Sporting the most varied vegetation, it wouldn’t be wrong calling Andalusia as the emerald of Spain. Encompassing provinces of Malaga, Granada, Almeria, Huelva, Cordoba, Seville, Jaen and Cadiz, Andalusia is bounded by autonomous communities of Castile-La Mancha and Extremadura to the north, Portugal to the west, Murica to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the south-west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south-east. Andalusia also features a striking contrast between mountains and forests, arid and barren deserts and irrigated plains. The population today is more concentrated in the provincial capitals. What is significant here is that the culture still bears traces of Moorish rule and its dialect is comprised of Arabic loanwords.
Coming to any part of the province, takes you through their history, culture, fiestas and gastronomy. You’d get anything you’d ask for – from outstanding monuments to natural landscapes. The region welcomes visitors to be a part of their unique and popular events, and that adds to the number of delicious gastronomic delights. One of the best ways, to tour through the highlights in a small span of time, is to explore the main sites, especially the ones which are marked as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Come to Granada, to gaze at the Alhambra palace, Generalife gardens and mediaeval Albaicin neighbourhood. Move to Cordoba for their historic centre and the great Mosque. Travel to Seville to see the cathedral, Alcazar palace and Indies Archive. Get to Jaen for seeing the monumental sites of Baeza and Ubeda.
If you want to get here during festivities, then Easter is a great time. Cadiz is famous for their authentic Carnival, the Rocío pilgrimage attracts people to get to Huelva, while the best time to be at Seville is during their April Fair. You get to go through several natural landscapes, ranging from beaches at Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and then at Almeria. Extend your tour by going up to the olive groves of Jaén, visiting the Doñana National Park and skiing through Sierra Nevada ski resort.
Andalusia is known to have a blend of several flavours, so give yourself a treat by trying some authentic dishes. Try out Sherries of Jerez at Cadiz, Montilla at Cordoba, Pescaíto Frito at Malaga, cured ham at Huelva, and some more like gazpacho or its thicker form of salmorejo, etc.