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Andalusia is the southernmost of the 17 autonomous communities on the Spanish mainland. It borders in the north to Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura and in the south to the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. In the east it borders to Murcia and in the west to Portugal. The Andalusian capital is Seville.
In Tarifa, the southernmost city in Andalusia, Europe and Africa are only 14km apart, separated by the Strait of Gibraltar, hosting a variety of whale and dolphin species.
Although progress here in Andalusia has taken hold, the old Spanish traditions and habits are still very much alive.
The impressive parades of Semana Santa (Easter), the controversial bullfighting and the flamenco music are living proofs of this culture maintaining its uniqueness from the influence of the mix of arabian and christian culture.
Situated in a vast, sparse landscape with hundreds of kilometres of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, Andalusia is on top of the list of worth visiting holiday destinations on the Iberian peninsula.
From the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada in Andalusia and the famous Alhambra in Granada to the former arabian metropolis Cordoba and the Andalusian capital of Seville, and then proceeding to the 3000-year-old port town of Cadiz, an incredible concentration of touristic highlights attracts visitors from all around the world.
The original Andalusia with its white villages and natural parks has preserved its authentic image until today. Open, friendly people convey the image of a deeply rooted and traditional civilization, which is waiting to be discovered.
Sights in Andalusia
The white villages
Besides the larger tourist agglomerations in Andalusia, the "white villages" contribute to a more individual view onto this region.
This is the authentic, sleepy and original Andalusia, where time seems to have stood still. Cork oaks, pine trees and olive trees surrounded by meadows with bulls and horses decorate the environment arround the white villages.
Vejer de la Frontera, Conil de la Frontera, Medina Sidonia and Ronda are the names of the most worth visiting white villages in Andalusia.
The Alhambra in Granada
In Granada, where the Arab princes exercised their power for more than 800 years, one of the most impressive monuments in the world arose - the Alhambra.
The magnificent building was declared to be a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and requires at least one entire day to be fully explored.
In the gardens of the Alhambra the visitor feels like being in a fairy tale. Lovely fountains in ornamental court yards with exotic planting will carry you away into a different age.
In the background you see the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada with some of the highest mountains in Spain. Indeed, one of the most charming places in the world.
Fantastic beaches in Andalusia
If you're looking for some relaxing beach holidays far from mass-tourism, then Andalusia is the place to be.
Hundreds of kilometres of sandy beaches can be found along the Costa de la Luz and the Costa del Sol. The Andalusian beaches can hold up to any European standard and convince with cleanness, controlled environmental management and excellent infrastructure.
Clear waters in bays of fine, white sand overlooked by the ever blue sky - this is Andalusia at its best!
Interesting facts about Andalusia
Language in Andalusia
The Spanish spoken in Andalusia is difficult to understand for anyone with limited language knowledge, because the Andalusians like to swallow entire syllables at the end of a word.
Native Spaniards from other regions even have difficulties to correctly understand the people in Andalusia.
Unfortunately, in Andalusia it is very difficult to communicate in English, because foreign language skills are rarely to be encountered.
Because of the growing importance of tourism in Andalusia, this situation is slowly changing and the need of foreign language skills is slowly being recognized.
People in Andalusia
In general, Andalusians are very friendly people who like to do things slowly and calmly. The "Siesta", the traditional lunch break between 14 and 17 pm, where most shops remain closed, is only one example for this argumentation.
Hurry and stress are not welcome in Andalusia. Don't be surprised if the queue at the supermarket cashier reduces very slowly, or if the waiter takes a little longer to bring your bill.
Another significant characteristic of the Andalusians is their will to celebrate. The Andalusians can be considered the "kings of celebration"!
No occasion to have a party will be left out. This could be religious holidays (Semana Santa, Christmas), or cultural events (Day of Andalusia, Feria, folk festival).
If a holiday falls on a weekend, then the following week day results to be a day off.
Nature in Andalusia
Major parts of Andalusia are still populated very little and reflect an impression of the original Andalusia, which has hardly changed over the centuries.
Large areas were long ago declared to be natural parks where cork oak forests, pine trees, horses, goats and black pigs contribute to the peaceful image.
Uncountable bird species have chosen Andalusia as their home, including African griffon vulture, flamingos, storks and many more.
Pinewoods and wooded hills, sunflower fields and almond trees, olive trees and vineyards allow visitors to quickly realize that Andalusia has more to offer than just the paradisiacal beaches of its coasts.
Coasts in Andalusia
Andalusia provides two different coasts - the Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean coast. The Atlantic coast, the Costa de la Luz, is also known as the "Spanish carribean".
Here you find the most beautiful beaches with crystal clear, blue-green waters.
A law determines that no buildings with more than 2 floors can be built, and even that is not permitted anywhere. Here lies the reason for the low desecration of the coast, as you find it in other Spanish regions.
The Mediterranean coast of Andalusia, the Costa del Sol, provides more infrastructure than the Costa de la Luz, more high quality accommodation and a milder climate in the winter time.
Costa del Sol is the much more constructed coastline and cannot be measured with the Costa de la Luz in terms of naturalness and unspoiled beauty.
Both coasts have their specific arguments and benefits. GoTarifa.com creates the possibility to choose the perfect holiday resort in Andalusia according to your personal needs and requirements, and a wide range of holiday accommodations to be booked online.
Airports in the south of Andalusia
Pablo Picasso (AGP)
Avenida García Morato, 29004, Malaga
Departure: (+34) 952 048 838
Arrival: (+34) 952 048 804
San Pablo (SVQ)
Highway Sevilla N-IV (Madrid-Cádiz) km 532, 41020 Sevilla
Departure/arrival: (+34) 954 449 000
Tickets: (+34) 954 675 210
Jerez Airport (XRY)
Jerez de la Frontera
Highway Sevilla N-IV (Madrid-Cádiz) km 631, 11401 Jerez
Departure: (+34) 956 150 000
Arrival: (+34) 956 150 000
Gibraltar Airport (GIB)
Winston Churchill Avenue, Gibraltar
Arrival: (+350) 956 773 026
Departure: (+350) 956 773 026