Andalusia (Andalucia)

EXPLORE ANDALUSIAMore than 800 kilometers of coastline, two National Parks and cities such as Seville, Cordoba or Granada, are the letter of presentation of Andalucía, but this land is much more. Discover the essential places you should not miss if you come to Andalucía and enjoy the trip!

Andalucía  (Spanish)
Autonomous community
Motto(s): Andalucía por sí, para España y la Humanidad
(“Andalusia by itself, for Spain and humanity”)
Anthem: “La bandera blanca y verde”
“The White and Green flag”
Location of Andalusia within Spain.
Coordinates: 37°23′N 5°59′WCoordinates: 37°23′N 5°59′W
 • BodyCouncil of Andalusia
 • PresidentJuan Manuel Moreno (PP-A)
Area (17.2% of Spain)
 • Total87,268 km2 (33,694 sq mi)
Area rank2nd
Population (2016)
 • Total8,388,107
 • Rank1st
 • Density96/km2 (250/sq mi)
 • Percent17.84% of Spain
ISO 3166 codeES-AN
Official languagesSpanish
Statute of Autonomy30 December 1981
first revision 2002
second revision 2007
– Congress61 Deputies of 350
– Senate41 Senators of 265
HDI (2018)0.862
very high

Andalusia accommodation

The accommodations of Andalucía satisfy the most demanding traveler, from a different environment to the most classic style. The are many options to choose from.

Want to feel at home? With your children, as a couple, on your own… Accommodation in Andalusia will meet the needs of the most demanding travellers, from an original atmosphere to the most classic style.

Wherever you go, whatever your budget, there is a host of accommodation options to choose from in Andalusia.

Here you will find everything from the best, most luxurious hotel, to a typical country house lodge in an Andalusian village, not forgetting Andalusia’s stunning Farms and Farmhouses.

Hotels, apartments, country house lodges… Andalusia offers establishments characterised by harmony with their surroundings, high quality services, tranquillity and exquisite, personal service .

You are sure to find the accommodation that best suits your needs and tastes.

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Andalusia eat

The Andalusian gastronomy is as wide and varied as its territory. Enjoy a whole repertoire of dishes and products whose excellence is celebrated all over the world.

The Mediterranean diet is in fashion. Basic products such as fresh vegetables and pulses, fruit, fish and virgin olive oil have made Andalusian cuisine a major attraction.

Andalusian cuisine centres on fresh, local ingredients, with fish dishes available in coastal provinces and the finest meat dishes inland. A huge variety of fruit is to be found throughout. Perhaps the only difference is the personal touch that each town and village gives to its typical dishes.

Andalusia’s gastronomy is a faithful reflection of its history, packed with aromas, flavours and colours . It is a highly varied cuisine and its traditional products make it different and delicious.

The gastronomy of Andalusia owes much to the Moorish cuisine of Al-Andalus. Its refinement came to transform many customs.

Casseroles with vegetables and pulses game stews, along with different seafood dishes are the essence of this cuisine.

Things to do

Learn about the possibilities offered by this region of the south of the Iberian Peninsula come to the time of year you come.

How to get

Andalucía is located south of the Iberian Peninsula. Access to Andalusia can be done by plane, by boat, by train or by road.

Andalusia is in the south of the Iberian peninsula. You can get to Andalusia by air, sea or land (car, train, bus or taxi).

By air

In Andalusia there are 4 domestic airports: Almería, Cordoba, Granada-Jaén and Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz province), and 2 international airports: Malaga and Seville which offer flights to and from the main Spanish cities, and other overseas destinations, with Spanish and foreign airlines.

For further information, get in touch directly with the destination airport or the airline chosen for your trip.

By sea

Andalusia has 836 Km of coastline, with more than 30 marinas, 2 estuary ports, and 15 commercial ports. Special mention should be made of Algeciras Port (Spain’s largest in overall traffic), Malaga Port (the Iberian peninsula’s second busiest for cruise ships), Almería Port and Cadiz Port.

As well as travelling aboard a cruise liner, you can also get to these ports on scheduled services from Ceuta, Melilla, the Canary Islands and north African cities. Before travelling, it is advisable to get full details of routes and conditions from your travel agent or ferry/liner company.

By land

By car

The main road route into Andalusia is on the A-4/E-05 through the Despeñaperros Nature Reserve (Jaén province), although there is also good access on the A-92N in Vélez-Rubio and the A-7/E-15 in Huércal-Overa (Almería province), the N-433 in Rosal de la Frontera and the N-630 in Santa Olalla del Cala (Huelva province), the N-432 in Fuente-Obejuna and the N-420 in Cardeña (Cordoba province), etc.

All the different municipalities in Andalusia are connected by the National, Regional or Provincial Road Networks. The Cadiz-Seville section of the AP-4 and Malaga-Guadiaro section of the AP-7 are toll motorways, and there are other major motorways linking the main cities of Andalusia. It is important to remember that:

  • The maximum speed limit for any vehicle is 120 Kph, with lower limits on certain roads. You should always respect speed limits in each case.
  • Use of seatbelts is obligatory for all passengers in motor vehicles.
  • Use of helmets is obligatory when riding motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles.
  • Telephones may only be used with “hands free” systems while driving.
  • Children under 3 years must be strapped into a suitable seat for their weight and height.
  • A reflective jacket must be used when getting out of the car on the road or the hard shoulder.
  • If your car is stopped on the road or hard shoulder, use of warning triangles is obligatory.
  • In general, the maximum alcohol level permitted is 0.5 g/litre in the blood, and 0.25 mg/litre of air (breathalyser).

Use of snow chains may be necessary, or you may find some road sections closed at certain times of year. This makes it advisable to plan your route correctly and check the state of roads with the “Dirección General de Traffico” (Highways Agency) before setting off.

In general, the historic centres of major cities can be covered on foot. Given the unusual urban layout of these areas, use of public transport services, rather than private vehicles, is recommended.

By train

The Spanish National Railways Network (RENFE) offers a full range of services interconnecting the major cities of Andalusia and many smaller municipalities: there are Regional Services (“Cercanías”) between many towns and villages in the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz, and Medium and Long Distance services throughout Andalusia and the rest of Spain. There is also a High Speed Service (AVE) to Cordoba, Seville and Malaga. There are special rates available for students, groups, over 60s, return tickets, etc. Contact RENFE or your travel agent for full information before setting off, and check conditions regarding transport of animals, bicycles or goods.

There are currently metro/underground building works underway in Málaga and Granada.

By bus

There are many bus companies operating in Andalusia. They offer an extensive network of services with spacious, comfortable coaches, running to many towns and villages, some of which do not have rail services. These companies usually have an information and booking office at the main bus stations, or they have a customer service telephone number. It is advisable to contact the corresponding company in advance to check conditions on specific routes.

Within cities, there are municipal bus services running between different urban areas during the day, with a few special services by night. Single tickets cost around 1 Euro, and this is reduced if you purchase a Bonobús (card valid for 10 journeys) from the corresponding vending machines, or at “estancos” (licensed tobacco/stamp shops).

By taxi

All cities in Andalusia have full taxi services offering urban and inter-urban transport at any time of the day or night. You can find taxi ranks in different areas of the city and at the main communications hubs (stations, airports, shopping centres, etc.). You can also order taxis by phone. Tariffs are fixed by the local council in question, and there are sometimes additional supplements payable in specific cases (nocturnal service, public holidays, etc.). You can request a receipt for the amount payable. 

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