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Guide to Andalucia

Andalucia is the most populous and the second largest, in terms of land area, of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain. Its capital and largest city is Seville. The region is divided into eight provinces: Huelva, Sevilla, Cádiz, Cordoba, Malaga, Jaén, Granada and Almería.

Andalucia is located south of the autonomous communities of Extremadura and Castile-La Mancha; west of the autonomous community of Murcia and the Mediterranean Sea; east of Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean; and north of the Mediterranean Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco, and the Atlantic Ocean. The small British overseas territory of Gibraltar shares a three-quarter-mile land border with the Andalucian province of Cádiz at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar.

Andalucian cuisine is rather varied, corresponding to a region that is itself extensive and varied. Notwithstanding that, the cuisine of Andalucia is characterized by gazpacho, fried fish (often called pescaito frito in the local vernacular), the jamones of Jabugo and Trevélez, and the wines of Jerez, particularly sherry.

Weather
Andalucía is home to the Costa del Sol, which translates into English as the ‘sunny coast.’ This coastline, which stretches from Malaga to the east of the Cádiz province, has truly superb sunny weather for much of the year, with average daytime temperatures at around 16 degrees in the winter, and 30 degrees in the summer. The rest of Andalucía doesn’t quite benefit from the Costa del Sol’s microclimate, but it is nevertheless temperate throughout the winter months and hot during the summer. Going anywhere in Andalucía during August is almost a certain way for building up a tan.

Cities and Places to Visit
Sevilla: The capital of the region is home to over half a million people and Europe’s largest cathedral. There is also an Old Jewish Quarter, Reales Alcazares, Plaza de Toros and Plaza de Espana.

Cordoba: This is one of the places strong with Moorish influence, and it is home to a great mosque called Medina Zahara. Other sites to see include the large cathedral, the Mihrab, the Torre de la Calahorra and the ancient walls.

Malaga: The second largest city in the region has over 500,000 inhabitants. Like many of the cities in the region it has a wide range of impressive ecclesiastical buildings. It is also the birthplace of the great artist Pablo Picasso, and there is a museum dedicated to him in the city.

Cádiz: is a city and port in southwestern Spain. It is the capital of the province of the same name. Cádiz, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly of all southwestern Europe, has been a principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. It is also the site of the University of Cádiz.Despite its unique site, Cádiz is, in most respects, a typically Andalucian city with a wealth of attractive vistas and well-preserved historical landmarks. The older part of Cádiz, within the remnants of the city walls, is commonly referred to as the Old City (in Spanish, Casco Antiguo). It is characterized by the antiquity of its various quarters (barrios), among them El Populo, La Viña, and Santa Maria, which present a marked contrast to the newer areas of town. While the Old City's street consists largely of narrow winding alleys connecting large plazas, newer areas of Cádiz typically have wide avenues and more modern buildings.

Sports: Andalucia offers the best climate for the outdoor pursuits. Padel tennis is one of the fastest growing sports a short form of tennis played with a bat where the ball can be played off a back wall.

Golf has been a major attraction of Andalucia for many years and the standard of courses makes this destination a golfing must. Here are just a few of the excellent golf courses in Andalucia with holiday rentals available near-by: Monte Mayor Golf Club near Malaga. View golf holiday rentals in the area. Zaudin Golf Club is one of the best golf clubs in Sevilla. Choose a sevilla holiday rental close to this golf course. Almerimar Golf Club is a beautiful golf course combining water hazards and palm trees with wide fairways. This golf course is in the Almeria region of Andalucia. View our selection of Almeria property rentals for your next golf break. San Roque Golf Club has two contrasting golf courses. The old golf course is rated as one of the finest in Europe. This golf club is just one of many in the Cadiz area which is also favoured for it's beautiful beaches. Cadiz golf holiday rentals available today.

Other popular sports include Polo, deep sea fishing in the straits of Gibraltar, sailing, power boating, tennis, hunting and of course football.