Spain Self Catering, Spanish Rental Villas and Apartments
Welcome to Spain Self Catering, dedicated to self catering holiday rentals in Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearics.
We are working hard on our comprehensive guide to Spain’s varied Regions and their Departments over the coming months and in July 2013 we will be launching our holiday lettings section advertising self catering villas, apartments, cottages etc direct with the owner is a modern, easy to use and well marketed and documented environment.
Covering all the regions on Spain:-
Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla y Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, Galicia, La Rioja, Murcia, Navarra, Valencian Community
Here is our guide to Self Catering in Andalucia
Andalusia is the second largest of the autonomous communities in Spain, and is located in the south of the country. It is made up of eight provinces, which are Seville, Malaga, Jaen, Huelva, Granada, Cordoba, Cadiz and Almeria, and its terrain varies from the warm waters of the Costa del Sol to the mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevada. Whether holidaying in the more developed coastal tourist resorts during the summer, visiting the medieval castles and palaces, or taking a winter skiing vacation in the mountains, Andalusia has something to offer everyone
Towns and Cities
Andalusia has many towns and cities that it can be rightly proud of, although a dozen stand out more than the others. Granada is arguably its most famous city, and it has a wonderful mix of history and culture. Its most popular attraction is the Alhambra Palace and Fortress complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Malaga runs a close second to being the most well know city inAndalusia, and whilst for many it may seem that it is a tourist centre geared towards overseas visitors, it does have historical and cultural gems of its own waiting to be found in the old city section. Other cities of note in the region include Seville, the home of flamenco, Marbella which plays host to the rich and famous and the ancient city of Cadiz.
There are a wealth of things to see and do during a holiday in Andalusia, ranging from visiting archaeological sites and medieval constructions through to enjoying sun and water sports along the coastal regions. Many people take a vacation in the region without realising that the mountain areas also provide some great hiking and biking trails as well as wildlife spotting opportunities. During the winter months, skiers flock to the Sierra Nevada ski resort which is the most southerly in Europe.
Food and Drink in Andalusia
Spain is well known for the quality of its food and drink, and Andalusia not only meets, but exceeds expectations. Each city has its only speciality dishes, and so where Huelva is renowned for its cured hams, Granada is known for its blood sausages (morcilla). Tapas are not just snacks for the people that live here, but a way of life, and no holiday in Andalusia would be complete without trying some of the many excellent dishes available. When it comes to drink, the most famous to come from the area is of course sherry which is made in the Cadiz provinces. There are various different types, some of which make a perfect accompaniment to tapas.
The terrain in Andalusia ranges from beach to mountains, and as such, any generalisations of the climate are hard to make. In the mountain areas for example, winter temperatures have been recorded as low as -18 degrees in the Sierra Nevada National Park, and the Guadalquivir Valley has seen highs of 46 degrees during the summer. The average temperature throughout the year is just over 16 degrees though, with July and August being the hottest months, and on the whole, the region enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The weather is more predictable along the coasts, and even in the winter, day time temperatures of 12 degrees or more are commonplace. The weather in the mountains can be quite changeable no matter what the time of year.
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