Andalusia, located in the south, on the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, is the second largest region in Spain. It is formed by eight provinces and Seville is the capital. The most important airports are in Seville and the largest in Malaga. Andalusia has a beautiful monumental legacy, remains of Arab architecture or testimonies of great historical events. More than 8.3 million people live in Andalusia. The weather varies from one area to another, but most of Andalusia enjoys the sun all year round and little rain. Of all regions of Spain, Andalusia is the richest in culture and with the greatest cultural identity. Flamenco and bullfighting, those big Spanish stereotypes, both have their roots here. Nearly 30 million people visit Andalusia annually, a country with a wide variety of landscapes. With its kilometers of beaches, spectacular mountains, long rivers and mountains, Andalusia is a tourist attraction. The Costa del Sol is the most popular region for visitors, followed by the Sierra Nevada, the Costra de la Luz and the Costa Tropical. The historic cities of Granada, Seville and Cordoba are all popular destinations for a getaway. The monuments, museums and the typical Andalusian atmosphere offer much to see and do. Andalusia is also famous for its white villages, which are characterized by their white houses with typical patios and terraces narrow streets. With its sun, history, landscapes and warm welcome, Andalusia is one of the most visited places in Spain.
Discover a selection of the best spots and attractions in ANDALUSIA COSTA DEL SOL
The Alhambra was built in 1238, it is one of the wonders of the world. It is a beautiful complex of buildings, gardens and rectangular patios, fountains, leafy boulevards and streams. The most important buildings are the Alcazaba as the oldest and the Torre de la Vela because of its magnificent views of the whole, in particular the royal courtyard of the lions and the gardens are unforgettable. Definitely worth a visit.
With more than 3000 years of history, Malaga is one of the most important cultural destinations. Málaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso, is this days a real museum city. Málaga is even one of the cities with the largest museum density in the historic center. Over the past decades, considerable investments have been made in this city on the Costa del Sol, which now has a lot more to offer than just sun, sea and beach. Enjoy our exquisite and varied gastronomy in the bars and restaurants that offer the best products from Spain and from all over the world, while you enjoy shopping in the shopping streets. Culture, gastronomy, parks, nature reserves, beaches, shops, parties ... Malaga is great.
Seville, located on the banks of the river Guadalquivir, with a rich Arab legacy and known as a prosperous commercial port in connection with America. The Andalusian capital exudes joy and excitement in every street and on every square that is part of the historic center, with an interesting series of buildings declared World Heritage, such as Triana or La Macarena. The remarkable center of the peninsula to the south, Seville, offers a wide range of hotels spread over the urban area and giving the opportunity to explore the countless sights. Museums and art centers, theme parks, cinemas, theaters and banquet halls are just some of the endless leisure opportunities that the great city of Seville offers. All this without forgetting the many terraces, bars and bars where you can eat delicious tapas. Seville is also known for its celebrations such as semana santa and the feria of April. But Seville is much more, because it is a good starting point to travel through the province through the most diverse cultural routes, such as the Roman Bética Route or the Washington Irving Route. You can also discover the enormous natural wealth of a region stretching over two continents, with treasures such as the Doñana Natural Park, a World Heritage Site and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, or the Sierra Norte Natural Park. They are the ideal environment for practicing all kinds of outdoor sports, such as hiking, horseback riding or cycling. But if the sport we practice is golf, Sevilla has four excellent golf courses near the city.
Parque Nacional de Doñana is a mosaic of landscapes, a paradise for birds in the most important wetland of the entire European continent. The fault between the provinces of Huelva, Sevilla and Cadiz, Doñana is now a maze of land and water that forms swamps, ponds and streams, preserves and pine forests, dunes, beaches and spectacular cliffs. Bonanza, Galician, Ribetehilos or Lucio del Cangrejo are clear examples of complex lagoons that give this natural space shelter to thousands of birds. Among the varied landscapes that also doñana emphasizes the dune system that stretches between Matalascanas and the mouth of the Guadalquivir, more than 25 kilometers of pristine white sand beach; the fossil dune of the Asperillo, with more than 30 meters of altitude; or, already on the beach, the cliff with the same name formed by sandstone between orange and ocher because of the water rich in iron oxide that flows through the chorritos. A place for every nature lover.
The Alcaicería de Granada is located near the cathedral and is dedicated to Granada's artisanal shops, selling the popular Fajalauza pottery, inlaid wood or inlaid wood and colored glass lanterns. You will also find bookshops, jewelers and hotel locations.
Marbella is one of the most popular destinations in Spain. It is therefore a paradise for beach lovers. There are no less than 26 beaches along the 27 km long coastline. The beaches of Marbella have 5 blue flags, above Benalmádena, Mijas, Fuengirola or Estepona. No other coastal town in the province of Andalusia exceeds the number of blue flags.
The Alcazaba of Almeria can be seen from any point in the city of Almería, the largest of the citadels built by the Arabs in Spain. Its construction began in the year 955 by Abderraman III and was completed in the eleventh century by Hayrán, King Taifa de Almería. After the Christian conquest has been reformed by the Catholic princes and Charles I. The Alcazaba of Almería has three walled fences, one of which was built by the Catholic monarchs. It was a royal residence and today still the palace of Al-Mutasin with all its rooms, its mosque, which has been converted into a church since the late fifteenth century. It has an almost invisible entrance door, huge walls, large rooms with vaulted ceilings and Gothic doors. From the top of the walls of the Alcazaba you can see a beautiful view of the city and the harbor.
This monument was built in 1912 for the centenary of the Constitution of Cádiz, it is integrated in the gardens of the Plaza de España. There is this monument with sculptures about war, peace or resistance of Cádiz during the War of Independence.
The mosque-cathedral of Cordoba, the third largest in the world, never belonged to the church, according to a recent report commissioned by the city council of Cordoba. It was built at the end of the 8th century by Abderramán I, on the remains of the Visigoth basilica of San Vicente and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.
The Gorge Desfiladero de los Gaitanes is a natural beauty spot, placed in the centre of the province, between the towns of Alora, Antequera and Ardales. This is one of the most beautiful spots of the Malaga Mountains. Between its steep and considerably high walls, the River Guadalhorce flows, after having passed through the reservoirs El Chorro (The Spurt), Guadalhorce, Guadalteba and Gaitanejo. The Gaitanes Gorge is a canyon, carved by the river Guadalhorce in the territory of Álora, which at some points is only 10 meters wide and 700 meters deep. The nothern access to it is via Guadalhorce reservoirs and the southern is via El Chorro.
The geostrategic location of Andalusia which is in the southern side of Europe provides a gateway between Africa and Europe. Andalusia has rich deposits of agricultural wealth and mineral deposit that made the place an alluring prize for the inhabitants from very early times. The early years of 21st century has shown a very important twist in the racial balance because of the economic migrants from Morocco, Africa, Latin America as well as Eastern Europe.
Andalusia in 20th century was in the final phase of its demographic transition. In the year 1950 it had 20.04% of Spain’s national population. In the beginning of 21st century the census statistics was showing a small increase in the birth rates due to the increase in the number of immigrants.
The average temperature of Andalusia round the year is above 16 degrees. The region experience a hot summer Mediterranean climate with summers that are dry. Occasional rains and extreme hot temperatures are common in Andalusia. The tropical anticyclones move towards south during winters allowing cold window to get into the region. The coolest month is January and the hottest months are July as well as August. Cordoba is the hottest region in the state. The valley of Guadalquivir has recorded to have highest temperatures in Europe.
Andalucía has many selected and inspected bed and breakfasts, inns, hotels and also self catering options to stay. History aligned with white sanded beaches is what Andalucía has to offer for its visitor hence is a must visit location.