Explore the Natural Beauty and Old-World Villages of Andalusia Inland
That inland region of Andalusia – also referred to as Andalucía – is a land that is steeped in history and culture. Welcoming locals, year-round festivals, natural beauty and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities bring travelers to this region of Spain in search of self catering Andalucía villas for a romantic couple’s break, a fun family vacation or outdoor adventures with a group of friends traveling together. Several quaint villages, resort towns and modern cities offer a wide variety of options for those looking for an economical, centrally located Andalucía apartment, or luxury, private Andalucía villas for their next Spanish holiday. Popular destinations in the Andalusia Inland area include Sierra De Cazorla, Sevilla, La Joya, Huéscar, Villanueva Del Trabuco, Alcudia De Guadix, Huetor Tajar, Laroya, Casabermeja, Osuna, Laroya, Padul, Ardales, La Iruela and the highly popular towns of Cordoba and Villanueva De La Concepcion.
One example of what travelers can expect when opting for self catering holidays in Andalucía Inland is the village of Villanueva De La Concepcion. This rural, old-world village is located in the Malaga province of Andalucía, nestled in the foothills of the El Torcal mountains. The central location in the region allows tourists to enjoy easy day trips to Malaga, Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla and Antequera from the comfort of their Andalucía villas located in the countryside or right in the village. Opting for an Andalucía apartment in Villanueva De La Concepcion also allows visitors to enjoy the El Torcal Natural Park, ski in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range and explore Roman ruins.
Unearthed prehistoric stone tools have led archaeologists to believe members of hunter-gatherer cultures lived in the area of the village around 60,000 BC, followed by Neanderthal cave dwellings dating to before 5,000 BC and established settlements dating back to 200 BC. Ruins and remains of a Roman forum, theatre, burial ground and villas show that the Romans also had a well-established settlement in this area. Like many towns in this region, Villanueva De La Concepcion was also invaded by the Moors, and later taken over by the Christians, with each of these groups leaving their mark on the history, culture and architecture travelers will find in this rural tourist village that manages to remain largely untouched, even while welcoming increasing numbers of visitors each year.
As visitors travel over 18th century bridges to enter the village on the way to their Andalucía apartment or villa, they will see that although rural tourism is growing in this area, agriculture is still an economic mainstay, making Villanueva De La Concepcion a peaceful, natural setting for those in search of Andalucía villas or apartments in close proximity to outdoor activities and historical sites. There are also a number of cultural festivals and celebrations throughout the year, as well as plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafés.
Another exciting option for those looking for Andalucía villas or a centrally located Andalucía apartment is Cordoba, which offers the perfect blend of historical and cultural heritage and all that a modern city has to offer. Whether you choose to tour the city in a horse-drawn carriage, or spend your days walking through the Jewish Quarter, visiting the Hamman (Arab bath) and exploring the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Palace of the Christian Kings or the Madinat Al-Zahra remains, this culturally rich city offers several interesting districts, religious and cultural festivals, and awe-inspiring architecture.