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Andalucia's Best Beach Hotels
Center of sun and sand tourism, Andalucía's best beach hotels can be found all along the coastline, from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Mediterranean in the east. To help you choose the perfect foray into the region, here are just a few of Andalucía's best beach hotels, divided by location rather than rating.
Warm, sunny, sandy and exotic enough to feel fresh and mysterious, Andalucía is a temptation for many. This is the kind of place you'll need to revisit and revisit and revisit. The Costa del Sol is here, but so are the mesmerising coastal towns of Cadiz, Tarifa and Almería, all of which beguile with their history as well as their gorgeous, sun-drenched beaches.
Costa de la Luz: The Charm of Andalucía's Atlantic Coast
The Costa de la Luz is less well known than the Costa del Sol, but it's right next door, between sunny, sandy del Sol and Portugal's beautiful Algarve. Is this the plain bit of coastline between two spectacular bits? Not at all! The Costa de la Luz has mountains of white sand dunes and views which stretch across stunningly clear waters to Africa. And atop of the pine-clad hills are the pueblos blancos - the whitewashed towns dating back from a time when Moorish culture thrived here. Peaceful, with charm faintly fading under the sun, the Costa de la Luz operates on a slow, relaxed pace. And the Spanish have been holidaying here as their first choice for years. Which is why the Costa de la Luz has some of Andalucía's best beach hotels.
On the furthest tip of Spain, Tarifa is Andalucia's last stop before Morocco, and a great choice for people wanting to explore the region's North African influences. From the Moroccan fusion food to the architecture, to the wind itself. And Tarifa has some of Andalucía's best beach hotels if you want to be near pristine, protected beaches or do some windsurfing!
- The Hotel Hurricane is one of the best places to stay on the Costa de la Luz if you want to be right on the beach. On a clear day you can see Africa from the pool, set in lush sub-tropical gardens. The simple, colonial style rooms, and focus on access to sporting activities like sailing, riding, golf and surfing, make this one of Andalucía's best beach hotels for active families.
- La Sacristia is well known by kite surfers for reasonably priced elegance and its glorious courtyard.
Now in its fourth millennia, Cadiz is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, and it's an excellent choice for people who appreciate their sun and sand seeped in history. The old heart of town is almost completely surrounded by water now, and the Atlantic crashes gustily at the crumbling sea wall. But there's plenty of energy in the locals, who're known for their ironic Carnival and their cheerful flamenco songs.
- The Hotel Argantonio is one of Andalucía's best beach hotels for history buffs. The decor feels more like Havana than Andalucia, but that's part of the pleasure, and each room reflects a different part of the city's impressive history.
Coto Donana National Park
For pristine peace, the Coto Donana National Park is an Andalucían highlight: thirty kilometres of white virgin sand backed by a wetland reserve which is one of the major stop off points of numerous international bird migrations.
- If the national park, sherry tasting and exploring a really unique corner of the world appeals, then the Posada de Palacio is one of Andalucía's best beach hotels for you. Decorated with antiques and curios collected by the owners, this place is rambling and quirky in a wonderfully Andalucian way.
Costa del Sol: Capital of Sun and Sand on the Mediterranean Coast
In the 60s the Costa del Sol was the package holiday destination in Spain. And, while it's still got the sun, sandy beaches, friendly Mediterranean climate and lively resorts, these days the Costa del Sol has begun to pride itself on its culture just as much as its idyllic weather.
Don't be put off by the 'airport hub' first impression, at Malaga's heart is a beautiful historic centre, and all the wonderful history you might expect from an old Mediterranean port city. It's also been invested in, and in recent years this has meant the openings of several new museums and extensive restoration of 'the pretty bits'.
- Room Mate Lola is one of Andalucía's best beach hotels for city breakers. All minimalist, white leather and zebra print, this 50 room hotel is well located, close to the markets and the nightlife.
Just outside Malaga is foodie heaven: the charming, Moorish village of Benahavis, known for its food, markets and seven golf courses.
- Amanhavis Hotel is a memorable restaurant and small hotel with just nine bedrooms - each decorated on a theme from Andalucía's past - and charming owners.
One of the best known resort towns on the Costa del Sol, there's more to Marbella than sunshine, the Med, and a good time. Once a whitewashed fishing village, the Old Town is a fascinating blend of Andalucían and Moorish cultures.
- Casa la Concha is a set of chic, little B&B cottages set on a hilltop, and though it's not technically a hotel, it's worth mentioning for its quiet, green, relaxed atmosphere and views of the Mediterranean.
- Hotel Claude does qualify as one of Andalucía's best beach hotels, and is an excellent choice if you're looking for boutique luxury, it's a 17th Century restored townhouse converted into seven suites.
- La Villa Marbella is another great choice in the centre of town. Rooms and suites are all named after Asian cities and some even feature their own private jacuzzi terrace.
Just south of Marbella is Puerto Banus, a luxury marina marketed as Spain's St. Tropez. If you want to be wowed by super yachts and sports cars and an endless row of high-end boutiques, this is where you'll find Andalucía's best beach hotels.
- If you're looking for an Andalucían resort with everything the Marbella Club is for you. As well having its own golf course and spa, it also offers tennis and horse riding and has its own private beach.
Costa Tropical: Granada and Almería
If you want all the sunshine, but a milder climate, green mountains meeting you at the coast, good value and limited development, the Costa Tropical has some of Andalucía's best beach hotels. It's taken longer for the tourist train to roll into these towns and here the cost of living is lower, there's friendly, traditional hospitality and raw beauty. But of course you're also close to the cultural riches of Granada and Malaga.
Almuñécar and La Herradura
Almuñécar has been a port for about 3000 years and has been colonised by a succession of seafaring folk - influencing the look of today's town, an amazing maze of narrow, cobbled streets overlooked by the impressive Arab castle, Castillo de San Miguel. If you're looking for a quiet, out of the way spot, this is where you'll find some of Andalucía's best beach hotels.
Almuñécar also has a quiet, secluded marina, just ten minutes west of town, which is a great spot for diving, snorkelling, waterskiing, sailing and swimming. La Herradura is a picturesque fishing village just ten minutes to the east.
- Gorgeous mill conversion, Alqueria de Los Lentos, doesn't technically qualify as a beach hotel, but it is just a short drive to the beach. And the charming view of the Sierra Nevada and the gardens and olive groves around the mill make this a really special place to stay in Andalucía.
Sunniest region in all of Spain, the coastline around Almería is also the quietest part of Spain's Mediterranean coastline. To the south of town are some of Spain's last salt flats, and the flocks of flamingos who adore the salt flat conditions. If you're lucky you may see monk seals in the clear waters off the coast. There are abandoned gold mines in the interior and the old town is topped by the Alcazaba, a impressive 10th Century Moorish castle fortress.
- Stylish and central, the Hotel Catedral Almería is one of Andalucía's best value beach hotels. Room rates start as just £50 per night for contemporary rooms in an attractive townhouse close to many of Almería's highlights.
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Hotel Hurricane 33 rooms from $80Tarifa, Cadiz, Costa de La Luz
Wonderful, relaxed beachside hotel in sub-tropical gardens, with views to Africa from the pool. Simple rooms with terracotta colours and white washed walls. Easy access to sporting activities. Ideal for families.Value chic - Moorish-style hotel right on the beach in Tarifa, with an excellent restaurant serving homemade pastas and a small pool.Kayaking - Sea kayaks are available at the fitness center, a great way to explore the coast from another perspective.Surfing - The beach in front of the hotel is a renowned surfing spot, complete with surf school.Full of character
La Sacristia 10 rooms from $78Tarifa
A stylish and elegant hotel just outside the old town. Luxurious, but simple rooms and suites - and apartments dotted around the old town in case you're looking for flexibility. A divine courtyard to have breakfasts in. A great spot to relax in after a hard day kite surfing.Watersports - Tarifa is famous for its kite surfing.ElegantBeach nearbyTownRecommended by - I Escape
Hotel Argantonio 15 rooms from $125Cádiz
Renovated and tranquil hotel in Mozarabic style, full of character. Andaluz, rustic or colonial styled rooms with terracotta hues, Moroccan-style hand-carved arches and wooden beams. Fantastic traditional buffet style breakfasts. Close to the beach and ideal for local exploring.City Style - A charming hotel in the heart of the city, featuring an uniquely eclectic and interesting decor style rich in history.Great walks - A great way to see Cádiz are the theatrical guided tours, full of fun and information.Sailing - If you have a week to spare there are fantastic sailing courses in the local harbour.Fishing - For all those angelers, the hotel will happily arrange deep sea fishing trips.
Posada de Palacio, Sanlúcar de Barrameda 34 rooms from $63Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Costa de La Luz
Rambling and quirky Andalucian pousada full of collected antiques and curios. Tiled courtyards, large reception rooms, white-washed walls, airy and spacious wooden-beamed bedrooms. A characterful spot with a large sun terrace and proximity to the beach.Value chic - Set in an beautiful 18th-century palace, with lovely Andalusian-style courtyars and only minutes from the beach.Local markets - Visit the local food market Mercado de Abastos, a colourful and fascinating sight.Sights nearby - Just a few minutes walk from the Castillo de Santiago, well worth checking out.Romantic - Good for couples.
Room Mate Lola 50 rooms from $52Málaga, Costa del Sol
Designer boutique hotel in the centre of Malaga. Zebra prints, white leathers, minimalist lines. A relaxed ambience in truly chic city style.City StyleDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape
Amanhavis Hotel 9 rooms from $90Benahavis, Malaga, Costa del Sol
Charming small hotel and restaurant with friendly owners in a Moorish mountain village. A short drive from the coast. Great food and pool in historic hilltop village location. Cosy country styled rooms. Ideal Andalusian escape.Total relaxation - Dip in the palm shaded pool, admire the views from the roof terraces and of course drink local wine.Sights nearby - Explore the lovingly conserved and unspoilt whitewashed village of Benhavis.Great walks - Wander through the diverse landscape, from mountains to valleys and coast.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Sawdays
Casa la Concha 5 rooms from $130Marbella
A chic boutique B&B with individual cottages sprawling through beautiful flora and fauna gardens. Set on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean and Marbella. An ideal location for a weekend wedding or a group/family holiday.Views - Of the Mediterranean and of Marbella.Groups - The whole house can be rented.Weddings - Tailor made wedding weekends.Private villas - 5 luxury cottages.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Hotel Claude 7 rooms from $261Marbella (Calle Ancha)
Sophisticated and elegantly restored 17th century townhouse, in Marbellas old town. The seven chic and individual rooms feature Moorish-style arched doorways, peaked timbered ceilings and understated contemporary touches. Sunlit interior patio, gourmet dining and rooftop terrace. Totally unique.City Style - Beautiful stucco façade, vaulted archways, and carved wooden doors refreshingly matched with sleek modern design.Local exploring - A discreet Andalusian oasis in a 17th-century mansion at the heart of Marbella's lovely labyrinthine old town.Sights nearby - Visit the enchanting Plaza de los Naranjos, with its lively terrazas, orange trees, and Castilian Renaissance architecture.Great walks - Wander the winding narrow lanes of the old town, pausing for wonderful food under the orange trees.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Marbella Club 81 rooms from $355Marbella
A golf, spa and beach resort that offers a unique experience. Elegant in its classic style and luxurious with its outstanding facilities. Located in a natural paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean. An oasis of relaxation for families or those seeking something princely.Traditional - A quintessential Marbella resort — established by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe in 195Private villas - Especially suitable for families or absolute privacy.Families - There is a popular children'c club in the summer.Garden - Manicured tropical gardens.Recommended by - Tablet, Fodors
Alqueria de Los Lentos 7 rooms from $78Nigüelas, NOT TO SHOW
A gorgeous old mill renovation surrounded by magnificent gardens and olive groves on the edge of the Sierra Nevada. Rustic chic room and family suites have fireplaces, brightly painted walls, wooden beams and stone floors. Fabulous local restaurant, pool, and masses to do in the park. Fantastic.Views - Stunning landscape of olive groves and gardens.Full of character - A charming mill renovation.Active HolidaySights nearby - Alhambra in Granada.Recommended by - Sawdays
Hotel Catedral Almeria 20 rooms from $63Almería, Andalucía
A good Four Star option in central Almeria. An attractive townhouse with contemporary rooms, outdoor pool, gastro-bar, and meeting facilities. A stylish spot, family friendly too.Views - Great views over the city from the roof terraceSights nearby - Located in the historical centre of AlmeriaSwimming Pool - Roof top poolLocal markets - Good for local colour.