Magazine - 2011

Welcome to the Andalucia Magazine Highlights 2011!

This ezine is dedicated to southern Spain, a region famous for its reliably sunny weather, fabulous beaches and beautiful countryside, with endless vistas of orange and olive trees, and spectacular mountain ranges topped with gleaming white pueblos. This is a land of ancient history, culture and tradition, from the Romans and Tartessians to the Moors. Explore the best of Andalucia 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 tiny villages or major cities. 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 different aspects of Andalucian culture, travel and even famous writers, actors, artists, bullfighters and many other celebrities born in Andalucia or otherwise connected to southern Spain. Andalucia Magazine is your number one ezine for all things Andalucian.

Whether you’re searching for information on Seville with its unforgettable Semana Santa processions, Cádiz and the carnival where everyone can join in – all you need is a costume; or Cordoba with its world-famous Mezquita, you’ll find it all right here in the pages of Andalucia Magazine and those of its publisher, We can also take you to Almería, where the vast expanses of Cabo de Gata’s beaches welcome visitors to its protected Natural Park. For more unspoilt coastline, also try Cadiz for deserted beaches that stretch to the Atlantic Ocean, or Málaga for the livelier Costa del Sol. If you prefer inland areas with spectacular scenery, head for Jaen or Granada, both of which offer great mountain climbing with superb nature-watching. Spend a night in one of Andalucia’s historic Parador hotels, superbly-located and forming a key part of the region’s rich past: the hilltop Santa Catalina castle in Jaen, or the Alhambra Parador in Granada, part of the magnificent, world-famous Nasrid palace-fortress complex, are two of the best. The backdrop to this fairytale palace is the Sierra Nevada, where you’ll find Andalucia’s ski resort. Watersports enthusiasts will want to visit Tarifa, Europe’s kitesurfing capital. More sedate sporting activities available all over Andalucia, with world-class facilities, include golf, tennis and horseriding, among others.

There is so much to experience in this part of the world, from tasting tapas or watching a flamenco show in one of the big cities, to visiting a wine bodega, and of course relaxing one of the hundreds of beaches. 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 miserable 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.

Olive Oil

arrowLiquid Gold

Andalucia produces 20% of the world's olive oil: try it on a salad or toast.


arrowThe White Stuff

The new season has started at the Sierra Nevada ski area.

Merry Christmas

arrowChristmas spirit

Live nativity scenes, festive gypsy songs, and lots and lots of jamon.


arrow Saddle up!

Andalucia is world-famous for its horses, so what better way to enjoy the countryside?


arrowCity of Kings

Granada is full of history and culture, starting with the Alhambra.


arrowPork life

Jamon is the most popular food in Andalucia - find out why.

Museums of Malaga

arrowMuseums of Malaga

Malaga is bursting with museums, so if you like motoring, wine, glass, architecture, or art, you're sorted.

Rural Tourism / Jaen

arrowRural Tourism / Jaen

Whether you enjoy cycling, hiking, wild swimming, or nature-watching, Andalucia is full of wild scenery to explore.



Andalucia has more than 100 golf courses, with spectacular sea and mountain views, as well as first-class accommodation.

Wine Tourism

arrowWine Tourism

One of the growing areas of tourism over recent years in Andalucia has been enotourism.

Ronda Feria Goyesca

arrowRonda Feria Goyesca

The Feria Goyesca captures the imagination, with its traditional period dress and bullfights.

Wild Swimming

arrowWild Swimming

One of the latest trends in adventure sports is wild swimming.

Malaga Feria

arrowMalaga Feria

An exuberant week-long street party with fino and flamenco.

Family Holidays in Andalucia © iStock

arrowFamily Tourism & Kids

Keep this kids happy with whale-watching, water parks, Wild West towns and zoos.

Biznagas Malagueñas

arrowBiznagas Malagueñas

The biznaga is a tradition unique to Malaga city; these floral adornments are commonly referred to as biznagas malagueñas.

Costa de la Luz Cadiz © Michelle Chaplow

arrowCosta de la Luz Cadiz

The southern part of the "Coast of Light" has stunning beaches, watersports, and hidden coves.

Virgen  del Carmen © Michelle Chaplow

arrowVirgen del Carmen

On the evening of 16 July, the patron saint of fishermen is celebrated along Andalucia's coast.

Aqua Parks © iStock

arrowWater Parks

Perfect for kids on a hot summer's day - enjoy rides galore at Andalucia's parques aquaticos.

Monthly festivals Guide


Ten kilometres of white sandy beaches, unspoilt countryside and some of the best windsurfing conditions in Europe.

Cordoba's top ten sites

arrowThe Romeria del Rocio

The El Rocio pilgrimage is the most famous in the region, attracting nearly a million people from across Andalucia and the entire country, and beyond.

Getting Married in Andalucia

arrowGetting Married in Andalucia

Reliably good weather, stunning locations and delicious food make southern Spain an ideal setting for your wedding.

Monthly festivals Guide

arrowMonthly festivals Guide

Any excuse for a party in Andalucia, all-year round. That's why we love it!

Cordoba's top ten sites

arrowCordoba's top ten sites

Our list of the best places to see in spring, from palaces to gardens.

Toros fascinating facts

arrowToros fascinating facts

With famous fans from Hemingway to the Duquesa de Alba, Andalucia is renowned for its bullfighting culture.

Interview with Vicky Martín Berrocal

arrowThe Ideal Andaluza

Interview with Vicky Martín Berrocal - fashion designer, TV presenter and Andalucian icon.

arrowThe city of Sevilla

April is a perfect month to visit Seville, with its full-on Semana Santa celebrations, mild spring weather and cerulean skies.

Semana Santa (Easter Week) © Michelle Chaplow

arrowSemana Santa

Holy Week is a time of solemnity and celebration, as only the Andalucians know how.

Jerez MotoGP

arrowJerez MotoGP

This ever-popular Spanish Motorcycle Grand Prix at Jerez will take place the 3rd of April.

Car hire itineraries © iStock

arrowCar hire itineraries

From windy mountain roads to seaside salt flats, follow our routes from airports all around.

Nerja Fascinating Facts

arrowNerja Fascinating Facts

Famous for its caves, setting for a major annual music and dance festival, Nerja is an unspoiled seaside town.

Cadiz Carnival Guide © iStockphoto

arrowCadiz Carnival Guide

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

Carnival Fascinating Facts

arrowCarnival Fascinating Facts

The Carnival is the biggest event in Cadiz's calendar.

Sierra de las Nieves © Michelle Chaplow

arrowSierra de las Nieves

Discover the snow peaked park of the Sierra de las Nieves.


New year new life © iStock

arrowNew year new life

It's the new year, time for new starts and new resolutions.

Golf © iStock

arrowGolf in Andalucia

How the British brought the sport to Spain, and other interesting snippets for swingers.

Go green in Seville with a tour by bicycle © Michelle Chaplow

arrowRenting a bike in Seville

Go green in Seville with a tour by bicycle.

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