Andalucia been a favorite destination among travelers for years. The island averages 320 days of sun per year, making it popular with sun worshippers and beach enthusiasts. With a diverse tourism product, there is something to suit just about every budget and taste on the island. If you\'re looking for something exotic and a little bit outside your typical holiday, this might be worth a look.
Moving around in Andalucia
If you don\'t feel like driving, you can take advantage of the bus and coach services run by private companies. Buses travel regularly between the towns, giving visitors ample opportunities for exploration and meeting the locals. Tickets can be purchased at bus companies\' ticketing windows. Coaches travel from Andalucia to other European cities, as well as to the airport and other Andalucian towns, such as Portillo, Mijas and Fuengirola. Timetables can be downloaded online or you can request them at coach and bus stations.
International car rental agencies also operate in Andalucia. They can be found in most cities and at the larger airports. It is cheaper to rent a car in Spain than anywhere else in Europe. To get the best rates, it is usually cheaper to rent a car from the small local rental companies.
Beach lovers will be happy to know that the public has access to all the beaches in Spain. There are a number of beaches in Andalucia, and you are sure to find one that suits your taste. Andalucia\'s sandy beaches make up most of the country\'s 800 km of coastline. Some of the island\'s most popular beaches are located in Costa del Sol. If snorkeling or exploring hidden coves is your thing, Costa Tropical is the recommended hot spot. During the summer, most of the popular beaches are staffed by lifeguards. In the winter season, Andalucian beaches are mostly populated by fishermen and joggers.
While Andalucia doesn\'t offer quite the entertainment package of other areas in Europe, there is still enough to make your visit memorable. For the more adventurous lot, there are opportunities for paragliding, climbing and mountain biking. In La Pileta and Ardales, among other places, there are caves you can explore and make your own discoveries about the beauty of Andalucia. Motor racing enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Paris Dakar rally passes through Andalucia every year. This happens around New Year and is seen as a not to be missed event.
Andalucia also features a number of water parks, including Aqua Tropic, Parque Acuatico Mijas and the Parque Aquatico Vera. These parks are generally a hit with families. Some of these parks are open every day for a set period. Boat and ferry trips are also quite popular among visitors to Andalucia. This is a great way to explore the coastline and broaden your experience. These spectacular trips promise to make your vacation unforgettable.
For lovers of the nightlife, Andalucia offers a wide array of possibilities. Visit Benalmadena\'s Marina for some the best clubs around. Pubs and restaurants are all over, so you can take your pick. Many of these places are open all night, so there is never a wrong time to show up. Visit one of the casinos in the resort towns if you\'re feeling lucky, or catch a flamenco show. If you are looking for something a bit quieter, Andalucia has fine cinemas, and there are theaters featuring music and modern as well as classical theater performances.
If you are one of the millions who visit Andalucia in any given year, you will find that accommodation is not difficult to find. The choices range from 5-star hotels to rustic cottages and the rates varies just as widely. Whether you choose to pass your time just sitting on the beach, or exploring the vibrant nightlife you will find it was well worth the trip.