Andalusia is in many ways exceptional: The region forms the bridge between Europe and Africa, and the Strait of Gibraltar connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. The region 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 – and offers not only more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, but also, very cheerful and welcoming inhabitants, as Andalusian are rightly known worldwide. Andalusia has long been the linchpin of the European continent. The historic development of the region has provided an enormous charisma and an almost magical appeal both in the East and in the West. Firstly, the Phoenicians founded several business establishments from which even Cádiz, the oldest city in Europe, emerged. The Greeks and the Carthaginians arrived in Andalusia after the Phoenicians, before the arrival of the Romans. After the decline of the Roman Empire, the Visigoths came to power, which lasted until 711, when the Arab troops conquered Al-Andalus. 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 large wetlands, lush forests and desert landscapes and offers 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.
A good reason to make a trip to Andalusia is, not least, the excellent infrastructure of the region that is connected by several international airports to the main 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.