The southernmost territory of Spain, Andalucía is the part of the Iberian peninsula that is most quintessentially Spanish. The popular image of Spain as a land of flamenco, sherry and ruined castles derives from this spectacularly beautiful region.
Andalucía’s manageable size also makes it easy to take in something of each of its elements – inland cities, extensive coastline and mountainous sierras – even on a brief visit. Plus the proliferation of dramatic historic buildings mean there are plenty of unforgettable places to stay.
From humble family-run pensiones and hostales to five-star luxury hotels, these are some of our favourites. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Andalucía, your essential travel guide for Andalucia.
Just above the Bay of Algeciras, this is a magical hotel housed inside a renovated seventeenth-century convent with a stunning patio and imposing Florentine tower. The rooms are elegantly furnished to four-star standard and there’s a pool and tennis court.
The hotel is also surrounded by vast tracts of wooded walking country in the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales, making it hard to imagine a more serene stopover. For more serenity explore the best hotels in Spain: pick of the paradores.
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This enchanting hotel, created inside a refurbished, part-Moorish house (reflecting the town’s Moorish origins), has magnificent views towards the coast of Cádiz far below.
Individually styled rooms are decorated with Moroccan lamps and fittings, and guests have use of two patios, a terrace and a library. If you're interested in Andalucia's heritage take a look at the best places to experience Moorish Spain.
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About 50km from the city of Granada, you'll find this charming hospedería rural and restaurant sits in an 18th century house with fine views over the tajo from its back garden. The amiable proprietors – he a former flamenco singer, she a wonderful chef – make a stay here a very special end to any Andalucía trip.
For a less expensive stay in Andalucía, take a look at our guide to the 20 best places to visit in Europe on a budget.
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A former Carthusian monastery transformed into a charming hotel surrounded by rolling hill country with eight elegantly styled rooms in what was formerly the monastery’s gatehouse.
The evocative ruin of the fifteenth-century monastery behind Hospedería La Cartuja contains an art gallery. Cazalla de la Sierra is just over an hour's drive north of Seville, for more unique places to stay browse our guide to the world's strangest hotels.
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Perched on a clifftop, this former casa señorial has a spectacular columned patio and sensational views across the vega from a terrace bar. Some of the beautiful rooms (and more expensive suites) come with their own terrace, too. Arcos de la Frontera is just 30 minutes' east of Jerez de la Frontera.
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Secreted away in the densely wooded Parque Natural Sierra de Andújar – home to the threatened Iberian lynx – this is a very pleasant hotel with cosy en-suite rooms, apartamentos rurales and cottages arranged around a pool. There's plenty of good hiking nearby.
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In Ubeda's old quarter, this upmarket casa palacio owned by the Marquesa de la Rambla is the last word in understated taste. The lavish interior – with eight palatial rooms set around a stunning renaissance patio designed by Vandelvira – contains valuable furnishings and artworks.
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The cortijo (farmhouse) of an extensive estate is now a superb hotel set in 86 acres of farmland. Rooms are rustic and traditionally styled, plus there's a pool, mountain biking and horse-riding on offer.
You can even watch its organic farm in action, producing the wine, cheese and olive oil served in its restaurant. For more traditional, and not so traditional, Spanish experiences take a look at things not to miss in Spain.
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In a former gold-mining village in the Almería desert, this modern spa-inn with lofty palms and makes a great base to explore a dramatic gulch-riven landscape. Rooms are arranged around a sunken courtyard; a restaurant, pool, spa, sauna and gym plus free loan of mountain bikes are just a few of the facilities on offer.
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