Where has the time gone, you sometimes wonder. Especially when you think about the wonderful travels you’ve made throughout the years. One of these wonderful travels, I have made in the early years 2000 together with my wonderful wife who is still bumping and jumping around in my life. It must have been one of our first trips that we made together… and the destination… that was the breathtaking Andalusia or Andalucía in Spanish. Without a daughter and without a dog, we took the plane to Malaga to start our ‘ Vuelta de Andalucía ‘ with a rental car and a tent. It was a Vuelta to never forget and a Vuelta that made me write the following articles about Andalusia. Lots of reading and travel pleasure! Hasta pronto!
- Andalusia, culture and adventure with a sunny side up
- Cordoba, where cultures meet
- Granada, Fairytale city nearby the Sierra Nevada
- Seville, City of Don Juan, Plaza de España and tapas
Andalusia…. crossroad of cultures
As a crossroad of African and European culture and of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, this wonderful region is also a crossroad of various historical and prehistoric cultures. Thanks to this fascinating mix of cultures, it has become a wonderful region that is colored with impressive monuments in the large cities and centuries-old folklore and traditions in the small picturesque villages. A region that is not only a source of enjoyment for the millions of tourists but also a source of inspiration for some of the most famous artists in the world. Andalusia loves you…
From mountain range to mountain range, from coast to coast,…
More than half of the Andalusian landscape is mountainous, with 46 tops rising above 1000 meters. The northern mountain range, the Sierra Morena, is characterised by gently sloping slopes that are mainly covered with forests and mountainous pastures while the southern mountain range, the Cordillera Bética, extends from the Sierra Grazalema, with its white villages and remarkable wildlife, up to the mighty Sierra Nevada with the highest mountain of Andalusia; the Mulhacén (3481 m). Between the mountain ranges is the fertile valley of the Guadalquivir which is rich in agriculture and sherry wine fields. The coastal regions are also a key example of diversity. On one side there is the Atlantic coast with its rugged coastlines from Huelva to Tarifa, on the other side the Costa del Sol, a perfect reflection of the sun, sea and beach life.
Let yourself be carried away on the wings of the Levante…
Although in general Andalusia has a typical Mediterranean coastal climate, it is not surprising that a region with such diverse landscapes has also got a lot of climatic differences. The summers are generally hot and dry, with temperatures around 30 degrees and inland even more. The winters are mild and soft with temperatures that fluctuate between 20 and 25 degrees and during which the exceptional rain usually falls as short but powerful showers. During spring and autumn, the well-known Levante winds will be the perfect host for unforgettable memories for windsurfers in Tarifa and its surroundings.
From tapa bar to tapa bar
Andalusia is of course known as the homeland of the tapas and in this southern Spanish region it is therefore possible to go for a night from Tapa bar to Tapa bar to try out the best local specialties. Less well known, but therefore not less loved, is the olive oil for which Andalusia is so renowned and which forms the basis of almost any regional dish. Typical Andalusian dishes are the gazpacho soup with delicious kidneys in sherry sauce and the pork in almond sauce. Near the coast on its turn it’s nothing but fish and inland you can enjoy deer and boar in Cordoba and duck with Olives in Sevilla.