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Andalucia in the South of Spain is like no other place on this earth! You think we are being biased? No, not at all; we've got some great quick facts for you to read, and you can see for yourself why Andalucia should go on your travel bucket list.Quick facts about Andalucia, South of Spain
Andalucia is perfectly positioned in the Southern most part of Spain. It embodies everything you might have heard about Spain. When you think of Spain, there are a few likely things that pop into your mind:
- Flamenco Dancers
- Over 300 days of sun a year
- A culture rooted deep in histroy like no other place on this earth...well maybe Italy, but we're talking about Andalucia today!
Even more impressive, Andalucia was under Moorish rule from the 8th to the 15th centuries, and a very diverse legacy was left behind. Today, you can see with your own eyes the architecture including such landmarks like the Alcázar castle in Seville, the capital city, as well as Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace.
Population: 7 million ( about 20% of Spain´s national total)
Area: 87,300 km sq ( 17.3 % of the Spanish territory )
The region of Andalucia in the South of Spain comprises of 8 provinces, and stands today as one of the best tourists destination in all of Europe. Just recently, the province of Malaga has broken records on the number of tourists, 4 years in a row. But why is Andalucia inparticular so appealing to travellers?
Andalucia, Regions, & It's People
In the region of Andalucia there are eight provinces, which stretches from the south-east to the south-west of the country. Each province is named for its capital city:
Andalucia has a very rich and diverse history, and the region was once Spain's poorest. The provinces of Malaga, Granada and Seville were once very poor, and most small villages depended on fishing to make a mere living. However, today, they are the most popular tourists destination in the world.
Thanks in big part to the areas sandy beaches that stretch for miles, breath-taking country sides, spectacular mountain ranges, incredible monuments like centuries old churches; and more immpressive, the Spanish people themselves.
Nowhere else on earth will you find such laid back and happy people. The Spanish in Andalucia welcome tourists with open arms and show nothing but warm hostpitality.Andalucia's Ancient Past
One of the more unique features of Andalucis is the remnants of its Moorish past. The Spanish occupation by the Moors began in 711 AD when an African army, under their leader Tariq ibn-Ziyad, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from northern Africa and invaded the Iberian peninsula 'Andalus.'
The Great Mosque of Córdoba (La Mezquita) is still one of the architectural wonders of the world in spite of later Spanish disfigurements. Its low scarlet and gold roof, supported by 1,000 columns of marble, jasper and and porphyry, was lit by thousands of brass and silver lamps which burned perfumed oil.
The Moors crossed into Spain from North Africa via the Straits of Gibraltar. The Moors ruled for more than seven centuries, and in only 4 years they had conquered the entire country of Spain. The Moors however, chose Andalucia as their favourite spot and with good reason. They quickly established one of the most advanced and sophisticated civilisation of the Middle Ages. In the towns of Cordoba, Seville and Granda, many of their monuments went up, but by far the most breath-taking is Granada's Alhambra palace.