It’s the most wonderful time of the year – that exciting time when we book a holiday for the year ahead and boy, do we need something to look forward to.
However, choosing a trip in 2020 comes with a little more trepidation, no matter how far ahead, or far afield, you’re thinking.
Even when you pluck up the courage to book, there’s still some uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus and it’s putting a dampener on the excitement for your next adventure.
This year, when you book a trip to Andalucía in Spain, those worries become a thing of the past.
It’s the hot holiday destination offering free Covid-19 travel insurance to everyone for the whole of 2021. More information can be found here.
That’s not the only reason to get excited about Andalucía.
Throughout the year, no other Spanish region delivers more days of sunshine and since it’s a coastal area, the southernmost cities boast some of the most beautiful beaches to enjoy it on.
What’s more, in a year when exploration has been on hold, the diversity of Andalucía will feel like rolling five holidays into one, whether it’s relaxation, watersports, city life, nature or history that you seek from your next trip.
Where else in the world could you enjoy soaring snow-capped mountains, ancient cultural cities and sub-tropical beaches in the same day?
With 800km of coastline, two National Parks and more sports facilities than anywhere else in Spain, discover the place where you can have an activity-packed adventure in the middle of a sun-drenched oasis.
A sport for every thrill-seeker
From the mountains to the sea and the urban areas, the quality sports facilities across Andalucía are the envy of its Spanish neighbours, so much so that it’s often the place where spectator sporting events are held, like golf tournaments, cycling events and football matches.
Though it’s also the place to get stuck in, whether you’re into horse riding, cycling, tennis or hiking. On the water, you can also enjoy everything from kitesurfing to wakeboarding and waterskiing to windsurfing.
Or if it’s adventure sports you’re after, the Sierra Nevada mountain range is home to Europe’s most southerly ski resort where ski and snowboard enthusiasts return year-after-year to enjoy the first-class facilities and vibrant nightlife, but most importantly, the highest concentration of peaks over 3000m in the country.
A time to unwind
After all that adrenaline, more than 100 golf courses in Andalucía provide much-needed time to unwind. It’s one of Europe’s foremost golfing destinations, where endless hours of southern sunshine, coupled with spectacularly located courses, make it a popular choice for golf fans.
For some, the sunshine is best enjoyed on the beaches, which are a particular draw for holidaymakers in search of relaxation. While the Costa del Sol is perhaps the best known back home, the Costa de la Luz boasts wide stretches of fine golden sand while the Costa Tropical is the ultimate place to find peace.
A place to connect with nature
For a destination so biodiverse, the varying landscape from the south-east to south-west coast is worth dedicating some serious time to. Indeed, it’s hard to miss the abundance of olive groves right across Andalucía, particularly in Jaen and overlooking the UNESCO ancient cities of Baeza and Úbeda. And if you’re familiar with Seville, a popular tourist spot, then you’ll know about the 25,000 orange trees that bring colour and unmistakable scent to the city, especially in March and early April.
When it comes to National Parks, Andalucía’s could not be more contrasting. The wild beauty of the Almería desert, Europe’s only desert, is where you’ll find Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park a stunning nature reserve along the southeast coast of Andalucia.
At the other extreme, The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park is packed with atmospheric woodland in the northeastern province of Cádiz. Limestone mountains plunge into deep gorges where sightings of rare fauna, including Eagle Owls, Red Deer and Mongoose, are an unforgettable sight.
Enjoy Anadalucia with complete peace of mind
- FREE insurance for non-resident international travellers
- Applies to stays in regulated accommodation
- Valid between January 1 and 31 December 2021
- Covers medical, surgical, prescription charges and hospitalisation
- Extension of stay due to quarantine restrictions covered
- Repatriation with your companions if necessary
*Medical cover up to £3,632 (€4,000), with £90 (€100) excess.