Provinces of Andalucia - Around Puerto Banus
This section details the different provinces in Andalucia and their main attractions.
Almeria Province The Almeria province is Andalucias most eastern province and is the hottest and driest of them all. This province takes 3000 hours of direct , relentless sunshine beating down on upon large stretch of mountainous semi-desert. Northwest of the coastal capital, Almeria city, there is a great sucession of mountain ranges rising to over 2000m, along with dry riverbeds. To the east of Almeria the arid mountains meet the coast at the hilly Cabo de Gata peninsula. Here there are magnificent beaches which are strung between sensational cliffs. There are beautiful coastal resorts such as San Jose and Mojacar, and quaint villages inland like Nijar which enhance the appeal in an otherwise desolate environment.
Cadiz Province Cadiz is quite often forgotten when people list the great cities of Andalucia, but the port is extremely historic and just as famous as almost any of them. The province of Cadiz stretches from the mouth of the Rio Guadalquivir to the strait of Gibraltar. Its attractions include the historic port of Cadiz, the triangle of sherry- making towns (Jerez de la Frontera, sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria). The undeveloped Atlantic beaches along the Costa de la Luz are absolutely magnificent along with the beautiful green mountain ranges.
Cordoba Province The Cordoba province is essentially a rural one. The city of Cordoba is in the valley of Rio Guadalquivir, which runs throught the middle of the province. Cordoba has a very interesting and romantic history, it plays hosts to the former mosque, Mezquita, which is one of the most spectacular Islamic buildings in the world. The rest of the Cordoba province has a lot of beautifully appealing country areas which really do produce a rare beauty.
Granada Province The Granada province is home to the highest mountains in Andalucia (in the Sierra Nevada) and to their south are the enchanting Las Alpujarras valleys. Granada´s skyline is dominated by the Alhambre palace-fortress and the Albyzin , Granada´s old Islamic quarter, are a must see on any visit to Andalucia. The climate in Granada is very pleasant, especially in spring and autumn. Its greeness is a delight in an often parched Andalucia.
Huelva Province The Huelva province is the more down -to -earth Andalucia . It has entirely industrial areas along with some of the most beautiful natural environments. There are dazzling beaches and inspiring heritage sites. The province includes most of the Parque Nacional de Donana, which is famous for its wetlands that accomodate an abundance of birds of huge inter-national importance. There are great walking routes in the verdant hill country of the Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche, especially the jamon serrano mountain.
Jaen Province The Jaen province has two main appealing characteristics, the first being the Parque Natural de Cazorla which is probably the most beautiful mountain range in Andalucia. The other is its amazing Renaissance architectural heritage. There are also many hidden away villages that don´t see many visitors, yet which have real charm and interest. The Jaen landscape varies between impressive montain ranges and agricultural land covered with olive trees. The Desenaperros pass - a gap in the Sierra Morena on Jaen´s northern border is the most important northern gateway to Andalucia.
Malaga Province The Malaga province is the most southernly province. It is the point of entry to Andalucia for the majority of visitors and plays host to the world famous Costa del Sol. Malaga city itself is Andalucias second largest and exteremely self-confident! Inland there are beautiful old towns like Ronda and Antequera and also some gorgeous white-walled villages in some spectacular locations. The dramatic mountains offer all kind of activities including walking, cycling, horse riding and rock climbing.
Sevilla Province The beautiful city of Sevilla is the highlight of the province, but nature lovers will enjoy heading north to the Parque natural Sierra Norte. In the east, you can visit captivating old towns such as Carmona, Ecija, Osuna and Estepa. Sevilla is Andalucia´s largest and most exciting city. Every April for more than a century, Sevilla has thrown one of Spain´s biggest and best parties, the Feria de Abril. a couple of weeks before the feria, the city´s Semana Santa processions are among the most glorious in Spain.On the outskirts of the fascinating inner city, Sevilla enjoys some lucious green parks on the fringes of the centre. It´s also one of the homes of the flamenco and bullfighting, and has a very vibrant nightlife.
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