If you’re planning a trip to Andalucia there’s a lot to consider, apart from where to go of course, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices out there.
That’s why I’ve put together this guide of all the travel resources I use and recommend, to help you with everything from flights, travel within Andalucia, accommodation, and sightseeing.
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Flights to Andalucia
For flights from the UK there are several airlines that fly to Andalucia including EasyJet, BA and Jet2. Although Malaga is the most popular airport in Andalucia, it’s also possible to fly to Jerez de la Frontera, Seville, Granada, and Almeria.
If you’re planning to visit the Costa de la Luz or the western Costa del Sol, it may be more cost effective to fly to Gibraltar and cross the border to Spain.
If you’re visiting Andalucia from outside the UK it’s worth checking a flight comparison website such as Skyscanner, Expedia or Trip.com to find the best deals for your chosen dates.
Make sure to clear your cookies or, better still, use your private browsing tab when you’re searching for flights so that your information isn’t saved by the airlines as this can push the prices up.
If you prefer to book a package holiday for your trip to Andalucia there are several reputable companies including Thomas Cook and On the Beach offering packages from the UK whether you’re looking for two weeks of relaxation on the beach, or have something more active in mind.
Andalucia is an ideal destination for lovers of the great outdoors and Explore offer several self-guided walking and cycling holidays. I’ve travelled a number of times with Explore both in Europe and North Africa and highly recommend them.
Car hire in Andalucia
Hiring a car for your holiday in Andalucia offers you the most freedom and lets you get off the beaten track to explore some of the region’s hidden gems.
For car hire Europcar have a good reputation or, if you want to compare multiple sites I recommend taking a look at Discover Cars.
Train travel in Andalucia
If you prefer not to drive, then travelling by train is a fantastic way to see the country and is often easier and cheaper than driving.
You can book tickets for Spain and Europe wide using Trainline but, if you’re planning to do a lot of travel in Spain and other European countries, it might be worth considering an Interrail or Eurail pass.
If you’re thinking of a train trip around Andalucia then your first port of call should definitely be The Man in Seat 61 website. It’s probably the best resource for train travel anywhere in the world – it’s certainly the most comprehensive one I’ve found with information on everything on everything you could possibly need to know.
Note: Interrail passes are only for European citizens/residents while Eurail passes are for non-European citizens/residents.
Accommodation in Andalucia
There’s a huge range of accommodation in Andalucia from budget hostels to luxury paradors, and everything in between. You can even stay in a cave house in the Andalucian hills!
My favourite accommodation website, and the one I use most often, is Booking.com – they have a wide range of accommodation on offer as well as an excellent cancellation policy for most bookings which is invaluable at the moment.
I always like to check hotel reviews on TripAdvisor and sometimes get a better deal by booking through them too.
If you prefer a homestay rather than a hotel, Vrbo has a good selection of properties throughout Andalucia.
A lot of people say that you’ll find a better price by booking directly with your chosen hotel but I’ve not found this to be the case which is why I recommend Booking.com.
Join my Facebook group ‘Explore Andalucia‘ – a private group for anyone who loves all things Andalucian.
Day trips and tours in Andalucia
It’s definitely worth booking ahead if you’re planning to visit any of Andalucia’s most popular attractions particularly during the busy summer months. The Alhambra in Granada, Caminito del Rey in Malaga, and the Alcazar in Seville are sold out well in advance throughout the year so booking ahead (particularly a ‘skip the line’ ticket) is highly recommended.
I always use Get Your Guide when I’m looking for tours or day trips as they have a huge selection to choose from with best prices guaranteed and, on most tours, a free cancellation policy.
If you can’t find what you’re after with them then Viator and Klook are also good options to consider.
Andalucia Tourist Information – the official website for Andalucia tourism with information on all eight of Andalucia’s provinces.
I have a Revolut account which I’ve used in many countries around the world – you can switch easily between currencies, send and receive money from around the world, and use the budgeting features on the app too.
I particularly like the ‘round up’ feature where all my purchases are rounded up to the nearest pound or euro and the difference transferred to a ‘vault’ where it soon mounts up.
Travel insurance is vital, now more than ever, and I never travel without it.
I have an annual policy with Globelink who have good deals for expats which include cover for some covid-related events, but it’s worth looking around for a policy that suits your needs best.
Whatever type of policy you choose, make sure that you read the Terms and Conditions of your policy before you travel.
Guidebooks about Andalucia
Although there is plenty of information online about Andalucia, nothing beats a decent well-researched guidebook. Lonely Planet and Rough Guides are still the big hitters in the guidebook market but there are plenty of others to choose from. I like the DK Eyewitness books as they’re smaller so they easily fit in a day bag but still have plenty of information in them.