Welcome to the Andalucia Magazine Highlights 2010!
This ezine is dedicated to southern Spain, where the sun shines, outdoor life is the order of the day, and parties are celebrated everywhere, all the year round, from tiny villages to big cities, with everyone from babies to grandparents joining in the fun. Whatever your interests – bird-watching, adrenalin sports, gastronomy, nightlife, culture, history, a villa with sea views, or just lying on a beach – you’ll find what you’re after here in Andalucia. Explore the finest of the region in the pages of southern Spain's best online magazine.
Visit our current issue of Andalucia Magazine, with details of events happening around the region this month, from contemporary art exhibitions, to age-old local fiestas. We list all the most important ferias and local happenings from every part of Andalucia, whether in the smallest hamlets or major cities – Carnaval, Spring Fairs, music festivals. Back issues of Andalucia Magazine can be viewed here too. Every month we bring you an updated edition of this essential information source, focusing on aspects of Andalucian culture both traditional and modern, and famous personalities: writers, singers, actors, designers, restaurateurs, artists, bullfighters and many other celebrities born in Andalucia or otherwise connected to southern Spain – Picasso, Antonio Banderas, Jose Pizarro, to name a few. Andalucia Magazine is your number one ezine for all things Andalucian.
There are so many Andalucias: the quiet, off-the-beaten track one, where you can rent a villa in the middle of nowhere, do all your shopping from local growers and producers, and enjoy the solitude and spectacular mountain views with abundant wildlife on your doorstep – try the Sierra de Ronda, the Alpujarras, the Picos de Aroche, close to Doñana National Park, a birder’s paradise. Then there’s the cultural buzz of a cosmopolitan city, perfect for a weekend break: the latest avant-garde art exhibitions, quirky museums, one-off fashion designers, contemporary architecture, trendy tapas bars and glam rooftop terraces: Malaga, Granada, Seville.
Beach bunnies will love super-chic resorts with all-night open-air cocktail bars and nightclubs, where they can rub shoulders with other glamorous, sophisticated people. Or for the more low-key – a quiet cove with a small chiriginguito (beach restaurant) where children can splash about in rock pools or explore caves – the Costa de Almeria. If history’s your thing, then Andalucia has prehistoric caves, Moorish castles, fairytale palaces, Roman ruins, stories, legends and dynasties to keep you interested for years, including many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Those who want a fast-paced adventure can find steep mountains to climb, snowboard, bike or parascend down, big waves to surf on, and fast rivers to kayak.
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 our more about a passion, while enjoying the wonderful warm weather and hospitality of the Andalucians. The latest fashion is for bootcamps – a fast, fun way to lose weight and get fit; less energetic, but equally enjoyable (and scenic, too) is golf: there are over 100 courses, with many located on the Costa del Sol.
Foodies are well catered for in Andalucia, whose reputation as a gastronomic destination continues to grow – hardly surprising, with such superb produce on offer, cultivated and farmed for centuries – jamon iberico, fresh seafood and vegetables. Whether it’s tapas, a three-course meal, or a full-blown tasting menu, innovation and prime raw ingredients make for a memorable eating experience. Many towns and cities also hold regular markets selling local produce, so you can take a piece of Andalucia home with you. Whatever your tastes – and budget – southern Spain offers you a truly memorable holiday.
You’d be hard-pressed to do and see everything in one trip, which is why so many decide to move to southern Spain, either for part of the year – to escape the increasingly harsh British winters, for example - or permanently.
If you decide to stay, Andalucia Magazine will also provide you with all the information you need for living in Andalucia, whether you choose to retire here, or to set up a business and enjoy a whole new life in the sun.
Seasonal ideas, from baubles to candles, handicraft and charity markets.
Zambombas, grapes, and your own holy family - it's the festive season five.
See in the New Year in a five-star hotels or a country house.
Andalucia has six World Heritage Sites - 5 cultural and 1 natural.
Exclusive intereview with celebrity chef José Pizarro.
Sierra Nevada the most southerly ski resort in Europe.
Sit back & enjoy the scenery, let Andalucia's trains take the strain.
Prehistoric, Roman, Renaissance... this Malaga hilltown is a historical gem.
The moving story of the Lakonia tragedy, and how our forum has helped survivors.
Exclusive Interview with Tamara, Andalucian Singer
Ronda has a rich cultural tradition and home of modern bullfighting.
In Jerez the vendimia festival starts officially on 8th September.
The Malaga Feria is one of the biggest parties of the year in Spain.
Located inland, 20 km from Sanlúcar, Jerez is Sherry, Horses, and Flamenco.
There is something for everyone from small children to adults in the Theme parks of Andalucia
Andalucia has over 800 Km of coastline most of which is sandy beach.
Famous for being the European capital of kite-surfing
On July 16 fishing villages & towns up and down the Coast will celebrate the Virgen del Carmen.
Beer (cerveza) is enormously popular in Spain
Marbella's known as the playground of Europe's rich and famous
Chris Dove pays tribute to the painter
El Rocío pilgrimage is the most famous in the region.
This month we visit the historic city of Cordoba
May is a month of endless festivities in Cordoba
It's Feria time in Seville! This is one Andalucian celebration not to miss.
Mining, movies, music and Moors in this little-known port city
Meet the shy bullfighter who doesn't like gory movies
Is an event that literally transforms towns and cities across the region
This month we visit the enchanting city of Huelva
Sevilla FC - Real Betis Balompie: a century of football rivalry
Andalucia is the perfect place for renewable energy
This month we visit the enchanting city of Cádiz
The carnival is a “fiesta of the people”.
Sun, sand, fiestas and more ...
Go green in Seville with a tour by bicycle.
This month we visit the enchanting city of Málaga