Society & Culture - New Year's Resolutions

Alhambra sunset © Michelle Chaplow
Sunset over Granada's Alhambra Palace

Find out what you should resolve to do this year!

So just how long have you been living in or visiting Andalucia?



Whether you’re planning your first trip to the south of Spain or you’ve been here for 25 years, here is’s list of top ten New Year’s Resolutions for those who really wish to know this amazing region:

1. See the sunset on Granada’s Alhambra.
Former US President Bill Clinton made the Granada sunset famous not so long ago. That same gorgeous event happens time and again over this unforgettable monument. A visit to the Alhambra is a must, but enjoying the changing light throughout the day will take you beyond the typical experience enjoyed by thousands of tourists.

2. Visit the Costa de la Luz.
The Coast of Cádiz province is known by photographers around the world for the unique quality of its light. With vast stretches of beach to wander, you’ll find this is a superb place to unwind.

3. Spend a Weekend at Cabo de Gata.
The Coast of Almería is also known for its expanses of untouched, natural beaches at Cabo de Gata Natural Park. This rugged coast will provide a different beach experience and offers a wealth of opportunities for rural tourists.

4. Do the Spring Fair in Seville.
Everyone’s heard about it, but have you been to Seville’s Fair yet? This is a once in a lifetime experience you’ll probably repeat again and again. But that’s because the spirit of this emblematic Spanish “féria” is contagious…

Sevillanas in Seville © Michelle Chaplow
Sevillanas in Seville

5. Dedicate May to Córdoba.
Imagine a city on fire with fragrant flowers, fiestas and fun for an entire month. That’s Córdoba in May when the May Crosses and the Patio contests literally take over the town. It’s a great time to get to know this former Moorish capital city.

6. Take a Tapa Tour of Andalucia
Plan your next trip around tapa bars throughout southern Spain’s eight provinces. This is a wonderful way to experience an integral part of Spanish culture.

7. Stay in a Parador Hotel.
There are so many wonderful Parador hotels in Andalucia. Many are located in former castles, convents, monasteries and former palaces. If you’ve never stayed in a Parador before, resolve now to make this year special.

8. Experience the Horse Fair in Jerez
The Jerez Horse Fair is one of the largest international horse fairs around. It’s also a great opportunity to see some amazing Spanish horsemanship and experience a typical Spanish féria on a somewhat smaller and more intimate scale than the annual Spring Fair in Seville.

9. Climb to the top of the Giralda
There is nothing quite like the view from the top of Seville’s Giralda tower. Take the time and make the effort to follow the winding path up the tower to the top… but don’t forget to bring your camera!

10. Schedule an Adventure in Andalucia!
Andalucia has a budding adventure sports industry that provides a wide variety of services including caving, climbing, paragliding and a wide array of alternative and high adrenalin sports. If you’d prefer less extreme sports, try skiing, windsurfing, hiking, horse riding or ballooning. It’s all here!