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Tourism of Andalucía
The Vía Augusta, was a key
path in the Roman empire's communications.
Flamenco is the highest expression
of Andalusian Folklore. during the summer you can
attend important festivals of singing and dance.
Ceramic from the Triana nighbourhood
Andalucía is the region of Spain that
attracts most tourism. Its good weather and
unique history make it a perfect destination
for short or long visits alike. Andalucía
is composed of eight provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Sevilla. Being
the region's capital, Sevilla is today the
city in Andalucía with more social
activity and political importance.
Andalucía is huge in nature and landscapes.
Some open-air recommendations are the 'Doñana
National' park and the 'Sierra de Aracena'
in Huelva, the 'Sierra Norte' in Sevilla,
the 'Puerto de Despeñaperros' in Jaén,
the 'Cabo de Gata' natural park in Almería;
there is also picturesque nature around Baeza,
Úbeda and Cazorla in Jaén.
General information: Almería
has a desertic look and dry climate climate.
Its economy comes mainly from the inmense
fields of greenhouses one can see spreading
all around the province an that have had
a strong environmental impact. Almería
is a large exporter of vegetables to the
EU. Besides the roughness of its interior
landscape, the coast ranks amongst the most
beautiful in Andalucía, with interesting
volcanic and geological forms in some cases.
Highlights: Cabo de Gata. Eastern villages.
Towns worth visiting are San José
or Mojacar, on the coast.
Monuments: cathedral at Alemería
city, the Alcazaba, San Pedro's church ,
Santiago church, Roman bridge of 'La Garrofa',
'San Juan' church, 'Santo Domingo' monastery,
Food: soup of Almería,
'migas', 'pimentón' (ground red pepper),
'guruños', marinated pork meat, local
fish like 'pargo' (delicious when grilled
or with rice). Arab pastries: alfajores,
soplillos, roscos of anís.
General information: 885.433 inhabitants,
surface 7.385 Km2.
Located between Huelva and Málaga,
Cádiz is the most southern province
of the Iberian peninsula. Its coastline
has the privilege to be washed both by the
Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Highlights: Carnival (one of the
largest in Spain) full of colour and party
atmosphere. Picturesque towns: Arcos de
la Frontera, Ubrique, Tarifa, San Lúcar
de Barrameda and Jeréz de la Frontera.
Monuments: in Cádiz city,
the cathedral, Fine Arts Museum, City Hall
and Viña neighourhood.
Food: Interesting varieties of fish
and sea food, some local like the 'acedía'
or the 'urta' and the more usual 'dorada',
'pargos', 'róbalos', 'salmonetes',
'lenguados' and seafood like the popular
'langostinos from San Lúcar' (shrimps).
Deep-frying is a typical speciality so we
suggest you taste the deep-fried 'pijota'
or 'boquerones'. There are also some stews
like the 'chocos' or 'habas', 'hurta a la
roteña', 'caballa asada con piriñaca'
(type of roasted fish with vegetable mixture
in sauce). There are local cheeses like
the goat cheese of Grazalema and among other
desserts you can find the 'tocinos de cielo',
alfajores de Medina or Cadiz's turrón,
all from Arab origin. In wines you will
find a big selection of sherry wines in
its different types (manzanilla, fino, amontillado,
oloroso) or sweet wines like the moscatel
or the superb 'Pedro Ximénez'. The
town of San Lúcar de Barrameda produces
the famous Barbadillo, an ideal white wine
to combine with deep-fried fish.
Highlights: The economy of the region
is based on the olive farming, cereals,
viticulture and tourism.
Monuments: Mezquita-cathedral, Alcazar
of the Catholic Kings, the sinagoge and
the 'Julio Romero de Torres' museum, all
in Córdoba city.
Food: 'migas serranas', 'cochifrito
de cabrito' and 'caldereta de cordero',
'revueltos de espárragos' (sort of
asparagus in scrambled eggs) and 'guisos
de setas' (mushroom stews), 'estofado de
rabo de toro' (bull's tail casserole), 'habichuelas
con perdiz', goat cheeses and ham, 'gazpacho',
'salmorejos' and 'carneretes'. For breakfast
toasts with olive oil, which they also use
in bakery like 'flores' and 'pestiños',
almond breads and 'Alfajores' from Montilla.
General information: 742.000 inhabitants,
surface de 12.531 Km2
Highlights: awsome sunsets in front
od the Alhambra seen from the neirgbourhood
Monuments: Alhambra and the Generalife,
'La Cartuja' monastery , Albaicín
and Sacromonte areas as well as the 'Cuesta
Food: there's an old and strong tradition
of 'tortilla al Sacromonte' (a type of omelette)
and 'habas fritas con jamón' (fried
white beans with ham). Also traditional
is the 'remonjón de naranja y bacalao'
or the 'gachas pimentonas'. In bakery 'piononos
de Santa Fe' are a must, the 'Torta Real
from Motril' or the 'Tarta de Almendra'
(almond cake). Don't forget to try the 'Roscos
de Loja' and the 'Pestiños de Vélez'.
General information: 400.000 inhabitants,
surface es de 10.085 Km2
Highlights: Very close to the the Algarve
area in Portugal. Spain's most vaued natural
Nacional de Doñana' sits in this
region. Great beaches at Punta Umbría
Food: Jamón de Jabugo (Jabugo
ham) is the best ham one can buy in Spain
or so they say. Seafood of all kinds is
abundant like 'gambas' (shrimps), 'langosta'
(lobsters), 'cigalas', 'chopitos' and 'coquinas'.
Local fish is the basis for many traditional
dishes like: 'tollos con tomates', 'sardina
en pimentilla', 'atún en tomate'
(tuna with tomato), 'raya en pimentón',
'pargo encebollado', 'chocos' (type of squid)
with beans, 'aguja palá' (swordfish
in vinager) or the 'rubio con patatas'.
Inland products are many and varied as the
'gurumelo' (a mushroom), fresón (a
big kind of strawberry), melons and watermelons,
peaches and quinces. Fine sherry wines and
aromatic wines are produced in the areas
of Condado, Bollullos and La Palma or 'moscatel'
General information: 661.146 inhabitants,
surface 13.498 Km2.
Highlights: Jaén is one of
the poorest regions in Spain, with an
economy based on olive farming and minery.
Monuments: cathedral, Arab baths,
castle of Santa Catalina, the Sagrario
church, San Juan church and the monastery
of Santa Úrsula.
Food: food coming from large-game
and small-game, like wild rabbit or partridge;
fish: 'Pescado en escabeche' (pickled
fish); orchard dishes: Jaen's style spinach,
beans, 'patatas a lo pobre' (potatoes
poor-people's syle), and 'encebollado
de tomate y bacalao' (onions, tomatoes
and cod dish); like in most Andalucía,
pork, blood pudding, chorizo and the like
In wines we recommned those of Lopera
and Porcuna that belong to the 'amontillado'
type, as well as the ones from Bailén
and Torreperogil, (Valdepeñas kind).
General information: 854.000 inhabitants,
surface 7.276 Km2.
Highlights: one of the largest Spanish
ports in the Mediterranean coast.
Monuments: cathedral, cahtedral museum,
Episcopal palace, Alcazaba and Fine Arts
Food: 'Pescaito frito' (deep fried
fish), gazpacho, soups, 'ajo blanco' (white
gazpacho) with grapes. Traditional dishes
are the "porra antequerana", and the bull's
tail with beans. The most well known local
wine is the sweet wine from Málaga.
General information: 1.393.000
inhabitants, surface 14.001 Km2.
Highlights: Easter religious processions.
Feria de Abril. Tapas eating at Triana
neighbourhood, ceramics of Triana, the
Macarena, Santa Cruz or Los Remedios (churches),
walking the Sierpes street or the riverside
to the 'Torre del Oro' (tower of gold),
the Isla Mágica park.
Monuments: Plaza de España,
the Giralda, cathedral, the Alcázar,
the 'Básilica de la Macarena',
Archivo de las Indias, Arenal, 'Plaza
de Toros' (bullring) and María
Food: gazpacho, pescados fritos
(fried fish), tapas (olives, ham, shrimps),
pumpkin stew, cod, and in Summer 'salmorejo'
and salads. Sherry wines and wines from
Dulces de convento (pastry made by nuns),
torrijas (fried milk bread) in Easter.