When people think of southern Spain, the name that comes instantly to mind will usually be the Costa Del Sol. However, the region that covers southern Spain as a whole is actually known as Andalucía, and there is a whole lot more to it than fish and chips, and British pubs.
Whilst in our minds the South of Spain may well be associated with a vast influx of British tourists, the real Andalucía is famous for a rich culture that encompasses flamenco, bull fighting, dancing horses, beautiful architecture, labyrinthine streets, fabulous food and some of the finest sherry and brandy in the world. In short, it is far more refined and beautiful than you may have thought on first glance.
From the port and amazing bay of Cadiz through to the wonderful palaces of Seville, Andalucía is actually home to some of the most amazing sights in the whole of Spain, and even in areas such as Malaga that are renowned for great beaches and in turn a huge number of tourists, there are areas that will be away from the crowds and filled with spectacular views.
One of the best ways to experience the real Andalucia is by staying in a Parador. Paradores are luxury Spanish hotels usually housed in some of the most amazing buildings you can imagine such as castles and the aforementioned palaces. Originally created to reinvigorate Spain’s tourism industry, Paradores are now simply some of the most elegant and opulent places you can stay, not only in Spain, but also the world.
Scattered all across Spain, you are almost certain to find a great Parador wherever you want to visit, and if you want an area filled with beautiful sites, beautiful beaches, rich heritage and a whole lot of sun, then visiting the real Andalucía is almost certainly the way to go.