Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

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Introduction to Andalucia

Its varied landscapes, the benignancy of its climate and the friendly character of its population have turned it into one of the most attractive regions in Europe.

Andalucía is the Spanish Autonomous Community with the greatest number of inhabitants and the second in surface. Located in the South of Spain, it is the nearest point between Europe and Africa (Morocco). Some 3000 hours of sun per year, many kilometers of golden sand beaches and those beautiful natural ports made it a safe refuge already for Phoenician navigators, thousands of years before Christ.

Andalucia and in particular "The Costa del Sol", is becoming one of the most sought after places in Europe, either for holidays, retirement or indeed relocation.

It is the home of "Flamenco", the music and dance introduced into the region by gitanos (Romany Travellers) at the end of the 18th century and the home of Bullfighting.

Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Moorish have all contributed to the "make up" of its present people, its traditions, its history, its customs and even its cuisine. This historical heritage is just as evident in the remains of old buildings and ruins as it is in some of the present architecture.The welcoming warmth of the local people, the good food, affordable vices, the lively atmosphere, the colourful fiestas, the nightlife are all but a few of the attractions that contribute to the substantial increase in the Resident and Holiday Tourist Industry.

Blessed with winters that are warmer than northern springtime, guaranteed sunshine in the spring and summer and beaches to suit all preferences, from sun soaked sand to rock-pools waiting to be explored, it is a perfect paradise.

At the same time, the E.U. is currently creating a new phenomena. The local population ranks are steadily increasing due to the substantial number of families, predominantly British (followed quite closely by Germans), that are now relocating to Andalucia and, in particular The Costa, resulting in a multinational population comprising all nationalities, almost without exception.

Andalucia is not just people. Its geographical position, its climate and its topography combined offer the widest possible variety of natural beauty, fauna and flora.


The Mediterranean Sea, east of La Línea, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west side offer two mild but different coastal climates and marine life varieties. The proximity to the mountainous regions, valleys and planes means that a varied and complete change of scenery, fauna and flora are l but a short drive away from the coastline. Golden eagles and Peregrine falcons, wild boar and deer, cacti and pine trees, are mentioned just to give an idea of what to expect.

Apart from roasting on a beach under the summer sun, swimming, fishing, boating, let's not forget that the Costa del Sol is also referred to as the Costa del Golf. Some of the best and most challenging golf courses are located in Andalucia, including the Club de Golf Valderrama, which is rated as one of the best courses world-wide. Among the numerous sports activities that are available, such as paragliding, sailing, climbing, skiing, polo, let us not forget that this is also the home of the famous Andalucian Horse. Horse riding is a very prominent activity and a tradition in Andalucia.

Andalucía's cultural heritage is impressive. Few of the great Islamic buildings have survived the Christian era, but those that have (the Mezquita in Córdoba, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Giralda in Seville) are among the most wonderful in the world. The region has also inspired many arts and artists amongts them: Manuel de Falla (born in Cádiz), Albéniz and Granados, Zurbaran, Velasquez, Goya, Picasso and Cervantes.

The proximity to Gibraltar make it conveniently placed near one an important offshore business and investment centre. Catholicism is fundamental to Spanish life, extravagant religious festivals are commonplace in Andalucía. Although some 80% of Spaniards claim to be Catholic only about 40% are churchgoers. The anti-church feeling, stemming from the days when the church was rich and most people were poor, is still quite strong.

The typical cuisine of Andalucía is simple and rustic, based on the usage of olive oil, garlic, onions, tomatoes and peppers with fresh seafood or meat. Very typical are also the tapas, displayed on the counter of any of the many bars all over the country. They give the opportunity to taste small portions of different dishes accompanied by a cool glass of beer and they are inexpensive. Note that Andalucian meal times are flexible and their afternoon doesn't really begin until 4pm. If one is more for the Nightlife, well there is plenty of that too!

Nightlife means exactly that! In fact you can often see people coming back from their night out on your way to work. Discoteques, Night Clubs, Casinos, Strip Clubs, Cinemas, Theatres, Piano Bars, Lap or Pole Dancing, Restaurants of all Nationalities and even Escort Agencies are all available. Whatever may be your reasons for visiting or staying in Andalucia, Web Express Guide welcomes you and we hope that you will find the information within this section useful and helpful.

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