Walk among olive groves, stop at ancient mountain shrines, visit Roman ruins and enjoy the local specialty, paella, in the country’s south. The passion of Spain broods in Andalucía, where fiestas, flamenco and sunshine reign supreme and an intriguing blend of Islamic and Christian heritage and European and Northern African culture influences everything from architecture to the food. Its feisty capital Seville is a great destination for those looking for history as well as festivities. Venture further south too, to Grenada, with its revered Alhambra Palace. The city sits at the foot of the snow-dipped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains, with Mediterranean beaches just 40 kilometres away. Tiny towns and resorts dot the region’s 900 kilometres of coastline, known as the Costa del Sol, and there are plenty of national parks and reserves to explore.