Andalucia is not just a holiday destination for the sunseekers, but is rich in history and culture. As the crossroad of Europe and North Africa as well as being the gateway to the Atlantic, it has been influenced by many cultures even though some may have been less than voluntary. Original Iberians, Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Muslim Moors, the Reconquesta, Spanish Empire, and the Civil War have all left their mark on modern Spain.
Andalucia is known as the “Essence of Spain” as every image we associate with Spain is routed in Andalucia and Andalucian Culture. When most people are asked to imagine Spain and they will picture Moorish-based architecture (Alhambra in Granada, Mezquita in Cordoba, Moorish Castles ruins), Bullfighting, Flamenco Dancers, Paella, Cordoban Riding Outfits, Andalucian Horses, Sunny Blue Skies, Endless Fiestas, Cheerful Disposition, and a Relaxed way of life. All these are Andalucian national treasures. The heart and soul of Spain is the rich tapestry of Colours of Andalucia.
Sand & Sun
The beaches of Costa del Sol need no introduction. The large and long sandy beaches of Marbella, Malaga, Fuengirola are packed with activities, places to eat, and offer the longest holiday season in Europe. For something a little different look out for the less known and less frequented small and hidden beaches that still are little kept secrets of the locals.
Spain in general and Andalucia in particular has struggled with water supply for centuries, and Spanish are masters of capturing and storing water. This means dotted along Andalucia are man-made lakes that store and supply water to the populous. Some are great places to visit and many offer opportunity to swim, canoeing, sailing, and walking under the shade of the pine forests that surround many of them.
Guadalhorce lakes near Alora together with the famous gorge of El Chorro, Fuente de Piedra Lagoon near Antequera famous for it’s Flamingos, Istan reservoir just outside of Marbella, Lake Viňuela just north of Vélez-Málaga, and Lake Zahara-el-Gastor near Grazalema Ronda, all offer a different experience to the coastal regions.
Then you have cultural experiences of Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba, Ronda but do not forget Costa del Sol has Malaga with it’s Theatres (6 at the last count), Museums (7 at the last count), Authentic Flamenco shows, the famous “Feria de Malaga” which requires astonishing stamina!
Costa del Sol is also known as Costa del Golf with nearly 100 Golf courses it is the Mecca of golf lovers. With it’s almost all year round sunshine (300 days on average), it is the place to visit for golfers in Europe. Golf courses with variety of difficulties and some Championship level courses, provide ample choices for all golfers.
So come to Andalucia for Sun, Sea and Sangria if you wish but remember there is more to Andalucia than just beaches and sunshine.