As you can see from the map of Spain above, andalucia - or andalusia - lies deep in the sultry south of Spain.
Spain s largest region, it comprises 8 wonderful provinces, each named after its capital city - Almer a, C diz, C rdoba, Granada, Jaen, Huelva, M laga and Seville.
The sophisticated city of Seville is also the regional capital.
Famed for flamenco, fiestas and bull-fighting, Andalusia was one-time stronghold of Muslim Spain.
Teeming with superb historical sites, glorious countryside, majestic mountains, fantastic beaches, sophisticated cities, white-washed villages ...
There are so many things to do and see in southern Spain that it s difficult to know which to choose and where to start!
The spectacular Sierra Nevada slopes lure the most demanding ski fanatic.
Picture-postcard pretty white villages beckon, and nature-lovers chomp at the bit to get to Do ana Nature Park.
As for the cities ... they re jam-packed with architectural jewels evocative of other eras ...
Seville - located on the Guadalquivir River - is home to a superb cathedral with its Giralda Tower.
Granada boasts one of Spain s most popular tourist sights - the Alhambra with the Nazaries Palace and Generalife Gardens.
Cordoba - one-time capital of the mighty Islamic Kingdom - has the magnificent Great Mosque and Cathedral.
Cadiz - thought to be the oldest city in Europe and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean - offers its cathedral.
There are a myriad of other glorious towns, each with unique appeal ... Ronda and its bullring, Jerez famed for fortified wines and Royal Equestrian School, Nerja with its Balc n de Europa and stalactite caves ...
where is andalucia spain - popular places
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Check out the other, wonderfully varied, regions of Spain at the links below.