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Andalusia is a great place with an abundance of places to enjoy and to discover. Cities such as Seville, Cordoba, and Granada are steeped in history, reflecting some of the most beautiful architectural influences of these times. Roman remains and the mudejar style of building can be seen all over and are still today used in some buildings along the coast. The typical andalusian tile painting style also derives from this time. Andalusia has an impressive countryside. High mountains, located in close proximity to the sea, create places such as the Sierra Nevada where you can ski during the day and lie in the sun in the afternoon.
Andalucia has an abundance of activities to offer. Golfing in the Costa del Sol, Kite surfing on the Costa de la Luz or hiking in the Costa Tropical. Visit the white villages of Mijas, Casares or Coin and go horse riding or hiking in the mountains. Dolphin watching, whale watching, a jeep adventure or an unforgettable trip on a catamaran are a few of the outings you can undertake. It is impossible not to fall in love with this country and despite recent construction changing some areas of this part of Spain, it is nevertheless a place you will want to revisit, because there is no way you can see all the sights on one trip.
Andalusia used to be the poorest part of Spain until the 60’s tourist boom. Since then it has seen extreme changes and after Franco’s abdication in 1975, Spain had to catch up with the rest of Europe and has been doing an impressive job. Unfortunately due to the tourist boom places such as Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Benalmadena have lost most of their authentic Spanish style town. High-rise buildings right by the beach and a web of cement blocks rule the skyline here. However, all three have managed to create their own charm. Torremolinos and Fuengirola offer nice beaches and a great nightlife, especially for gay people . Benalmadena has a very unusual port and offers much entertainment, especially for children. Further down the coast is the famous town of Marbella, this is where the rich and the famous live. It has a great nightlife especially around its port “Puerto Banus”. Expensive little shops blend in well in the area of the old town of Marbella, cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses and flowers hanging from the windows, paint the typical picture of Andalusia. The small town of Estepona has learnt from the mistakes of other towns and has become a magnet of international 5-star hotels. It is more laid back, but slowly developing into a luxurious town with a great choice of restaurants. Inland towns like Ronda or Jerez de la Frontera with its sherry bodegas and andalucian horse shows are more than worth a visit. Leaving the Costa del Sol on the way to Costa de la Luz, make a stop at the Rock of Gibraltar and visit the apes or do some duty free shopping. Driving to the Costa de la Luz you will pass Tarifa, make the detour and you will feel like entering a different world. Tarifa is considered surfers paradise and is a great place to chill out and watch the sunset. The interesting thing here, is that the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean , so you can swim in one and walk over to the other within a minute. White sandy never-ending beaches are the reason many locals come from as far as Malaga to spend a weekend here. In summer the sleepy town comes to life and bars playing chill-out music seem to pop up out of nowhere. Here you can kite surf, horse ride on the beach or go dolphin and whale watching. By the way, it also has a harbour where you can take a day trip over to Morocco. It is a more pleasant port to leave from than Algeciras. Excellent sunbathing beaches, where you do not get tangled up in the strings of the Kite surfers are Bolonia and Azahara de los Atunes. In Bolonia you can visit the roman ruins, which are amazing to see. Located right by the beach, these are the excavated ruins of a roman town including a roman bath, an amphitheatre and living quarters. On the way to Cadiz the towns of Chiclana and Chipiona are much sought after tourist resorts with more white sandy beaches. Finally passing Huelva which borders with Portugal, making this another destination within easy reach in Andalucia.
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