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Andalucía
A New 7 Wonder Nominee in Granada, Spain: Alhambra   by Jose Felix
History is in the making and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be apart of it. Visit Alhambra, in Granada, and discover a different World Wonder....
Algeciras - Gateway to Andalucia   by Nick Nutter
There seems to be very little written about Algeciras, four lines in the 'Spain Travel Guide', and not much anywhere else, which is a pity. It is not just a place to pass on the way to Cadiz or Seville, it does have a certain charm and more of a history than you might think...
Andalucia's Crowning Glory - The Alhambra of Granada  by Heather McMillan
There are few visitors to Andalucia who do not have the Alhambra of Granada at the top of their agenda. This marvellous palace complex, home of the last ruling Muslim dynasty in Spain, is renowned throughout the world for the stunning beauty of its architecture and decoration....
Benalmádena Cableway (Teleférico Benalmádena) - A trip up Calamorro Mountain
The Benalmádena Cableway (Teleférico Benalmádena) offers a spectacular trip of fifteen minutes of duration in comfortable and modern cablecars, each with capacity for four people, on a route that unites Benalmádena Coast and the top of Calamorro Mountain, one of the most elevated enclaves of the Costa del Sol, to nearly 800 meters of altitude above sea level...
Benalmádena on the Costa del Sol
Benalmadena is located 15 mins west of Malaga between Torremolinos and Fuengirola. The 3 areas of the town are individually very different but together make Benalmadena the complete holiday destination for all ages and tastes....
Bioparc Fuengirola - Calm Oasis in the Centre of Town  by Anne Sewell
When visiting the Costa del Sol in Andalucia, Southern Spain, a must-see destination is the Zoo in Fuengirola. Located right in the centre of town, the zoo is a beautiful and calm place, beautifully designed to give its residents space and realistic natural habitats to live in, grow and produce their young....
Cadiz Tourist Information   by Gary Cotter
The historic city of Cadiz is situated on the end of a narrow, rocky peninsular jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. According to legend Cadiz was founded by Hercules, although in reality the Phoenicians first established a settlement here around 1100BC, making this one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe...
Cordoba, Andalucia. Capital of Al Andalus   by Nick Nutter
Strategically placed at the highest point of navigation on the River Guadalquivir, Cordoba started life as an Iberian settlement. In 152 BC the Romans established Corduba Patricia as a colonia...
Costa de la Luz Tourist Information   by Gary Marshall
The Costa de la Luz is the name given to the stretch of Andalucian coastline between the Costa del Sol and the Portuguese border. ... Literally meaning, 'Coast of Light', the Costa de la Luz is a relatively undeveloped part of Spain, notable for its miles of unspoilt beaches and beautiful natural scenery...
Jaén Travel Guide
Jaén is a city in south-central Spain, the name is probably derived from the Arabic word Jayyan, (crossroads of caravans). It is the capital of the province of Jaén. It is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia. The inhabitants of the city are known as Jiennenses. Its population is 117,540 (2006), about 1/6 of the population of the province...
MojacarGuide - Almeria Province
No other corner of Andalucía can boast such a rich and close heritage with their Moorish past as does Mojácar. With her exceptional situation as a lookout dominating the surrounding terrain, Mojácar has been settled by many and varied peoples since antiquity...
Spain's Prettiest town: Arcos de la Frontera   by Paul Herman
Deep in the south of Spain's southernmost province, Cadiz, hidden in the Gatidano mountain range, is Arcos de la Frontera the prettiest town in Spain. Although the old walled town of Arcos only holds 4000 people & is lost in a valley hidden in the mountains, its place in Spanish history is important because of the town's strategic placement in Catholic Spain's long struggle against the Moorish kingdom....
Estepona - Quiet Gem on the Costa del Sol in Spain  by Anne Sewell
Estepona is a wonderful little town - relatively unspoiled by tourism - and located on the Costa del Sol, about 30 minutes from Marbella, and only a short drive to Gibraltar.  Unlike the busy towns of Marbella and Fuengirola, Estepona is relatively quiet - and the centre of town is still very traditionally Spanish....
Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain   by Anne Sewell
You might have already visited Fuengirola in summer - too many people, burning summer heat? Time to replan your Spanish holiday!  The ideal time to visit this vibrant coastal city is during autumn and spring....
Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
A touch of elegance, living the luxurious life and glamour around every corner are just a few words that can describe the Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus, which sits in the beautiful surroundings of Costa del Sol. A mere 15 minute walk brings guests to the stunning Puerto Banus center...
Malaga Car Hire
Malaga maintains an ideal central location point between the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and the majestic Malaga Hills. These hills were officially declared a national park in 1989....
Malaga - Historic and Beautiful City on the Costa del Sol, Spain  by Anne SewellMalaga Photo Gallery
Malaga city - capital of Andalucia and a city of great history.  Most tourists think of Malaga as a place to fly into to start their holidays on the Costa del Sol, but few actually take the time to explore this fascinating city...
Marbella, Andalucia - A Stroll Through the Old Town  by Nick Nutter
Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia is a town known as an up market holiday and shopping destination, with prices to match, but with a lesser known much older part that is well worth seeing. The walk is only about 4 kilometres in total and can be completed in 2 hours. It takes you along narrow streets with many small shops selling a vast range of goods....
Mijas Travel GuideMalaga Photo Gallery
Mijas is located in the Spanish province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia. The town consists of two separate areas - Mijas Pueblo - a traditional Spanish white village - and Mijas Costa - a modern coastal beach resort. Mijas Costa is typical of all the Costa del Sol beach resorts with restaurants and bars near the beach...
Nerja - Charming Seaside Town, Costa del Sol, Southern Spain
Originally a small fishing village on the Mediterranean Sea, Nerja is still known for its traditional Andalusian atmosphere and mood.  Located right on the beach front, Nerja is sunny 300 days per year.  Enjoy the sandy coves, mountain views and also the Balcon de Europa (balcony of Europe), which is part of an ancient fortress (approx. 900 AD) overlooking the ocean views...
Parador Malaga Gibralfaro   by Gary Bumpas
Parador Malaga is located on the famous "Costa Del Sol" of Spain. There are great views of the sea from the Parador which has a 'look-out' position over the city. It sits next to an centuries-old Moorish fortress (Alcazaba) - the Gibralfaro...
Puerto Banus Tourist Information   by Gary Marshall
The glamorous marina of Puerto Banus is one of the best-known attractions on the Costa del Sol. Situated to the west of Marbella, this marina was the brainchild of Madrid-based property developer, Jose Banus, who wanted to create something that would attract the international elite...
Puerto de Santa Maria, Andalucia. Home of Sherry   by Nick Nutter
Steeped in history the Spanish resort of Puerto de Santa Maria in western Andalucia is a destination not to be missed for many reasons...
Ronda, Spain - Magical Mountain Top City in Andalucia, Southern Spain   by Anne Sewell
When visiting Andalucia, I would highly recommend making the trip to Ronda.  The winding roads up the mountainside can be a little daunting, but what a view all the way to the top!   Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain, having origins in the Neolithic age.  Wonderful cave paintings were discovered, including the famous Pileta's Cave, depicting paintings from the Paleolithic age....
Seville - Andalucia's Capital City  by Heather McMillan
Think Andalucia, think Seville!  To many people, Seville encompasses all those things that make Andalucia special. The exuberant, colourful dresses worn at the April Fair, the whitewashed, characterful streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, the heady scent of orange blossom and the emotional sounds of flamenco; all these tipify Seville and are also the very essence of Andalucia...
Southern Spain - Nothing Like It!   by Allex Wilson
From the magnificent architecture and winding streets of the old Seville and the dramatic hill towns that surrounds Ronda to the entrancing Malaga's seaside city, Southern Spain (famous by the name of Andalusia) is a copious blend of natural delights and man-made wonders. With captivating warmth, you're likely to feel an inviting climate in Southern Spain, all year round....
The White Villages Of Cadiz - An Archaeological Route   by Rudi Van Der Zalm
The Sierra de Cadiz, constituted by 19 townships, is a region full of natural, environmental, cultural, historical, and anthropological resources. The so-called White Villages offer us a wide range of unparalleled tourist possibilities...
The Wonders of Spain - Andalucía  by Anne Sewell
Spain - a popular destination for many travellers - is fascinating due to the incredible diversity of what the country has to offer.  It's not just about golden beaches on the Costa del Sol, cheap booze and cigarettes… and visiting the many English-owned pubs ...
Things to do in Seville Spain - The Maestranza Bullring   by Juan Navarro
Seville's "Maestranza" Bullring is to the art of bullfighting what the "La Scala" in Milan is to opera. Both venues are considered the most prestigious and emblematic settings in which to perform...
This is about Rota, Spain   by Susie Kay
This is about Rota, Andalucia. If you have never been to Rota, then you have really missed out. Rota is beautifully situated right on the coast, in a part of the Costa de la Luz not yet very well known to the British....
Tips On The City Of Malaga In Spain   by Jack Blacksmith
This Malaga city overview will help you plan your vacation. There is a lot to do in this city. Malaga is home to several museums allowing you to enjoy the history, art and culture of the area. The market area and the surrounding area is a great place for shopping, eating and enjoying the night life in the city. Become familiar with the attractions to help you create an itinerary for your vacation...
Three Towns of Mijas   by Jakob JellingMalaga Photo Gallery
Mijas is more like three towns than one: Mijas Pueblo has the character of one of the Andalucian Pueblos Blancos, high in the mountains and whitewashed. Las Lagunas is the modern and commercial section of the town. And Mijas Costa is really a twelve-kilometer long stretch of villages down the coast. All three areas are governed from the town hall of Mijas...
Torremolinos - Popular Beach Resort on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain
Torremolinos has been one of the best known beach resorts on the Costa del Sol for years.  Tourists flock here every year for its wonderful sandy beaches, restaurants and famous nightlife.  Torremolinos has been popular since the late 50's and early 60's, especially amongst the rich and famous, including John Lennon and Frank Sinatra.  These days, it is more of a "package holiday" destination but still retains its attraction...
Visit the Historic Town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia  by Ruth Polak
Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia has a wealth of history which along with the Bodegas, Equine School and Museo de Relojes makes it a wonderful place to visit....
Visit Baelo Claudia - 2nd Century BC Roman City near Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz, Spain
On the outskirts of Tarifa, close to the village of Bolonia on the Costa de la Luz, lies a fascinating Roman city dating back to the 2nd century BC called Baelo Claudia...
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Aragon
Aragon - The Land of Moors and Romans   by Mark Buckingham
The provinces of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel cover an area of 47,719 km² and make up the autonomous community in the north east of Spain called Aragon. More than half the population of 1.2M inhabitants live in the regions capital Zaragoza (English pronunciation: Saragossa) leaving the rest of the region quite sparsely populated creating large deserted areas....
Holidays in Aragon (Zaragoza, Teruel, Huesca)   by Steve Greenwood
The region of Aragon can be found in northeastern Spain and comprises the provinces of Zaragosa, Huesca and Teruel. The region lies approximately with the historic kingdom of Aragon and is bounded to the north by France; the south by Valencia; the east by Catalonia and on the west by the regions of Castilla la Mancha, Castilla Leon, Navarre and La Rioja....
Tarazona  by Jakob Jelling 
Tarazona has been called Mudejar City; it's unique in that the streets are laid out in tiers above the Queiles River quays. Because it was built at the foot of the Moncayo Mountain, there was little flat land to build upon anyway. The kings of Aragon lived here once. The Romans, as in most places in Spain, predated them. Today you can stroll the medieval streets fronted with tall facades in the barrios of the town....
Top Attractions in Zaragoza - Spain   by Seb Jay
Zaragoza is the regional capital of Aragon - the 'bread basket' of North East Spain. It resides of the River Ebro, which flows from the mountains to the north of the La Rioja wine region and out into the Mediterranean at the Costa del Azahar. The city is a beautiful place to visit no matter what the time of year. It also has some rather unusual attractions....
Zaragoza Tourist Information   by Gary Marshall
Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain and capital of the Aragon region. It is situated in the northeast of Spain, roughly halfway between Madrid and Barcelona. The city has been relatively untouched by tourism, although this is now likely to change with the recent opening of a new high-speed rail link from Madrid....
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Asturias
Asturias - Peaks and Parks   by Mark Buckingham
Asturias is one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain, and can be found in the far north of the country. Many of the autonomous communities of Spain are further sub-divided into provinces and Asturias is no exception albeit there is only one province in this region, which is also named Asturias....
Holidays in Asturias and Oviedo   by Steve Greenwood
Asturias is situated on the north coast of Spain, with the Cantabrian Sea to the north and the regions of Cantabria to the east, Castilla & Leon to the south and Galicia to the west....
Journeys through Asturias, greenest Spain    by John Michael
...  Located on the north coast of Spain, Asturias is known for being fresh, temperate and green. Very green. Spaniards call it "Paraiso Natural", a 'Natural Paradise'. Wandering around the countryside here, I half expect to see elves, trolls, and halflings- and I must say some folk around here do indeed resemble hobbits, or characters out of a children's story. Very quaint and picturesque. ...
Local recipes: Asturian Fabada   by Ana Cuesta
This traditional one-pot dish from Asturias (North coast of Spain) is dead easy to prepare, the only tricky parts being perhaps getting the right ingredients (if outside Asturias) and the need to plan for it ahead of time. A French friend told me it is similar to their "cassoulet" and Britons get at first surprised that the beans are savory instead of sweet, but mostly everybody seems to like it....

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Latest update: September 9, 2012