Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities. If you look at the map of Spain you will see that Andalucia is the second largest region of Spain with more than 87.000 km², and the most populated one, with more than 8 million people which represents 18% of the Spanish population. Andalusia is divided into eight provinces: Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville.
We provide the links to all these eight provinces, which will give you useful travel and historical information about Andalusia, named Al-Andalus during the period of Muslim rule between the years 711 and 1492.
The capital of Andalusia is Sevilla, famous for its Moorish monuments like the Giralda and Torre del Oro. The city is located along the shore of the Guadalquivir river, which begins its course in Cazorla, Jaen and flows through Cordoba, Sevilla, the province of Huelva and ends in Doñana national park.
Some of the most popular destinations in Andalusia are situated along the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coasts. The main towns on the Mediterranean coast are Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Nerja and Estepona. These six towns belong to the province of Malaga, on the Costa del Sol, famous for the most beautiful golf courses in Spain, very good sea food restaurants and the best nightlife in Marbella. If you are planning to come in August don't forget to book your hotel in Marbella in advance.
The coast of Cadiz is called the Costa de la Luz and is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. You will find the towns of Conil, Tarifa, Chiclana and Barbate, all of them with beautiful white sand beaches and excellent sea food restaurants.
The coast of Granada is called the Costa tropical. You can visit Motril and Almuñecar there. Other very interesting places to visit are Sierra Nevada, with the only ski resort in Andalusia, and La Alhambra de Granada, considered one of the best historical sites in Europe.
If you are flying to Andalusia, the main airports located at southern Spain are Sevilla airport, Almeria airport and Jerez Airport but the biggest one is Malaga airport, where there are more possibilities to get direct flights to Malaga from the main cities of Europe and many domestic flights from other cities in Spain.