‘Andalusia’

Going out for tapas—much more than just eating

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Tapas in Spain are essentially aperitifs served at bars in certain regions to accompany your drink, normally a beer or a glass of wine, making it easier to counter the effects of alcohol or simply as a way of encouraging you to keep ordering drinks. The tapa is usually included in the price, so if you pay 2 euros for a beer you’re really paying for the beer and the tapa along the side. This is a custom that has become rooted in nearly every town in Spain, although in some places the tapa may be a dish of olives…

Costa de la luz – Chiclana, a complete vacation

  The Costa de la Luz comprises the Spanish coastline washed by the Gulf of Cádiz. It is a region of southwest Andalusia consisting of the coastal regions of the provinces of Huelva and Cádiz, from the mouth of the Guadiana River to Tarifa. It has a relevant tourist offer in terms of hotel beds and entertainment, ranging from sun & sea to inland tourism, regional cuisine and culture, golf courses, water parks and pleasure harbors. It has beautiful natural areas, cliffs, marshlands and beaches of endless dunes of fine sand. The name is due to the vivid light that…

Spain. One of the nest travel destinations in the world

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Spain is a genuine force for tourism in the world. With 60.6 million international visitors, it ranks second in terms of tourist revenues, just behind USA. Its good climate, coastline, beaches and natural areas, the excellent cultural heritage and cuisine, and a modern network of infrastructures and tourist services have put this destination in the top ranks. Below is a review of some of the factors that have prompted this privileged position. Enviable coastline. Spain’s coastline spans approximately 8,000 kilometers, including its two archipelagos (the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands). Here we find a total of 573 blue flag…

The impressive Serranía de Ronda

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Ronda is an Andalusian city in the province of Malaga founded over 1,000 years ago. Its landscape, urban layout and history make it unique from every standpoint. Its old quarter, declared a Historic-Artistic Site, features a succession of buildings of various architectural styles and many charming corners. Starting with the 19th century Alameda del Tajo you can start to savor the grandiose ‘Dream City’ described by Rainer Maria Rilke and the singular beauty of its natural surroundings. The city is best visited slowly, so that you can see all the details of old Arab medina, which still conserves part of…

Wherever and however you look at it, Andalusia will steal your heart

The Andalusian territory is brimming with magic, enchantment and charm, regardless of the province or provinces that you deem most to your liking. In Andalusia you will feel completely comfortable and relaxed, and you will be delighted by its people, its customs and its culture. The Andalusian sun has become one of the main attractions for tourists who come from all corners of the world, as the Andalusian community receives some three thousand hours of sunshine per year. But the sun is not Andalusia’s only attraction; there is also its beautiful, golden beaches which captivate visitors who arrive on vacations…

Golf in Málaga, everything for the sport

Andalusia, Spain’s autonomous community of golf par excellence. Between Cádiz and Málaga alone, the number of golf courses is close to the hundred mark, with Málaga and its Costa del Sol boasting the majority of them. With more than 300 days of sun per year, it is the perfect place for enjoying this sport. This list is a good example of the offer. -    Aloha Golf. This is a course of precision and power that has been recognized by the Council of Tourism, Commerce and Sport for the “great landscape values of the flora of the trees and hedges that…

Carnival in Cádiz, pure fun

If there is one place on the Spanish peninsula which is known for its carnival, it is the province of Cádiz. They have been celebrating carnival with airs of jest in this Andalusian city since records began (in a work dating back to the end of the 16th century).  It is a tradition that was only interrupted by the civil war, but which has today become a compulsory visit for any lover of parties and masquerade.  Declared an event of international tourist interest along with the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the city with which it is twinned, in…

The blue beaches of Cádiz

All those in search of some vacations on the beach, be it in the hottest months of the year or when the temperatures are a little milder, take a large number of factors into account when selecting their destination. Good hotels, gastronomy and leisure activities, the culture of the place and the friendliness of its inhabitants are usually decisive factors. But we must not forget the services that visitors can enjoy on the beach. A coastline with difficult access or dirty sand, or where it is impossible to find a shower or shade offering protection from the sun (particularly for…

The Cádiz coast, (also) enjoyed in winter

The province of Cádiz, in Andalusia, spans 260 kilometers of coast and 138 kilometers of beaches: coves, small bays, stretches of sand several kilometers long. The Cádiz coast boasts of having some of the best beaches in Europe, natural settings of fine sand which remain almost intact and invite you to relax or get on a surf board. Formed by a pre-historic dune with the pine forest as the backdrop, the La Breña cliffs are a genuine natural monument in themselves. Swimming is only possible when the tide goes out. The cliffs reach a height of 100 meters above the…

Pablo Picasso, Málaga’s most universal artist

Painter, sculptor, engraver and draftsman. Pablo Picasso is considered one of the geniuses of contemporary art. Creator of Cubism, together with Georges Braque and Juan Gris, Picasso, the son of also-artist José Ruiz Blasco, was born in Málaga in 1881. In 1895 he moved with his family to Barcelona, where the young painter surrounded himself with a group of artists and men of letters, with whom he would meet in Els Quatre Gats bar. Between 1901 and 1904 he alternated his residence between Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, while his painting entered the stage known as the Blue Period (Periodo Azul),…