Planning to go to Andalucía for a vacation? You came to the right place for your resource on everything that you need to know as you plan your itinerary. Andalucía, an autonomous region on the southern coast of Spain, boasts of a culture so rich, no wonder you’re so captivated and now planning to spend a portion of your lifetime there. But first things first, how do you get there? How are the people there?
Getting to Andalucía
South of Spain, Andalucía can be reached by land, sea or air. How you specifically will be getting there is of course, dependent on where you will be coming from.
If coming from a country disjointed from continental Europe, (or basically any place that will take more than a day through sea or land), and a long road trip or cruise is not within your luxury, then taking the plane towards Andalucía is your best bet. There are four domestic airports: Almeria, Cordoba, Granada, and Jerez de la Frontera which can take you from one point in Andalucía to another. Meanwhile, there are two international airports in Malaga and Seville which can serve as your entry point from other areas of the world.
You can fly to any of these airports dependent of the places you want to visit in Andalucía and based maybe on personal preference like airline of choice, fare prices, and convenience.
With about 800 km of coastline, entering Andalucía through its numerous ports through a ferry or liner is always an option with sea vessels coming from parts of Africa and Europe. Come in Andalucía through a mini-cruise, this way making the journey part of the adventure.
Traveling by land is also an option. An extensive railway network is available across Europe and throughout Andalucía. People are inclined to choose to travel via train given its more affordable fares, unrestricted luggage options, better sustainability to the environment, and the scenery to behold amidst travel.
Buses also available, running to many towns and villages. Driving a private car is also always an option. The main road towards Andalucía is on the A-4/E-05 of Jaen Province or the A-92N in Velez Rubio and A7/E-15 of Almeria Province; N-433 of Rosal de la Frontera and N-630 in Huelva Province; N-432 in Fuente-Objeuna and the N-420 in Cordoba Province.
In terms of traveller’s safety, pickpockets and thieves are one of the issues you must look out for. It is recommended not to stay out when it is late, as this is the time such issues are mostly reported. It is recommended that you remain aware of your surroundings to be on the side of safety.
Cost of Living
As with other countries who are members of the European Union, the currency in Andalucía is the Euro (€).
Accommodation rentals start at about €12 per night for the most basic room with air-conditioning and a basic bathroom, roughly around €350 per month. For a full apartment, it is about €880 a month. Prices for the most expensive hotels in the city are at around €300 a night. Most accommodations include wi-fi connectivity. In the case that it is not available, to remain connected, internet data is around €33.25 for 10 Mbps a month.
Taxi fares start at €3, and a one-way train ticket is at €1.50, while a one-month pass is at €45. You also have the option to get a car rental for only around €8-20 per day, or €125 for one whole month. Gasoline is at €1.17 per liter.
Inexpensive restaurants serve meals at €10, or around €40 for mid-range ones, if one was to eat out solely for a month it would cost around €900 – 3,600.
Living La Vida Local
To make the most of your Andalucian adventure, you must consider the duration in which you’ll be visiting the region. Filled with many events and fiestas, there is always an activity to see and take part in so you can immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.
Semana Santa or Holy Week, is the biggest event to catch when in Andalucía. Processions of floats with statues of Mother Mary and Jesus, plus Nazarenos or penitents parade the streets. While the event is very busy and tends to inflate prices of services and products within the region, it is still a highly recommended event to witness, as it is a one of a kind experience. Just be ready to brave the crowd.
Bullfighting season takes place between April to October, and spreads all over the different provinces. Ronda’s Corrida Goyesca is one of the more popular bullfighting events, which happens around September with fighters dressed up as 18th century toreros.
Seven weeks before Easter Sunday, the Cadiz Carnival takes place. A religious holiday, it involves a procession, festivities, dancing and a Carnival Queen pageant. You will want to be a part of it, if not for the religiosity, for the festivities.
This is a week-long street party that includes fireworks, lights, music, flamenco dancing, and Ferris wheels. It’s a good way to interact with the locals and experience the Andalucian night life.
These are just five of the countless festivities, mostly religion-centred, that take place and are worth witnessing in Andalucía.