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What You Need to Know About Andalucía

Planning to go to Andalucía for a vacation? You came to the right place for your resource on everything that you need to know as you plan your itinerary. Andalucía, an autonomous region on the southern coast of Spain, boasts of a culture so rich, no wonder you’re so captivated and now planning to spend a portion of your lifetime there. But first things first, how do you get there? How are the people there?

Getting to Andalucía

South of Spain, Andalucía can be reached by land, sea or air. How you specifically will be getting there is of course, dependent on where you will be coming from.

Air

If coming from a country disjointed from continental Europe, (or basically any place that will take more than a day through sea or land), and a long road trip or cruise is not within your luxury, then taking the plane towards Andalucía is your best bet. There are four domestic airports: Almeria, Cordoba, Granada, and Jerez de la Frontera which can take you from one point in Andalucía to another. Meanwhile, there are two international airports in Malaga and Seville which can serve as your entry point from other areas of the world.

Malaga Airport

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You can fly to any of these airports dependent of the places you want to visit in Andalucía and based maybe on personal preference like airline of choice, fare prices, and convenience.

Water

With about 800 km of coastline, entering Andalucía through its numerous ports through a ferry or liner is always an option with sea vessels coming from parts of Africa and Europe. Come in Andalucía through a mini-cruise, this way making the journey part of the adventure.

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Land

Traveling by land is also an option. An extensive railway network is available across Europe and throughout Andalucía. People are inclined to choose to travel via train given its more affordable fares, unrestricted luggage options, better sustainability to the environment, and the scenery to behold amidst travel.

Buses also available, running to many towns and villages. Driving a private car is also always an option. The main road towards Andalucía is on the A-4/E-05 of Jaen Province or the A-92N in Velez Rubio and A7/E-15 of Almeria Province; N-433 of Rosal de la Frontera and N-630 in Huelva Province; N-432 in Fuente-Objeuna and the N-420 in Cordoba Province.

Safety

In terms of traveller’s safety, pickpockets and thieves are one of the issues you must look out for. It is recommended not to stay out when it is late, as this is the time such issues are mostly reported. It is recommended that you remain aware of your surroundings to be on the side of safety.

Cost of Living

As with other countries who are members of the European Union, the currency in Andalucía is the Euro (€).

Accommodation rentals start at about €12 per night for the most basic room with air-conditioning and a basic bathroom, roughly around €350 per month. For a full apartment, it is about €880 a month. Prices for the most expensive hotels in the city are at around €300 a night. Most accommodations include wi-fi connectivity. In the case that it is not available, to remain connected, internet data is around €33.25 for 10 Mbps a month.

Taxi fares start at €3, and a one-way train ticket is at €1.50, while a one-month pass is at €45. You also have the option to get a car rental for only around €8-20 per day, or €125 for one whole month. Gasoline is at €1.17 per liter.

Inexpensive restaurants serve meals at €10, or around €40 for mid-range ones, if one was to eat out solely for a month it would cost around €900 – 3,600.

Living La Vida Local

To make the most of your Andalucian adventure, you must consider the duration in which you’ll be visiting the region. Filled with many events and fiestas, there is always an activity to see and take part in so you can immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.

Semana Santa

Semana Santa or Holy Week, is the biggest event to catch when in Andalucía. Processions of floats with statues of Mother Mary and Jesus, plus Nazarenos or penitents parade the streets. While the event is very busy and tends to inflate prices of services and products within the region, it is still a highly recommended event to witness, as it is a one of a kind experience. Just be ready to brave the crowd.

Semana Santa Procession

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Bullfighting

Bullfighting season takes place between April to October, and spreads all over the different provinces. Ronda’s Corrida Goyesca is one of the more popular bullfighting events, which happens around September with fighters dressed up as 18th century toreros.

Bull and bullfighter

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Carnival

Seven weeks before Easter Sunday, the Cadiz Carnival takes place. A religious holiday, it involves a procession, festivities, dancing and a Carnival Queen pageant. You will want to be a part of it, if not for the religiosity, for the festivities.

Malaga Feria

This is a week-long street party that includes fireworks, lights, music, flamenco dancing, and Ferris wheels. It’s a good way to interact with the locals and experience the Andalucian night life.

These are just five of the countless festivities, mostly religion-centred, that take place and are worth witnessing in Andalucía.

Familiarize Yourself with Everything Worth Knowing About Andalucia

Looking for a place to spend those vacation days? Your hunt ends here. Andalucía on the south coast region of the Kingdom of Spain is a great place to witness centuries of history, culture, and tradition; as well as feel the joys of travel with a gustatory experience with its amazing food, and its amazing sights and attractions. But before you start writing down your itinerary, let us indulge you with the must-know and background of the awesome Andalucía.

History

Andalucía is an autonomous region in Spain as per a referendum circa 1980. It also currently happens to be its most populated, concentrated mainly on the provincial capitals and the coasts.

Geographically, Andalucía is at the extreme south of Europe and serves as the entryway between the continents of Europe and Africa. It has eight provinces, namely: Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville.

Gateway to Africa and Europe

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Early history is traced with it being associated with the ancient Roman empire, the Byzantine, as well as Islamic empire. The spread of Islam in the area accounted for the Moorish background. During the early 10th century, it was reconquered by Christianity, with Muslim-Christian conflicts recurring for a couple more centuries.

These interlocking influences and its strategic location likewise influenced its culture and traditions. A rich culture shaped by religion and immigration is apparent in its architectures, visual arts, music, literature, cuisine, and traditions.

Tapas. Andalucian cuisine.

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Climate

Sitting in the Mediterranean, Andalucía is generally a sunny region with four seasons. The months of June to August is its summer, in which July tends to be the hottest. Its fall goes from September to November. Its winter runs from December to February with January being its coldest time. March through May is spring, and March is mostly rainy.

Spring is considered the peak season, followed closely by summer if you want to take advantage of the region’s long coastlines and enjoy its beaches.

The region’s climate is greatly diverse due to its proximity to the sea and the mountain ranges surrounding it. Depending on which part of the region you are in, you can experience deserts, subtropical coasts, snowy peaks and, in some parts, a good deal of rain.

Language

Andalucian Spanish is the dialect that is spoken by the locals, which share similarities to the Spanish spoken in Latin America. Andalucian Spanish is also the most recognized dialect, which is also spoken in Ceuta, Melilla, and Gibraltar.

We have enumerated some words and phrases which might help you as you traverse the streets of Andalucía.

Vale /va-lay/ – OK.
Venga /vain-guh/ – Come on; faster
Cuanto /koo-an-toh/- How much?
Hasta luego /has-tah loo-eh-goh/ – See you later.
Gracias /grah-see-as/ – Thank you.
Tapear /tah-pay-ar/ – Going for tapas
Delicioso /deh-lee-si-yo-soh/ – Yummy; tasty; delicious

These basic words and phrases can get you through a short vacation in Andalucía, but should you decide to live there for a longer period and want to learn more Spanish, it always helps to get professional assistance; maybe through a personal tutor, or by enrolling in a class. After all, being multi-lingual is always an advantage.

Currency and Costs

As with other countries who are members of the European Union, the currency in Andalucía is the Euro (€). Exchange rate is 1USD = 0.94 Euro.

Accommodation rentals start at about €12-20 per night for the most basic room with air-conditioning and basic bathroom. Prices for the most expensive hotels in the city are at around €300 a night. Taxi fares start at €3, while a one-way train ticket is at €1.50. You also have the option to rent a car for only around €8-20 per day. Inexpensive restaurants serve meals at €10, or around €40 for mid-range ones.

Top Attractions in Andalucía

The city of Seville has got to be the epitome of Andalucía with its romantic architectures that traces itself to centuries ago. Visit the Seville Cathedral, as well as the Alcazar, the Giralda, the Torro del Oro by Guadalquivir River, Plaza de España and Parque Maria Luisa.

Granada, which served as the fortress for the Moors, at the foot of Sierra Nevada, has the world’s most beautiful building, the Alhambra, and the Alpujarra Villages with spectacular scenery. Flamenco dancers are also lovely to witness in this area.

Inside the Alhambra

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If a more laid-back scene is what you’re craving, Marbella’s coastal villages is the perfect spot. It is now a stretch of sprawling beach resorts lined with palm trees and the most luxurious homes. It also houses some historical monuments and museums in its cobblestone streets.

Meanwhile, Ronda holds a very dramatic scenery that is so picturesque, it is like being transported into another time. The streets of La Cuidad and the parks surrounding it will also leave you breathless.

Picturesque City of Ronda

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These are just a few of the many sites to explore in Andalucía. More detailed accounts will be provided in the pages that tackle specific subjects.