Get a ticket to ride the Al Andalus Express

12 best Andalusian holidays


1 Costa getaway: Spanish Affair (tel: 020 7385 8127) still has coastal properties available for this summer on Andalusia's Costa del Sol. The Villa Ojen is quiet, but close enough to Marbella for the nightlife. A fly-drive package, based on up to six people sharing twin rooms, costs around £506 per person for two weeks in early July, including return flights to Malaga, car hire, and self-catering accommodation.

1 Costa getaway: Spanish Affair (tel: 020 7385 8127) still has coastal properties available for this summer on Andalusia's Costa del Sol. The Villa Ojen is quiet, but close enough to Marbella for the nightlife. A fly-drive package, based on up to six people sharing twin rooms, costs around £506 per person for two weeks in early July, including return flights to Malaga, car hire, and self-catering accommodation.

2 Spanish speaking: Considering Spain's popularity with the British, linguistically we rarely seem to progress much beyond " dos cervezas, por favor". Spanish Study Holidays (tel: 01509 211612) offers Spanish language courses for all ages at three of its schools in Andalusia - in Seville, Granada and Malaga. As well as daily classes in small groups, the courses include film shows, tapas evenings, and excursions. A two-week course based in Seville costs from £462 per person if two share accommodation with a host family. The price includes half-board accommodation, 20 Spanish sessions per week and activities. Flights and transfers cost extra.

3 Sherry tour: Sherry is a serious business in Jerez - Andalusia's premier sherry-producing region. Winetrails (tel: 01306 712111) offers a six-day break to Jerez, featuring tastings at the bodegas of Sandemans and Gonzalez Byass. The self-guided break costs from £465, based on two sharing, including largely half-board accommodation and private estate visits with tastings. Flights and transfers cost extra.

4 Al Andalus Express: Mundi Color (tel: 020 7828 6021) organises week-long trips on Spain's answer to the Orient Express. The Al Andalus Express is a luxury vintage train complete with mahogany panelling and brocade furnishings, dating from the 1920s. It winds its weekly course from Seville through to Granada and Jerez de la Frontera. Passengers sleep on board, but alight for daytime excursions. The price of around £1,239 per person in standard class is based on two sharing a cabin and includes flights, transfers and train travel, full-board accommodation and excursions. The train leaves Santa Justa station in Seville every Sunday.

5 Ronda break: Ronda is home to Spain's oldest bullring, famous in the 18th-century as the home of champion bullfighter, Pedro Rovero, and for its beautiful bridge spanning the Tajo gorge. Magic Cities (tel: 020 85638959) offers short breaks to Ronda, staying at the four-star Reina Victoria hotel. A three-night break from 1 July costs around £338 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights to Seville, car hire and b&b accommodation.

6 Sierra self-cater : It's not too late to find a cottage in the stunning Andalusian countryside, as Spain at Heart (tel: 01373 836070) has a range of accommodation still to let. A two-week holiday starting 11 August at El Tornero, a self-catering cottage with pool in the Sierra de Aracena, north-west of Seville, costs £1,650 in total. It sleeps up to six. Flights and car-hire are not included, but can be organised by Spain at Heart.

7 Spanish twitching: Griffon vultures and short-toed eagles feature among the birds of prey that can be seen on Limosa Holidays' (tel: 01263 578143) eight-day birding trip to the Strait of Gibraltar. This part of Andalusia is a key point in the migration of many of Europe's raptors, and the trip will be guided by Dick Forsman, an authority on the subject. The tour departs 9 September and costs £1,095 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights to Malaga, transfers, full-board accommodation, and the services of a guide.

8 Pueblos blancos : InnTravel (tel: 01653 629000) offers multi-centred fly-drive packages that allow you to explore the whitewashed villages and countryside of Andalusia at your leisure without having to find somewhere to stay in the evening. A six-night package, taking in the village of Cazalla de la Sierra, Arcos de la Frontera and Ronda, costs £575 per person based on two sharing, including return flights, car hire, and half-board accommodation.

9 White horses: Pure-bred white Andalusian horses, especially those from the Real Escuela Andaluza Del Arte Equestre in Jerez, are highly esteemed. Ride World Wide (tel: 01837 82544) offers short courses for riders to hone their horsemanship on these beautiful specimens. Staying at the Hacienda Dos Olivos near Seville, four-day courses cost around £310 per person based on two sharing, including b&b accommodation, and daily lessons from an instructor from the school. Flights and transfers cost extra.

10 Alhambra: The Moors ruled the region of Andalusia for some 700 years, leaving an architectural legacy of grandiose cities and magical gardens, not least in Granada. The Moorish palace of Alhambra and the Generalife gardens are the highlights of a four-night break to Granada offered by Prospect Music & Art Tours (tel: 020 7486 5705). If this short tour will cost £495 per person, including return flights, transfers, three-star b&b hotel, and two half-day excursions. The next tour leaves on 7 September.

11 On safari: The Walking Safari Company (tel: 01572 821330) offers walking holidays to explore Andalusia's wilder countryside, including a 55-mile trek from Arcos de la Frontera to La Almuna. As well as staying in an 18th-century cortijo (country house), and a Victorian hunting lodge, walkers will trek through deer-rich forests, and visit a sherry bodega at Sanlucar de Barrameda. The "Arcos Safari" costs £1,295 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights, transfers, full-board accommodation and wine, luggage support, and guides. Autumn tours leave throughout October.

12 Moor highlights: Exodus Travels (tel: 020 8675 5550) offers an Andalusian tour for the traveller who wants a little of everything. Its 14-day tour will visit Seville's Plaza de España, Cordoba's Mezquita church, and still leave time for a walk in Cazorla National Park. The price of £622 per person is based on two sharing, and includes return flights, transfers, b&b accommodation and guides. There are regular departures, and availability exists on the next tour, due to leave on 3 September.

News
Russell Brand was in typically combative form during his promotional interview with Newsnight's Evan Davis
peopleReports that Brand could stand for Mayor on an 'anti-politics' ticket
News
The clocks go forward an hour at 1am on Sunday 30 March
news
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor finds himself in a forest version of London in Doctor Who episode 'In the Forest of the Night'
TVReview: Is the Doctor ever going stop frowning? Apparently not.
News
Voluminous silk drawers were worn by Queen Victoria
newsThe silk underwear is part of a growing trade in celebrity smalls
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
footballMatch report: Real fight back to ruin Argentinian's debut
News
Candidates with surnames that start with an A have an electoral advantage
newsVoters are biased towards names with letters near start of alphabet
Arts and Entertainment
Isis with Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jay James
TVReview: Performances were stale and cheesier than a chunk of Blue Stilton left out for a month
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Junior Application Support Engineer (ERP / SSRS)

    £23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

    IT Systems Analyst / Application Support Engineer (ERP / SSRS)

    £23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

    SCRUM Master

    £30 - 50k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a SCRUM Master to joi...

    Franchise Support Assistant

    £13,520: Recruitment Genius: As this role can be customer facing at times, the...

    Day In a Page

    Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

    Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

    Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
    Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

    Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

    The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
    New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

    New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

    Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
    Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

    Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

    The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
    DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

    Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

    Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
    The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

    Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

    The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
    Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

    Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

    The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
    11 best sonic skincare brushes

    11 best sonic skincare brushes

    Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
    Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

    Paul Scholes column

    I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
    Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

    Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

    While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
    Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

    Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

    Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

    A crime that reveals London's dark heart

    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
    Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

    Lost in translation: Western monikers

    Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
    Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

    Handy hacks that make life easier

    New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
    KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

    KidZania: It's a small world

    The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker