Andalusia, the Heart of Spain

Sun, passion, flamenco sounds and striking colors – that is the spirit of Andalusia; region in Spain where East and West meet in exotic blend of traditional Hispanic, Jewish and gypsy culture, so live, so loud and so colorful.

This is the southernmost region of Spain, where Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, a place where history has left profound traces. Andalusia is the cradle of bullfighting, flamenco, guitar … It is inevitable to dance to the rhythm of the guitars that fills the air with the aroma of good music and fun. Along with the sound of the guitars you can hear and feel the sounds of the traditional castanets and admire the beautiful girls who are dancing all night long.

Besides the beauty and diverse culture, Andalusia is well known for the Spanish seducer Don Juan, the legendary artists Diego Velázquez and Picasso, whose most important works were exhibited in his hometown of Málaga.

If you decide to visit this amazing region then you must be part of the famous parties in Andalusia, fun, loud, colorful and full of life. The locals are known for being fun, friendly and enjoying every day of their life thru music, dance and traditions, often pagan.

Besides the sandy beaches and mountain resorts where everyone will definitely find peace, this place has modern, but yet traditional cities such as Cordoba and Malaga, filled with fancy boutiques and bars, restaurants and stormy night life.

 Seville, Center of Andalusia

This is the epicenter of the turbulent and rich history in the lovely Andalusia; from Phoenician and Carthaginian armies, Caesar and Ptolemy; Seville from 711 to 1248 was under the rule of the Moors, who made ​​their mark raising Giralda Cathedral, on the site of the former mosque; nearby is Alcazar – old Moorish palace.

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Seville has such rich and diverse architectural heritage. The parks of Maria Luisa, Santa Cruz quarter, the tomb of Christopher Columbus, the royal chapel, the altar, there are so many place and old buildings and monuments that you must see in the capital of Andalusia. But, you must feel this city and all it can offer, and that is one unforgettable experience.

Granada, Charm of Andalusia

This small, but charming city will amaze you with its rich history. The city was maintained by the Moors until the 15th century. The trademark of Granada is the Alhambra fortress built in the ninth century, a place just like form the fairytales, big palace with lovely gardens. The Alhambra, which is a one of the main tourist attraction in Spain, is protected by UNESCO. This old fortress was inspiration for many songs and stories. Along with the historical sites, Granada is an exciting place with innovative flamenco bars and clubs.

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Málaga, Pearl of Andalusia

Placed on the shores of the Mediterranean this lively and vibrant city has a lot to offer; broad avenues, alleys with palm trees, parks with tropical plants and long and sandy beaches. Málaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and here is the museum dedicated to the famous artist. This is place where you can relax and admire the art.

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Cordoba, Monument of Andalusia

It is a city on the river Guadalquivir, and although it is a sophisticated metropolis, it has preserved its architectural treasures such as the largest mosque in western medieval Islam popularly called the Museum on 1000 pillars. This city that you must visit on your trip to Andalusia is also famous as the home of the legendary bullfighter El Cordobés and the painter Julio Romero.

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