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Welcome to the Andalucia Highlights 2016 and 2017!

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This ezine is dedicated to southern Spain, where visitors and locals enjoy lots of sunshine each year, life is lived outdoors, and fiestas are celebrated merrily with local food and wine, all the year round, in every village, town and city, to celebrate everything from food harvests to religious pilgrimages. Andalucia is one of the most varied regions in Spain, with every type of scenery from wetlands to deserts, mountains to beaches. You can ski and swim in the sea, on the same day – on the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and the beaches of the Costa Tropical in Granada province.

Visit our current issue of Andalucia Magazine, with details of events happening around the region at this time. We list all the most important ferias and traditional events from every part of Andalucia, whether in the smallest hamlets or major cities – Carnaval, Spring Fairs, romerias (pilgrimages), music festivals.

Welcome to the Andalucia.com magazine about Southern Spain!

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Malaga Feria

Malaga Feria is taking place so don't forget to take a fan!

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Top 10 Beaches

Our pick of Andaulcia's ten best beaches, it was difficult to choose!

Get ahead of the game and visit Osuna, confirmed as filming location for Game of Thrones! arrow

Osuna

Get ahead of the game and visit Osuna, confirmed as filming location for Game of Thrones!

The festival of the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on the 16th July in fishing villages along the coast. arrow

Virgin del Carmen

The festival of the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on the 16th July in fishing villages along the coast.

Mozart Dee, the young popular singer songwriter is returning to Andalucia to perform two special concerts. arrow

Mozart Dee

Mozart Dee, the young popular singer songwriter is returning to Andalucia to perform two special concerts.

The summer solstice is celebrated along the Costa del Sol with beach bonfires and fireworks. arrow

San Juan

The summer solstice is celebrated along the Costa del Sol with beach bonfires and fireworks.

This is a traditional way of cooking freshly-caught sea fish, most often sardines. Try it on a beach on the Costa del Sol! arrow

Espeto

This is a traditional way of cooking freshly-caught sea fish, most often sardines. Try it on a beach on the Costa del Sol!

El Rocío pilgrimage is the most famous in the region, attracting nearly a million people from across Andalucia and the entire country, and beyond. Up to 5th June arrow

EL ROCIO PILGRIMAGE

El Rocío pilgrimage is the most famous in the region, attracting nearly a million people from across Andalucia and the entire country, and beyond. Up to 5th June

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Whale & Dolphin Watching

A wonderful opportunity to get close to whales, dolphins and other sea mammals, in their natural habitat in the Straits of Gibraltar.

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Seville Feria

The Sevilla Feria takes place from 12 to 17th April 2016, be sure not to miss this exciting fair.

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Cordoba Patios Festival

2nd - 15th May 2016 Córdoba will burst into bloom when the town decorates itself in flowers!

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21st Anniversary

Andalucia.com is delighted to celebrate its 21st birthday.

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Semana Santa

Holy Week, Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that literally transforms towns and cities across this region.

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Parador Hotels

Imagine spending the night in a Spanish castle, or how would you like to stay in an ancient monastery or a convent?

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Mr Hendersons Railway

In the 1890's, a railway was built between Algeciras and Ronda.

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Christmas Cheer

Your guide to a very Merry Christmas in Andalucia, Spain.

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Casa de Pilatos

La Casa de Pilatos (Pilate's House) is the finest example of a civil (as opposed to royal) palace in Seville.

The Sierra Nevada ski resort boasts stunning ski chalets, hotels and apartments. Season opens 29th of November. arrow

The Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada ski resort boasts stunning ski chalets, hotels and apartments. Ski season 2016/17 is now in full swing!

Dramatic hilltop castles overlooking pretty whitewashed villages tucked away in woodlands of cork oaks, sweet chestnuts and fruit orchards. arrow

Sierra de Aracena

Dramatic hilltop castles overlooking pretty whitewashed villages tucked away in woodlands of cork oaks, sweet chestnuts and fruit orchards.

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Top 10 must see attractions

Don't miss our list of Andalucia's top 10 must-see attractions!

Andalucia is one of Europe’s foremost golfing destinations, with over 100 courses arrow

Golf in Andalucia

Andalucia is one of Europe’s foremost golfing destinations, with over 100 courses

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Cascamorras in Guadix

Dare you take part on Friday? Its going to be messy!

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Cascamorras in Baza

Dare you take part on Tuesday? Its going to be messy!

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Vendimia Festival

Grape harvest festivals take place in early September in Andalucia.

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Music & Dance Festivals

Music and dance festivals taking place in Andalucia every year.

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Malaga Feria

Malaga Feria is taking place so don't forget to take a fan!

This is a traditional way of cooking freshly-caught sea fish, most often sardines. Try it on a beach on the Costa del Sol! arrow

Espeto

This is a traditional way of cooking freshly-caught sea fish, most often sardines. Try it on a beach on the Costa del Sol!

Antequera Dolmens are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as "outstanding examples of megalithic architecture" arrow

Dolmens de Antequera

Antequera Dolmens are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as "outstanding examples of megalithic architecture"

The Starlite Festival is a month-long music and cultural event held in July/August at the Cantera de Nagüeles, in Marbella. arrow

Starlite Festival

The Starlite Festival is a month-long music and cultural event held in July/August at the Cantera de Nagüeles, in Marbella.

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Gazpacho season

Gazpacho is one Andalucia's trademark dishes and a sign that summer is truly here.

The gourmet market in Fuengirola, opened recently and became a favourite place for locals and visitors to meet straight away. arrow

La Galeria Gastro-mercardo

Fuengirolas gourmet market opened recently and became a favourite place to meet straight away.

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Blue Flag Beaches & Marinas

See what beaches and marinas have been awarded a Blue Flag!

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The Gazpacho Season

Gazpacho is one Andalucia's trademark dishes and a sign that summer is truly here.

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Espeto

This is a traditional way of cooking freshly-caught sea fish, most often sardines. Try it on a beach on the Costa del Sol!

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arrow Family things to do

You’ll be amazed at the variety of places you can have a great day out.

Malaga Airport is a world class facility offering a full range of passenger services. arrow

Malaga Airport

Malaga Airport is a world class facility offering a full range of passenger services.

Corpus Christi is the Catholic holiday in honour of the presence of the body of Christ in the holy water. arrow

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is the Catholic holiday in honour of the presence of the body of Christ in the holy water.

16th May - The El Rocío pilgrimage is the most famous in the region, attracting nearly a million people from across Andalucia and the entire country, and beyond. arrow

EL ROCIO PILGRIMAGE

16th May - The El Rocío pilgrimage is the most famous in the region, attracting nearly a million people from across Andalucia and the entire country, and beyond.

Five small dolmens from 3,000 BC can be 

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Necropolis of Corominas

Five small dolmens from 3,000 BC can be seen in this futuristic museum in Estepona.

Andalucia.com, the most-visited and longest-established website about Southern Spain, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on 17 April 2016. arrow

Celebrating 20 years

Andalucia.com, the most-visited and longest-established website about Southern Spain, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on 17 April 2016.

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Cordoba Patios Festival

2nd - 15th May 2016 Córdoba will burst into bloom when the town decorates itself in flowers!

Every spring, the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria, blooms into bursts of colour. arrow

Puerto Santa Maria Patios Festival

Every spring, the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria, blooms into bursts of colour.

Malaga City

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New-look Malaga is bursting with museums and boasts some of Andalucia's best tapas bars.

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Car Hire in Andalucia

The major international Car rental companies have offices in most Andalucian cities and at the major airports such as Malaga Airport.

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Seville Feria

The Sevilla Feria takes place from 12 to 17th April 2016, be sure not to miss this exciting fair.

Semana Santa is an amazing experience, and a great time to visit to Andalucia. arrow

Semana Santa

Semana Santa is an amazing experience, and a great time to visit to Andalucia.

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Paco de Lucía

Marking the second anniversary of the passing of a legend; adiós para siempre.

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Linares de la Sierra

Pretty village with cobbled streets, circular main plaza (ex bullring) and remarkable restaurant

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Vuelta a Andalucía

Cycle race Wednesday to Sunday from Almonaster la Real to Estepona

An independent self-catering holiday in your own comfortable rented accommodation, with good facilities and maybe a swimming pool, these inland rentals offer just that. arrow

Self Catering Inland Rentals

An independent self-catering holiday in your own comfortable rented accommodation, with good facilities and maybe a swimming pool, these inland rentals offer just that.

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Bird watching in Andalucia

Andalucía is a birdwatcher's paradise and attracts ornithologists throughout the year

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Top 10 must see atractions

Don't miss our list of Andalucia's top 10 must-see attractions!

Amazingly wide variety - mountain ranges, desert, tidal marshes, ancient oak forests, beaches and cliffs. arrow

Landscapes

Amazingly wide variety - mountain ranges, desert, tidal marshes, ancient oak forests, beaches and cliffs.

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Spanish Language Schools

Get a good foundation in grammar and pronunciation, and have fun in the process.

This riotous, raucous, annual ten-day celebration of music and humour is what Cadiz looks forward to all year arrow

Cadiz Carnival

This riotous, raucous, annual ten-day celebration of music and humour is what Cadiz looks forward to all year

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Hans Cristian Anderson

Writer who enjoyed his stay in Malaga in October 1862

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Oranges and Lemons

Oranges and Lemons and other Citrus Charms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Whatever your interests and tastes – sport, nature, hiking, gastro-tourism, nightlife, cultural tourism, history; a private luxury villa, a boutique hotel, a chic city apartment, or a simple seaside bungalow, a campsite or a yurt – you’ll find what you’re after here in Andalucia. For an extra-special stay – anniversary, birthday, or even wedding, see our Special Hotel Collection, where you’re guaranteed a hotel with charm in superb locations offering outstanding service. Explore the pick of the region in the pages of southern Spain's best online magazine.

There are so many Andalucias: the secluded, out-of-the-way one, where you can rent a house in the middle of nowhere, buy all your food from local growers and producers, and enjoy the solitude and spectacular mountain views with abundant wildlife on your doorstep – try Cazorla National Park, the Alpujarras, or the Picos de Aroche, not far from to Doñana National Park, which is a birder’s paradise. Then there’s the cultural buzz of the region’s cosmopolitan cities, perfect for a weekend break: the latest avant-garde art exhibitions, quirky museums, quirky owner-designer boutiques, contemporary architecture, imaginative tapas bars and glam rooftop terraces: Malaga, Granada, Seville, Cordoba; or the more traditional but no less charming Almeria, Jerez and Cadiz.

And of course, the hundreds of kilometres of pristine beaches: for super-chic resorts with all-night open-air dance clubs and Michelin-starred restaurants, packed with the glamorous, sophisticated, and famous head to the Costa del Sol. Or a more low-key, family option – a quiet cove with a small chiringuito (beach restaurant), where children can splash about safely in the shallows and build sandcastles, cute seaside towns with quirky cafes and hip juice bars – the Costa de Almeria, Costa de la Luz. And there are plenty of nudist beaches too.

If history’s your thing, then Andalucia has prehistoric caves, Moorish castles, fairytale palaces, medieval churches, Roman cities, including a good batch of UNESCO World Heritage sites: Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Ubeda, Baeza. Explore the legacy of important British figures such as writer Gerald Brenan, whose house near Malaga is now a museum and cultural centre.

Nowadays southern Spain offers a huge range of holiday courses where you can learn about everything from photography and painting, to yoga and spiritual healing, to flamenco dancing, to sherry and cooking. A double-bonus – you get to find out more about a passion, while enjoying the wonderful warm weather and hospitality of the Andalucians. Less strenuous, but equally enjoyable (and scenic, too) is golf: there are over 100 courses, with many located on the Costa del Sol.

Talking of sport, many top sporting events take place in Andalucia, such as popular cycling event La Vuelta (the Tour of Spain), in August and September (Andalucian stretch in the first seven stages); and the Moto Grand Prix, which takes place in Jerez every May.

Foodies are well catered for in Andalucia, whose reputation as a gastronomic destination continues to sky-rocket – hardly surprising, with such superb produce on offer, traditionally cultivated and farmed for centuries – jamon iberico, wine, olive oil, fresh seafood and vegetables. Whether it’s tapas, a three-course meal, or a full-blown 18-course tasting menu. A growing number of gastrobars offer fascinating culinary fusions. Craft beer is a new trend. An increasingly popular activity which many visitors to Andalucia are choosing as part of their holiday, is gastrotourism. Many bodegas in the Sherry Triangle have been offering guided tours with tastings for years. Visit a pig farm, and learn how to carve jamon iberico (Huelva); see the olives being picked and oil being produced (Sevilla, Cordoba, Jaen), or watch goats being milked and make cheese (Cadiz, Huelva).

Andalucia Magazine provides you with all the information you need for visiting, and living in, this beautiful and varied region, whether you choose to have a holiday here, retire, or to set up a business and enjoy a whole new life in the sun.

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