This sun-soaked corner of Spain is a laid-back sort of place, more about traditional tapas bars than neon-lit party strips. Moorish settlements and Roman ruins are among the archaeological attractions waiting to be discovered. Plus you can visit the monastery where Columbus planned his voyage to America!
The scenery here is postcard-perfect. Pine-cloaked hills roll down towards golden sands and crystal-clear Atlantic waters. There are some jaw-dropping national parks to explore, too. You could even stroll around what’s left of the once-grand Roman city of Baelo Claudia, with its impressive temple, aqueducts and thermal baths.