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Introducing Andalucia

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Andalucia

What can you say about Andalucia that hasn’t been said before? When you ask most people to describe Spain, what they tend to describe is actually Andalucia. Whitewashed villages, olive groves, lemon trees, lazy lunches and yes, even a bit of “mañana mañana.” What few visitors really realise is that Andalucia, far from being a microcosm of Spain, is a distinct region, fiercely proud of itself, and of its cultures and customs. Everything done in Andalucia is exaggerated. The devotion to religion is more pronounced, the boisterous fiestas are the most exuberant, the building are the whitest, its people the loudest, and its problems, the gravest.

Only really Murcia and southern Extremadura come close to replicating the spirit of Andalucia, and far from being a definition of what Spain is, it is best to think of it as the exuberant, glistening patchwork in what is a real collage of a country. Andalucia is not what Spain is all about, rather it’s one of a number of gems in an enthralling tapestry.

The Muslim influence on Spain is at its most revealing in Andalucia, and the legacy left by nearly eight hundred years of Muslim rule is both stunning and well-worth your time. The courtyards are there, as are the fountains, the scent of orange blossom drifts and the echoes of flamenco truly do resonate throughout the towns. It truly is a memorable place to visit. Highlights abound, from the Giralda in Seville to the Alhambra in Granada, from the pescaito frito (fried fish) to the Jerez (sherry), Andalucia is an attack on the senses.

Yet such stunning positives invariably provide the unwanted negatives. Tourism is the lifeblood of the region, fair enough, but successive and irresponsible governments have allowed unfettered building on what was once an idyllic coastline, and the cheap package holidays instigated during the Franco era have hoovered up some of the genuine beauty spots and spat out monolithic eye-sores. That said, Andalucia is a visitors dream. The cities are stunning and not as plagued with tourists as you might imagine, and there are still some relatively undisturbed villages off the beaten track that will at least give you a glimpse into what Andalucia is and was.

Highlights of Andalucia


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