Andalusia is in many ways exceptional. The region forms the bridge between Europe and Africa: with the Strait of Gibraltar connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Andalusia is characterized not only by more than 800 kilometers of coast, but also by the hinterland with its historical towns and white villages. Andalusia is, after Castile and Leon, the second largest region in Spain with 87,268 square kilometers – an area larger than Austria. Not only that, it offers more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and cheerful and welcoming inhabitants, as Andalusians are rightly known worldwide.
Andalusia has long been the cornerstone of the European continent. The historic development of the region has provided an enormous charm and an almost magical appeal in both the East and the West. Firstly, the Phoenicians founded several trading establishments in Andalusia from which Cádiz, the oldest city in Europe, emerged. After the Phoenicians, the Greeks and the Carthaginians arrived to set up the foundation of a powerful trading route. Following the decline of the Roman Empire, the Visigoths came to power, which lasted until 711, when the Arab troops conquered Al-Andalus (the old Arabic name of the Iberian Peninsula). It took over 700 years until Andalusia was completely conquered in 1492 by Christian troops.
Why visit Andalusia?
Andalusia offers nowadays a wide variety of attractions and an outstanding cultural heritage that can be visited and admired in many villages and towns. The Alhambra in Granada, the Mosque Cathedral of Cordoba, the Cathedral in Seville and the Alcazaba of Malaga are just a few examples of the historical diversity of the region.
Another advantage of Andalusia in addition to the cultural wealth and the beaches, – that are famous all over the world – is the original natural landscape. The varied landscape ranges from the highest peaks of the Iberian Peninsula, to the large wetlands, lush forests, and to the impressionable desert landscapes. These ecosystems offer a wide diversity of animal and plant species. About 18% of the area in Andalusia are protected areas and are spread over more than 30 nature parks and reserves.
Another good reason to make a trip to Andalusia is due to the excellent transport infrastructure that is connected to several international airports. This allows for easy transfers between the major European cities. Here you will find an unprecedented hotel offer in order to meet the highest demands and a variety of low cost hotels with an excellent service.