Andalusia, bursting with culture2018-05-20
Holiday, who does not look forward to it. How about a holiday in Andalusia? In the south of Spain you will find this state, one of the 17 autonomous regions of Spain. Looking at the number of inhabitants, this is the largest region, with a population of about 8 million. South of Andalusia you will find the Mediterranean Sea with the island of Gibraltar below. Andalusia itself is divided into 8 provinces, with Seville as its capital.
Andalusia is bursting with culture
Andalusia is the place where many cultural traditions of Spain originate. Think, for example, of flamenco music, a unique music and dance style with influences from all kinds of cultures. Or how about the bullfights. Perhaps not entirely of this time, but in Andalusia you will find beautiful and famous arenas where these fights are held, such as in the cities of Sevilla, Ronda and Córdoba. The tasty food can not be forgotten. Andalusia is ‘the land of sherry’, an alcoholized wine.
The region has a long history so that there are many historic buildings and impressing monuments to visit. Andalusia is also very versatile in the field of nature. You’ll find plenty of beaches on the Costa del Sol, but you can also take your breath away in the olive groves of Jaen or head for the Sierra Nevada (snowy mountain range) in the east. This mountain range, except for the Alps, is the highest mountain range in Western Europe.
The traditional cuisine of Andalusia
Andalucía’s cuisine excels in traditional Spanish dishes. The aforementioned sherry can be wonderfully combined with tapas, different types of small dishes on a plate. In the Netherlands you will find more and more tapas bars, but once you’ve been to a real tapas bar in Andalusia, you do not want anything else. Andalusians know how to work with spices to make a party out of every meal. Other delicacies from the region are gazpacho (a cold tomato soup) and jamon iberico (a dish with ham).
Tourism in Andalusia
Andalusia is a large region and there are an infinite number of places and places that you can visit. One way to visit all the history is to discover the places that UNESCO has declared a world heritage. For example, the Alhambra in Granada, a medieval palace and fortress that is located on a hilly plateau with a beautiful view.
Of course you can also opt for a visit to the capital Seville. Previously, the port of Seville played an important role in trade between Spain and America, even now it is one of the busiest river ports in Spain. Seville also has the largest historical center in Europe, with impressive sights such as Seville Cathedral and the Alcazar Palace. In short, Andalusia is a region where you will not get bored easily.