The top of Picacho, Cadiz
Towards Gibraltar from Crestilina, Malaga
Looking down from Los Reales, Estepona, Malaga
Looking down from Los Reales, Estepona, Malaga

What to do in Andalucia

From birdwatching to cycling, scuba diving to walking and skiing. The varied terrain, coastal strip, high sierras, mountainous areas (Granada has the highest mountain on mainland Spain – Mulhacen) and high plains, together with the diverse climatic conditions, hot and humid, semi arid (Almeria is home to the Cabo de Gata, the last semi arid zone in Europe), hot and wet (Grazalema in Cadiz province is the wettest place in Spain), provide any number of opportunities for those with a little more energy.

You can ski during winter in the Sierra Nevada in Granada, scuba dive or snorkel off the crisp Atlantic coasts of Huelva and Cadiz or the protected coast of Almeria, walk the coastal, forest and mountain trails that proliferate throughout Andalucia, cycle along deserted roads and tracks and wind surf off Tarifa (the windiest place in Europe).

This section tends to concentrate on those activities you can plan and execute yourself rather than those for which you pay.