Andalusia is probably one of the most archetypal or stereotypical of all the semi-autonomous regions that make up Spain.
After it is described that bull fighters meet beaches, flamenco, white villages meet cave houses and all mix in a whole host of nasty festivals!
From religious processions to tapas and sherries, all forms of culture and life can be found in Andalusia.
Andalusia consists of eight provinces that extend in southern Spain from the deserts of Almeria to the Portuguese border to the west. Divided approximately in the middle of Spain's longest river, Guadalquivir, Andalusia, it is connected to the rest of Spain by a passage called "Desfiladero de Despenaperros". Contrary to popular belief, the highest mountains and peaks of the Spanish continent are in Sierra Nevada, Andalusia.
Andalusia more than likely the rest of Spain has its fair share of invaders, though history and the majority have left their mark on one form or another. The Romans built cities in this southernmost province of Spain, which they called "Baetica", among which Cordoba, the provincial capital and Seville are perhaps the most famous.
After the Romans, the Moors lingered in Andalusia for a long time, setting examples of some of their finest architecture in Cordoba's Moeses, and of course the incredible and elegant Alhambra Palace in Granada. Perhaps the busiest beaches in Spain are in Andalucia in the Costa del Sol and one of the biggest and most controversial strangers in Gibraltar is in the western tip of Andalusia.
At the top of the list of places to visit in Andalusia should be the Mauritanian Alhambra Palace in Granada. 1300 years of heritage and elegance set in stone! Next up should be Seville Cathedral and La Giralda. Where Christianity meets the Moors, where triumphalism and heroism meet mysticism, everything is here. Next on the list should be the Palace of Real Alcazar in Seville.
Our next whistle tour in Andalusia is to be the capital of the province of Cordoba and La Mezquita. Once the most important city in Europe, this fact is emphasized by the architectural splendor of La Mezquita, the Grand Mosque. Along the coast, we find the historic port of Cadiz, which is said to be the oldest port in Europe, and Cadiz still manages to retain some of its aura of mystery.
If we then look at some of the more regionally oriented attractions there is Ronda, one of the largest of the so-called Nar. White Andalusian villages scattered throughout the region. The Ronda is built on a huge tablet of rock, effectively divided into two by the Tajo defile. Ronda is said to be the birthplace of the modern approach and style of bullfighting. The coastal region is better known as the Costa del Sol and here you will see everything from some of the most exclusive resorts in Spain, where many millions of pounds of yachts can be found in abundance and a short way up the coats you will find some of the more the fun overcrowded and lively of Spain's more family-oriented resorts. For the more inquisitive cultural among us, in Andalusia you find Baeza and Ubeda and some of the finest Renaissance architectures found in historic settings everywhere.
To the west of the province are the vast wetlands and the Guadalquivir Delta, which is home to one of the most important wetland reserves in the world for wildlife, especially Parque Nacional del Cote Donana.
Finally, as mentioned earlier in Andalusia, one has to find the highest mountain range in Spain, the Sierra Nevada. The second highest mountain range in Europe after the Alps, Sierra Nevada has the distinction of providing the continents with the southernmost ski resorts!
Oddly enough, unless you were able to get to the drift, there is a huge amount to do and places to look in Andalusia and worth a visit!