Andalusia is the Spanish Autonomous Community with the greatest number of inhabitants and the second in surface. 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.
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, around 1000 years before Christ.
The offer for visitors is extremely varied, from its beautiful beaches to those amazing mountain ranges with their highly interesting fauna, and the famous “white villages” with their richdom in folklore and artisany. Andalusia is the “mother” of the Spanish folklore, which is probably best known abroad: here you will live the magic of Flamenco and bullfighting in their most authentic style. Myths like Don Juan and Carmen were born here. It´s a land of great traditions, which has also understood to adapt to modern times.
The Andalusian capital, the third largest city of Spain, is among the most beloved places of tourists, thanks to its unique ambience and its great monuments: the Arabian bell tower Giralda, the city’s landmark, the enormous cathedral, Torre del Oro, and the old district Barrio Santa Cruz are among the highlights.
The Moorish Jewel, located at the foot of the snowy Sierra Nevada mountain range, is a must-see. Most outstanding is certainly the great Arabian palace Alhambra and the Albaicin area in the city.
Among its major attractions are the Moorish fortress Alcazaba and, of course, the splendid Mediterranean coast with its “chiringuitos” (beach-front restaurants) on the beach.
The region of mountain villages known as Las Alpujarras clings to the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, cloven by deep, sheltered and gorges valleys, which run down towards the Mediterranean
The Pueblos Blancos of Andalusia are beautiful towns and villages in the provinces of Malaga and Cádiz, mostly within the natural park of Sierra de Grazalema. All of the villages are characterized by whitewashed walls, red or brown tiled roofs and an authentic and genuine atmosphere.
The coast of Malaga is of great touristic importance, thanks to its splendid beaches, outstanding installations and smooth climate. Nerja is one of the most famous coastal towns.
A beautiful town, split into two by a major canyon and surrounded by an impressive mountain range.
Well-known for its remains of Bronze Age, its exceptional monuments and the impressive natural park Torcal de Antequera.
The “Coast of the Light”, in the provinces of Huelva and Cadiz at the Atlantic Ocean, offers splendid beaches of fine sand. Major centers of attraction, among others, are: Zahara de Los Atunes and Tarifa.
In the hometown of the world-famous Sherry wine several “Bodegas” may be visited. Jerez is also the site of a renowned equestrian school. Wine and horses mark the ambience of this manorial town.
The mild Mediterranean climate enables visits to Andalusia to be made all over the year. The outstanding features of the climate are hot, dry summers, mild winters with variable rainfall, almost constant sunshine and an absence of frost. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons, which tend to merge imperceptibly into one another with no winter season.
July is the hottest month in Andalusia with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 11°C (51°F) with the most daily sunshine mid-July. The wettest month is March and the best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is about 24°C (74°F). Rain falls mainly from October to March with little rain anywhere from June to September. During July and August the sky is cloudless.
In the mountainous regions there is often a pretty cold climate during the winter period while the summer months are pleasant.
During the winter months, you may find that the heating in private homes, restaurants and bars is insufficient, especially if you are used to central heating back home. Always make sure you have an extra layer just in case.