Location and General Information
The second largest region in Spain, Andalucía is a vast territory in the south of the country dominated by scenic views, fascinating history and Mediterranean weather.
The region is divided into eight different provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córboda, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville. They each combine traditional Spanish architecture with breath-taking views of the Subbaetic and Penibaetic Mountains.
Andalucía has very strong ties to traditional Spanish culture. Bullfighting’s origins can be traced back to the region and remains a phenomenon here. Meanwhile, Andalucía hosts annual flamenco festivals in the summer time and is one of the best places in the country to celebrate the religious Fiesta De Las Cruces.
Many of Andalucía’s provinces are easily accessible for holidaymakers from around the world. The region boasts six public airports (most notably in Málaga and Seville) where hundreds of international flights depart and arrive every single day. There are regular flights from Central Europe and the United Kingdom, as well as cities in the Middle East and North America.
Weather In Andalucía
Andalucía has a Mediterranean climate. The summer season is dominated by extreme dry heat interrupted only be the rare torrential downpour. The Guadalquivir valley area of the region has, in fact, experienced some of the warmest temperatures ever recorded in Europe. In the capital city of Seville, temperatures have reached up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit in the past.
History In Andalucía
Andalucía’s history is rich, complicated and endlessly fascinating. Muslim, Roman, Greek and Byzantine are among the many cultures that shaped the region into the unique place it is today, whether it is the Arabic term Al-Andalus from which its name derives or the varied architecture that can be found there.
Andalucía was also at the epicentre of many famous historical events. Christopher Columbus departed from the region in early August of 1492 when he began the expedition that would reveal of existence of America. The region was also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, who is memorialised at the eponymous Picasso Museum in Málaga.