Inland Andalucia Holidays

Southern Spain shimmers with sultry vibes, Muscat vines and Moorish architecture. Lose yourself in fairytale streets and the strings of flamenco guitar.

Andalucia is the beating heart of Spain. There’s an atmosphere here like nowhere else – the charm and tradition is unmistakable whether you’re marvelling at colossal Moorish monuments in one of the spectacular cities, watching a fiery flamenco performance in a cave house or wandering around a sun-dappled olive grove estate.

In Inland Andalucia, the region’s 500 miles of coastline gives way to huge forests, rolling hills and mountain peaks. Things take on an epic scale. There’s the remarkable Alhambra palace and fortress; the dramatic city of Ronda, dramatically perched across a deep gorge; and Spain’s highest mountain range: the soaring Sierra Nevada. Then there’s the food. Andalucia’s diverse landscape means there’s plenty of variety and chefs in the region pride themselves on mouth-watering local produce like Iberian ham, fried fish, sherry and, of course, the finest olive oil. With so much to see, experience and taste, Andalucia is one of those places that gets under your skin.

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Inland Andalucia Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Inland Andalucia

Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza

A serene and stylish boutique hotel tucked away in a quiet corner of Seville’s old town.

Hospes Palacio del Bailío

With its chic design, scented gardens and atmospheric spa, this luxe hotel is a grown-up retreat...

H10 Palacio Colomera

A boutique hotel with lavish interiors and a beautiful rooftop bar in central Cordoba.

Hospes Palacio de los Patos

Modern minimalism, period features and great food in a downtown location.

La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

One of southern Spain's best-loved hotels, La Bobadilla is a secluded Andalucian estate of poolsi...

H10 Casa de la Plata

Inspired by a Sevillano house, this new H10 hotel sits right in the heart of the historic centre....

Palacio Gran Vía, A Royal Hideaway Hotel

What was an elegant bank is now beautifully reimagined as a five-star hotel in the centre of Gran...

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Cordoba Discovery Walk

With four World Heritage Sites to its name and a history that stretches back more than 2,000 years, Cordoba is an enchanting destination for a cultural break. Uncover the secrets of some of its most celebrated sights on a private two-hour walking tour with an official local guide. You’ll begin at the building that’s become a symbol of the city, the Mezquita or Mosque-Cathedral. Here, as you wander through the various sections, from the earliest part of the mosque with its distinctive horseshoe arches to the cathedral’s 16th-century courtyard of orange trees, you’ll come to understand something of Cordoba’s fascinating past. From here you’ll head to another World Heritage Site, the Jewish quarter, a labyrinth of atmospheric alleyways where you’ll stop to visit the 14th-century synagogue and El Zoko, a 16th-century manor house that’s now a delightful craft market.

• Duration: half day
• Departs Monday to Friday
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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Historical Granada

Granada’s most iconic sight is the breathtaking Alhambra, which thoroughly deserves its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At night, floodlit on its dark hill, it seems to float above the city like an enchanted citadel; in the cool light of day or the warm glow of sunset, it remains equally mesmerising. Inside, of course, is just as magical, especially in the company of an official guide with a love of art, history and stories of court life. As you explore every corner of this richly decorated Moorish palace, wandering through courtyards almost filled with pools that reflect the buildings around and marvelling at the elaborate wooden ceilings and intricately tiled façades, you’ll hear tales of intrigue, rivalry and passion concerning the Nasrid dynasty that ruled over Granada for 250 years.

• Duration: half day
• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

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Walk Through The History Of Seville

Seville’s magnificent royal palace complex, the Real Alcázar, is a microcosm of the city’s rich history. Beginning life as first a fort and then an Arab palace before becoming a residence for the Christian kings after the Reconquest, it’s a glorious melting pot of different architectural styles. On this private guided visit, you’ll explore inside and out, through lavishly decorated rooms such as the 16th-century Salón de Los Tapices – named after its massive tapestries – and ornate Mudéjar patios. More recently, the Real Alcázar and other spots in Seville became the kingdom of Dorne in Game of Thrones, and fans have the chance to visit the various locations in the palace and the cobbled streets beyond and hear anecdotes about the filming. If that’s not your thing, the guide will tailor your walk through the historic quarter to your particular interests, whether you’re fascinated by local crafts or have a taste for tapas.

• Duration: 2½ hours • Departs Monday to Friday
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You will need to bring your passport as identification.

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Get to know Inland Andalucia and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT+1 hour

CURRENCY

Euro

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

Marbella/Seville 3 hours

RELIGION

Christianity (majority Catholic)

LANGUAGE

Spanish (also known as Castilian)

Where is Andalucia? Andalucia is a sprawling region on Spain’s southern coast, bordering Portugal to the west. Alongside its 500 miles of coastline, it has a huge inland area of rolling hills, farmland and cities.

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Seville Andalucia’s sun-drenched capital is packed with historic monuments, and you’ll find most of them in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood. Gothic Seville Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the third largest cathedral in the world. If it looks familiar, that’ll be because it doubled as the Water Gardens of Dorne on TV’s Game of Thrones. The main attraction here is the tomb of Christopher Columbus, which is held aloft by four allegorical figures. Other architectural must-visits around the city include the spectacular Alcazar Palace – residence of the King of Spain – and the modern Metropol Parasol. Seville has a real character, with flamenco clubs, traditional tapas tavernas and Baroque churches dotted around its winding lanes.

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Cordoba Cordoba is one of Andalucia’s most charming towns, with ornate chapels, white-washed buildings, flower-draped balconies and little lanes that peep out to stunning views. The Jewish Quarter is particularly scenic and this is where you’ll find the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, which is known for its candy-cane-esque brick-and-stone-striped arches, and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, where you can climb up to the ramparts for views over the city. Crossing the Roman Bridge at sunset to see the mosque-cathedral bathed in the evening light is a must. For eating and drinking, head to Plaza de las Tendillas, where the clock tower strikes with the sound of a flamenco guitar instead of chiming.

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Granada You can’t visit Granada without seeing the colossal Alhambra. This impressive 13th-Century palace and fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are three separate sites – the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife and Alcazaba – and pre-booking a guided tour is a must as limited tickets are available each day. The city’s other big attractions are the Gothic-Baroque-Renaissance Granada Cathedral and 15th-Century Royal Chapel. Backed by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada is perfect ‘aimless wandering’ territory. As well as ticking off the main sights, make time to leisurely explore the street stalls, teahouses and bohemian cafés. Head to the traditional Sacromonte neighbourhood to see a flamenco show and visit the cave houses, and stop off at a Moorish teahouse in the Albayzín.

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Loja Loja is an enchanting town in the west of Granada province, surrounded by the beautiful Sierra de Loja. It’s known as ‘The town on the water’ thanks to the Genil River that divides the town in two. In the town itself there are some impressive churches, including Iglesia de San Gabriel and Iglesia de Santa María de la Encarnación, plus a history museum where you can learn more about the area. The rolling landscape around Loja is dotted with olive groves and cereal fields. Nearby waterfalls provide the perfect shaded spot for a picnic and, with over 50 local caves, hiking and caving are popular activities.

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Multi-centre Combine Inland Andalucia with Marbella for a rural, historical, cultural and beach multi-centre holiday. Hire a car and you’ll have total freedom to explore at leisure, or ask us about guided excursions and transfers.

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