Andalusian Beach Sunset

If you’re looking for a blissful getaway that’s easily accessed from both Southampton and Bournemouth Airports, you would be wise to consider Andalusia.

Andalusia is a stunningly diverse area of southern Spain that is made up of eight districts spreading inland from the Costa del Sol, Costa Tropical, Costa de la Luz and Costa Almeria. In this region, you can go from skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the morning, to soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches in the afternoon.

The area itself has a number of cities all offering wonderful breaks. However, I’m going to take a look at the four cities in the Andalusian region that have proven most popular with Milford Travel customers in recent years.

Easily accessed from both Southampton and Bournemouth airports, Malaga, Grenada, Cordoba, and Seville are a diamond formation of cities, interlinked by local rail services or pre-arranged transfers.

Malaga is the gateway to Andalusia with lots to explore, not least the quirky museums which include the Picasso museum.  Boasting a beautiful, pedestrianised centre, interesting architecture and fabulous restaurants and bars, your holiday will be off to a wonderful start if you decide to spend a couple of days in Malaga.

From Malaga, you can head north-east to Grenada, a jewel in the Andalusian crown. Grenada is best known for the Alhambra, a series of palaces, including the Summer Palace called Generalife with beautiful fountains and gardens. If you want to pay a visit to the Alhambra, you do need to book tickets in advance. To get the very best out for your visit, consider taking on of the guided tours that are available.

After Grenada, you can move westwards to Seville. It will take you around three hours by train from Grenada to Seville, use the time to sit back, relax and absorb the beauty of the Spanish countryside. Seville is the capital of the Region and is a beautiful and joyous city with 3 UNESCO world heritage sites within it.  Do your homework before you go as there is a cultural journey to be explored in Seville.

For your final stop Cordoba, it’s only a short train journey of approximately 45 minutes from Seville. Cordoba is a Moorish city founded by the Romans and later conquered by the Christians.  At the heart of the city is the Grand Mosque/Cordoba Cathedral. This is one of the largest mosques in all of Islam.  There is a fascinating mix of Islamic and Catholic architecture. This typically bustling Andalusian city has a Jewish Quarter that is well worth a visit. What’s more, there’s no shortage of excellent hotels and restaurants to choose from.

When it’s time to head home again, the train from Cordoba to Malaga is only around an hour. The whole trip can be done independently and organised by us here at Milford Travel or as part of a group tour which again we would also be happy to arrange for you.

If a multi-city break isn’t for you, Andalusia has plenty more to explore. All you need to do is contact the team at Milford Travel. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise waiting to help tailor-make your perfect Andalusian Adventure.

To find out more, please pop in for a chat with us at 78 High Street, Milford on Sea or call 01590 644899 or email enquiries@milford-travel.com