by Alexander Oolo
Direct from Spain
(with files from Gisela Braun)
Spain’s greatest treasure is its fabled region of
What awaits you are breathless mountain ranges, endless
valleys full of orchards, and the year-round sunshine of the Spanish
Andalucia’s vast coastline spans the Atlantic Ocean and
Mediterranean Sea and features the beautiful Costa de la Luz, Costa del Sol,
and Costa de Almeria.
It’s mild climate, scant rainfall and a sea breeze to live
for produce semitropical vegetation with frequent palm- and orange trees,
cypresses, oleander and hibiscus.
Add to that the inhabitants of Spain’s Deep South, a proud
people of strong faith steeped in cultural tradition, and you are in for a
What makes Andalucia such an exciting, invigorating but also
relaxing place to visit is traceable to the numerous cultural influences it
sustained over the millennia.
As its coasts were easily accessible from the most important
places of the ancient Mediterranean world Phoenicians, Greeks and
Carthaginians came calling early on.
The Roman Empire followed those ancient visitors leaving
But it is the period under Islamic rule that left the
deepest of marks.
is, for one, evident by the oriental atmosphere of many of the villages, the
tradition of earning a living (besides Andalucia’s # 1 industry, tourism)
through orchard crops, and the crafts where Islamic roots are ever present
in technique and design.
The popular music and the magnificent Muslim buildings –
especially that of the legendary La Alhambra – also occupy a place of
prime importance among the characteristics of Andalusian culture.
Christianity in these lands coincides with the Modern Age.
Following that, between the 16th and 18th century,
cities and towns were endowed with churches and palaces, by then totally
christia- and westernized.
What all this means for the visitor, perhaps wandering
through small, winding whitewashed streets or driving through the
mountainous Sierra Nevada or along the illuminated coast line, is to never
see, never experience anything twice.
It is true in every sense, Andalusia’s still wild and
ever-changing beauty plus its slightly untamed people (their driving alone
will reveal that) will keep you surprised every step of the way.
The way to discover Andalucia best is by car (not tour bus),
in form of day trips (not packaged get-aways), and with at least three weeks
By making short trips the traveler has the opportunity of
getting to know the most genuine aspects of Andalucia.
Be it tasting regional wines, trying the pescadito
(deep-fried fish), sampling some tapas (delicious small dishes and different
tasting in every location) or having a Cerveza (Spanish beer on tap, Mahou
being the tastiest) – the Andalusian sky is the limit.
We did it by booking ourselves into the centrally located
city of Torremolinos.
From there we took daily excursions hitting first the’Big
Three’ (culturally and historically by far the most significant)
locations: Sevilla (Flamenco), Cordoba (Mezquita) and Granada (Alhambra).
Thereafter, we traveled all over this beautiful region of
We urge you to seriously consider Andalucia as your
It will surprise you!
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