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Do you want to find out some little-known interesting facts about Andalucia’s most famous towns, cities and pastimes? Which films were shot in Seville, why the Mezquita was built with its pillared arches, which Beatle loved Almeria, who brought golf to Andalucia?

Our Fascinating Facts series are five snippet-sized unusual pieces of information about well-known places you’re likely to visit while you’re in Andalucia.

Ronda

Did you know that a English landscape artist whose paintings are in Tate Britain lived in the hilltown? More >

Marbella

A German prince set this glamorous resort with famously clement climate on the road to fame and fortune. More >

Sevilla City

From the Romans to the Moors, the Spanish Inquisition, and two Expos: Andalucia’s capital city has seen it all. More >

Cadiz City

The historic port city has doubled up as Havana in a James Bond movie.
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Cadiz Carnaval

Being banned under Franco wasn’t enough to stop one of Andalucia’s craziest parties.
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Granada

A new mosque has revived the city’s links with its Muslim past, where baths bloomed and the Alhambra’s designs carried messages. More >

Malaga City

As well as the castles and Picasso, did you know there’s an English cemetery where writer Gerald Brenan is buried? More >

Cordoba

The secret behind the Mezquita’s arches, some unusual museums and famous scholars.
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Huelva

Columbus set sail from near here, and his ships were built and crewed by Onubenses. More >

Jerez

As well as sherry, the city is famous for its horses and flamenco. More >

Jaen

Andalucia’s least-known provincial capital, renowned for its olive oil, still has its Moorish baths. More >

Nerja

This unspoiled beach town with vast prehistoric caverns is close to the Axarquia’s pretty hilltop villages. More >

Almeria

One of the Beatles’ most personal songs was written here.
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Antequera

Natural and historical wonders in and around this medieval hill town, from dolmens to flamingoes. More >

Tarifa

One of Andalucia’s hippest towns, the windsurfing mecca is a short hop from Morocco.
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Golf

Over 100 golf courses, from desert to mountain to seaside; and (like football) it all started with the Brits in Huelva. More >

Bullfighting

Love it or hate it, the sport’s home is Andalucia, and matadors enjoy celebrity status. More >