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Holidays in Andalucia, Spain
Being the largest region in Spain with a population of 7 million and 800km of coastline, Andalucia is a pleasure to visit because it is so diverse in landscape, culture and holiday attractions. Tourism here has been the main factor in making Andalucia one the richest regions in Spain.
The Costa del Sol is the most famous coastline of Andalucia and runs most of the length of the southern coastline down to Gibraltar along the Mediterranean Sea. Here can be found some of Spain’s most famous holiday destinations including Marbella, Fuengirola Torremolinos, Mijas and Nerja.
The Costa de la Luz is situated on the western coast of Spain between Portugal and Spain's most southern town Tarifa. Beaches here are beautiful with miles upon miles of white sand overlooked by palm trees. The Atlantic Ocean can be spectacular with fierce winds making this a haven for wind surfers and kite surfers, although these sometimes harsh conditions has meant tourism along the Costa de la Luz has not been as popular as on the Costa del Sol.
Moving away from the coast you will soon discover what makes Andalucia such a fantastic place to visit and considered by most to be the soul of Spain. Throughout the region you will find beautiful examples of the many Roman, Arabian and Moorish influences whose civilisations have dominated Spain throughout her colourful history.
Seville, the regional capital and the towns of Malaga, Granada, Cordoba and Ronda are cities full of history, architecture and culture. Andalucia is still an agricultural region as can be seen from the huge plastic greenhouses occupying vast areas of the coastal plains. These were here before tourism and continue to produce the much required fruit and vegetables for Spain and export into Europe.
Seville is one of the most exciting cities in Europe with many elegant boutiques, bars and restaurants and the old quarter of Barrio Santa Cruz. Sevilla has many superb attractions including the Cathedral and the Giralda, along with a vibrant cultural and social atmosphere.
Cordoba is a smaller city and has more of a Spanish atmosphere that can be felt within the bars and throughout the city. The main attractions are the famous Alcazar royal palace with its fantastic Roman mosaics; historic synagogue in the Jewish quarter, and the world famous Mezquita mosque.
Granada is situated in the foothills of the great Sierra Nevada with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains rising above the green foothills of the Alpujarras. The mysterious Alhambra Palace dominates Granada, but there is much more to see including the Cathedral, fashionable modern shops and the bazaar atmosphere in the old quarter.
The Sierra Nevada is the location of some excellent winter skiing between the months of November and March. There are great skiing facilities available among the small villages surrounding the slopes, which offer good accommodation, bars, restaurants and some incredible views of the mountains.
With most of the coastline bordering on the Mediterranean Sea, Andalucia has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures can vary hugely throughout the region, but average values range between 13C in the winter to 25C in the summer with daily sunshine averaging nine hours. Seville during the summer can hit temperatures approaching 50C, while Granada at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, enjoys white winters bringing snow to the skiing resorts for three months of the year.
For holidays in Spain, the eight provinces in Andalucia offer a magnificent array of scenery and attractions for the holiday visitor. These include skiing in the Sierra Nevada; the deserts of Almería; fantastic nature parks & reserves throughout the whole region; world famous buildings in Seville, Granada & Cordoba and of course the famous holiday destinations along the whole length of the Mediterranean coast.
About the Author: Steve Greenwood has lived on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia for 3 years. You are invited to visit Holiday Apartments in Spain for Costa del Sol holiday apartments, tourist attractions and things to do in Spain. Ideal Rentals (www.idealrentals4u.com) offers holiday information on all the regions of Spain including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.