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[[Image:GranadaAlhambraLions2.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Patio de Los Leones in the Alhambra. Andalucia is a region steeped in Moorish architecture and the Alhambra in [[Granada]] is widely regarded as the pinaccle of Moorish architecture.]]
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[[Image:GranadaAlhambraLions2.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Patio de Los Leones in the Alhambra. Andalusia is a region steeped in Moorish architecture and the Alhambra in [[Granada (Spain)|Granada]] is widely regarded as the pinaccle of Moorish architecture.]]
  
 
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'''Andalucia''' is a region in the south of [[Spain]]. It is a region of contrasts: ancient cities and deserts, amazing beaches along the [[Costa del Sol]] and [[Costa de la Luz]] and the [[Sierra Nevada (Spain)|Sierra Nevada]] mountain range where the highest mountain in Spain is found and also the most southerly ski resort in Europe.
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'''Andalusia''' ([[Spanish phrasebook|Spanish]]: ''Andalucía'') is a region in the south of [[Spain]]. It is a region of contrasts: ancient cities and deserts, amazing beaches along the [[Costa del Sol]] and [[Costa de la Luz]] and the [[Sierra Nevada (Spain)|Sierra Nevada]] mountain range where the highest mountain in Spain is found and also the most southerly ski resort in Europe.
  
Andalucia encompasses an area of 87,268 km<sup>2</sup> with a population of just under 8 million people. It spans almost the entire south of Spain and is bordered to the west by Portugal. To the south in the Province of [[Cádiz (province)|Cádiz]] at the very tip of Spain lies the British colony of [[Gibraltar]] where it is separate from [[North Africa]] by just a few miles.
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Andalusia encompasses an area of 87,268 sq km with a population of just under 8 million people. It spans almost the entire south of Spain and is bordered to the west by Portugal. To the south in the Province of [[Cadiz (province)|Cadiz]] at the very tip of Spain lies the British overseas territory of [[Gibraltar]] where it is separate from [[North Africa]] by just a few miles.
  
 
==Provinces==
 
==Provinces==
[[Image:AndaluciaProvinces_Outline_Spain.png|thumb|right|300px|Provinces of Andalucia, Spain]]
 
  
Andalucia is divided into eight provinces, each having the same name as its respective provincial capital city.
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[[Image:AndaluciaProvinces_Outline_Spain.png|thumb|right|300px|Provinces of Andalusia, Spain]]
  
* [[Almeria (province)|Almería]] - seen in dozens of movies
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Andalusia is divided into eight provinces, each having the same name as its respective provincial capital city.
* [[Cádiz (province)|Cádiz]]
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* [[Cordoba (province)|Córdoba]]
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* [[Almeria (province)|Almeria]] - seen in dozens of movies
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* [[Cadiz (province)|Cadiz]]
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* [[Cordoba (province, Spain)|Cordoba]]
 
* [[Granada (province)|Granada]]
 
* [[Granada (province)|Granada]]
 
* [[Huelva (province)|Huelva]]
 
* [[Huelva (province)|Huelva]]
* [[Jaen (province)|Jaén]]
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* [[Jaen (province)|Jaen]]
 
* [[Malaga (province)|Malaga]] - includes [[Costa del Sol]]
 
* [[Malaga (province)|Malaga]] - includes [[Costa del Sol]]
 
* [[Seville (province)|Seville]]
 
* [[Seville (province)|Seville]]
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* [[Seville]] {{-}} the heart of flamenco and the capital and largest city of Andalucia
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* [[Seville]] the heart of flamenco, the capital and largest city of Andalusia
* [[Almeria]] {{-}} lots of medieval remains and fortresses
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* [[Almeria]] lots of medieval remains and fortresses
* [[Cádiz]] {{-}} the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly of all of southwestern Europe
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* [[Cadiz]] the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly of all of southwestern Europe
* [[Córdoba]] {{-}} used to be the capital of an Islamic caliphate in the Middle Ages
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* [[Cordoba (city, Spain)|Cordoba]] used to be the capital of an Islamic caliphate in the Middle Ages
* [[Granada]] {{-}} home to the magnificent La Alhambra Palace
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* [[Granada (Spain)|Granada]] home to the magnificent La Alhambra Palace
* [[Huelva]] {{-}} a maritime port town with the oldest football club of Spain
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* [[Huelva]] a maritime port town with the oldest football club of Spain
* [[Jaen]] {{-}} the world's capital of olive oil and a booming cultural tourism destination
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* [[Jaen]] the world's capital of olive oil and a booming cultural tourism destination
* [[Malaga]] {{-}} a large harbour city right on the Costa del Sol
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* [[Malaga]] a large harbour city right on the Costa del Sol
* [[Marbella]] {{-}} wealthy resort town on the Costa del Sol
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* [[Marbella]] wealthy resort town on the Costa del Sol
  
 
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==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
  
* [[Alhama de Granada]] {{-}} an old spa village above a gorge
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* [[Alhama de Granada]] an old spa village above a gorge
* [[Baza National Park]] {{-}} 53,649 hectares of Natural Park
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* [[Baza National Park]] 53,649 hectares of Natural Park
* [[Doñana National Park]] {{-}} UNESCO World Heritage Site
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* [[Doñana National Park]] UNESCO World Heritage Site
 
* [[Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park]]
 
* [[Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park]]
* [[Costa del Sol]] {{-}} sunny beaches and beautiful villages along Spain's southern coast
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* [[Costa del Sol]] sunny beaches and beautiful villages along Spain's southern coast
* [[Grenada|La Alhambra]] {{-}} one of the most interesting palaces of the country
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* [[Granada_(province)|La Alhambra]] one of the most interesting palaces of the country
* [[La Alpujarra]] {{-}} a mountainous district south of the Sierra Nevada
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* [[La Alpujarra]] a mountainous district south of the Sierra Nevada
* [[La Axarchía]] {{-}} area north-east of Málaga, recently 'discovered'
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* [[La Axarchía]] area north-east of Malaga, recently 'discovered'
* [[Sierra Nevada (Spain)|Sierra Nevada]] {{-}} the highest mountains in the Iberian Peninsula, excelling for skiing and hiking
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* [[Sierra Nevada (Spain)|Sierra Nevada]] the highest mountains in the Iberian Peninsula, excelling for skiing and hiking
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
Andalucia has a rich Moorish heritage, including many fantastic examples of Moorish architecture which were built during the eight centuries when Andalucia was the centre of the Arab population in the Iberian peninsular. The Moorish rule effectively ended in 1492AD when the Christians recaptured [[Granada]].
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Andalusia has a rich Moorish heritage, including many fantastic examples of Moorish architecture which were built during the eight centuries when Andalusia was the centre of the Arab population in the Iberian peninsular. The Moorish rule effectively ended in 1492AD when the Christians recaptured [[Granada (Spain)|Granada]].
  
 
Nowaday, the region is a very popular tourist destination with a lot of British and German package holidayers coming to stay in the concrete resorts on the Costa del Sol. But if you stay away from the concrete resorts you will find lots of culture, amazing scenery and great food.
 
Nowaday, the region is a very popular tourist destination with a lot of British and German package holidayers coming to stay in the concrete resorts on the Costa del Sol. But if you stay away from the concrete resorts you will find lots of culture, amazing scenery and great food.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
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Like most of the rest of Spain, Andalusia's main language is [[Spanish phrasebook|Spanish]], but with a local dialect. The local dialect is somewhat similar to the Spanish spoken in parts of Latin America such as [[Cuba]] and [[Colombia]].
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By car===
 
===By car===
  
The main road routes into Andalucia are
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The main road routes into Andalusia are
  
 
:The E-1 A-49 from the '''[[Algarve]]''' ([[Portugal]]) to [[Seville]]
 
:The E-1 A-49 from the '''[[Algarve]]''' ([[Portugal]]) to [[Seville]]
 
:The E-803 A-66 from '''[[Portugal]]''' and '''[[Spain|western Spain]]''' to [[Seville]]
 
:The E-803 A-66 from '''[[Portugal]]''' and '''[[Spain|western Spain]]''' to [[Seville]]
:The E-5 A-4 from '''[[Madrid]]''' to [[Cordoba]] and then [[Seville]]
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:The E-5 A-4 from '''[[Madrid]]''' to [[Cordoba (city, Spain)|Cordoba]] and then [[Seville]]
:The E-15 A-7 from '''[[Valencia]]''' and '''[[Murcia]]''' to [[Almeria]] and along the coast
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:The E-15 A-7 from '''[[Valencia]]''' and '''[[Murcia]]''' to [[Almeria]] and along the coast.
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
'''[[Malaga]]''' has the third biggest international airport in Spain, which a lot of [[discount airlines]] fly to. From Malaga, the A-7 E-15 motorway runs westwards along the coast to [[Gibraltar]] and eastwards to [[Almeria]] and beyond. To head north from Malaga, the A-45 motorway runs to [[Cordoba]].
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'''[[Malaga]]''' has the third biggest international airport in Spain, which a lot of [[discount airlines]] fly to. From Malaga, the A-7 E-15 motorway runs westwards along the coast to [[Gibraltar]] and eastwards to [[Almeria]] and beyond. To head north from Malaga, the A-45 motorway runs to [[Cordoba (city, Spain)|Cordoba]].
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There are also airports in [[Sevilla]], [[Jerez de la Frontera]], [[Granada (Spain)|Granada]] and [[Almeria]].
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
  
Spain's railway network isn't as developed as those of many other European countries, but [[Algeciras]], [[Almeria]], [[Cadiz]], [[Granada]], [[Huelva]], [[Jaen]], [[Malaga]], [[Cordoba]] and [[Sevilla]] are all served by regular train services. Some of the other smaller towns are served by less frequent services, see individual city guides for further details. For more info, see the [http://horarios.renfe.es/hir/ingles.html RENFE website].
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Spain's railway network is not as developed as those of many other European countries, but [[Algeciras]], [[Almeria]], [[Cadiz]], [[Granada (Spain)|Granada]], [[Huelva]], [[Jaen]], [[Malaga]], [[Cordoba (city, Spain)|Cordoba]] and [[Sevilla]] are all served by regular train services. Spain's highspeed AVE network connects Malaga, Cordoba and Sevilla to Madrid. Some of the other smaller towns are served by less frequent services, see individual city guides for further details. For more info, see the [http://horarios.renfe.es/hir/ingles.html RENFE website].
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
* '''Alsina Graells''' [http://www.alsinagraells.es] provides bus services around Andalucia. Timetables and ticket booking available at the website.
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Bus services around Andalusia are provided by
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* '''Alsina Graells''' [http://www.alsinagraells.es/]
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* '''DAMAS''' [http://www.damas-sa.es/]
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
 
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[[Image:Lakenegratin_andalucia.jpg|thumb|Lake Negratin, Andalusia|300px]]
* '''Moorish architecture''' in [[Granada]], including the Alhambra
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* '''Moorish architecture''' in [[Granada (Spain)|Granada]], including the Alhambra
 
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[[Image:Lakenegratin_andalucia.jpg|thumb|Lake Negratin, Andalucia]]
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*'''Lake Negratin''' is situated at the foothills of Mount Jabalcón.  As one of Europes largest lakes, it really is worth seeing not least for the most magnificent lunar-landscape that surrounds it.  I would liken the rock formations and the colours it produces during different times of the day to those of the Grand Canyon.  There is a manmade beach where you can laze the day away, a number of restaurants dotted round the lake and on a nice day you can swim or take out a pedalo boat, which might lead you to pink flamingos and various other wildlife.
 
*'''Lake Negratin''' is situated at the foothills of Mount Jabalcón.  As one of Europes largest lakes, it really is worth seeing not least for the most magnificent lunar-landscape that surrounds it.  I would liken the rock formations and the colours it produces during different times of the day to those of the Grand Canyon.  There is a manmade beach where you can laze the day away, a number of restaurants dotted round the lake and on a nice day you can swim or take out a pedalo boat, which might lead you to pink flamingos and various other wildlife.
  
*'''Seron''' is nestled on the lower slopes of the Sierra de los Filabres and is a picturesque town that cascades down the hillside.  Dominated by its Castle, which sits at the very top, Seron is famous for its ham and provides a more traditional experience of Andalucian life.  It is a beautiful location to start your exploration of the Filabres, or visit at the right time of year and you might find yourself submerged in a vibrant fiesta.
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*'''Seron''' is nestled on the lower slopes of the Sierra de los Filabres and is a picturesque town that cascades down the hillside.  Dominated by its Castle, which sits at the very top, Seron is famous for its ham and provides a more traditional experience of Andalusian life.  It is a beautiful location to start your exploration of the Filabres, or visit at the right time of year and you might find yourself submerged in a vibrant fiesta.
  
 
*'''Las Menas''', an old mining village abandoned thirty years ago, makes an interesting stop in the Sierra de los Filabres.  You can investigate old ruins crumbling amidst the most breathtaking countryside, stop for coffee and cake at the hotel and even camp for the night.
 
*'''Las Menas''', an old mining village abandoned thirty years ago, makes an interesting stop in the Sierra de los Filabres.  You can investigate old ruins crumbling amidst the most breathtaking countryside, stop for coffee and cake at the hotel and even camp for the night.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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* <do name="Andaventur Granada Adventure Company" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.andaventur.com/" hours="" price="">outdoor sports in the Sierra Nevada National park and Granada province, Tandem paraglider flights, Canyoning, Hiking, Ski, Rock Climbing, Horse riding.</do>
  
 
* Long clean '''beaches''' on the [[Costa del Sol]] and the [[Costa del Luz]]
 
* Long clean '''beaches''' on the [[Costa del Sol]] and the [[Costa del Luz]]
 
* '''Walking''' and '''hiking''' in the [[Sierra Nevada (Spain)|Sierra Nevada]]
 
* '''Walking''' and '''hiking''' in the [[Sierra Nevada (Spain)|Sierra Nevada]]
  
**'''ANDAVENTUR GRANADA ADVENTURE COMPANY''' [http://www.andaventur.com/] ; outdoor sports in the Sierra Nevada National park and Granada province, Tandem paraglider flights, Canyoning, Hiking, Ski, Rock Climbing, Horse riding...
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*<eat name="Rock Climbing Company" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+34 952 742 962 / +44 1492 641430" url="http://www.rockclimbingcompany.co.uk/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">High quality rock climbing and scrambling courses in Andalusia. Courses based in Malaga province both on the coast and also inland near to the El Chorro gorge. </eat>
 
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*'''SKI SCHOOL in Sierra Nevada ski resort''' [[http://www.andaventur.com/]]
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*<eat name="Rock Climbing Company" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+34 952 742 962 / +44 (0)1492 641430" url="http://www.rockclimbingcompany.co.uk/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">High quality rock climbing and scrambling courses in Andalucia. Courses based in Malaga province both on the coast and also inland near to the El Chorro gorge. </eat>
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* '''Windsurfing and Kiting''' in [[Tarifa]] Spains southern tip
  
*'''Horse riding and Spain''' go hand-in-hand and with such spectacular mountain ranges at your disposal as the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarra Hills; you have a feast of beautiful Andalucian trekking land to indulge in astride your faithful friend.  There are several stables situated in these areas and all offer the option to ride for an hour, a day or even as long as 7 nights.  Accommodation and food are included in prices and the whole experience offers a truly magical and unique way to see this amazing part of Spain.  Prices vary from 25 to 1200 EUROS and there are so many options to choose from that you will undoubtedly find something to suit your level and requirements.
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*'''Horse riding and Spain''' go hand-in-hand and with such spectacular mountain ranges at your disposal as the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarra Hills; you have a feast of beautiful Andalusian trekking land to indulge in astride your faithful friend.  There are several stables situated in these areas and all offer the option to ride for an hour, a day or even as long as 7 nights.  Accommodation and food are included in prices and the whole experience offers a truly magical and unique way to see this amazing part of Spain.  Prices vary from 25 to 1200 EUROS and there are so many options to choose from that you will undoubtedly find something to suit your level and requirements.
  
  
*'''Walking and cycling holidays in rural Andalucia''' [[http://casaerizo.eu/]]
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*'''Walking and cycling holidays in rural Andalusia''' [[http://casaerizo.eu/]]
  
 
*'''Flamenco''' is the all-Andlusian art with a history stretching back over 3,000 years. The Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum) is the ideal place to learn more about this phenomenon. Shows are offered on Friday and Saturday nights at 19:30, too. www.museoflamenco.com
 
*'''Flamenco''' is the all-Andlusian art with a history stretching back over 3,000 years. The Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum) is the ideal place to learn more about this phenomenon. Shows are offered on Friday and Saturday nights at 19:30, too. www.museoflamenco.com
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Altiplano Tipis" alt="Altiplano Tipis" address="Canada SoSal 18800 Baza, Spain" directions="" phone="+34 664835417" url="Altiplano Tipis" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €45 a night for two people" lat="" long="">Altiplano Tipis is a boutique accommodation offering where guests can experience eco-glamping (glamorous camping!) in a tipi or stay in a cave dwelling studio in the rugged, unspoilt countryside of Andalusia [http://www.altiplanotipis.com] </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Casita Llandre" alt="" address="Estepona" directions="" phone="+34 652 583 062" url="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/253830/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€40" lat="" long="">A beautiful little cottage located near Estepona on the Costa del Sol. Easy access to great areas in Andalucia. </sleep>
  
*<sleep name="CasaMasArab" alt="" address="lugar CasaPalma sn" directions="Rio Grande" phone="+34 609390990" url="http://www.CasaMasArab.com" checkin="4PM" checkout="noon" price="€46" lat="" long="">In the countryside.  Panoramic views, sunny and shady outdoor area, design swimming pool and special architecture are some of the features of this venue.  Limited but refined Mediterranean gastronomic services.</sleep>
 
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
Generally very safe; take usual precautions,especially in some parts of Algeciras, Malaga, Seville, etc...
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When in Granada, it is advisable to avoid women (often Romani Gypsies) who are offering plants (usually rosemary). They will offer you a plant for free, and then when you accept it will read your palm and then demand money. If you refuse to give it to them, they will start screaming at you and it is a situation that you will generally want to avoid having to occur. Aside from this, the area is generally very safe, but one should still take the usual precautions, especially in Malaga, Seville, etc.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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Revision as of 10:30, 11 January 2013

Patio de Los Leones in the Alhambra. Andalusia is a region steeped in Moorish architecture and the Alhambra in Granada is widely regarded as the pinaccle of Moorish architecture.
For other places with the same name, see Andalusia (disambiguation).

Andalusia (Spanish: Andalucía) is a region in the south of Spain. It is a region of contrasts: ancient cities and deserts, amazing beaches along the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz and the Sierra Nevada mountain range where the highest mountain in Spain is found and also the most southerly ski resort in Europe.

Andalusia encompasses an area of 87,268 sq km with a population of just under 8 million people. It spans almost the entire south of Spain and is bordered to the west by Portugal. To the south in the Province of Cadiz at the very tip of Spain lies the British overseas territory of Gibraltar where it is separate from North Africa by just a few miles.

Contents

Provinces

Provinces of Andalusia, Spain

Andalusia is divided into eight provinces, each having the same name as its respective provincial capital city.

Cities

  • Seville — the heart of flamenco, the capital and largest city of Andalusia
  • Almeria — lots of medieval remains and fortresses
  • Cadiz — the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly of all of southwestern Europe
  • Cordoba — used to be the capital of an Islamic caliphate in the Middle Ages
  • Granada — home to the magnificent La Alhambra Palace
  • Huelva — a maritime port town with the oldest football club of Spain
  • Jaen — the world's capital of olive oil and a booming cultural tourism destination
  • Malaga — a large harbour city right on the Costa del Sol
  • Marbella — wealthy resort town on the Costa del Sol


Other destinations

Understand

Andalusia has a rich Moorish heritage, including many fantastic examples of Moorish architecture which were built during the eight centuries when Andalusia was the centre of the Arab population in the Iberian peninsular. The Moorish rule effectively ended in 1492AD when the Christians recaptured Granada.

Nowaday, the region is a very popular tourist destination with a lot of British and German package holidayers coming to stay in the concrete resorts on the Costa del Sol. But if you stay away from the concrete resorts you will find lots of culture, amazing scenery and great food.

Talk

Like most of the rest of Spain, Andalusia's main language is Spanish, but with a local dialect. The local dialect is somewhat similar to the Spanish spoken in parts of Latin America such as Cuba and Colombia.

Get in

Major airports: Seville(Sevilla), Malaga, Almeria, Jerez de la Frontera.

By car

The main road routes into Andalusia are

The E-1 A-49 from the Algarve (Portugal) to Seville
The E-803 A-66 from Portugal and western Spain to Seville
The E-5 A-4 from Madrid to Cordoba and then Seville
The E-15 A-7 from Valencia and Murcia to Almeria and along the coast.

By plane

Malaga has the third biggest international airport in Spain, which a lot of discount airlines fly to. From Malaga, the A-7 E-15 motorway runs westwards along the coast to Gibraltar and eastwards to Almeria and beyond. To head north from Malaga, the A-45 motorway runs to Cordoba. There are also airports in Sevilla, Jerez de la Frontera, Granada and Almeria.

By train

Spain's railway network is not as developed as those of many other European countries, but Algeciras, Almeria, Cadiz, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga, Cordoba and Sevilla are all served by regular train services. Spain's highspeed AVE network connects Malaga, Cordoba and Sevilla to Madrid. Some of the other smaller towns are served by less frequent services, see individual city guides for further details. For more info, see the RENFE website.

Get around

Bus services around Andalusia are provided by

  • Alsina Graells [1]
  • DAMAS [2]

See

Lake Negratin, Andalusia
  • Moorish architecture in Granada, including the Alhambra
  • Lake Negratin is situated at the foothills of Mount Jabalcón. As one of Europes largest lakes, it really is worth seeing not least for the most magnificent lunar-landscape that surrounds it. I would liken the rock formations and the colours it produces during different times of the day to those of the Grand Canyon. There is a manmade beach where you can laze the day away, a number of restaurants dotted round the lake and on a nice day you can swim or take out a pedalo boat, which might lead you to pink flamingos and various other wildlife.
  • Seron is nestled on the lower slopes of the Sierra de los Filabres and is a picturesque town that cascades down the hillside. Dominated by its Castle, which sits at the very top, Seron is famous for its ham and provides a more traditional experience of Andalusian life. It is a beautiful location to start your exploration of the Filabres, or visit at the right time of year and you might find yourself submerged in a vibrant fiesta.
  • Las Menas, an old mining village abandoned thirty years ago, makes an interesting stop in the Sierra de los Filabres. You can investigate old ruins crumbling amidst the most breathtaking countryside, stop for coffee and cake at the hotel and even camp for the night.

Do

  • Andaventur Granada Adventure Company, [3]. outdoor sports in the Sierra Nevada National park and Granada province, Tandem paraglider flights, Canyoning, Hiking, Ski, Rock Climbing, Horse riding.
  • Rock Climbing Company, +34 952 742 962 / +44 1492 641430, [4]. High quality rock climbing and scrambling courses in Andalusia. Courses based in Malaga province both on the coast and also inland near to the El Chorro gorge.
  • Windsurfing and Kiting in Tarifa Spains southern tip
  • Horse riding and Spain go hand-in-hand and with such spectacular mountain ranges at your disposal as the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarra Hills; you have a feast of beautiful Andalusian trekking land to indulge in astride your faithful friend. There are several stables situated in these areas and all offer the option to ride for an hour, a day or even as long as 7 nights. Accommodation and food are included in prices and the whole experience offers a truly magical and unique way to see this amazing part of Spain. Prices vary from 25 to 1200 EUROS and there are so many options to choose from that you will undoubtedly find something to suit your level and requirements.


  • Walking and cycling holidays in rural Andalusia [[5]]
  • Flamenco is the all-Andlusian art with a history stretching back over 3,000 years. The Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum) is the ideal place to learn more about this phenomenon. Shows are offered on Friday and Saturday nights at 19:30, too. www.museoflamenco.com

Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • Casita Llandre, Estepona, +34 652 583 062, [6]. A beautiful little cottage located near Estepona on the Costa del Sol. Easy access to great areas in Andalucia. €40.


Stay safe

When in Granada, it is advisable to avoid women (often Romani Gypsies) who are offering plants (usually rosemary). They will offer you a plant for free, and then when you accept it will read your palm and then demand money. If you refuse to give it to them, they will start screaming at you and it is a situation that you will generally want to avoid having to occur. Aside from this, the area is generally very safe, but one should still take the usual precautions, especially in Malaga, Seville, etc.

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