Attractions in Andalucia

Andalusia is an autonomous community of Spain and recognized as a nationality in the preamble of its new autonomy statute. It is the most populous and the second largest, in terms of land area, of the 17 autonomous communities of the Kingdom of Spain. Its capital and largest city is Seville (Spanish: Sevilla). The region is divided into eight provinces: Huelva, Seville, Cádiz, Córdoba, Málaga, Jaén, Granada and Almería. The name Andalusia traces back to the Arabic language Al-Andalus (الأندلس). As well as Muslim and Romani influences, the region’s history and culture have been influenced by the earlier Iberians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, all of whom preceded the Muslims, as well as the Castilian and other Christian North Iberian nationalities who conquered and repopulated the area in the latter phases of the Reconquista. There was also a relatively large Sephardic Jewish presence. Since the Industrial Revolution, Andalusia has been an economically poor region in comparison with the rest of Spain and the European Union at large. However, the growth of the community especially in the sectors of industry and services was above average in Spain and higher than many communities in the eurozone. The region has, however, a rich culture and a strong cultural identity. Many cultural phenomena that are seen internationally as distinctively Spanish are largely or entirely Andalusian in origin. These include flamenco, bullfighting, and certain Moorish-influenced architectural styles.

Places of Interest

Seville

Seville’s touristic offer is based on its monumental heritage, culture and gastronomy. Seville shows itself to the world as a singular territory able to provide unforgettable experiences. Centuries of History have left one of the world most remarkable cultural legacies. Seville is a huge living museum where all the styles converge. Out of the endless list of monuments of Seville, are worth mentioned: The Cathedral and the Giralda, Real Alcázar (Royal Alcazar), the Archivo de Indias (Archive of the Indies), all of them declared World Heritage Sites; Barrio de Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Old Town), the Torre del Oro (The Golden Tower), the Town Hall, the Maestranza Bullfighting Bullring, the Plaza de España, the Archaeological Museum, the Arts and Popular Costumes Museum, and, of course, the Museo de Bellas Artes (Spain’s second art gallery). Moreover, the visitor may enjoy the great value heritage kept inside many churches and convents in the city

Seville

The Sierra de las Nieves natural park is located in the hills behind Marbella and to the east of the road to Ronda from the Costa del Sol in Andalucia in Southern Spain. The park centres on La Torrecilla (1919 m) and covers an area of 202 km².

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Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is a natural park in southeastern Spain, near the city of Almería. It is the largest terrestrial-maritime reserve in the European Western Mediterranean Sea, covering 460 km² including the town of Carboneras, the mountain range of Sierra de Cabo de Gata, and 120 km² of the sea as a part of a Marine reserve.

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Ronda is a city in Spanish province of Málaga. Around the city are remains of prehistoric settlements dating to the Neolithic Age, including the rock paintings of Cueva de la Pileta. Ronda was however first settled by the early Celts, who, in the 6th century BC, called it Arunda.

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Monasterio de Santa María de la Rábida is a Franciscan monastery in the southern Spanish town of Palos de la Frontera, in the province of Huelva and the region of Andalucia. The monastery is located 13 km south of the city of Huelva, where the Tinto and Odiel rivers meet. The Monastery of La Rábida has been Franciscan property since the thirteenth century.

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The Caves of Nerja are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja in Andalusia. Stretching for almost 5 km the caverns are one of Spain’s major tourist attractions. Concerts are regularly held in one of the chambers which forms a natural amphitheatre.

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The Cathedral and former Great Mosque of Córdoba, in ecclesiastical terms the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, and known by the inhabitants of Córdoba as the Mezquita-Catedral is today a World Heritage Site and the cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba.

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Medina Azahara is the ruins of a vast, fortified Arab Muslim medieval palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III al-Nasir, (912–961) Ummayad Caliph of Córdoba, and located on the western outskirts of Córdoba, Spain. It was an Arab Muslim medieval town and the de-facto capital of al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain, as the heart of the administration and government was within its walls.

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The Alhambra the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra, is a palace and fortress complex located in the Province of Granada, Spain. It was constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada.

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The Palace of Charles V is a Renacentist construction in Granada, southern Spain, located on the top of the hill of the Assabica, inside the Nasrid fortification of the Alhambra. It was commanded by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, who wished to establish his residence close to the Alhambra palaces.

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The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. At the time of its completion in the 16th century, it supplanted the Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world.

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The Giralda is a former minaret that was converted to a bell tower for the Cathedral of Seville in Seville. The tower is 104.5 m in height and it was one of the most important symbols in the medieval city. The tower was begun under the architect Ahmad Ben Baso in 1184. After Ben Baso’s death, other architects continued work on the tower.

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The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, originally a Moorish fort. The Almohades were the first to build a palace, which was called Al-Muwarak, on the site of the modern day Alcázar.

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