit and each promise unique charm. The gorgeous Pueblos Blancos white villages dotted around Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park are one of the most intimate spots. Meanwhile, mountaintop city Ronda offers rich history and culture beside spectacular views.
What to do
From coastal golf tracks to laidback beaches and dynamic nightlife, the wealth of experiences that make up this southern autonomous region leaves visitors spoiled. The equestrian spirit here is strong. Enjoy a show at Cordoba Royal Stables, followed by a hike through Caminito del Rey. Historical sites and cultural gems like The Alhambra are also plentiful, particularly further inland. Culinary excursions feature afternoons in family-owned olive groves, wine and cheese tastings in the Grazalema mountains and much more.