Beautiful part of Spain 3 hours from London with the hottest summers in Europe

With countries relaxing Covid restrictions and travel across Europe reopening there hasn’t been a better time since the beginning of the pandemic for you to jet off on a sunny holiday abroad. This doesn’t just mean the classic city breaks either, the continent has a lot more to offer if you’re someone who prefers getting out into nature on their holidays.

If you’re one of these people, one particular national park on the Iberian peninsula should be somewhere near the top of your list too, especially if you’ve ever wanted to go on a safari. This is because the Sierra de Andujar National Park, in the Andalucia region of southern Spain, is the only place in the world where you can find the majestic Iberian Lynx roaming wild.

What’s more, if you’re a real nature buff you can even hop on a big cat safari where local tour guides will help you spot some yourselves as they guide you around the trails. The region is also home to some of Spain’s most jaw-dropping natural beauty including valleys, rivers and other wildlife including wolves and eagles.

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Once the capital of a Caliphate stretching into North Africa, Cordoba is now known as the city of flowers

The nearby Cordoba and Seville airports are just a three-hour flight from either Heathrow or Gatwick in London and you can easily drive or take the train up to the national park from these urban centres – Cordoba being just one hour from the park.

The area around the park is just as rich in culture as the park is in natural beauty, with Cordoba itself an incredibly historic city including a world heritage site which encompasses the city’s old town centre. The prime attraction is Mezquita Catedral, one of the best surviving examples of Moorish architecture, which can be found all over the city. The city also has roots dating back to Roman times, with ruins in and around the city also available to visit and explore.



Beautiful part of Spain 3 hours from London with the hottest summers in Europe
Twilight view of Great mosque of Cordob and The Roman bridge.

Full of little streets begging to be walked, Cordoba is packed with courtyards full of flowers, inviting squares and lively taverns where you can enjoy a good flamenco performance or try the local cuisine.

If you’re someone who likes it hot there’s even more reason to visit as Cordoba and the area around it has the hottest summer temperature in both Spain and Europe, with July and August seeing mind-boggling average temperatures of 37C.

So if you’re a lover of the outdoors and stuck for a European holiday destination this summer, why not try your luck in Andalucia, soaking up the history and the scenery.

Dan Wiggins

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