A tour of Andalucía is an exercise in extremes. Located on southern Spain’s Iberian Peninsula between Granada and Málaga, Andalucía’s snowcapped Sierra Nevada mountains seem like they couldn’t possibly belong in the same place as the fiercely sunbaked plains. The region’s pueblos blancos are the polar opposite of color-splashed canvases by native painter Pablo Picasso, and the Alhambra palace stands perfectly polished alongside crumbling Moorish ruins. But there is consistency, too: in the warmth of the locals, the reliable weather, and the traffic-free roads that are virtually made for cyclists.
Jamón Ibérico, organic caviar, tapas, gazpacho, and paella
Sherry and Spanish wines like Ribera, crisp refreshing beer, and Tinto de Verano