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A Gastro- nomic Long Weekend Break in Andalusia  A private tour including: 3 nights in one of Sevilla's most charming hotels, Transportation to and from Sevilla's airport, bus or train station, Excursions to the Sierra of Aracena and the sherry…more...
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ANDALUCIA, SPAIN TRAVEL GUIDE
Featured Bed & Breakfasts and Rural Accommodation in Andalucia
Andalucia: Costa del Sol Travel Guide:
Activities for Children in Costa del Sol
Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain
Guide to Spain's Costa del Sol
Sailing on the Costa del Sol
Malaga - Costa del Sol
Adventure and Water Parks near Nerja, Costa del Sol
The pull of the Costa del Sol

Andalucia: Granada Travel Guide:
La Alhambra, Jewel of the Spanish Past
Granada and Beyond

Andalucia: Cordoba Travel Guide:
A day trip to Cordoba, Spain
Visit The Historic City of Córdoba in Andalucia
Cordoba Photo Gallery

Andalucia: Seville Travel Guide:
Seville, A Flamboyant Spanish City
Seville, the wonderful capital of Southern Spain
Things to do in Seville Spain - The Maestranza Bullring
Seville Photo Gallery

Andalucia - Gateway to the Americas   by Mark Buckingham
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Andalucia is the most populated and second largest of the seventeen autonomous communities that constitute Spain. Its capital is Seville and it is bordered on the north by Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha; on the east by Murcia and the Mediterranean Sea and on the west by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

The British colony of Gibraltar at the south shares its three-quarter-mile land border with the Andalusian province of Cádiz.

Its varied landscapes, the stability of its climate with 3000 hours of sun per year and the friendly character of its population, have turned it into one of the most attractive and most visited regions.

Coastlines of fine sandy beaches characterize the provinces of Huelva and Cadiz, which face the Atlantic Ocean. The Mediterranean coast, from the Strait of Gibraltar to Almeria, on the other hand has a smoother climate with less wind and higher water temperatures.

Visitors to the region are spoiled for choice. From the golden beaches to those beautiful mountain ranges, and the famous "white villages", the possibilities are endless. Sports lovers are well catered for here and anything from skiing in the Sierra Nevada to surfing at the coast of Cadiz can easily be found.

In Andalucia you will live the magic of Flamenco and bullfighting in their most authentic style, and myths like Don Juan and Carmen were born here. This is a land of great traditions, which has understood how to incorporate progress.
 
The Spanish spoken in the Americas is largely descended from the Andalusian dialect of Spanish due to the role played by Seville as the gateway to Spain's American territories in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Major Attractions in Andalucia

Seville: The Andalusian capital, the third largest city of Spain, is among the most beloved places by 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.

Granada: The Moorish Jewel, located at the foot of snowy Sierra Nevada mountain range, is a must-see. Most outstanding is certainly the great Arabian palace Alhambra.

Plaza De Espana, Seville, Spain
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Cordoba: The long-time centre of Moorish Spain, Cordboa has monuments of outstanding importance. The Mezquita, the great Mosque, is perhaps, most impressive.

Malaga: Among its major attractions are the Moorish Alcazaba and the splendid Mediterranean coast. Málaga is also well known as being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, the painter and sculptor.
 
Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain
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Costa del Sol: The coast of Malaga is home to some of Spain's most impressive beaches. Among the most famous are in the towns of Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and San Pedro de Alcantara.

Ronda: In the middle of the bizarre mountain range Serranía de Ronda, at the edge of a canyon of a depth of 120 metres, you will find Ronda - certainly one of the most incredible and beautiful towns in Spain.

Almeria: Almeria is among those Andalusian cities that have best preserved their Moorish heritage. The Costa de Almeria is also an area of great tourist attractions.

Cadiz: Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Spain. It is fascinating for its typical Andalusian ambience with whitewashed houses and tropical vegetation. Compared with the spectacular nature of other carnival celebrations, the light-hearted fun and entertainment of the Carnival of Cadiz makes it a unique fiesta which is well worth getting to know.

Huelva: Huelva is of great importance as a fishing port as well as for its industry. Christopher Columbus, who started his travel to America from the nearby Palos de la Frontera, marks the city and its surroundings. There you may still visit the monastery where he prepared his travel, alongside with a reconstruction of the port and the three famous ships.

Doñana National Park: This extensive preserve including beach areas with moving dunes as well as marshy regions of great value concerning their fauna is located next to the outlet of Guadalquivir River, Matalascañas, Acebuche and El Rocio. Numerous species of migrant birds, on their way from Eurasia to Africa, stay here during the breeding phase.

Costa de la Luz: The "Coast of the Light", in the provinces of Huelva and Cadiz at the Atlantic Ocean, offers splendid beaches of fine sand. Major centres of attraction are Punta Umbria, Islantilla, Isla Cristina, Mazagon, Matalascañas, Barbate, Algeciras, Tarifa, Conil de la Frontera, Chiclana de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Rota, Chipiona and Sanlucar de Barrameda.

Jerez de la Frontera: In the hometown of the world-famous Sherry wine several "Bodegas" may be visited. Jerez is the site of a renowned equestrian school. Wine and horses mark the ambience of this manorial town.

Jaen: Its medieval fortress dominates Jaen, which is located inland. Additional attractions are the 11th century Moorish baths and the Renaissance cathedral. The nearby Sierra de Cazorla is an outstanding nature reserve.

Andalusian Cuisine

Andalucían cuisine is characterized by gazpacho, fried fish, the jamones of Jabugo and Trevélez and the wines of Jerez, particularly sherry.

Fried Foods: Frying in Andalusian cuisine is dominated by the use of an olive oil that is produced in the provinces of Jaén, Córdoba, Seville and Granada. The foods are dredged in flour 'a la andaluza' (meaning only flour, without egg or other ingredients). They are then fried in a large quantity of hot olive oil.

Fish and Shellfish: With five coastal provinces, the consumption of fish and shellfish is rather high: white shrimp from the Bay of Cádiz; prawns; murex; anchovies; baby squid; cuttlefish, flounder, etc.

Desserts: Andalusian deserts are heavily influenced by medieval Andalusian cuisine. Notable dishes include pestiños (a deep-fried pastry bathed in honey), alfajores, amarguillos (a form of almond macaroons) from Medina Sidonia, the polvorónes (almond cookies of Estepa), lard bread, wine doughnuts, churro (a fried-dough pastry-based snack) and torrijas.

Music of Andalusia

Andalusia is best known for flamenco, a form of music and dance that is mostly performed by Gypsy people and popular throughout the world.

Improvised flamenco songs of ancient Andalusian origin are called Cante Hondo and are characterized by a reduced tonal ambiance, a lack of rhythm and repetition of notes. A single singer performs Cante Hondo songs.

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About the Author: Written by Mark Buckingham, Managing Director of Rentaccomspain.com, an online resource where you can find a wealth of Spanish property for rent and for sale.

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Spain's Prettiest town: Arcos de la Frontera   by Paul Herman
Deep in the south of Spain's southernmost province, Cadiz, hidden in the Gatidano mountain range, is Arcos de la Frontera the prettiest town in Spain. Although the old walled town of Arcos only holds 4000 people & is lost in a valley hidden in the mountains, its place in Spanish history is important because of the town's strategic placement in Catholic Spain's long struggle against the Moorish kingdom. Boabdil, the last Moorish king, finally fell in 1492, the same year Columbus sailed west for India. At Cadiz's tip, near Arcos de la Frontera, Africa looms large across a bit of water that seems a mere swim away... read more
Patio La Casa Grande, Rural Hotel, Arcos de la Frontera
La Casa Grande, a splendid 18th century mansion built in 1729, dominates the views over a vast plain and the mountains of Sierra de Cadiz from its setting at the cliff's edge in Arcos de la Frontera.  Its present owners have transformed this old palace into a quiet guest house, maintaining all its personality and rustic spirit (original terracota floors, ancient wooden beams, stone columns, hand-woven bedspreads and carpets and whitewashed walls) without compromising in comfort (ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and phone).  From the breathtaking terrace you will be able to indulge yourself in some of their delicious homemade tapas and delicate wines from the land as you look at the sandstone belltowers of Santa Mar'a while birds swirl at your feet over the river Guadalete.
COSTA DEL SOL BED & BREAKFASTS
Reading on the Costa del Sol:
Activities for Children in Costa del Sol   by Susan Pedalino
Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain   by Anne Sewell
Guide to Spain's Costa del Sol   by Robert Griggs
Sailing on the Costa del Sol   by Ken Jones
Malaga - Costa del Sol   by David C Jackson
The Old and the New in Torremolinos  by Seb Jay
Adventure and Water Parks near Nerja, Costa del Sol   by Lisa Tupman
BENAHAVIS/SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA BED & BREAKFASTS
El Cortijo de los Caballos, Rural Accommodation near the beach, Benahavis/San Pedro de Alcantara
El Cortijo de los Caballos is situated in a valley between the Paraiso and Atalaya Golf Courses and resembles a small oasis with its numerous palm trees and flower beds.  Formerly an equestrian centre, the Cortijo has since been converted into 9 bungalow apartments.  Although situated in the countryside, there is a commercial center with the usual variety of restaurants (6), supermarket, pharmacy, bookshops, about 1 km away (15 min easy walk); another 5 restaurants in walking distance (different directions) of about 600m, another huge commercial center about 2 km away, and a lot more a few minutes drive by car.
BENAOJÁN (NEAR RONDA) BED & BREAKFASTS
Hotel Molino del Santo, Benaoján
Molino is an old watermill coverted into a small hotel of 18 rooms set in the mountains around Ronda. Within the Natural Park of Grazalema and amidst the most wonderful scenery, Molino is well away from the mass tourism of the Costas.  Rooms are comfortably furnished and have central-heating and air-conditioning.  The hotel has a bar-cafeteria and a dining-room open to the public and frequented by Spanish people and foreigners alike. The food is Spanish specialising in regional and local dishes.
CARTAJIMA (NEAR RONDA) BED & BREAKFASTS
Hotel Los Castaños, Cartajima
Los Castaños, the charming little hotel situated in quiet historic Cartajima, is a relaxed, sophisticated hideaway in the middle of a tiny Andalucian pueblo blanco. Enjoy a warm welcome by resident proprietors (Di and Lu), sumptuous Western Mediterranean cuisine, and step back in history as you explore Phoenician, Roman, Moorish, and Christian Spain. A restful place to stay, only 16 km from bustling historic Ronda, and conveniently located for Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Cadiz, and Jerez - the romantic cities of Andalucia.
CASARABONELA (SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES) BED & BREAKFASTS
Hotel La Era, Casarabonela (Sierra de las Nieves)
On a hilltop, in Casarabonela (Málaga, Spain), surrounded by marvelous scenery is situated La Era Hotel, where you will find the best place to rest comfortably and enjoy nature.  La Era Hotel is a country boutique hotel with character and a special charm for those travelers looking to find peace, tranquility and personalized service.  Available to the guests are nine double rooms; each decorated in a different style making them unique in order to offer not only comfort but an unforgettable and distinct stay on each visit.
JUZCAR BED & BREAKFASTS / SMALL COUNTRY HOTELS (NEAR RONDA)
Hotel Bandolero, Charming Rural Hotel, Júzcar (near Ronda)
Hotel Bandolero is a small, charming rural hotel and restaurant tucked away in one of the seven small white villages of the Upper Genal Valley in the Ronda Mountains in the greenest part of Andalusia.  Owners David and Ivan welcome you to their charming accommodation in the village of Júzcar in the Genal Valley where you can escape all the pressures and stress of urban life. Experience the pace of traditional Spanish living while relaxing on the terrace, sampling local Ronda wines and tapas as you enjoy the marvellous views that the lush chestnut tree country of the Upper Genal Valley has to offer.
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RONDA BED & BREAKFASTS / SMALL HOTELS
Hotel Enfrente Arte, Ronda  WEBMASTER'S CHOICE!
Beautifully situated in the oldest paved street of Ronda and surrounded by historic buildings, this unique and laid back hotel is just moments from the city centre but yet faces the natural park "Sierra de las Nieves”.  The house itself has been decorated with eclectic details, original and historical artwork and atmospheric lighting.  The hotel provides an outdoor swimming pool and a sauna, a recreation room with a pool table, satellite television, fire place, a library as well as a computer with free access to the internet.   The subtropical garden, with a large variety of exotic plants, birds and fish, is an attraction for nature lovers and the children. Several romantic courtyards and terraces offer stunning views of the mountains, the river "Guadalevin", the old city and the renowned horse riding school "Maestranza de Ronda".  The breakfast-brunch buffet serves a wide variety of cold and warm dishes included in the price, plus free drinks all day.
SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA BED & BREAKFASTS / SMALL HOTELS
El Cortijo de los Caballos, Rural Accommodation near the beach, Benahavis/San Pedro de Alcantara
El Cortijo de los Caballos is situated in a valley between the Paraiso and Atalaya Golf Courses and resembles a small oasis with its numerous palm trees and flower beds.  Formerly an equestrian centre, the Cortijo has since been converted into 9 bungalow apartments.  Although situated in the countryside, there is a commercial center with the usual variety of restaurants (6), supermarket, pharmacy, bookshops, about 1 km away (15 min easy walk); another 5 restaurants in walking distance (different directions) of about 600m, another huge commercial center about 2 km away, and a lot more a few minutes drive by car.
GRANADA & GRANADA PROVINCE BED & BREAKFASTS / SMALL HOTELS
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La Alhambra, Jewel of the Spanish Past   by Timothy Tye
La Alhambra, whose name means "The Red" in Arabic, is the most beautiful representation of Moorish architecture in the world. It is a palace and fortress complex on the hills of Sabika, overlooking the city of Granada, in southern Spain....

Granada and Beyond   by Edward Kirwan
Granada, in the east of Andalusía, is a city steeped in Moorish tradition. The Alhambra Palace which was recently short listed as a Seventh Wonder of the new world, is truly wondrous but there is so much more to see and do....

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Alhambra from Albaicin, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
Alhambra from Albaicin, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
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Hotel Santa Isabel la Real, Albaizyn, Granada
Our hotel is a restored house from the XVI century. It is situated on the main street of the historical neighbourhood of the Albaizyn (Granada), five minutes walking distance from the city centre.  It is surrounded by gardens and different monuments such us the Monastery of Santa Isabel la Real, the palace of Dar-Al Horra and the San Miguel Bajo church. The hotel is also very near the beautiful views from San Nicolas, San Cristobal and la Lona.  There is an enclosed parking lot and a bus stop near the hotel. The bus goes to the city centre and to the Alhambra every 5-10 minutes.  The building has 11 rooms distributed on 3 floors, a patio, a terrace, a sitting room and a breakfast room.  Most of the rooms are outward facing and have very nice views, while others overlook a typical Southern-Andalucian patio.
Hotel Villa Sur, Húetor Vega, Granada
The Hotel Villa Sur is a beautiful "Villa" in the traditional Andalusian style set in a privileged location. There is a small number of spacious rooms with a balcony or terrace. These rooms have a fully-equipped bathroom, hairdryer, scales, welcome kit, a minibar, safe, alarm clock, telephone, ADSL line, satellite TV, heating and air conditioning.  Landscaped areas, a solarium terrace with a Jacuzzi, an outdoor swimming pool and parking spaces.  Villa Sur is 3 km away from the centre of Granada, next to Húetor Vega with direct access to the city's ring road (Ronda Sur, exit 3). The most characteristic locations such as the Alhambra, the Royal Chapel, the Cathedral, the Sierra Nevada (Natural Park and Ski resort), the Alpujarra and the Costa Tropical are easily accessible.
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Hotel Villa Sur, Húetor Vega, Granada
The Hotel Villa Sur is a beautiful "Villa" in the traditional Andalusian style set in a privileged location. There is a small number of spacious rooms with a balcony or terrace. These rooms have a fully-equipped bathroom, hairdryer, scales, welcome kit, a minibar, safe, alarm clock, telephone, ADSL line, satellite TV, heating and air conditioning.  Landscaped areas, a solarium terrace with a Jacuzzi, an outdoor swimming pool and parking spaces.  Villa Sur is 3 km away from the centre of Granada, next to Húetor Vega with direct access to the city's ring road (Ronda Sur, exit 3). The most characteristic locations such as the Alhambra, the Royal Chapel, the Cathedral, the Sierra Nevada (Natural Park and Ski resort), the Alpujarra and the Costa Tropical are easily accessible.

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Spain's Prettiest town: Arcos de la Frontera   by Paul Herman

Bed & Breakfasts in Arcos de la Frontera

Deep in the south of Spain's southernmost province, Cadiz, hidden in the Gatidano mountain range, is Arcos de la Frontera the prettiest town in Spain. Although the old walled town of Arcos only holds 4000 people & is lost in a valley hidden in the mountains, its place in Spanish history is important because of the town's strategic placement in Catholic Spain's long struggle against the Moorish kingdom. Boabdil, the last Moorish king, finally fell in 1492, the same year Columbus sailed west for India. At Cadiz's tip, near Arcos de la Frontera, Africa looms large across a bit of water that seems a mere swim away.

Arcos is built atop a sharp promontory with cliffs to either side in the middle of a wide valley surrounded by distant mountains. The only approaches to the town are at either end of its long, thin length & they are protected by heavy gates. One begins to see how its sheer impregnability made it an important stronghold in the constant battles against the Moors & some of the churches still display the 'infidel's' banners won in battle.
 
Arcos' coat of arms includes the legend: "King Brigo founded Arcos and Alfonso the Wise recovered it from the Moors" King Brigo being Noah's grandson & Alfonso the Wise the thirteenth century king that captured & held it against the Moors. The bit about it being founded around the time of the great biblical flood is surely legend but Arcos does, never-the-less, offer evidence of an ancient history. Beginning with evidence from pre-historic Iberia including skeletons, artefacts & cave paintings dating back as far as 150,000 years. Some of the caves in the cliffs of Arcos of unknown ancient inhabitants are still lived in today.

Later the Romans occupied the town for six hundred years until 400 AD one of their more durable examples being the bridge at Ronda also near Arcos. 

San Pedro Cathedral, Arcos De La Frontera, One of the White Villages, Andalucia, Spain, Europe
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Outside of Seville, in the town of Santinponce, is Italica, the largest city of ancient Rome after Rome itself & includes a 25,000 seat Amphitheatre.

After the Romans came- the Visigoths for 300 years until 711 AD. Then the Moors for a further 500 years until 1264 AD. Architecture from each culture is still mixed with even later styles like the Spanish Baroque throughout the buildings of the town. Which despite its diminutive size hold seven churches two of which are Cathedrals! Santa Maria & San Pedro enjoyed an enmity based on their rivalry as most important Cathedral that lasted centuries. In the fifteenth century a bishop made the trip from Arcos to Rome on a donkey to ask for Papal dispensation on the matter of which had seniority. It was more than four years before he returned with the gift the Pope made him of a carved baby Christ (on view today) but no final decision.

As the feud grew each church tried to show its importance in whatever way it could like being the first to ring the bells upon the hour, which competition quickly led to very poor time-keeping! Finally in 1775 the Vatican made the decision the older of the two, Santa Maria, built between the fifteenth & eighteenth centuries, was the senior Cathedral.

A rich history, beauty of a kind that can only grow, evolve, over centuries & can never be designed. The gorgeous country-side that surrounds it including valley, forest & mountain for horse-back riding or trekking. Easy access to Andalucia's most important cities: Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Malaga, a short distance (2 hours) from Tangiers in Morocco & an hour from Gibraltar or Cadiz, Europe's oldest town- Arcos de la Frontera is still a largely undiscovered jewel & definitely worth a visit.

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About the Author: Paul Herman is a painter/sculptor now offering painting workshops hosted in a beautiful 18th century country mansion set on 1000 acres in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain. Art Workshop In Spain.com

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