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Things To Do In ANDALUCíA

Andalucía is a sun-dappled region in southern Spain. Although it’s only the second largest in the country, it’s the most populous. With its rollicking fiestas, temperament guitar solos, bullfighters, passionate flamenco performances, and sunny beaches, there are plenty of fun things to do in Andalucía which is often seen as the embodiment of Spain as a whole. Sure, this depiction is somewhat stereotypical and outdated. However, it does carry a dash of truth. Despite the ever-present modernization, this Spanish community manages to keep its authentically spirited atmosphere that gives you the strange notion of traveling back in time. A strong aspect of Andalucian appeal stems from its unusual history which unraveled on the clash of two ideologies: Christianity and Islam. 
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Granada sits on the border between agriculturally rich Vega plains and the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountains. In front of it stretch vast fields, behind rise the steep mountain slopes. This city has a long history since the snowy peaks provided ample supply of water all year round; the Vega plain offered a generous food source, and mountains a great strategic military protection. Today, travelers find themselves attracted to Granada for its imposing Alhambra. However, few know what to expect beyond that. Granada will strike you as a spirited city where Islamic architecture and Arabian flavors collide and mingle with monumental Catholic churches, old-school Spanish tapas bars, and wild gypsy temperament. Spicy aromas, Arab tea houses, intimate flamenco venues, bohemian cafes, generous tapas portions with every drink leave as lasting an impression as the intricate designs of Alhambra. Discover more things to do in Granada, the rough Andalusian jewel.

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Cordoba is a one-of-a-kind Andalusian city in the south of Spain. The original Roman settlement was colonized by Muslim armies in the 8th century and went on to become the capital of the Islamic Spain as well as one of Europe’s most cultured cities. Cordoba shouldn’t miss on your itinerary for one building alone: the utterly captivating multi-arched Mezquita. It's one of the most magnificent Islamic buildings in the world. Although, don’t be fooled! Today, Cordoba is so much more than its Mezquita. In fact, the city’s real character unwinds as you exit the tourist bubble around the monument. Get lost in the winding, stone-paved streets of the ancient town and wive into the secret world of wrought-iron balconies and lamps, overhanging trees, potted plants, sandy buildings and clandestine interior patios and plazas. Explore more exciting things to do in Cordoba!

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Seville is the largest and the capital city of Andalusia region. Situated on the plain crossed by the river Guadalquivir and summer temperatures averaging above 35 °C (95 °F), Seville is the hottest metropolitan area in Europe. Its inhabitants are commonly known as Sevillanos or Hispalenses (from city’s Roman name Hispalis). Seville is the type of town which, little by little, breaks your barriers and seduces you. Its old city center crowned by an imposing Gothic cathedral, a mix of dazzling Mudéjar palaces, winding medieval streets and baroque churches will take you on a journey through time. On the other hand, intimate yet intense Flamenco venues and buzzing plazas wrapped in succulent aromas of Andalusian cuisine will wake up your senses to live in the now. Indeed, Sevillanos know how to celebrate and enjoy life! Find out more about things to do in Seville before you go!

What Makes ANDALUCíA Special

Andalusia region comprises a fusion of influences that champion Spanish passion in its bullfighting, flamenco, and fiestas. Hugging the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, it has given the world Pablo Picasso and Federico Garcia Lorca. With the arrival of the Moors in the 8th century, the Kingdom of Al-Andalus (as it was then known) fast became the centerpiece of Western Europe as a place of immense wealth, culture, and sophistication. Cordoba existed as a cultural melting pot that saw Muslims, Jews, and Christians living side-by-side with the influences of each seeping into the fabric of the region. From Architecture to cuisine and everything in between, Andalusia points to a history of cultural interchange. Experience it first hand in Granada, one of the top places to visit in Andalucia, boasting the Alhambra Fort, a magnificent example of Moorish architecture or in the North African spices found in paella and gazpacho.

When you think of Spain, you think of flamenco. It is both beautiful and powerful. The music and the dance evoke a passion and energy that is undeniable and has become synonymous with its country’s people. However, while it distinctly Spanish, its history and origins are more complicated. It's common belief that flamenco begins with the Gypsies who brought it to Spain in the 15th century while under Arab rule. Here it took on new forms as it incorporated Arab music, helping to shape flamenco's distinct sound. In the 18th and 19th century flamenco began to gain prominence and gave birth to the modern form of the dance we know today. Its popularity now is such that you can visit café contents and see a flamenco performance live. The famous Flamenco show Los Gallos in Seville should not miss on your list of top things to do in Andalucia. 

Costa del Sol comprises the coastal communities of the province of Malaga and is a highlight of Andalucia travel. But, don’t be fooled, there is more to the 159 km of sun-soaked Andalusian coastline that stretches from Manilva to Nerja, than Malaga. Not to bash Malaga, which offers fantastic galleries and museums, such as the Picasso Museum, and great restaurants, like the phenomenal tapas bar, Gorki. For a cultural hit of Andalusia vibrant past, check out the medieval Moorish palace Alcazaba of Malaga or the city’s iconic Cathedral with its baroque façade and ornate choir stalls. Chance a run in with celebrities holidaying in Marbella at a swanky restaurant, Skina. But, for the beach experience, you deserve to look further afield to El Cañuelo near Nerja. Here, nestled between two rocky headlines, like a tiny cove, is a stretch of beach that remains quieter due to its difficult access.     

Things to do in ANDALUCíA

The centuries of conflicts and alliances left the area covered in a concoction of influences from both faiths. You can observe ancient mosques turned into Christian churches and cuisine mingled with African spices. In Andalucía, Spanish tapas bars stand side by side Moorish-style tea houses. 

Besides diverse history and culture, Andalucía offers equally varied landscapes and scenery. You can find here the second-highest mountain range in Europe, UNESCO protected tidal marshes, incredibly ancient oak forests, and hundreds of kilometers of a picturesque coastline: from sandy beaches to rugged cliffs. Hence, it’s unlikely to find yourself short on exciting outdoor activities and things to do in Andalucía!

A crucial part of the Andalusian lifestyle is food and, mainly, eating out. Hence, you will find that most restaurants around the region are reasonably priced as they don’t cater solely to the tourists. The best way to experience the cuisine is to go out for Spanish tapas (tapear) which allows you taste a great variety of snacks and meals in different places. In some cities like Granada, a free generous portion of tapas is served with every drink! 

But while you indulge in the earthly pleasures, don’t forget to experience the most mysterious attraction Andalucia has to offer. The notion of Duende, the spirit that soaks through Spanish art, flamenco especially. Duende is a moment of heightened emotion, an emotion that takes you out of yourself during an artistic performance! Explore the page to discover more travel ideas before you visit Andalucía.

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