An insider’s Guide to Andalucía

In this insider’s guide to Andalucia will find more and more information about the sights, Moorish cities, Pueblos Blancos, weather, flights and car hire. Complete with tips, many lovely photographs and maps.

We would like you to experience the real Andalucia.

Heading inland from the well-known Costa del Sol even only for a couple of minutes you will be totally surprised by a world unexpected. Inland Andalucia breathes the atmosphere of times long gone. With every mountain pass you cross the landscape changes dramatically.

One breathtaking view changes for the next.

Little pueblos blancos (whitewashed villages), invariably in hilltop positions, with whitewashed houses huddled around a ruined Moorish castle, piercing the deep blue sky. The villages hanging on steep cliffs, sometimes above a charming turquoise reservoir. The winding, narrow streets provide lots of shade.

You experience the Moorish atmosphere everywhere.

When at the end of the afternoon – that would be about 7 p.m. in Andalucía – you would twist and turn your way up the winding road to the little marketplace, you will experience a buzzing Spanish village life. The little terraces underneath the orange trees will be crowded. The siesta has passed; the people meet on the streets and in the bars. There is laughter and noisy discussions; it is never quiet. The southern temperament shows. No one is in a hurry though. If we don’t make it today, tomorrow (“mañana”) is another day.

A typical Andalusian expression: ‘no pasa nada’ (don’t worry).

In the villages and cities soon you will experience the Andalusian habits. Walk into a tapas bar and enjoy together with the Spaniards, hanging at the bar, the most exquisite tapas: little bites, like gambas in garlic, fried octopus rings, garlic mushrooms or Secreto Iberico, the delicious ham from the famous black pigs. Accompanied of course by a Cerveza (beer) or a Tinto de Verano (red wine with lemonade and plenty of ice).

Don’t be surprised if all of a sudden you witness a spontaneous flamenco show.

Andalucia is a country jam-packed with history. A history intertwined with those of the Moors, Berbers and Arabs who have crossed over from Morocco and other parts of North Africa to Spain, and founded the Moorish empire Al-Andalus, which for more than seven centuries has been the ‘center of the world’. We will provide you with information on the three most important Moorish cities; Cordoba, the capital of Al-Andalus, Seville and Granada, the cultural center of Al-Andalus. About the Pueblos Blancos (white villages) and the beautiful National Parks. We give you a flavour of this in our Places of Interest in Andalucia.  Tips on local folklore and annual fiestas you will find in What’s Hot.

Enjoy the atmosphere of times long gone, the breathtaking landscapes – the fantastic weather and the Andalusian temperament!

Discover Andalucía

Experience the romance of days long gone by, the spirit of flamenco and bullfights, the beauty of Pueblos Blancos and rugged Natural Parks, lazy siestas and soothing warm sunshine.

 

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Places of interest in Andalucía

Castillo de la Estrella: striking fortress in Teba, Málaga

When you drive from Malaga airport to the Serranía de Ronda or to the Pueblos Blancos, following our directions,  you will…

El Caminito del Rey

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Mezquita de Córdoba

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Alhambra – Granada

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Real Alcazar Seville

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Plaza de Toros – Ronda

Plaza de Toros de Ronda is the Spanish name for the famous Ronda bullring.  The rules for bullfighting are claimed…