Andalucia Magazine - 2012

Welcome to the Andalucia Highlights 2012!

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 colourful Feria de Abril, Cádiz and the carnival where everyone can join in – all you need is a costume; or Granada with its world-famous Alhambra, you’ll find it all right here in the pages of Andalucia Magazine and those of its publisher, We can also take you to the Costa de la Luz, with its unspoiled beaches ideal for watersports. If you want a more lively, jetset experience, head to Málaga for the livelier Costa del Sol and chic Marbella. If you prefer inland areas with spectacular scenery, head for the Sierra de Aracena in Huelva (famous for its jamon iberico) or the Sierra de Cazorla, which straddles Granada and Jaen provinces, both of which offer great hiking and 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 mountains, where you’ll find Andalucia’s ski resort. The region is a popular destination for cyclists, who can enjoy the spectacular scenery, including many mountain roads, at their own pace. Fans of extreme sports will find caving, paragliding and kitesurfing.

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.


arrowSteeped in History

Antequera is a lively town, packed with prehistoric, Moorish and Roman remains.

Malaga City

arrowCultural capital

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


arrowGreen is my Valley

The town of Galaroza is situated one of Huelva's lushest areas.

Malaga Hotels

arrowSleeping in Malaga

Many of the city's hotels have rooftop terraces, featuring pools and bars, with stunning views.


arrowCrafty Hilltown in Huelva

The town of Galaroza, in the Sierra de Aracena, is famous for its handicrafts, jamon iberico and scenic hiking routes.

Feri Sevilla

arrowFería de Sevilla

The April Fair, known locally as La Feria, is an experience not to be missed.

Sierra Nevada Ski

arrowNew half-pipe for Sierra Nevada

Granada's main ski resort has a major new obstacle.

Almeria Hotels

arrowAlmeria Hotels

This port city is the new under-the-radar cool destination, with hotels to match.

No Carbs

arrowExclusive interview with TOWIE star Ellie Redman

No carbs before marbs. Star Ellie Redman tells us of her big plans for Marbella.


arrowPlaza de España

This majestic building, along with its canals, bridges and stunning tile decoration, is a must-see in Seville.

Plaza de España Seville

arrowPlaza de España

After a recent revamp, Seville's mighty monument is glorious again.


arrowCrafty Hilltown in Huelva

The town of Galaroza, in the Sierra de Aracena, is famous for its handicrafts, jamon iberico and scenic hiking routes.

arrowPatios de Mayo

Córdoba bursts into bloom with special festivities for the month of May.

The pilgrimage to El Rocio

arrow28 May 2012: The El Rocio Pilgrimage

The most famous pilgrimage in the region, attracting nearly a million people from all over the world.

Jerez Horse Fair

arrow7-13 May: The Jerez Horse Fair (Feria de Caballo)

An exciting and lively event that brings the entire city to the Gonzalo Hontoria Fairgrounds

Cordoba Spring Feria

arrowCordoba Spring Feria 19 – 26 May

Parades, casetas, fireworks, fun fairs and flamenco.

arrowGolf in Andalucia

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

Spanish Language Schools

arrowSpanish Language Schools

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

© Michelle Chaplow June is the month for Corpus Christi celebrations

arrow4-10 June Feria de Granada

Celebrating Corpus Cristi with the alumbrao & processions proceded by La Tarasca.

San Juan © Michelle Chaplow

arrow24 June Noche de San Juan

Bonfires, dancing and all-night parties, cleanse your body and soul by jumping through fire.

Family Holidays in Andalucia © iStoc

arrowFamily Tourism

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

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.

Marbella Beach Clubs

arrowMarbella Beach Clubs

Treat yourself to a little luxury in one of Marbella´s numerous stylish beach clubs.

Toros fascinating facts

arrowMálaga Feria

13th-20th August 2012. Enjoy the week-long street party with plenty of flamenco and 'fino'.


arrowSanlucar Horseraces

Horseracing on the golden sands of Sanlúcar Aug 27, 28, 29.

Málaga Airport

arrowMálaga Airport

Click your way through to easy access to everything there is to know about Málaga Airport.

Andalucia Mineral Water

arrowAndalucia Mineral Water

Most mineral water in Andalucia comes from the Alpujarras in Granada.


arrowOn the Trail of Columbus

Huelva and its environs is a Mecca for those interested in Christopher Columbus.

Beach clubs Marbella

arrowMarbella Beach Clubs

Treat yourself to a little luxury in one of Marbella´s beach clubs.

The Golden Triangle

arrowAndalucia's Golden Triangle

If you're looking for a holiday visiting three stunning, cities, come to Andalucia: majestic Seville, intimate Cordoba and spectacular Granada.

Ski Season

arrowSierra Nevada, Granada

The new ski season has kicked off at Sierra Nevada - time to hit the white stuff!

Christmas Cheer

arrowChristmas Cheer

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

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