Winter in Andalucia

Winter isn't widely recognised as a favourite season by most people, the nights are longer and the days shorter but finding some winter sun is certainly an exciting prospect and you needn't travel as far as you think in order to find it. Take Andalucia for instance, widely recognised as the most quintessentially Spanish part of the Iberian Peninsula, flamenco, tapas, sherry and bullfighting all originated here and immersing yourself in the culture is easy. Granada (my favourite Andalucian province and city) is home, not only to outstanding history and beautiful architecture but also awe inspiring landscapes. Of course you can find winter sun in Granada, but did you know you can also go skiing in the Sierra Nevada ski resort, only a 40 minute drive up the mountain. 

The sun sets on the Alhambra Palace, Granada. The snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the back ground.

The sun sets on the Alhambra Palace, Granada. The snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the back ground.

The Cortijo El Cachete is only a 30 minute drive from the wonders of Granada and only a 60 minute drive away from the Sierra Nevada ski resort.

If Skiing and historical cities aren't what you're looking for from your winter get away, you can immerse yourself in the rich olive groves. Andalucìa produces one-third of Spain’s olive oil and a colossal 10% of that used in the world. And in areas like Granada it is easy to see why, as regimental line after line of olive trees stretches as far as the eye can see. During an average year, these trees produce approximately 900,000 tonnes of olives, most of which are turned into some 200,000 tonnes of olive oil during the harvest season from late November to January. Much of the harvest is still done by the traditional method, which is to spread a cloth or net beneath the tree and then beat it vigorously with sticks. 

So, whilst you may not be able to get a tan in the Andalusian winter, there is certainly no shortage of activities for the more adventurous traveller.