Throughout Spain, Andalucía is known for the quality of its olive oil, air-cured ham, wild mushrooms, seafood and artisan cheese. Winegrowing remains at its heart too, from traditional sherry bodegas to small vineyards cultivating grapes just like the Romans did. Culture, old and modern, thrives in all its colour. Old shepherd trails carry us through the beautiful countryside in our boots, quiet roads lead to hilltop villages little changed from their Arabic roots.

20 years on from creating our first trips here, we still come back year after year to discover new places to explore, new experiences to enjoy and new people to meet. It's this combination of experience and fresh eyes that makes our trips so special.

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December to February

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Walking under a big blue Andaluz sky in early January

New Year's Eve & Three Kings

Late December to early January

There’s a pocket of time, stretching from the latter days of December into the first week of January, which can be a wonderful time to visit Andalucía. The skies are generally blue, the crowds are few and temperatures ideal for winter walking.

Your holiday might start at one of our favourite rural guesthouses in Spain, surrounded by centuries-old olive groves at the peak of harvest season and with an enticing choice of circular walks and white villages to choose from. The reason you’re here though is to see in the New Year with your fellow guests, your lovely hosts and the traditional dozen grapes.

Then there’s the small matter of the Three Kings (Los Reyes Mágicos) parades through the streets of Seville or Granada on 5th January, attended in their thousands by the locals. In between could be the coast, more walking, more white villages, the sherry bodegas of Jerez... If you like the sound of this, it’s always best to book ahead as space in the smaller guesthouses is limited.

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Celebrating Los Reyes Mágicos with the Sevillanos
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Blue skies and plump oranges in early January

Carnival time

Late February to early March

The streets of Cádiz and Málaga leap into life for a good week or so this time each year, as carnival arrives. Cádiz’s is a riot of colour with a huge helping of humour and playfulness which sets it apart from your average city bash. Málaga’s fiesta sprang back to life in the late seventies with the end of Franco and has grown ever since. The festivities bring all the colour, costumes and chaos that you’d expect, with lots going on each day, until the Burying of the Anchovies brings it all to a rather sombre end and marks the beginning of lent. If you’re thinking of a late-winter break, do consider stopping in on the celebrations if time allows.

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Carnival time in Málaga

Once you’re carnivaled out, there’s plenty more to pick your way through. The Moorish masterpieces of Andalucía’s other great cities - Granada’s Alhambra, Cordoba’s Mezquita, Seville’s Alcázar - can all be comfortably woven into a tailored trip. Ditto Jerez’s sherry bodegas.

Beyond the city streets, we’ll give you plenty of options to fill your days on your terms. Although this isn't generally the best time of the year for hiking, and many of the rural guesthouses close up for the month, it can be a nice time to potter about between white villages. And this being Andalucia, you’re going to eat and drink very well whatever month the calendar happens to have flipped to.

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We are proud to have been recipients of awards from both Wanderlust and LUXLife for our sustainable Travel Positive initiative, that includes balancing carbon by 160%, and providing 1% of our revenue to the planet.