Andalucía is the southernmost region of Spain with eight provinces: Cádiz, Córdoba, Jaén, Huelva, Almería, Málaga, Granada and Sevilla.
Andalucía is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe thanks to its beautiful scenery, sandy beaches, spectacular mountains, diversity of flora and fauna, fantastic attractions, festivals, fine dinner, but above all for the warmth and hospitality of its friendly people.
Perhaps the most unique features of this charming region is the remnats of its Moorish past. The Moors were a mixture of Berbers and Arabs who crossed into Spain from North Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar and occupied the peninsula, which they called Al Andalus, for more than seven centuries, dating from 710 when they first arrived in Tarifa. In just four years, they had practically conquered the whole country, but they soon retreated to the south of the peninsula, where they settled in the cities of Cordoba, Seville and Granada, developing one of the most sophisticated civilizations of the Middle Ages. Each of the provinces of Andalusia has spectacular remains of its monuments, the most important of these, without doubt, the Alhambra in Granada and the Mosque of Cordoba.
Besides this, Andalucía has 5 places of great cultural interest which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These places are:
• Mosque and the old town in Córdoba.
• Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin in Granada.
• Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Sevilla.
• Renaissance Monumental towns of Ubeda and Baeza.
• Doñana National Park.
As to its nature, 35% of protected nature areas of Spain are in Andalusia, with 24 Nature Parks, 2 National Parks, 9 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, along with a wide flora and wildlife to discover throughout the entire region enjoying adventure and sports like climbing, skiing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, mountain biking, kayaking, canyoning, scuba diving, horse riding, Nordic walking and many others. For hikers, Andalucía is the European paradise of this activity because it has a huge official network of marked trails and a fantastic climate to practice.
Andalucía has 500 km of coastline, of which 70% are magnificent sandy beaches. The Andalusian coast is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea from the Costa de Almeria trhough Costa Tropical up to Costa del Sol, while the Costa de la Luz overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
Apart from fascinating cities, Andalucía is dotted with small white villages you can not miss, because they are easily accessible.
Andalucía is the birthplace of flamenco, which you can enjoy at the best fairs and pilgrimages in the region, and in various flamenco “tablaos” in all cities, with special attention to the Albayzin in Granada. The flamenco was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.
Andalucía is a region of startling contrasts and great charm. Discover this mysterious spot of Europe of any access with hundreds of direct flights to Malaga International Airport as well as by train AVE.
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