Guide to Southern Spain
It is the most populated autonomous community of Spain, covering the provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Sevilla. It´s capital is Seville. The uniqueness of this beautiful region is marked by the imprint of different cultures that once inhabited it, as the Iberians, Romans, and most notably the Arabs. It reminds you where you step that there was a time that this community was dominated by arabesque engineering, ancient mosques, baths, and gardens, make this region a seductive and exotic place to be. Economically its main source is tourism and agriculture, the Costa del Sol is the main destination for Spanish and European holiday makers. Andalucia It is the most populated community of Spain and the second largest in extension. It is located south of the Iberian peninsula(Spain), bordering Portugal to the west, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea in the south.
Andalucia has a Moorish heritage, including fantastic examples of Moorish architecture through out the province which were built during the eight centuries when Andalucia was the centre of the Arab population in the Iberian peninsula. The Moorish rule effectively ended in 1492AD when the Christians recaptured the town of Granada. Nowadays, the region is a very popular destination in Spain coming to stay in the concrete resorts on the Costa del Sol. There is plenty on offer in Andalucia , a place you will find lots of traditions , friendly locals and an amazing scenery and great food.
Among it´s famous stand García Lorca(poet killed during the civil war), Picasso, Manuel de Falla, Velásquez and major surnames in Spanish culture.
The origins of spanish traditional music it´s relatively brief, and not all clear, the origins are attributed to the minority groups that lived in the Iberian Peninsula that arrived from the northern regions of India that were looking for warmer climates, Flamenco and Andalucian folk music are attributed to North African Arab people and the gypsies that came from the eastearn Europe. As time passed by they have combined the Arab influence, even Hebrew, indian to what Flamenco music it´s today.
The Andalusian gastronomy and cuisine It is very wide and there are differences between the coast and inland Andalucia. Andalusian cuisine is part of the Mediterranean diet. Is closely linked to the use of olive oil, nuts, fish and meat. Bakery has shown a strong influence of Andalusian cuisine using almonds and honey, being well known in the region Christmas cakes: the lardy, cakes and "alfajores". Getting around this province and enjoy its cuisine is one of the pleasures that we shouldn´t miss in Andalucia.
Andalucia has a mediterranean climate with mild winters in the coastal regions between November up to March, and hot summers between March up to August reaching sometimes up to 40ºC(100ºF). The interior regions are dry in the summer and colder temperatures in winter.