Andalucia is a beautiful region in Southern Spain. With a population of approximately seven million and 8 provincial capitals, Ameria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville, it is one of the largest regions in Spain covering 17.3% of Spanish territory.
Andalucia boasts a landscape as diverse as its culture- from sunbathing to skiing. It's dry mountainous region embraces the famous Costa del Sol providing it with protection from the north winds - volcanic landscape combined with gorgeous sandy beaches, skiing in the Sierra Nevada and watching flamingoes at their breeding ground on the lakes in Andalucia!
Andalucia started becoming really popular as a vacation spot in the 1950's when the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) became renowned for its beautiful beaches and hot temperatures.
Andalucia maintains its traditional Spanish atmosphere even in its more modern cities such as Marbella with several Fiestas and Parades. Every town has its own Patron Saint whom they celebrate with their own yearly procession so there is always a fiesta somewhere in the region whatever time of year!
With over 900 kilometres of glorious coastline, Andalucia has some of the finest resorts in Spain where you can dine in the finest restaurants or in a tapas bar on the beach. It also caters for nearly every type of water sport imaginable as well as Whale and Dolphin watching. If you prefer to be in land slightly 18% of the region is dedicated to National Parks where there is a wide variety of flora and fauna or you could visit Roman remains from 2BC at Bolenia or investigate the El Torcal mountain range which with its strange atmosphere making it popular with UFO spotters!
Along with the higher profile resorts such as Marbella and Puerto Banus there are the true Spanish villages such as Mijas a cliff hanging village in the mountainous area of Ronda.
With 24,000 kilometres of motorways and highways throughout Andalucia, all its attractions are easily accessible. It has main airport so it is now quite inexpensive to travel to Andalucia from most of Europe with the many budget airlines now operating in Andalucia.